Summer Must Haves for Home & Fashion

This weekend I'm heading down to Texas Hill Country for a mini reunion with four of my college volleyball teammates. I can't wait to see them! On the agenda is a trip to the outlet malls in San Marcos, TX, which are just awesome. I make it a point to visit at least once or twice a year, and I always find some great deals.

Anyway, this impending shopping trip has me thinking about must-haves for summer. Here are the thuings I love/want/need this summer:

1. Sunscreen
I nag my husband all the time about wearing sunscreen because as a coach, he is in the sun all of the time. I constantly remind him to add sunscreen to the back of his neck and his ears, since he usually wears a baseball hat. Anyway, he's very picky about sunscreen and will only wear this kind:

Find it at WALMART.
(I wear sunscreen everyday, too, and add this when we are outside for long periods of time.)

2. Skinny Girl Margarita & festive margarita glasses

I'm not a big drinker, but I love margaritas. I used to hate how high-calorie they were until I tried Skinny Girl Margarita. It's only about 100 calories per serving. Add the salt on the edge and you're good to go! (For you Housewives fans, this drink was created by Bethenny Frankel of Real Housewives of New York fame.)

photo from bethenny.com

You can serve it to your friends in fun margarita glasses like the ones a dear friend got me for my birthday (I think she got them at HomeGoods or TJ Maxx). I never buy actual margarita salt for mine- I just use the sea salt from my regular salt shaker. It works just as well!

3. Colorful beach/pool towels
I'm loving this one from Pottery Barn Teen:

This towel can be personalized, so it would make a cute gift. 

I also love these beautiful towels from World Market:

4. White dresses
What says summer better than a white dress?! Nothing! I have several and love wearing them in the summer when I actually have a tan. They have some really cute ones at Victoria's Secret:

photos from victoriassecret.com

5. Turquoise Jewelry
What do I like to wear with my white dresses? Turquoise jewelry, of course. I even picked turquoise-blue earrings and a bracelet to wear with the ultimate white dress, my wedding dress!

photo from www.kendaljessupphotography.blogspot.com

I get a lot of my fun, trendy earrings and jewelry at Forever 21.  You simply can't beat the prices, and then I never feel guilty if I lose an earring or something. Here are some of the cute options they have on their site right now:
Each of these are priced under $4. Not too shabby for a cute pair of earrings!

6. An Un-stuffed Duvet
One of the things I love about the DUVET we bought from West Elm is that I can stuff it with a comforter in the winter and then use it by itself right now during the warm winter months. It felt way too hot to keep the comforter in the duvet, so we just took the comforter out and use the duvet as a light blanket. The duvet brings a lot of interest to the room, so I would hate to put it away for the summer. This way we get to enjoy it year round!

7. Bug Protection...
...for your outdoor living space. Nothing ruins a good patio like a mosquito problem!
These are some nice options: (a) Citronella Candle Pot from Crate & Barrel, (b)citronella gel fuel for your tiki torches and (c) Cutter Natural Outdoor Fogger from WalMart
8. Flip Flops
I like Old Navy for its huge selection and wallet-friendly prices. They have some cute pairs and different styles this year:

 9. Flowering Plants
My first year of home ownership has resulted in my first time ever owning a plant. So far, I have killed two and managed to keep nine others alive. I'm pretty happy with that ratio! I'm finding the most hardy plants to be the geraniums and sweet potato vines. The temperatures are really soaring here in DFW this week, and I've definitely had some droopy plants.

10. Essie Nail Polish
I'm probably way behind the trend on this one, but I finally bought some Essie nail polish. I love it! I have this Sand Tropez color and it's just subtle and pretty for summer. I have nothing against bold nails for summer, but I'm lazy about keeping mine up so this color does a good job not showing the knicks and chips on my nails,
Well, those are my summer essentials! What about you? 
I always discover some really cool stuff when I read these type of posts from other bloggers, so I'd love to hear your thoughts and what you want this summer. I'm always excited to learn about a new product!

PS. I just thought of another thing I can't live without in the summer- Slurpees!

photo from Slurpee.com

My dad has been addicted to Slurpees as long as I can remember.  Literally, he brings his own special foam cups and makes comments on the texture and consistency of the mixture. He gets very disappointed if it's a bad consistency. He says you can tell it is good when the Slurpee expands in your cup after you fill it up. He's basically a Slurpeeologist. Dad, if you're reading this, I love you and your Slurpee obsession. I could definitely go for a coke Slurpee right about now.

* Girls-Only Road Trip Time! * 
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