Martha Stewart’s Beach Essentials

Between running her media empire and finishing a new cookbook, Martha Stewart took time to reveal what she packs when she indulges in a well-deserved break at the coast.

“Big straw beach totes are the best!”

Photographer Christopher Baker

What’s In Her Beach Bag?

Favorite beaches: The pristine coast of St. Barts and the rocky, awe-inspiring shoreline of Little Cranberry Island, Maine

Her bag:  “Big straw beach totes are the best!”

New Project:  Martha Stewart’s Dinner at Home, (Random House, October 2009) by Martha Stewart, $35; barnesandnoble.com

“An oversize, good-quality cotton towel is so important,” Martha says.

Photographer Ted Tucker

Wrap Up

“An oversize, good-quality cotton towel is so important,” Martha says.

Martha Stewart beach towel, $30–$40; available spring 2010, macys.com

The Kindle is a major space-saver, especially for those who require multiple reading materials.

Photographer Ted Tucker

Make Room

The Kindle is a major space-saver, especially for those who require multiple reading materials.

Kindle DX, $489; amazon.com

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 100+, $10.50; drugstore.com

Photographer Ted Tucker

Take Cover

“You can never be too protective of your skin,” she says.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 100+, $10.50; drugstore.com

Martha Stewart Fresh Portion 2-cup Chill Containers, $12 for a set of four; macys.com

Photographer Ted Tucker

Stay Fresh

“Food storage containers with built-in coolers are a must,” Martha says. These lids have removable ice packs.

Martha Stewart Fresh Portion 2-cup Chill Containers, $12 for a set of four; macys.com

“Fruit- and herb-infused lemonades are delightful beach beverages. Lemon Verbena is one of my favorites,” she says.

Photo by Veer Images

Cool Off

“Fruit- and herb-infused lemonades are delightful beach beverages. Lemon Verbena is one of my favorites,” she says.

Lemon Verbena Lemonade

Bring 1¼ cups sugar and 1¼ cups water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat, and add ¼ cup lemon verbena leaves. Cover and steep 15 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve, and let cool completely. Combine 5 cups fresh lemon juice, strained, and lemon verbena syrup in a pitcher. Fill glasses with Lemon Verbena Ice Cubes (see below), and divide lemonade among glasses, or cover and chill up to 3 days. Makes 7 cups. Lemon Verbena Ice Cubes: Fill 2 ice-cube trays halfway with water, and freeze. Top each cube with a lemon verbena leaf, cover with water, and freeze up to 1 week.

From Martha Stewart Living, June 2008

Martha Stewart Straw Tote with Island Surf Stripe lining, $44; available spring 2010, macys.com

Photographer Ted Tucker

Pack It In

We love how Martha’s tote matches her towel!

Martha Stewart Straw Tote with Island Surf Stripe lining, $44; available spring 2010, macys.com

“I have a wide variety of music—everything from Susan Graham and Feist to P. Diddy and Usher,” Martha says.

Photographer Ted Tucker

Relax and Unwind

“I have a wide variety of music―everything from Susan Graham and Feist to P. Diddy and Usher,” Martha says.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater, $7, mariobadescu.com

Photographer Ted Tucker

Refresh Yourself

This spray is gentle on your skin and provides a delicate afternoon pick-me-up.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater, $7, mariobadescu.com

Sandal in violet lizard, $990, Herms; usa.hermes.com

Photographer Ted Tucker

Protect Your Sole

“My favorite sandals are Hermès,” she says.

Sandal in violet lizard, $990, Hermès; usa.hermes.com


 

Martha’s French bulldogs Sharkey and Francesca hunt for crabs in Maine.

Photographer Martha Stewart

Make Memories

“I love taking photos for my blog,” Martha says. At left, Martha’s French bulldogs Sharkey and Francesca hunt for crabs in Maine.

To read about the lives of Sharkey and Francesca, visit dailywag.marthastewart.com.

To read Martha’s latest post, visit themarthablog.com.

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