Buys of Summer

8 Must-Buy Summer Essentials

Whether you enjoy relaxing traditions like sandcastles and barbecues or plan to plunge into splashy water adventures, here’s your go-to list of seasonal essentials.

By Heather Dunhill June 22, 2016 Published in the July 2016 issue of Sarasota Magazine

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Wind, waves and wake? No worries. Hobie has designed the Mirage Eclipse (from $2,499) for an extra-stable ride beyond the standard paddleboard. They’ve integrated hand levers and rudders for maneuverability, and you can also add the H-Crate accessory for fishing rod and tackle storage. Economy Tackle/Dolphin Motorsports, 6018 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 922-9671. 

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When the temps rise, guys can cool down in a pair of lightweight pantalones in one of a rainbow of colors. These Cabo Wabo tailored-fit jeans by Robert Graham ($188) are crafted from 100 percent cotton with a hint of stretch for comfort. Robert Graham, 140 University Town Center Drive, Space 274, University Park, (941) 256-0207. 

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There’s something sexy about a simple gold cuff with a swimsuit or poolside caftan. But keep it light with this Brydie piece ($45) by St. Xavier jewelry. Just the thing for a touch of free-spirited glamour. Spa Hollywood, 5780 Swift Road, Sarasota, (941) 927-2635.  

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Shampure Dry Shampoo ($30) will not only extend a fab blowout, it will also revive hair after a workout and refresh travel-weary locks. Apply the powder at the roots, wait three minutes, then use fingertips to work it into your hair. Nuovo, 4952 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 684-9000. 

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It’s a rosé time of year—the perfect way to refresh after long, hot tropical days. Drink it as an aperitif or try the latest trend of crafting cocktails with this breezy varietal. We suggest a Napa Valley-grown rosé produced by Sarasota’s Betsy and John Kane-Hartnett called 2880 ($21.99). The aroma of ripe strawberries and muddled raspberries will have you at hello. Magnum Wines, 2300 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, (941) 929-9463. 


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Every pantry needs a snack you can whip up when friends are peckish by the pool. With Boardwalk Craft Beer Pretzel Mixes ($7.99), in 30 minutes you’ll have crunchy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside snacks. Available in original, cinnamon sugar and savory rosemary sea salt. Serve with an icy craft beer. Morton’s Market, 1924 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, (941) 955-9856. 

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You deserve a lazy summer day. So clear the calendar to do nothing more constructive than float around the pool. But do it in style on a bright pink flamingo. A really big flamingo ($70), that is. This fabulous pool toy measures an impressive 55.2 by 48 by 42 inches. Saks Fifth Avenue, 120 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, (941) 364-5300. 

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 Go BBQ-chic with Kate Spade New York’s Charlotte Street East mix-and-match dinnerware ($15-$125). The fresh navy-and- white porcelain reflects a cosmopolitan sensibility with laid-back appeal. Macy’s, 110 University Town Center Drive, University Park, (941) 232-7300.

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