We started and now end the month with images of this lovely pink paradise. Enjoy while Style Maniac follows her own advice and heads to the beach with a pile of books. Hope you have a great holiday...see you in September.

THE BEACH: Harbour Island, Bahamas

Harbour Island has everything I want in a beach vacation--powdery pink sand; warm, aqua water; no high rises or chains; really good food in restaurants with personality and a beach chic dress code; simple yet stylish accommodations; a few cute shops; and golf carts as the default mode of transportation; all of which combine to make you feel you've landed on a magical dollhouse island plucked straight out of a storybook.

THE BOOK:  A Trip to the Beach by Melinda and Robert Blanchard

A really great beach can get you thinking about selling everything and starting a new island life. But what's it really like to live in paradise? This book answers that question from the perspective of a married couple who sold everything, moved to Anguilla and then opened a gourmet restaurant. A fun, easy read.

Harbour Island photo by Doreen Creede

"Use the good china for breakfast."