beach packing list

Since we leave for the beach in under a week, I’m beginning to make a list of things that I must remember to pack.  I’ve compiled some of that list here, as my most highly recommended items to consider when packing for your next beach vacation…

  1. Pom Pom Romper Cover Up  – this cover up is only $20 and looks way cuter than a traditional oversized shirt dress
  2. Sun Bum Beach Formula 3-in-1 Leave In Conditioner – Sun and sea can do a number on your hair, especially if it is color treated, like mine.  I use this leave-in conditioner & hair sunscreen before jumping in the water.
  3. Carly Straw Tassel Tote – You gotta have a good beach bag.  Francesca’s carries many affordable beach bags as well as straw clutches, like this one here, perfect to take to dinner when on a beach vacation.
  4. Pink Seaview 180 Panoramic Full Face Snorkel Mask – If you like to snorkel, you must have this mask.  It fully covers your face and allows you breathe through your nose without anything in your mouth or nose.  And no fogging!
  5. COOLA Suncare COOLA(R) Suncare Face Mineral Sunscreen – This is one of the best sunscreens you can put on your face.  It is free from harsh chemicals that will clog your pores or burn your skin.
  6. Pool Central Giant Inflatable Flamingo Pool Float in Pink – Because who doesn’t need a giant hot pink flamingo shaped float, large enough to hold 2 adults?  I plant to tie this baby up to my overwater bungalow in Bora Bora… the only issue is that the thing weighs 10 lbs…  I guess I’ll be carrying on board the flights with me.  Stay tuned for pics…
  7. Gopro Hero 6 Black Camera – I love my GoPro.  The coolest thing about this is that I was able to attach one of the sticky mounts to the top of my full-face snorkel mask and get footage while I’m snorkeling, hands free!  Here is a video that I shot with this camera last summer in Greece.
  8. Billabong Marked for More Off the Shoulder Dress – A perfect little dress to wear to dinner, paired with my black Michael Kors espadrilles.
  9. Michael Kors Women’s Jill Leather Espadrille Platform Wedge Sandals – Not only are these a perfect “heel” for the beach, but I wear them all the time at home as well.  See another way I’ve styled it here.
  10. AMUSE SOCIETY Cross My Heart Dress – Another great beach dress, I’ll wear this for during the day exploring, going to lunch, etc.
  11. Franco Sarto Women’s Greta Sandal – A classic brown leather sandal with ankle strap that can be worn with dresses, shorts, etc.  Just don’t take them in the water.
  12. Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses – My signature sunglasses – blue lens, gold frame.
  13. BP. Floppy Straw Look Hat – If nothing else on this list, buy a floppy sun hat.  The sun will do damage to your face and the heat is no joke.
  14. YETI Rambler 30 oz – The price of bottled water is astronomical on certain islands, but the water is perfectly clean (cleaner than here!) and safe to drink.  Make sure to bring a Yeti to keep it cool.
  15. SEPHORA COLLECTION – #Lipstories Lipstick – Yes, lipsticks are a beach essential.  I’m loving the new Sephora #colorstories collection.  These are hyperpigmented shades that go on smooth and cost $8 each.  I have lipsticks 3x that price that aren’t as good.
  16. Backpack Cooler – Not only is bottled water expensive, so are the cocktails and beers.  We’re taking a backpack cooler to fill with ice & beer before we head out.
  17. Amalfi Belted One Piece – I’ve literally not worn a one-piece swimsuit since I was about 10 years old… but this is my year.  I’m digging this retro print/style with the added belt.  It will also be much more practical while diving and snorkeling.

What essentials would you add to the list?  Help a sister out.  I need to start packing cause lord knows I’m a procrastinator and overpacker… not a good combo.

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All about my hair – who, what, where, for this “icy blonde lob”.  People approach me in Atlanta all. the. time. and ask me where I get my hair done, what color it is, etc…  Well, here ya go.

Enter: Ivy from Lumière Salon de Beauté in Alpharetta, GA.  I love this salon and the wonderful ladies that work there.  Ivy is a “creative stylist” with 8 years industry experience specializing in blondes, extensions, and trendy textured cuts.  Yes, Alpharetta is quite the drive up 400 but once you find someone that get’s you (your hair), it’s like a committed relationship.

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Until last Summer, my hair was quite long with warm blonde highlights:

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and then, the big cut.

Ivy gives me a long angled bob and icy blonde highlights (more on how I keep this color so cool below).

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I have seven weeks between each appointment, so I have to keep up that cool blonde color, protect, and style my hair on my own (ugh.).  Here are my favorite products:

 

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For when I don’t have time (or just don’t want to) wash my hair, I’ve found these to be the best dry shampoos:  Not Your Mother’s CLEAN FREAK refreshing dry shampoo (best drug store brand) and Oscar Blandi pronto dry shampoo (best luxury brand)

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I wash my hair about 3 times per week.  Prehaps that is because I work from home so I don’t always have to look “put together”.  I will say that with shorter hair, I have to wash it so much more.  It gets more oily and it’s quick to have an uncontrollable cowlick.  Here is my favorite AFFORDABLE shampoo & conditioner.  This So Silver Shampoo is usually $25 at Ultra but on sale right now for $15!!  This is a purple shampoo.  Meaning that the shampoo itself is a very vibrant opaque purple color.  This fights the yellow tones that blondes tent to take on.  If you’re going for a warmer blonde, do not use this product.  I’m going for Daenerys Targaryen blonde, so I leave this stuff on for a minute.

As for conditioner, I have used Aussie 3 Minute Miracle for as long as I can remember, and my hair is very healthy.  If it ain’t broke…

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After washing, I use Matrix Brass Off Blonde Threesome.  It’s a leave in (purple – for icy blondes) cream that softens your hair and protects it from heat damage.  I use only a tiny dab as it will weigh down your hair.  I am OBSESSED with my Elchim hair dryer  and take it with me everywhere.

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I then spray my hair BEFORE and after curling and/or flat ironing it.  My favorite hairspray is Chi Magnified Volume Finishing Spray.  I usually wouldn’t suggest buying makeup or hair products from a Marshalls or TJ Maxx (you just don’t know how old the products are, if they were properly stored), but I do buy this at TJ Maxx when I see it and it works wonderfully.

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To achieve the tousled beachy waves (with added shine), I use Oribe Apres Beach spray.  It’s not cheap, $42 for a can but it is worth it.  Here is a small travel version (half the price) if you want to try it out first for less…

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And lastly, Sun Bum 3 in 1 Leave in Formula.  This is sunscreen for your hair.  It shields it from sun damage as well as acts as a leave in conditioner.  I use this product in the Summer when I go to the beach.  Getting in and out of the ocean and/or pool can make my hair tangled, and dry.   I spend too much to achieve this color, so it’s more than worth $15 to protect it from the sun’s rays.

That’s it.  Ha!  That was actually a lot.

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Dress by Boston Proper | Leather Jacket by Wilson’s Leather | triple strand pearl necklace |  Red suede shoes with gold bows – exact shoes here on eBay, similar style here | lipstick = MAC Red | Men’s black sport coat by Armani Exchange, similar style here| Men’s Red plaid print shirt by Express | Puppy tutu in black from Amazon | Red suede jingle bell collar with plaid bows, similar style here

I don’t really need an excuse to wear a tulle dress (and neither does Kobi Farber), but if you feel like you do, this dress is perfect for many occasions.  The vegan leather top and white tulle bottom was festive enough for a Christmas party, and glamorous enough that I would wear it again for New Year’s Eve!  I paired it with a short leather jacket, chunky pearls, and a red suede heels.  I felt like Carrie Bradshaw wearing this through the streets of Buckhead.  Don’t be surprised if you see this image plastered on a MARTA bus soon (KIDDING!).  Mikey is wearing a sport coat from Armani Exchange and a red plaid print from Express… just enough pops of red to coordinate for pretty photos without embarrassing him too much.  LOL!  Details on Kobi’s Carrie inspired skirt above… 

Happy Holidays from our little family to yours!

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As if one would need a reason to buy anything in lace…  Lace is a timeless material, classy and chic.  In my opinion, it never went out of style (and never will).  But lace is definitely “in” right now and a staple that you should add to your closet.  I’ve always loved tulle, sequins, sparkles, and lace.  It’s just a girly-girl type of material and I can never get enough of any of it.   I love this top in particular because it can easily be dressed up or down.  I have tucked it into a pencil skirt to wear to the office, and I’ve dressed it down, like you see here.  I paired this ivory top from fab’rik boutique (currently unavailable online, but similar style here) with jeans and nude pumps for a day of shopping and it was comfortable, not too “dressy”, yet still chic.  No, I did NOT hit the stores for Black Friday shopping. However, I did venture out on Saturday and Sunday to a couple of home stores for holiday decor.  The crowds were still awful.  Stay tuned for some glam decorating ideas for the holidays.  This top, by the way, would be perfect for a Christmas party.  I would wear it with a bold red lip (I love the classic MAC Red) and either a black skirt or black moto leggings from Spanx (also available at fab’rik).

Happy shopping!

 

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bag by Kate Spade – jeans by Hudson Jeans – shoes by Jessica Simpson – earrings by DressUp Boutique – top by fab’rik 

 

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A trendy boutique located in the heart of Inman Park, Bill Hallman brings inspiring mens and womens clothing to Atlanta (for over 25 years), custom designed by Bill himself.

He describes his aesthetic as “60’s and 70’s inspired glamour with a modern timeless twist, allowing my clients to dress up for evening events or integrate into work and day wear.”  He really does provide a wide range of styles appropriate for any occasion – from day time casual, to the office, to the red carpet.  Don’t see your size?  They will custom make something for you.

I attended his Fall/Winter launch party last weekend.  Models walked throughout the store showcasing the new designs, many of which consisted of velvet, fringe, and long, kimono style sleeves.  I asked Bill what his favorite trend was in fashion right now.  He said, “I cannot get enough of the color gold.”  Me neither, Bill.  Me neither.

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