Summer’s Best Essentials For Your Handbag

May 24, 2011 1:00 PM

(credit: Elizabeth and James)

Looking unpolished and melting in the sun, not so chic. Summer style favors the prepared, so make sure to stock up on the essentials. Here are a few items you’ll find in my handbag this season:

elizabeth and james Summer’s Best Essentials For Your Handbag

(credit: Elizabeth and James)


First and foremost, make sure you have an extra pair of sunglasses in your bag at all times. My pick this season are Chanel’s oversized square acetate frames with the mother of pearl signature style 5198H. For something a little more mod-glam, try a pair of Elizabeth and James Lafayette Cats Eye in Light Tortoise Shell $155.

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Waterproof Mascara

With summertime right around the corner, waterproof mascara is pretty much a given. If you want to play all day and still look fabulous, try Dior DiorShow Iconic Extreme Waterproof Mascara in Black $28. This exclusive to Sephora is 100% smudge-proof. Plus, it gives your lashes red carpet worthy length and volume.

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Lip Balm with SPF

After trying just about every option out there, my go-to for lip balm is Sugar Lip Balm by Fresh. Its SPF 15 will protect your lips from the sun while the Vitamins A, C, and E will keep them silky smooth all summer long. Oh and, it smells amazing. Try the original formula with a light citrusy scent, or one of the tinted balms, Rose and Plum $22.50.

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Photo credit: Fresh

Sunscreen Wipes

Another must-have this summer, Dr. T’s Supergoop $10 for 8. These pre-moistened wipes for your face and body contain 30+ SPF and are great for sensitive skin. As a bonus, this non-greasy product also removes sand while keeping sunscreen intact.


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Chicago, IL 60611


Sure, all the new Smartphone’s have calendar’s these days, but there’s something about having a pretty planner in hand to organize my life. My latest discovery is the myAgenda mini, with week-at-a-view and monthly formatting $36. It’s the perfect size for a purse (5x7x1), and has a place to store just about everything from addresses and phone numbers, to favorite websites and passwords. This year’s copy is available in Cosmo Pink, Carribbean Sea, Glittery Gold, Graphite, Zebra and Giraffe print.

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What are your must-have handbag essentials this summer? Leave a comment below, we’d love to hear from you.

Samantha McCarthy is a freelance writer in downtown Chicago.

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