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My beach essentials: Furthermore team

From the best swimwear to an awesome surfboard, a round-up of the must-haves we've been obsessing over this summer.

We're kicking off this season's 'Beach Essentials' series with the crucial items the Furthermore editors bring to the beach. We discovered the best swimwear for your bikini body, superior sunglasses that are worth the investment, a chic surfboard, a great summer read, and more. Check back throughout August for more of the best beach accessories from our friends.

mikoh “vintage sailor” bikini, $194

"I would order every suit on this site for the packaging alone. It's impeccable. Bonus: Both the top and bottoms stay perfectly in place while I'm on the paddle board."—Liz Miersch, editor-in-chief

calypso elephant-printed fringe trim poncho, $199

"This cover-up looks chic with flip-flops on the beach for day but easily transitions to night with wedges and fun jewelry. Plus pompoms and elephants add a whimsical care-free vibe thats perfect for lazy summer days."—Brooke Alovis, managing editor

bareminerals locked & coated waterproof lash topcoat, $12

"This product is the only way I've managed to stay smudge-free in the waves."—Lindsey Dybdahl, social media editor
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'a window opens: a novel,' $26

"Summer has been synonymous with reading lists since I was a wee nerd. Hence, I love lugging a book to the beach. I'm particularly excited for Elisabeth Egan's novel, as we were colleagues years ago at SELF magazine and I think she is brilliant and hilarious."—Sheila Monaghan, executive editor
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monica vinader siren thin cuff, $410

“I love wearing a plain black swimsuit as I think they look so elegant, which means a touch of bling is essential. I'm obsessed with this jewelry designer at the moment!”—Sarah Salter, head of marketing
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oliver peoples bernardo square sunglasses, $390

"I usually opt for cheapie shades, but this summer I'm investing in these timeless sunnies which have quickly become my favorite beach accessory. Spending the extra dough means I'm definitely going to be careful about not losing this pair."—Kevin Aeh, lifestyle editor
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swell firewire submoon timebertek surfboard, $845

“I spend my weekends out East and love to be active and go surfing in the morning. This is a "fun" board that not only looks chic but can be used as wall decor in the winter.”—Ashley Heckman, senior creative editor
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ue boom wireless bluetooth speaker, $199

"I like to be the (obnoxious) person next to you at the beach with the great portable and waterproof playlist you can't escape."—Ashley Hord, assistant photo editor
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