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Summer must haves

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.

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Striped thirty-one bag and Lily Pulitzer bag for summer!
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.

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Bali Market here
Summer reading

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.

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Jacksonville Beach, 2013
A kimono

So easy-breezy! Here are suggestions for each Color Code. Not sure of your Color Code? Go here

 Kimono outfits for your Color Code. Tabitha Dumas Phoenix Image Consultant. Find out your Color Code. Deep color code soft color code light color code cool color code


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!

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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!

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Tab’s tips for working from home for the summer

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About Tabitha Dumas

Seeing women showing UP to their life authentically and confidently--THAT is what excites me. I am a strategist, bringer of the fun, trail blazer and agent of encouragement offering creative and effective strategies to help women elevate their image and expand their influence. I'm also a magazine junkie, dedicated wife, fun-loving mama, bargain shopper and story teller trying to use my powers for good in this crazy world. I love my life!
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2 thoughts on “Summer must haves

  1. I saw the flip flops, and had to caution other ladies. CAR ACCIDENTS (statistically significant) are caused by FLIP FLOPS getting caught on the accelerator, and I got the stats rom the police officer that came to rescue the other female driver, from the tree collusion, after she took down a stop sign, and hit my Volvo. Please ladies, don’t drive in flip flops. Luckily, no one got hurt, but it was a hassle for me getting my car fixed, and filing out the DMV docs. The other driver and I were lucky, the physics worked in our favor.

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