Monthly Must-Haves


Summer is officially here and we want our clothes to match our brightening mood! Chico's newest collection features dresses, skirts, tunics and more in bold Amazonian green, bright turquoise, vibrant pink and sunny orange. So, grab your beach reads and mix yourself a colorful cocktail because this is going to be the summer of living life in COLOR.


Nothing signals the start of summer quite like the sheer elegance of our tropical-print embellished tunic. With its tropical rainforest and watercolored animal-print design, the embellished neckline creates a stunning focal point on this summer top, accented by jewels and sequins. Wear this sheer tunic over a tank and pants for a fabulous, resort-style look.

When the sun is shining, I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome. -Wilma Rudolph


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  • Ingredients:
  • 2/3 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut rum
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/3 cup ginger ale , divided


  • Add pineapple juice, rum and lime juice to a small pitcher.  Stir and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Fill 2 glasses with ice cubes.
  • Pour half the pitcher mixture into each glass and top each glass off with half of the ginger ale.
  • Garnish with pineapple wedges, a slice of lime, and a pineapple leaf.


Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

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Golden Girl follows Nantucket novelist Vivi, who gets one final summer — after she is killed in a hit-and-run accident — to protect her secrets and learn from her mistakes while her loved ones still on earth try to solve the mystery of her death.

Vivian Howe, author of 13 beach novels and mother of three young adults, is killed in a hit and run car accident while jogging near her home in Nantucket. She ascends to the Beyond where she’s assigned to a Person named Margaret, who agrees Vivi’s death was unfair. Margaret allows Vivi to watch what happens below with her children, her best friend, her ex-husband, and her rival novelist (whose book is coming out the same day as Vivi’s).

Margaret gives Vivi the use of three “nudges” so that she might influence the outcome of events in the world of the living. Vivi discovers her children’s secrets, watches the investigation of her death (headed by Chief Ed Kapenash from The Perfect Couple) and worries about a secret from her youth, fictionalized in her novel, coming to light.

Combining Elin’s trademark beach scenes, mouth-watering meals, picture-perfect homes and other Nantucket landmarks with a heartfelt message — the people we lose never really leave us — Golden Girl is a beach book unlike any other.

A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman by Joan Anderson

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Life is a work in progress, as ever-changing as a sandy shoreline along the beach. During the years Joan Anderson was a loving wife and supportive mother, she had slowly and unconsciously replaced her own dreams with the needs of her family. With her sons grown, however, she realized that the family no longer centered on the home she provided, and her relationship with her husband had become stagnant. Like many women in her situation, Joan realized that she had neglected to nurture herself and, worse, to envision fulfilling goals for her future. As her husband received a wonderful job opportunity out-of-state, it seemed that the best part of her own life was finished. Shocking both of them, she refused to follow him to his new job and decided to retreat to a family cottage on Cape Cod. At first casting about for direction, Joan soon began to take pleasure in her surroundings and call on resources she didn’t realize she had. Over the course of a year, she gradually discovered that her life as an “unfinished woman” was full of possibilities. Out of that magical, difficult, transformative year came A Year by the Sea, a record of her experiences and a treasury of wisdom for readers.

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