Friday, 15 July 2011

Beach Bag Essentials!

What's in your beach bag? Here's my essentials in my gorgeous straw beach bag from Accessorize..


  • BIKINI - H&M
  • SHELL NECKLACE - My own design.
  • HAT - Accessorize
  • SUNGLASSES - H&M
  • ICED WATER - Put a bottle of water in your freezer the night before to keep it chilled all day long!
  • MP3 PLAYER



SPF - Avene 'Hydrance Optimale' SPF20 for face, Avene 'very high protection spray' SPF50 and Garnier 'Golden Protect' SPF15.


  • Reading material
  • Hair band and clips
  • Waterproof makeup bag - H&M
  • Waterproof Mascara - Urban Decay Cannonball
  • Lip Balm - Softlips SPF20
  • Colour Awakening Lip Balm - Dior Addict Lip Glow SPF 10

    And then you need something else...



  • What is a 'Peshtemal'?

    A 'Peshtemal' is a traditional Turkish towel, used in the Turkish baths/hamams for centuries. It exists since the Ottoman Empire and was an essential for all the Sultans. It absorbs water as fast as towels yet weighs much less, it dries quickly and holds less space in your bag. The Peshtemal provides a practical, cost-effective and eco-friendly solution. It is made of %100 cotton yarn and hand woven.


    It comes in many colours and sizes, you can use it like a normal beach towel and even as a cover up!


    WIN THIS...



    My cousin is the owner of the Etsy shop BeautyAndSpa and she has agreed to do a giveaway for my readers! *YAY* For your chance to win this beautiful 'Ocean blue peshtamal', For your chance to win just leave a comment below and make sure you are a follower of my blog. I will pick somebody at random and will announce the winner after 7 days.

    GOOD LUCK...
    What's your beach bag essentials?

    Disclaimer: I was sent the pink peshtemal as a gift from my cousin and loved it so much that I wanted to share it with you, I wasn't paid for this post and I'm not affiliated with her.

    117 comments:

    ArtDonatella said...

    Oh those are beautiful!! Loved this post, I would have a long list of beauty essentials, but mainly SPF suncream, waterproof mascara, Stila SPF 20 lip balm, etc....the list could go on and on :D! xoxo

    HEART KRiSTEL said...

    Really cute beach bag! You are definitely set for the beach ;]

    Temporary:Secretary said...

    Such summery colour! lovely! x

    Temporary:Secretary said...

    Such summery colour! lovely! x

    AllThingsGirly:) said...

    Ive never come across anything like this before defo a lot better than a beach towel.

    My beach accessory would have to be a good book.

    Natalie said...

    Oooh i love this post!
    My beach bag essentials are very similar to yours, Minus the Peshtamal of course..... I would love that to be an addition to my beach bag this year ;o)

    Nats. xx

    choux pastry hearts said...

    I've not heard of one of those before, looks very handy to have!
    I always take far too much with me when on holiday/day at the beach. Your post sums up everything you'd need :)

    laura xx

    Maria said...

    I am so intrigued by those peshtemals, I've never even heard of them, but they look gorgeous and they definitely seem very practical.
    I also love the trick of putting the bottle of water in the freezer - I'm definitely going to try it the next time I'm going to the beach or just out on a hot day! :)

    #9 said...

    totally cute!! i am looking them up pronto!!!

    YellowJade said...

    Those are really pretty and elegant. Never heard of Peshtamels before..

    emma said...

    I haven't heard of those before but they look very useful and pretty! :) x

    CFlores said...

    THose are beautiful! The texture of them almost look similar to Paskmina's, which I love! Your beach ready kit has all the essentials!

    Nihad Photography said...

    Mushine :)


    love your beach bag post!

    I read your article of your perfume (stash), fun to see :) you are so into sweet scents haha.. o and you have to try Marry Me by Lavin omg soo nice..:) and tell me what you think because that is now my new love for the summer.

    Greetings Nihad

    p.s. your belly is soo cute :)

    Charlotte Amber said...

    oh those are such a fab idea, stylish and super functional, love it!!
    Off to look at her site

    xx

    http://peachfizzz.blogspot.com/

    Rebekka said...

    This looks so simple and pretty. My essentials are Super duper SPF so I don't burn like a crisp, waterproof mascara, lip balm, cool drinks and lots of books.

    Sheridan said...

    I am so jealous of your Dior Addict Lip Glow! Heard so many good stuff about it : )

    www.sheridankristin.blogspot.com

    Mehtap said...

    SÜPER!BENDE KATILIYORUM:)...veee her zamanki gibi GREAT POST:)!♥

    Schni said...

    That sounds cool. I've never heard of it though. :)

    Salma said...

    Oh that is super cute. Love the variations in they way you can wear it! Also your beach bag essentials are spot on!

    BTW if you are interested in super cheap items (all under a fiver check out my blog sale! http://hijabme.blogspot.com/2011/07/blog-sale.html)

    Polka Mlle said...

    Those are gorgeous and floaty, very pretty.

    My beach essentials are a bikini, a towel and some waterproof eyeliner/mascara (:

    yorkshirejc said...

    Oh, i was definitely very interested in the pash - can't believ i'd never heard of it. and yeah iced water is a must on any summer's day!xxx

    Christine McCrudden said...

    The peshtamals look beautiful. Never heard of them before but glad I now have!

    Christine

    Ness said...

    The peshtamal looks great! Now if only we had more beaches in my state... :)
    Thanks for doing the giveaway!

    heavenrain said...

    sooooo nice ! Thank you for the opportunity ;)
    take care xo

    heavenrain said...

    my beach essentials is chapstick with high spf, my lips get burnt in seconds ! don't know why is that, I'm not pale skintone... some sunglasses and that's it, I just want to have fun on the beach and not care for anything else ;) Thank you

    Carabistouille said...

    I love Avène too! I've been using their products for a year now and I never want to use something else on my face!
    My beach bag essentials are sunscreen, sunglasses, magazines, camera and some cute wooden bangles!
    Good night! x

    Anne.

    Jessica Beautician said...

    Great post! I love your sense of style! Those are beautiful and so versatile, awesome giveaway! :)

    Russian Doll said...

    very pretty!

    Yankeenaijababe said...

    ...lovely...I do love it..nice!!!

    Aysh said...

    ooh never heard of these before! look fab though, perfect accessory for a day at the beach!

    Love Aysh xoxo

    Pavithra said...

    Always happy to see "whats in my bag" . Peshmetal looks practical and
    Here is what I would carry:
    Sunglasses, Good sunscreen(UVA&B), Kindle, Water, perfume, towel, Face tissue, lipbalm with SPF, ipod, a notebook and a pen for when i feel like writing...

    andra said...

    I simply LOVE your blog. I always get super-excited when I notice that you have a new blog post.
    And my beach bag essentials would be suncream, mp3 player, water, lip balm.

    Alisa said...

    I do the same thing with my water bottle when I go to the beach. Works well too for when I pack a lunch, keeps my salad chilled til noon.

    Danielle said...

    Those are stunning! I want one in every color! Thanks to your cousin and you for giving one away! :)

    Katie said...

    I don't go to the beach much, but when I do go, my beach bag essentials are sunscreen (lots and lots and LOTS of sunscreen. I burn easily), either my bikini is in there or the clothes of are in there, sunglasses, towel, my watch, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, poof, flip flops (yes, I hate them, but I need them for the shower) and my makeup bag. I don't go to the beach to read, I go to the beach to go into the water!

    I always make sure to go to a beach where there are indoor showers so I can shower after (most beaches here have an outdoor shower so wetting my hair before is no problem) because I have such sensitive skin that I can't just keep lake water (there's no ocean within a 100 miles here!) on me or I'll get rashes!

    DesertSpanishRose said...

    I want to be a beach bum in my next life!!! :)

    Katrina said...

    Those certainly are beach bag essentials! Great post! I hope all is well with you! Cant wait until your little princess is born!!!

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    Pandora`s Box said...

    Love the piece of history you shared regarding the sultans and Turkish hammams.Thank you for the generous giveaway

    Amna said...

    That Peshtemal is so beautiful and versatile, great idea! :)

    xoxohoa said...

    I would love to have this as a gift for summer ! I'm going on vacation with my family this august to Monterey beach and this will be a great accessory to carry. I don't wear make up in the summer so in my beach bag i have Banana boat SPF 50 , water, victoria's secret Bombshell summer limited edition parfum , hand sanitizer and magazines..xo

    loveandlipgloss said...

    The Peshtemal seems so cool!!

    Ashley said...

    I love the peshtamel! I didn't know such a thing existed - amazing it can absorb as much water as a towel!

    Risha said...

    Wow, even before I saw this was a giveaway I was tempted to buy one of those towels. They sound like such a good idea!

    fantastic said...

    wow, gorgeous! We have something that we wear in a similar style...but it's by no means absorbent like a towel?! I'm going to check out her Etsy shop now! xx

    Irishenchantment said...

    great post that bag is so pretty :)
    shel xx

    Cinderella said...

    Sunscreen, sunglasses, food, drinks and magazines :)

    cotton2 said...

    oh wow i have never heard of them until now! so pretty!!.
    no matter what, i always have to bring my spf carmex in cherry. if i had to bring just one thing it would be this.
    <3

    jpluxbg said...

    Gosh these are so nice!! My beach bag is much less glamorous, with just a towel, bathing suit from Sea Folly, Cinique waterproof mascara, Clinique chubby stick, Hawaiian tropics face suncream and body suncream (these smell sooo lush that applying suncream becomes a joy). Oh and definitely a book of sudoku puzzles with a pen! Rayban sunglasses and a pareo that I picked up from Camden market in London complete the look :) simples!!

    Stacie said...

    Such a unique & beautiful summer beach item! Perfect selection of colors as well!

    Petra said...

    Oh wow, nice! My best friend is Turkish, but she never mentioned this fabric before. True, we don't have a sea anywhere near to us here in our country, so I guess it might as well just never come up.
    Btw, it might be useful to add to be careful with the amount of water you put in a bottle - when it freezes, it expands. :)

    gemmafhfox said...

    They look lovely! I'm as white as a ghost so that would make a great cover up for holidays xxx

    sparkle beauty blog said...

    It looks so mulifunctional does that peshtamel, it would be my very own adult comfort blankey ha ha.

    Maureen said...

    It's beautiful.. Would be perfect for my upcoming holiday x

    Becky said...

    These sound great! My beach essentials are similar to yours, I often use the same sunscreen on my face and body though so need to look into something like that Avene one.

    Brianna said...

    Great post! I've never heard of a peshtamal before! I think I need to invest in one.

    char said...

    My beach bag hold similiar items! We like to be prepared, dont we! I also have a strap to hold my sunglasses on when I am in the waves.
    Would love the beautiful blue peshtamal too!

    Ra, UK said...

    Selam Muhsine,
    I love your blog :)

    Emily said...

    Wow, they are so beautiful and useful! Great idea to use at the beach!

    Deserted Rose said...

    such a beautiful shade!

    Harpreet said...

    i love the shell necklace.
    :)

    b.b. said...

    Love the colors of the peshtamals! I follow your blog with bloglovin! :)

    char_link said...

    love the peshtamals and would be trilled to win one! fingers crossed ;-)

    Love,

    charlotte

    charschumacher@hotmail.com

    ilfascinodellaluce said...

    Wow!! I've never heard of these! it would be wonderful to try them!
    My beach bag essentials are really essentials..towel, purse, spf, lip balm with spf, hairbrush, book:)

    Thank you!

    Francesca

    ilfascinodellaluce@hotmail.it

    Catanya said...

    HI babe! Thanks so much for this giveaway! It would be amazing to wear it in my beach days!
    Thanks again to you and your cousin!
    XOXO
    Catanya

    makeupjunkie25 said...

    you look so pretty!

    makeupjunkie25 said...

    you look so cute

    Tiffany said...

    Wow! That is so gorgeous, I've never heard of it before. Some of my top summer beach bag essentials are cooling mist spray for my body and a seaweed based spray for my face! x

    MrsLDBlack said...

    Have a great time at the Beach!

    soccergirl said...

    I love this post. I also love it every time you post something about the Turkish culture because I am half Turkish and half Cypriot but I live somewhere else so I miss turkey alot

    Eat The Bread! said...

    My beach bag essential is a really good sunscreen with a higher SPF with UVA/UVB protection because I am so fair and burn easily. And of course, a great pair of big sunglasses!

    Nihad Photography said...

    Sorry Muhsine, i spelled your name wrong :)

    Cris said...

    Never heard of peshtemals but would sure love to win one and try! I love your pregnancy posts!

    MaviDeniz said...

    nice post, i actually did a post a while back about my beach bag essentials here: http://00turkishdelight00.blogspot.com/2011/05/beach-bag-essentials.html

    but if i could only pick one it would have to be sunscreen

    Xo

    Fefeh said...

    Muhsine, I am from Brazil and I would love to enter this giveway!

    I love your blog and your exotic beauty is very inspiring to me, specially the way you style your big almond eyes with mankeup.

    Congratulations on your pregnancy!

    Hannah said...

    my beaach bag essentials are a book, hat , suncream and sunglasses. As well of lots of water and food to snack on

    Sakina said...

    This is beautiful !! My beach bag is suncream, mascara, coconut oil and may be lipgloss ! ;)

    SMA said...

    lvu it

    ashnickers said...

    Oooh even if I don't win, I wanna try these turkish towels.

    Michelle D. said...

    I've heard so many good things about these towels!! I will definitely be trying one of these out, soon hopefully!

    Thank you so much for sharing your essentials with us :)
    -Michelle

    themakeupmami said...

    I've never heard of this type of towel but its beautiful!

    jilliancad said...

    I love this! It is so versatile!

    dmceron said...

    What a great product! I will definitely be ordering a few of these for summer!

    Melissa said...

    Please enter me for this beautiful prize! Thank you

    Natalie said...

    I love the Turkish towels, they are the only towels I use now after I bought back 6 from the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul! I also bought loads of gifts for friends too, and they loved them on holiday. xxxx

    Sanu BB said...

    cute cute i like the first pic in the coral pink!
    hope i win!

    Nathalie Mina said...

    I love beach bag essentials blog posts and videos! And that blue color is GORGEOUS!

    ohelllllaa said...

    Love it!!

    Charli said...

    This is genious! Love the idea of them :) I have a massive list of essentials for summer...obvious choice would be sunscreen!! x

    minniemakeup said...

    Wow, you look stunning in anything and have given your readers an insight into such a simple item of clothing with so many beautiful looks! I heart your blog very much thanks for sharing.

    My beach essentials;
    P20 (take care of your skin!)
    Clinique moisture surge face spray (luxe version of magicool!)
    Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream
    (No make-up to the beach for me)
    Hair bobble,
    Good book,
    Ipod,
    Sun glasses,
    Cute beach bag, Jen xoxo

    Huda Kaake said...

    What an awesome post, doll! My essentials are pretty similar to yours :)

    HeatherAMarie said...

    is aveene, aveeno is the US lol i've been trying to figure this out because i want some of the products!

    xoxo,

    http://heatheramarie.blogspot.com/

    Diana said...

    The Peshtemal is delightful!

    I always wonder about waterproof mascara...is it really waterproof...mine always leaves me with racoon eyes...I'm looking for a good one for my forthcoming spa visit - any reccomendations?
    Diana

    Really enjoy your blog.

    Isabella said...

    I adore these towels, although I dont own one, I used one in Cemberlitas Hamami when I went to Istanbul last month. The colours and designs are beautiful!

    My beach bag essentials would be suncream, waterproof mascara &carmex :)

    Isabella xx

    FunkyCrew said...

    Would love to try out out a freebie like that! :)

    dani_e152003 said...

    that peshtamal is genuis!!
    i love the sleek pout polish for my beach bag, a burst of colour, a glossy lip and SPF in one pot! :) xx

    Hira said...

    Sunglasses :) and waterproof mascara, and i love my underwater camera that ive recently purchased but yet to use, so looking forward to using that in a couple of weeks time for my hol to turkey x

    Hira said...

    My bag would contain sunglasses, babywipes, for the unexpected panda eyes, sunscreen, ipod, and my new underwater camera i purchased which im yet to use, untill 3 weeks, for my holiday in turkey. Will capture every moment, of my nieces first swim. So it would be the camera this summer, as the pictures will be priceless

    Hira said...

    My bag would contain sunglasses, babywipes, for the unexpected panda eyes, sunscreen, ipod, and my new underwater camera i purchased which im yet to use, untill 3 weeks, for my holiday in turkey. Will capture every moment, of my nieces first swim. So it would be the camera this summer, as the pictures will be priceless

    Sara said...

    Love the colors and this post. Summer is definitely my favorite season.

    emmalou said...

    There lovely!! be perfect to snuggle up with on my upcoming flight to New York....:-)

    emmalou said...

    There lovely!! be perfect to snuggle up with on my upcoming flight to New York....:-)

    Bellaflor82 said...

    Love the peshtemal :) the pink looks awsome :) love all your posts as well :)

    Natalia said...

    great idea for post! <3
    Lovely blog, i'm following you! :)

    LiLy said...

    wow id love to win this!
    i'm at the beach every day and washing towels is a hassle!

    love ur blog x

    lilylandcy.blogspot.com

    Dreams That Glitter xoxo said...

    So stunning, I would love to own one of those little beauties!

    xoxo

    Dunia said...

    Ahhh so gorgeous!

    Moni said...

    I've never heard of a peshtamel before but they look so much better than a beach towel. I live in hawaii so I'm the beach a lot and that looks easier to haul around than a big beach towel!

    frecklie said...

    Those Peshtemal's are absolutely gorgeous!!! I have two already and love them to bits (although my husband refuses to believe that they are towels!) I may have to invest in another one though because the colours are fab! Im thinking grey and white or even yellow! Hmm! xx

    sweetmouse24 said...

    "Peshtemal" seems perfect for the beach! I have something similar but it doesn't look this good!

    xoxo

    Jenni said...

    Love this blog, there loads to pick up for the summer it seems! I'm almost beach ready but I'm missing 1 ingredient... sun!

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    Jenni x

    I love all things Self Tan

    luckymirai said...

    I love that you are always prepared with everything you do. You have always been tidy and crafty too.
    Your summer beach bag is perfect !

    Congrats again to your pregnancy.More power xxx

    vintageroses. said...

    Wow, they're such a good idea! x

    Glitterbug girl said...

    Brilliant, love the pictures. I pack very similar items in my beach bag, including an extra waterproof bag like the H & M one to keep my ipod and phone in. And also a chilled Avene water mist spray which cools your face when it gets a little warm!

    Keep up the lovely posts xx

    Amy Pearl said...

    love these!

    g3pinkii said...

    I've never heard of these before, but it look so cute <3

    Holly said...

    Lovely post :) great idea! Makes me want to go to the beach now :) x

    HollysSecrets@gmail.co.uk