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Friday Favorites: Beach Essentials Lifestyle


Back with another Friday Favorites post! Every few weeks, I’ll be sharing a variety of products I’ve been loving in categories like lifestyle, home, fashion and beauty! You can shop this week’s items quickly below, or keep scrolling to learn more about each! This week I wanted to highlight some of my “beach essential” staples after spending the last 5 days in Florida with my family! Some of these items are beauty, some are fashion, and some are just random that I loved having with me this week! You can see a full recap of the trip on my “travel” Instagram story highlight HERE!

*You can shop all of the products by clicking on the photo or the carousel above! These links are affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you purchase from that link (with no added cost to you!)


#1: I’ve shared this before, but this is my go-to self tanner! I just started using it this year and it’s a GAME CHANGER. I just apply it like normal moisturizer after a shower and it helps me to gradually build color! For us fair-skinned girls, we have to fake our tan at the beach because I just burn, HAHA!

#2: I’ve also shared this “Bum Bum Cream” lotion before, but they also have a body wash and body spray! I got this little “travel kit” to try all 3 and LOVED having them on my trip. It is the PERFECT summer beach scent!

#3: This is my go-to highlight 100% of the time, but when I’m at the beach I just do this and a little bit of brow gel (also in this post!) to go to the beach or pool!

#4: The Frankies brand is one of my favorites for bathing suits and beach apparel, but it’s a little pricey. I loved having a cute tie-dye crewneck to throw on over my swimsuits or for late nights!

#5: You’ve probably seen me wear this gold necklace almost every day, and it’s because I’m in LOVE with it! My mom got it for me as a birthday gift and I’m in love. I got mine from Barracuda Moon Jewelry, and the one I’m linking is a similar dupe!

#6: The beach bag I carried this week is from Saltwater Prep, but I’ve been eyeing this one from Target and think it it SO cute (and a very comparable size!)

#7: I shared this in a previous post, but they are some of my FAVORITE high-waisted swimsuit bottoms from Aerie!

I also love THIS suit from Amazon (and it’s under $30!)

#8: I wore these jean shorts from Target every. single. day at the beach! They are high waisted, so stretchy and so flattering! I wore them each day as a cover-up over my suit, then some nights with a cute crop top! They’re true to size!

#9: I couldn’t find my exact dress anywhere, but this coral maxi is SUPER similar to my fave outfit from the trip! A gorgeous color and flowy, comfy option for dinners!

#10: I am IN LOVE with this style of cami right now! They are so comfortable to wear underneath a sweatshirt/cardigan, or as a crop top with high-waisted shorts on really hot days! I couldn’t find the exact one I have, but this one’s very similar!

#11: This is the brow gel I use at the beach (plus the highlighter above!) and it’s the only makeup I wear when I’m beach or pool bound! They just keep my brows in place and make them look a little less like a hot mess #thickbrowprobs

#12: I’ve shared this SO MANY TIMES but I think it’s the BEST at the beach! It’s a tinted lip moisturizer that adds the perfect amount of color for a makeup-less look (not to mention SUPER moisturizing!) I have so many colors – Petal and Bloom are my faves!

#13: My FAVORITE sunscreen with bronzer! It adds a little bit of color while protecting you from UV rays (and smells amazing!)

#14: They sold out of my favorite Aerie shorts, but these are SUPER similar – crazy comfy over a swimsuit or on a car ride (or just all the time!)

#15: I do not EVER splurge on designer sunglasses. Truly, this is the only time in my life I’ve ever done it! But I’m so glad I did! I LOVE these and have had them for 3 years now!

#16: I’ve shared this before, too…but this is how I get the waves in my hair!! It’s AMAZING and I use it ALL the time!!!

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I'm Hope Taylor, an international Senior Portrait and Wedding Photographer based in Charleston, SC. I'm also an educator, international speaker, and the host of multiple sold-out workshops each year!



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