Summer time & the livin is easy




Since moving back to the beach I’ve been * trying * to spend more time outside. But Between work and the Florida heat it’s not always easy. When I am able to get out and relax, I make sure I bring everything I need to comfortably spend a few hours relaxing. I agree, it can seem a bit high maintenance. But I know what I like and between the Florida heat and humidity, summer can be brutal if you’re not prepared.


I’ve compiled a list of things that I keep stashed in my bag so when I have the time to adventure, all I need to do is grab some snacks and head out!


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The most important thing is having a bag that is stylish and functional. This beach tote from Stardust Sustainables is made from plant-based materials, it’s the first 100% compostable beach tote on the market. There are 2 different colors and every bag has 3 pockets. I’ve been able to fit 2 towels, a water bottle, blue tooth speaker, cell phone, a few other items and still carry it comfortably. The straps are super sturdy and when you’re not using it, it fold’s up nicely. And did I mention it’s made from plant-based materials? There’s absolutely no plastic anywhere on the bag. Mother Nay Nay approves.



The second most important thing for me is making sure my skin is protected. A few years ago, I learned about my family’s history with sun related skin problems. When the doctor told me I had a spot that was concerning, I vowed to make sure I always wore sunscreen and practiced “safe sun”. Knowing how chemicals can also harm us, I needed to find something that was safe. Sun Bum is my personal favorite, they don’t just make sun screen, they also have hair and body products. Everything they make is cruelty free, gluten free, paraben free, vegan, REEF FRIENDLY and sulfate free. Making them safe for humans, the planet and animals. Does it get any better?


I’ve always had acne issues so for a long time I was always really nervous about what I put on my face. Including sunscreen. Honestly, my naive side even believed sunscreen would CAUSE damage. Which is only partially true. If you use a heavy sunscreen that has harmful chemicals, you can in fact make acne worst. I also remember thinking the sun would HELP my acne. Which is also partially true. If you get burnt, your skin will produce more oil to try and heal the sun burn. More oil mean worst acne for most people. A tiny amount of sun will help dry some of the natural oils produced, helping your skin. It’s a very fine line. At 30 years old I rather have a few pimples instead of wrinkles and cancer. This all being said; I do wear sunscreen on my face. I recently discovered these flannel cosmetic rounds that are hand made by Sprocket and Beau from leftover fabric scraps. Reusable, machine washable and supporting a small business… winning. Spray a little bit of hitch hazel on and give your skin a little refresh.

Make sure you * DO NOT * go over your eyes or lips cause that ish will burn.


Unless you’re going to lug an umbrella with you, it’s important that you have a hat to keep the shade off of your face. Cause lets be honest. How often do we really remember to apply sunscreen? Sun is one of, if not, the worst things for our skin. It causes wrinkles, sun spots and can even lead to cancer. YIKES! I love this folding hat with a ponytail opening in the back.Sure it’s not the most fashionable but its functional and doesn’t look bad if it gets wrinkly. I tried a few different straw hats but they would get funny creases when I folded them up and eventually start to crack and tear apart.


If you’ve ever been to Florida during the summer, you know what I’m talking about when I bring up the heat and humidity. I know I sound like I’m a cry baby but seriously people. It can be rough. I saw a lady with a personal fan one time and was immediately jealous. What a genius idea! My partner thought it was silly at first, but I think he’s finally come around. As long as I keep sharing at least. This personal fan from Karecel has been a * GAME CHANGER * it fits in my purse so I can bring it with me anytime we plan to be outside. Don’t sweat about it running out of power, you can recharge it with a battery pack. And because its rechargeable, you don’t need to replace any battery when it dies. A rechargeable battery keeps batteries from ending up in the landfill. So, it’s also good for Mother Nay Nay…


Did I mention I try to pack my bag with items

that won’t end up in a landfill after one use?

A lot of waste comes from things we use regularly

so, it’s important to be conscious about our choices.


Because I can work remotely, sometimes I find myself working from my phone. I have been known to walk out of the house with a low battery and before I notice my phone shuts off. This Anker PowerCore has saved me more than once. It’s also small enough to slide into a pocket and it will charge my reusable fan!


Water bottles are one of the BIGGEST contributors to plastic waste. I invested in a HydroFlask a few years ago and highly recommend picking one up for yourself. I’ve never had any problems with leaks, and I like that I was able to get another lid with a straw. They support several nonprofits (National Park trust, Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), The Trust for Public Land) and every purchase has a life time warranty. They are more expensive then similar products but I believe you get what you pay for. My HydroFlask will keep things at temperature FOR HOURS! There is nothing like a nice cold bevy on a hot day. Or a nice warm bevy on a cold one. I have the 32oz wide mouth and it fits perfectly in the pocket of my Stardust beach tote. And supporting businesses that give back is a huge plus!


Whatever adventure you go on, make sure you have fun.


… TAKE HOME EVERYTHING YOU BRING …


Don’t leave any trash behind and if you could be so kind, pick up some trash that others have left. Plastic is one of the largest pollutants and is responsible for killing marine life everywhere. If we all do our part to clean up our beaches, we can keep millions of pieces of plastic out of the ocean. All of our baby steps will bring change.


Always beach more and worry less

love & light

kristen claire



Links to items mentioned in this post


Stardust Sustainables Beach Tote

SunBum

Sprocket & Beau reusable cosmetic rounds

Muryobao sun hat

Karecel personal fan

Anker PowerCore Battery Charger

HydroFlask insulated water bottle

National Park Trust

Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC)

The Trust for Public Land


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