Uncommonly Coastal

Discovering Monaco: The Glamorous Jewel of the French Riviera

Monaco is the world’s second-smallest country, located on the French Rivera, between France and the Mediterranean Sea. It is tiny, with only one major city and loads of luxury, all squeezed into less than one square mile. Monaco is considered to be one of the most expensive places to live in the world, with average real estate prices hovering around $8,,000 per square foot.  It has the highest GDP per capita and over 70% of the population are millionaires, most from generational wealth.  

Coastal Scents: The Vacation Collection by Bella Vela

Are you one of those people who opens and sniffs all the candles while standing in line to check out? I am.

There are some pleasant smells, but none just exactly “it.” I put them back, disappointed.

I want to walk into my home and be immediately welcomed by a beautiful scent – something fragrant, yet clean. I want to be greeted by the scent of being stretched out on an island somewhere, anywhere. Is this too much to ask? You know the scent. There’s a little floral sweetness to it, and maybe orange? Coconut? Definitely some sea.

Well, I found it and I’m happy to share. You can thank me later.

Top 10 Coastal Books for Summer: Great Beach Reads

There’s just something about a good summer read… Whether you are camped out on the beach or lying next to a kiddie pool in your own backyard, a book just feels like vacation.  We think the best “beach books” have the power to transport you to idyllic coastal towns, enchanting islands, or even far away lands.

We’ve been busy trying to find the best books for summer, and we hope you like our list, which includes a variety of genres and unique locations.  It’s the perfect opportunity to explore new authors and discover some hidden gems along the way.  We hope the characters in the books below become your friends as you are immersed in the wonderful stories.   

Introducing South Pause Island Girl – Sea Glass Jewelry

I could hardly wait to introduce you to my friend, Norvell. Known as “South Pause Island Girl” on Tik Tok, she makes exquisite jewelry from Bahamian sea glass. From Virginia originally, she is fortunate enough to have a home on Guana Cay, part of the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas. We LOVE catching her “lives” online every morning as she shares the breathtaking views of the sun rising from her wraparound porch while enjoying her coffee. (She’s also been known to share the gorgeous sunsets with a cocktail and a concert right there on her deck!)

Welcome to the Uncommonly Coastal Blog

Dream with me for a minute.   

Picture yourself on a pristine coastal beach, where the sand caresses your toes, the ocean breeze whispers through your hair, and the rhythmic sounds of the crashing waves lull you into a state of bliss.  Ahhh…     

As you walk along the shoreline, with the warmth of the sun and the scent of the salty air, all your cares and burdens gently melt away. Then, when the sun begins its descent, painting the sky with hues of pink and orange, you realize there is nowhere else you would rather be.