beach bag essentials

I hate complaining about the weather but sometimes, you just have to. It’s the first week of July and it was c-c-cold outside today. Which leaves me with no other choice but to dream about warm weather destinations. So, in my mind, I’m packing my bags and heading to the beach! Here are my beach bag essentials.

1 Sunglasses: I love my Prada sunglasses, definitely a splurge but they just look so good! And besides, you do NEED UV protection when you’re outdoors!
2 Cotton hobo bag: Available at Old Navy, this bag is perfect for the beach or for toting around town. It’s so easy to fold and pack, which is another reason I love it.
3 Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock: Sunblock is a beach essential but I love this Neutrogena sunscreen because it goes on smooth and feels dry to the touch once applied. I hate sunscreens that are hard to rub in and leave you feeling greasy.
4 iPod Touch: How did we ever live without our iPods? Full of my fave tunes and even a handful of movies (not to mention a vast assortment of games and other apps), my iPod goes where I go! Perfect for relaxing on the beach and the passing time on the plane.
5 Havaiana flip flops: Stylish. Comfortable. Inexpensive. Perfect.
6 OPI nail polish: OK, so you can’t fix up a botched nail polish job on the beach but it doesn’t hurt to have your nail polish on hand just in case!

What are your beach bag essentials?

fabrix cases

fabrix-casesIf you know me, you know I love my gadgets. I’m not sure when it started. There was once a time in the ’90s when I had a cell phone (the size of a brick) that just lived in my purse and never saw the light of day, its plaintive ring falling upon deaf ears. But gradually, I began to embrace technology and today, I’m a full-fledged gadget girl. I panic if I leave home without my Blackberry Bold and my iPod Touch. And my MacBook … well, that’s just become a new appendage, a totally essential extension of my body. But almost as much as I love my gadgets, I love the accessories that I can dress ’em up with. When I first got my iPod, it was difficult to find a nice case that fit, offered protection from the perils of my purse and looked fab all at the same time. Nowadays, there are plenty of options on the market. Take, for instance, these cases (pictured above) from Originating in Singapore, these pretty protectors can ship to anywhere in the world ($3 shipping to Canada!) and the cases are only about $20! There are tons of designs in an array of lovely colours. I love the gingham pattern pictured here and the damask pattern; visit the site to check out all the wonderful designs. offers stylish cases for iPods, iPhones, laptops, cameras, Nintendo DS and even external hard drives. Oh, how I love the Internet for opening up our options! Now I needn’t worry about my tech toys when I travel, knowing that they’re well-protected (stylishly, too!) and safe.