Summer is here, and I’m not going to lie, I basically live my life for it. Give me all the hot days in the sunshine over snow and freezing cold any day. That probably comes from the many, many hours I lived in a pool growing up.
When I was little I was all about swim team and the thrill of being a part of the competition and the long meet days of braiding friendship bracelets while waiting for my race. I also loved the middle school days of fun dips, tanning oil and boy crushes shared between friends on the plasticy lounge chairs. High school summers I would spend lifeguarding, where I learned to love sitting in the sun for hours on end and just being present. Even to this day, the smell of chlorine is one of my favorites because it brings with it a flood of memories: fitness, personal growth, chill time, friend time, and freedom of the structure of life to just practice being present. It’s my oasis.
We all have pool memories, and with the heat of this season we head to the pool for a little relief and hopefully a good time. This summer I hope to make some new “pool” memories with my kids, with friends and maybe even just a little time by myself.
Here are my beach/pool bag essentials this summer:
Sunglasses – I’m into the Cat Eye frames trend right now. These UV protecting darling lenses were a Target find. I like the gray tortoise shell coloring. They bring an easy style upgrade to my pool-hair-don’t-care look.
Round towel – Everyone needs a pool/beach towel, why not have a little fun with it and make it a round one? This tropical one is fun but still simple. This one is microfiber and will absorb water more quickly. I really like the tassel fringe edges.
Headphones – I don’t always get to pool time by myself, but when I do I’m all about the podcasts or a good spotify playlist.
Book – My summer reading list is growing quickly, which may be a little too zealous. This “Where’d You Go Bernadette” one has been on my list since this spring. I hear it is being made into a movie starring Cate Blanchette.
Water Bottle – A year ago I got hooked on this water bottle that my sister recommended to me. I have since bought another. Let’s be honest, I don’t drink near as much water as my mama told me, but this helps. I love having a straw, for some reason I’m more likely to drink more water if it feels like a to-go cup. The best part about this water bottle is when you remove the straw it seals shut, so I can throw it in my purse without any leakage. It is a must have for me.
La Croix – These have become my go-to drink. I am usually a fan of the coconut flavor, but this Kiwi Watermelon makes me feel like I’m summer vibe-ing. And it goes great in my fancy water bottle.
Sunscreen – I’m working on being a more responsible individual, and with that comes things like taking care of yourself and avoiding sun damage. I like that it’s not super oily and I can apply it under my makeup. Lavender makes me happy.
Instax Poloroid Camera – My husband gave this to me as a Christmas gift and I have loved taking it for little keepsake photos to hang on the fridge or keep in my wallet. It makes that little moment with friends or my kids that much more special and memorable. We like to always take two pics: one to keep and one to give.
Turban – I wasn’t kidding about my pool hair. I resemble something somewhere between a wet rat and a drippy mop. This turban not only covers the hot mess that I am, its super cute and I always get compliments on it. We make these here in our shop and have them in all the colors and many fun, bright prints. My summer go to is this bright coral twist turban, especially for its full coverage.
I hope your summer pool time is calling. Grab your favorite goodies and bring on the slower and memorable days of summer!