12 Beach Must-Haves, According To L.A. Cool Girls

There's something about the first beach trip of the year that feels so deserved. After all, in the months since our last oceanside getaway — which was likely around Labor Day — we've been cooped up indoors perfecting our self-care routine with moisturizing sheet masks, online shopping binges, and the occasional meditation session (unintentionally working on a vitamin D deficiency). That being said, it's safe to say that the contents of our beach tote could use some fine-tuning.
So, to make sure we're in tip-top shape the next time we see sand IRL, we tapped three Los Angeles-based cool girls who know all about that #beachlife to supply us with their favorite no-frills essentials. From an indie songstress who swears by strapless swimwear and UGG's new summer slides to a fashion designer that opts for eccentric staples like retro sunnies and beach towels in bright hues, the 12 stylish yet practical picks ahead will have you embracing salty beach waves and freshly freckled skin in no time.
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Casey Carlson (Quigley) | @OfficiallyQuigley

Not only has this L.A. It Girl's music appeared on hit shows like Gossip Girl, but she was also a finalist on American Idol. When she's not laying down tracks in her studio, she's traveling the world and hitting up her favorite SoCal shore, El Matador State Beach.
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"I love this coral-colored bikini because the shape and hue are extremely flattering on most body types and skin tones. I tend to avoid straps on my swimwear, not only to eliminate tan lines, but also because I won't be limited when selecting a coverup."

Mara Hoffman Twist Front Bandeau Bikini Top, $110, available at Mara Hoffman.
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"This two-in-one SPF-infused CC cream is extremely gentle on your skin. It protects, while also evening out your tone and giving off a natural summer glow. And it doesn't leave your skin feeling too oily like other sunscreens."

Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream Broad Spectrum 30 SPF Complexion Corrector, $48, available at ULTA Beauty.
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"I'm living in slides this summer. These are effortlessly chic and will give any look a great pop of color."

UGG Kari Sandal, $110, available at UGG.
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"This bamboo bag is just plain cool — I have to get one!"

Cult Gaia Gaia's Ark Bag, $128, available at Cult Gaia.
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Aza Ziegler | @azaziegler

Ziegler is the founder and designer of Calle Del Mar, a clothing line inspired by the surf and skate culture of the '60s and '70s and vintage U.S.-made athletic wear. It's all produced in Los Angeles.
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"What better place to be colorful than at the beach? I love Dusen Dusen's use of texture, pattern, and color — this particular towel reminds me of the David Hockney pool series. It's reversible to match whatever color swimsuit I'm wearing and large enough to fit two people."

Dusen Dusen Curves Towel, $80, available at Dusen Dusen.
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"I have a whole closet full of Crap Eyewear. Every piece is fun, retro, and reasonably priced. Plus, they come in so many amazing colors."

Crap Eyewear The Love Tempo, $58, available at Crap Eyewear.
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"This all-natural lightening spray — which I first picked up last summer at Rockaway Beach — is now a staple in my beach bag. It smells amazing, it's very moisturizing, and it leaves you with perfect, beachy waves. After you've hit the pool or the ocean, spray a little in your hair and it will naturally lighten, exposing your baby blonds."

Goldies Beach Bleach Lightening Spray, $18, available at Goldies.
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"This is my go-to vacation dress. It comes in a breezy cotton and is perfect to throw on over your swimsuit on a hot summer day. I usually match mine with a pair of sandals or sneakers."

Calle Del Mar Wave Dress, $88, available at Calle Del Mar.
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Sisilia Piring | @sisiliapiring

Piring is a fashion and portrait photographer, videographer, and content creator based in L.A. Her photos, which tend to focus on soft pastel colors, California light, and lush green scenery, have garnered her work with NYLON, Urban Outfitters, Reformation, and more.
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"This simple and classic one-piece swimsuit really speaks to my minimal look."

Baserange Kinch Swimsuit, $150, available at Need Supply.
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"This neutral net bag is roomy enough to hold my sunblock, sunnies, and snacks."

Clare V. Netty Natural Bag, $25, available at Clare V.
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"I love this sunblock because it's non-oily, free of harmful chemicals, and great for my sensitive skin."

Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50, $12.99, available at Thinkbaby.
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"This is by far my favorite beach hat. It's super versatile and, thanks to the wide brim, shields my face from the sun."

Lack Of Color Spencer Wide Brimmed Boater Hat, $56.39, available at Lack Of Color.
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