Beach Day in a Bandeau

July has been a busy month for us. With our recent move, the engagement party and our weekend trip to Block Island, we’ve hardly had time to sit. For this upcoming weekend, we were hoping to slow down and spend some time in our new place. After all, there are still boxes left to unpack and furniture to be rearranged. Anyone up for an apartment tour, afterwards?

Here are photos from our beach trip earlier this month, when life was a bit more calm. Ever since we moved closer to the shore, our commute to the beach has been next to nothing and I am loving that luxury! In 10-15 minutes, we could be digging our toes in the sand while soaking in the sun. Probably the most cliche sentence ever but it’s true! We filled our beach bag with snacks and sunscreen, donned our sunglasses and bathing suits, and off we went!

Kim at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Connecticut

Remember when bandeau tops were popular? Even though this trend is long over, I still love wearing bandeaus because it minimizes the chance of strange tan lines. I get tan super easily, so I have to be more careful in the sun than others!

Kim at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Connecticut

I want to get into the habit of reading at the beach, but it’s dang near impossible without an umbrella and chair! Mental note taken. Currently, I’m in the middle of P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han. To be honest, I was drawn to the book because the girl on the cover is Asian, which I identify with (duh). So far, I prefer her other series called, The Summer I Turned Pretty better.

Kim at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Connecticut

Monogrammed bags for days!

Beach jetty at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, ConnecticutSea shells on the beach

All the shells get pushed to the edge of the beach. Must be a hermit crab’s dream!

Kim and Dan at the beach

We tried vlogging but there’s not much to film besides us squinting, hence the sunglasses.

When bae holds all the beach bags for you

Here comes the real MVP! Ladies, find a man who will be willing to help you carry bags! The simple act of Dan lifting something heavy makes me swoon. Although, I should explain that I had hurt my neck/shoulders from packing up heavy things in the apartment, which is why I wasn’t holding any beach bags. But knowing Dan, he would have offered to carry everything anyways.

Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, ConnecticutSunglasses, sun hat at the beach

And I will leave you with this funny shot of me by some tall grass. Something about this amuses me.

Have you gone to the beach lately?

By the way, thank you for all your supportive comments on my last post! Your similar experiences really put everything in perspective. The fact that I have a place to call home and access to everything I need makes me super fortunate already!

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  1. July 28, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    Your beach looks so much better than the beaches I’ve been to here in California! I’m so sorry about your back hurting from all the packing, but at least it’s over now right? And plus points to Dan for being such a gentleman!

    Kim, that last photo… omg hahaha xD

    • August 16, 2017 / 12:21 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Eena! I have no idea what California beaches are like, but hopefully I’ll find out someday!

    • August 16, 2017 / 12:22 pm

      Thanks! It’s quite old but it’s one of my go-tos.

    • August 16, 2017 / 4:21 pm


  2. Keri Elaine
    July 28, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    Bandeau’s are still in, in my book! You look amazing and I have to take an umbrella with my or stay in the water the majority of the time so I don’t roast haha! I can’t believe how many unbroken shells there are! Your last picture is so fun and artsy.
    Keri Elaine

    • August 16, 2017 / 4:21 pm

      Thanks so much, Keri! We would bring an umbrella if we weren’t so lazy, haha.

  3. July 28, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    Yes yes yes! An apartment tour would be amazing! Also, OMG! I loved the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy – it was a complete guilty pleasure read that I couldn’t help but munch my way through! Ha! I’ll have to check out Han’s other books, too! I’d never heard of The Summer I Turned Pretty!

    Loving your beach pics, I wish the weather was warmer here in England for some good beach time – but it never seems to reach it! Ha!

    I hope you’ve had a wonderful Friday,

    • August 16, 2017 / 4:29 pm

      Once we get everything settled, hopefully I can photograph my apartment! And omg so glad we like the same books! (Plus we are friends on GoodReads now, score!) Jenny Han is my guilty pleasure as well 🙂

      Thanks so much for your comment!

  4. July 28, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    Only 10-15 minutes from the beach?! I’m so jealous! That’s a very clean and pretty beach. Love the shot of the shells! I know photos in direct sunlight can be harsh; appreciate how well you edited these. They look soft and pastel washed, almost.

    • August 16, 2017 / 4:31 pm

      Yes, luckily we are spoiled living by the beach! Glad you liked the shells. They might be different from your California beaches?! And THANK YOU for noticing how I edited my photographs! It is surprisingly hard to photograph on the beach because it’s sooo bright.

  5. July 28, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    I love your photography!! I wish my regular beach had that many shells! Also, good to know that P.S. I Still Love You isn’t that great because I was thinking about reading it.

    • August 16, 2017 / 4:33 pm

      Thanks, Madison! The book is such a quick read and perfect for the beach. I just wasn’t as fond of the main character… so technically, I would still suggest it!

  6. July 29, 2017 / 1:14 am

    Glad to hear you being a bit more settled after the move! Definitely down to see what your place looks like! It’s so cool that you live close to the beach. I’m jealous because places near the beach in SoCal are so expensive! I love your swimwear; I never knew the reason why bandeaus are great because I’m scared of the waves knocking it off of me XD. But now I know!

    I love it whenever my boyfriend carries my bags as well XD. Guys are perfect for carrying heavy stuff ;). I haven’t been to the beach in a couple of years but will be there this upcoming week!

    • September 1, 2017 / 2:26 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Nancy! I didn’t realize that places near the beach in California were expensive, but it makes complete sense! And I agree that bandeaus are scary to wear in the water because of the waves. To be honest, I played it safe and didn’t go in the water that day (it was rather cold anyways!) Hope you enjoy your beach trip!

  7. July 29, 2017 / 2:25 am

    I love bandeau, I almost only have this as bikini! You look so pretty and hope you enjoyed the beach!

    • September 1, 2017 / 2:26 pm

      Thank you, Violette! Bikinis are very flattering too.

  8. July 29, 2017 / 3:19 am

    Yes, we have! The coast is only 10 to 15 miles away from where we live, so it’s convenient to spend our weekends there especially during this summer season! My husband and I have recently gotten into bodyboarding, and we’ve been going to the beach almost every weekend to practice. 🙂

    P.S. I agree with Eena—the beach you went to looks kind of different from what we have here in California. Looks really interesting!

    • September 1, 2017 / 2:27 pm

      Awesome! You live so close to the water! Good luck bodyboarding! What a cool beach activity.

  9. July 29, 2017 / 3:33 am

    This place is AMAZING ! I didn’t know it but it’s so so beautiful
    thanks for this lovely post

    • September 1, 2017 / 3:00 pm

      Of course, Marie! Thank you for your comment <3

    • September 1, 2017 / 3:00 pm


  10. July 29, 2017 / 7:07 am

    Your guys are really lucky to have the beach that close. And it really is beautiful! No need to jump on the plane to get some beach vibes 😎 I love bandeau tops too, it’s not always necessary to go with the latest fashion trend. Have a lovely weekend

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

    • September 1, 2017 / 3:03 pm

      True, although I have to admit, the water is cold up here, haha. Thanks, Simone!

    • September 1, 2017 / 3:03 pm

      Thank you, Pallavi! Hope you have a wonderful day!

  11. July 29, 2017 / 10:32 am

    I mostly only wear bandeau tops for exactly the same reason – tan lines! loving your monogrammed bag and that shell photo is amazing. looks like a fun day!

    • September 1, 2017 / 3:37 pm

      Same here! Thank you, Lauren!

  12. Gabrielle
    July 29, 2017 / 10:53 am

    This beach looks SO beautiful; what a lovely way to spend an afternoon! Adoring the beach bag by the way 🙂

    • September 1, 2017 / 3:38 pm

      Thanks Gabrielle! The beach is a great place to relax.

  13. July 29, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    what’s your favorite beaches in Connecticut? I feel so dumb but we haven’t even been yet lol. when I lived in the west people would drive like ten hours to get to the beach! crazy!


    • September 1, 2017 / 3:39 pm

      Wow 10 hours?! That’s pretty crazy! Luckily on the east coast, we live so close to the water. There are a handful of beaches that I have visited in Connecticut. Will give you a PM about this soon!

  14. July 29, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    Great photos! I just got back from the beach, which is probably my most favorite thing in this world. I really wish I lived near a beach.

    • August 28, 2017 / 7:58 pm

      Yay! We haven’t always lived by the beach, so I totally get the excitement of driving to one for the day!

    • August 28, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      Thank you, Jessica!

  15. July 30, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    Looks like the perfect beach day! I love all the photos, it makes me want to go have a beach day myself. And yes for the apartment tour in the future! x

    Kara |

    • August 28, 2017 / 7:57 pm

      I hope you visit the beach before summer is over, Kara!

  16. July 30, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    I dont find that funny shot funny but rather an artsy one! A cool shot, the shells that pushed by the shore is really stunning such a nice nature’s work.

    Glad that i stumble upon your blog because we do have the same niche! aweeesome!

    • August 28, 2017 / 7:33 pm

      Hahaha thank you! I thought it was a cool photo that made me laugh, probably because of its artsiness like you said!

  17. July 30, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    You guys are the cutest! You’re so lucky you tan quickly, I tend to burn first, then it turns into a tan! I agree that bandeaus make for much better tans though!

    Chow Down USA

    • August 28, 2017 / 7:32 pm

      Thanks Chelsea! I don’t love tanning but it’s better than getting a burn!

  18. July 31, 2017 / 7:06 am

    That’s really a lot of shells! My mom is such a hoarder when it comes to seashells so she would go completely crazy at a place like this. Now I’m curious about the book too. It’s so rarely you see an Asian girl on the front cover, unless it’s My Life as a Geisha..

    • August 28, 2017 / 7:19 pm

      I totally understand because I am a shell hoarder as well! And Sanne, you are so right. Sadly, you don’t see that many Asian girls on covers unless it’s about geishas… which I don’t relate to AT ALL! Hopefully that will change someday!

    • August 28, 2017 / 7:15 pm

      Thanks Eloise, I was hoping it would cheer someone up!

  19. July 31, 2017 / 7:50 am

    Stunning photos! Love your bandeau, it’s so chic! And congrats on your engagement! Wishing you lots of love, joy and happiness! xo, Vivian

    • August 28, 2017 / 7:13 pm

      Thanks so much Vivian! <3

  20. August 1, 2017 / 3:43 am

    I’d like to go on the beach right now, but I still have to wait some weeks before 😀
    Your look is perfect for a sunny day çon the beach !

    • August 28, 2017 / 7:12 pm

      Hope you head to the beach sometime soon, Carolina! It’s so relaxing there!

  21. August 1, 2017 / 8:57 am

    I love bandeau bikinis! All the better to tan in! Lovely photos xx

    Alya / moorizzla xx

    • August 28, 2017 / 7:09 pm

      So true. Thanks Alya!

  22. August 1, 2017 / 10:22 am

    I am the beach bag carrying guy too Kim; my wife has been carrying everything LOL. But I mind not. I get a workout and she gets convenience. Win-win. You got a good one 😉

    • August 28, 2017 / 7:08 pm

      Aw that’s wonderful to hear, Ryan! 🙂

  23. Amy-Anne
    August 1, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    Ohmygoodness these photos are so gorgeous, you’re making me so insanely jealous! And that little quip about finding a man who will carry your bags is also so true, I once dated someone who refused to carry a big suitcase even when it was both of ours and I’m weak in comparison to him. I think I just need something like you two have, you’re pretty goals to be honest 🙂

    Little Moon Elephant

    • August 28, 2017 / 6:56 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment, Amy! You are too sweet! Sorry that you dated such a loser!! Hopefully it made you stronger, both emotionally and physically, hahaha sorry I kid. You will probably find someone perfect for you someday soon, I promise 🙂

  24. August 2, 2017 / 3:32 am

    Lovely photos! I was at the beach last week and I totally agree that it’s a nightmare to read without an umbrella and chair. All of the sand is so annoying too when it gets stuck in your clothes!

    Heather xx

    • August 28, 2017 / 6:51 pm

      Thanks Heather! Sometimes you just gotta shake all the sand out!

  25. August 5, 2017 / 7:57 am

    Living 15 minutes away from the beach seems like such a dream! I live in a country where we have TOO many great beaches but I live far from all of them. The nearest one that doesn’t require a plane ride is about 3 hours away lol. Loving the monogrammed bags!

    • August 28, 2017 / 6:37 pm

      Whaaaa? I can’t believe that you live 3 hours from the beach! That just blows my mind. I thought the Philippines were all coast, haha. Little do I know. Still thanks for sharing, Teesh! I love to hear about other people’s lives!

  26. Adi
    August 8, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    Looks like lots of fun!! And cute bag!

    Adi xx

    • August 28, 2017 / 6:31 pm

      Thank you! It’s from L.L. Bean. Monogrammed, of course!

  27. August 9, 2017 / 11:36 am

    You look absolutely HOT in that swimsuit babe. Great styling as always!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Much love, Len

    • August 28, 2017 / 6:26 pm

      Thanks Len! <3

    • August 28, 2017 / 6:26 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

  28. August 11, 2017 / 12:28 am

    You are so lucky you live so close to the beach! I used to live on the East Coast and we’d drive up to the beach on the weekends in the summer. It was the ultimate feeling of rest and relaxation. So cool you get to do it all the time.

    xx Yasmin

    • August 28, 2017 / 6:26 pm

      Beach weekends are the best, aren’t they? It DOES get busy during the summer though, I’ll give you that!

  29. August 11, 2017 / 6:39 am

    It sounds like you’ve been busy with all good things! Congratulations on the engagement party – I can’t wait to see photos 🙂 You look amazing, girl! Living by the beach suits you and your fiancé so well


    • August 28, 2017 / 6:23 pm

      Thanks Quinn! Glad you like our beachy lifestyle 🙂