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*I was not paid for this post but Home Away contacted me about creating an essentials list*

We are now well into Summer and if you haven't been on a trip to the beach yet I'm sure you have one planned! I will be heading to Aruba in a couple days and am looking forward to soaking up the sun! I've come up with my top 5 essentials for a beach vacation that you can see below; and be sure to check out Home Away's Best Beach Vacation Spots.

1. The Perfect Bathing Suit: You can't go to the beach without a bathing suit. Whether it's a bikini, tankini or one-piece make sure you feel confident! That's all that matters.

2. Silky Sunscreen: Who wants their skin to feel gross and oily in sunscreen? That's right, nobody! Make sure to pick up a sunscreen that will leave your skin feeling silky.

3. A Cute Coverup and Stylish Flip Flops: You'll want to go from the beach out to eat or shop so pack a cute sundress that will easily transition you from beach to bar. And some stylish sandals...not the $2.50 ones from Old Navy! (although I love those too)

4. Fancy Shades: I don't know about you but me + sun = squinting. That's not cute so I always have a sleek pair of sunglasses to protect my eyes. (But be careful of getting a sunglasses tan!)

5. A Big Bold Beach Blanket: Last but not least you'll need a fun blanket or towel to get your tan on or dry off after a dip in the water!

Are you taking any beach trips this year? First up for me is Aruba, and then the week after I'll be at my favorite beach in Rhode Island. But the latter is a working vacation, so beach in the morning work in the afternoon! 

Say hello to my gorgeous new sandals!! After 5 months of drooling they have finally joined the rest of my shoe collection. I can see these getting a LOT of wear all through the year! Such a great transitional shoe since they're sandals but also suede.  Hopefully I'll get the cost per wear nice and low! The cost per wear on these shorts is already nearing $1 per wear and I've only had them a few months. Definitely my favorite piece of the Summer, so far!

The Net-a-Porter sale ends TOMORROW, so snatch up some pieces while you can! Use SALE20 for 20% off Sale Must Haves!

Top: Equipment c/o Marshalls, Shorts: Banana Republic Factory, Sandals: Lanvin (Net-a-Porter Sale), Necklace: BubuRuby

This post was made in collaboration with Lyst. I was compensated but all opinions are my own.

Are you a shoes or bag girl? Most people are one or the other. While I do skew more toward shoes I love a well-made handbag. (Ex: my Chanel and Emm Kuo splurges) I'm a huge Burberry fan and have a couple pairs of shoes by the brand, what I need next is a Burberry handbag! I'm not talking about the iconic Burberry plaid, I'd go for one of the more unique bags.

Sadly the ones I like are a bit expensive, but thanks to Lyst I can keep an eye on pieces I like and find out when they go on sale.  With Lyst you can follow your favorite brands and people to be the first to see the latest looks and lyst items you love to receive sale and stock alerts. I have emails set up for certain brands and items, which is a bad idea for my wallet but great for finding out when my favorite things are back in stock or go on sale.

I'm a big fan of brighter bags because they go with everything. So as you can see there's a bright purple Burberry bag below!

Other items: Coach sunglasses, Bing Bang ring, Lana Jewelry necklace, Ancient Greek Sandals 'Clio', Chloe camera bag, Sophie Hulme bag charm
A simple outfit with a dress I don't wear nearly enough. I always think it's too dressy when I see it on the hanger but when I put it on it's so comfortable and can be dressed up or down. Making a mental note to bring this out a lot more!

 Dress: Rebecca Taylor (Roundabout Resale), Sandals: Simply Vera by Vera Wang (Kohl's), Necklace: gift from Lydia

The Original:
We had quite the heatwave last week, complete with nasty humidity! What's a girl to do when it's so hot you don't want to step outside? Put on a super soft top and even softer shorts. These Rag & Bone shorts I got at Marshalls are so comfortable it's like wearing pajamas. They're a little big so I always need a belt, but that doesn't stop me from wearing them!

Top: Cynthia Rowley (Marshalls), Shorts: rag & bone c/o Marshalls, Belt: Kenneth Cole Reaction (Marshalls), Sandals: J.Crew Factory

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