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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Simplify Your Christmas Shopping

'Tis the Season to show those you love just a little something extra, it doesn't have to be expensive, it just needs to be inspired ...

Under $20, protect their skin

SunBum skin protection is healthy for your skin, 
start with tanning towels, use SPF50 or SPF30 sunscreen in cream or spray, or try SPF15 tanning lotion. 
For sensitive skin there is SunBum Baby skin care, and the cooling lotion is great for wind dried skin or if you forgot to re-apply your sunscreen. 
One of our favorites is their collection of hair care products.

Under $30, just a little something extra

Something casual or something very personal
From fashion jewellery, a light pashmina wrap or swimsuit pareo, to coconut wash 
or our best selling one size bamboo leggings (in 4 colours).
To one size panties from Chantelle or thongs from HankyPanky, to sized control from Spanx.

Under $50, something special

A little something extra
Starts with a soft fall scarf or gloves, mens or ladies belt, Kuma sunglasses with bamboo arms 
or a Simbi bracelet that supports clean drinking water in Haiti.
Thinking of your traveler, a hat, flip flops or SPF30 rashguard 
(Body Glove, Beach House, Reef, Tommy Bahama) is always appreciated. 
Gift our best selling personal up a level in the  one size fits all retro thong from HankyPanky.

Still don't know what to get?

Our Gift Certificates are on everyone's Christmas List.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Thankful for Fall Colour 2019

Fall is slow coming this year, but the colours are finally starting to turn and while we plan a roadtrip it's time to celebrate these new colours in fashion.

Pantone has once again provided a confidence-building shades like fiery Chili Pepper and the deeper Biking Red balanced by softer,  complexion-flattering Crème de Peche and Peach Pink. Rocky Road, a grounded solid brown, followed by the more look-at-me, effervescent pink Fruit Dove Sugar Almond, and Dark Cheddar, a very wearable blend of yellow and orange.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, loves that our confidence builds creativity and we are no longer glued to a matchy-matchy look, she said, “It’s more about doing what really expresses how you feel about yourself and your clothing, and the statement that you want to make as an individual."

Galaxy Blue and Bluestone are more subdued blues, grounded and more subtle. Orange Tiger is a stronger clean orange in addition to a strong red, balanced by stately forest green in Eden.

The classic shades provided by Vanilla Custard, Evening Blue (a perfect alternate for black) Paloma grey and Guacamole round out these basics.

Taking summer colours to blend with these new fall favorites, is the easiest way to build your transitional wardrobe. (Most fall days you need something warm in the morning, something lighter on a sunny afternoon, add a layer for diner, and back to something warm in the evening.) The transitional wardrobe is also exactly what you need for fall travel.

Need inspiration for a road trip?

From the 401 to Highway 7,  hills and waterways will provide a constantly changing view. You can drive north of Kingston meander on backroads to Peterborough, and discover many small towns and scenic views along the way. Extending a trip to the Muskoka's will never disappoint, but for a day-trip it means you will sacrifice walking some wonderful downtowns, and skipping leisurely lunch.

Have you visited the rolling hills of Northumberland on one of their themed drives?

Tour the rustic farms, lush vineyards and charming towns that dot the landscape of Prince Edward County. Follow the Taste Trail and enjoy locally grown food from local artisans and farmers’ markets. The Scenic Routes of North Hastings are perfect for soaking in the fall foliage.

At this time of year, we are always thankful for family, friends, customers and good food.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Swimsuit 101

The hardest item for a woman to buy is a swimsuit - we feel vulnerable, we all wish our bodies were 10 years younger - but at Sand'n'Sea we excell at helping you find the right bikini, tankini or onepiece that will make you feel confident, look great, and get your perfect fit. Confidence is sexy, and these are some of our favorite tips to get there.

reversible bikinis flatter small bustline
maaji reversible swimwear
Small bust?
Choose a style that is bust enhancing, such as twist or tied bandeau, sweetheart neckline, halter tankini, or cheat a bit with a push-up bra style. Focus colour and prints to accentuate on the bust. A simple triangle is also a great option.

cup size swimwear fits best
Skye flatters women of all sizes
Large bust? 
A v-neck will help you look your best as it has a bust minimizing effect, halter tankinis or one-piece suits, flared tankinis and simple bandeau tankinis. Make sure the bra and cup sizes are a perfect fit! A swimsuit with underwire can also offer great lift and support so you can enjoy all your favorite activities without worrying about spilling out.

flattering onepiece tummy control
Miracle Suit "loose 10 lbs in 10 seconds"
Need to slim your waist?
Tummy control styles are perfectly comfortable, and when you mix technical fit with well placed prints, the difference is amazing, and our suits offer different levels of control. If you prefer lighter fabrics, a waist minimizing look comes from crossover or blouson onepiece, or flared tankinis, and tankinis with side shirring or drawstrings.
Curve size tankini flatters bust and hips
Sunsets Curve sizes always fit and flatter
Need to minimize your hips?
While a swimdress or skirted bottoms work for some, a tie side bikini bottom will visually divide your widest bits, and the ties bring focus away from your hips.  Just make sure that your bottom is one solid color while the top is printed and bright, to attract the eyes up.

Mix and Match your Fit!
Some of us struggle to fit swim tops, others work just as hard to get great fitting bottoms. The answer to your perfect fit is a mix and match selection to flatter your shape. Sand'n'Sea Boutique fitting experts will help you always look your best: beautiful and confident!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Weekend Road Trip for Canada Day

There is always something new to explore Canada Day, especially when we are lucky enough to get a long weekend, so what do you pack?

The forecast is hot this year, so bright red cottons are always easily accented with white. Try this red jacket or tank top made in Canada by EzzeWear, complement them with the capri or shorts made by another Canadian designer/manufacturer Micheal Tyler Collections. All in stock at Sand'n'Sea Boutique in Napanee.

Heading to Sandbanks Provincial Park beach? You can still show Canadian pride in from our mix and match tankini and bikini selections. The wet almost spring is over, you will have all summer to wear these great pieces.
This cotton maxi dress is great for your next BBQ event, and also doubles as a swimsuit coverup when heading to a friends cottage.

What to pack for a weekend getaway? to keep it light, check the weather forcast ...

1. outfit top & shorts (or capri)
2. swimsuit because you never know where you will end up
3. dress (when it's cotton, this is cooler than capri, and also doubles over swim)
4. jacket if required
5. makeup bag (I keep one packed with sample sizes of anything I normally use, including sunscreen)
6. spare undies & pjs (hanky panky dries overnight, so just need to pack 1)

 We recommend hanky panky for all travelers, their patented stretch lace is soft and comfortable, cool to wear in hot weather, and because they dry overnight - you can pack less. They truly are the world's most comfortable thong, but if you crave more coverage we have that too.

Styles in stock at Sand'n'Sea include regular and low rise thong, retro thong also comes in curve sizes, french brief, v-kini, and boyshort. You will love the long life of these pieces too.

Need some inspiration for your weekend? here are some great road trip worthy destinations:

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Empowerment thru Colour

As you know, I love to explore the colour trends from season to season, and for Spring 2019 the Pantone Institute has delivered
"empowering colors that provide confidence and spirit; colors that are uplifting; joyful hues that lend themselves to playful expressionism".
Fiesta, Jester Red, Tumeric and Living Coral (which is also the colour of the year) are bold choices for hot weather - sprinkle them liberally throughout your wardrobe.

Wear them from top to bottom, or mix with white or eclipse navy.  Too much for you? Definitely use them to accessorize, from jewellery to purses or shoes,  absorb the power of these colours, which embody energy, passion, excitement and a rich elegance, reflect this confidence daily.

Not to forget - those shoes! 

Don't forget to add them to your dining experience. From salsa and sangria, to a cool fruit salad, summer is the season to linger over food with great friends.

Bold serving pieces will call to family and guests ... imagine relaxing over good food, great friends and something cool to drink on a summer evening, it doesn't get any better.

If you crave pinks, there is the bold Pink Peacock or soft Sweet Lilac, and while there are beautiful olive greens in the lighter Pepper Stem and deeper Terrarium Moss, my favorite is Mango Mojito :)  not surprisingly this golden yellow "feeds our craving for pleasant comforts" and I love it on it's own or paired with denim for a casual look, dressed up with Eclipse for summer or charcoal grey for fall.

There are always carefully crafted neutrals to balance your life in, this season look for Soybean, Sweet Corn, midnight Eclipse and Brown Granite.  These are investment pieces and will carry you into the fall season, layered with sweaters, boots and scarves.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Swimsuits & Sleeves

This trend is definitely gaining ground, especially with our sporty customers. Combining protection against UV radiation with a simply stylish design that incorporates a light and comfortable material durable enough to endure the worst punishment nature can inflict.

Styles range from high fashion to sporty, all helping to protect you from sun damage.
this Australian AquaBlu suit inspired love
one piece swimsuit w sleeves can be sexy!

zip front long sleeve swimsuit comes in a variety of colours

These are great for paddling, surfing or just hanging out at the beach or the pool. Also an alternative to wearing a rash guard over your bikini. Some of these suits come with bodice lining or support, for others you can wear your favorite bikini top underneath.

Be sure to try one on at your next visit to Sand'n'Sea Boutique, downtown Napanee.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Fall Weekend in Napanee - Scarf Required.

The end of September is busy in Greater Napanee - colours are just starting to turn, and there is delicious food and activities galore.

Out early on Saturday Sandy is excited to explore the events surrounding Culture Days.  After a quick stop at Coffee Cravings, she enjoyed a quiet walk along the trail of Springside Park ( just befor the photography walk started).

Heading through downtown Napanee, she smiled at the sidewalk art in front of Starlet's, and was pulled west by the lively tunes 
in front of Seasons Fine Foods, then arrived at her destination   checking out the Sea Glass Creations by Sandra Steinhouse here at Sand'n'Sea Boutique.

Feeling too warm in her jacket, we were happy to help her find the perfect oversize scarf to continue on her day.

reversible scarf $58
While shopping, Sandy ran into Simone.
The ladies had met last month at Season's chocolate workshop, and Sandy talked Simone into trying on several scarves too.

Simone fell in love with the reversible wrap scarf - it was perfect with leggings or jeans, over a sweater today, or a light jacket as fall gets colder.

Off they went to explore the Scarecrow Festival. 

Enjoying fresh apples from the 1st Napanee Valley Cub Scouts, fun displays and happy children, they were surprised to run into Betty. Chatting together they realized that Betty's family was heading off on their own, so the three ladies headed to Ellena's Cafe for a relaxed lunch.

There is always more to do in Greater Napanee and L&A County,  come join us!