Wednesday, May 6, 2009

HHH Shopping Guide: Beach

Maybe it's because I grew up in Kansas, but I've never been a big fan of the beach. We always seemed to go when the jelly fish came to shore and no matter how hard I'd try, the sand always snuck itself into the most precarious zones (I watch From Here to Eternity and think of nothing but all that chaffing and the potential havoc one tiny misplaced grain of sand could wreak). That said, if I was forced towards the sun and sand, I might bring this stuff with me (it would take so long to get it all out there, that I'd barely have time to worry about a sunburn or getting salt water in my mouth):

{1} (A cruel inclusion) Out-of-stock Ralph Lauren aviators with wooden detailing;  {2} Straw Tote, Belongings.com, $48;  {3} Parasol, The Urban Garden, GBP 175; {4} Ikat Pillow, Pier 1 Imports, $17.21;  {5} La Perla Stone Detail Bikini, Net-a-Porter.com, $545;  {6} Payu Armchair, Pier 1 Imports, $299.95;  {7} Fieldcrest Luxury Mosaic Beach Towel, Target, $19.99;  {8} Elephant Table, Pier 1 Imports, $99.95;  Bonus item: Snickers*

* Our mom would always pack a few teeth-destroying frozen Snickers in the cooler when we'd go to the pool. At age three, Porter accidentally dropped hers into the deep end. Not wanting to waste candy, she ripped off her water wings and went in for the rescue.  A panic ensued as she sank like a little pink-and-white-striped stone to the bottom.  

16 comments:

Nadine @ BDG said...

Skip the sun and sand-- your collection looks perfect for a swanky backyard picnic.

Mrs. Blandings said...

I think I love the beach just because I was raised in the midwest. But I adore each and every Hovey sister story. Poor Porter.

little augury said...

it looks like a perfect photo shoot.
lots of sunscreen, luckily you will have no wrinkles and perfect skin!

k said...

please post bikini pics
thanks,
your (straight) male readers ;)

Will said...

What other blog would suggest lugging a white wicker elephant to the beach?

Paul Pincus said...

cool/handsome elephant table. LOVE it!

Hollister H. Hovey said...

...or a gigantic wicker chair. This is all maybe more appropriate for the infinity pool OVERLOOKING the ocean right outside one's beach house.

mary said...

I'm definitely not a beach/sun person either (but I live in So. Calif.???), but I definitely want all of those beach items for my back yard safari--especially the umbrella and the elephant. Have a great week!

Blushing hostess said...

My Husband is from Douglass, outside Witchita and adores the beach as well as him family. Secondly, that umbrella is so gorgeous... I need a blig black hat and huge sunglasses...

LPC said...

Ya need a hat too, for that long walk to the snack bar and back:).

grace hong said...

snickers is the greatest.
sandy snickers not so great but do-able.
hahah.

Turling said...

Born and raised in Huntington Beach, Ca. When I do (rarely) go to the beach, I'm the pasty guy dressed in linen, under a canopy, wearing a panama hat, sipping a gin and tonic. Must be my British roots.

LPC said...

OK your blog is doing something really weird to my Google reader. I can't mark all as read. And when I have read your post, it keeps showing up unread. Do you have gremlins?

Design Scouting said...

love this!

Design Scouting said...

i hate the beach too!

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

i'm not much of a beach person either - even though my mom always took us when we were younger!! i'm so pale anyway, so it's for the best!

your story about the sinking Snickers bar is too funny!!
xox