Summer Essentials – #SummerBloggerChallenge

Blogging, Life

The next prompt for the #SummerBloggerChallenge is all about summer essentials/what’s in my summer bag! Summer has never really been my favorite season, I’m more of a sweater weather person, so let’s see what I have in my summer bag!
Normally I’d say sunscreen, but thanks to a recent trip outside in the sun, I’ve learned a terrible truth. That I’m allergic to either a) the sun or b) sunscreen. So! On that note, the newest summer essential for me will be the perfect floppy hat when I find it! Along with some new organic sunscreen that only has 2% chemicals in it, compared to drugstore sunscreen that is 40% chemical based. It’s expensive, but I want to try it out and see if that’s better for me. Since, you know, I would like to be able to leave my house this season.
Sunglasses are always in there! Along with a book, a sketchbook, pencils and pens are always floating around in all my bags! Snacks, in case I get hungry when I’m out and about. I recently fell in love with this kale popcorn, it’s so good!! 
Maxi skirts are one of my favorite things to wear in summer, as well as sundresses! And on that note, I normally have a razor hanging out in my bag just in case I forgot to shave the night before. (sweater weather habits, you know?) I always have lotion and hand sanitizer close by as well, I gotta keep my sensitive skin clean and moisturized!! 
Summer is also the time for flip flops!! I need to get some more colors and styles though, my other ones all broke last year! I only have one remaining old navy pair! I have been swiping my boyfriends nice new flops to run trash out and stuff though, even though they are mens size 12, they are still so nice and comfy! (I’m jealous!) 
I lost about 2-4 sizes since last summer, depending on where I’m shopping, so now I need a whole new array of shorts. The only ones that fit me are the ones I have from high school! (And that was 5 years ago!!) I’m glad I hung on to some of those things! I’m a huge fan of the colored shorts and high waisted ones as well! I’ll probably be checking out American Eagle soon to grab up some new ones! 
Finally, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t take my camera with me everywhere I go! I normally bring an extra lens as well, just in case! My Nikon D5100 has yet to let me down!
Well, that my summer essential list! Hope everyone enjoys the warm weather…and don’t get sun burned! 

By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!

  • I hope you find a solution to your sun/sunscreen dilemma! Kale popcorn sounds pretty tasty.

  • I hope that new sunscreen works out for you! That floral skirt is the cutest! Now that it's warm and I can go to the park or Starbucks right after work to relax, I think I might start leaving a book or two in my car!

  • I still feel so bad about the sun/suncreen news. I hope you find one that works for you! You know, I have never met anyone who carried a razor with them! It made me giggle a little when I read that part 😛


  • i really like your blog – you take great photos! this is making me miss summer…it is a cold cold winter here in Australia at the moment – all frosty grass and scarves…i miss the summer dresses and beach days!

  • Shanice

    These pics are great! I nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger award

  • Olivia

    lol i'm in the floppy hat club too, although it's more in addition to rather than instead of the sunscreen…and maxis are the comfiest ever! have an amazing summer 🙂

  • Oh summer. I'm much more a sweater person too, though a good razor, ponytail holders, a good moisturizer/sunscreen, fluffy books, and iced coffee make it a bit more bearable!

  • Thank you! I hope I do too! I do want to enjoy the sun this summer! I always have a razor in my car along with some lotion!

  • Thank you! 🙂 Oh man! We had a freezing winter here too, the warm days are a relief…though it is pretty hot! I could handle it being a little cooler!

  • Thank you! I just did one, but that means a lot to me! 🙂

  • Floppy hats will soon be my staple I am sure! Thank you!

  • Exactly!! I need to find some more fluffy reading material to put on my shelf!