Monday, May 19, 2014

A Few Summertime Necessities

It's Day 2 of our Summer Kick Off blog series, and it's MY turn to talk type a little bit about my ultimate favorite season! I decided to take the "Leslie Loves..." post approach to share with you a few things I deem to be "Summer Essentials!"

First up...what to pack in a beach/pool bag:

Summer Kick Off Blog Series
  1. J.Crew Market Tote, $49.50
  2. Striped Beach Towel, $19.99
  3. Michael Kors 58mm Polarized Aviator Sunglasses, $119 {My husband says non-polarized sunglasses are pointless. Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure my LASIK surgeon told me the same make sure your sunnies give you polarized protection from those bright rays!}
  4. EOS Lip Balm, $2.99
  5. Havaianas 'Slim' Flip Flop, $26
  6. Sunscreen {for your body}, $16
  7. Sunscreen {for your face}, $19.50
  8. Chelsea Handler's Uganda Be Kidding Me, $27 {In my humble opinion, the pool/beach is no place for challenging/intellectual reads that require intense thinking. Thus, I picked this HA-LAR-ious book, which essentially requires ZERO brain power.}
  9. Insulated Water Bottle, $20
  10. No-crease Hair Ties, $9 for set of 8

What about all those items that can't be exposed to water but you HAVE.TO.HAVE with you? Oh, don't you worry your pretty little self...I've got the perfect solution: convert an empty Crystal Light container into a waterproof storage bin and throw it in your bag!

An empty Crystal Light container is the perfect waterproof storage bin...plenty of room for your iPhone, car and/or house keys, ID, credit card, cash and more!

What about a poolside snack?  Frozen grapes!

Poolside Snack

On a hot summer day, frozen grapes are fabulously refreshing...and healthy too! Simply wash your grapes, put them in a Ziploc freezer bag and toss them in the freezer for at least an hour. Although I've never tried this, I've been told you can soak the grapes in 7-Up or Sprite {I'm thinking champagne sounds like a better idea!} for about an hour before you freeze them to enhance the flavor! I definitely plan on trying this soon!

And there you have it...a few of my "must haves" for a F.U.N. summer season! What are your summer favorites?

In case you missed Day 1 of our Summer Kick Off blog series, click here to see J's thoughts on summer fashion! And I hope you'll check back with us tomorrow to find out what summer means to Susan {from 2 Cats and Chloe}!


  1. AH! such a smart idea for your empty crystal light container! i have a ton of those :) love that beach bag you picked out too. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  2. Yes to all of them! Especially #6, #8, #10, #4 haha I can't believe it's summer! I'm in need of BEACH TIME! xoxo

  3. I want this beach bag. Seriously. You rocked this. I want absolutely everything in it. Including the champagne soaked grapes... :)

  4. I couldnt agree more with ALL of these items! And I've been meaning to read that book for awhile now, back at the top of my list!

  5. Love all your musts for the beach/pool!! I totally love the idea of a crystal lite bin for holding your stuff!!

  6. Yay, for beach goodies!! Can't forget a good playlist too :) :)

  7. So agree with easy beach reading, it is definitely a must! I second the champagne!

  8. very cool! i never thought about the crystal light bottle. awesome tip!

  9. Okay, that Crystal Light container is genius! I was toting my stuff in a big ziploc bag to protect it from getting wet - but the plastic container is suchhh a better idea! And frozen grapes sound so good :)

  10. I wish I could throw all of that stuff in the bag and take it home with me! Love your essentials girlly!!