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How To Enjoy The Beach When You Don’t Really Like The Beach

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Summer Sucks
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In my mind, I am someone who can float through life, all free-spirited like, taking impromptu trips and just going with the flow. I envision myself as the type of person who can truly make it through the weekend with only a weekender bag. I’m the girl that can grab a towel and a bottle of SPF and head to the beach for a day of fun and sand. In reality, nothing is further from the truth.

I tell myself a lot of lies, it would seem. Until recently, I was under the impression that I enjoyed the beach. I would get super pumped for beach days only to arrive and realize that I don’t really like sand, people, or sun. I like the water though, so at least I have that.

I’ve had to accept that I’m neither free-spirited nor beach-loving. Alas, living in Florida means that a lot of socializing happens al fresco, and I’m not going to miss a party just because sand is aggravating. In short, I am going to have fun in spite of myself because, while I do not enjoy the beach, some of my friends and family do. I’ve learned, though, that tolerating the beach is not something I can wing. Preparation is key, as is setting realistic expectations for oneself, and knowing that I need to plan has helped me create a kit for enjoying the beach even though it’s not really my thing: Keep reading »

Must Haves: 10 Beach Totes & Towel Combos

Summer is in full swing and I don’t know about you, but I pack for the beach like I pack for a mini vacation. A beach tote is essential, and must be large enough to carry my towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, snacks, beverage, brush, and a change of clothes, but adorable enough to carry around town. In addition, a big, can’t-miss-it beach towel is key. After a long walk on the beach, your unique towel is the only identifier of your spot — plus, don’t you want one you can wear like a sarong?

Hi/Lo: Island Photo Clutch

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Hi/Lo: Black & White Mules
Hi/Lo: Black and White Mules
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Is it summer yet? I’m dreaming of sand, sun, and saltwater. When I saw this Cynthia Vincent clutch, my heart screamed “need!” but my brain said “no way!” I have never purchased a clutch for $295 and have no intention of starting now. If you can’t wait to go to the beach, or wear the beach under your arm, try Island Betty Hawaii’s version available on Etsy!

Weekend Playlist: I Know Where The Summer Goes

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summer bummer weekend playlist

On the one hand, summer holidays are awesome. On the other, Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of the season. So while we’re stoked to have Monday off, we’re not so excited about the prospect of colder days and wearing more layers. It’s with that in mind that we made this Summer Bummer mix, full of songs that deftly capture that melancholy end of summer vibe. Take a listen, and share your favorite sad summer jams in the comments. Keep reading »

Peeing In The Ocean Is OK, Pooping Is Not

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been okay with peeing in the ocean. Mostly because it’s annoying to pee when you’re wearing a one-piece bathing suit, which I wore when I was a kid, so I just got into the habit of letting it flow in the ocean. I think most people feel that it’s harmless and even enjoy peeing in the ocean, although some people seem to believe it’s wrong and/or weird. Inevitably, these non-ocean urinators are met with a slew of justifications from the pro-ocean urinators: That’s where the fish pee! The salt water makes the already sterile urine even more sterile! Or something! Everyone does it! The natural world is our toilet! Keep reading »

Awesomely Affordable: 9 Beach Cover-Ups & Sarongs For $75 Or Less

Some ladiez have no problem busting around in their bikinis, but me? Not a fan. I like me some clothes, or at least a cover up that will take the pressure off. As you head out to the beach or pool or lake this weekend, consider a sarong. Sarongs offer a weird socially acceptable middle ground between fully-dressed and strutting in your swimsuit. I’ve dug up nine beach-tastic coverups and sarongs that’ll give you clothing, optional.

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Do Not Want: If You Insist On Wearing This To The Beach, I’m Probably Going To Laugh At You

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This here is a $295 beach cover up from Haute Hippie. I imagine this sort of thing would look totally appropriate if you’re sunning yourself on a billionaire’s private yacht off the coast of Ibitttttha. But for the 99.9999 percent of the rest of us for whom that seems a distant prospect, this “beach cover-up” just looks like you’ve DIY-ed a hot air balloon into a muumuu.

Let’s All Play The Frisky’s Beach Blanket Bingo Game!

Let's All Play The Frisky's Beach Blanket Bingo Game

Maybe, like us, you’ve been going to the beach a lot lately. Cool, right? But man, you can See Some Things there. We thought you might want something to do in between the magazine-reading and SPF-applying and gawking at strangers, so we’ve created this fun Beach Blanket Bingo game. To play, you simply print out and cart with you to the beach. The first person to spot all the items in a row — horizontally, vertically or diagonally — wins a prize! The prize, aside from the ability to lord it over your friends in the observational skills category, can be of your choosing. But hey, you’re smart, so think big. In case you’re unsure, an explanation for each item is after the jump! Keep reading »

The 11 Stages Of A Surprise Sunburn

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11 stages of surprise sunburn

We are all too familiar with the abusive nature of the sun. It’s like that snake cane Jafar carries around with him that makes you do whatever he wants. It’s alluring and inviting one minute, and just when you think you’re safe and call it quits, you can’t bend your knees without cringing in pain for a week. The first step is admitting you have a problem. Think of this, along with a healthy does of sunscreen, as your support group.

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Endless Summer: 10 Things You Need To Have The Best Beach Day Ever

Playlist: Beach, Bitch!
Amelia's playlist will help your suntan stay longer. True fact. Read More »
summer fun at the beach

We’re fresh back from our first weekends at the beach, and are basically counting down the hours until we can go back again. Schlepping a load of crap to and from the sand can be a pain in the butt, which is why we’ve put together a list of the perfect items to have a great day at the beach. After the jump, check our check list of must-have beach items. Keep reading »

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