Elevating the Basics of a Beach Day Tote Bag

published Jun 30, 2017
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There’s a very special anticipation that comes with summer. It’s the still air and languid pace, the smell of peonies and the taste of iced tea. Now that it’s time to unbox summer, we’ve taken inspiration from the boutique flavors of the Pure Leaf Tea House Collection to come up with elevated spins on classic summer days.

When it’s sweltering in the city, it’s time to head to the shore, where the breeze off the water tempers even the hottest day. Whether it’s the sandy coast or a fresh-water swimming hole, the goal is to be totally prepared — and also totally nonchalant. Here’s what to toss into your beach bag…nonchalantly, of course.

Yes, we’re putting SPF as item number one. But we’re in this beach escape for the full day, and peeling/lobstery misery doesn’t fit into our schedule. Don’t forget the other staples, like sunglasses and a wide-brim straw hat which, yes, provide added face protection but mainly provide serious island-vibes style.

The reason for all this sun-protected style is so you can camp out all day and read several magazines cover-to-cover. Throw down a cushy Turkish towel under an umbrella, and there’s basically no need to get up again. It doubles as a cozy wrap for the languid ride home.

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You’ll need sustenance, of course, and our secret weapon against the sand is the no-utensils-needed sandwich wrap. As for hydration, the sweet pucker of an ice-cold Pure Leaf Tea House Collection Sicilian Lemon & Honeysuckle flavor iced tea is the perfect refreshment under the hot summer sun. Like all the Tea House Collection teas, it’s crafted from the best organic ingredients so that you get the full tea-house experience while chilling in your sarong.

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