Summer is fast approaching and the question remains–are you ready? For long sun-filled afternoons; alfresco dining; beach bonfires? While I’m sure your mind is already there, your wardrobe may need a few additions to prepare you for those hot summer days and warm summer nights. Specifically? Beach totes, pedicure-ready sandals, and summer accessories. And with a plethora of shops right here in Pasadena, your future summer adventures are covered.
Everyone needs a bag that can endure the sun and the sand. Plus, go from the beach to a night out without skipping a beat. Possibly an unexpected place to find one of these beach totes is Lululemon. But for $88, the Beach Breaker Bag is a brilliant option. Not only is it made of durable canvas, which “makes this bag sand, shopping and studio friendly,” writes its website, but it’s also got two strap lengths, various pockets to hold everything from flip flops to your cell phone, and reversible (camo-to-coral) fabric. Can we say beach to evening ready?
Vroman’s Bookstore is also a surprise source for beach bags. That’s right, this independent bookstore carries the popular and colorful Vera Bradley line. Totes come in various sizes and patterns and range from $49 up to $88. What’s great about these bags specifically? They have a removable baseboard so they’re hand-washable.
For a bit of a higher price point but no less durable or stylish, try the Coach Bleecker Beach Tote in Striped Canvas. Yes, it’s $398, but it’s made with heavy-gauge canvas with leather trim, has adjustable handles, and a protective leather bottom. Coach, for those unsure, is located at the Paseo on Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena.
With the return of the Birkenstock, sandals for summer have never been more durable or more comfortable. Like these Zara flat sandals with tassels for $59.90. Slip in and go with these sky blue flats.
Urban Outfitters too has a variety of sandals, starting at just $24. The Ecote Crisscross Slip-On Sandal comes in black or chocolate leather or a mix of metallic and white leather and slips on easily with a strap in the back for a snug fit.
Or for the flip-flop wearers, try the colorful and multi-patterned flip-flops from GAP. For just $24.95, these leather upper and rubber outsoles are easy to clean, easy to wear, and easy on the eyes. Patterns come in green and blue palm leaves, navy and white stripes, and grey and white stars.
I know I talk about J.Crew a lot on here, but they’ve got a great list of summer accessories you might not think to pack. Like this adorable glass-with-plastic-cover water bottle that holds 21 oz. of liquid. For just $19.50, chose from soft mint, navy, or neon papaya. (My favorite? Definitely the soft mint.)
Or the Triple C amplifier egg for only $12. “Tiny and portable, this amplifier egg makes your iPhone sound that much bigger,” writes J.Crew. No need for cables or hookups just the sun, the sand, and your iPhone.
Probably the most important accessory for any beach adventure is the right sunscreen. Thankfully, Sephora’s got you covered. On Colorado Blvd. in Old Town Pasadena, this beauty supply store has everything your skin needs this summer. Like the Supergoop!, “a sun-defying sunscreen” that provides a non-greasy SPF 50 for your skin. (For $26, you get a 5 oz. bottle.) Peruse the aisles for numerous sun supplies–and be sure to ask an associate for help. They know their stuff and are happy to guide you. You’ll be ready for the sun in no time.