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When Caroline Bean's nose isn't aimed at her smartphone to tweet to Visit Philly's 70K followers, it's buried in a book, preferably a hardcover that can withstand the crowded condition of her massive monogrammed beach tote. Because when Bean, the director of social media at Visit Philly, embarks on one of her frequent pilgrimages to the beach, she does so prepared.

Aside from your requisite beach towel and a smattering of toys for smaller family members, Bean's bag houses prescription sunnies, the trusty lip color she's rocked since high school, and six more seashore essentials, all of which you can read about after the jump.


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L.L.Bean

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Product #1: Boat and Tote Bag, $39.95 at L.L.Bean
"This giant monogrammed bag was one of my favorite wedding gifts last summer. It’s a huge catch-all for the beach."

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

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Product #2: Warby Parker 'Thatcher' Sunglasses in Whiskey Tortoise, $150 at Art in the Age.
"Prescription sunglasses are amazing, and at just $105, Warby Parker’s are affordable and stylist. Plus, I like that you can browse the options at Art in the Age, one of the brand's few showrooms."

Anthropologie

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Product #3: Smith's Minted Rosebud Salve, $8 at Anthropologie
"This lip balm is always sold at Anthropologie. I bought this lighted tinted balm for all of my bridesmaids—and an extra one for myself!"

Head House Books

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Product #4: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, $15.95 at Head House Books
"I’m trying to read this book before it becomes a movie. Lupita Nyong'o is going to produce it."

Verizon Wireless

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Product #5: Samsung Galaxy S5, $199 with contract at Verizon Wireless
"I like the big screen because I’m on social media all the time for Visit Philly."

Sephora

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Product #6: Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, $15 at Sephora
"Clinique Black Honey has been a staple lip color of mine since high school. It’s a classic that looks good on everybody—including Madonna, who wore it on an album cover once!"

South Moon Under

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Product #7: Rainbow Narrow Strap Leather Thong Flip Flops, $51 at South Moon Under
"Rainbows are tried-and-true and so comfortable; surfers love them!"

Rescue Spa Philadelphia

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Product #8: Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 Original “1970”, $25-$92 at Rescue Rittenhouse
"This facial potion is hailed as a 'cult classic' and 'facial in a bottle' by Rescue Rittenhouse. It makes my skin feel really cleansed and moisturized."

duross & langel

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Product #9: Lemon Verbena Oil-Based Sugar Scrub, $11 at Duross & Langel
"My husband, Charlie, bought this sugar scrub for me for Valentine’s Day. Considering he dips into it as much as I do, I can say it’s a household favorite. It’s so scrumptious that I’m tempted to eat it (but don’t!)."

L.L.Bean

Product #1: Boat and Tote Bag, $39.95 at L.L.Bean
"This giant monogrammed bag was one of my favorite wedding gifts last summer. It’s a huge catch-all for the beach."

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Product #2: Warby Parker 'Thatcher' Sunglasses in Whiskey Tortoise, $150 at Art in the Age.
"Prescription sunglasses are amazing, and at just $105, Warby Parker’s are affordable and stylist. Plus, I like that you can browse the options at Art in the Age, one of the brand's few showrooms."

Anthropologie

Product #3: Smith's Minted Rosebud Salve, $8 at Anthropologie
"This lip balm is always sold at Anthropologie. I bought this lighted tinted balm for all of my bridesmaids—and an extra one for myself!"

Head House Books

Product #4: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, $15.95 at Head House Books
"I’m trying to read this book before it becomes a movie. Lupita Nyong'o is going to produce it."

Verizon Wireless

Product #5: Samsung Galaxy S5, $199 with contract at Verizon Wireless
"I like the big screen because I’m on social media all the time for Visit Philly."

Sephora

Product #6: Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, $15 at Sephora
"Clinique Black Honey has been a staple lip color of mine since high school. It’s a classic that looks good on everybody—including Madonna, who wore it on an album cover once!"

South Moon Under

Product #7: Rainbow Narrow Strap Leather Thong Flip Flops, $51 at South Moon Under
"Rainbows are tried-and-true and so comfortable; surfers love them!"

Rescue Spa Philadelphia

Product #8: Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 Original “1970”, $25-$92 at Rescue Rittenhouse
"This facial potion is hailed as a 'cult classic' and 'facial in a bottle' by Rescue Rittenhouse. It makes my skin feel really cleansed and moisturized."

duross & langel

Product #9: Lemon Verbena Oil-Based Sugar Scrub, $11 at Duross & Langel
"My husband, Charlie, bought this sugar scrub for me for Valentine’s Day. Considering he dips into it as much as I do, I can say it’s a household favorite. It’s so scrumptious that I’m tempted to eat it (but don’t!)."