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Picnic at the Beach

Fashion, Style, Houston, TravelCrystal JacksonComment
Swimsuit: Target (see other options below) // Scarf: Old Navy // Shorts: Marshall's Find // Sunnies: Elie Tahari

Can you believe it’s already March? I can’t. Time flies when you are having fun. I took some time to make a trip out to Galveston Island for an afternoon at the beach recently. My home is about an hour and half away so I had a free afternoon and thought, why not? I haven’t been to Galveston in years really and wanted to spend some time relaxing out on the sand. We are pretty lucky here in Houston to be so close to the coast while still having all of the advantages of a big city. Sometimes, it’s nice to leave the hustle and bustle, hop in the car and get away for just a few hours.

Picnics are one of the most relaxing activities I can think of doing. There’s something about bringing your food along for a day at the beach or at a park that removes stress! That’s exactly what I did. I packed up a little cheese (which I really shouldn’t eat because it causes issues with my skin) and an assortment of fruit. Picnics do not have to be a big hassle. You can easily throw a few bottles of water, or a thermos of coffee into a basket with crackers, fruit and cheese. I’ve had this picnic basket for years and use it time and time again. It’s easy if you have a system in place completed with paper plates, napkins and silverware. I keep all of it in the same basket so all I have to do when I’m ready to go is add food. I also carry this little cutting board in there for slicing things freshly.

Another trick I have for the beach (or really anywhere outdoors) is to bring a plastic table cloth or shower curtain with you as a liner underneath whatever blanket you bring. That way, your top layer stays dry and doesn’t get stained. I usually buy them on clearance or even at the dollar store. It’s such an easy fix to keep things dry and protected.

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I wore this one piece I picked up at Target at the end of last season over a pair of lace rose colored shorts (seen last in this Daily Dose of Style look). When the sun was out shining I was pretty comfortable, but wrapped up in a lightweight scarf when it started to hide behind the clouds. I also brought my favorite neutral sweater that I’ve been wearing over and over (see here). Simple leather slides made it easy to slip my shoes on and off. Finally, I brought along an over-sized tote to carry my beach towels and books for reading down to the shore. It was the perfect way to spend the afternoon reading, journaling and napping.

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