Sunshine Necessities for Summer

May 24, 2021

Sunshine Necessities for Warm Weather

Sunshine season is here and I am so glad! I for one am ready for more Vitamin D, a few freckles on my face and social plans spent outdoors catching up with friends. It was 90 degrees in New York City yesterday so I headed to the beach with most of what you’ll find below on my Sunshine Necessities list – the perfect handy checklist for all summer long.

Sunshine Necessities for Warm Weather

Straw Hat

Even if you’re great about applying SPF to your face, a straw hat is a sunshine must in my opinion. Especially if you’re fair skinned like me! My dermatologist said I should wear one every time I’m going to have prolonged exposure to the sun so I am sure to have one at the ready this time of year. I have this one and love it.

Ball Cap

The perfect topper for walks outside or more casual jaunts to the farmer’s market I love keeping my ball caps ready for use this time of year to provide more sun protection to my face.

Market Basket

Market baskets are closet staples for French women as they head to their local farmer’s market each week and I adore mine. This one has double handles like mine which I love – perfect for when you have heavier loads or lighter loads. These personalized ones are so cute, too. I also love this one that looks like Chloe or Loewe but without the designer price.


My Supergoop Sheer Screen is my current go-to for SPF for my face and I always am sure to bring along a powder SPF with me wherever I go for easy face re-application over makeup. And don’t forget about your lips this time of year, too! They are often overlooked. Supergoop has a SPF lip balm you can tote around for easy application. Here are some other SPFs I like for body, too.


While often thought of first as an accessory, sunglasses were initially designed to provide your eyes protection from UV rays so be sure to always pack a pair. I swear by Celine sunglasses as they are virtually indestructible (I’ve had my first pair for six years now!) but I also love and wear often this Le Specs pair and this designer-look alike pair that are both more affordable.

Tinted Lip Balm

I ditch heavier lipsticks and matte lip colors this time of year and reach for tinted lip balms that provide equal parts treatment and just the right hint of color. My current obsession is the Westman Atelier Squeaky Clean Lip Balm. More of my Beauty Favorites.

Beach Towel

No summer is complete without a cute beach towel to pack up and head to your nearest body of water. These cabana stripe ones are so cute! I love that they are oversized (my preference) and they have nearly 1,000 positive reviews.

Picnic Cups

How darling are these seagrass picnic tumblers? Pop them in your market bag and have a chic cup for all picnic guests for fresh juice or rosé.

Picnic Blanket

I absolutely adore the cabana inspired stripes in pretty summer shades on this outdoor blanket. Perfect for picnics and reading dates in the park.

Hand Fan

I don’t go anywhere in New York in the summer without a hand fan packed into my purse to help provide some relief when the heat just won’t quit. It is one of my best hacks for staying cool and somewhat more comfortable in the humidity! I have this one in Black as seen here.

Megababe Thigh Rescue

File under things I can’t live without come summer and sunny days. Say goodbye to irritating thigh chafe when you glide this on before you leave the house. It is amazing. I also just bought the brand’s Bust Dust for testing after hearing great things.

Setting Spray

I have been using this setting spray for a decade – possibly more. It never ceases to amaze me how it keeps my makeup intact under the sun. No melting, no fading and no dripping. 

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What are your sunshine necessities this time of year?

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1 comment on “Sunshine Necessities for Summer”

  1. Love your list! The only thing I would add is a nice water bottle. I have two S’well ones I love because it keeps the water cold!

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