Summer Accessories

accessories for summer 2016Alright, summer is officially here!!

Are you excited??? I am! THAT’s RIGHT- the girl who doesn’t like being out in the sun and never goes to the beach, is excited for summer!! Why, you ask?

Ahh let’s see… longer, brighter days (umm yes, this is a heaven-sent for us bloggers, I love that I can take my blog photos as late as 5pm!) warm evenings spent outdoors, dining outside, opened sunroof, occasional rain storm here and there that leaves everything looking brighter and more alive, spending my Saturdays poolside and catching up on my magazine-reading, falling asleep with the windows opened… there’s just so much to love about summer.

Also: fun accessories. I’ve been crazy about chokers; like this faux leather choker (1) and this velvet one. Also loving: this vegan leather wrap necklace (4), this red leather bolo (14) and this gold plaque choker. If you’re not really into chokers you can try tying a light scarf (5) around your neck- I’ve seen so many of my favorite bloggers rock this trend. Speaking of jewelry, you guys always ask me where I get my little, gold midi rings that you see a lot in my pictures and I always buy them from the same place: Forever 21. I just got this Geo Cutout set (8)– these will look so fun with a bright, summer mani!

A good SPF is a must for me all-year long, but it’s especially important during summer which is when we all tend to spend a lot more time outdoors (some medication and skincare products can also make you sensitive to sunlight and prone to sunburn, so ya better read those labels!). Right now I’m using this one by Avene (10), as recommended by my derm. In addition to wearing SPF50 (all over my body, not just my face) I always wear my sunnies (6 here and 15 here) and a hat (9) when I know I’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors.

Staying hydrated is another thing that will keep your skin looking beautiful. I always carry my BKR water bottle (12) with me- it’s made out of glass, has a silicone cover, it’s also BPA and phthalate-free.

I’ve been loving my Dogeared makeup bag (3) and it’s such a perfect summer accessory, especially if you’re planning a few beach or weekend getaways this summer. This baby is SO. ROOMY. 

The only time you’ll see me wear a small, cross body bag is during summer- love this one from Rebecca Minkoff (16) also loving this bright yellow one from Zara. I love huge handbags and that’s because I always feel the need carry around A LOT of crap, including my laptop and way too much makeup/skincare than I care to admit (hey, you never know). A small card holder (7) is really all I need when running errands- just big enough to fit my ID and my debit card– and it’s a perfect accessory to grab when going out, or hitting the beach, instead of bringing your entire wallet. Unless, that is, your wallet is small and compact. Mine isn’t. It’s like another handbag- filled with countless business cards, post-its, index cards- I have a system, mmkay? It works.

Regardless of how much or little makeup I wear during those hot summer days, I always finish my makeup with a setting spray- and you probably already know that Urban Decay’s All Nighter (2) is my all-time favorite. Also, you can never go wrong with a bright lipstick- like MAC’s Sweet Venom (13) when you don’t feel like wearing a lot of makeup.

What are some of your must-have summer accessories?

  • Chokers have been super trendy lately, they’re a bit out of my comfort zone but I really like the one that you picked!
    xo, Syd

  • I love the “Lets Makeup” makeup bag!! The sunglasses are also really awesome! <3 Lovely post!

    Amelia |

  • What a cool card holder!

  • I just started using Urban Decay’s setting spray! I don’t know how I want so many years without it. It was the perfect time of the year to discover it.

    Brittany |

  • The Gossip Darling

    I want to try the UD setting spray! I need some good stuff for summer!

    Mel |

  • Cheryl Woodman

    Love those sunnies! & the pastel theme ;) … I can’t be without a little facial mist in the summer time!

  • Love the shades, I’m looking for new ones ?

  • As a native Southern Californian, I guess I should be happy it’s summer but I also get summer like 24/7 living here with our superb weather so the only difference is nowadays it will be like 10000000x hotter than usual! Definitely not happy about that (cue me whining about it at ever opportunity haha) but at least my pool is naturally heated by the sun! And I can enjoy playing with my dogs and putting my sunscreen to work haha :) cannot live without UD spray but I find myself not even bothering to wear foundation or any makeup really during summer unless I’m inside like 98% of the time if I’m out somewhere haha! Love all your picks though darling, we are always on the same page! Right now I’m dreaming of a very cold place, maybe I can hop on a plane to Australia haha


    • Hahaha yes, always gotta look at the bright side ;) Oh, trust me if I know I’ll be spending most of my day outdoors I won’t bother with makeup either- it just melts off haha :) I do love that UD spray though, it really makes such a big difference for me. I’m not dreaming of colder places just yet, but few more weeks of this heat and I might start haha :)

  • Lovely list as always. I haven’t seen a choker since the 90’s I think. It’s been a while. Now I feel old lol. I’ll definitely check out the Avene sunscreen.

  • Sophie Stewart

    I love the sunglasses! Sophie x

  • Laura Mareno

    That makeup bag is LOVE!! really enjoyed this post! kisses:D

  • That makeup setting spray is GOLD.

  • Biana Perez

    I have that water bottle and love it!! Great round up! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  • Saara Sofia

    All the sunglasses look amazing! I have to get some new ones for the summer because I literally wear sunglasses everywhere, and it’s nice to change things up a little and not wear the same pair day after day. | Bloglovin’

  • Love your essentials, I’m ready for summer ;) totally agree, it’s amazing to be able to take pictures so late
    Nati xx

  • jadiee bevan

    OMG! your blog is beautiful! I love love love the design and I love the content <3 following <3 perfect <3


  • Love the choices Paula – the sunglasses look gorgeous! :)
    – Ambar x

  • Even though I am happy about Summer arriving, I am not happy to think about boiling humid summer weather, which makes it impossible to step outside :) I’d love to lay on the beach in Hawaii and enjoy summer as I sip my cocktail *day dreaming* Back in 90s, I used to love wearing chokers, but I am not sure if I actually like it anymore and I haven’t given it a try yet. Sunglasses and and hats are my must-haves in summer.

    Ela BellaWorld

  • I love them all!

  • My card holder broke two days ago, I do need to desperately get myself a new one :)

  • It definitely is not summer here in NZ, as I am writing this it is bucketing down with rain! But great post haha :)
    Kathy x