As the sunlit days lengthen and we shed our layers and get active out-of-doors, it's great to have a hairclip that is a strong as it is beautiful. These brilliant, ocean-inspired yoga clips and barrettes from France come in a variety of colors and shimmering shades at Seasonal Outfitters in downtown Mystic. They are available large and small for all hair types, all under $28. While you're there, check out the super-soft Green Apple Eco-Active apparel. Made with nontoxic processing methods, the shorts are perfect for an afternoon at the beach or a run in the sun. Filed under all those adjectives: strong, soft, and beautiful, are the long knit summer dresses by Karen Kane. You can feel great about the $158 price tag; these pieces with swirling, lovely colors are made in the USA.
15 Roosevelt Ave, Route 1
We love these vibrant necklaces handcrafted from Czech glass. Reminiscent of the delicate curves of soft branches and flowers, they herald the arrival of warm weather. Mystic Silver & Co. owner Susan Gibson said they are among the shop's most popular pieces. "We had a visitor come in straight off the ferry last year," she said. "She had seen a fellow passenger wearing one and asked her — 'Where did you get that?' 'Mystic!' the woman replied. 'That's great! I'm going to Mystic!' she told her. And we were her first stop." The necklaces, which come in several lengths, colors, and silver- or gold-toned wire, also are available with matching earrings and bracelets. Look for the turquoise and white opal pieces for summer. You can pick up something extraordinary for under $60. While you're there, definitely make sure you check out the glass starfish, handcrafted with spirals of color, they add a summery touch to your windows or walls. Most of all, Gibson is proud and excited about the recent arrival of the custom-made Mystic Compass. A one-of-a-kind keepsake, it gives the latitude and longitude of Mystic against a striking deep blue and silver setting.
Mystic Silver & Co.
27 Coogan Boulevard
Olde Mistick Village, Building 27