School is out and my folks’ pool is open so it’s time to start thinking about summer must haves here in Phoenix. If you’re like me, summer snuck up pretty fast!
Summer must haves
A great bag
You need a big ol’ tote bag that can hold pool and beach gear. I love thirty-one bags and this striped number is my current favorite (and I found it at Goodwill!). The other one was also thrifted and it’s a Lily Pulitzer! Ideally your bag will be cute and summery! This blue and white one is so cute, I’m leaving hanging in my mud room just for fun. It’s pre-loaded with hats and sunscreen.
A fun towel
I love a good beach towel and this summer I’m trying out my first Turkish towel from Bali Market. They’re so versatile they can be used as a regular towel, a beach towel, a cover-up and so much more! I loved the color of this one.
I have a confession to make. I’ve hardly read a book cover to cover in probably two years. Gulp. I love connecting with people so when I get a moment to sit (usually when nursing my baby), I spend it texting friends or using social media to encourage people or promote an event or cause. Given a few extra minutes, I avoid getting sucked into an entire book by picking up a magazine! But with the time freed up by having kids home from school, I’m diving into my book pile! What’s on your summer reading list??
After sun care
Being in the sun in summer in Arizona is inevitable so I keep a colorless aloe vera gel in the fridge or my Mary Kay After Sun Replenishing Gel. So refreshing! I love using aloe on my legs after shaving, too.
By the way, I’d love to add a sunless tanner to this list…let me know if you have one you love!
A fun cover-up
I love having a cover-up that doubles as a top for everyday wear. An absorbent one is nice for by the pool! Even a flowy white blouse works well for keeping covered while your suit dries.
So easy-breezy! Here are suggestions for each Color Code. Not sure of your Color Code? Go here
A great cup
Staying hydrated is critical during summer, especially in the desert. I love my Tervis cups and the JBloom options are able to be personalized but anything that keeps your beverages cold and looks pretty will work!
A sun shade for your car
If you don’t live in Phoenix, you might not know a sun shade keeps your car much cooler when it’s parked in the sun! Mine has butterflies. They’re in the car care department of must major retailers and come in shiny silver or a cute print.
I hope this list of summer must haves helps you have a fun, colorful and COOL summer!
Looking for more summer reading on my blog? Here are some of my summer favorites!