Labor Day Weekend Essentials

It’s here. The most bittersweet long weekend of the year. The last weekend of summer is just days away. And while it’s tempting to start digging out my fall candles, cozy sweaters and booties, I’m determined to live out summer for one more weekend before it’s time to say goodbye again until next June. (I feel like it’s extra hard this year for two reasons… 1. Covid still, obvi. 2. LDW is so late this year!)

If you’ve been lucky, you’ve packed many weekend bags this summer. And if you’re even luckier… your bag is still packed from last weekend’s adventures. But there are a few things you need to add to your typical summer weekender bag to get it LDW ready.

5 Things You Have to Pack this Labor Day Weekend 

All white, everything. It’s the last weekend of the year you can unapologetically wear white! (I’m not a fan of that stupid rule, but a lot of people are and will give you crap for wearing white after Labor Day.) I’m talking your favorite little white sun dress, white pants, white sweater and white bikini. Bring it all, and where it proudly before all these items don’t see the light of day until next year. Your tan, and your closet will thank you.

Your Beach Essentials. What is it you must have at the beach?! Pack it on last time for the year. Your favorite bikini, towel, sunscreen, and aloe are all must haves if you’re heading to the beach this LDW!

Your Favorite Beach Read. Packing a book is always a good idea! While you may have plans for BBQs and beach parties all weekend, chances are, you’ll have some down time too. And for me, the best way to relax is by grabbing my favorite beach read and reading in the hammock. You know how much I love Elin Hilderbrand, so if you’re looking for a beachy book to pick up, literally choose any of hers! OR check out my book reviews (click here and here) from the year! I’ve read some amazing books so far this year!

Your favorite summer sandals. Does anyone else feel like when the first Tuesday after Labor Day hits you can’t wear your favorite summer sandals anymore? Or is that just me? Sure, I’ll throw on my Birks when I run to the store, but as for my favorite wedges and espadrilles? They just don’t match my fall wardrobe. So where ’em while you can! The clock on summer is tickin’ away quickly.

Bright Lipstick. Seriously… don’t pack your favorite dark colors just yet. Wear those pinks, oranges and punchy toned reds. You have 6 months to wear the colors that reflect your soul… live in the light for one more weekend, my friends. 

What are you packing for the long weekend ahead?! I haven’t started packing just yet… but I have started making a giant pile of everything I’m taking with me. So that kind of counts as packing… right?

Alright my loves. I’m off to do some Yoga. I’ll be back tomorrow!


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