Personal Shopper: Beach Blankets for Jaimie

Says Jaimie: "So I am beach bound in a week, and I am looking for a big beach blanket or oversized beach towel to keep me nice and comfy and sand free! I knew if anyone could help me with my search it would be the fantastic fabulous ladies who make outblush so amazing. The only catch, besides my short notice departure date, is that I need international shipping as I hail from your northern neighbour Canada!"

Hi, Jaimie - Marian the Contrarian here! Would this be a Canadian beach, a U.S. beach, or something more exotic? 'Cause you know, international towel standards can vary a lot. (It's getting late in the day. Don't listen to me too hard.)

A 1) Sunshine Blanket Tote ($22 US) would be a solid choice, I think, for several reasons. It's fleece on one side and plastic on the other, so it won't soak through from underneath or trap a lot of sand. It also, as the picture demonstrates, folds up into a tote with a flap. And it comes in nine patterns, so if you don't like blue stripes, you can just forget the blue stripes.

The maker of 2) The Perfect Beach Blanket would seem to be pretty confident in the comfiness and machine-washability of this acrylic yarn creation. (As is only proper, for $119 US). Then again, you could decide that a big towel is a big towel and grab a huge, brightly-colored 3) bath sheet ($30). (Am I only recommending this because one of the color options is "Green Toad"? Who knows?)

Other not-strictly-speaking beach items that could do the job might be this large, super-absorbent 4) yoga towel ($25 US, inquire by phone for Canadian shipping) or a big print throw blanket, like 5) this one with Gustav Klimt's Tree of Life on it ($50 US). If an interesting design is what you're after, a blanket may be the way to go.

Enjoy your seaside vacation, Jaimie! Send us a postcard?



Posted on 08.08.10 at 10:40 PM

Outblush, you have amazed me once again! I will be spending my vacation at my dad's new beach front house north of Toronto on Georgian Bay! I have my sunglasses, hat, beach bag, SPF, iPod and now thanks to you, a gorgeous new beach blanket! (I am in looove with all of the options you found but I am so smitten with #2 that I ordered it right away!) I really cannot thank you enough! You really are miracle workers, and I am such a huge fan of everything you do, and your postcard is on it's way!! <3

Marian the Contrarian

Posted on 08.09.10 at 6:35 PM

Hi, Jaimie, and you're quite welcome! Your vacation sounds as though it'll be fantastic - I try not to wrap myself in the fuzzy green towel of envy.

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