Summer Beach Essentials

Hello all! Happy Monday! Now that it is finally warm outside, I’ve been thinking a lot about beach style. For some reason, I always forget something important whenever I go to the beach. So, I made a list for you and for me of all my beach essentials! If you have any additions, let me know! I’d love to hear them. Also remember to look out for details about the Met Gala tonight! I will post all about it tomorrow if you miss the coverage! 
The first and most important thing you need when going to the beach, other than sunscreen of course, is a good bathing suit. For me, bathing suits are the hardest possible thing to shop for. It feels like they never look good on me and sadly, turtleneck bathing suits have not yet been invented (ha). But, one thing you can never go wrong with is a black bikini. A black bikini is kind of like a little black dress. It never goes out of style, it looks good with everything, and it doesn’t show as much wear as other colors and patterns. Thanks to AdoreMe, I found the perfect black bikini. It is incredibly comfy and so flattering. If black isn’t your thing, AdoreMe also has some other great bathing suit options and they cater to all different shapes, sizes, and preferences. A definite go-to for your bathing suit shopping this year! 
As y’all know, I love to make an entrance and there is no better way to do so then with a bright caftan or sarong. Pick one that is light and airy and then it won’t drag you down or get too damp after your day at the beach. Accessorize with some giant sunglasses and a fun hat and you are all set! 
Finally, once I am at the beach, I am terrible about just sitting and doing nothing. I need entertainment of some sort. Since a computer isn’t a great option to bring to the beach, I always bring a book. I am still loving this Betty Halbreich book and I just learned that she is a lefty like me! How exciting! I also always bring my swell. It keeps water, or whatever drink you bring, cold for hours even if you are outside. It is perfect for a beach day so you don’t get dehydrated! What are your beach essentials? Do you have any I missed? Let me know! Until next time, XO. 

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Pool Side Style

I think every girl has experienced insecurity about wearing a bathing suit or being at the pool at one point in life. I definitely have and it can be really difficult to have fun at the pool when you feel self-conscious about what you are wearing. I mean every morning when I get up, my goal is to wear something that makes me feel incredible and beautiful. So why not do the same thing when going to the pool? I am not a super boho girl and I will never be comfortable wearing a skimpy bikini so I’m not going to. This last time when I went bathing suit shopping, I was required to get a one-piece because my scars from surgery still can’t be exposed to too much sunlight. But I discovered that I love one-piece bathing suits and this one specifically has this old-school Hollywood glamour feel which I am obsessed with! 
Cover-ups are always the hardest thing for me because options are always limited. This one is from Michael Stars and I got it in my summer box of style from Rachel Zoe (which is incredible and you should check out here!) Anyways, it also has that old-school glamour feel so walking into the pool last weekend I felt like I had just walked off a 60s movie set…confidence, check! Mission accomplished! XO 
P.S. If you have any ideas for what to wear to the pool or comments, please leave them below or email me at leftylivinglife@gmail.com! 

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