What's in my Bag | Summer Travel Must-Haves, What I'm Reading + More



Happy Monday! With another holiday weekend approaching us, I thought I'd share some summer must-haves that I'm packing for most every trip. We head to the beach on Friday so I'm sharing what's in my bag; from summer wardrobe staples, to accessories that go with everything, to summer skincare & what's on my reading list. 

Ruffled, scalloped, striped bathing suits! Because you obviously need a cute suit for the beach. I've linked several favorites below.

Distressed denim shorts. 

SUNDRESSES. I LIVE in dresses in the summer because they're easy, breathable and cute and all the things. Here are my current favorites, most of which I'm packing as we speak.

A great, stylish, comfortable flip flop. My favorites are definitely splurge-worthy, but worth it in my opinion because I've tried on SO MANY FLIP FLOPS that are uncomfortable, don't last long, and feel too casual to wear with a sundress. But, I've linked some more affordable options below, too.  

I am all about a statement earring. I have found myself packing just a few statement earrings and one long gold necklace that goes with everything when I travel. The earrings take up way less space than a big chunky necklace, and I can always throw the necklace on in addition to the earrings, or wear it alone for a more casual, understated look. THIS is my favorite gold necklace right now because you can wear it 5 different ways. 

I recently started using TULA skincare and have fallen in love. I started out with this mini set to try, and then moved to the full size stuff. I am especially obsessed with this Pro-Glycolic 10% PH Resurfacing Gel

One beauty item I CANNOT live without (year-round, but especially in the summer!)? NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint. I use this as a tinted moisturizer daily under makeup, and as my sunscreen at the beach. It gives you a little coverage, dewy glow, and doesn't look greasy or shiny like sunscreen. If you haven't tried this stuff, YOU ARE MISSING OUT. (I use the color 'Groenland')

Clinique Chubby Sticks. The perfect amount of moisture, perfect for throwing in your beach bag or purse! My current favorite color is "Chunky Cherry"

I am a murder mystery girl through and through. I have always wanted to be a detective or crime scene investigator (ha)... give me a good murder story Gone Girl / Girl on the Train style, and I'll finish it in one day. I also love the Emily Griffin type beach reads! Here are some books that I've already read, and am planning to read on my summer trips.

A cute straw tote that can serve as both a carry-on travel bag AND a beach bag is a necessity. I've linked all my faves for ya!