i’ll meet you by the water

June 07, 2012 | 11 SHARES

I’ve been working on my tan. :)

Summer is definitely here – Tineey and I made our way to Brighton Beach in Brooklyn to relax, read some good literature, and soak up some sun.

Commuting from Jersey, I take the Path train into the World Trade Center station, where construction is STILL happening. I often forget to look up when I’m walking around NYC – I seem to have adapted to my surroundings when you compare me to when I first moved up here. I held up sidewalk traffic, staring up at the ridiculous skyscrapers that I had never seen before.

The clouds today looked like plump white cotton balls.


A short train ride away and I smell the sea air, mingled with freshly baked pastries being sold straight out of restaurants right outside the subway station.




So what do you bring to the beach? I thought I’d share some of my summer beach essentials with you guys. I grew up in the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area (Tidewater) in Virginia (duh), so I was usually ALWAYS around 15-20 minutes away from the beach. My family had beach equipment loaded up in the garage – umbrellas, chairs, sand buckets and tubes a plenty. We were planning on relaxing, not boogie-boarding, so packing light with some key essentials was the way to go.

Here’s what I packed.

1. PROTECTION & MOISTURIZER. Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 50. I went with the 50 because I did NOT want to burn. We were outside in the peak hours (2-4). Love this stuff because it protects AND moisturizes. My skin feels so toasty when I’m out in the sun for a while, and peeling is NOT attractive. This stuff takes care of both issues. My skin still feels soft and smells amazing. I smell like a beach bunny. :)

A few other things to note:

  • New Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ lotion sunscreen is the only sun protection with extra luxurious hydrating ribbons to pamper your skin with 12 hour moisturization.
  • With hydrating ribbons infused with luxurious silk protein and rich shea butter, Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ sunscreen pampers and protects skin.
  • Available in SPF 12, 30 and 50, Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ lotion sunscreen provides safe and effective broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection that won’t break down in the sun, along with nourishing antioxidants, exotic island botanicals, a warm tropical fragrance and a lightweight, non-greasy feel.

2. SNACKS. Crunchies Freeze Dried Mangos – Healthy, not messy and organic. It’s always best to keep light snacks on you so you don’t binge while you’re at the beach. Binging + beaching = Buddah-bump.

3. TIME-KILLERS. O.P.I. Nailpolish, Book – I love painting my nails when tanning – it keeps you occupied and your nails always dry faster. Some good reading is always necessary.

4. BAG & TOWEL. This Victoria’s Secret beach towel is humongous. Literally could sleep three people. I could tan diagonally without having to move my towel. The beach bag is also Victoria’s Secret and it’s light just like I like it and the bright stripes are adorable. It’s really sturdy, surprisingly – the towel is so heavy; I didn’t expect the bag to hold up. But that’s what beach bags are for, right? To hold all the ridiculous amounts of snacks, water, electronics and sunscreen, and NOT get wet or break? Job well done. I also brought my bikini bag – it waterproof lining work for both wet bikinis AND dry electronics.



This Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration lotion bubble looks like a creamsicle. You can see the moisturizing lotion when you squeeze the sunscreen out of the bottle.

You do NOT want to go out in the sun without sunscreen. I am gradually building my tan so I don’t shock my skin. If you keep treating your skin like it’s rubber, it will TURN INTO rubber. I’m already getting forehead wrinkles, and I make sure that every single time I go out in the sun, I’m protecting my most vulnerable places. Hence, the legs. The sunscreen lotion keeps me protected AND moisturized without having to use separate products.

Thumbs up. Ready to go make a fool of myself on the beach now.



I’m wearing the Superdry bikini I picked up in their new Times Square store with a thrifted sheer cover-up. It has a nautical feel to it, with rope detailing around the neck string as well as hints of red here and there. Love the tiny accents they place in their pieces.




This summer I will be trying my absolute best to not let time just slip away. Sitting and relaxing in the sun on the beach is probably one of my favorite things to do. I’ve been a night owl for so long, I start to miss the daylight – especially when it’s this beautiful out. Excuse all the photos of the clouds. I’ve been trying to take the time out to look up at the sky at least once during my day. I feel like a kid (or a tourist) when I’m standing there staring up at the clouds, but they make for such beautiful photographs. Can’t help myself. :)

Hope you guys enjoyed this post – enjoy the beginning to an amazing summer, and don’t forget to protect your skin!


 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Hawaiian Tropic® Sun Care via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Hawaiian Tropic.

Hawaiian Tropic is a trademark of Tanning Research Laboratories, LLC.



GET INSPIRATION SENT STRAIGHT TO YOUR INBOX.

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY





DON'T
FORGET
TO
SHARE
THIS
POST !




  • Bob DePlachett

    Yeow! Or should I say, “Wow!”! Sorry. Just a man.

  • Bob DePlachett

    Personally, I have always liked to use, Hawaiian Tropic Deep Tanning Oil. My skin loves it! These days it’s a problem, as I don’t have anyone around to apply it to the places I can’t reach. When I use it, I don’t shower with soap except where needed allowing the oil to soak in and condition my skin.





@GREASEANDGLAMOUR ON INSTAGRAM | 19891 FOLLOWERS

There are moments when I wish the world would stop so I could stop moving. There are moments when I get so overwhelmed that all I want to do is quit. There are moments when I am so tired that I cannot even rest.  And in these moments, I look back only to see how far I've come. And the road ahead is not short, it's not easy and sometimes I have no idea where I'm going.  People have failed me when I needed them the most. Those who I never looked twice at ended up becoming the best friends I've ever had. I've made more mistakes in my life than I can count. But you've got to know that you're not alone.  And even if you have no one paying your bills, no one who believes in your dreams, no one to pull you up when you are down, no one to call when you're crying yourself to sleep at night - you have to know that you are going to be okay.  And that this period of time when you think you've got it the worst, is exactly what you need to go through to find the strength to live the life you've always dreamed of - the life that you deserve. Don't ever give up on yourself. ?
Sky above me. City below me. Fire within.

With love, from #NYC | photo by @kevin.ornelas ?
If only my heart could speak the words my mind wants to say; if only my mind could stay silent instead of getting in the way.

Life is not meant to be perfect, and neither are we. We're born to be imperfect, bred to be passionate, more or less placed in uncomfortable situations to become who we're meant to be through this journey - unique, full of soul, adorned with scars healed through tears carrying hearts filled with love. #morningxmusings ?
Sometimes I wish that I could tell my head to get out of my heart, and my heart to get out of my head. Maybe then I'd do what's best for me.
You cannot be afraid to fall, stumble, scrape your knees, sink beyond your comfort zone. You have to drown out the voices of doubt, swallow your pride, and forgive yourself when you make mistakes along the way. Because you will. You cannot let the fear of failure prevent you from following your dreams. Because if you do give into your fears, you will be safe - grounded. You will be comfortable. But if you do not jump, remember one thing - you will NEVER be able to fly.

Never lose hope. ?
The struggle you're in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. 
#CinqueTerre, #Italy
A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.
Create like a god. Command like a king. Work like a slave.
If you only care about money, you might as well settle for a boring job with a steady paycheck. The most successful people risked everything they had to get where they are. Money is an illusion - it comes and goes. Your legacy is forever. - Mark Zuckerberg

#morningxmusings
Street dreams.
With love, from #Brooklyn. 
Big thanks to @amy_marietta for helping me with these photos :) ?


DID YOU LIKE THIS POST? IF YOU DID, SUBSCRIBE!
Follow on Bloglovin