Eat Drink & Be Mary: Beach Essentials


Beach Essentials

Life is truly better at the beach y'all.  Something about the sunkissed skin, care free, slow paced life just fills my heart with happiness and renews my soul.  Andd even though I just spent last week at the beach, Monday this girl will be beach bound once more.  A week trip with T & his family.  I canNOT be more excited.  A whole week with Thomas + the beach...ahh life is good.

One can simply not take too many beach trips.  It's not possible.

side note: the summer after my freshman year in college my best friend and I took 5 beach trips.  

So today I'm here to share with y'all my beach essentials.  You can bet your bottom dollar these five items will be in my beach bag.  But this edition is a "wish list" version of my beach essentials.

+ Beach Towel.  I'd prefer a monogrammed towel to sport at the beach.  But for now I'll have to settle with "window shopping" & hoping that these will show up in my beach bag by Monday.  See here, here & here (pictured: here).

+ Sunglasses.  How cute would these be?  One | Two
And what sunglasses would be complete without a customized croakie?  Yes, please (I actually don't own any croakies but I'd love to own some)!  One | Two

+ Bathing Suit.  Obviously, right?  But I'd LOVE to own a monogrammed bathing suit, and this one is too incredibly cute!

+Monogrammed Cup/Koozie.  Gotta stay hydrated, do so in style.
One | Two | pictured

+ Workout Gear.  If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  I plan on keeping with my workout routine while on vacation (if I didn't, I'd never workout.  I have vacations planned every other week); therefore I need to be prepared.  Plus this is a perfect time to show off some of my cute, new workout gear.
One | Two | Three | pictured

+ Extra Item: a book.  Seriously, I could not take a trip to the beach without a book or two (at least).  The beach is where I get my best reading done.  What's better than getting lost in a good book while soakin' up the sun?  Nothing.  Fact.
Currently I'm reading A Moment of Weakness by Karen Kingsbury -- SO GOOD!

In summary, "I'll take it monogrammed please."  What is one of your essentials for the beach?  What must-have item is your favorite?  Did I leave a crucial essential out?  What is your favorite summer time read?

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  1. Loving your beach essentials....and would love to pack all those goodies up and head out to feel sand between my toes right about NOW! ;) Have a fab weekend, Mary! xo

  2. Why must we think alike and you steal my posts!?! You will see my version of this next Friday. Ha! Good job by the way! Have fun at the beach.

  3. I want everything monogrammed too!! Yes please!! Everything is just better monogrammed. I like the polkadot towels. I am a sucker for polkadots oh and obviously anything monogrammed, ha

  4. I love those togo cups!!!! How cute!! Well, everything is cute, but....

  5. I love these, I couldn't agree more. These are definite must-haves. I've been looking for a leopard print beach towel but haven't had any luck finding one I actually like.

    --Me And My Mini Me

  6. I'm dying to go to the beach!! Haven't had a chance to plan a vacation this year. :-( But those essentials are spot-on, especially monogrammed anything. Love that kettlebell love tee!

  7. I need to grab some sunglasses for the beach/anytime.

  8. Love this list, especially the monogram cup! :)

  9. I soooo, soooo love the pink polka dot beach towel! It never even crossed my mind to look for beach towels on Etsy! BRILLIANT!

  10. A book is so necessary! I just back from the beach for a week where I finished the book I'd been reading, read another, and I'm halfway through two more. I love having all of the down time to do some good reading.

  11. Alright girlfriend, where are the best places for me to stock up on the cutest (but affordable) monogrammed things with my soon-to-be new initials.??? You are obviously THE gal to ask!

  12. Haha, I definitely have my fair share of monograms sporting that soon-to-be new last name. I don't necessarily get them from one place.

    A wide variety of things I got from, I also keep my eye on and groopdealz for any deals that come out on monogrammed stuff (which is all the time), and of course I search Etsy all the time comparing prices and searching for the best items.

    Other places I've seen but don't use as often are Marley Lilly and Swoozies.

  13. Welp, about to go shopping thanks to your recommendations! I need me some monograms FINALLY.

  14. I can't believe you've held off so long! I can't wait to see what you get!


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