I’m all about reading — all of it and everything, and at any time, but my favorite place to read is most definitely the beach. With the return of 90 degree heat and high humidity, my mind starts wandering to getting my body to a seashore, stat. My beach reads usually consist of a clutch of month-old Us Weeklys and something large and ambitious like Middlemarch, but this year I’m looking to change it up. The best beach read has a compelling story, and an elusive combination of substance and fluff. Thankfully, we did the legwork for you — click through to see The Frisky staff’s recommendations for breezy summer beach reads with bite.
I’ve been anticipating summer for months now, but this time, I think it actually is almost here. As the temperature inches ever closer to 80 degrees and sunny, I’ve been casting a critical eye on my beach style. This year, it’s time for a reboot. I’m ready to purge the limp sundresses and faded bathing suits in exchange for something fresh and new. I’m taking my cues for beach style from the people who do it best. Click through for a look at celebs who are really turnin’ it out.
Sometimes in the dead of summer, when I am chained to my computer all day but wanting to be at the beach, I say to myself, I wish I was a celebrity so that I could be frolicking at the beach right now. Because it seems like celebs spend more time at the beach having fun than us average peeps do. Maybe it’s because they have more free time, or maybe it’s just that they get photographed more often. And that idea is what makes me glad that I’m not a celebrity. I want to be free to be awkward on the beach without being photographed. Like that time that I accidentally sat on a broken lounge chair and fell into the sand. Or that time that I ran from the seagull that shit-bombed Amelia. If only the paps could see me then. I’m sure I was making an absolutely ridiculous face. I’ll bet I looked equally as weird as these celebs did when they were caught on film doing some very awkward beach frolicking.
I still haven’t been able to figure out how a beach bod is different than a regular bod — other than the fact that the owner of bod just so happens to be at the beach. When I look at these pictures of Joe Manganiello emerging from the water like a Greek God, I stop wondering and just enjoy the view. How the … what the … #*^$)*%^()%&)(^&)?! Now I need to go for a swim. Here are some more hot male bodies that just so happen to be at the beach.
Jesus Christ, Jordan Catalano. You are such a disappointment.
Come summer, there are only two places you’ll find me on the weekend — laying on the beach in Long Island or laying on my rooftop. Basking in the sun, soaking up that Vitamin D — always with a high SPF! — is something I’ve very serious about and comfort is key. That’s why I basically lost my mind when I came across the Ostrich 3-in-1 beach chair, which offers three possible reclining positions. Most importantly, it has a frickin’ hole for your face so you can lay on your stomach and read. And! It’s actually comfortable and easy to tote around. I’m in love. This is going to be the best summer ever. [$88.99, BeachChairs.com]
We used to schlep our stuff to the beach in a regular canvas tote bag that never really had adequate space. Then we came across Fashionable Notes’ Beach Bag, which has made beach-going a more practical and easy experience. The Beach Bag is large enough to hold a couple of towels or large sheets, a magazine and a book, a water bottle, and a sandwich and snacks with room left over. “Beach Bag” is stylishly printed on the side of the bag with water-based ink. The inside is coated with a vinyl-like product that’s easy to clean, and there are rubber feet at the bottom so the bag doesn’t actually rest in the sand. Now, we have to stop ourselves from going to the beach just to show off our Beach Bag.
So, everybody knows that walking in heels in sand is virtually impossible. So why in the heck would both Katie Holmes and her little girl Suri Cruise wear heels to play around in the sand? The pair were spotted all dolled up at a Memorial Day beach party in Malibu. Ladies, ladies, ladies! Sensible flip-flops please! You’re making my calves hurt just looking at ya! Keep reading »
I’m not saying this elephant baby is drunk. I’m saying that this baby elephant’s rolling and thrashing and staggering pretty much approximates what I look like when I’m drunk. [YouTube
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Woody Allen and Scarlett Johansson spent a fake day at a fake beach for their 2006 New York magazine story. Perhaps Scarlett’s close relationship with Woody led to her breakup with Ryan Reynolds? We’re sure Woody hopes that’s true. [Touch Puppet] Keep reading »