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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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1. L.L.Bean

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160 N Gulph Rd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(888) 473-1828
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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."

2. Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

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116 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-2600
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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."

3. Anthropologie

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1801 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 568-2114
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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!"

4. Head House Books

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619 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 923-9525
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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."

5. Verizon Wireless

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1700 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 564-7800
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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."

6. Sephora

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1714 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 563-6112
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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!"

7. South Moon Under

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1731 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 563-2298
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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!"

8. Rescue Spa Philadelphia

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1601 Walnut St Fl 3
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 772-2766
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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."

9. duross & langel

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117 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 592-7627
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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!)."

1. L.L.Bean

160 N Gulph Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406
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."
160 N Gulph Rd
King of Prussia, PA 19406

2. Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

116 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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."
116 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

3. Anthropologie

1801 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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!"
1801 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

4. Head House Books

619 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
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."
619 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

5. Verizon Wireless

1700 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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."
1700 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

6. Sephora

1714 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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!"
1714 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

7. South Moon Under

1731 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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!"
1731 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

8. Rescue Spa Philadelphia

1601 Walnut St Fl 3, Philadelphia, PA 19102
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."
1601 Walnut St Fl 3
Philadelphia, PA 19102

9. duross & langel

117 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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!)."
117 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107