10 Seaside Savvy Beach Bags…

Beach Bags

AHOY There Beauty Buddies…

Okay, so last Friday we took a peek at our packing lists for a day at the seaside in Beach Bag Essentials, but what’s a list of nautical goodies if you don’t have a gorgeous tote to put them in?! Any excuse for a shopping spree, are you with me ladies 😉

So to ensure our stash of beach accessories are all taken care off (in the most beautiful way) I’ve uncovered some of the most bedazzling bags in beach couture. So whether you’re jetting off to far flung shores or simply taking a two minute dander to your nearest beach side spot, why not spend the next 5 minutes cooing over which of these funky bags you’d be tempted to take with you…

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ACCESSORIZE STRIPED BEACH TOTE

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Head to the seaside with this striped beach tote bag, designed with leather-look handles and trims. This zipped style has plenty of space for holiday essentials, plus an additional front pocket for smaller items! How very handy 🙂

How much? Quite the catch at £25!

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SURFDOME ANIMAL POPPY BEACH BAG

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I’m loving this gorgeous paper straw bag with contrasting ethnic inner print, knotted rope handles and branded animal logo to front. Stylish, chic and oh-so-nautical, the perfect pal for a day in the sun!

How much? Currently reduced to £23.99 – be quick!!

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VERY MULTI STRIPE BEACH BAG

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With its beach hut hues and nautical-inspired rope handles, nothing says summer quite like this stripe print beach bag! The canvas shell and simple shape keep things classic, and it’s just the right size for all your beach essentials!

How much? A total beach bargain at a mere £10!

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LIPSY NEON JELLY BEACH BAG

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How fun is this cute clear jelly beach bag with matching interior zip pouch! You’ll never have to rummage for your sunscreen again as one glance and you’re on it 😀

How much? Could be yours for £40!

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PERSONALISED BUTTERFLY BEACH BAG

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This personalised canvas bag would make the perfect beach or shopper bag. Large enough to hold all your beach essentials and plenty of space to make it a sturdy shopping bag… handy if you happen to be passing by any beauty boutiques gals 😉

How much? A steal at only £15

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BETSEY JOHNSON BOW-LETTE STUDDED TOTE BAG

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You never know what you stumble across on the virtual ailse of Ebay. How sassy is this Betsey Johnson Tote Bag?! Perfect for the rock chicks amongst us it makes for an eye catching beach bag with it’s fun black and pink stripes and huge studded bow!

How much? $79.95 (approx £56)

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MARNI WICKER SHOPPER BAG

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Marni’s wicker shopper is a beach side essential that will adapt to urban surroundings seamlessly. Crafted in Italy, this cavernous design will hold all of your daily must-haves and more. Chic stripes and an internal drawstring pouch makes this piece an elevated option this season.

How much? £530 – yep you’re reading it right… for those that love an ultimate splurge!

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BOOHOO KARA PRINTED BEACH BAG

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Bring your accessories a-game in the perfect bag for those everyday essentials and night out necessities. Printed backpacks make any outfit pop, shoppers are chic and cross body bags fuss-free for when you’re out and about. Cocktails and clutch bags go hand in hand – liven up your little black dress with an embellished envelope clutch this party season.

How much? A rather cheery £12!

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ACCESSORIZE EGYPT PRINT TOTE

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Get that global traveller look down with our Egyptian tile-print tote bag, embellished with embroidered patterns, sequins and a statement tassel. This eye-catching piece has faux leather handles, and a contrast lining with a zipped pocket.

How much? £29

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BAGS AND PURSES BY BETH: POLKA DOT BEACH BAG

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What collection of funky bags would be complete without ,y favourite print!. This gorgeous handmade polka dot tote bag is a such an eye-catcher. Bright and cheery with a hint of seaside nostalgia. I love it ❤

How much? £31.32… a nifty price for a handcrafted item!

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What’s your pick of the bunch? Have you recently treated yourself to a fabulous new beach bag? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say a quick howdy 🙂

Wishing y’all a fabulous weekend!

Cheerio Chums…

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Beach Bag Essentials…

Beach Bag Essentials

Considering that I live a mere stone’s throw away from a gorgeous sandy cove on the edge of the Irish Sea it comes as no surprise that I spend most of the sunny summer weekends perched under a parasol enjoying the view that’s right in my door step. After all, what could be more perfect than whittling away the hours in front glistening turquoise waves whilst sipping on a cool drink & absorbing my troubles away with the latest copy of my favourite glossy?!
However as most of you know I thrive on organisation and what trip to the seaside would be complete without the obligatory check list; particularly when it involves packing a sassy little beach bag full of my favourite sunny- day goodies. So if you’re thinking of taking a trip to the coast this summer then why not take note of this handy checklist to ensure you don’t miss a trick…

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Clarins New Sun Care Milk Lotion Spray – UVB 50+

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The most important thing in any beach bag… the sun screen. And if you’ve a paler than pale complexion that turns radioactive pink at the mere sight of a sun ray then you’ll appreciate this factor 50 sunscreen from Clarins!

An ultra-sheer and surprisingly light water and perspiration resistant very high sun protector for the body. Again bearing Clarins signature fresh, fruity, floral scent of summer!

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No 7 BB Lips Lip Balm

Boots No 7 BB Lips Lip Balm

B Beauty Lips Beauty Balm is an all-in- one lip balm that provides 3 lip-loving benefits of; Beautiful colour, soothing nourishment & UV Protection The Creamy formula provides a finish similar to lip gloss with a transparent hint of colour in a selection of easy to wear shades. Rich emollients help to sooth and nourish the lips keeping skin soft and supple. Anti- Oxidants and SPF15 help to prevent UV damage by protecting the lips from the environment and sun

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Bourjois Sun Glasses

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I LOVE these sunglasses, they’re so incredibly comfy! They don’t feel heavy, nor do the leave nasty cheek marks plus they’re big enough to block out all the sun so you’re not left squinting behind your shades. Best of all they’re totally FREE if you get yourself down to Superdrug and treat yourself to 3 Bourjois items while stocks last *woo hoo*

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Havianas Freedom Flops in Lilac

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How pretty are these lilac Haviana’s?! Not only am I in love with the colour but they’d be perfect for slipping neatly into your beach bag without taking up too much room! I’m also digging the little sling back design to ensure they say on your feet… comfort & style combined = win win!

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Rainbow Striped Towel

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I adore brightly coloured beach towels, and what could be more eye catching than this stripey little accessory?  100% quality cotton and anti-piling with a handy little carry loop it’s ideal for beach visits and picnics alike!

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Garnier Micellar Makeup Wipes

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Great for whenever my makeup decides to melt down my face, these Garnier Micellar Cleansing wipes do a super job of keeping my skin feeling clean and fresh. Keep a handy supply in your beach bag and you’ll be ready for any skin care clean up!

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Caudalie Grape Water

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To help keep my skin feeling cool in the hot summer sunshine, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a soothing face mist. I love this one from Caudalie which consists of 100% organic grape water which helps gives skin an instant boost of hydration throughout the day!

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Handy Fan 

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Another cute little way to keep yourself from getting hot and bothered is by keeping a mini fan to hand. I adore these teeny little fruit and veg themed ones available from Ebay… in fact I’ve another one on the way for Emma who’s also fallen in love with them too. Cute huh?

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4Head stick 

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If you’re anything like myself then a day bathing in the hot sunshine will most likely end up in nursing one thumper of a headache come home-time! 4head is a natural specially designed treatment for headaches which is applied directly to the forehead for fast, effective headache relief without the need for gobbling down any pills.

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Notepad & Pen

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What dedicated Beauty Blogger dares leave the house without being equipped with a stash of notepads and supply of pens? Essential for taking notes when you’re feeling relaxed and inspired… you’ll be amazed at how a random post pop’s into your head at the most unlikely of times – even when you’re lazing the afternoon away on golden sands!

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Non Slip Hair Bobble

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If you’re tired of trying to tame your tresses in bobbles that constantly slip and cause pressure headaches then stop what you’re doing and take a note of these nifty little hair must-haves! Colourful, waterproof, ideal for all thickness hair and easy to remove these are essentials for any trip to the beach… in fact I wear mine almost everyday to work, yep they’re THAT good. You can buy them online or in any good supermarket/drug store!

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Tangle Tamer Brush

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If your hair ends up in a mass of frizzy tangles the moment you step outdoors then you’ll appreciate this handy brush by Denman. The Tangle Tamer Ultra is an extra wide brush which effectively removes tats and tangles from your hair without the agony of a normal comb or brush. If you haven’t already treated your tresses to one then you’re truly missing out – they’re awesome!

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Baby Powder

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As much as I love an afternoon by the seaside one thing I CANNOT abide is sandy feet… or hands or anything for that matter *Eurrrrgggh*  A light dusting of baby powder and you’ll be amazed at how quickly it removes any sandy residue leaving you totally grit free! You’re welcome gals 😀

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Bobbi Brown Beach Hand & Body Lotion

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This lightweight body moisturiser contains a soothing and hydrating blend of aloe vera, plus olive, jojoba, and sunflower oils. Green tea and vitamin E provide antioxidant protection. Lightly scented with Bobbi’s beach fragrance— a lightly intoxicating blend of sand jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin.

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Favourite Glossies

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What a better time to catch up on all the gossip by taking along your favourite glossy mag. Personally I’m a Cosmopolitan & Glamour kinda gal, but getting a few hours to relax and indulge in some girly reading material helps to inspire new blog post ideas and keep me up with the latest trends.

Is it beach O’clock yet?

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What essentials do you like to carry in your beach bag? Have you any other recommendations for a day trip to the seaside? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say hello 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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Sunday Shenanigans…

Sunday Shenanigans

Hey Beauty Buddies…

Yaaaay for a brand new month! I always get excited for March arriving as sunny spring is just peeking round the corner… time to clear out the closet and relish in a whole new season of adventures.

 How was your weekend? Did I miss anything? We had one of the quietest 48 hours in a loooong time. Forget a pj day, it was more like a full weekend of lounging around doing absolutely nothing apart from recharging our batteries… I even managed to close the laptop for (most) of the duration too – I know, shocking right?!

However come Sunday morning I woke with a huge urge to spring out of bed and fill my lungs with some fresh salty sea air by taking a lovely dander along our local beach. Considering the sun was streaming in through the cracks of the blinds it would’ve been a shame not to take advantage of such a gorgeous morning – anything to get out in a bit of much needed sunshine.

Tottering down the stairs semi-ready for my seaside dander, Steve was busy working away in the kitchen… he’d gotten up early to prepare a yummy Sunday lunch and had the entire house cleaned from one end to the other. Seeing as I usually tackle most of the cooking it was such a welcomed break and a great feeling having absolutely nothing to do… so Ems’ and I grabbed our coats and headed out for a bit of fresh air whilst Steve stayed at home sipping his coffee and pre-booking the all important Ireland v England rugby game (that would undoubtedly exercise my vocal chords)

Anyways, I thought it would be fun to take a few piccies of our little Sunday shenanigans to share with you guys…

 

Sunday Dinner

Yep, photographic evidence that a huge Sunday lunch was all prepared by my very own head-chef. All I had to do was sit back and enjoy eating it… what a lucky lady 🙂

Spring Flowers

On our way out the front door I noticed (for the 1st time I must add) my little spring flowers have made an appearance meaning it’s ‘almost’ time to shed the winter woollies *happy dance*

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So we made the 45 second walk to the breezy shores (yes we live that close!) and I have to say that although my teeny little spring flowers are in full bloom I’ll not be hanging up my chunky knits just yet… it was SO cold but worth the teeth chattering!

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Searching for little weird shaped pebbles (preferably heart ones) to add to Emma’s collection of seaside memorabilia she has stored in various places, including a little pile by the front door and a jar full of shells in the bathroom. Love seaside life ❤

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Time for a dander along the shoreline… so good for clearing your thoughts and unbelievably therapeutic. Any time I feel my anxiety playing up a walk along the beach always helps calms me down. Everyone needs a bitta beach in their lives 😉

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I don’t care what anyone says, no matter what age you are you can’t resist playing catch with the waves… even if it means squelching home in soggy gym shoes! Thankfully I have a 9 year old daughter I can excuse my childish Tom foolery on *rolls eyes*

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Tide well on it’s way out, getting windy and cold…

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A windswept Em’s

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Homeward bound for some tea & warmth by the fire.

Did you do anything exciting this weekend, or like us did you spend it chillaxing? As always thanks so much for reading, do say a quick hello in the comments below, you know how much I enjoy a little chatter! Happy March y’all 🙂

Cheerio chums…

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