One of my favorite things about summertime is spending time on the beach. Going to the beach has become a part of our regular routine ever since moving to Southern California for my DrH’s residency. We absolutely LOVE it. We go almost once a week during the summer to escape the heat and enjoy some quality family time.
But of course, as everyone knows, it is a LOT of work to get to the beach – especially with kiddos. You are packing along swim towels, sand toys, sunscreen, beach chairs, umbrella, lunches, snacks, drinks, boogie boards, baby stuff, etc etc etc. It is a lot and it sometimes drives me crazy!!
So what do you do? You try to consolidate all of that stuff and put it into a few bags, one of which is a beach bag. I used to be stuffing my cheap beach bag full of my beach gear and I would get easily frustrated every single time. My beach bag wasn’t that big, only had one pocket, and it was awkward to carry. It was HEAVY and the straps were very uncomfortable on my shoulder.
I quickly realized after a year of regularly beaching it up that I needed a beach bag that was big, lightweight, and had multiple pockets. These are necessities for a beach bag in my opinion. Bonus points if it was also cute!
Enter my new friend Sylvia. Sylvia is the owner and creator of Boutique1324 and she has solved all of my beach bag problems. She owns a shop that sells handmade bags, wristlets, and picnic blankets. I fell in LOVE with her extra-large beach bags. I mean look at this:
How can you not love this bag?! I absolutely love this print!
Sylvia is a mother of four children and she stared her shop Boutique1324 as a way to try and help out financially while still being able to take care of her small children. Sylvia said the name of her business comes from her faith.
“I am a Christian and strive to live life by the beautiful model of the lady in Proverbs 31. She was an industrious woman who met all the needs of her family while also providing financially for them. I want to honor God with every aspect of my life/business and felt my business name should reflect my faith.”
So she chose “Boutique” because she offers a variety of items. She included the numbers “1324” to allude to the verses of scripture that she loves in Proverbs 31: “She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands….She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.” (Proverbs 31: 13, 24) And there you have it – the background of Boutique1324.
Sylvia decided to sell beach bags as one of her products because her family goes to the beach often and she saw a need for large, durable bags. She also sells wristlets and picnic blankets that are equally as adorable and useful.
My family and I went to the beach this past Saturday and I took my new beach bag from Boutique1324 along to try it out. I stuffed that bag to the brim. I had four towels in there, the kids’ water bottles, sunglasses, sand toys and buckets, sunscreen, my phone, and my book. And it ALL fit.
Not only did it all fit, but it was so easy to carry! The very first thing I noticed about it was the straps. The straps are so much more comfortable than my last bag and it was no problem at all to sling it over my shoulder.
It also wasn’t heavy or awkward at all, even with all of my gear stuffed in there. Sylvia’s beach bags are made of a canvas material that is durable yet lightweight at the same time. It was seriously a huge improvement from my old beach bag.
Not only is a big, lightweight, and adorable, but it has POCKETS – and lots of them! It has three pockets along the canvas interior of the bag which I loved. I threw my phone in one of the pockets so I could find it easily and to snap pictures of my kids. I also put sunscreen and chapstick in there so I wasn’t having to dig through the whole bag to find them.
My beach day with my family was so much fun and Boutique1324‘s beach bag made packing everything so much easier and convenient this time around. I have already had people ask me where I got my bag because they love how cute it is. And I have to agree, I love the style! Her bags are perfect – not only for the beach, but for any outing where you want to just grab your already-packed bag and go.
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