Wednesday Wish List: Beach Essentials

Hey friends! Miss me? I know I’ve been really MIA lately, sorry about that. I took an extended vacation to Orlando and Clearwater, Florida for about a week and a half and COMPLETELY unplugged! As bad as it sounds, I have never gone on vacation and not checked social media or not posted to anything. It’s seriously life changing! If you ever get a chance to do it – DO IT! I felt so good when I got back and ready to tackle the world.

I am a notorious over-packer, who’s with me? I took a ginormous suitcase with me and thought I had to fill it up. Well, I only ended up wearing about half of what I packed and we even extended our vacation a few extra days. So from now on, I’ve decided two things: one, I’m going to invest in a smaller suitcase and two, I’m going to learn how to pack lighter if it kills me!

I have a quick little stint to Texas, planned at the end of April, so I’m thinking about trying to just take a carry-on. #ithinkican For those of you who usually take carry-ons, how do you do it with your makeup and any other products that you can’t put in a 3 oz bottle? Any tips or tricks you want to share, I’d be so grateful!

white ruffle top // turquoise necklace // pink one-piece suit // hat // tassel earrings // bag // sunnies // sneakers // cover-up // pink earrings // shorts // lemon water bottle

Most of our trip was spent on the beach or around the pool, so today’s Wednesday Wish List is all about my beach essentials; the things I packed that I did wear.

If you followed me on Insta Stories or Snapchat you might’ve seen that I got quite burnt while we were in Florida, so a great hat is a must if you’re going to be out in the sun. I wore my favorite trucker hat from my trip to Kauai, but this one is adorable!

If we weren’t walking or laying on the beach, we were doing a LOT of eating and drinking our way throughout Clearwater so a comfortable pair of sneakers were essential, these are my current favorites and so comfortable. But, for those times when we wanted to dress up a bit, this pretty ruffle top would’ve been so cute. Especially with this necklace and a good tan or swap the necklace out for a cute pair of earrings. I love these and these.

Any beach vacation calls for a fun swimsuit. I bought these and this top, but I really want this one. The color and cutouts are so sexy and fun! Throw on a cute pair of sandals and a fun little cover-up and you’re all set. A great pair of jean shorts is necessary too. I got these right before I left and wore them almost every day.

You know this girl likes her sunnies and these ones under $15 are almost identical to the real ones! You can’t go out in the sun without some hydration. They make the cutest bottles now, but this one (only $8!) with the lemons on it is just too good to pass up. Of course, you need a bag to put it all in, I think this pom-pom one will do the trick.

Have I forgotten anything? What are your beach essentials? Let me know if you’d like me to do a travel recap on all of the places we went and the restaurants we ate it. I had THE most amazing grouper tacos while we were there. In fact, I don’t think I ate a single meal that wasn’t seafood. It’s just so. good!

As always, thank for reading!

xoxo, Hillary

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  • Lauren Ashley

    Love all of your picks! Love the jewelry you picked out 🙂

  • The turquoise necklace is definitely on my life!

    xo Amanda John
    XO Strawberry Chic

    • It’s so pretty, isn’t it! xx

  • I am all about hats lately! I definitely need to cute a cute summer hat with pom poms.

    • You would look adorable in that hat, girlie! xx

  • I have that turquoise necklace and am so in love with it! It is definitely perfect for summer

    • It’s so pretty! I need to add to my closet, stat! xx

  • I’m kind of obsessed with that one piece!! It’s perfection!

    • I know, I just love the color! xx

  • Shelby Skaggs

    That one piece is seriously so cute!


    • It’s so cute! Loving the color, too! xx

  • That bathing suit is so cute!!! Ive been looking for on just like that!

  • Greta Hollar

    Love all your fun spring picks! The jewelry is so cute!

    Greta |

  • Absolutely in love with that pink suit!


  • These are all so perfect! Adding some of these for our mexico trip in April!! I need a beach ASAP!!

    Brittany 🙂

    • Can’t see what you get and where you’re going! xx

  • Kate Blue

    Pretty picks! Have and love that turquoise necklace!

    • I need it too! Thanks, girl! xx

  • A beach vacation sounds heavenly right now! So many cute things you’ve featured here for the summer!

    April |

    • Thank you, April! It was such a nice vacation! I hope you get to go on one soon! xx

  • Tiffani at Breton Bay

    Unplugging can be so healthy and refreshing!! I love these items you chose!! That cutout suit is TOO CUTE!! And I agree about a comfy pair of shoes…I wear my ADIDAS all. the. time.


    • They’re best, aren’t they! I’ve gotten so addicted to wearing sneakers lately! Unplugging felt so great – I recommend it for everyone! xx

  • What a blessing that you unplugged for the whole trip. Good for you! I plan on doing that on my next trip too. Love your beach essentials. I need that suit. The color and style are gorgeous!

    • It was SO nice! Hope you’re having a great trip, Kathrine! xx