When summer rolls around, I like to have a bag ready to go with my summer essentials. That way if I decide to go on a spur of the moment weekend trip, I’m set! In this bag you want to have just the basics, because who wants to spend all their time getting ready when there’s fun to have?! Take a look at my summer essentials below, and then start putting a bag together of your own! This giveaway is now CLOSED and the winner has been notified. A HUGE thank you to everyone who entered! 
Pack-Your-Bags-Giveaway-PostComment below and tell me about your top three vacation essentials for the chance to win! Please note that the actual sandals are not included in the giveaway, the winner will receive a $75 gift card to Vionic where the sandals can be purchased. Must be 18 years or older and a  U.S. resident to enter. Giveaway ends June 4, 2014 at 10AM CST.

A good bag: This bag is from Peruvian Connection, which is located in Lincoln Park. It’s a really nice leather bag, and you will get use out of it for seasons to come.

To hold all the essentials (credit cards, ID), cell phone and more, you need a great wristlet. This one from Graphic Image is a great option, it’s leather, and not to mention cute! It comes in some great colors, and can even function as a clutch for a night out.

Everyone needs a comfy pair of shoes, and these Vionic flip flops fit the bill. These give you the support you need and are also versatile, so you don’t have to worry about bringing several different pairs of shoes with you.


When the temperatures rise, makeup doesn’t tend to stick around. That’s why I love this Fixer Spray from Kryolan. This will resist the heat, and keep your makeup where it’s supposed to be!

Everyone needs a little bit of color, and since you’ll want to spend as much time as possible outdoors, a two in one product fits the bill. These water resistant creams from Kryolan are the perfect solution, with 11 shades to choose from, you can add color to your cheeks and pout in an instance.

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of sunscreen. While it might seem like a hassle to reapply, protecting your skin is so worth it. Ling Skincare makes a great product that is light and doesn’t leave your skin with that awful greasy feeling.