What's In My Beach Bag

1 June 2018 London, UK

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I’m heading to Cornwall in July to celebrate both my birthday and my mum’s, so what better time (a mere two months in advance) to start planning my beach bag for the trip… 

Obviously, from the pictures, you can see I’m very much hoping for the warm and sunny weather England has currently been enjoying but, even if that doesn’t happen, this sort of post is always a good thing to look back on for holidays to come and hopefully it’ll inspire some of you guys as well!

Whether you’re doing a staycation this summer or flying a little further afield, what you pop in your beach bag is of the upmost importance. When I’m away I head out early in the morning and normally won’t come back until the evening so what I put in there has to see me through at least 10 hours. In which time I may have spilt something down my bright white dress at lunch, experienced at least three weather changes or just fancied a quick outfit swap for an impromptu Instagram photo shoot.

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I picked up a few bits from House of Fraser recently (which actually this post is in collaboration with) so it seemed as good a time as any to start talking about the key pieces I keep in my beach bag. 

Number one on my list is always, always, ALWAYS my swimsuit. I don’t hugely like wearing a swimsuit under my outfit when I’m away so having one in my bag is fast becoming a more common occurrence. This gorgeous little blue and white striped number from Whistles just screams ‘holiday’ to me and is perfect if you’re heading on a more active holiday, rather than just laying on the beach tanning all day. It offers you some support, it’s non wired but comes with padding, though I sometimes like to go without the pads which makes the fact that you can remove them an absolute dream! It features thick straps, a round front neck and then it’s a party at the back as it’s completely backless. Oo-er! This is a piece I’ll have in my wardrobe for years to come and I can even wear it as a cute little bodysuit when I’m not away. Win, win!

Next up, my second most important beach piece to have on me – my sunnies!

I’ve long been a fan of the wayfarer style as I think it’s what suits my rounded face shape the most. This pair from American Freshman has a gorgeous gold frame with the classic tortoiseshell colouring and fits perfectly on my nose. They’re also really well made so I know that they’re going to last me a really long time and, because they’re understated in their colour I know I can wear them with pretty much anything and everything…including that beaut swimsuit.

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I know a lot of people who hit the beach like to go shoeless…

I am not one of those people.

I hate the feeling of wet sand (how do people walk on that stuff?) sticking to my feet and seaweed brushing against my toes when I’m in the sea, so I’ll always be wearing my jellies in the water and then a lovely set of sandals when on the beach. I always tend to spend a little more on my footwear when I’m away as I find cheaper pairs can break easily or just become super flimsy.

When I saw this pair from Mint Velvet on House of Fraser I knew I had to have them! I’ve worn them already so can honestly say they are by far the comfiest sandals I’ve ever owned, and the prettiest - they’re so, SO pretty! In this deep orange, coral colour they perfectly suit the Whistles swimsuit and the American Freshman wayfarer sunglasses. What’s more, they’re so easy to walk in! Sometimes I find that this sort of sandal style has me slipping all over the place but not these – the heel height is a perfect 2.5cm as well. But, what really sold this pair to me was the bow detailing made from gorgeous suede (so maybe stay away from the sea in these). They add a real statement feature to your outfit. I can picture myself sipping a cocktail in my white Broderie Anglaise dress (basket bag by my side) whilst wearing these, living my best life!

And, the last thing I have to have in my bag is a camera. This Polaroid camera has been with me on a lot of adventures and I love the retro look it gives – particularly with this swimsuit!

Other bits to pop in your beach bag:

An extra layer (jumper/ cardigan), small wallet with passport and money for the day, sun cream, lip balm, beach towel, a good book, bottle of water.

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Swimsuit Whistles at House of Fraser | Sunglasses The American Freshman at House of Fraser | Sandals Mint Velvet at House of Fraser

*This is a post in collaboration with House of Fraser, but all opinions on the pieces features are completely my own

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