By the Light of the Oyster

Oyster Candles from Cape Cod Shells

 

There are few things more relaxing than an evening spent sitting on a candle-lit deck with a cool ocean breeze gently passing through.  Whether or not you happen to be close to the shore, you can certainly invoke that beach spirit on your own deck this summer with these rustic, hand-crafted Oyster-shell candle holders from Caron’s Beach House

Carefully crafted from hand-picked oyster shells along the coast of Cape Cod, the smaller version ($19) has three layers of real shells and extends 5.5 inches in diameter.  A four-layer oyster shell candle holder is also available ($24) and its seven-inch diameter readily supports a large pillar candle.  We say go ahead and splurge on several of each size and surround yourself with soft candlelight all summer long!

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Music Festivals Make a Splash at the Beach

Attention all music lovers: the season of beach music festivals is upon us! Today, West Palm Beach kicks off its annual SunFest. This much-anticipated beach festival includes a wide range of bands from Weezer to Patti LaBelle and Sean Kingston to the B-52s.

In other words, there is truly something for everyone at the festival known for being “where the music meets the waterfront.” And, if any of you are in the neighborhood and ready to have a little fun, be sure to check into the special promotions that offer $6 to $10 off some daily tickets.

If you’re not going to make it to Florida in time for this festival, don’t despair. From now until early fall, there are hot and happening beach music festivals planned from coast to coast. We list four fabulous festivals on 365Beach, but there are plenty more. If you have a favorite festival (music or otherwise, drop us a line (at info@365Beach.com) and let us know about it so we can add it to our events calendar!)

Whale of a Time Sloshing Along in Seaworthy Style

Little Whales Rainboots

This week has been a wet one for us at 365Beach and there’s still more rain in the forecast. No worries. We know April showers mean bright, beautiful May flowers. Most importantly, we know how much fun it can be to slosh through the rain in true coastal style!

Whether you’re jumping through mud puddles or searching for treasure washed ashore after a good storm, these Zenia Whales Rain Boots from Merona will make it all that more fun! And, “to boot” (pun intended) at only $25 from Target, you can’t beat the price.

If whales aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other styles out there, from “schooled fish” to” anchors away.”

Lucky Lobsters Indeed!

Among our favorites though are these “lucky lobsters” from Western Chief at Endless.com. They are a bit pricier at $60; yet, these lobster boots with fire-engine red trim are sure to guarantee plenty of fun on an otherwise drab and dreary day.

Serve Up a Modern Chic Bowl of Happiness

Bright Prep Bowls from Modern Chic Home

Is it possible for bowls to make you happy? If so these Santorini Prep Bowls from Modern Chic Home are bound to do the trick.  What better way to start off a day than to fill one of these hand-painted bowls with your favorite breakfast cereal, oatmeal, or a fresh serving of fruit.

These bowls are also great as a single-serve dish for everything from ice cream to popcorn, or to hold condiments (such as cheese and sauces) while entertaining. No matter how you use them, we simply love the bright, summer colors and the embossed detail. Not to mention, they have that just-right beach look that would set off any table setting with an ocean view in the background!

Each bowl is made of earthenware with a solid color glazed interior that is both dishwasher and microwave safe (hooray!). Available in orange, green or blue. Each bowl is $9 – so stock up!

We have a wonderful update just in from Julie at Modern Chic Home. Visit her site to check out these adorable bowls – and all her other great finds – and you will receive $5 off any order when you sign up to receive emails from her. Simply visit the site and enter your email address in the sign-up box to receive your coupon – and then enjoy first-hand updates on new products and offers. (What a treat, Julie! Our readers appreciate it!)

Meet Sara Peterson: the New Face behind Coastal Living Magazine

Sara Peterson, Editor in Chief (photo courtesy Coastal Living)

Recently, one of our favorite magazines underwent a bit of a behind-the-scenes change. Coastal Living magazine announced Sara Peterson would take the helm of the magazine, while its former Editor in Chief (Lindsay Bierman) headed to sister-magazine, Southern Living. Well,  as soon as we heard the news, we couldn’t resist asking for a chance to interview Sara. After all, Coastal Living magazine is near and dear to our hearts – for the simple reason that since its inception, every issue delivers us a tropical escape, a source of inspiration, and a celebration of our passion for the coast.  Like many others, we are quite simply devoted readers.

Frankly speaking, there was an inexplicable need to know more about this newly announced editor and her vision for the future of Coastal Living. We know it might sound kind of silly, but we honestly couldn’t wait to hear first-hand what might be in store for the magazine under a new editor’s direction. Fortunately, Sara was gracious enough to oblige (and never once indicated that she thought we were silly for asking all these questions!).

Coastal Living Magazine- a favorite for beach enthusiasts

She comes to this position with plenty of experience, having worked for Family Life and Redbook magazines, and even Southern Living. Not to mention, she had already spent time as Executive Editor at Coastal Living and was instrumental in its re-design that launched last year. There is no doubt that Sara is not only a talented editor, but she truly shares her readers’ passion for the coast. We are quite excited about what’s in store for our favorite publication and have quickly become loyal fans of its new Editor in Chief.  Sara Peterson will officially be on the masthead with her new title in the May issue (on sale this weekend). To get a better idea of what “beach” really really means to her, we asked Sara a few fun, on-the-spot questions. Keep reading to see what she had to say. And for the full Q&A session, you can read the rest of the interview at 365Beach.com. Enjoy! And think of Sara as you Continue reading

Lilly Pulitzer Brings Beach Cruisers Back!

Go Cruising with Lilly Pulitzer

Yes, beach cruisers are back as the must-have bike! Did they ever really go out of style? We don’t think so. Even so, the beloved cruiser has hit a few small bumps in the road while 10 speeds and mountain bikes briefly had their moments in the sun. No worries, though. It seems that the traditional beach cruiser is once again deemed a desirable mode of two-wheeling transportation for generations past and present.

Don’t believe us? Just ask Lilly Pulitzer.  The Lilly Pulitzer Beach Cruiser is a limited edition item in 2010 – and is a celebration of this classic icon that is once again hot, hot, hot. At $450, pre-orders are being taken now and shipping will begin this fall (9/08).  In true Lilly Pulitzer fashion, the frame – courtesy of Van Dessel – is covered with soft, floral graphics in pink and citrus colors.  It’s topped off with classic white wall (26″) tires, “flip flop friendly” peddles, and a step-through frame to “flatter your favorite skirt.”  It makes us want to pack a picnic lunch and peddle off to our favorite beach for a day in the sun!

By the way, in addition to offering an extensive selection of cruisers (Lilly Pulitzer’s version not included) Beach Bikes.net provides a terrific history of the beach cruiser. Check it out!

Speaking of beach cruisers, picnics and style… we found one accessory you won’t want to leave home without when taking your cruiser for a spin. Continue reading

For Earth Day…Celebrate with Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation - Get Involved

As most everyone (hopefully) has heard by now – April 22 – is Earth Day. This annual day of observance is currently celebrating 40 years! That’s quite a feat. And we’re very pleased about and supportive of this global initiative that has spent four decades “inspiring awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment.”

In honor of this special day, we thought it only fitting to highlight an organization that works diligently to bring focus to the world’s oceans and beaches – the Surfrider Foundation.  This non-profit grassroots organization is “dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches.” Self-described as being founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, the Surfrider Foundation has grown to more than 50,000 members with 90 active chapters across the globe. We, at 365Beach.com, first stumbled across the organization via Twitter and have loved hearing about the great work being done by this once grassroots group. Hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours have been logged from coast to coast with beach clean-up days, lectures and other special events. When we say this is an ACTIVE organization, we mean it!

The good will and dedication of this group and its extensive support base of volunteers is evidenced on a daily basis. That’s why we are stoked about this chance to help them spread the word. How can you help? Start by shopping! Continue reading