Picnic in style: throw a picture-perfect beach party with these St. Armands finds.
1 A TIMELESS TUNIC
This perfectly pretty Lilly Pulitzer tunic, called the Sarasota, serves double duty as your waterside cover-up and out-to-lunch top. The mandarin-style collar and beautiful embroidery at the neck will make it a timeless piece year after year. $148. Lilly Pulitzer, 443A John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, (941) 388-3091.
2 SHADES TO STAR IN
These first ever limited-edition sunglasses from TD Tom Davies are just bursting with striking design. Offered through a made-to-order service; each frame is handmade and individually engraved in the TD workshop within eight weeks. $600. Sunglass Express Optical, 343 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, (941) 388-5115.
3 TOTE THAT TOWEL This lightweight, resort-sized beach towel is sure to become your go-to for beach, poolside or relaxing on the boat. Serves as a functionally unique souvenir from your vacation in our gorgeous coastal city. $29. Breezin' Up, 362 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, (941) 388-2950.
4 CHILL FACTOR Here's a cool way to keep your chardonnay chilled during sunset. Preserve the temperature of your bottled beverage with the linear CHILL cooler. Simply serve your first glass, then insert the cooling pour spout. $23.95. Decor de France, 24 Boulevard of Presidents, Sarasota, (941) 388-1599.
5 YOUR SEAT IN THE SUN
You're guaranteed to have the best seat in paradise with this Tommy Bahama beach chair. Made of lightweight aluminum and steel, it collapses for hands-free toting and boasts arm rests, insulated cooler pouch, cell phone holder, towel bar and adjustable pillow. $58. Tommy Bahama, 371 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, (941) 388-9853.
6 BE SWEET TO YOUR FEET
The Fit Flop motto is "Put a pair on, take a load off." Created by an orthopedist, the comfortable sandal is built on Microwobble technology that can help diffuse underfoot pressure and absorb shock. $1.00. Fresh Produce, 1 N. Boulevard of Presidents, Sarasota, (941) 338-1883.