Beach season is here, holla! And with it, plenty of opportunities to purchase new pressies that’ll make a splash. For this post, I thought it’d be fun to analyze a few different poolside personas, including some ideas for swimwear, and just what you’d find inside each of these ladies’ beach bags. Read on for tons of great gift ideas this summer season!
For the Sporty Sister
If you have a friend that’s the first to jump into the waves, followed by a round of beach volleyball, a stroll down the boardwalk, and late night dodgeball, then chances are this beach bag will look a little familiar. With an athletic body, she’s never shy to bare it all – but her swimsuit better damn well hold up for an impromptu chicken fight or race along the pool. Notable extras? Waterproof sunscreen, cotton shorts, and waterproof eye makeup.
The Swimsuit: Lily Stripes by La Vie En Rose
The Ensemble: Stripy Towel by La Vie En Rose
Board Capri by La Vie En Rose
Sporty Chic Sunglasses by La Vie En Rose
The Extras: MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Creams
L’Oreal Ombrelle SPF 60 Sport Sunscreen
The Beach Read: Gold by Chris Cleave – a story of two frenemies battling it out for the last spot on their Olympic team.
For the Poolside Princess
Inspired by hot Miami nights and sizzling after-hours parties, this golden gal is more content to sunbathe by the pool than dive into the ocean. Her favourite signature shade of pink stands out against her well-managed tan, and she’s just an accessory away from turning her daytime look decidedly evening. If you plunge into her purselike tote, you’ll find plenty of beauty essentials and the latest feel-good chick lit.
The Swimsuit: Jungle Palm by La Vie En Rose
The Ensemble: Jungle Palm Chiffon Tunic by La Vie En Rose
Modal Skirt by La Vie En Rose
Suede Urban Flip Flops by La Vie En Rose
Mesh Tote by La Vie En Rose
The Extras: Balmshell Lip Gloss in Sleep In Beauty
Color Minded UV Protective Styling Balm by Bumble & bumble
Gold Anklet by JewelMint
The Beach Read: I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella – from prolific & beloved British author Kinsella comes yet another madcap romantic comedy, this time surrounding a lost cell phone, a missing engagement ring, and an increasingly tangled mess of miscommunication.
For The Earthbound Beach Babe
You know the type – this is the gal that can spend a day in the sun and look absolutely blissful by sunset; tousled hair, freckled face, salty skin and all. She’s at one with nature and absolutely loves visits to the lake (or ocean, if one’s handy). Often dubbed the brainy one of the bunch, she’s still the one most likely to stay up late and count the stars, tend to the fire, or simply unwind your brain.
The Swimsuit: Tribal Mask by La Vie En Rose
The Ensemble: Maxibeads Bag by La Vie En Rose
Navaho Sandals by La Vie En Rose
Big Cruise Hat by La Vie En Rose
Soft Solid Chiffon Tunic by La Vie En Rose
Jackie Sunglasses by La Vie En Rose
The Extras: Active Mud for Hair & Scalp by Borghese
Navajo Turquoise Ring
The Beach Read: Where We Belong by Emily Giffin – If her novels weren’t pastel-coloured, you’d hardly know they were chick lit. Giffin’s latest smart offering details what happens when a successful thirty-something is confronted with a piece of her past, in the form of an eighteen-year-old girl.
For The Seashore Sophisticate
She just can’t be without her signature mod-inspired black, even when she’s lapping up rays and waves and plenty of attention. This Bond Girl-inspired collection is a little bit sixties, a little bit seductive, and works particularly well for dips in the hot tub or moonlight swims. Her extras are downright inscrutable – unless of course, you’re in the know.
The Swimsuit: James Bond by La Vie En Rose
The Ensemble: Chiffon Tunic with Beads by La Vie En Rose
Jewel Thong Sandals by La Vie En Rose
Black & White Towel by La Vie En Rose
The Extras: Rose Elixir Secret Message Balm by La Vie En Rose
Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner by Stila
Groovy Cats Eye Sunglasses by Tobi
The Beach Read: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – told in alternating accounts between a once-enamoured, now-missing wife and her decidedly egotistical prig of a husband, the always-chilling Flynn’s latest work is a twisty-turny-squirmy delight.
Ready to pack your beach bag? Let me give you a head start – I’ve got a $50 gift card from La Vie En Rose to give away to a surf-ready reader. If you’re ready to enter, all you gotta do is:
1) While I’m sure I’ve given you plenty of swimspiration, head on over to the La Vie En Rose website and tell me which swimsuit you’d most like to pack in your beach bag (or see in your significant others’ bag). You’ve got until June 25th, so get browsing.
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around June 26th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.
4) Bonus Entry: Follow the folks over at La Vie En Rose via Twitter, then drop your Twitter handle in the comments below so I can verify you’ve done so.