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Fabulous Must-Have Beach Accessories

By SHERI RADFORD

Sunglasses? Check. Towel? Check. How about everything else necessary for a long, lazy day at the beach? Don’t forget these warm-weather essentials

Keep your beach umbrella firmly planted with this innovative invention

Keep your beach umbrella firmly planted with this innovative invention

Beach umbrellas provide shade from the hot summer sun, but if gusts of wind make them go airborne, they can cause serious injuries. Fortunately, the ingenious Noblo Umbrella Buddy stops accidents before they happen. Simply fill it with sand, Velcro it to the umbrella and relax. 

Designer Julia Church shows off her bathing suit collection. (Photo: Danaea Li Davies)

Designer Julia Church shows off her bathing suit collection. (Photo: Danaea Li Davies)

Not everyone has the curves of Kate Upton. That’s why local gal Julia Church created Nettle’s Tale. Thanks to a successful Indie-gogo campaign, the online store now stocks real bathing suits for real women. Or visit the pop-up shop, Jul. 29 to Aug. 1 at Heritage Hall (3102 Main St.).

Fashionable and practical beach totes

Fashionable and practical beach totes

The perfect beach tote must be large, sturdy, tip-proof and easy to clean. Kim Vaccarella couldn’t find such a bag, so she invented one. Available in three sizes, the Bogg Bag is made from durable EVA material and has a non-slip bottom. Best of all, it can be cleaned with a hose

Environmentally savvy alternative for storing snacks

Environmentally savvy alternative for storing snacks

Plastic bags harm the environment, while reusable fabric ones never truly smell clean. The solution? The spbang snack bag. Available in fun colours, this environmentally friendly creation contains no BPA and no phthalates. And when it’s time for cleaning, it can be tossed in the dishwasher.

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No one wants to slather on full make-up for a day at the beach. A practical alternative is Sheer Tint from Dermalogica. In light, medium and dark shades, this SPF-20 tinted moisturizer provides some colour while protecting against UV rays with a broad-spectrum sunscreen. At Spruce Body Lab.

Stripy swim trunks from The Bay

Stripy swim trunks from The Bay

Show your true stripes in a pair of swim trunks from The Bay. The iconic HBC multi-stripe pattern can also be found brightening up beach towels, tote bags, deck chairs, hammocks and Swiss Army Knives. For the ultimate day at the beach, there’s even a striped canoe with matching paddles.