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Summer Essentials

Hi guys! So, I know it’s not technically summer yet, but the weather is speaking otherwise! Plus, my kids only have a week of school left and I know a number of yours are already out. So, summer it is.

Today I pulled together some of my essential summer pieces. I’ll go into a bit of detail as to why I selected each of these items below, but they are all things that I would hate to be without all summer long!



Summer Tote: An obvious essential for on-the-go moms. The best part is, it can be stylish to carry around water bottles, snacks, towels, sunscreen etc. for any number of kids! This bag also comes in white and they’re both currently on sale.

Stila All Day Lipstick: I get asked about this lipstick on my Insta-stories regularly. I love it because it lasts for the better part of the day as I don’t often remember to reapply, especially during the summer months! My two favorite colors are Portofino and Baci.

Birkenstocks: I bought these sandals in copper last year and am eyeing up the pink to add for this year! I wanted a waterproof sandal that I could throw on for the pool as well as our beach trip, but they ended up being the sandals that I slip on constantly as I’m in and out of the house with the kids playing outside, cooking outdoors, running quick errands….they’re perfect to slip on and off and they’re super comfortable too! I can’t recommend these enough.

CamelBak Water Bottle: My new years resolution was to drink more water daily. Although I don’t meet my goal everyday, the only way I get close is by keeping my bottle by my side all day. Hydration is even more important during the summer months, not only for the kids, but yourself too!

LeSpecs Sunglasses: I own a few pairs of LeSpecs, which you probably know if you’ve followed along for a while now. They have great style, great comfort and are at a great price-point. This pair in particular is my favorite for summer-time. They look great with a suntan!

JCrew Slub T-shirt: I recently ordered this shirt and now I want every color. Their slub cotton is so comfortable and I adore the v-neck and slouchy fit. Easy, grab and go t-shirts are basically my go-to everyday throughout the summer. As are…

JCrew High-rise Denim Shorts: I have a similar pair of denim shorts from last year and they’re likely to be my go-to’s once again. I’m a high-waist fanatic when it comes to denim and that goes for shorts too. A little front tuck with the t-shirt and you actually look like you’re making an effort!

Essie Gel Nail Polish: This is new-ish to me, but actually has me doing my nails again on a somewhat regular basis. A typical manicure only lasts me a few days, but this stuff stays on for a solid week! And I can get a good month with my pedicure. I do my own nails these days, and the brush on this polish makes all the difference in the world. It’s curved on the edges instead of being straight and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why no one came up with this idea before?! Anyone else try this? Do you agree?

Converse Sneakers: This is a given, but it’s also the time of year that I realize how rough I am on mine year after year. Then I tip toe around in a new pair until one of my kids inevitably steps right on top of them with their dirty (or better yet muddy) feet ;)

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