Monthly Archives: May 2011

Beach Essentials

Pack a beach bag with everything you’ll need – sunglasses, sunscreen, iPod with your favorite summer tunes, a good read and water.

Before starting my summer internship, my mom and I decided to make a quick trip to Gulf Shores, Ala. for some quality beach time. Our packing was extremely last minute, but we managed to remember almost all of the essentials (minus a toothbrush and comb but a quick stop at Rite Aid corrected that). If you’re headed on a beach getaway, here are a few items that you won’t want to forget to bring along! And for even more packing advice, check out my previous post here.

Sunscreen: This is obvious, but it is so important that I have to mention it! I always bring different SPFs in lotions and sprays (I like sprays better because the application is quicker) and a separate Neutrogena lotion to use on my face.

Hat: A hat is essential for protecting your scalp from burning. Because getting sunscreen on your hairline is difficult impossible, a hat is going to be your saving grace. I love straw fedoras and cowboy hats when at the beach, but you can never go wrong with a baseball cap either.

Coordinated clothes that layer well: Beach weather typically fluctuates througout the day. Mornings start off a little chilly, afternoons are smoking hot, and the evenings can be breezy. Be sure to pack clothes that you can wear interchangeably and layer when necessary. A colorful scarf and patterned cardigan will work great at night time when worn over a loose day dress.

Comfortable shoes: You’ll kick off your shoes for those long walks on the beach, but if you’re a tourist at heart like me (I love exploring and snapping pics), you’ll want to have shoes that won’t leave you with blisters.

Know the area: When you’re going on a trip, you’ll want to hit all the good hangouts while you’re there. Go online and check out the hot spots. Get addresses, numbers and print off interesting information that you can bring with you. Also, I would advise talking to a local once you’re at your destination – they’re sure to tell you about the places that you wouldn’t know about otherwise.

Lounging at Lulu’s before dinner — Gulf Shores, Ala.

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Juicy Brights

Having successfully completed my second to last semester at UGA, I’ve thoroughly been enjoying the brief down time that I have before beginning my summer internship. Because I’ve been in desperate need of new shorts ever since the weather heated up, today my mom and I made a quick trip to Lenox.

After successfully finding two cute (and inexpensive) pairs of shorts, we browsed a bit in ZARA where I could not take my eyes off of these bright lightweight
tanks with exposed zippers in the back. After I scooped up a few  and made my way to the dressing room, my mom found the amazing orange woven belt that perfectly complimented the tanks. I absolutely love how the juicy colors exude a feeling of eating  fruit or sipping lemonade by the pool on a hot day.

Giving Never Goes Out of Style

Hey there glamazons! As you will notice, this post differs from the typical beauty and fashion advice that I like to dish out. Instead of talking about how to tame dirty hair or survive a rainy day in style (still forthcoming), I want to share a special cause that I have been working with this past month.

My social media class at UGA, the class for which I created this blog, has been trying to raise $5,000 for charity: water. This amount of money is enough to build one well and provide countless people with access to clean, safe water – a simple life necessity that we oftentimes fail to fully appreciate. Most of our fundraising efforts have focused on incorporating social media tactics with a few on-campus events including bake sales, water pong for Earth Day, Thirsty Thursday campaign, a percentage night at Buddha Bar (appropriately offering well drinks and well shots), and a pledge to go a day without water.

Because giving never goes out of style, I challenge you – my loyal readers – to always do what you can to help others. I suggest that you start by donating to the Is Yours Clean? charity: water campaign by clicking here. Every donation makes a difference, and if you have any questions about contributing, leave a comment or send me an email at ashleybiondich@yahoo.com. Thanks in advance for your help.