1. A staple in Narragansett for 23 years, Crosswynds Traders has expanded, crossing the bridge (two, actually) into Newport. Now successfully nestled in two coastal communities, the team here has their finger on all your nautical needs, including awesome, compact waterproof bags by Macbeth Collection. “Keeping the cell phone in a case in your beach bag is just a quicker and easier way to locate it instead of at the bottom of a big tote!” says owner Chris Woodbine.
2. Salt, in Tiverton Four Corners, exemplifies a curated collection of must-haves, but when you’re headed to the shore, where you definitely need good tunes, you must have Salt’s SunnyLife Beach Sounds Speaker Case. Not only does it have a radio tuner, volume dial and bass control, but flip it open and it has a 3.5mm jack to hook up your phone. It’s sand-resistant and water-resistant and comes in an array of fun and funky patterns.
3. Among the Lilly Pulitzer frocks and whimsical Free People finds at Christina LTD in Watch Hill, you’d hardly expect to find the (gasp!) positively irreverent collection of Bitchstix, but they’re here, and they are awesome. Bitchstix lip balms are SPF 30 and are made with certified organic ingredients in addition to being GMO-, palm oil- and petroleum-free. Best of all, 100 percent of net proceeds are given to domestic violence and sexual assault prevention programs. So basically, it’s the balm!
4. Robin B. Clothier in East Greenwich wants to make sure your beach look is equal parts sensational and sophisticated with silk and cashmere scarves by Blue Pacific that do double duty as sarongs. Yes, they make an elegant evening wrap, but on the beach, the luxuriously soft, tissue-weight large scarf is the perfect multifunctional must-have. Head wrap, body wrap, beach tote accessory — however you want to “tie one on,” it’s your call.
5. With its straight fit and shirttail hem, Zuzu’s Petals’ owner Lois Hollingsworth says the Alison shift dress by Jude Connally is the perfect beach ensemble, versatile enough to be a simple bathing suit cover-up or to pair with sandals for popping in the beach club for a spritzer — provided you’ve dusted the sand off your toes.
6. Flip-flops are a beach bag staple — but SwitchFlops by Lindsay Phillips are a game changer. “They are a super comfy, wedge flip-flop with interchangeable Velcro straps available that can change the total appearance of the sandal!” says Wakefield’s Seaside Style owner Cathy Gorham. From Greek key or polka dot patterns to animal prints, the stylish straps take you from shoreline to champagne sipping in a snap.
7. There’s nothing quite like a cool refreshment after a body surfing sesh. The Stay Salty travel cups from Newport’s Pink Pineapple, with a frosted look and gold script, come in a set of eight so everyone can be the cool kid by the sea.
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