You know I gotta rock my Sunburnt & Salty x Ocean State of Mind Tote bag everywhere I go. It’s perfect for going from the beach to the yoga studio to the market and then heading out on the town. If you are in Rincon stop by Ocean State of Mind in the town plaza to pick up a bag and to check Julia’s incredible, make you drool on yourself, ocean-inspired boutique. If you are not in Rincon you can purchase a bag HERE and I'll send one to ya ASAP! Below I’ve listed my top 7 essentials that I carry with me in my tote bag so that I’m prepared for whatever my day has to bring.
1. Sand Cloud Pillow Towel
Beach towel. Pillow. Yoga Mat. And a Sarong. All in one. Sand Cloud Pillow towels are AWESOME and they make me feel like I’m prepared for anything. They make a great yoga towel if you’re practicing on the beach. If you need a cat nap, well, you got a pillow – pass out in the sand under a palm tree. Hungry? Remove the pillow, wrap the Sand Cloud Towel around you, and go grab a burrito. Boom. That easy. They come in a variety of colors and are super lightweight and quick drying… Because no one likes a soggy towel. // Buy it HERE.
2. Klean Kanteen 20oz Insulated Bottle
When the temperatures rise, having an ice-cold beverage on hand is essential. There’s nothing better than coming in from a long surf session only to find ice cubes still floating around in my water. Yeah, it works that good. These insulated bottles will keep cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to six. Made from 18/8 food-grade stainless steel, Klean Kanteens contain no BPA, phthalates, lead, or other toxins, and it doesn’t retain or impart flavors (nothing worse than drinking metal). If I’m going for a long paddle I always hook my Klean Kanteen to the board. I made a promise to myself a while ago that I would do my best to avoid buying/drinking bottle water and investing in a Klean Kanteen has been one of the easiest ways for me to keep this promise. Plus, they come in so many fun colors! If you are in Rincon, stop by Centro La Paz to get yourself a Klean Kanteen! // Buy it HERE.
3. Raw Elements 30SPF Eco-Stick
Although I claim to be “Sunburnt & Salty,” I definitely DO NOT support frying your skin in the sun. Sun protection is crucial to us mermaids – skin cancer is very real and very devastating – so it’s important to take the necessary steps to protect our body’s largest organ. I’ve been using Raw Elements Sunscreen for a while now and I can honestly say it’s one of the best sunscreens I’ve ever used. It works. It protects my fair skin from the harsh, Caribbean sun. It stays on throughout my entire two-hour surf session. It doesn’t run or sting my eyes. It doesn’t make my skin break out, like most other sunscreens do, and here’s the real kicker, Raw Elements is nothing but 100% all-natural, organic ingredients that are eco-friendly, reef-friendly and biodegradable. It’s sunscreen that I can feel good about wearing, and I carry it with me everywhere I go! // Buy it HERE.
4. ALOHA Daily Good Dried Green Juice
I started incorporating these ALOHA Dried Green Juices into my daily routine a little over 6 months ago after a friend introduced me to the product. Now, I will be the first to admit that I am terrible at planning and prepping my meals, and I tend to wait until I reach that dangerously hangry level before I even begin to think about cooking any food. And this habit, quite often, steers me towards the quickest, most convenient, and usually the unhealthiest, options. ALOHA Dried Green Juices are made with quality whole-food ingredients containing 2 servings of fruits and veggies, nourishing your body with over 14 superfoods – no artificial flavors, sweeteners, chemicals or fillers. Just pure goodness. And they come in individual pouches that make it easy to get your greens on the go. Throw it into your water or fresh juice for a midday boost. If you have more time, toss a pouch into your smoothie or sprinkle it over your breakfast bowl in the morning (Check out my Superpower Superfood Smoothie Recipe HERE). And for 20% off your next ALOHA purchase, feel free to use the discount code“SUNBURNTANDSALTY” at checkout. // Buy it HERE.
5. To-Go Ware Bamboo Utensil Set
When you check out the To-Go Ware website you are greeted with some scary facts that are quite the wakeup call for our current “to go” culture… Such as, “Each year Americans toss out enough single-use plastic utensils to circle the equator 300 times.” THREE HUNDRED times! And how about, “The World produces about 225 MILLION tons of plastic annually, and nearly every piece of plastic made still exists today.” Say NO to single-use plastic utensils by bringing these bamboo utensils with you. Each set comes in a case (made from recycled plastic, mind you) with a spoon, fork, knife and chopsticks. If you are in Rincon, we sell these sets at Centro La Paz! // Buy it HERE.
6. Niela Natural Jasmine Roller
As I become more and more mindful about what kind of products I put on my body, I decided to throw out all of my perfumes and deodorants containing harsh chemicals and perfumes. With that being said, I still don’t like to smell funky… So I was stoked to find Niela Natural, an eco-friendly health and beauty company based out of Mexico that produces quality products using local materials and sustainable practices, supporting both the local merchant and the environment. Yes! And the creator of Niela Natural just so happens to be Daniela Miranda, the sister of the owner of Centro La Paz, where I teach yoga here in Rincon (we have Niela Natural for sale here,too). I love jasmine because it reminds me of my home in South Carolina where my mom would have (and still has) jasmine blooming all around our front door. I throw this on my wrists and neck anytime I need to refresh (or if I need a comforting pick me up). // Buy it HERE.
7. Seaglass Swimwear Bikini
I always have an extra bikini with me… Always. I think that should be a rule if you live on a tropical island. The days are always hot and the ocean is always inviting and you always have enough time for a quick dip in the sea. Plus when you have an extra bikini around you always have something dry to put on if you need to rush off to work or an appointment. Always. The designer of Seaglass Swimwear, Summer Hogan, has become a friend of mine and it’s inspiring to see all of the love and dedication that she puts into each individual piece. These suits have passed the “Surf (&the Body Surf) Test” with flying colors. Plus, she’ll even make you a custom ‘kini to fit your body and to suit your style! If you are in Rincon, you can find Seaglass Swimwear at The Uncharted Studio. // Buy it HERE.