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June, 15, 2017

My Summer Must-Haves…

Now that summer is here I’ve been out in the sun swimming and taking trips to the beach. It’s been so fun to get out of the house and take my babies (who both love the water and sand) to play in the sun! I’ve had lots of questions about my swim/beach looks on Instagram along with what I pack for a summer getaway so I wanted to do a post about it.

I love to wear bright colors during the summer time and also lots and lots of white! I get most of my summer dresses and swimsuits from J.Crew every year and they just launched a bunch of new arrivals!!

Here’s my summer must-have list to pack for a pool day or beach vacation:

  • Hat: This one is a must! It holds it’s shape, even if you shove it in a tote or suitcase!!! Finally!!! Ha packing problems over!
  • A few Classic Swimsuits (love this red bikini top and bottom, this white off-the-shoulder one piece,
  • Flip Flops: I love these because they are a little nicer than the typical flip-flop. I wear these ALL the time (I’m sure you’ve noticed on my IG). I also love this lace-up pair!
  • A Flowy Cover-up: I love this one because I can be worn as cover-up or on it’s own to dinner.
  • Beach Tote: This one is water proof! I also love this bag!
  • Straw Tote: I always bring two totes with me to the beach or pool. One with toys/towels in it.
  • Cosmetic Pouch: I love to have a pouch to put my sunscreens and chapsticks so they don’t get lost in my tote. This small one is super cute too!
  • Sunglasses
  • Good Book/Magazines
  • Pool Toys (if you have your babes in tow)

Extras if you’re going on a summer beach vacation:

Am I missing anything?? I would love to hear if there’s anything on here that you pack!

Also, I wanted to let you know if you want a chance to win a J.Crew shopping spree be sure to Instagram your must pack vacation items this summer using #jcrewpacks #contest!!

xo, Rach

Brought to you by J.Crew.

  1. A good book is always the first thing I pack, followed by a swimsuit and sunscreen! Love the blue detail on that white dress you have on.

  2. Rach says:

    I love that sun dress you are wearing! So cute! You nailed the summer must-haves!

  3. Finja Kemski says:

    Such a beautiful summery post! You go girl, your content looks stunning.
    x finja ~

  4. Great post! Will be checking back on this when packing for my holiday!!


  5. La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Always a fabulous look … and wonderful essential tips for travel packing. Just beautiful! :)

    🌸LA BIJOUX BELLA 🌸| By Mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  6. Amanda Faber says:

    J.Crew has the best stuff right now!! They are my go to right now. I think I place a new order every other day haha. Such a great post!

  7. Deanie says:

    Love this white dress!! The strap detail is so pretty! You’re summery picks are great.

    Xo, Deanie

  8. Briana says:

    Pretty photos! I love those little J.Crew boxes.

    Briana |

  9. That white whicker bag is calling my name!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  10. abby says:

    so cute rach! I looove all of these options! I literally just ordered this white off the shoulder one piece last week! lol (gotta have it!)

  11. Mollie says:

    I love everything about this post, but I full-on geeked out about the Jo Malone book! I am definitely adding this to my must-read summer list!

    xoxo Mollie

  12. Jacquelin says:

    Great post! Where is that white tee from? It looks like the perfect white tee and doesn’t seem see through!

  13. Holly says:

    Loving this fun mix of photos!

  14. Tasha Juli says:

    I love that white ruffle one piece!
    Tasha Juli

  15. Jenalyn says:

    What jeans are you wearing? I love that they are high waisted!!

  16. Dulce says:

    Thank you for sharing tips, fashion,beauty, life style I can imagine that is not easy to share specially with some people been so rude, but you have been an inspiration to me and achieving my goals in life! Please keep sharing I’m sure im not the only girl that gets inspired by you! 😄😄

  17. Paige says:

    That pool dress is beautiful!


  18. Lindsay says:

    Where did you get your amazing suitcase? Thanks! :)

  19. Reece says:

    such cute stuff! I love the lace up flip flops! and the one shoulder bathing suit is my fave!

  20. Katie says:

    Are you jeans that you’re wearing in the photo with the luggage jcrew as well? What style and wash? Or who makes them if not jcrew? Thanks!

  21. Tabitha says:

    Hi Rachel,
    Do you mind sharing where you bought the white tray you have displayed on your dresser?
    Thank you,

  22. Alyssa says:

    Loving all of these summer essentials! Esp those bags and swimsuits! So chic! xx

  23. Alice says:

    I would add a good hairbrush and a spray to protect it from the sun! Lovely Looks!

  24. Joli Closet says:

    Perfect, your essentials pack!

  25. Alexandra Aita says:

    Where’s the suit case from!?

  26. Such great tips! Love all your picks, Xx Lucinda

  27. Hayley Larue says:

    I’ve been looking to get myself a new suitcase! Love this one! <3

  28. Haley Byrd says:

    Where did you get your suitcase?! It is too cute!!

  29. these photos are so gorgeous, i love the pops of yellow! xo

  30. Julie says:

    Can you please tell me Rachel where the pretty pink straw clutch is from? Thank you!

  31. pim says:

    OMG i’m dying for that dress, absolutely ‘beautiful in white’ <3

    xoxo, Cool style for men

Rach Parcell

In September of 2011 I created Pink Peonies as a place to document the things I loved. Since then, it has become a creative outlet where I share my personal style though daily outfits, beauty tips, home style and much more!

Ever since I was a little girl I've dreamed of creating my own line. After countless hours of working towards that dream, I've finally launched my first collection!

It's full of classic, feminine and romantic pieces that you'll keep in your closet for years to come and wear over and over again!