Elizabeth’s Top 5 Beach Bag Essentials

{Thank you Elizabeth! From On Tap for Today}

No Frenchies were harmed in the staging of this photo.

1. Protection

Nothing ruins a day at the beach quite like a sunburn.  I recommend leaving your aluminum foil sun-reflectors at home (or better, in the 1970’s).  They take up an ungodly amount of room, and I suspect their sun magnification powers are disruptive to airplane navigation.  To be serious, sun damage is no laughing matter.  You know the drill: Apply a water and sweat-proof sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 every two hours.    If your freckles start to connect, you should probably head indoors.

In addition to the regular old sunscreen, be sure your shades offer UV protection.  This might be overkill, but after sustaining multiple boogie boarding injuries and a handful of bee and jelly fish stings, I’ve learned never hit the beach without a miniature first aid kit.  I pack Neosporin, Band-Aids and meat tenderizer.  Yes, meat tenderizer.  It’s an old Cape trick I learned from my parents.  When mixed with salt water, it makes a grainy paste that takes the sting and swelling out of, welp, stings.

2.  Reading Material

Growing up, I avoided my summer reading list like the plague.  Instead, I read stacks and stacks of non-mandatory books, and hoped against hope that our summer reading tests would somehow be cancelled. I’m still not clear on how The Sun Also Rises ends.  But never mind that.  We’re adults now.  We can read whatever we want.  I currently have a self-imposed reading list that rivals, in length, the Great Wall of China.  I find the beach to be the perfect place to put a dent in that list.  Plus, pretending to read is a great decoy activity for what most of us are actually doing at the beach: people watching.

3.  Jams

Nothing says summer quite like listening to the Sox on an old-fangled AM/FM radio, but sometimes (i.e. when they’re losing) a day at the beach calls for something a bit more uplifting.  You can find inexpensive iPod speakers just about anywhere these days. My favorite picks for summer?  James Taylor, Bob Marley, The Weepies, and Eric Church.  What are your go-to summer songs?

4.  A plan

We’re lucky enough to live steps from South Boston’s Carson Beach, and hours away from some of the most beautiful, pristine beaches in the country.  My absolute favorite is Wellfleet’s Marconi Beach, part of the Cape’s National Seashore.  For more inspiration, check out the links below.

And last… but certainly not last…

Photo source: travelpod.com

5.  Your pals

Sure, they might not fit in your beach bag, but your friends and family are possibly the most important ingredient in the recipe for a perfect beach day.  Just as the Muppets.  Life’s a beach, and with your pals by your side, well… life’s a beach party.

Enjoy!

Elizabeth

www.ontapfortoday.com

Twitter: @ElizabethEv

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Rock, Paper, Scissors

You need to trust him or her. He or she needs to know how to make you feel beautiful, make you feel good. They need to know what’s best for you. They can not be selfish. They need to take care of you as if you were as fragile as a baby bird. They need to talk to you, and in turn really listen to what you have to say. Communication is key with this person. They are one of the most important people in your life.

No, not your significant other.

Your hair stylist!

I recently visited the gang over at Rock, Paper, Scissors Salon on Newbury Street courtesy of the amazing ladies at Healthworks (thanks again!) They very wonderfully squeezed me in after work on a Friday evening so my hair could look gorgeous for a Friday night out on the town for a Friday night watching the Celts play in my apartment. Hey Colin and some of the girls came over so at least they could appreciate it!

Anyway, I walked into the stylish salon and immediately felt ‘cool’ (surprisingly I don’t always feel cool – I know I know, it’s very surprising.) The vibe you get from the exposed brick walls, to the interesting photographs that decorate the walls, is ‘effortlessly hip.’ The salon manager Tracey was so friendly and made me felt at ease right away (it’s always nerve-wracking trying out a new salon!) My hair stylist was Mia, and not only was she talented and extremely nice (she even got me a coffee from Starbucks when I was waiting for my color to finish – ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! SO friggin nice. I loved it) she was also cute, bubbly and made nice but not forced conversation. I appreciate that when I’m getting my hair done!

And now…the hair. I loved it! It came out great. Subtle highlights, a great cut and a perfect blowout. Mia was thebomb.com. And, I also bought some fabulous products before I left. I NEVER do this. I actually always make fun of my sister Meg for doing this. However, I am a big girl now and hardly own anything to put in my hair, so I bought some hair clay and hair tonic (all their products are made with SPF, so I thought this would be good for the summer!) Overall, I highly suggest RPS.

RPS is dedicated to ‘making you the best version of you’ with very reasonable prices along with open arms welcoming everyone and anyone. ‘There are no judgements here’ their website says.

From their website:

“Rock Paper Scissors takes the idea of a luxury salon and molds it into something that feels comfortable and easy going.
We like to laugh and smile and want our customers to feel like they are at a chill Sunday afternoon at their best friend’s place.
Bring an instrument, an iPod, a new band’s demo to listen to in the salon or a concert dvd to watch on our flatscreen.
Come on in and make yourself at home.”

They are located at 163 Newbury Street, Boston. Hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 8pm and Saturdays, 9am – 6pm. (617) 236.6300

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Rock Paper Scissors

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The lovely ladies at RPS

Thanks RPS! See you soon!