best looking beach umbrellas…

i, along with some of my friends, have my  beach “spots”. i have my “hanging with mom friends” spot, my “the husband will come and surf after work so there better be waves” spot, my ” i hope i don’t see anyone” spot, my “good waves for beginners” spot and of course my  ”right on the beach outside sisters’ house” spot. these spots are all at different beaches and all serve a specific purpose to suite my mood.

so how, i ask, does one differentiate for her children where their “family spot” is without an indicator? some type of signal? some sign in the sand that tells my little angels where they can safely return to “mama’s spot”, the barer of all bbq chips and juice boxes. as a child nothing struck more fear into my soul (other then getting lost in a fabric store) then looking up from playing in the waves to scan the beach for my family’s spot, only to NOT be able to find it.  the waves inevitably and unknowingly dragged me down the beach and when i would looked up i was no longer right in front of “mama’s spot” anymore. frantically i would look around until i could find her umbrella in the distance. then i would get out of the water, run all the way down the beach until i was right in front of her spot again and continue to jump in the waves.

i too have been guilty of buying the same umbrella from the same warehouse store that we all go to, but i have now convinced myself that it is a “safety issue” to NOT have an umbrella that stands out on the beach. therefore i rounded up some of my favorites that my kids can easily seek out to find “my spot” and i am not lost in a sea of warehouse umbrellas.  now that we have taken it out of the realm of mere beach gear and turned the umbrella into a safety issue, protecting our children and selves from the harmful rays of cancer causing sun and preventing our children from being lost, wondering aimlessly and scared across the beach, doesn’t it justify more of our budget?

kaleidoscope umbrella by basil bangs $239 / blue graphic by sunny life $79 /red and navy zig zag $79 /  blue chevron by world market $16 /  black and white stripe volcom  $34 / yellow stripe umbrella $149

how i wish i can justify the umbrellas by basil bangs or the gorgeous fringed beauties of the kerry cassill because i mean… these umbrellas are THAT good. perfection.