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The Chic List: May

This month, we celebrate Sanibel style with breezy, casual pieces and island-chic looks. Until you can venture to sandy shores once more, catch the vibe with our new collection. May’s Chic List brings the beach to you with simple ways to evoke the essence of sea and shore.  


 A few artful words that capture the spirit of our collection:

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Base color is CND shellac Cream Puff and CND Blue Eyeshadow & Taffy for the coral. 


Makeup artist Jen Tsourvakas (@the_jen_of_all_trades) of Parlour 3 used a summer-white shade as the canvas for her recent nail art. Accented with blue-tone coral motifs, the manicure harmonizes with the collection’s aquatic hues.


Our drink of the month was inspired by an island paradise. The refresher features vodka, Blue Curaçao, and lemonade and pairs perfectly with the beach-loving looks of our Sanibel-themed collection.

Blue Lagoon
1 1/2 oz. vodka 
1/2 oz. Blue Curacao 
6 oz. high-quality lemonade
Add Maraschino cherries
Rainier cherries
Fresh basil leaves for garnish 

Pour vodka and Blue Curaçao into a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake well and pour into an ice-filled cocktail glass. 
Top with lemonade.
Garnish with one maraschino cherry, one Rainier cherry, and a fresh basil leaf.


Our May reading list includes three great beach (or backyard!) reads, with stories that encompass themes as diverse as self-discovery and finding your inner strength, as well as edge-of-your-seat suspense.

Swimming for Sunlight, by Allie Larkin  – When recently divorced Katie Ellis and her rescue dog, Bark, move back in with Katie’s grandmother in Florida, she becomes swept up in a reunion of her grandmother’s troupe of underwater performers—finding hope and renewal in unexpected places—in this sweet novel fans of Kristan Higgins and Claire Cook are sure to enjoy. 

The Other Side of Everything, by Lauren Doyle Owens – Laura Lippman meets Megan Abbott in this suspenseful literary debut about three generations of neighbors in Seven Springs, Florida, whose lives intersect in the aftermath of a crime. 

The Summer Guests, by Mary Alice Monroe – From The New York Times best-selling author of the Beach House series comes a heartwarming and evocative novel about the bonds and new beginnings born from natural disasters (a hurricane that threatens the coasts of Florida and South Carolina) and how, even during the worst of circumstances—or perhaps because of them—we discover what is most important in life. 


This month’s cinematic selections share an oceanside setting. And, like the sea itself can transform from calm to tempestuous, these movies feature themes of history, heartbreak, and hilarity.

Sanctuary Islands: The Sanibel Legacy, by Chelle Koster Walton, WGCU-TV  – This fascinating documentary reveals the inspiring story of how conservation advocates, including President Theodore Roosevelt and prize-winning editorial cartoonist Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling, successfully launched a grassroots environmental initiative to protect indigenous ducks and migratory shorebirds on Sanibel Island through the creation of a wildlife sanctuary in 1945.

Beaches, by Garry Marshall – This beloved film portrays the lifelong relationship of aspiring Broadway star C.C. Bloom (Bette Midler) and heiress and future human rights attorney Hillary Whitney (Barbara Hershey) from the time they meet as young girls on the beach in Atlantic City through the challenges they face as adult women. Evoking both laughter and tears, this moving ode to true friendship is not to be missed.

Where the Boys Are, by Henry Levin – In the mood for a little escapism right now? Immerse yourself in this fun 1960 classic in which four Midwestern university co-eds looking to flee the punishing winter weather venture to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for spring break. In addition to getting great tans, the girls experience a series of wacky adventures as they seek fun and romance. (You’ll also appreciate the movie’s chic mid-century modern wardrobe!)


We’ve always had a way with white, elevating it in our own unique style with textural touches and distinctive details. A monochromatic column of a lightweight tunic, tank, and linen pants combines effortless ease and chic style. Pair with eye-catching earrings and a statement necklace, and add strappy sandals for the perfect go-to summer outfit.

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