Summer days are fleeting, and we've been soaking up every moment. This summer has been especially special, as loved ones begin reuniting after a difficult two years.
As a family, we've made sure to gather at the cottage with friends, enjoy days lazing about at the beach, and listening to great tunes around a campfire. We're all about making great memories over here!
So what summer go-to's have I been relying on?
Relax, pour a drink and let's unpack our favourite summer essentials from this year's summer collection.
Turkish Towels by Pokoloko
These Turkish Towels are the real deal! Ask anyone on the Home Team and we'll tell you we each have at least three ("or six!", says Caley), and in varying colours to boot!
Beautifully woven with fine Turkish cotton, each individually crafted towel by Pokoloko Ltd. is fairly sourced and can be utilized as either a bath towel, sarong, yoga blanket, kitchen table cover, scarf, or throw.
The best part? Turkish cotton gets softer with every wash and dries 30% faster than your regular beach towel.
"These Turkish Towels have quickly become a staple in my home. We use them every time we go to the cottage or beach, and I've now started using them as my everyday bath towels!"
Stylish, convenient, and able to repel sand and grass, these compact towels are available in three colours; beige, ecru and grey.
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Spending lots of time in the sun? You better be hydrating that skin!
"Skincare has always been an integral part of my daily routine. As a young girl, my mother and grandmother instilled that a happy and healthy face is the best face. Now, I find myself gravitating towards more natural skincare treatments that provide me with the health benefits I need for my complexion, while also not breaking the bank. One bottle of serum can last me 7 months!"
Toronto-based company Wildcraft ticks all the right boxes when it comes to sourcing products that are all-natural, organic, and affordable.
Rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, this serum absorbs quickly while hydrating and nourishing your skin. Perfect for all skin types, it has worked wonders for all of us on the Home Team. Made in small batches, you'll be sure to want to grab one or two for yourself (or a pal!).
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"Whenever I research new items for the shop, I always try to find things that will be unique to the home. These stoneware bells have such a one-of-a-kind feel to them, yet can be so easily incorporated into your existing decor. We've all grown up playing or hearing bells but how many of us have them styled in our homes?!"
Sold individually, but elevated when bought in pairs, these porcelain bells can be hung by a doorway, in your front hallway, kitchen, or cottage front porch.
Click here to purchase - SOLD OUT
This summer we brought into the shop a number of bags from different makers to help you best organize your travels, while still looking fashionable.
"As a small family of three, we're always out and about, exploring the Island. I like to have a bag that is easy to travel with, that will carry all my personal essentials, along with a bag that can carry our essentials for that day's travels."
"Going to the beach? I reach for my satchel backpack. I can pack my beach attire, towels and sunscreen in a bag that's practical and stylish! Going out for a casual brunch with my gal pals? I grab my Bali backpack. It carries my wallet, keys, phone, and lip balm, while seamlessly complementing my summer OOTD."
Large or compact, every bag we own has made travelling effortless. It's just an added bonus we look really good while on the go!
Our favourite backpacks and large bags:
The Bali Backpack ($88.00)
The Satchel Backpack ($88.00)
Our favourite compact bags:
The Bali Rectangle Bag ($56.00)
The Bali Bag Circle ($48.00)
Looking for something else? Shop our whole collection available online here. - SOLD OUT
We're big fans of bringing that laid-back cottage feel into every home. "Easy breezy" as Caley's Husband, Sean, would say! But, with every fun nick-nack we collect, we need a place to gather our things.
Made with 100% Canadian-made cotton rope, these bowls are made to last and can carry a plethora of things such as; bathroom essentials, keys, sunglasses or lip balm, cute plants, candles, fruit, jewelry, or accessories... and more!
Easy to style, with a million different uses, you can have one in every room of your home.
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BONUS: The Summer Box + Simple Sea Print
With so many summer favourites, it's hard to choose! That's why Caley curated this season's Summer Box. Created with the intention to elevate your day, each box supports numerous small business makers from Atlantic Canada and beyond.
The intention of this box is two-fold. Some items help maximize your day, others give you permission to slow down. Light a candle while relaxing. Wrap yourself and a loved one in the cozy Turkish towel by Pokoloko, then hydrate and rejuvenate your skin with Canadian-made all-natural products from Wildcraft and The Cure Skincare. And of course, add a little summer style with one of Jeanette Smith's handmade rope bowls, a nod to life on the lake or sea that can hold all of your summer necessities.
Priced at $120, you can purchase one of the last Summer Boxes we have in stock and save on purchasing individual items (a combined regular value of $150+!).
Want to bundle and save more? Purchase a Summer Box and we will include Caley Joy Photography's 8x10 inch Simple Sea print for FREE! - SUMMER BOXES NOW SOLD OUT
And there you have it! Our favourite summer must-haves of 2021.
Enjoy these next few weeks of sunshine, sand and quality time together. We are so excited to roll up our sleeves and prepare for next season's launch. With so much ahead we often have to pinch ourselves and thank each and every one of you for supporting this little Island shop by the sea.
Until next time - stay safe, take care and happy shopping!
Caley & The Home Team