Your Beach Bag is Incomplete Without These Essentials!

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Going to the beach is one of the highlights of summer. It’s meant to be a relaxing, fun filled day. However, if you forget something your day off takes an unnecessary stressful turn. Luckily we’ve come up with a checklist of essentials to make sure your beach bag is stocked full of everything you need!

Cooler

It is SO important to stay hydrated during the summer. Having a cooler packed with ice and a ton of cold drinks is a necessity. Nothing feels better than cracking open a cold drink while getting your tan on!

Sun Protection

Although this is pretty much a given, it never hurts to have a reminder. Protecting your skin is essential year round, but even more so during the intense summers. Make sure to lather on some sunscreen and pop on a pair of sunglasses and hat before soaking up the sun rays! Check out our article on our favorite face sunscreens too! Don't forget those sunglasses and a nice oversized floppy hat to help protect your scalp, too.

Food

Beach picnics are the cutest! Some classics are sandwiches, chips, fresh fruit, and ice cream are all great options.

Bathing Suit

Of course when you go to the beach you’re going to wear a bathing suit, but it’s important to bring the right bathing suit for you! Odds are you’ll probably be at the beach all day, so you want to make sure you’re comfortable.

Books & Music

If you plan on taking in the soothing scenery rather than splashing around in the waves, make sure to bring a good book or music playlist to help you unwind!

Honeymoon Hotspot: Miami, FL

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If you’re a couple that loves the beach and dancing the night away, Miami, Florida is the honeymoon destination for you! This hotspot is known for its colorful buildings, white sandy beaches, and trendy night clubs. To help get your honeymoon plans rolling, we’ve picked our top choices for hotels, beaches, activities, and restaurants to make your vacation romantic and fun!


LODGING

FOR THE LARGER BUDGET Fontainebleau Miami Beach is the #1 luxury hotel in Miami Beach. Set in the center of millionaires row it has 22 oceanfront acres of restaurants, nightlife, spa, beach, and endless pool. You can spend an entire day at Lapis Spa (the most beautiful spa in America according to Martha Stewart!), grab dinner at one of their 7 restaurants, and then grab a drink and dance at one of their nightclubs or bars!

FOR THE MODERATE BUDGET Recently renovated, Circa 39 is a charming hotel with an eclectic mix of styles. Conveniently located down the street from the beaches, Circa 39 also is home to a hidden courtyard garden and pool deck. It’s in house restaurant, Jules Kitchen, serves global comfort food, and the Wunder Bar serves delicious tropical cocktails!

FOR THE WALLET FRIENDLY BUDGET The New Yorker Boutique Hotel is set in a 1950’s motel in Miami’s Modern Architecture District. It is just 2 miles front the shopping district and 8 miles from Miami Beach! It offers a pool, continental breakfast, and free shuttle to the airport, beach, and Port of Miami. This is a great option for the couple who wants to spend most of their budget adventuring!


RESTAURANTS

FOR BREAKFAST Ham & Eggery is a go-to for the locals so you know it’s one of the best. This restaurant has been open since the 60’s and serves all the classics. Beachcraft, owned by the amazing Tom Colicchio, is on the pricey side, but definitely worth the splurge. It offers 2 unlimited breakfast buffets and a la carte mimosas and bloody marys! If you want an authentic Cuban breakfast, check out Las Olas Cafe! For only $3.99 you can get eggs, homefries, toast, and a cup of coffee.

FOR LUNCH If you’re on the go you must try Ms. Cheezious, the hottest food truck in Miami. It serves up amazing cheese-y sandwiches that put the regular grilled cheese to shame. If you want fresh seafood or an amazing salad go to Sabor a Peru. Indulge on all the delicious Peruvian food it has to offer! Having a fancy dinner and want to save on lunch? Try Frenchie’s Diner. For under $10 you can get a cheeseburger croque-monsieur, or escargot. 

FOR DINNER You have to go to Joe’s Stone Crab. Established in 1913 (it’s older than Miami itself!) this restaurant is famous for its stone crabs and seafood. If you’re craving Italian go to Macchialina. It serves homemade pastas and is said to be the best Italian in the whole city! Try the Yardbird Southern Table & Bar if you and your hubby are adventurous eaters. This restaurant puts a twist on your classic southern dishes, and you won’t be disappointed.


BEACHES

LUMMUS PARK BEACH Voted best beach by New York Times in 2017, this beach is the picturesque paradise you need to sunbathe on. Located in the the Art Deco Historic District, this beach is lined with retro buildings, palm trees, and shops and restaurants.

HISTORIC VIRGINIA KEY BEACH PARK If you want some peace and quiet this is the beach for you. Here you can rent kayaks, paddleboards, and bikes. The beach bottom is rocky so you may want to wear water shoes, but otherwise this beach is perfect for soaking up the sun!

HOBIE BEACH If you need a dog friendly beach, or just love pups in general, this is the beach for you. Hobie Beach offers shallow water, lemonade stands, and an amazing view of the Rickenbacker Causeway. Catamaran rentals and lessons are also available for those wanting a bit of an adventure!


ACTIVITES

ARTS AND CULTURE The Vizcaya Museum & Gardens was built in 1910 as James Deering’s private Coconut Grove estate, but has now been preserved as museum showcasing European beauty. Take a stroll in the 10 acres of gardens, or take an audio tour of the mansion! The Pérez Art Museum Miami,  located in Downtown Miami Museum Park, features international art of the 20th and 21st centuries. A recently new museum, it has already been claimed as a must-see by critics and tourists. The Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is another must see. It boasts a state of the art planetarium and 500,000 gallon Gulf Stream Aquarium.

ATTRACTIONS The Florida Everglades are full of wildlife and unlike any other place in the world. Cozy up next to your man and take an adventurous boat ride through the Everglades and snap pictures of the alligators and snakes you may see along the way. If you’ve got some cash to spend take a breathtaking tour of the city via helicopter. Miami Executive Helicopters will customize your tour to be exactly what you want. Visit Coral Castle Museum if you want to be awed. A Latvian immigrant excavated and carved these amazing sculptures out of 1,100 tons of coral over a span of 30 years, and scientists are still guessing how he did it.

NIGHTLIFE If you want to dance the night away in a club, then LIV is the nightclub of your dreams. The 18,000 square foot venue has huge domed ceilings, a light show, and VIP tables up and down the dance floor. If you want to embrace the Cuban culture try your hand at salsa at the historic Ball & Chain. Here, there is a focus on live music, wood panelling, and palm fronds reminiscent of its heyday in the 50’s. Miami Improv is the comedic haven for those wanting a laugh. This comedy club has a 2 drink minimum, a full dinner menu, and is located in Coconut Grove.


Beach Wedding Inspiration Board

The sounds of the waves crashing, seagulls chirping in the distance, your toes sinking in the sand…what better way to embrace the summer wedding season than having a romantic, whimsical beach wedding? Having a beach wedding is great for the laid-back couples who have a love for the ocean. Ditch the shoes and find yourself a casual, breezy wedding dress! Colors such as slate blue and greys will be beautiful for a calm wedding ambiance, or pop in some color with tropical pinks, oranges, and yellows for a fun wedding atmosphere! Feel the suns warmth and the sand between your toes as you say, “I do”!

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Summer Beach Bag Essentials

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Finally, our favorite season is upon us! It’s time to throw on some flip flops and head to the beach! Since going to the beach is an all-day event, it’s important to know exactly what to pack in that cute beach bag of yours. Aside from the obvious, such as beach towels and sunglasses, we put together a list of our top beach bag essentials for summer 2017.

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Even though we all want that sun kissed tan, it’s SO important to wear sunscreen! Don’t forget to reapply throughout the day, and it doesn’t hurt to pack a little SPF lip balm to avoid burnt lips! In addition, grab some protection for your hair. With products such as Sun Bum leave in conditioner, you’ll leave the beach with soft and hydrated hair.

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Nothing is more relaxing than catching up on some reading with the ocean waves in the background. Whether on your kindle or a classic hard cover, be sure to buy some reading material to enjoy on your beach day!

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Whether you bring headphones, speakers, or even your own guitar, having music at the beach surrounded by your friends is a great way to spend your beach day! Go the extra mile and get a waterproof speaker (and of course, be sure to be mindful of your beach neighbors with your music).

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Be sure to drink enough water throughout the day, as the sun dehydrates you! In addition to bringing water, it’s also smart to carry along a cooler to keep your drinks nice and cool (and to store some beach snacks, too). Get one of our favorite S’well water bottles here!

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5 Summer Essentials to Survive Wedding and Beach Season

Now that it’s summer, it seems as though we’re constantly on the move, but there’s one thing we don’t want to move: our makeup! Here are our top five essential summer products to help you maintain that perfect summer look no matter the occasion without breaking the bank!

BB or CC Cream with SPF

A great BB or CC cream is a summer must-have.  BB creams have a nice light formula so that you don’t feel weighed down while still evening and moisturizing your skin. Pick one with SPF to protect from that summer sun! Add a little extra glow by opting for a bronzed version. Our fav? Dream Bronze BB Cream by Maybelline.


Matte Primer

A solid primer is the base for that perfect no-move look. Not only will it help keep everything else in place and even, but it also works to minimize the appearance of pores and brighten your complexion! Our pick? Wet n Wild CoverAll Face Primer.


Highlight

Adding a highlight into your routine can be intimidating to the make-up novice, but we promise it’s easier than you think! Especially with this MegaGlow All-In-One Highlighting Stick by Wet n Wild. The creamy formula applies like a dream!


Setting Spray

Our one splurge? Setting spray. A trustworthy setting spray makes all the difference in a lasting look. Our summer favorite is Urban Decay’s Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray, which has time release cooling features to keep you chill while keeping your makeup in place!


Waterproof Mascara

The final touch for your summer look is a great waterproof mascara. Opting for a waterproof mascara is not only a better option for days spent by the pool or at the beach, but the wax in the formula also allows for your lashes to hold a better curl for longer – who wouldn’t want that?! Our pick is Covergirl’s Super Sizer by Lashblast Waterproof Mascara.