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Our Beach Bag Essentials

April 17, 2015

Packing a beach bag has always excited us, as it means that we’re in store for a long and glorious day by the water.  And though the ultimate beach bag essentials list may vary from day to day, there are always a few must-have items in our bags that we don’t want to be without, like a good SPF and a welcoming beach blanket.  So with yesterday’s exciting news announcing our exclusive collection of sailcloth totes and beach bags with Hayden Reis, we got to thinking about our ultimate beach bag essentials list.  We’re sure you’ll agree that nothing is worse than posting up and realizing you’re missing a thing or two (hello water bottle!). This list will help you pack and plan for that fun-filled day in the sun (tan lines, optional).  Cheers, Kat

P.S. You can enter to win one of our exclusive Hayden Reis sailcloth totes (pictured above) with matching wristlet in our giveaway on Facebook!  The winner will be chosen Thursday, April 23.  Good luck!

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THE BEACH BAG

THE BEACH BAG

WELL OBVIOUSLY, BUT THIS ONE IN PARTICULAR IS OUR BRAND-NEW, EXCLUSIVE DESIGN WITH OUR FRIENDS AT HAYDEN REIS. IT'S DURABLE, CHIC AND FOLDS UP PERFECTLY WHEN TRAVELING. PACK UP A BEACH BUDDY BAG WITH KEYS, PHONE AND ANYTHING ELSE YOU NEED CLOSE.

PHOTO VIA HAYDEN REIS
GOOD SPF

GOOD SPF

WE ALL WANT TO BE BRONZE BEACH BUMS, BUT WE ALSO KNOW NOT TO HIT THE SHORE WITHOUT PROPER SPF. A FAVORITE OF THE WOM TEAM, THIS WATER-RESISTANT SUNSCREEN IS SURE TO GIVE US THE PROTECTION WE NEED.

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READING MATERIAL

READING MATERIAL

THOUGH SUNBATHING REQUIRES (MINIMAL) ENTERTAINMENT, GOOD READING MATERIAL IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST. WE'LL HAVE OUR COPY OF THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN AND PLAN TO BE GLUED FOR HOURS. WHO'S WITH US?

PHOTO VIA PINTEREST
H2O

H2O

WE WON'T BE CAUGHT ON A LONG DAY AT THE BEACH WITHOUT TONS OF H20. WE'LL STAY HYDRATED BY TOTING A FEW BOTTLES IN OUR BEACH BAG OR THROWING IN OUR FAVORITE BKR BOTTLE OR SWELL BOTTLE.

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PINTEREST
THE ACCESSORIES STASH

THE ACCESSORIES STASH

WE CAN'T EVER DECIDE ON JUST ONE BEACH LOOK (IT'S A LONG DAY AFTER ALL). GOOD THING THERE'S LOTS OF ROOM IN OUR TOTE FOR PRETTY SCARVES, THE SUNNIES, FLIP FLOPS, A WOVEN SUN HAT AND A COVERUP FOR LATER.

PHOTO VIA PINTEREST
BEACH TOWELS AND BLANKET

BEACH TOWELS AND BLANKET

WE'LL HAVE OUR FAVORITE FOUTA BEACH TOWELS AND A GOOD BEACH BLANKET TO AVOID (THE ALMOST INEVITABLE) SANDY BUM.

PHOTO VIA APRIL AND MAY
BEACH GAMES

BEACH GAMES

WE'VE NEVER BEEN KNOWN TO TURN DOWN A LITTLE BEACH COMPETITION, SO THAT'S WHY WE ALWAYS PACK A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE BEACH GAMES: PADDLEBALL AND ROLL-UP BACKGAMMON & CHECKERS.

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BEACH BABE PRODUCTS

BEACH BABE PRODUCTS

WE SECRETLY CHERISH THE MESSY, UNKEPT BEACHY WAVES THAT APPEAR WITH OUR SUN-KISSED FACES AFTER A FULL DAY ON THE SHORE. A FEW TRICKS IN OUR BEACH BAGS: A LITTLE LOVE AND SALT (SIMPLY SPRITZ YOUR LOCKS AFTER THEY AIR-DRY FOR RELAXED BEACH BABE WAVES!) AND ROSEWATER UPLIFTING SPRAY (FOR A LITTLE PICK-ME-UP IF THAT SUN IS FEELING TOO HOT).

PHOTO VIA PINTEREST

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Hayden Reis x Waiting On Martha

April 16, 2015

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For those of you not familiar with the amazingness that is Hayden Reis, let me bring you up to speed.  Hayden Reis was born out of the need for a fashionable, yet functional carryall.  Founder Emily designed Hayden Reis as a colorful collection of sailcloth totes and accessories that are proudly made in the USA.  Her choice to select sailcloth as the brand’s signature material was an important one, and it is what sets her line apart from other carryalls.  Sailcloth is unique in that it’s virtually indestructible, extremely lightweight, water/sand resistant, and very easy to clean.  So when Emily reached out to see if I wanted to put my stamp on a Hayden Reis tote, I jumped at the opportunity.

When designing my bag, I wanted to create a timeless tote. So with a classic combination of white and tan stripes, the Hayden Reis x Waiting on Martha tote was born.  It’s accented by white rope handles and gold hardware, making it a chic go-to while you’re running around town or filling it with turkish towels for a day at the beach.  Its lightweight, foldable material makes it perfect for traveling, and each tote is lined with interior pockets and zips for privacy and security. It also includes a snap hook to keep keys or another Hayden Reis x Waiting On Martha accessory (like our beach bud bags) close at-hand.

While our limited edition tote is a complete classic, our beach bud bags are fun and boldly designed in neon colors with some of my favorite appliques; pineapples, cactus and sunnies.  The beach bud bags are the perfect addition to hold beach bag essentials; iPad, mags, sunscreen, sunnies, jewelry, etc.

The collection just launched today and since it is limited edition, I’d suggest snatching one (or two) up before we sell out! TRULY, MKR

P.S. Be sure to enter our giveaway on Facebook for the chance to win our exclusive Cream and White Stripe with Rope Handle Middy Tote and coordinating Wristlet (a $194 retail value!). The giveaway will run through next week, and you can enter once per day. Good luck! 

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Photography, Kathryn McCrary 

Wearing:  Shirt, Saint James  |  Pants, J.Crew (old similar HERE)  |  Hat, J.Crew  |  Necklace, W. Port  |  Sunnies, Karen Walker  |  Sandals, J.Crew  |  Ditty Bag, Hayden Reis x Waiting On Martha (also available in Middy size)  |  Pineapple Beach Bud Bag, Hayden Reis x Waiting On Martha (Sunnies applique also available) |  Cactus Beach Bud Bag, Hayden Reis x Waiting On Martha

10 Reasons Why Stripes Are Always a Good Idea

April 7, 2015

Recently we got to thinking; there is no time when stripes are a bad idea. We’ve honestly never met a stripe we don’t love—from fat stripes to pin stripes to colored stripes to classic stripes—and we never discriminate when pairing them with florals and prints for a little pattern play. It’s easy to see why so many of us take cues from the French and incorporate this playful pattern in the wardrobe and home alike. We don’t really know how the myth started about them being unflattering, but if you’re concerned, we’d suggest opting for thinner styles!

Click on the image above to see ten ways to incorporate stripes in your day. But you must know, it was extremely hard to narrow the list down to just ten. We want to know; what’s your favorite way to sport the stripes?  Cheers, Kat

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STRIPED TOPS

STRIPED TOPS

THE PERFECT STRIPED TOP IS EFFORTLESSLY CHIC AND ACTS AS A PREPPY NEUTRAL. NEEDLESS TO SAY, YOU'LL WEAR IT FOR YEARS (AND PROBABLY OWN COUNTLESS MORE).

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STRIPED KICKS

STRIPED KICKS

WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN SUCH SUCKERS FOR A GOOD PAIR OF STRIPED ESPADRILLES, AND THESE LACE-UPS ARE A FUN TWIST TO THE AGE-OLD CLASSICS.

PHOTO VIA HELLO FASHION BLOG
STRIPED BEDDING

STRIPED BEDDING

NO SENSE IN LIMITING THE STRIPE GOODNESS TO JUST THE WARDROBE. WE'RE HUGE FANS OF BEING SURROUNDED BY COZY STRIPES WHILE WE SLEEP.

PHOTO VIA MATTEO HOME
STRIPED DRESS

STRIPED DRESS

A GOOD STRIPED DRESS IS SO EASY AND PERFECT FOR YOUR EVERYDAY STYLE. PAIR WITH SOME SUNNIES AND A CROSSBODY BAG TO GO HANDS-FREE AROUND TOWN.

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STRIPED FOUTA TOWELS

STRIPED FOUTA TOWELS

WE'VE DEVELOPED A BORDERLINE-UNHEALTHY OBSESSION WITH LIGHT AND AIRY FOUTA TOWELS. YOU WON'T FIND US NEAR WATER WITHOUT 'EM.

PHOTO VIA APRIL AND MAY
STRIPED FUN IN THE SUN

STRIPED FUN IN THE SUN

FROM BEACH UMBRELLAS TO BLANKETS TO A CABANA AND LOUNGE CHAIRS, THERE'S NOTHING MORE CHIC THAN STRIPES WHEN YOU'RE SOAKING UP SOME SUN.

PHOTO VIA GRAY MALIN
STRIPED PANTS

STRIPED PANTS

WE'RE SEEING STRIPES MORE AND MORE ON PANTS,SKIRTS, AND SHORTS AND COULDN'T BE HAPPIER. PLUS WE'RE THROWING THE OLD MYTH ABOUT STRIPES APPEARING UNFLATTERING OUT THE WINDOW.

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STRIPED HOME DECOR

STRIPED HOME DECOR

IF YOU'RE GOING BOLD WITH STRIPES ON THE FURNITURE, OR PLAYING IT SAFE WITH STRIPES ON PILLOWS AND DRAPES, LET THIS PATTERN TIE YOUR ENTIRE ROOM TOGETHER.

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STRIPED BAGS

STRIPED BAGS

WE'LL BE TOTING AND CLUTCHING OUR STRIPES ALL SPRING AND SUMMER TOO. OUR TOP PICKS: THIS MARY SOL TOTE THIS FOLDOVER CLARE V CLUTCH, AND YOU'LL CATCH US WITH THIS FUN CANVAS TOTE TOO.

PHOTO VIA WITH LOVE FROM KAT
STRIPED SWIMSUIT

STRIPED SWIMSUIT

OUR LITTLE ODE TO STRIPES WOULDN'T BE COMPLETE WITHOUT THE PERFECT STRIPED SWIMSUIT. WHETHER YOU'RE SUNBATHING IN A ONE PIECE OR BIKINI, CONSIDER STRIPES TO DO SO IN STYLE.

PHOTO VIA INSTAGRAM BY BLAIR EADIE

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