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Sweet Summertime Reads: Beach Bags Galore!

Sweet Summertime Reads - Summer Beach Reads Feature

Hello, hot hot summer! Yesterday Ginger at GReads! shared what’s in her beach bag. Today we’re doing the same. Quite frankly, we’re longing for days at the beach to escape work and day-to-day life busyness. Oh, to smell like sunscreen while spending a long day with sand collecting between your toes…


I’m a terrible packer. Terrible. I over pack and bring a million and a half things just because I *might* need them.  I’m pretty pleased with how practical my hypothetical beach bag appears to be packed. (And yes, you do see two beach bags. One for beach-y things, one for books.)

modcloth inspired summer beach bag

  1. Paradise Beach Bag — Gotta love a good summertime tote to pack along all the sunscreen and snacks. (I’m practically clear – I’m so pale. The sunscreen is an absolute given.)
  2. Crossing Sandals — Sand in the summer = HOT. Scorching hot. Cute sandals are a necessity when strolling along the beach.
  3. Pastel Sunglasses — Must protect the eyes from UVA/UVB rays.
  4. Color Block Beach Towel — I own a couple of this exact towel from Target. I love the gradient of colors.
  5. Striped Backpack — So here’s the bag I would stuff FULL OF BOOKS. Because somehow I convince myself I’ll have time to read 33 books in one day. (That’s possible, right?) 😉
  6. Books, Books, Books (duh!) — I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson are two books I have to read this summer. I just purchased Sophie’s book this past week (!!) and I’ve had Morgan’s glaring at me from my bookshelf. Cannot wait for some time to devour these.
  7. Chic Hat — I’m not usually much of a hat girl, but there’s something about going to the beach that makes me feel sassy when I wear an awesome hat. And it protects my head from getting sunburned. Nothing hurts worse than a sunburn on your scalp!


When my husband and I lived 15 minutes from the beach last year, we used to jump in the car after I commuted home in our work clothes and head over to eat dinner on the sand. It was always surprising how crowded the beach was at that time, but still, a nice way to end the day after a bustling twelve hours in the city. Now that we’ve moved, it’s not possible for us to do this anymore so my beach bag is dedicated to this fun tradition. (That we may be able to revive on weekends, I hope.)

Sweet Summertime Reads Estelle

1. kate spade picnic basket: Stylish and functional!
2. pose garden sandal: Cute sandals that are so work appropriate. (Wouldn’t they look great with a pencil skirt?)
3. fujifilm instax MINI: One of my favorite Christmas presents that I would love to bring to the beach and capture the sun going down, the surf, or even just some candids of the husband and I.
4. goldfish pizza flavored: A childhood tradition that I’ve kept going in my grown-up life. I always remember my mom and dad throwing Goldfish in our beach bags during the summer and I can’t eat the Pizza ones without thinking of those fun times. I’m always sure to throw some in our beach bag.

So what about the books? I think I’m still in wedding mode after this weekend because I was thinking of something “old” (totally classic, a major re-read) and something new to recommend as fantastic beach read options.

something “old”From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas | A crazy, unexpected road trip between the most popular guy at school and a stick-in-the-mud super responsible gal to Mexico. I read this on my cruise last June and I have so many fond memories of reading it. Must take a second spin with it soon!

something newDangerous Girls by Abigail Haas | This mature young adult thriller comes out July 16 (but my review is up on Thursday) and was seriously so difficult to put down. (You might get a pretty spectacular tan if you bring this one to the beach because I guarantee you will not want to move.) It’s about a group of friends who spend their senior year of spring break in Aruba where one of their friends ends up murdered and another charged for the crime. So so so creepy good.

What is a must in your beach bag? Most importantly, what books are you bringing to the beach?!

Don’t forget to check out Fiction Folio on Thursday for Tara’s beach bag!

June 20, 2013 - 1:03 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: Beach Bag Goodies | Fiction Folio - […] this week, we got to see the fun things that Ginger and Magan & Estelle pack in their beach bags. Now it’s my turn to […]

June 19, 2013 - 7:33 pm

Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf - Love all of your picks! And I’ve Got Your Number is a great Summer read!! So fun!

June 19, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Alexa Y. - This post is SO ADORABLE. You girls make me want to pack up and head on over to the beach! (I haven’t been yet since the weather got warmer. That’s gotta change.) I love both pairs of sandals, the striped backpack and that AWESOME picnic basket!

June 19, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Rachel - Estelle, your picks totally scream you and I love it. I can so see you with that beach bag. Magan, those sandals are THE CUTEST and also I love that towel and the tote bag. You should be my personal shopper or something. My beach bag is always filled with lots of food, summery books, and ALL THE WATER because I am a very big water drinker.

June 19, 2013 - 4:38 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - I love this feature! Magan, love love love the sandals and the backpack. And you can’t go wrong with Sophie Kinsella. Estelle, that basket and sandals!! I’ve never shopped at ModCloth before. You guys are going to be the death of my bank account!! I have the Fuji Instax Mini 25 and I love it. 🙂

June 18, 2013 - 11:00 pm

Cassie - SUCH CUTE BAGS GUYS! E- the sunset nights theme? ADORABLE. May have to steal the idea 😉 M- I still never read Sophie Kinsella, so sounds like summer would be perfect time to start!

Love these posts ladies! <3

June 18, 2013 - 10:21 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - I would love to just go to the beach tomorrow instead of work. I love the ocean and smelling like sunscreen. I love your beach bags! Those sunglasses and sandals are too cute! I also pack way too much. I would have chapstick, a hair brush (my hair wet is not a pretty picture) and then pretty much what you girls have. 😀 Great post!

June 18, 2013 - 8:47 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - This is the greatest post! Graphically and content wise. I’m always overpacking too. Plus I have kids so that’s triple the stuff. But I ALWAYS have a book and a snack and sunglasses. LOVE that camera so much and I’ve Got YOur Number is a great Kinsella. She’s my go-to summer author. Can you keep a secret is my FAVE.

June 18, 2013 - 5:39 pm

Tara - LOL Magan you are an overpacker just like me! You never know what you *might* need. Estelle, that picnic basket is so pretty…and costs more than 20 of my beach bags combined haha. I will have to admire from afar :/

June 18, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - There are so pretty ! You both picked great summer reads.

June 18, 2013 - 1:21 pm

Jessie - That Kate Spade picnic basket is AMAZING

June 18, 2013 - 9:03 am

Bookworm1858 - Right now I’m reading Antigoddess so if I don’t finish it by the weekend, that’s what I’ll be dragging along. I’m in California really close to the beach but I rarely go-hoping to change that this summer!

June 18, 2013 - 8:58 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Cute! Cute! Cute! What’s inside Magan’s beach bag looks totally like her 🙂 I can see her rockin’ those shades with that hat.. and of course those sandals! Estelle, I remember seeing your “after work, at the beach” photos last summer. I may miss it as much as you, ha.

June 18, 2013 - 8:56 am

Brittany @ the Book Addict's Guide - Super cute, ladies!!! I’m like Magan. I’m an overpacker! Surprisingly it wasn’t too terrible for BEA but usually I bring WAY more clothes/books than I need to because I just never know what I’ll be in the mood for! Haha 🙂

June 18, 2013 - 8:41 am

Lisa - I’ll take Magan’s backpack and Estelle’s sandals, thanks! Also loooove the summer reading choices.

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