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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Summer Necessities

Hey y'all!

I am so excited that summertime is finally here, especially now that we've had Memorial Day weekend which we spent out on the lake with some of our really good friends.

Today I want to share with you the things that I've found essential for summer time fun, these are tried and true-especially after putting them to the hard test out on the water for the past three days!

One of the best parts about summer is being on the lake, by the pool, or on the beach.
But you have to be prepared for anything when you're going to be under the sun all day!

I have to have my iPhone, of course. It plays all my favorite summer jams. I usually use spotify because I can play any artist or pre-made playlist.

A cute beach bag is another essential because you need to get everything from point A to point B safely.
I love using my Lilly Pulitzer bags because not only are they cute, but these are water resistant which is awesome, especially for the beach!

A cute towel is a must as well, along with an adorable koozie like this one from Lauren James.
If I'm not drinking something out of a can, I prefer to use my adorable Lilly tumblers to keep my drinks iced cold & cute all day long.

Now let's get down to the actual products I use and why I choose these time after time.

First things first, sunscreen. Y'all know I'm a big proponent of making sure I prevent any signs of aging before they have to come. If that means being pale, then so be it.

I love the Smart Stuff brand for both sunscreen and insect repellant.
The sunscreen is mineral based, natural, water-resistant, and plus it isn't tested on animals which makes me happy, happy, happy.

The insect repellant is a spray on formula that repels mosquitos and ticks.
It doesn't use chemicals, is eco-friendly, and uses oils to naturally repel.
I love the light peppermint oil scent that it has-so much better than the strong scent left behind by other name brands!

Of course I use my sunglasses to protect my eyes, they're from Costa and very comfortable.

My other love for keeping myself comfortable on the beach or by the pool is the Evian Natural Mineral Water facial spray.

This seems like a really silly product right? It's a water mist.

But oh, no, no.
This stuff is a must-have for your beach bag.

Yesterday, I was burning up on the boat. I simply reached in my bag and misted my face and was feeling much better instantly.
It's cooling and refreshing, I love the instant hydration you get.
The pool chemicals damage your facial skin and harsh sun and salt water suck moisture from your skin-Evian facial spray helps combat both of those!

I also always have to have a book with me, maybe not on the lake-but definitely if I'm out on the beach or by the pool.
This one is a light read, a Christian author who writes in an Amish setting.
As a history buff I really enjoy reading these books (it brings out the sociology in my background!)
I would highly recommend grabbing a book to read that isn't too heavy, this is a novella meaning there are four short stories in this one book. Perfect for reading one in an afternoon by the water.

My Dachshund, Coco and my sister's pup Zoey had to join me for a mini photo shoot by the pool. They were killing it in front of the camera!

I hope y'all enjoyed this little mini review of the products that I love to use on a summer afternoon.
Since this is my first summer completely off, I'm going to soak up and enjoy every minute of it!

Until next time. . .


A big thank you to BrandBacker for providing me with product in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting brands who support The Southern Stylista.


  1. Enjoy your summer vacation and thanks for this contest! :)


  2. I really want to try the Evian water spray, that sounds amazing for the beach! Your towel is super cute :)

  3. Loving all your bright Lilly stuff! Have the Evian spray and looooove it. :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  4. love all these colors and patterns! happy summer!


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