I just returned from my trip to Mexico and wanted to share my must-have beach and pool accessories. This coincides perfectly with Shopbop’s spring sale (which doesn’t start until tomorrow…) I’m actually sharing the sale code a full day before the public so you can grab whatever your heart desires before it sells out! Get 20-25% off with EVENT17 until Friday, April 14th (more details here). I scoured the site over the weekend and put together my favourite must haves for spring and summer below. I’m picking up this Solid & Striped bikini, Rachel Comey white jeans, C/Meo Collective bustier top (colour?! OMG!), and Madeworn Rock vintage Stones tee.

In celebration of spring, I’m also doing my biggest giveaway ever! Scroll down for more info.


what to bring to the beach or pool straw bagsSam Edelman straw tote | Mar Y Sol Caracas tote | Hat Attack afternoon bagKayu St Tropez tote | Mar Y Sol Tybee tote

2. HAT

Janessa Leone Jade hat | Hat Attack Panama hat | Janessa Leone Joanna hat | Hat Attack boater hat | Janessa Leone Claudia hat


I am a book nut. I should probably be reading this, but instead I just finished The White Princess (I love historical fiction) and will start on my yearly Harry Potter re-read soon 🙂


I am especially loving the one-piece at the moment – it makes the perfect beach to restaurant outfit. Just add shorts or a skirt.

Skye + Staghorn Turkish one pieceMikoh Belize bikini | Solid & Striped Anne Marie one piece | Marysia Swim Antibes bikiniSolid & Striped Morgan bikini | Solid & Striped Chelsea one piece


Hemant + Nandita tunic | Faithful the Brand Madid dress9seed Tulum cover up | Rails shirt | Bindya Boho Love dress


I have become quite podcast obsessed. I listen to The Daily by The New York Times every day and just finished S-Town. Listening to a podcast is the perfect way to relax in the sun without getting too bored.


Illesteva Leonard sunglasses | Prada round sunglasses (see below to WIN!) | Givenchy Petite Square sunglasses | Le Specs Weekend Riot sunglasses | Quay Lickity Split sunglasses


Shashi Abigail earrings | Kenneth Jay Lane Bead + Tassel earrings | Kenneth Jay Lane twisted circle earringsKenneth Jay Lane statement earrings | Gas Bijoux Avery earrings


This is a non-negotiable, as I’ve said so many times before. I always wear an SPF 50+ on my face and body (I like Hawaiian Tropic for my body + Di Morelli for my face), along with a hat + big sunglasses to protect my face. You can definitely still tan (your body) through it, but sunscreen helps to protect you against skin cancer! Please use it 🙂


As soon as I spotted these pool party accessories, I started to plan one in my head (with my non-existent pool, I might add)!

SunnyLife neon signSunnyLife Swan float | SunnyLife Havana Beach paddles | Gift Boutique floating pineapple cooler | Gift Boutique pizza slice float | SunnyLife Beach sounds speaker

I’m so excited to be giving away a pair of black Miu Miu round sunglasses (the velvet case they come in is so cute) to one of you guys! These 60’s inspired classic sunglasses are valued at $600. The giveaway is open internationally and will run for 1 week, ending Monday, April 17th. Good luck!

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  1. Beckie
    04.11.2017 / 9:01 pm

    Love the blog and thanks so much for the chance to win the sunglasses! I’ve never owned a pair like these so it would be amazing to win!

  2. 04.12.2017 / 5:05 am

    Right now I’m obsessed with straw bags! This is definitely a basic for spring and summer.

    • August Diaries
      04.12.2017 / 8:28 am


      xx Jill

  3. trish
    04.14.2017 / 3:18 pm

    whenever you post your shopbop sale codes (which is great btw!) you always say you’re picking up x and x but then you never wear it on the blog! last time you said you were picking up more of those mikoh bikinis but you always only wear the two black ones that look the same, or those leopard print shoes…just wondering if you say that stuff for show or actually plan on wearing it.

    • August Diaries
      04.17.2017 / 9:35 am

      Hi Trish,

      Totally understand your question… I promise I do pick up those things! Sometimes they don’t work out (sizing issues or perhaps they look different in person) and some things, like the bikinis, I don’t tend to post on the blog as I don’t feel comfortable with it. But absolutely, I do buy those things 🙂 Hope that’s helpful!

      xx Jill

  4. 04.16.2017 / 7:03 pm

    What a great selection of summer must-haves Jill! I am obsessed with hats lately so would definitely go for several of those on your list and also the swimming suits. I also love historical fiction 🙂

    Happy Easter, gorgeous ♥

    Saida | She talks Glam

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