It’s a lot easier to write this post after the warm weather we had this weekend because before it just hadn’t felt like summer was on it’s way. Trying to think of summer essentials while grabbing a sweater every time you leave the door is a bit tricky, but thankfully the weather is finally warming up!

This months The Well: The B Bar Blog link up is a bit lighter than last months. Junes questions is simply:

What are your summer essentials?

Summer Essentials -Sequins & Strawberries

1) Sunscreen: This has become my number 1 summer essential in the past two years. Ever since I had a skin cancer scare I now wear SPF 50 and embrace my milky whiteness (and spray tans haha!). This is the actual sunscreen I’ve been using this year, I like it because it’s not greasy so I don’t mind reapplying it on my face.

2) Bronzer: Since I’m not getting tan from the sun I need something to help give me a little boost. My favorite is Bobbi Brown bronzer in Golden Light . I think it gives the most natural little glow.

3) White jeans: What is more summery than white jeans?! They go with everything and I just love how fresh and clean white pants look. I really want a pair of ripped white jeans, I think they take a classic look and make it a bit edgier.

4) Denim shorts: I love denim shorts for the summer. I’m a big jeans fan but sometimes it is just too hot, so these offer the same benefits as jeans, such as going with everything, but not the heat. I don’t have this exact pair but I have a pair that is similar.

5) Cute floppy hat: This pairs along with my SPF 50. I have this hat in black and okay fine I also ordered it in tan, but let me tell you it was so worth it (it’s on sale right now!). This hat is the best one I’ve found so far, and I’ve tried on a lot of them. If you look at the picture you’ll see that the weave is looser on the brim of the hat, this keeps it from getting bent out of shape. But seriously, you can even pack it! Plus the brim is pretty big so it covers your face pretty well, which means no skin cancer or wrinkles!

6) Pretty sandals: I love having a pretty pair of sandals each summer for when I don’t want to wear heels and these were too cute to resist!

7) Simple sundress: Sundresses are basically the best things in the world. They are so easy to throw on and look put together, not to mention they’re normally pretty comfortable. I bought this one to wear to my birthday, you can see that post here!

8) A fun outdoor game: I truly live for warm weather since I am constantly cold. There is nothing better than being about to be outside all day and night. I have trouble sitting still though, so a fun game to get everyone involved in is always a good idea. Cornhole is always a crowd favorite. Another good one is Kan Jam.

9) A pool or beach: I grew up having a pool and living 15 minutes away from a beach so I don’t think I could ever live somewhere that didn’t have one. Chalk it up to not being able to sit still again. This picture is actually from Long Beach where I go!

10) Sunglasses: My eyes are super sensitive to the sun so if I’m outside I need sunglasses or I’ll be squinting the entire time. This past weekend I had on my SPF 50, floppy hat, and these sunglasses!

Check out the other bloggers who participated this month also:

What are your Summer Essentials?!

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  • Great summer essentials, lady! I can’t believe summer is actually HERE- yay! 🙂

    Le Stylo Rouge


      Thank you, Ashley! I know me neither!

  • Lawn games are my new favorite way to spend time on the weekend!!! Love those sunnies you picked too! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston


      They really are a fun way to pass the time with friends!

  • I’ve been obsessing over those Kate Spade sandals… absolutely love the bow 🙂


      Thank you so much! I love wearing them haha!

  • numbers 2, 3, 8 and 10! And throw in a margarita and some sam summer here and there 😉


      Haha I definitely forgot the poolside drinks on there!

  • So, those sandals are too cute for words. I think I may need! 🙂



      You should! They go with so many things!

  • I could not live in the summer without any of these things either Susie! I also grew up with the pool and its so hard now not having one, we had plans to put one in but we have a septic system that won’t allow for it! I tell my husband then we’re going to have to move ha ha!


      Haha I would say the same thing! As long as their is some body of water nearby I’m okay!

  • Water is a must, whether its a pool or beach. I definitely crave it in the summer!


      It really helps beat the heat!

  • I love these summer essentials especially the white jeans! Always a must-have.

    XO Chelsea


      White jeans are the best for summer, they go with everything!

  • I adore this! I’m the same way – I need to be by a body of water. I feel so restless without it! And sunglasses are an obvious must 🙂

    xx, Ashleigh


      It is the only way I can be outside all day!

  • Number 8 is my FAVORITE. Such a good idea and I love corn hole. May I ask what platform.layout are you using? Is it photoshop?

    Stay Styled,

    Instagram: stay_styled


      Of course, no problem! I actually use to make my collages! It’s nice and free haha!

  • This reminds me how badly I need to get a cute pair of sandals, and a pair of denim shorts that actually looks good on me!


      I know how you feel, I’m so iffy on the denim shorts I have

  • You have great taste! That floppy hat is a must 😉


      Thank you so much!

  • CORNHOLE, yay! We have been playing for years- such a fun family game for BBQs, parties, picnics, etc.! Can’t imagine summer without it 🙂 Nice to see others enjoy it as well!



      Yes it is so fun!

  • Great summer essentials! I never leave the house without sunblock for sure.

    Mimi & Chichi


      Sunblock is such a necessity in my life nowadays!

  • I love your summer essentials, I have some of the same. Skin cancer is no joke, that + wrinkles & sunspots are the reason I wear lots of sunscreen and hats outdoors. You gotta do what you gotta do!


      Agreed! Thanks for reading, Carrie!

  • These are great summer essentials! I am loving that sundress!



      Thank you so much, Jessica!

  • Love you essentials list girl! Especially the white denim! Nothing like a good beach too!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles


      Thank you so much, Shannon!

  • Bobbi Brown made it on a couple of lists…I must check out these products. I’m such a beauty rookie.


      I am too, I barely ever branch out!

  • I love the ripped jeans! They’re really great for dressing down in the summer 🙂

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane


      I agree! Plus they’re just too cute!

  • I need white ripped jeans ASAP! Thanks for a reminder! 😉



      I know I still need to buy them!

  • vanessa

    love the sunnies!



      Thank you, Vanessa!


      Thank you, Carmen!

  • Great post! I agree with your summer essentials, I think that you did a great selection. xoxo 🙂

    xx Jamie| Love Peace and Shimmer



      Thank you so much, Jamie!

  • I don’t think there will ever be summer without me pulling out my favorite sundress, sandals, and sunglasses! Those things are just too great to pass up.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on my take on this month’s prompt. You can read it here at:

    Have a happy summer!


      Thank you, Emilie!

  • I love everything on your list! A game is definitely an essential for a summer bbq and you reminded me I need a pair of white distressed jeans!


      I know I still need to get them!

  • I’m very familiar with cornhole, but had never heard of Kan Jam before- it looks like a combination of cornhole and frisbee golf. My friends will love it!


      It is! It’s a really fun game!