Wednesday, July 11, 2012

{Butter's Guide to Packing a Beach Bag}

It's officially the heart of summer. The best time of year--don't you think? 
If you enjoy a good day at the shore, here are some tips for packing your best Beach Bag.  

The foundation to a great beach day is your chair.

The perfect chair is still the classic: Built in the USA since 1903 by the Telescope Casual Furniture Company, the Original Mini-Sun Chaise in Classic Stripe is ideal. Not only are these chairs built to last, (my parents still own theirs from their own parents decades ago), the design is flawless. Three adjustable settings, solid wooden handles and my favorite feature...the built in towel rack at the back. 

The next essential is the actual beach bag.

Again, leaning towards the classics here makes good sense. I've tried more trendy bags in different fabrics and materials but honestly nothing compares to L.L.Bean's durable canvas, Extra Large, Open Top, Boat and Tote Bag. I am partial to the hot pink trim with monogram but the celestial blue and camel hued tan are chic too. These days L.L. Bean offers customers the option of customizing the bag in all sorts of non-traditional colors, sizes and even shapes. Load this baby up and you'll only need two hands to carry it and your chair down the boardwalk. Easy! 

Without question: the best beach cover-ups are designed by Trina Turk.

(Also a big fan of Missoni, Nicki Minaj anyone?). Pant, caftan or tunic, they all exude a feeling of yachting off the coast of Ibiza, or lounging pool side at South Beach or attending a clam bake in East Hampton. Even if you're not lucky enough to visit those places, these cover-ups are also fine for wearing around the house on a hot day, hair in a top knot and feet in platforms while sipping on something sparkling.

I love my Kindle I really do. But for the beach? Not for me

When I'm spending the day in sand and salt I don't want to worry about my pristine e or i-anything. At the pool it's a different story. But for the beach? I like the old fashioned celebrity 'rags' picked up at my corner 7-11 along with maybe one light novel and if it's Sunday, the New York Times (but I only like the Style section, magazine and book review on a beach day).

Nothing beats a good flip-flop for walking through hot sand.

The newer Havaianas with slim strap is my choice. This sandal still offers the great marshmallow-y  foot bed Havaianas are known for but with a thinner strap for a more delicate look. I like the navy blue for summer. The color looks fresh and the slightly metallic straps add some funkiness.

I'm a firm believer that the only make-up needed at the beach is a good waterproof mascara and a brilliant, hot pink gloss
There's something about that dazzling sun which tends to wash out any nude or subtle lip shades and instead calls for something gleaming and vivid. Fuschia is fresh and flattering especially when combined with bronzed skin and sun bleached hair. I love Hot Wired Lip Lacquer by Nars not only for the flawless, mirrorlike shade of bright pink but also for the smooth formula which includes Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Avocado Oil, Sesame Seed Oil and Jojoba Oil. All of these ingredients mean tons of moisture and softness great for combating parched lips. I'm also a big fan of Nars Lip Lacquer in general if for no other reason than the adorable retro-inspired pot.

The best sandwich to bring to the beach?
Throw a few lobster rolls into the cooler. With light or even no mayo and tons of lemon, this is the perfect snack.

Have a sunny summer!