A weekend in the water is way more fun if you have some fun but functional accessories to bring along. Here is a round-up of some of my favorites, along with some lovely photos of Venita Aspen in her Ibu caftan from our Style Me Pretty Living feature.
Oh Caftan My Caftan
Personally I prefer to think of summer as caftan season instead of swimsuit season. A great caftan is a fabulous summer staple whether you are headed to the pool, beach, or just to park it in a cabana. Throw one on top of your fave suit and add a great pair of earrings and you are ready to dip your toes in the water or just lounge under an umbrella. This hand felted one is available at Ibu, along with the pillows pictured below.
A Turkish Towel, That's How
Compact, quick-drying, extra-absorbent, and more stylish than a standard beach towel. Those are a few of the reasons I use and love Turkish towels and decided to offer them in my online shop. Plus, you can use them as a wrap, scarf, or fabulous hair accessory when it cools back down. I love to set them out for dinner party guests for chilly evenings, too!
I Like Big Floats (and I cannot lie)
Thanks to Taylor Swift, the giant float trend must be here to stay. Swans have been around for a few seasons, but my favorite floats popping up this year are very fruity! Watermelons and pineapples seem to be major crowd pleasers. With a much smaller price tag than swans & flamingos (under $30), a hole in your float won't rain on your pool day.
Splashes of Delight
I'm super smitten with these embroidered phrase hats that are all the rage. The original ones are great but will cost you a big chunk of your paycheck, so try your hand at a DIY or go for my favorite versions at & Apparel. Hats off to their $30-50 price tags! Other fun must-have accessories to liven your pool party are kitschy ice buckets and this delightful waterproof Radio.
Totes Under $100, Y'all
You have to find a place to stash all of your fun stuff, and it might as well be stylish! I've used my Escape bag as a carry-on and beach tote and get so many compliments on it. It's hand made in the USA, too! Thank goodness tassels and pom pom totes are sticking around again this summer. They really liven up your basic straw carryall! Last but not least, I think we all fell in love with Draper James and their chic "totes y'all" bag. Now they are offering this less expensive insulated cooler tote in a great Carolina blue gingham. Don't forget to toss in some One Hope rose or bubbly for a good cause in your tote. You'll still have plenty of money left for ice cream and flip flops at 18.99 a bottle.
Cheers to summertime and all the fun things that bring a little extra dose of happy to your weekend!
Photography: Rachel Red | Model: Venita Aspen | Location: Mixson Bath & Racquet Club
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