Some people would say that in the year 2019, “what’s in my bag” posts have become a sartorial sin — something old-fashioned, boring and a bit tacky.
But guys, I love a good ol’ WIMB and you can’t change my mind. After all, I am quite of a grandma on the inside: I re-read my favourite books over and over, pile-up old magazines in the attic, and will rather stay home on a Saturday night than go out with the youngsters. I am the life and soul of the party, right?
Thus, after many years of reading all those posts out there, I decided I’d venture to write my own. However, it is July now and most mornings and afternoons are spent by the pool these days, which means any chance to wear a designer bag is sacrificed in favour of more practical options (yes, I know: #firstworldproblems). As a consequence, it feels natural to introduce a bit of a plot-twist here and share a what’s in my beach bag post instead.
So, first things first.
1. The bag
I purchased this straw bucket bag from Primark during my trip to Spain last month and it hasn’t left my side ever since then. I mean, look at it: it’s a basket; with stripes; AND pom-poms! Put pom-poms on anything and you can sign me in. Do I hear an Amen here?
But what do I carry inside?
2. Something nice to read (and by that I clearly mean Vogue)
Usually, I’d go for a good book but the pool club we are attending lately is on the loud side, so I’ve found that a nice mag will do the trick and save me the trouble of missing an important part of the story. If you’re lucky enough to chill in a more quiet venue, these are my Summer read recommendations, though.
3. Facial mist (Evian Brumisateur® Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray)
Because me being me means drier-than-the-Sahara-desert skin, which requires frequent nourishing to feel calm and replenished. A good mist is a Summer essential and I encourage everyone to give it a chance.
4. Body lotion (CHANEL Coco Mademoiselle Moisturizing body lotion)
Excuse me, did I mention that my skin is super-duper dry? Because it is. So, I enjoy adding a couple of body milk drops to my usual SPF. Coco Mademoiselle is my signature choice, as I love both hydration and a good lovely scent.
Whether it’s listening to music or watching the latest video from my favourite Youtuber, headphones are an essential item I can’t do without.
You can’t really leave the house without them at this time of the year, can you? These are my old cat-eye Zara sunnies (similar model by Dolce & Gabbana here), and they have seen some Summers now but I swear they’re the most comfortable sunglasses in all the land.
7. The unavoidable sunscreen
Because SPF is B-O-R-I-N-G but also essential — and although I totally forgot to include it in the pictures (and the worst blogger award goes to…) —, I could not help but let you know that I am all about La Roche Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Sun Cream Gel SPF50. It’s creamy, it’s light and it doesn’t leave that awful chalky feeling in your skin.