Beauty at the Beach

Any surfside fashionista knows it's all about the bag. You want (no, need) a beach tote that is almost as eye-catching as your new bikini – one that is equal parts form, function and fun. This summer we love the Star Mela Embroidered Canvas Beach Bag Shoulder Tote ($195.00, http:www/intermixonline.com), but let's face it: you really can't go wrong with a classic boat tote from LL bean (monogrammed, of course) either. A large sells for $34.95 at http://www.llbean.com. (If you need more inspiration, check out all the Pinterest boards devoted solely to beach totes.)

What you fill your beach tote with also matters.

Here's a checklist/cheatsheet to make sure you are not caught empty handed this summer:

Sunscreen
Exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays does more than increase risk for skin cancer, it also causes premature aging. Prevent both with a broad spectrum sunscreen. Consumer Reports gave La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-in Sunscreen Milk, SPF 60 a 100% score in 2015 – you don't get a better vote of confidence than that.



 

 

A Page-turner
If you haven't read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, start here. Next up: Judy Blume's latest (and some say last) adult novel In the Unlikely Event (There's nothing wrong with catching up on your gossip magazines either.)

Your Technology
A smartphone, Kindle, iPad or iPod plus some Bluetooth speakers and a wireless charger!


Shades
Sunglasses protect your eyes from sun-related damage. Need a new pair? Check out designer eyeglasses for less than $100 at Warby Parker (www.warbyparker.com).


A Wide-Brimmed Hat
This is important for sun protection and style. Goddess Gossip is crazy about the Melissa Odabash Elle Woven Cowboy Hat ($142; melissaodabash.com).


 

 

Hair Care
Always pack a travel size brush as well as a sc√ľnci or bandana. We also suggest ALTERNA's Bamboo Beach Summer Ocean Waves Tousled Texture Spray for that sexy, tousled beach look. Not only does it smell amazing, it also offers UV protection for your locks (4.2 oz. $26.50).

Always have a pocket mirror, some mascara and shimmery lip gloss in case you go right from beach to happy hour. Store these items in a waterproof pouch.

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