The busy actress and mother of two lets us look inside her beach bag.
Whether she's sporting a bikini on the beach or a glam gown on the red carpet, this silver-screen beauty and star of blockbusters
like Fantastic Four—and Frank Miller's upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For—seems to have mastered the art of looking chic.
Another thing she's mastered: keeping daughters Honor and Haven entertained on the sand. "In the morning, we splash around, chase the waves, and make sand castles," she says. "We always have sand toys." Alba savors time for herself, too, often with a book and a stash of healthy snacks. "It's a great time to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life."
Durable patent sandals in a color that reflects the shore are a sure bet.
Buy it: Yosi Samra Roee Sandal (YS-FF-FL) in Mint, $48; yosisamra.com.
Functional and stylish. Who says you can't have both?
Buy it: Lifefactory 22 oz. Glass Bottle with Classic Cap and Silicone Sleeve in Orange, $23; lifefactory.com.
"I use a large scarf as a sarong, a light blanket, and even a towel."
Buy it: Virginia Johnson Dahlia Shawl in Turquoise, $195; virginiajohnson.com
You can't beat the price on these Seafoam Green wide-rimmed glasses—they even match the sandals!
Buy it: Knockaround Seafoam Green/Amber Bio-Based Premium Sunglasses, $16; knockaround.com.
This Honest Co. oil keeps skin super soft without added chemicals, so it's safe for the little ones too.
Buy it: The Honest Co. Body Oil, $10; honest.com.
Keep kids comfy and cute in the sand in a breezy sundress with adjustable straps.
Buy it: Snapper Rock Sundress in Summer Hearts, $42; snapperrock.com.
"This bikini is edgy while still offering enough coverage to stay put."
Buy it: SHIMMI Viv Bikini, $180; spindleandcanister.com.
This suit is quick drying, lightweight, and comfortable for kids, plus it has UV50+ protection for Mom's stamp of approval.
Buy it: Snapper Rock Girls Ruffle Bikini Set in Paisley, $65, snapperrock.com.
Described as the perfect summer bag, this tote is the epitome of preppy chic.
Buy it: Tory Burch Theresa Tote, $250; toryburch.com.
A structured hat made with natural straw is an easy statement piece for a day at the beach.
Buy it: Tory Burch Classic Grosgrain Fedora, $95; toryburch.com.