The Accessories You Need for a Beach Weekend

Woman in shades and hat on the beach

Summer is now beginning to draw to a close, meaning that if you were looking to get away to the beach for a weekend, now is the time to plan it. From sunglasses to a waterproof phone case, these are the accessories that you should not forget to pack.

Waterproof Phone Case
Water is everywhere at the beach, and even if you do not plan on taking your phone into the sea with you, you should still consider some extra protection for it. A protective waterproof phone case will not only ensure that your phone stays dry, but it will also prevent any sand or dirt from entering it, leaving you free to use your phone throughout the weekend without having to worry about causing any damage.

Woman with shades and beach bag at the beach

A Beach Bag
A beach bag is absolutely essential to tote all of your belongings around in, but you need to ensure that this properly fastens up, so that your bag will not end up filled with sand. A bag that has separate compartments will always be useful, especially if you are carrying valuables, and you should also try to opt for one that has been crafted from a waterproof material.

Sunglasses
The skin around your eyes is much more delicate than that on the rest of your face, which is why this is often the first area to show signs of wrinkles and fine lines. Since the sun is responsible for up to 90% of facial wrinkles, sunglasses are one of the best ways to protect your eye area from the damaging effects of the sun. Make sure that your sunglasses are UV blocking, and opt for a wraparound style if you want extra protection on the sides of your face.

Woman wearing colorful sarong at beach

A Sarong
While you will likely be wearing swimwear throughout the weekend, there will always come times when you need to cover up, and a sarong is perfect for this. This is one of the most versatile items of clothing out there, as it can be used in so many ways. Whether you wrap it into a dress or a skirt, or use it as a beach blanket, this is an accessory that you will definitely want by your side, and it will also not take up too much room in your luggage.

Flat Sandals
If you are planning a night out on the town, you may want to pack a pair of heels, but, during the day, nothing beats a pair of quality flat sandals. These match with just about everything, and you could even opt for a pair that features elaborate beading or leather straps if you want them to take on a dressier edge. Sandals can also easily fit into just about any beach bag, meaning that you can conveniently swap them for another pair of shoes if you need to.

Deciding what to pack for a beach weekend can be difficult, as you do not want to overpack, but you also do not want to leave anything important behind. From your sunglasses to your sandals, make sure that all of these items have a place in your luggage before you set off.

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How to Have Your Best Vacation Ever

Woman in a yacht

When you think back to all the vacations that you have previously taken, it is likely that some of them brought you much more happiness and enjoyment than others, but have you ever stopped to wonder why? It turns out that there are a variety of factors that contribute to how happy your vacation makes you, and, once you understand exactly what these are, there is absolutely nothing to stop your next vacation from being the best one that you have ever had.

Planning
While spontaneous trips are often fun, a certain level of planning is essential if you want to make the most of your vacation. Not only does planning your vacation in advance allow your excitement to build up over the weeks or months, but, once you are actually there, it takes away some of the decisions that you may have otherwise needed to make on the spot, allowing you to simply relax and enjoy yourself.

Try Something New
For children, a vacation seems to last forever, and that is because of all of the new experiences that their brain takes time to process. The best way to replicate this as an adult is to make sure that you fill your vacation with as many new experiences as you can. Whether this may be trying new foods or trying a new type of activity, all of these new experiences will contribute to making your vacation your best one yet.

Manage Any Work
If you are able to completely take time off from work whilst on vacation, then you should most definitely do so, and this means staying away from your work emails and messages the entire time you are away. If, however, some work whilst on vacation is unavoidable, then you need to be sure to manage your working time properly. Set yourself some limitations, such as responding to emails in the morning but then putting your phone or computer away for the rest of the day.

Have Fun
It goes without saying that fun is absolutely necessary in order to have your best vacation ever. Be sure to make time every day to relax in between all of your vacation adventures, socializing with others and sharing your experiences, whilst reflecting back on the past day. Having fun also means leaving the mundane tasks behind. If you don’t want to worry about having to find a babysitter, arrange for one in advance, or you could even bring a family member along on the promise that they act as a babysitter when needed. If you are renting a vacation house rather than staying at a hotel, it may be worth finding someone to cook and clean whilst you are staying there, so that you won’t need to worry about those things yourself.

Once you have had your best vacation ever, don’t forget to sort through all of your photographs and memorabilia, displaying the ones with the most sentiments behind them. While it may be hard-hitting to immediately get back to your everyday routine, these tips will ensure that every vacation you take will be even better than the last!

Your Summer Vacation Essentials – OROGOLD Reviews

Packing for a summer vacation leaves many of us with the same dilemma; how to pack as light as possible without having to leave much-loved items behind. To begin with, OROGOLD recommends you to make a list of all your basic essentials, such as underwear and a pair of jeans, and be sure to strictly follow your list. Include all the items that you will be packing at the last minute on your list, such as your toothbrush and your phone charger, to ensure that you do not end up forgetting anything important.

Woman selecting a swimsuit while shopping.

Bathing Suits
If you’re going to be spending your vacation by the beach, you will definitely need to pack more than one bathing suit, as nobody likes squeezing themselves into a wet one. Don’t forget to also pack some cover-ups – a sarong or a stretchy sun dress work especially well if you need to head off to other activities straight from the beach.

Woman cleaning her shoes at home.

Shoes
A pair of flip-flops is essential if you’re spending time by the beach or pool, and can be paired with plenty of outfits for a casual, beachy look. You will also need a pair of shoes for going out at night, as many nicer places won’t let you in if you are wearing flip-flops. A pair of wedge sandals are comfortable and will work with many outfits. If you plan on doing some outdoor activities, such as hiking or playing a sport, be sure to bring along a pair of sneakers.

Woman choosing skin care products at a beauty store.

Skincare and Haircare Products
Sunscreen is a must for any summer vacation, and keeping your skin protected should always be your number one priority. The heat of the sun can also dry out your hair, so bring along a small amount of leaveP-in conditioner, as well as a spray that will help to hydrate your hair. Don’t forget about sunglasses, as these will help to protect your eyes from the glare of the sun. Sunglasses are convenient to pack, so it could be a good idea to bring a few different pairs, as sunglasses are an easy way to change the dynamic of your outfit.

Two friends wearing warm clothes and drinking coffee.

Warm Clothes
Even if you plan on visiting somewhere hot and tropical, you should always bring along something warmer to throw on top of your outfit, just in case it starts to rain or a cool front blows in. Since these are bulkier to pack, consider wearing your warmer clothes on the plane, as this will save you space in your suitcase whilst keeping you cozy and comfortable during your journey.

Woman charging her phone.

Multi-Gadget Chargers
These days, we travel with so many electronics, including phones, cameras, MP3 players, tablets, e-book readers, and much more. Rather than bringing along a separate charger for each, which not only takes up more space in your suitcase but also means you have more to remember when it comes time to return home, purchase a multi-gadget charger, which allows you to charge all of your devices with one charger.

When packing for your summer vacation, don’t forget to leave some empty space in your suitcase for any shopping that you may do. Make sure to also bring a mini travel first aid kit along with you, with items that will have you prepared for cuts and scrapes, colds and stomach bugs, as well as motion sickness, ensuring that no matter what happens on your vacation, you will be able to handle it.

Best Los Angeles Beaches – OROGOLD Reviews

Thanks to warm weather all year round, and 75 miles of coastline, Los Angeles is a magnet for beach lovers from all over the world. With almost two dozen beaches in the county, LA has something to offer for everyone, from families with young children to surfers looking for the best waves. OROGOLD reviews the best Los Angeles Beaches here.

Image of the Leo Carrillo State Beach, California

Leo Carrillo State Beach
Leo Carrillo State Beach is among the most beautiful beaches that you will find in Los Angeles. The beach, located at the northern tip of Malibu, stretches out for about one and a half miles, meaning that there is plenty of space if you want to get away from the crowds. Since the waves are quite tame here, it is great for longboarding, although not so great for surfing. The beach is dotted with sea caves and tidal pools, both of which are always fun to explore, for adults as well as children. It is also one of the only beaches that you can bring your dog to, as long as you keep him on a leash. If you want to spend the night under the stars, there is a camping ground on site that you can use, as well as picnic areas and showers.

Beautiful picture of the Venice Beach, Los Angeles.

Venice Beach
Venice Beach is arguably one of the most famous beaches in the world, thanks to its trendy boardwalk, bikini-clad women on roller skates, and an endless array of street performers. For those who like to people-watch, Venice Beach is the one for you. Due to its popularity, it is usually always crowded, but because the beach is quite spaced out, there are still areas to go if you want some peace and quiet. The boardwalk has plenty of shops, selling beachy clothing and surfing equipment, and there is also a huge choice of places to eat and drink. There are lifeguards stationed throughout the beach during the day, but because the waves are quite inconsistent here, it is not the best spot for surfers.

The Malibu Surfrider Beach, California.

Malibu Surfrider Beach
As you can tell from the name, the Surfrider Beach in Malibu is the best one for surfers. The sandstone reefs at the north of the pier help to create the perfect break, so that surfers can ride the waves all the way down the coast. There are three different surfing points to choose from, meaning that beginners, as well as the more advanced surfers, can all take part in the action. Don’t worry if you aren’t a surfer, as it is still a great beach to relax and be a spectator. There are also plenty of eating options, so you could easily spend the whole day on the beach.

The El Matador State Beach in Los Angeles.

El Matador State Beach
El Matador State Beach is a secluded pocket beach, located north west of Malibu. The beach is considered to be a hidden gem, especially when compared to the more well-known LA beaches, and is famous for its ridged cliffs and rocky outcrops. Since the beach is quite rocky, be sure to bring shoes with you, as well as any food or drink that you may want, as there are no facilities here. However, don’t let that put you off, as it is a great beach to visit when you want some privacy, and its location makes it perfect for watching a beautiful sunset.

Los Angeles, with its endless summers, sparkling ocean and swaying palm trees, will never disappoint those who want to spend some time on gorgeous sandy beaches. With so many to choose from, you could easily spend each day at a different beach and still not have time to visit them all, so make sure to do some research beforehand in order to find the LA beach that is perfect for you.

OROGOLD’s Guide to Golden Holiday Decor – ORO GOLD Reviews

Choosing golden décor for your home during the holiday season is so much fun, and ORO GOLD has some great tips to help you know what to look for when decorating your home this holiday season.

 

Gold Christmas Trees

Golden colored Christmas trees are a wonderful way to spice up any space in your home and add a comfortable, soft glow to any room. It looks classy and festive, as well as luxurious. Adorn your tree with red bows and white lights for the overall color pop that will keep you wanting to spend as much time around the tree as possible.

 

Golden Wreaths

If you are lucky enough to find a golden wreath this holiday season, buy it! They are difficult to find, but if you’re crafty you can make one of your very own. Simply spray paint a faux wreath with gold spray paint, adorn it with bows and festive artifacts like cinnamon scented pinecones or ‘snow’ covered pinecones, and hang. This idea is beautiful for a front door or entry way into your home, and eye catching.

 

Golden Mirrors

Mirrors accommodate any season, and if you would like to add something extra special, opt for a mirror with a golden frame, preferably one with an antique look to it. Hang it on the wall by your Christmas tree to show the reflection of the tree and lights, and you’ve got an added pop of color in your room which will make your guests do a double take!

 

Golden Ornaments

Many designers offer golden ornaments during the Christmas season, and you can never have enough of them. If you are into making crafts, this is an excellent one to do yourself. Simply take some clear glass ornaments, add some acrylic paint inside the bulb, swirl around inside of the ornament and throw in some contrasting glitter such as silver or red. If you want to go all gold, you can do that as well. You can then decorate the outside however you wish! Allow drying time of 24 hours before you hook and hang the ornaments.

 

Golden Tableware and Plates

If you have guests coming for dinner Christmas Eve or Christmas day, prepare a lovely meal and adorn the table with gold. A golden tablecloth, golden plates and silverware, and gold rimmed drinking glasses make a perfect conversation piece that will leave everyone breathless. Add a sparkle with white candles in hurricane vases for a special touch.

 

Golden Snowflakes and Stars

This is a fun project to make with your kids or grandkids. If you can find golden stars and snowflakes and would rather purchase them pre-made, that’s fine too. Otherwise, spray paint them with gold spray paint (outdoors of course, to avoid inhalation of fumes) and add some white or gold glitter. Allow them to dry, and tie some clear thread or string around the top of each one. Hang them from the ceiling throughout the room in which you have your Christmas tree at different lengths. You could also use red ribbon to hang them instead.