Summer Essentials

June 18, 2015

Today I’m linking up with The B Bar to share some of my summer essentials. Charleston gets hot, hot, hot in the summer so most of my favorites (and necessities!) revolve around staying cool, caffeinated, and bug-free.

my Summer essentials


I have a hard time even thinking about how poorly I treated my skin when I was in high school. Tanning beds were a regular part of my beauty routine and I was also a lifeguard for a few years. My friends and I would often compete for being the tannest. Basically, I sucked at thinking about the long-term health of my skin.

Nowadays, sunscreen is my BFF. A little tan isn’t worth having a leathery face in the future. I’ve been using Cetaphil as my daily face moisturizer (with SPF) and then Neutrogena’s Beach Defense as a body sunscreen. I used to be a fan of Hawaiian Tropic sunscreens, but that brand has recently caused my skin to break out.


No-see-ums might as well be considered the state insect of South Carolina. Well, I guess next to the palmetto bug. These itty-bitty, can’t even see-um mosquitos are the worst – especially during sunset and anywhere near a marsh. Bug spray grosses me out, but it’s worth avoiding hundreds of teeny, tiny bug bites.


I can’t function without caffeine – or at least if I try to, it ends up being disastrous. Piping hot coffee just isn’t going to cut it in the summer; I need it cold and iced. My good ole standby is an iced americano, but every once in awhile I’ll shake things up with an iced latte or a standard iced coffee. Almond milk is key, too.


As soon as the temps starting hitting the 90s in Charleston, my outdoor time is significantly cut down during daylight hours. If for some reason I do need to go outside (and it’s not the beach or a boat), it crucial that I always walk on the shady side of the street. It might not be a huge difference, but the shaded side of the street can be a savior when it’s 3PM and I’m taking a walk to grab my afternoon iced coffee.


Unlike the beach, there’s a serious lack of cool breezes in downtown Charleston. The best place to catch some cool air happens to be one of the best places to drink – rooftop bars. Rooftops are one of my favorite places to be on warm summer nights. Some Charleston favorites include: Stars, Vendue, and Pavillion.

Honorable Mentions: skirts and dresses, koozies, air conditioning, peaches, sandals, guacamole, and my trusty beach chair.

What’s on your summer essentials list?

Check out some of the other blogs participating in the linkup for their summer essentials:

26 and Not Counting //Annie Reeves // Alyssa J Freitas // The Not Quite Adult // Carrie Loves // The Yuppie Files // PRBlonde // Knowing Kelly // Something Good // Feathers and Stripes // Cassandra Monroe // Otherworldly // Sunny Side Up // Life Modifier // Leigh Clair // Rae Loves // Rose Colored Water // Rossetto Fashion to a T // PreppyPanache // Emilie Lima Burke // Ember & March // Business Betties // with love from ellie // Mint Julep Girl // Love Peace and shimmer // Rae Everyday // Little Wild Heart // star-crossed smile // Luv in the Bubble // Perfect Enough For Us // LIFE BY BRI // Sorcha Eleanor // Brikasia Dreams and Colour Schemes // Elana Lyn // Sequins & Strawberries // Pattern Me Pretty // Beauty and the Pitch // White Oak Creative // The Toppy Top // White Cabana // In The Grey // Taryn Williford // Cooper + Thames // Mrs. on the Move // Magnificent Temptations // Meg Biram // Victoria McGinley

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  • Reply White Cabana June 18, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Eeek…bug spray…the not so pretty side of summer. I'm planning a fall visit to Charleston…hope the bugs are done by then!

  • Reply Jenn June 18, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I love a good rooftop bar, especially when the weather is beautiful out! Of course, on those days, it's packed to the brim with people haha

  • Reply Ashley Teale June 18, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Rooftop bars are my favorite spots! Love all the ones you listed in CHS!

  • Reply anrusso June 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Rooftop bars are definitely a must in the summer!


  • Reply Caitlin June 18, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    YES to iced coffee and roof top bars! Loving your picks. xx

  • Reply erica kartak June 18, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    SHADE! In Phoenix with temperatures regularly over 100 (it was 115 yesterday!), shade is definitely a must whenever we're outside. And let's face it, outside time is minimal when it's that hot. Great idea for a list of summer essentials!

  • Reply Kelly June 18, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    My boyfriend goes on and on about how wonderful rooftop bars are. To be honest, I've never been on one! I guess I'll have to plan for it one day soon!

  • Reply Lindsay Humes June 18, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Roof top bars are the best. Just being outdoors and enjoying the weather is the best thing about summer. It makes me so much more appreciative about my surroundings and environment!

  • Reply Susie W. June 18, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    You should check out the bug sprays that smell good. There are a lot out there now that you would never even know you're wearing bug spray, which is amazing!


  • Reply Tierney Shea June 18, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Love iced coffee!! The Pure brand is amazing…Made with almond milk- Yum!

  • Reply Nnenna June 19, 2015 at 1:20 am

    I also had iced coffee on my list- it's a must! Rooftop bars are also pretty awesome.

  • Reply jamie sebuc June 21, 2015 at 3:55 am

    great summer essentials list! I agree to the iced coffee! 🙂

    xx Jamie| Love Peace and Shimmer


  • Reply Alyssa June 22, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Sunscreen is SO important!


  • Reply Emilie Lima Burke June 22, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Shade and Iced Coffee are the best ways to go for those hot summer days!! I'd love to hear your thoughts on my take on this month's prompt.

    You can read it here at

    Have a happy summer!

  • Reply Chelsea Borgerding June 24, 2015 at 3:24 am

    Totally agree how important bug spray is!

    Ginger Side of Life

  • Reply Sophie Z June 24, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    I just had a terrible encounter with mosquitos and so could have used some bug spray! It's definitely one of the most important summer essentials.

  • Reply Allison June 27, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    I love rooftop bars, but we're seriously lacking in Massachusetts. I'm sure the winters here would put a big damper on business! I make a point to visit one or two though when I visit warmer climates!

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