OFFSTAGE: Lauren Alaina Takes Gyspy Soules to the Beach

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Before you look inside Lauren Alaina’s beach bag, you may want to spend a few seconds just admiring the outside. It’s the Victoria’s Secret Pink Bling Weekend Tote, and it’s adorable. She has it with her in the Star Style pages of the new issue of People Country Special. And Alaina reveals some of her must-haves for the beach. Like straw hats with big brims, aviator sunglasses and pails and shovels for sandcastle building. It also sounds like she is smart about tanning because she admits she uses Maui Island Secret Browning formula overnight but then protects her skin with Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen and lip balm while she’s at the beach. But the one thing in her beach bag that I absolutely do not need — but may buy anyway — is this pair of Gypsy Soule flip-flops. “They are the cutest shoes in the world, and I wear them all the time,” Alaina told People. Ranging in price from $200 to $400, they are definitely not the cheapest flip-flops in the world, but they have just enough rhinestones to help me rationalize getting a pair.