Brooke Shields's Beach Essentials

The model, actress, activist, and mother lets us take a look inside her beach bag.

What's In Brooke Shields's Beach Bag?

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What's In Her Bag?

Model, actress, Broadway star, producer, author, activist, mother: Brooke Shields has played an impressive list of roles both on and off camera. So, when Shields craves a much-needed dose of downtime, she heads to the sand. "I am more relaxed and at peace at the beach than anywhere else," she says. Shields's beach agenda often includes lounging with a book under a big umbrella, sipping tasty rum drinks, and playing beach games with her two daughters. But don't expect to catch her tuned in to an iPod with headphones. "I don't listen to music on the beach," she says. "I prefer the sound of the waves."

Slimming Suit

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Slimming Suit

"Malia Mills swimsuits are so flattering—ruching in just the right areas and great coverage."

Buy it: Malia Mills Siren One-Piece in Baroque Blue, $335; maliamills.com.

Good Read

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Good Read

Nothing makes time fly like a good book. Steer clear of major tearjerkers though—you're still at the beach after all!

Buy it: Run by Ann Patchett

Easy-to-Spot Umbrella

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Easy-to-Spot Umbrella

Spend all day in the sand without running the risk of an uncomfortable sunburn—the bolder the pattern the easier your party can find you too!

Buy it: Shade USA Fancy Beach Umbrella with 7' Canopy in Sunburst, $35; beachumbrellas.com.

Playful Paddles

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Playful Paddles

These are the perfect paddles for a friendly competition on the beach. Let the games begin!

Buy it: Panama Jack Pro Kadima Pastel Paddles, $9; amazon.com.

Perfect Beach Towels

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Perfect Beach Towels

"I love these towels because one side is terry cloth and the other is cotton."

Buy it: Roberta Roller Rabbit Jemina Beach Towel in Blue, $150 each; robertarollerrabbit.com.

Sturdy Tote

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Sturdy Tote

Pick a beach bag that can stand up to the surf with a pattern that disguises wear and tear.

Buy it: China Seas Martinique Reverse Tote Bag in New Blue on Tan (Medium), $145; quadrillefabrics.com.

Style and Utility

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Style and Utility

A day at the beach doesn't mean you have to throw style out the window. This fedora will keep windswept hair in place while looking ultra-chic.

Buy it: Goorin Bros. Fine Day Fedora in White. $50; goorin.com.

Durable Shoes

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Durable Shoes

Give your feet a break from the scorching sand and pack a pair of shoes that makes it easy for you to play.

Buy it: TOMS Yellow Bimini Women's Stitchouts, $59; toms.com.

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