the creative closet | beach essentials for the girls

May 15, 2013

With our trip back to the east coast getting closer and closer, I thought it would be fun to show you a few things I’ve been eyeing for the girls in the family (I’ll be back tomorrow with the boys). I feel like I’m in a good place in this family, knowing what we actually use in the summers, and what is all a hullabaloo in current trends. I mean, I am all about style and love keeping up with trends, but white jeans for a 5-yr-old girl who climbs trees and plays in the mud??? Are you kidding me? Never going to work over here. I find myself gravitating over and over to soft cotton and linen fabrics with stripes/pastel/neutral colors that will mix and match easily….


No. 1 | Old Navy lightweight tunic ($16) | I like this feminine dress (with all the pretty details) for the fraction of the cost of higher designer brands. I love the fact that it is lightweight, since our summers are so intense here.

No. 2 | H & M Rolled Denim Shorts ($9.95) | I’ve found that I don’t need a lot of shorts for the girls. A simple denim pair lasts forever and goes with everything. I wish we had an H & M here!!!!

No. 3 | Garnett Hill Rash Guard ($39) | This would be a complete splurge for me, but oh how I love swim suits. We wear them constantly in schooner town, so it’s the one thing I know I could spend money on and it would be put to good use!

No. 4 | H & M Mint Sunnies ($4.95) | The schooners love sunnies. They are the type of kids that will wear any and all accessories. They’ll wear hats and scarves, necklaces and belts. I’m a lucky mum, I know. At $4.95, I think I just may try to pick some of these sunnies up in Atlanta on our way back.

No. 5 | Mini Boden Coverup ($36) | I had no idea how versatile coverups were till last year. I had bought a precious yellow one for Emma Claire last summer at a consignment sale and she wore it every day, I’m pretty sure. If it was in the wash, I missed it. I thought they were just for looks, but we got so much use out of it that I’m on the hunt for a couple that’ll meet our needs. Mini Boden, you are tempting me.

No. 6 | Zara Leather Sandals ($49.90) | A little out of my price range, but oh so perfect, no??? Love me some european Zara. Again, these sandals would go with absolutely everything. They could be dressed up or down, and leather lasts forever so they are some shoes I’m convinced could be passed down. Which is rare around here because my kiddos are hard on clothes.

No. 7 | Old Navy Cotton Dress ($14.99) | Stripes will never go out of style in my book. They have a safe haven with us. Mixed with cotton fabric? Perfection. That’s our go-to look if you haven’t noticed. I think this dress would be perfect for cooler evenings on the beach, or an early sunrise stroll.


I work at Anthropologie, and there have been several things I’ve had my eye on for our trip back east. I get a deep discount on three items a month, and I think I’m going to buy three things for the beach…help me pick which ones!!!!


No. 1 | Comfy dress. I could not live without one. This one would work so well for errand running with the kids, as a coverup, as a date night dress with a statement necklace and some fun shoes…possibilities are endless.

No. 2 | Stripey swim suit. I dig the sailory look with the stripes and the tie in front. And I could use a swim suit. I think I wore a maternity one last summer that I altered to fit me. It was always a toss-up if the bottoms would fall off as I was getting out of the pool. Really, MB? Get it together.

No. 3 | Straw hat. I’m a hat person. Year round. Rain or shine. I love them. Straw hats with maxi dresses on the beach? I swoon.

No. 4 | Comfy shorts. This fabric pops up in dresses, shirts, and now in shorts at anthropologie…I can’t get enough of it.

No. 5 | Romper. Steven says I am crazy. He says that these should never come back in. But I think there is a right way to do them and a wrong way and when done right? I love them. I’ve had my eye on these for a loooong time…do you think he’ll kill me?

No. 6 | Flowy pants. I’ve learned to think outside of my comfort zone since working at anthropologie. One thing you would have never seen me in before is wide-legged, patterned pants. And now I think they are so hip. So classy. So european. Maybe I’ll take the plunge….

No. 7 | Earrings. My children have ruined just about every single piece of jewelry I own, so it’s hard for me to spend money on that sort of thing during this season of my life. I would, however, love to have one set of earrings like these that are pretty and dangly for date nights or photo shoots.

No. 8 | Linen. In my perfect world, we would all be wearing linen and cotton. There is something so earthy about it. So effortless. I think these rolled linen pants would be timeless. Working well for the beach and then here for our hot summers.

No. 9 | Mirror. This is nothing fashion related, but I want it. Waaay out of my price range. My thrift store finds and hand me down’s don’t hold a candle to the price of that thing, but if I were to ever splurge one day, it would be on something like that wall-mounted mirror.


So, what three things do you think I should pick???? Should I pick something safe, like the dress? Or go out on a limb a little and get the romper?

And just so you know, I picked out a few things from Anthropologie for you too! Enter to win with a simple email subscription to A & C and facebook comment here. Only 20-some entries so far, so your chances are good, good, good.


  • Reply Jordan May 15, 2013 at 10:52 am

    The dress, the swimsuit, and those ikat printed pants (no 6 I think) are the things I’d pick!! I looooove that swimsuit, the dress looks so comfy, and I think you should take the plunge with the pants!!

    I love your picks!!! And I so wish I lived close enough to our Anthro to work there!!!

    • Reply Mary Beth May 15, 2013 at 10:59 am

      YEs!!!! The bathing suit is a definite NEED. 🙂 I need to take a plunge with one thing, so thanks for the encouragement!!!!

  • Reply Britni May 15, 2013 at 11:04 am

    The dress, the swim suit and the romper 🙂 LOVEEEEEE

    • Reply Mary Beth May 15, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Thank you, Britni!!!!!!! The romper….oh it’s calling my name!

  • Reply Abby Lloyd May 15, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Get No. 5 pleeaase!! Just Do It. If You’ve Had Your Eye On It For That Long You Know You’re Meant To Buy It. Also, No. 1 And 2. Girl, It’s The Beach. You Gotta Have A BathingSuit! And You’re So Right About The Comfy Dress. I Love Dresses, They’re So Comfy But You Can Still Dress Them Up For Nicer Occasions! Hope My Opinion Helps! Love You!

    • Reply Mary Beth May 15, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Abby!!!! Thanks for commenting, sister. You opinion helps TREMENDOUSLY. I agree with you. If I’m still thinking about the romper…it’s probably a sign, right???

  • Reply Jessica May 16, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Swimsuit and shorts! They probably won’t go on sale for a looong time! Romper is darling too!

    • Reply Mary Beth May 17, 2013 at 8:01 am

      Thank you, Jessica!!!!! I always love your anthro deals you post on your site!!!!

  • Reply Kim May 16, 2013 at 10:36 am

    My vote is for the shorts, swimsuit and comfy dress! But I have a feeling you’d look just darling in all of them!

    • Reply Mary Beth May 17, 2013 at 8:02 am

      Awe….thank you, Kim!!!! Shorts are one of those things that’s hard to find for me. I have a long torso, short legs. And it’s hard to find things that look “darling” on them. 🙂 I feel safer in a dress, but I’m trying to branch out more this year. Trying!!!

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