Whether you're heading to a beach down the block, or on the other side of the planet, you've got to make sure you're well-prepared and know all of the things you need to keep in your beach bag. Being ready for anything doesn't just mean being ready for the worst-case scenarios, it also means being ready to make the best of a good situation.
Here's a list of 6 things that you probably don't have in your beach bag, and you probably should have.
6. A Perfect Beach Tumbler & a Great Book
Whether you're going to be enjoying tea, coffee, water that's been infused with fruit, or just wine that you're pretending is Sprite, a nice beach tumbler is a great addition to your bag. Look for something that's light weight, guaranteed not to leak, and any additional features you may want (like a tea infuser).
And what goes better with your favorite drink than a great book?
5. A Little Extra Room in Your Beach Tote Bag
Okay, this first one might be cheating about since it's not technically something you put 'in' your bag, but rather something to do with your bag itself. It's a really good idea to make sure that your bag is big enough that you've got room for a few extra things, but not so huge that it's like you're ready to go on a backpacking trip.
Personalized tote bags are fun, if you find a few friends to go in with and order matching ones this is one easy way to accomplish your squad goals. A mesh beach bag is a great choice, but it really comes down to preference. Instead of getting a custom one, you could also just find one that’s already amazing like these.
4. SPF Lip Balm
Protect your lips from the heat!
Sometimes, this gets overlooked, but burnt lips are THE WORST. There are some really cute choices out there with different tints so you can look great while having fun in the sun - and staying safe!
3. Diaper Duty
This next one is kind of weird, but can be very effective to deter theft on a busy beach. Instead of keeping their valuables right next to them in a pile and hoping that nobody sneaks over and snatches them, some beach bums have been using a fresh baby diaper to wrap around their stuff.
On the one hand, nobody is going to want to touch that. On the other hand, you've got to make sure there's nobody going around cleaning up the beach or your stuff may end up in the trash. Sometimes, it's all about thinking outside the box - but this might be a little TOO outside the box!
2. A Nice Little Tea Set
There are plenty of great little tea sets that'll help you make tea on the go. As day turns to evening, and the sun starts to set, tea is a perfect way to stay warm, and makes a great, relaxing way to unwind after a long day right before bed, especially if you're away from home for the night.
They say that echinacea tea in particular can help with a wide range of ailments, but putting all of that to the side, it's just a nice drink to enjoy at the beach. On a hotter day, iced tea is a great bet.
You don't have to bring your grandmother's finest China teaware to the beach, there are all sorts of tumblers and water bottles with built-in steeping functions. With one of those, your water bottle can pull double-duty when you decide it's time to enjoy some tea.
1. Waterproof Speakers
The little speaker on your cellphone just isn't going to be good enough, even if you've got the beach all to yourself. Headphones work, but if you're with some friends, a little portable bluetooth speaker can really take a great afternoon and make it perfect. There's something about having your favorite songs playing in the background, or just an appropriate Spotify playlist, that can turn good memories into great ones.
If you've ever been caught off guard by an unexpected wave or gotten in the cross-fire of a watergun battle, you'll understand why we recommend that it's waterproof.
Those are some of the more surprising things that can come in quite useful, but don’t forget all the standards – either! These suggestions assume that you’ve already got your bases covered when it comes to things like towels, an empty grocery bag for your wet clothes, proper sunscreen, sunglasses, cute flip-flops, a large hat, an umbrella, towels, all that stuff…
Top Influencers on Instagram
As bikini models, each woman has her personal favorites and takes pride in wearing those swimsuits in order to help empower women throughout the world to show off their bodies and be proud of what they have. Through their modeling campaigns they show women that it is alright for them to be comfortable in their skin.
The companies that employ these models do so because they know women everywhere will look up to them and inspire them to do their best. Peach Babes and Frankie’s Girl are dedicated to their craft and perform work that the brands can be proud of. Each girl was handpicked for her beauty and her desire to make a difference in the world by showing how confidence and talents can help any woman achieve the dreams she sets for herself.
Each of these beautiful women continue to conquer the fashion and modeling industries. They all have their own style and express that style every chance they get. These women are serving to inspire their fans and followers by continuing to share their success. Now it's time for you to get to know these stunning fashion influencers who have been dominating on social media.
1) Elyse Knowles
Perfect Peach’s Elyse Knowles is one of many Peach Babes that model the company’s designer swimsuits. Originally from Australia, Knowles has been all over the world making a name for herself in the fashion industry. She has been modeling since the age of 10 when her mother first found her an agency. Six years later Knowles was modeling in Hong Kong and China, helping to build her career.
More than just a stunning beauty, Knowles is also a diverse businesswoman. In 2014 she launched Evrryday, her own line of fashionable clothing. The next year she became a Rolex brand ambassador and participated in one campaign for Billabong and one for Between the Flags, an Australian campaign dedicated to saving the lives of the country’s surfers. At 24 years old, Knowles has accomplished more than some women twice her age.
She has an active presence in social media; her many fans follow her on Instagram @elyseknowlyz and on Snapchat at elyseknowlzy as well as on Facebook at elyseknowlespage. She is represented by the 22 Management company in Wilhelmina, Louisiana. With modeling and ambassador deals all over the world, she is an inspiration for young women who want to succeed.
2) Paige Collings
Peach Babe Paige Collings hails from Orange County, California and has modeled for the SS16 collection by Perfect Peach Swimwear. Since she was a young girl, Collings had set her sights on a modeling career. When asked what she enjoys most about her career, Collings admitted that the people she meets and the places she gets to travel to is her favorite parts of the job.
This 5’9 beauty is a blonde haired, blue eyed, well- endowed young woman who is making a name for herself in the modeling industry. She has a strong social media presence and can be found on Instagram and Twitter. More than 25 million fans follow her on Instagram @paigecollings to see the latest pictures from her many modeling shoots. On Twitter she can be found @paigemcollings, where she Tweets about her various modeling and acting projects.
3) Tiffany Keller
The Peach Babe that started it all is 22-year old Tiffany Keller. She is the star of the Summer 16 campaign and was a hard working college student when she was discovered and invited to become a fashion model. She is now working toward every career goal she has set for herself and afterwards, plans to pursue a traveling cooking show and moved in the TV and movie industries. Both Maxim and Playboy Magazines have taken note of this stunning beauty and have featured her on their websites. As Keller continues to conquer the modeling world she has a growing number of social media followers watching her every move. She has 48 thousand fans following her on Instagram @tiffanykeller and many fans following her on Twitter @tiffanykeller and at Facebook.com/TiffanyTKKeller.
Keller participated in the 2014 and 2015 Miami Swim Week event and continues to model all over the world.
4) Tanya Mityushina
Frankie’s Girl Tanya Mityushina is 24 years old and hails from Russia. Some of the campaigns she has been featured in were run by giants in the industry such as Victoria’s Secret, Intimissimi and Guess Lingerie. She has also been featured in Sports Illustrated where she was listed as a 2016 rookie. Discovered in a shopping mall at the age of 17, Mityushina previously worked at a management company that represents screenwriters. She then started making appearances on the red carpet and the rest is history. Mityushina now has 147 thousand followers on Instagram @mit_tanya. She can also be reached on Facebook @tmityushina. She has more than 2,000 fans following her on Twitter @tanyamityushina. Her Internet Movie Database page lists her claims to fame and includes a small bio.
5) Hannah Rathbun
Hannah Rathbun, of the MTV show Are You The One, parlayed her fame from the show to land herself a place in the modeling industry. The show also brought her money and love, to the tune of $50 thousand and a new boyfriend. The 24-year-old New York native and her man now live in Los Angeles and frequently post videos together that they have aired on Instagram and Youtube. Rathbun now has over 200,000 Instagram followers @hannah_rathbunn. She can also be found on Snapchat at Hannah_rathbun as well. She has over 18 million fans following her on Twitter @_hannahrathbun. On Ink361 she has more than 207 thousand fans following her and she shares modeling pictures with them as well as personal pictures.
Before she was discovered by MTV, Rathbun worked as a dog walker and attended the University of Buffalo for two years where she was a Biology major. She then changed her major to Business and left University of Buffalo to attend community college back home. She remained in college until she was recruited to appear on Are You The One. Rathbun has expressed interest in returning to college to earn her degree and is looking at schools in Los Angeles.
Meet #FrankiesGirl Hannah Rathbun
Hannah Rathbun of “MTV are you the one” is this month’s FrankiesGirl. With her lover Zak Longo, they were engrossed by the show and a prize of $50K was later won by her. They are now making funny videos on instagram and youtube after they had left the show. The following is an exclusive interview with Hannah that would allow you to know more about her.
Name: Hannah Rathbun
Location: Los Angeles
Hometown: Syracuse, NY
Use just 3 words to qualify yourself: Insightful, adventuresome and loving
What’s Your favourite Frankies Swimsuit? My favourite Frankies Swimsuit is the Lilah. It is absolutely cool to have on.
What destination would you like to wear Frankies bikini to? Thailand is actually top of my list right now. I would definitely visit the place in 2017
What do you need for a beach trip? My coco oil SPF, a large blanket, speakers, and definitely my boyfriend (for the romance and the pictures *winks*)
Describe your style: I like to be dynamic and flexible. I could dress up as a Chanel from scream Queens or I could just wear a grungy look.
Tell us about how you got into MTV’s ‘Are You The One?' I sent my pics after an advert on how to apply came up while watching season 2. I was contacted the following day by MTV.
Can you share your experience while filming ‘Are You The One?' The filming was very demanding. I added about 15 pounds due to lack of exercise and proper monitoring of my body.
What prompted you to feature on the show? I wanted to try something new and explore something different… MTV show is the best for such adventure. I got to move to Hawaii and shoot show in a completely different environment. I was also looking forward to a successful relationship unlike the ones I was experiencing back then in Syracuse.
Was there a time you thought you would find a romantic relationship on the show?That was the surprising and the most amusing part of the show because I never thought I would find anyone I could share a romantic relationship with.
What do you and your boyfriend Zak Longo do together on spare time after meeting on MTV’s ‘Are You The One?’
We actually go on a drive for 45 minutes to a place I get my ice cream. It is even more interesting because he is lactose intolerant and he does it for me (my idol). We sit no pants on a couch while watching the full seasons of different shows….. He is more than just a Boyfriend.
You feature in your boyfriend’s comedic videos. Which video do you like the most? Do you find acting to be fun? “When bae posts a sexy pic on insta so you police that sh*t” is my favourite. You can see in the video that he tries to chase off bad guys from my instagram pic, the video shows how cute he can be when he is slightly protective. It didn’t occur to me in the first place that I was acting until people started telling me that I am becoming a better actor. I enjoy doing what he likes and also likes being naughty with him.
What is that thing that your boyfriend did that you can’t just smiling about? He told me to put on big sticks on my eyebrow for a video some weeks back. I actually didn’t take it lightly at first but it was something to laugh about with big sticks hanging on my eyebrows LOL.
What’s your best ‘90s jam? “How Bizarre” by OMC
How do you still maintain your beach posture? I can’t really say how because I don’t think I know myself. I eat healthy meals during the day and just salmon at night which has made me lose the pounds I gained during the show.
What are your beauty essentials? A good highlighter, Too Faced bronzer and a very good moisturizer.
What is that one thing you are most thankful for this year? I am very grateful to share my bed with the man of my heart and also to have a loving healthy family by my side.
What next? I am still new to social media following, so making my social media presence felt is what I want to look into now.
Keep up with Hannah!
- Instagram: @hannah_rathbunn
- Twitter: @_hannahrathbun
Guilt Free Salted Caramel Chocolate Bars
So, you've found yourself stuck after agreeing to attend a friends Holiday party and generously volunteering to bring dessert. It sounded fun and easy at first right? If you've found yourself stumped on what to make, try these delicious salted caramel chocolate bars.
If that sounds like a cheat day to you, just think of them this way: No butter or white flour was used in this recipe. Just good old healthy metabolism boosting coconut oil, all natural sweeteners and yummy puffed rice. Sounds pretty much like a salad now right?
SERVES: 14 bars
- ¼ cup brown rice syrup or honey
- 2 tbsp natural almond or peanut butter
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ tsp Himalayan salt
- 1¼ cups puffed brown rice
- 1¼ cups Medjool dates, soaked in water for 1 hour
- 1 tbsp almond or peanut butter
- 1 tsp Himalayan salt
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- ½ cup cacao powder
- 1½ tbsp brown rice syrup or honey
- Line a 20 cm square pan with baking paper.
- For the crust, melt together the brown rice syrup, nut butter, vanilla and salt in a pan over a low heat until viscous or pourable. Remove from heat and add puffed brown rice, stirring well to coat.
- Pour the mixture into the pan and with a palette knife or wet hands spread to evenly cover the base. Place in the freezer while you make the caramel.
- To make the caramel, place dates, nut butter, salt and 1 tablespoon of water in a food processor, blend until smooth. Spread caramel over the crust and return to the freezer for 10 minutes.
- Prepare the chocolate by mixing together coconut oil, cacao powder and brown rice syrup until well combined.
- Spread chocolate on top of the caramel and freeze for a few minutes until almost set.
- Slice into bars and freeze again for 10 minutes before enjoying.
Store remaining bars for up to a week in an airtight container in the fridge. They will likely fall apart if left at room temperature for a long time due to the coconut oil content.
This recipe will make you the star of the party, but beware: you will be asked to make these babies again and again! Share this with your friends and family to spread the holiday cheer.
This recipe was first published on SBS Food. Photographed by Benito Martin. Food styling by Alice Storey. Prop styling by Lynsey Fryers.
Get To Know Bikini Luxe Babe Marcelle Alves!
We have a current obsession with our #BikiniLuxe brand ambassadors. They're constantly on the go but still make time to take the cutest pictures to post on their Instagram. We'd like for you to meet one of our gorgeous Bikini Luxe babes, Marcelle Alves.
Marcelle Alves is currently 19 years old. She was born in Brazil but has lived in the United States for most of her childhood. When she was younger she moved to Martha's Vineyard, an island off the cape of Massachusetts and has resided there with her parents to this day.
As of now she attends the University of Arizona so most of her time is spent living in Tucson, AZ but does travel often to visit home during her breaks. She is very family oriented and can't live without her adorable little brother. Marcelle says they're super close and she doesn't know what she would do without him!
Although Marchelle is always on the go with a hectic schedule at school, she still makes time to workout and maintain her beach body. The University of Arizona has a great recreation facility where you can find Marcelle working out three times a week. Being in college makes it extremely hard for her to maintain healthy but since she's not a big fan of junk/fast food it’s not to hard to stay away from it. Marcelle sticks to healthy protein bars that are easy to grab and go while on the way to class or she stops for a delicious bowl of acai on days she has more time.
Get To Know Marcelle Alves:
Current top 3 songs on Spotify playlist:
- Burn Fast - Bryce Fox
- Let Me Love You - Ariana Grande
- Ocean Drive - Duke Dumont
Which Swimwear Brand Is Your Favorite?
Lolli Swim is currently my favorite, I’ve been super into one pieces this year and they have really cute and unique ones I love it!
Describe Yourself In 3 Words:
Independent, Strong, Outgoing
If You Could Travel Anywhere - Where Would It Be?
Bora Bora, I would love to go there someday!
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