Life File: The Top 10 Beach Essentials

Summer is such a short season here in Toronto that there’s no better way to take advantage of it than to spend as much time as possible outdoors enjoying the warmth and sunshine. Since it’s in full swing, I’ve made it a mission to enjoy it to the absolute max and that has involved numerous weekend trips to the beach with the family and close friends. For the last couple of weekends we’ve been hitting the beach on Saturdays and it’s such a relaxing and fun way to spend the day. The kids have a lot of fun and we the adults enjoy good conversation, views, food and company. Here’s what I usually bring with me (plus a huge bag of picnic-type food and snacks!) and what I consider the top 10 beach essentials!

1. Tavik® Jett Color-Tipped Bikini Top and Tavik® Paradise Color-Tipped Bikini Bottom | 2. Truffle Clarity pouch (these are great to keep things handy and visible!) | 3. J.Crew Carnival round sunglasses | 4. Brixton ‘Joanna’ Straw Hat (hats are such a must this time of year, I’d be lost -and burnt!- if it wasn’t for my summer hats) | 5. Madewell x Tavik® Beach Throw in Rainbow Stripe (doubles as a picnic blanket!) | 6. Steve Madden Greece Sandals (this Summer’s must have sandals!) | 7. Madewell Gibraltar Cover-Up Maxi Dress (I recently got this and love it, same as this!) | 8. Garnier Ombrelle Sunscreen (hands down the BEST sunscreens I’ve tried. I love their whole collection! I use this for Matthew and this when I ride) | 9. L’occitane Moisturizing Mist (so refreshing!)| 10. Xinh & Co. Large Pom-Pom Basket Tote