What's in Melissa's Beach Bag?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

There is not much I enjoy more than cruising to the beach in the summer time. Maybe it's because the beach forces me to relax, or maybe because I'm a little creepy and like to people watch, or maybe it's because of my passion for fresh Lake Michigan water. Whatever the case, I'm a beach bum.

Last year my mother and I skipped a whole day of work to head to Lake Michigan and body surf on 6 foot waves for the day! Talk about FUN. Any 'real' Michigander knows that the best time to swim the Great Lakes is right after a huge storm blows through. Red flag = hours of surfing fun. 

Today you get to peek into my beach bag to catch a glimpse of the few 'essentials' I cannot live without while soaking up the sun. 

What's in the bag?

  1. Towel. Pretty self explanatory. 
  2. A beauty or fashion magazine. I love to keep up on the latest trends. Oh yeah, that's kind of my job. ;) 
  3. Floppy Hat. Love, love, love, my new beach floppy! Found at Walgreens for only $5.99. That's a good deal! Floppy hats also keep your hair from drying out. 
  4. A strong SPF sunblock. No skin cancer here. 
  5. My Amazon Kindle! I seriously love this thing. Ben got it for me for Christmas and it has revolutionized my reading life. The best part? You really can read them in 'bright' sunlight! Bonus. 
  6. Sunglasses. I scored these at the Great Lakes Crossing Mall last year and miraculously I have not smashed, crushed, lost, dropped, or sat on them yet. Haha.... For me, this is a huge achievement. 
  7. Swim suit! I just love mixing and matching bikini tops. I got this cheap little thing at Walmart for $6.00 and it works great. Not to mention it's way cute. 
  8. Apple (or other fruits). Stock the cooler with healthy stuff. Watermelon is cool and refreshing when you're steaming hot. I packed watermelon on our last trip and we ate the whole thing! Mmmm....
  9. Cover up. This cute beach wrap is a little piece of our honeymoon. Ben bought it for me in Punta Cana. 
  10. Headband. Short or long hair, it doesn't matter. I require a headband while at the beach. 
  11. Juice Beauty's SPF tinted mineral moisturizer and hydrating mist. Two things that I use not only at the beach, but 'everyday'! The hydrating mist is a wonderfully refreshing spray to give you a nice 'pick-me-up' throughout the day.
I hope everyone is having a beautiful day! I have tons to do so I need to wrap things up. Just a reminder that tomorrow is the LAST day to enter the June Birchbox Giveaway! If you haven't registered yet click here to do so. 

Here is a peek into my productive morning::

Yes, I set it up all by myself! :) Just letting it air out before our upcoming vacation. SUPER excited about that. 


  1. My beach bag looks the exact same! Juice Beauty's Tinted Mineral Moisturizer and Hydrating Mist are two of my must have items! I love the Tinted Mineral Moisturizer because it gives me great coverage with SPF protection, which is a must for me. I also love the Hydrating Mist, I take it with me everywhere I go and it always makes me feel refreshed! So excited summer is almost here!!

  2. Yes, all of these are essential :). I need a beach hat.

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