Pinkly Perfect’s Guide to a Cozy Night In This Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. While we love the idea of cozying up with our crush, we also know the importance of valuing all the love in our lives. Which is why you may be inclined to practice self-love or a cozy night in with your girlfriends instead of the more typical date night.

 

Below are products that will certainly add to a night of relaxing and indulging this February 14th.

Philosophy Fresh Cream Body Lotion:

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The winter months can be unkind to our skin. Philosophy Fresh Cream body lotion brings the spa to you with this creamy lotion that smells like a batch of freshly made cream. Lather up as you get ready to settle in for a night of relaxing.

 

Jars by Dani:

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Jars by Dani is one of our favorites because it is 1. Delicious, 2. Convenient, and 3. Oh so pretty! We especially love the Valentine’s Day theme jars and think picking up a pack of 6 would be perfect for a girls’ night in.

 

Wine:

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Call us millennials but we’re all about inexpensive wine with clever packaging. We particularly love this bottle of Be.Flirty Moscato since it’s so on Valentine brand.

 

Minnie Rose Slippers:

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How can you get cozy without an appropriate wardrobe? Minnie Rose slippers are the perfect treat yourself gift to stay comfy and cute as you cuddle up on the couch with your besties.

 

TV Marathon:

Rather than watch Bravo reruns, opt for a new series to binge watch that’s both addicting and completely captivating. We recommend The Crown, Riverdale, Gilmore Girls, or Black Mirror.

 

 

However you decide to celebrate, we hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day!

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Stick it to your New Year’s Resolutions!

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Written by: Sarah Feblin

We’re all about making small changes that can add up to a happier, healthier new year. But we’re also all about cute, inexpensive accessories that can take something plain and make it pretty. Combine the two? Resolutions never looked so good! Instead of cutting your Starbucks runs down or only checking Insta twice a day, why not make some you’ll actually want to keep – with these adorable stickers to remind you of your goals, 2018 is sure to be your best year yet!

 

Each sticker featured below can be found on redbubble.com, a site where independent artists can turn their work into all kinds of products. We’re currently loving the sticker trend, but be sure to check out similar items in each artist’s shop!

 

1) Embrace your inner #girlboss

 

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Who runs the world? Girls. Be your best, empowered self with stickers that will remind everyone that the future is female. Persist and make 2018 the year of girl power!

 

2) Get motivated with a new mantra

 

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Go with the flow with these summery states of mind, perfect for those cold, snowy days when all we want to be is somewhere on a beach! We can’t wait for good vibes and ice cream – so just keep swimming, because we can’t wait for summer 2018!

 

3) Make every day a beach day

 

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Sometimes, when everything is buried under feet and feet of snow, we forget about ocean waves and palm trees. Embrace your inner mermaid in 2018 with these stickers that say “take me to the beach, please!”

 

4) Crush your next semester

 

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Who said science is just for boys? In 2018, we’re proving those nay-sayers wrong. STEM majors, show those periodic tables and physics labs you mean business with a DNA sticker that’s as geek as it is chic. History buff? We have the sticker for you! And no matter what you study, show off your smart girl pride with a sticker that’s as cute as it is sensible.

 

5) Make time for more “me time”

 

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In 2018, we’re treating ourselves! Whether it’s an extra cupcake, a unicorn frappucino, or a Netflix binge-watching marathon, we’re letting ourselves indulge in our favorite things, no matter how #extra some people say we are. (They just don’t understand – it takes work to be this fabulous!)

 

 All photos featured above were taken from redbubble.com.

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DIY Pink Pumpkins

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Written by: Sarah Felbin

Autumn is finally here! Sweater weather has us all excited, as does the one thing you can’t have a PSL without: Pumpkins! Big, small, or in between, decorating pumpkins is one of the best ways to start embracing the new fall season. Whether you’re ready to start getting into the Halloween spirit or searching for the perfect Thanksgiving decor, these pretty pink pumpkins are a great way to add a little flair to any space!

 

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How pretty and unique is this table setting? Picture from Oh Happy Day!

 

Hosting a fall fest for your BFFs? This pumpkin centerpiece is an easy DIY that packs a huge punch! Find the instructions (along with some adorable table setting ideas) here at Oh Happy Day.

 

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Pumpkins need Halloween costumes too! A pretty pumpkin perfectly disguised as a pineapple from Studio DIY.

If you haven’t noticed, we here at Pinkly Perfect love the beach (like, a lot!). However… We’re not fans of fifty degree beach days. Fortunately, even though we can’t be where the sun meets the sea, this pineapple pumpkin from Studio DIY reminds us that it’s never too chilly for a sunshine state of mind!

 

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Photo from Twinspiration.

 

Easy? Check. Budget-friendly? Check. Gorgeous? Check! While these pumpkins may look super-expensive, they’re actually simple to make and won’t break the bank! All you need is paint, tissue paper, and Mod Podge – find the instructions here from Twinspiration.

 

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Yum! These pumpkins from Studio DIY are giving us all sorts of cravings.

These tiny pumpkins (donuts?) look good enough to eat! Make them yourself or host a painting party with your besties – find the recipe here at Studio DIY!

 

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We’re loving how unique this pumpkin is. Picture and DIY instructions from A Beautiful Mess.

 

Even if you’re not the most artistic (because, let’s be real, some days it’s hard to even draw a straight line), you can absolutely whip up a few fabric paint pumpkins anytime! We’ll be surprised if you can restrain yourself to just making one or two. Find the instructions here at A Beautiful Mess!

 

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Best Beach Preservation Organizations to Donate to this Summer

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Written by: Sarah Felbin

What would summer be without beach days? No matter what beach you go to or where in the country you are, long hours spent swimming and sunbathing are a big part of our favorite season – we can’t live without them! But beach days are only as good as the beaches you spend them at, and those beaches rely on our conservation efforts to stay beautiful for many summers to come.

 

Wondering how you can help? Donating to one of the hundreds of beach preservation organizations out there is a great place to start! See below for five of our favorites and make an impact on the beaches you love.

 

Clean Ocean Action is an organization dedicated to protecting New Jersey’s beaches from pollution, trash, and other substances that can be dangerous to wildlife. They also provide current news articles to inform the public about important political and policy developments that may affect the Jersey shore. If you aren’t in a position to make a monetary donation, you can donate your time and participate in one of their Beach Sweeps instead!

 

Oceana is dedicated to protecting and restoring the world’s oceans on a global scale.” Focusing mainly on repopulating and diversifying our oceans, Oceana aims to educate the public and pass legislation to raise awareness and affect change in the way we use the resources that cover 70% of our Earth. If donating money seems like a big commitment, you can sign up to receive their free weekly publication via e-mail, which includes updates about their work and action alerts.

 

The Surfrider Foundation is an organization created by surfers that works to “ensure clean water, healthy ocean and coastlines and accessible beaches for all.” They also have a strong focus on conservation and passing legislation – one of their biggest victories was banning plastic bags, which can be largely harmful to marine life, in many establishments in California. You can donate, sign up for their free newsletter, or find ways to volunteer at your local Surfrider chapter on their website.

 

The Plastic Oceans Foundation aims to educate the public about the dangers of plastic floating in our oceans. Their documentary, A Plastic Ocean, is a great place to start for those who want to learn more! You can donate as much or as little as you would like, and you can even donate to the organization’s other headquarters in the United Kingdom, Canada, or Hong Kong. Or, follow them on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for regular updates!

 

Mission Blue, also known as the Sylvia Earle Alliance, educates the public about marine conservation and Hope Spots under the direction of Dr. Sylvia Earle, who has dedicated her life to protecting and researching the ocean and its creatures. To learn more, you can watch their film, Mission Blue, on Netflix or research any of Dr. Earle’s other works (she even has a TED Talk!). Even if you can’t donate, their website is a great resource for those who love the ocean and want to learn more about its depths.

 

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How to Spot a Pinkly Perfect Girl at the Beach

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Written by: Sarah Felbin

With sales already made in 19 different states across the country, Pinkly Perfect is growing now more than ever – which means you probably see other pink-loving fashionistas at the beach every weekend without knowing it. (So sad!) Fortunately for you, we created an easy 5-step guide to help find other Pinkly Perfect girls no matter what state you’re in!

 

1) She never goes anywhere without her trusty tote!

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Pinkly Perfect’s Beach Bag Montauk Tote, $20.00

Any Pinkly Perfect girl knows that a carry-all tote bag is an absolute must. It holds her favorite beach-day essentials in the summer and is a perfect grab-and-go closet must have in the winter. As we’ve always said, half the world’s problems could be solved if only we had something to carry them in! (Also, it’s the perf accessory that goes with literally any outfit. Need we say more?)

 

2) Her beach bag is flawlessly organized.

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Pinkly Perfect’s Newport “You’re Perfect” Cosmetic Bag, $20.00

A Pinkly Perfect girl gets it: Your beach bag holds everything you need for a perfect vacay day. Phone, coffee money, sunglasses, sunscreen, beach reads, games, flip flops – and that’s only the start! Naturally, then, her beach bag can be kind of messy. That’s why she always carries a pouch with her for the small stuff… And the glitter is just an extra bonus!

 

3) She knows who run the world: Girls!

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Pinkly Perfect’s “Boss” Madison Bracelet, $24.00

Pinkly Perfect girls always go after what they want, whether that’s a frappuccino with extra whipped cream or their own fashion line with worldwide press. They are firm believers in girl power and like to share their wisdom with everyone they meet, and what better way to do that than with style?

 

4) Summer is her favorite season.

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Pinkly Perfect’s White Avalon Sweatshirt, $48.00

This one goes without saying, but a Pinkly Perfect girl’s favorite season starts with June and ends with August! While it may not be warm and sunny 365 days a year, a Pinkly Perfect girl is always in a summer state of mind and never stops looking on the bright side. Summer vibes only!

 

5) There’s a lot of beaches in the world, but only one beach is her beach!

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Pinkly Perfect’s Coordinate Keychains (Avalon, shown), $18.00 each

No two beaches are alike, something every Pinkly Perfect girl knows goes without saying. Whether she goes to Avalon, Cape May, or Ocean City, her beach is her happy place, and she’s at her best when she’s by the sea. She carries a little piece of the shore with her wherever she goes, and she’s already planning next year’s Memorial Day trip before Labor Day is over! (She does, however, hide her white shoes just in time.)

 

 

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Six Summery Instagrams to Follow ASAP

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Written by: Sarah Felbin

Hello, July! We here at Pinkly Perfect feel like the second month of summer is worth celebrating, so we’ve collected six bright, beachy, colorful Instagram accounts to give our feed a little spring – no, summer cleaning! From gorgeous food to fabulous clothes to wanderlust-worthy destinations, these girls know what summer is all about, so open that app and get ready for a happier, sunnier Instagram!

 

1) @juliahengel

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Julia is a girl after our own hearts – her account is always pretty in pink! A self-proclaimed “Dress Lover,” Julia’s summery wardrobe fits right in at every beach she visits. Her photos remind us that your beach town isn’t just a place… It’s a state of mind!

 

2) @anettvelsberg

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A beachy food account? We found one! Anett takes pictures of beautiful dishes from both her and her friends’ adventures for a feed that’s so pretty, we could eat it! (After all, somebody has to.)

 

3) @rclayton

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Do you love color? Like, really, really love color? Rosie does! Her account, which is part amazing fashion and part beautiful backdrops, cycles through the rainbow every few months for a feed that’s always different and never boring.

 

4) @abeautifulmess

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Elsie and Emma are DIY queens, here to share the awesome stuff they make and find! We love that their account is not only pretty, but useful, too – the best crafts and recipes make it onto their blog, which you can read for inspiration any day of the week! Catch us there on days that end in “y.”

 

5) @polkadotpassport

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Nicola’s got the travel bug, and after scrolling through her feed, you will, too! No matter what country she’s in, her photos are always stunning, and she always has the perfect closet vibes to match. We’ll admit it, we’re a little jealous.

 

6) @pinklyperfect_inc

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These feeds are fab, but have you seen our Insta yet? Follow our account for the latest Pinkly Perfect news and shots of all your favorite beach towns, plus ideas about how to make summer last all year long! There’s even a link to our shop, just in case you’re looking for a piece of sunshine to brighten your day. See you there!

 

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Best Beaches with Pink Sand

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Ever scroll through your Instagram feed and see the most magical beach with pink sand and perfect bright aqua waves? While we love our East Coast beaches and argue that even though the water may be slightly brown and the sand a bit grainy, there’s nothing that can compare to the beach we grew up vacationing in, we can’t help but daydream about what it would be like to lay out on pink sand and sip a pink mocktail with our besties.

 

Below we listed some famous beaches with pink sand and dive a bit deeper into what exactly makes the sand our favorite color. Check it out and get ready to book a trip to somewhere tropical!

 

Elbow Beach, Bermuda

The beaches of Bermuda are widely known for their crystal clear ocean water, but did you also know that their sand is a pale pink color? Elbow Beach, named because its shape is similar to the curve of an elbow, is a mile long beach that has pink sand and calm waves, perfect for swimming and working on that perfect tan.

 

Harbour Island, Bahamas

Pink sand made up of pieces of coral, calcium carbonate, broken shells, and minute rocks covers about three miles of the beautiful beaches of Harbour Island, Bahamas. Harbour Island is also home to one of the top dive sites in the world. Plan your trip to Harbour Island here!

 

Elafonisi Beach, Crete, Greece

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Elafonisi, a tiny island in Greece, has pink sand as a result of tiny oysters named Foraminifera, who have red shells that are crushed in the sand to produce a pretty pink hue. Tourist season is July and August so book a last-minute getaway to see it in person!

 

Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain

Take a boat from Ibiza to walk along the Playa de Ses Illetes in Formentera, Spain. You’ll be greeted with beautiful warm ocean water, pink sand, and various bike paths. Be careful though! While the scenery is quite stunning, the area is also known for an abundance of jelly fish!

 

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July 4th To Do List: As Told by The Seven Guide

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Written by: Brea Mealey, Founder of The Seven Guide & S E I Z E

 

The Fourth of July is, hands down, my favorite holiday weekend of the summer! The barbecues, fireworks, and red, white and blue everything makes for the quintessential shore weekend. To soak in all the Island has to offer this Fourth, I’ve rounded up 5 of my favorite new spots, along with tips for navigating each!

Shore Juice

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Photo taken by The Seven Guide

#1. Kickstart your morning with a refreshing acai bowl from Shore Juice, tucked away in Harbor Square on 96th Street.  Little known fact is that Shore Juice offers a slew of bowl add-ons, like cacao nibs, goji berries, chia seeds, nutella, and pink Himalayan sea salt…none of which are listed on the menu!

 

PICK: The Nutty Bowl plus Pink Himalayan sea salt + a drizzle of nutella

Maryanne’s Pastry Shoppe

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Photo taken by The Seven Guide

#2. While Maryanne’s Pastry Shoppe is a Sea Isle City veteran (since 1944!), they’re a relatively new player in the Seven Mile Island donut scene. Maryanne’s donuts, pastries, and crumb buns are made from scratch every day, with scrupulous attention to quality of ingredients (5 different types of sugar go into their donuts, alone!).

 

PICK: Filled Donuts, particularly the Powdered Cream

Located on the corner of 95th + 3rd.

The Watering Hull

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Photo taken by The Seven Guide

#3. This second story restaurant and bar will instantly give you all the Island feels. With outdoor seating lined with twinkly lights, live music, and bountiful fresh seafood, The Watering Hull is our go-to spot for dinner and after-dinner drinks.

 

PICK: Build-Your-Own Poké Bowl with coconut quinoa, tuna, and citrus ponzu (a new addition to the summer 2017 menu!).

Located on the second level of Harbor Square.

 

#4. Soak in every last minute of daylight with a guided sunset Stand-Up-Paddleboard tour. Sunset SUP tours typically last 1.5 – 2 hours and leave from Harbor Outfitters’ location at 21st + The Bay. Be sure to apply some bug spray ahead of time, just in case!

Avalon Seafood

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#5. An oldie but goodie, Avalon Seafood offers the best take-out seafood platters. Pick up your dinner and walk a block or two to the bay to enjoy with a chilled bottle of rosé while the sun goes down.

 

PICK: Lobster Roll with corn on the cob

Located on 29th + Ocean. 

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Follow The Seven Guide on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for updates on all the happenings in Avalon & Stone Harbor, NJ this summer.

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Charming Pink Bed & Breakfasts at the Jersey Shore

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No shore house at the beach? No problem! Our favorite seaside towns have a variety of options for visitors who just want to make a weekend trip to their favorite beach town this summer. Skip the motel rental and opt for a cozy and charming bed and breakfast instead.

 

Check out our (pink) picks:

 

The Pink Cottage

12 Jackson Street

Cape May, NJ 08204

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How perfect does this look?! So insta-worthy.

If you’re looking to enjoy the magic of Cape May, NJ for a weekend this summer, check out The Pink Cottage. This 1891 cottage is located steps from the shopping district and offers nightly rates from $89 to $429/night. While you’re there, stop into Pete Smith’s Surf Shop and shop Pinkly Perfect or visit our favorite shops Love the Cook and South of Jackson. Finish the night off with a delicious seafood dinner at The Lobster House and a horse & carriage ride through town. Perfect!

The Grenville

345 Main Avenue

Bay Head, NJ 08742

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Pink and blue and ocean views? Consider it booked.

Swerve off the parkway at exit 98 and ride into Bay Head, NJ to find the bright pink Grenville, an historic hotel that offers seaside views and rooms from $179 to $359 per night. Walking distance from local shops and a mile from Point Pleasant’s Boardwalk, the Grenville offers “small town Jersey Shore charm” and has received excellent reviews.

 

The Ocean House Inn

102 Sussex Avenue

Spring Lake, NJ 07762

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If Spring Lake’s your beach town of choice, take a look at the Ocean House, a charming pink inn built in 1878 and located one block from the ocean. Extensive porch space to enjoy the sea breeze and a great summer book. We recommend reserving a room for Saturday, August 19th to enjoy Spring Lake’s Summer Sidewalk Sale!

 

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Plan a Pinkly Perfect Party!

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It’s SUMMER! Well, maybe not exactly, but it’s definitely shore season and that means we’ve got three months of fun in the sun at our favorite beach town awaiting us! YAY!

 

To celebrate the best time of the year, why not plan a summer themed party?! Invite your favorite beach babes over for a night of tropical themed food and fun, and bring the beach to you!

 

As self-proclaimed experts in all things summer ;), check out what we recommend for making it (pinkly) perfect:

 

Invites:

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Dennis Greeting Cards, Time to Celebrate!

Write your invite out in Pinkly Perfect’s Time to Celebrate card. They’re blank on the inside so it’s perfect to write out individual notes to your favorite beach bums. Shop them at pinklyperfect.com and at Serendipity Shops of Avalon in Avalon, NJ.

 

Music:

Top summer songs of all time playlist

 

Food:

Did you know you can purchase your favorite summer ice cream flavors in quarts at Sundae Best (Avalon, NJ) and Springer’s (Stone Harbor)?! Pick up a couple flavors, some candy from 7Mile Sweets, and Johnson’s Caramel Popcorn and make a killer ice cream sundae bar!

 

Party Favors:

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Coordinate Keychains for your bestie’s favorite beach towns.

Shop our coordinate keychains ($18 each) and gift to your summer loving friends as a thank you for coming! We love the idea of using them as place settings. Instead of names, have your besties locate their seat by their beach town of choice. Available for Lavallette, Seaside Park, Ortley Beach, Avalon, Stone Harbor, Sea Isle, Ocean City, Cape May, Ocean City, MD, Laguna Beach, CA, and Block Island, RI, or a general “My happy place, you’re sure to find one for every preference!

 

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