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Beach Day Essentials

As my month-long beach hopping journey will be over after my upcoming trip to the Grand Cayman Island, I wanted to share my beach-going wisdom of what is needed in order to have the most successful and relaxing beach day!

1 ~ Sunglasses (see my post on must have sunnies here)

2 ~ Canvas Tote Bag (to carry all your personal items)

3 ~ Beach Towel

4 ~ SUNSCREEN (!!!!!)

5 ~ Beach Chair

6 ~ Beach Umbrella

7 ~ Beach TENT (YES this IS a thing!!)

8 ~ Beach Wagon (With XL wheels so it’ll roll in sand)

9 ~ Something to READ (magazine, ebook, REAL book, etc.)

10 ~ MUSIC (headphones / speaker)

And for after the beach, make sure you’ve got some dry clothes to change into and some aloe just in case you get a little too much sun!

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The Perfect Sandal

Ya boi is BEACH BOUND in 48 hours, so I have definitely been doing some major beach vaca. prep, because after this trip, I have 2 more back-to-back beach trips (cannot contain my excitement).

Apart of this years beach prep. was to find some sandals that were comfortable, casual, and a pair or two that could get wet (I have a tendency to lean towards leather).

My favorite sandal trends this season are fun slides, strappy sandals, and avoiding the “flip-flop” at all costs (if you have any it’s time to get rid of them). I, myself, have invested into all of these trends, and my summer wardrobe has never been better. Shop my fav. sandals below (all under $125).

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Perks of the Crop

Cropped trousers aren’t just the best of both worlds, they’re the best of every world. Cropped trousers take simplification to a whole new level.

Cropped trousers can be worn completely casually with a t-shirt and sneakers, they can be worn smartly with a button-up tucked in or un-tucked with a daytime oxford or loafer, and when needed, they can even be dressed up for a formal occasion. And since they’re cropped, there’s no worrying about whether your pant length is correct for the shoes you’re wearing.

Cropped trousers may not be practical in the winter (I, personally just deal with the cold ankles), but for spring and summer they’re absolutely perfect. They’re lightweight, they keep you cool and comfortable, and they add something unique to every look they’re apart of, which is something I find difficult to accomplish during the summer without winter’s ability to layer.

Trust me, your spring/summer wardrobe isn’t complete until cropped trousers are involved…in more than one color!

Outfit Details:

All trousers shown are from ASOS. When ordering cropped trousers, be sure to order your normal go-to pant length!

5 Tips for Online Shopping

Shopping online is overwhelming for a lot of people, but it doesn’t have to be! If you take a second and slow down before you hit complete order, you’ll probably save yourself from a lot of trouble down the road, so here are the 5 things I do before I order from any retailer for the first time.

#1 ~ Always check the store’s return policy. Unfortunately with online shopping, there’s always the chance of something not fitting. And in the worst cases, nothing fits. It’s all fun and games until you have to spend $30 shipping your order back to California on YOUR dime, so make sure you’ve read everything there is to read about what returning to this new store is like! If the return policy seems unreasonable, that’s probably because they’re positive you aren’t going to be happy with something in your order, and the strenuous return policy makes customers not even bother returning. Take a second and see if you love what you’re about to buy enough to risk having to go through their hassle-filled return policy.

#2 ~ Shipping charges and return policies are my top deterrents from me ordering from a store, so on top of checking up on the return policy, look into how much they charge for shipping, too. Don’t pay $10 to ship a $30 shirt. If possible, spend enough to get free shipping, but only if you can return the stuff you didn’t actually want in store, because they’ll probably charge you to return those few things via mail.

#3 ~ See if they have any promotions going on! I can’t say that you’ll always find something in the sale section, but they might have a buy more save more (my personal fav) promotional deal going on, or maybe even some misc. promo codes for free shipping or a certain percentage off your order! Never hurts to check before you start shopping!

#4 ~ There are a lot of shady online stores out there. If you’ve never heard about a store you find, it’s probably safest to just not shop there, but if you find something you absolutely have to have, take a second and do some research. See if they have a solid online presence, see if there’s any reviews about this shop, and even look into how true to size their clothes are. If there’s something wrong with the site you’re on, you’ll probably find out after a quick google search.

#5 ~ Now that you’re sure that you’re on a safe site, there’s one last thing to do before you hit complete order. Shop around to see if you can find some better prices, check apps like retail me not for coupon codes, and make absolute sure you’re getting the best deal possible before you hand over you’re hard earned….credit card number? Oh and that reminds me…don’t save your info unless it’s a site you 100% trust!

Happy Shopping Everyone! 🙂