It’s National Flip Flop Day!

Celebrate National Flip Flop Day with flip flop lights from Amazon.com (photo courtesy Amazon.com)

If you ask us, as soon as spring has sprung, and the air becomes warmer and the days get longer…well, that means that every day is suitable for Flip Flop Day! However, one smoothie chain has officially declared Friday, June 18 as the day to “free your feet” and revel in National Flip Flop Day.

This is the fourth annual “holiday” for the Tropical Smoothie Café. To mark the celebration, should you happen to throw on a pair of your favorite flip flops and walk into any Tropical Smoothie Café, they will reward you with a FREE 24 oz. Jetty Punch smoothie. Not bad!

We should mention that they also use this opportunity to raise money and awareness for their philanthropic cause, Camp Sunshine. This very special camp is designed as a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. We love that you can enjoy a free treat in your favorite flip flops and then give a little something to others!  

Better get going though… the free smoothies are limited to the first 500 flip-flop-wearing customers that stroll into each store. (And, by the way, if you need – or want – a new pair of flip flops for the summer, then National Flip Flop Day seems like the perfect excuse to do a little shopping and indulge your fetish for this casual footwear icon!) We’d love to see or hear about your favorite pair of flip flops so be sure to drop us a comment and share. Enjoy!

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Weekend Getaways at Hangout Beach Music Fest and MayFest

Beach Festivals in the South!

Love the beach? Love music? Then you are in for a treat this weekend. Pack your bags and head for a mini-vacation by the shore at a beach music festival near you!

We know the Gulf Coast beaches from Louisiana to Florida have gotten a lot of attention lately because of the oil spill, but this weekend Alabama’s Gulf Coast is the place to be for fun, music, art, food – and of course gorgeous, sandy-white beaches. All reports show that the water and beaches remain clear, and the weather isn’t bad, either! You couldn’t ask for more perfect conditions for the area’s first annual Hangout Beach Music Festival. It kicks off tonight with a pre-party and officially gets underway Friday (May 14). This festival is on the beach in beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama and for a first time festival, it has been able to attract over 60 amazing bands and musical artists.  

Among those lined up are the Zac Brown Band, Black Crowes, Allison Krausse, Ben Harper and Relentless7, Gov’t Mule, John Legend, and The Flaming Lips. Truly, this is a small sampling and we can assure you there is something for everyone at this festival. The festival runs through Sunday (May 16) with a three-day weekend pass for $159 and day passes for $82. We’ll also have folks on the beach all weekend covering the festival for us at 365Beach, so check in with us frequently to get updates and catch interviews with some of the artists.

If you happen to be on the east coast this weekend, Myrtle Beach is also throwing quite a shin-dig! Saturday, May 15 kicks off the month-long MayFest and the grand re-opening of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. This mile-long oceanfront boardwalk has been highly anticipated, so much so that they are celebrating its re-opening with the area’s first Beach Music Festival. They have a celebrity-packed weekend planned with everyone from TLC’s The Cake Boss to the legendary, Ben E. King. Also performing are coastal favorites, The Embers and Jim Quick & Coastline. You can even catch a sneak preview of things on Friday morning’s broadcast of the CBS Early Show – they’ll be live on the Boardwalk to kick things off.

If you’re not going to make it to South Caroline or Florida in time for one of these festivals, 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!)

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!