Cozying Up with Big Sur Lanterns

Big Sur Lanterns from Velocity

As summer begins to fade, we find ourselves attracted to different hues and textures. Usually, this is the time we bring out the accessories that are more reminiscent of the cool, late summer temperatures that will most certainly give way to fall. And while we love candlelight year-round,  late summer is ripe for adding a few more candles to your collection.

We found these hand-woven lanterns offer the exact warmth and glow that we crave this time of year. The Big Sur Lanterns are made from sliced vines that are intricately woven into a globe with a glass hurricane inside the globe to hold your favorite candles. We love that these little gems are inspired (and named after) the Big Sur area – offering a rustic look that is perfect for any beach bungalow, or a home that wants to bring in that casual beachy feel.

Velocity offers the Roost Big Sur Lantern in three sizes from 12″ to 19″ in diameter. They range in price from $60 to $105 each (the best prices we’ve found yet for these). These lovely lanterns are sure to become a seasonal favorite.

Taking the Rug (Bag) to the Beach

Summer "Rug" Bags at Yvonne-Estelles

 If this doesn’t say “summer” then what does?

Whether you’re scouting fresh vegetables at the local farmers’ market or collecting souvenirs during vacation. We think this “rug” bag from Dash and Albert is the quintessential summer beach bag ($58).

Look for it at specialty retailers, such as Yvonne-Estelles or order directly from Dash and Albert. Made in India, these bags are use woven construction and are hand-loomed, just like the popular and festive rugs – thus their moniker “rug bag.” 

"Tangerine Dream" from Dash and Albert

There are plenty of styles to choose from, including the “Nantucket” and the “Tangerine Dream” (one of our personal favorites!). The bags have plenty of style and, lots of room (19″ x 16″ x 3″) and are topped with soft leather handles – making this an ideal carry-all for any excursion! 

Classic Seaside Accessories from The Brimfield Fair

Sail away at Brimfield Fair

One of our favorite things to do is peruse thrift stores, vintage shops and antique shows for coveted treasures from (or inspired by) the sea. And we have quite a collection growing! However, there’s always room for more. That’s why our second favorite thing to do is to shop finds put up for sale by other savvy scavengers. And it just so happens we heard from a new friend yesterday who found some adorable belt buckles from the Brimfield Fair.

Designer and boutique owner of The Pink Pineapple, Stacie Hall was fortunate to find these buckles –  one spells out “SAIL” and the other is a Whale buckle that says “Save the Whales”  ($38 each, buckle only). She is making them available in her store but tells us there is a limited supply – only about a dozen of each.  These will be available online today, but you better hurry!

"Save the Whales" Photo courtesy Stacie Hall

We can’t wait to hear what other treasures folks find at this May’s  Brimfield Fair. For those of you not familiar. The Brimfield Fair is a very popular antiques fair held a few times a year in Massachussetts. It is thought to be “one of the top three flea markets” in the U.S., according to Frommers. A tradition since 1959, more than 700 exhibitors offer their wares. The Brimfield Fair opens to the public this weekend, starting at 8am Friday ($5 admission fee) and continues Saturday (free admission).  If you can’t make it this weekend, no worries, you can try again in July and September. In the meantime, thanks to Stacie Hall for giving the rest of us an opportunity to scoop up one of her great finds!

Beaded Bangles for the Beach

Beaded Bracelets for the Beach

We’re in the mood for a little sophisticated fun! And these striking beaded bangles from the Pink Pineapple are set to cure our itch.   

Can’t you just imagine yourself heading to dinner by the shore dressed in a bright, casual-style tunic accentuated by one of  these colorful bracelets ($38) dripping off your arm? Heads will definitely turn as you walk into the room!  

We love that these accessories include some of the hottest colors of the season – especially the teal.  If you need a little something extra to go with the bracelet (say, the rest of the outfit!), be sure to visit the Pink Pineapple. The Rhode Island-based shop includes an entire line of boutique items designed by Stacie Hall. We love it all, and know you will, too!

Style Update! Well, we just heard directly from the designer, Stacie Hall,  and got the most-up-to-date scoop on what’s hot right now. She tells us the icon hoodie ($128) is a must-have and we can see why with its preppy colors and casual feel. Of course, our money is also on this exquisite hand-stiched shirt ($76) with its soft cotton/silk fabric and hand whipstitching cascading down the bodice. Tell us your favorite pick!

Becoming The Hip Hostess this Summer

Serving up Avocado a la mode!

Speaking of entertaining… We know many of you have had a busy week of celebrating. And with summer just around the corner, we’re sure you are already gearing up for a season full of soriees!  Given you’re in the mood for entertaining, why not go all the way and make sure you look absolutely dashing while serving up that delicious seafood by the shore this summer?

We found this very beach-chic sheath apron in “avocado al la mode” ($39). It’s casual style lends itself to that informal gathering with friends and family. Yet, it’s adorable enough to make you want to keep it on all through the meal! The scallop trim at the bottom has a flirty flounce to it, and the halter-style neck ties definitely exude a summer vibe.

The mother-daughter team from The Hip Hostess is responsible for this playful new take on the traditional apron. Their mission says it all – “combine simple, contemporary style with fabulous fabrics to create a “couture in the kitchen” look that today`s modern woman will want and actually wear.” We agree. Want to wear it!

Of course, there are lots of colors and styles to suit every personality – and

The Hip Hostess in Melon Splash!

every occasion.  For those days when you’re prepping lunches for a house full of kids – or summer guests, we like the vibrant fun of the  “melon splash” demi-style apron ($32).  This shorter, even more casual look is ideal for those times when you’re preparing a quick meal or cleaning around the house. Yes, someone still has to clean, even in the summer – so you might as well look cute doing it!

UPDATE #2: Although we found a great offer earlier via Twitter (@TheHipHostess), our wonderful friends at The Hip Hostess have created an offer especially for us! Just stop by, pick out your favorite aprons and receive a very generous 20 percent off! Just use the product code BEACH at checkout and you will be an official “hip hostess” and a savvy shopper! Hurry, though. This special offer is only available to us through the end of the month (5/31).

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo Beachside!

Celebrate with handblown margarita glasses

Did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?  Although the official “holiday” has passed, you can still enjoy the foods, drinks and traditions of the Mexican culture throughout the month of May – and beyond! We found a few recipes, stories and products to share with you as you start mixing your Margaritas, beachside (or poolside, or barside, or wherever you may be)!

While you may think you are celebrating a true Mexican holiday, it turns out this an occasion that has been embraced more by Americans than by our neighbors south of the border.  True, it is a day that evolved as a pseudo-celebration of the 1862 Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. However, according to this story, it gained attention in the U.S. in the 1950s by political activists looking for a way to bridge our two cultures and improve cross-border relations. A few decades later, it was capitalized on by savvy marketers (read beer companies) as a fun way to increase sales in a nation that was happy to have another reason to party.

Well, as we know many of our 365Beach readers do enjoy entertaining and imbibing in the occasional cocktail, who are we to deny the opportunity to celebrate a neighboring culture? And we particularly love a celebration filled with good foods and drink! If you haven’t already planned your menu, we suggest Continue reading

Snuggling by the Shore in Rough Linen

Orkney Rough Linens

 

When one thinks of a soft, comforting fabric to snuggle under, “rough linen” doesn’t exactly sound like it would fit the bill. However, this high-quality linen fabric actually feels wonderful and is quite soft, with a handwoven-style texture.  That’s why we can’t imagine a more delightful material for these amazing duvets from Rough Linen

The feel of this natural fabric, combined with the gentle hue of the Orkney Rough Linen duvet (shown) just makes us want to crawl under the covers and spend the day! These hand-sewn duvets range from approximately $200 to $410 (King) but are worth every dime.  Pillows, shams and bed skirts are also available, of course – and equally worth the splurge. 

You should also know that great care goes into the creation of each piece by a wonderful seamstress and designer who envisioned this line of luxury bedding. She uses “French seams… overcast raw seams… and Gutermann thread” to name just a few of the techniques and materials.  We don’t pretend to know what any of those things are, but they sound intricate and precise. What we do know is that the outcome is lovely! The Orkley duvets also use buttons (as shown below) for a very natural look – and there are several button options from which you can choose for a truly custom piece. It’s yet another example of the care and attention to detail that goes into every piece. 

For those of you with a more playful side, Rough Linen also offers a line of 
“St. Barts” linens that have a more nautical inspiration with “soft, sunbleached colors.”  These linens are also made with a “lighter, finer texture” but are just as soft and inviting. If you’re shopping for a new look for your bedroom or guest rooms this summer, these duvets offer a beach-inspired subtlety that is ideal. Enjoy! 

In the Details: Buttons