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Beach Buys

Writing the earlier post about the juice/soup/salad bar Bos in Haarlem got me thinking about the different elements that make up a good day at the beach. Back at home we always have beach bags stuffed with fresh towels, various sized coolers at hand and chilled water bottles ready to go. Every supermarket has a permanent BBQ section, drugstores sell swim floats and you can buy sunscreen at a snackbar – but that’s a given on an island where beach season never ends. Here in the Netherlands as soon as spring hits, the stores’ collections become brighter, books on grilling and outdoor table settings are put back on display and the latest must-have outdoor kilim with matching throw pillows sets start flying off the shelves. And yes, I’ve missed getting swept up into those purchase hypes that come with seasonal changes! (Again, and yes – they are a real thing!) So, I’ve decided to create a collective post listing various beach-related finds I come across this summer and add to it as I go.image21. From jars you can use to carry the salad dressing to summery table cloths, Dille & Kamille has all the essentials to stock your picnic basket at their stores across the Netherlands. (Just a warning: go in with a decisive mindset otherwise you just may end up buying the entire store – yes, they’re that good!)Sea Waves Spray2. You have no idea how happy I was when I discovered a couple of days ago that John Frieda brought back their Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray! Yes, I do realize it’s from the Beach“blonde” line and I am pretty much the polar opposite of a blonde, but still I used to buy this spray years ago when it was still called Ocean Waves and then it got discontinued. Its coconut smell isn’t as heavenly as I remembered it being, but it still gets those beach waves right! I bought this one at Etos, but I’m sure its available at most stores that carry the John Frieda brand.IMG_84333. A Mason jar: just about the handiest (and let’s face it, cutest) way to get your salad on in between re-applying sunblock and lazing around on your beach towel. At Haarlem’s SaladPoint you can place your order online (minimum order is 3 jars) and have it delivered the following day. Whether you choose to add them to your picnic basket as part of a bigger spread or just toss one in your beach tote, these original Ball jars are sturdy and airtight – a perfect addition to your day at the coast!IMG_86844. Those days of showing up at the beach with a backpack that’s been collecting dust at the bottom of your closet or heaven forbid, a plastic shopping bag (I mean, really people?) are long gone. There are tons of beach bag options out there that trigger your summer feels instantly – such as these exquisite picks from the Sal and Me site!IMG_88185. During those seasons that it’s not that sunny, you can always keep it summery indoors with beach inspired colors. Stijl Bandiet on Den Haag’s Keizerstraat has a noteworthy selection of unique pieces in warm, coastal colors that are sure to tide you over until spring comes around!Zoku Pop Molds6. Just purchased these Zoku popsicle molds at DOK – a huge cookware store in town with a seemingly endless sea of goodies I’d love to stock a kitchen with, if I actually had one that is. I’ve had my eye on these for some time and was waiting until the weather here turned a bit more summery, but in typical Dutch style that does not seem to be happening. I gave a couple of my friends back home popsicle molds before I left, so we could exchange popsicle recipes – I guess it’s on now!Kitch Kitchen7. I spotted these woven mats at Kitch Kitchen in Amsterdam, they come in a variety of sizes. Not only are they cheerfully bright, seeing as they’re made from plastic they’re super easy to keep clean – perfect for the beach!

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