I’ve determined that I am a beach bum. The beach is my happy place be it the height of summer or the dead of winter. There is something calming about the sound of the waves and sand between my toes. It is a place where I can “hear myself think”. Given the Zombie Apocalypse of 2020, I’m finding it to be my remote work refuge. A place to contemplate and work and, better yet, the view is amazing!
With the upcoming holiday, I am setting the week aside as vacation. It’s time for some pleasure reading, beach walking, and general out of office time. I’m packing the beach bag with goldfish for a snack, my kindle loaded with beach reads, my iPod with audiobooks and a playlist and I’ve ordered a case of sunscreen from Amazon.
2020 beach reading list (no reviews as I’m just set to start my reading binge)
- Feels Like Falling, Kristy Woodson Harvey
- Hello Summer, Mary Kay Andrews
- Chanel’s Rivera,Anne de Courcey
- Sex and Vanity, Kevin Kwan
- Drawing Home, Jamie Brenner
2020 audiobook playlist (no reviews as I’ve just started listening and walking)
- The Summer House, James Patterson
- The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel
- Firing Point, Tom Clancy
- Resistance Women, Jennifer Chiaverini
- All the Ways We Said Goodbye, Beatriz Williams
- True Evil, Greg Iles
Packing list for the beach bag
- Sunscreen – 30 and 50. My go to is Coola but I couldn’t find the unscented this year so I’m opting for Supergoop.
- Beach towel – I’m still using monogrammed bath sheets I ordered from Neiman’s years ago but I keep eyeing the ones from Weezie. I love their makeup towels.
- Tech – iPod, kindle and AirPod Pro (the pro are amazing at noise reduction. I highly recommend)
- Cooler with drinks and a spray bottle of Evian to cool you down
I love to be organized and neat. Nothing frustrates me more than to know I have something and not be able to put my hands on it. When I first heard of Marie Kondo, I was intrigued; then I watched an episode of her show. I was completely stressed out. No more Marie and “sparks of joy” for this one. I did find Rachel Rosenthal of rachaelorganizes via instagram and become a devotee. This weekend I decided to stop looking and actually organize my bath. It was a perfect time. I’m in the process of re-doing my master suite which includes the bath. They are almost finished and so what better time to organize everything than when you are putting the bath back together.
I opted for acrylic organizers for the drawers and cabinets. Amazon and the Container Store to the rescue with idesign and Mdesign containers for everything from makeup to brushes and medicine. I am in love with the large divided turntable. I think I want another for the kitchen! I’m thinking of a second order as I needed another two or three bins than I’d anticipated.
For the counter, I opted for white trimmed in black lacquer bath accessories from Hudson & Vine. They provide a clean but finished look for the vanity top. I topped off the look with a powder dish that had been my Mom’s that I’m using for hair ties and a silver nut dish to hold jewelry that I found a few years ago from Gryphon Estate Silver. They have beautiful things and I love a silver accent.
Now I’m relaxed and can find things again!
With TSA limitations and a desire to carry on my makeup, I’m always looking for travel sizes, plastic tubes and a way to keep up my skin care. I tend towards dehydration when I travel. My skin seems thirsty and craves moisturizer. I continue to try to slim down what I use but when I pack, it seems like everything and the kitchen sink.
What do I use? My everyday routine is the same and I try for simple. Sunday’s routine is my pamper routine and a bit more complex. My Monday through Saturday routine begins with the basics
- Serum – I use the Chanel’s sublimage serum. I’ve used Chanel since I was in my twenties. My skin is sensitive to many ingredients and, in particular, some of the more natural ones. That’s unfortunate but rather than feeling like I’ve had a chemical burn and running for meds, I’ll opt for things that work for me.
- Moisturizer – My go to is Chanel’s le lift. Recently I’ve tried La Prairie’s Cavier for night. It is wonderful but a bit heavy for me.
- Eye cream – This is an everyday, morning and night, must for me. Carmen impressed upon me early on the importance of using an eye cream. I’ve tried many, including Le Mer and Chanel’s but my “go to” here is the La Prairie.
- Gel cleanser – I opt for the Chanel sublimage at night. I love the cleanser and it removes eye makeup easily.
- Weezie’s towels – I love the navy towels that are perfect for removing makeup. Plus, they are fun with the eyelashes embroidered on them.
- Toner – I follow cleanser with toner.
- Vitamin E gel – I love the Jo Malone vitamin e gel for my cuticles and hands, especially in the winter.
- Body lotion – I’ve used a range from Creme de corp to Jo Maone’s body creme. I’m not picky here. I confess that is because I’ve yet to find my “holy grail” of lotion. It is fun to continue to look.
When I travel, I focus on serum, moisturizer, eye creme and cleanser. I tend to use whatever the hotel provides for hands and feet. I also carry Chanel’s handcream in my tote. Carmen, at BG, is wonderful to me. She is always up for travel size samples to get me through TSA and travels. Thanks to her I can keep up my regime even when I’m on the go.