This is #TheOnceUpon's Guide to Your Summer Essentials

Happy summer, everyone!

Now that the sun has come out to play, it’s time to plan out our beach essentials for our seaside adventures.

The first thing to check off on our list before going on vacation is a fresh manicure for all our Instagram pictures. Our go-to spot in New York City is sundays studio, @sundays_studio, a wellness-inspired brand that focuses on using non-toxic polishes while providing meditation services. We love being able to enjoy a cup of tea and a meditation session as we wait for our nails to dry.

The nail polishes by sundays are toxic-free and vegan. Photo by  Wini Lao .

The nail polishes by sundays are toxic-free and vegan. Photo by Wini Lao.

Enjoy a meditation session while you wait for your nails to dry. Photo by  Wini Lao .

Enjoy a meditation session while you wait for your nails to dry. Photo by Wini Lao.

Veronica from  @veronica.victoriaa  styles the clear tote by Jeff Wan.

Veronica from @veronica.victoriaa styles the clear tote by Jeff Wan.

Before we head to the beach, we need to make sure we have the perfect summer bag to fit all of our essentials in. Our go-to piece has been the Bazar Tote with Pineapple by Jeff Wan, @jeffwanofficial, because it’s clear and the perfect size for the beach. Plus, the pineapple design screams ‘summer vacation’!

For a bathing suit coverup, we would opt for Donna Zhong’s Two-way silk cotton dress or a silk dress by Maggie Wu Studio. Both options are lightweight and easy to slip on after a dip in the pool or beach. They’re also very easy to pack!

After getting our beach fix, we make sure to tie our hair up with a silk scrunchie from Maggie Wu Studio so there isn’t any breakage or tugging going on. Nothing is worse than using an elastic hair tie on your wet hair!

Pro tip: if you want to avoid tangles when you are washing your hair after a day at the beach - use a wide tooth comb before heading in the shower! We recommend Maggie Wu Studio’s rose quartz comb - it looks cute and easy to pack into the Jeff Wan tote!

Maggie Wu Studio’s elegant silk dress is the perfect piece to travel with. Photo: Courtesy of Maggie Wu Studio.

Maggie Wu Studio’s elegant silk dress is the perfect piece to travel with. Photo: Courtesy of Maggie Wu Studio.

The hammer satin skirt by Donna Zhong is another great summer piece that can be dressed up or down. Photo by Ashley Gallerani.

The hammer satin skirt by Donna Zhong is another great summer piece that can be dressed up or down. Photo by Ashley Gallerani.

Photo: Courtesy of SOTP.

Photo: Courtesy of SOTP.

For a summer date night outfit, we prefer wearing light pieces that we can throw a sweater over — like the Rachel Camisole top paired with the Hilda High Waisted Shorts by Sum of the Parts! The outfit is perfect for having a dinner by the water or a late night stroll through the beach. If you’re more of a skirt person, you can pair the top with Donna Zhong’s elegant Hammer Satin Skirt.

Packing for a summer vacation should be as stress-free as the trip itself. We hope you like these pieces we picked out for you!

Thank you for reading.

xoxo,

The Once Upon team