Summer Favorites

Winner of the Summer Ready giveaway is Marylee.

summer time pool time round towel carry beach towel coolerLeather beach strap: The Beach People / Round fringe towel: Cotton:On / Dress: TOPSHOP

Back from New York and I can’t wait to share what I did there. I’m currently battling a sinus infection/cold and it feels like my head is about to fall off my body – not fun.

Meanwhile since I’d typically be sleeping all sweaty from being sick, the Chilipad Cube is a life saver for this sickness and the Arizona summer. It is a temperature cooling/heating system and I tell every Arizonan (or hot sleeper) that it’s worth every penny. I joke my life is constantly like I’m going through menopause and the Chilipad allows me and the hubby to sleep like teenager through the night!

This summer hat really is perfect, large brim for the pool, it looks like you’re on vacation. I love Cuyana’s product, so elegantly simple.

beach hat pool sunnies wildfox

I also invested in new sunnies for summer. I had forgot to put them in my bag and I asked Benjamin to grab them from my desk and he came out with a handful of sunglass cases asking, “How many sunglasses do you have?” But you know, sunglasses can really make an outfit or look!


Do you own a round towel for summer? It’s the most instagrammable towel in so many different prints. I bought one early spring, because it was just too adorable. Buy this leather strap and it’ll be easier to carry your towel from the beach to the car, or your pool.

coconut chiller drink cup

If only I had a real coconut like I had in Thailand! This can bring me back to that moment and that time I completely biffed it on before taking photos (but my  coconut was somehow not harmed and still balanced on my hand!). This coconut chiller is under $8 on and I’ve seen it at CVS. There is also a cute pineapple chiller which I also own because – pineapples!

I think a white dress is staple, this one from TOPSHOP.

I bought a new white dress from Nasty Gal for next month’s San Diego beach wedding – the bride wants all her guests to wear white! I thought I had one and my girlfriends made a joke that I already took a photo in it so I had to get a new one. So true!

It’s lace and I got an email notification it came back in stock so I had to buy it!


Speaking of, right now Nasty Gal is having an EXTRA 40% off sale items now through Tuesday, July 5.

Get a new cute outfit or two – for summer! I love sale on sales!

Photography by Dream Photography Studio

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.


  • Angela Kim

    I agree that a white dress is a summer staple. You look so fabulous and summery in it! And round towel? How creative! I don’t think I’ve ever seen one yet.

    • Diana Elizabeth

      I think you definitely need to get you and your gals one for your next trip to the beach! :)

  • Carissa

    Gasp! I adore your wedding guest dress! I can’t wait to see pictures of you in it. I want to hop on the round beach towel trend, just haven’t gotten around to it yet : )

    • Diana Elizabeth

      You’re closer to the beach than I am – you would benefit greatly from a round beach towel ;) xx


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