Friend Friday: Beach Bag Breakdown

Today’s Friend Friday* topic came up after Katy visited the beach and “couldn’t help but notice the various rituals many of the women had.”  She wrote, “It got me thinking what do fashion and beauty bloggers take with them to the beach?”

So she asked:

  1. You’re headed to the beach/pool, what’s in your bag?
  2. Be honest…how do you feel about sunscreen? How often do you put it on?
  3. Do you have any sunburn remedies?
  4. Do you use sunless tanning products? Which do you use, why is it your favorite?
  5. The best part about the beach is…

*The Friend Friday project by Modly Chic is a way for bloggers to share more about themselves and create a friendly connection with other bloggers. Katy of Modly Chic sends us questions weekly, and we answer on our blogs.


  1. Love your attitude about not changing your skin color for anyone! Also – that bag is amazing…it would even be big enough to carry everything I like to take to the beach. 😉
    XO Piper

    1. Thanks Piper! The best thing about that tote is it is so lightweight, which is important when you’re lugging around as much stuff as I am!

  2. yay!! beach talk!!!

    i LOVE your skull towel. it’s amazing. and the matching water bottle. too cute!

    i think your brilliant for making sure you don’t get burnt. especially since you spend so many hours in the pool.

    i don’t like self tanners either. i don’t understand why people want tans so so badly. i get a little tanned always because i’m mediterranean, but i don’t really get this whole “omg i’m too white!” mentality. you rock. =)

    1. Thank you Kristy! Isn’t the towel the cutest? And you noticed the matching water bottle. Couldn’t help myself.

      Thank you for your sweet comment. I’m also of Mediterranean descent, first-generation American born, actually, but I come from two families who are fairly light for our ethnic background. I agree about the tan phenomenon…but I’ve actually noticed a shift in society, it seems like less people are buying into the “need to be tan” aesthetic. And thank goodness. When I lived in Australia, it actually made me even more sunphobic because I saw so many people with horrifically spotted, sun-damaged skin. And Australia runs hardcore, very graphic skin cancer awareness ads (hats off, Oz!). On the flip side, I thought I’d be the white freak on the beach, and I wasn’t. There were people of all colors, many not trying to change their natural color one bit.

      Thanks again!

  3. I am so glad that you are helping to spread the word that going with your natural skin color is easier, and healthier!
    My daughter who is 23 just had two biopsies on moles (which thankfully came back benign.) She had an earlier issue, which necessitated removing a good bit of skin and tissue from a small area of her back. This surgery left a scar.

    Your detailed information, and most importantly your serious attitude, may influence someone else and in the long run help to save a life. Thank you!

    1. Karen, your comment makes me feel so wonderful…thank you for taking the time to post it. I hope your daughter is in the clear for good.

      That’s the thing people don’t realize…skin cancer can and does happen. I’ve never been particularly concerned about it, but when I moved to Australia and felt the heat of the sun there (and saw the ads…see the link in my comment above), it actually made me even more militant about sun protection. I posted this almost a year ago: Maybe it’s time for another PSA.

      The immediate upside, other than not looking like a leather bag, is that people rarely guess my age. They always think I’m a lot younger. I do think the daily sunscreen for the last 14 years has something to do with it.

      I hope you’ll visit again soon!

    1. Hi Renee, thanks for your comment. All the Neutrogena suncare products are fantastic. I’ve been using them for years; I have really sensitive skin and they never bother me.

  4. I LOVE that you did a video for this post!! It’s got me thinking maybe we should try to get all the bloggers to shoot a video one of the Fridays. It’s so perfect, especially since we get a better picture of your routine and what’s in your bag. Love it!

  5. This is a great post I loved your rant about your skin colour I think it is very important to like yourself and be happy with what god gave you, we all like to enhance our appearance but I think there has to be a line… so love you, love your confidence and positive messages

    1. Hannah, so glad you are finding value in my posts. I agree that while self-improvement is good, there should definitely be a line. What’s interesting is when people cross it, they actually become less attractive. Those white girls with unnaturally tanned skin, plastic surgery junkies…they end up looking more freaky in their endeavor to be beautiful. I’m not opposed to cosmetic procedures, but notice how everyone with excessively manufactured beauty starts to look like the same freak-show? It’s nuts.

      Anyway, thank you so very much for your kind words!

  6. I got a spray tan once and hated it…I felt like it came off on everything after I went to the gym. And I try to avoid the sun (though I do love the ocean/pool) so I’m just pale.

    1. Hi Wendy…those spray tans…they really do come off on everything, even after they’ve settled, so-to-speak. I’m very much like you in that I enjoy time by the beach and pool, but I don’t like baking myself. It can be done, though, I’m living proof. I’ve logged some decent time at the pool this summer, but you’d never know by looking at me. I’m still white. I just sit in the shade, or I don’t go.

      Your skin is a beautiful color anyway…so glad you appreciate it the way it is!

  7. So lovin’ these Vlogs girl!!! That beach bag is like Mary Poppins bag -filled with never ending essentials! Love it!
    I so don’t understand when peeps hit the beach without SPF or are lathered in tanning oil only, thinking they won’t get burnt or something worse – skin cancer in years to come, crazy stuff. I’m olive skinned but still wear SPF 15-20 on my face everyday! Am also a zip lock girl too… wish the notes we had were waterproof like the Aussies though!!!! I mean that was a genius idea no? Surfin and not getting your moolah wet.

    Oh and that skull towel is awesome!!!
    p.s. love saying Crikey -used to watch the Steve Irwin TV shows (and those days when Home & Away/Neighbours graced the UK’s screens… it just kinda stuck! Ha ha!

    1. Thank you Ms. Brit! I do adore my skull towel. I’m a total nerd though cause I got a matching one for hubby.

      Yeah, the plastic money in Oz is a good thing. Too bad they don’t make waterproof phones too. One time hubby and I went to the beach and he had put his phone in the pocket of his boardies and didn’t remember it was in there til we were standing in waist-deep water! Thank goodness he’s a minimalist and hadn’t spent tons of bucks on a fancy phone.

      As always, thanks for your comments!

  8. I second your feelings on the tan phenonemena fizzling out. I think it is because a lot of people are afraid of becoming what I like to call “leatherface juniors”. A lot of people that were into tanning are now seeing the effects of how much older it has made them and their parents.

    For example, I am 25 and I always have used sunblock as I burn really easily. My younger sister who is 22 tanned herself excessively. People normally ask her when we are out together if SHE is the older sister, which used to make her feel proud as they recognized her “maturity”. That stopped at my last birthday party when someone when they found out it was my 25th and I asked how far apart we were. I said 4 years and they assumed my sister was 29 at 22! Though it does sort of suck for me sometimes like at the movies where people accuse me of being 16 and trying to sneak into an R-rated movie.

    1. CC~

      Thanks for sharing your experience here. I agree, the proof is in the pudding, honey. In our early 20s, many of us think we’re invincible, that there won’t be repercussions. That is the folly of youth. What we do then eventually does catch up—and it becomes very apparent who the sun worshippers were later on in life.

      Glad to know so many young ladies are taking suncare seriously. I started using sunscreen everyday at about your age, and it has served me well, just as it will you.

  9. Wow, you are serous about your sunscreen!
    I’m not really one for laying out, or for spending long days at the beach. I’ve replaced my regular moisturizers with ones that have spf 30 for the face and spf 15 for the body, and that’s pretty much all I use on a daily basis. If I were a serious beach goer, my take might be different.

    And I just love your belt!

    1. Lyddie…yes, I am very serious about my sunscreen! Good for you for getting yours on too.

      Thanks for stopping by and for the compliment. That’s one of my favorite belts. I have it in black too, and I’ve worn them so much I think my cost-per-wear is like -$.20!

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