Beauty and the Beach

It has been feeling like mid-July already in Chicago, so with the quickly approaching (or already here)  summer and beach/pool season  I thought I’d compile some of my favorite products for the beach or  pool…truth be told, I love looking at the water, but not a huge fan of the beach (or actually the hot sand), but love a bit of sun, and have been trying to rock the beach hair look whenever I can get away with it.  Of course trying to get the “beach hair look” ends up taking more time then just blow drying my hair. 🙂


Bain de Soleil – Either Orange Gel (but it’s rather greasy) or Orange Cream (which is hard to find).    Works best when you have a good base tan, as they only come in SPF4.

My friend Kim just turned me onto this Australian Gold Suntan lotion, with bronzer.  It smells divine, and  it helps accelerate your tan while providing much-needed sun protection.  I like the SPF 8, when I already have a base tan.  I start the season with SPF 30, then work my way down to SPF 15, then settle in for the summer with SPF 8.

BEACH by Bobbie Brown

Bobbi’s Beach scent comes in various forms…

Beach Fragrance – $55
Beach Body Oil – $28
Beach Shower Gel – $32
Beach Body Lotion – $35
Beach Body Scrub – $35
Beach Suncreen Body Spray SPF 15 – $25
Beach Sandbar Soap – $16


Eos Lip balm is less than $3 at Target and Walmart…Mer Mer and I are obsessed with this.  If you leave it in your car, and it melts, it actually  better coats your lips!  Don’t ask how I know this. 🙂

Essie’s Beach Party Nail Polish

Essie’s Off the Shoulder – I’m currently sporting this as my pedicure color.

How to get that “BEACH” hair look

Salt spray products that help you achieve this look.  You can find them at Target, Ulta, or even TJ Maxx.  Some of these products can be quite drying, so find the one that’s right for you.  And if you find your hair drying out due to overuse of these products, make sure you use a good deep conditioner.  Put on the conditioner while sitting in the sun (preferably in your yard, and not the neighborhood pool) to counter-balance the drying effect of these products.


J. Crew $88

Victoria’s Secret $48

Target $19.99

These pants are from Everything but Water – you can no longer find them online, but perhaps you could luck out at a store?  If not, this is a great look to angle towards.  Try checking out Target, Nordstrom or TJ Maxx for some of these looks.


I love the above sandals, but have no idea the brand, or where you can purchase them. 🙁

Havanas , Nordstrom $26

Old Navy  2/$5


These totes range from $12 to several hundreds of dollars.  I don’t think spending more than $40 or $50 on a good beach tote is necessary, but many of these will already be on sale come June!

SUNGLASSES – don’t leave home without ’em

by Tory Burch, $165 – these will be rather hard to find. 🙁

Because of my pasty Irish skin, I’m prone to burn if I don’t wear enough sunscreen, so try to go for a skin and mole check annually at the Dermatologist (Everyone should do this, btw)…When the dermatologist came into the room and saw my chart, she asked my age and told me she thought I was  34, 35 tops (and yes, I’m boasting here).  She said I have no lines around my eyes, and after discussing my lack of good skin care, she credited the fact that I Always wear sunglasses.  Always.  Even in cloudy weather – if it’s a tad bright outside, I wear sunglasses.  My eyes burned in the sun in my early 20’s and because my eyes will crust up like french bread if I don’t, I truly don’t leave home without my sunglasses (and when travelling have a spare pair as well)…Happily my obsession  appears to have also had a positive effect by protecting my eyes and the skin around them.  🙂



I realize this above pic is not for everyone…but doesn’t he look pleased with himself?  I smile when looking at this pic.

Yes, this woman above is a basic Nightmare…but pretty sure she got that body from hard work, which is better than finding out it’s just good genes!


Anything by the Beach Boys–cqAI3IUI

California Gurls by Katie Perry

All Summer Long by Kid Rock

Summer Nights from Grease


Gidget – the Original one with Sandra Dee…They made 3 movies, each with a different Gidget.  I’m a purist, I prefer the original.

Beach Blanket Bingo

Jaws 🙂

The perfect way to make your way around the path at the beach

And if you still want more, I found this great article, which I thought I’d share:

Pack-Smart Beach Essentials for Stylish Chicks

By Kathryn D’Imperio
Dashing off to the beach for vacation or a weekend getaway? Not so fast! Be sure you’ve packed all the essential items you’ll need to stay stylish and chic during your time in the sun! To maximize your fun, minimize the number of beauty accessories you lug along to you vacation location with these helpful packing hints:
* Lip Gloss is critical for preventing chapped, dried out smackers, but even more importantly, for avoiding sunburned lips! Try to find a tasty chap stick that also has SPF protection read the fine print, as many advertise whether or not they include SPF15 or greater.
Don’t stress out over how much eye make-up to bring, and forget about the liquid foundation.
* If you like, pack a waterproof mascara to prevent the waves from washing out your eyes. Nothing is worse than unexpectedly looking like a crybaby when you’re having the time of your life in the surf and on the sand! (Do not forget to pack make-up remover, as most waterproof mascara is resistant to even soap and water!)
* Bring a concealer stick or powder compact to touch up blemishes. Too much foundation on a warm day can look and feel cakey or may just run if the temperature is too high. Also, make-up bottles stowed away in luggage, purses and carry-on bags are a bad idea when traveling. I once had a bottle of liquid foundation coat the entire contents of my backpack, destroy a brand-new purse and give me at least an hour of clean-up in one fell swoop! If you simply cannot live without your liquid foundation, place the bottle in a zip-lock bag just in case!
* Craving some color? It can’t hurt to bring a hue or two of eye shadow but be careful with lipstick, as it tends to melt when higher temperatures prevail!
Body Care:
* No matter how badly you want a tan, bring suntan lotion to protect your precious hide from overexposure! Though they are possibly the most obvious item, don’t forget your sunglasses!
* Just in case you do get some sunburn, do your body a favor and slap on some aloe. A medium-sized plastic bottle is more than you will need, and you’ll thank yourself for remembering it if you happen to fall asleep on the beach.
* For another miracle remedy, pick up a bottle of cocoa butter lotion. Once the aloe has reduced the burning sensation from your skin, you can rub in a little cocoa butter to prevent peeling and to re-moisturize the afflicted area.
* Have you ever been caught in a sand storm? Well I have, and I can’t stress enough about the value of a bottle of eye drops in case those pesky particles of sand find their way into your eyes, whether by a storm itself or by a playful game of football or beach volleyball.
* Don’t forget your normal necessities such as toothpaste and toothbrush, deodorant or antiperspirants, towels, shaving gel and razors, tweezers, body wash, etc.
Hair Care:
* Remember to pack your shampoo and conditioner, brush and comb, elastic bands and/or barrettes. If you don’t want to heave your family sized containers of hair products to your vacation destination, you can easily pick up smaller travel-sized products. 
* When you spend time in the ocean or playing on the beach, what happens to the top of your head is likely the last thing on your mind. To help prevent sunburn on your scalp, consider packing a hat of some sort, a bandana or a hair scarf.
* If dried-out hair due to excessive exposure to sun, chlorine or saltwater is a concern of yours, fret not! When you return home from your time away, try a deep-conditioning treatment or masque (Some use sea kelp to restore moisture).
* For a “flirty” appearance, bring a cute sarong or wrap to wear to the beach, or simply pack a pair of comfy shorts if you hope to beat up on the guys in football and Frisbee!
* Take two towels: one to lie on and one that is sand-free for when you need to dry off. A beach blanket or beach mat also serve a handy purpose for shore-goers.
* An old T-shirt doubles as an escape from the suns powerful rays when you just want to relax and enjoy the sounds of the surf. Also, a T-shirt is good to have on hand as it is important to cover exposed skin when the sun has already burned it.
* Normal clothes that you should be sure to bring: Shorts and tanks/tees, jeans or other long pants, perhaps a long-sleeve shirt and a hooded sweatshirt, a sundress, pajamas, bathing suit and underclothes. Dont forget to bring a windbreaker or light jacket for those chilly nights off the coast!
* Footwear: Bring sandals or flip-flops, sneakers and shoes to go with at least one nice outfit. (Hint: Try to pack outfits that look nice with the same sandals to reduce the need for extra shoes. As long as you can help it, you should not be toting an entire bag dedicated to shoes alone!)

As this blog has gotten rather “lengthy”, I will take the section on Great Beach Reads, and feature a separate blog in the next few weeks.

Have a great, safe,  long weekend!  Mine has already begun, and as soon as I publish this blog, I’m meeting up with one of my favorite people in the world, Carol, to walk (some call it a jog) , talk and solve all the world’s problems…but it’s the Friday of Memorial Day…it’s 70 and sunny, what problems?! 🙂

Surfs Up!!




  1. I received this comment from Lora…and I stand corrected…

    You did nothing to address the perfect beach cocktail….the Sonic

    Absolut Citron
    half tonic
    half club soda
    fresh lemon wedge
    fresh lime wedge
    Ice and a clear glass…

    oh dear – how quickly we forget! you need a trip to Powers Lake soon!


    • Of course I ADORE this post and my special mention at the end. Yes indeed you were wearing your sunglasses today as we enjoyed our hour walk to kick off the start of the weekend. So many fun pictures! HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY TERRY, GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL THOSE WHO SERVE OUR COUNTRY. God Bless America!

  2. Good blog as always, TOB . . . and yea, the guy in Kate Middleton’s tangerine skinny jeans brought a smile to my face, too!! REALLY appreciated Lora’s cocktail comment . . . it’s on my To Do list to make/serve/enjoy!!

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