The pool float craze may play out well on Instagram, but its massive rainbows, swans and flamingos may not be exactly what homeowners would like to look at on a daily basis. Leave it to the French to create a chic alternative. Paris-based The Nice Fleet specializes in elegant inflatables that one doesn’t have to hide when company comes over. They even make children’s swim floaties and beach balls, which are a welcome improvement from the bright cartoon variety. Bold graphics and floral prints include palm fronds, ikats and triangles resembling waves or sails. They’re like those by upscale fabric houses and interior designer David Hicks. Themes also hug shorelines from northern California’s Stinson Beach to Bermuda to Tulum. Find floats through its e-shop or at Frangipani in Wynwood.
Retailer Fabiana Domiano is really a storyteller. Each item at her Drift Island Collective boutique in the Florida Keys has a meaningful connection. Fashions, home décor and fragrances are further linked through her eco-friendly mission. Local artist Derrick Crossland’s wavy chandelier and wall sculptures decorate her white, Mediterranean-inspired space—her heritage is Greek and Italian. Shoppers are treated to a tour with a little backstory. Resort line Sea Lily supports ocean conservation, while Coast’s clothing is made with natural fibers in Los Angeles. Other boho looks are from Island Tribe, Jen’s Pirate Booty and HMH, whose moccasins and sandals hail from Mexico City. Marine motifs adorn mugs and plates by ceramist Samantha McInnis of The Clay Caché. Domiano also creates jewelry with precious and organic materials in her onsite atelier.
86560 Overseas Highway; 305.522.5579
BISCUITS & BARBECUE
One of the most famous Southern chefs is coming through South Florida this week—and she’s cooking. In honor of her new cookbook, “Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover’s Tour of the Global South,” Georgia native Virginia Willis is collaborating with the Regional Kitchen’s chef owner Lindsay Autry for an old-fashioned Sunday dinner on July 29. The family-style menu, which is also available à la carte, reflects recipes from her book. Guests begin with crudité and feta buttermilk dip before a spread of Cajun meets Asian barbecue shrimp, skirt steak wit Vidalia onions, spicy mac and cheese, stuffed tomatoes and biscuits with Georgia peach jelly. A summery dessert of lemon icebox tartlets is the perfect ending on a humid night. Fans can get a signed copy of her book.
651 Okeechobee Boulevard; 561.557.6460; eatregional.com
FULL MOON FEVER
Several events are planned to celebrate Friday’s full moon. DNA Wholistic Wellness hosts Glow with the Flow, a gathering with hatha vinyasa yoga and local vendors on the beach just north of Jupiter Reef Club (1600 South Highway A1A) from 7:00-9:30 p.m. Learn more here. During the same time, cyclists are meeting in Jupiter (9424 Indiantown Road) for a 15-mile bike ride through Riverbend Park, Cypress Creek South Natural Area and Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area. Participants will learn about the Jeaga Wildway connections, and beach cruisers are fine for the trail conditions. The Palm Beach Department of Environmental Resources Management is organizing the outing. Reserve here. Of course, there’s always the monthly full moon party at Morada Bay and Pierre’s in Islamorada. However, its event takes place on July 28.
81600 Overseas Highway; 305.664.0604; moradabay.com
We’ll see you next week with even more of South Florida’s places to go!