You can have your sun and stay in the shade, too.
Hollie & Harrie Sombrilla
What: Leave it to a couple of Australians to craft the perfect alternative to the average beach umbrella. The jaunty canopy ($150) provides enough shade for four people and is 95 percent UV resistant.
Why: Cotton Sunshirts for the wee ones are all play, no burn.
Where: Online at hollieandharrie.com.
Le Bon Garcon
What: Not all caramels are created equal. In keeping with French culinary tradition, the morsels ($6 for two ounces) are stirred using extra-fancy butter and no preservatives.
Why: Salted, macadamia nut, and mango passion don’t suck.
Where: Online at lebongarcon.com.
Piplette by Alice Ritter
What: Outfit yourself in long, flowing dresses; lacy tops; and tunics from the sweetly bohemian Parisian designer. Plus, the low prices ($69-$139) might help start a revolution.
Why: The Akiko romper is a study in perfection.
Where: Online at urbanoutfitters.com.
The Sheila Made Clothes Airer
What: With a little help from the rope-and-pulley contraption ($135), propel your garments up to the ceiling to air-dry.
Why: Choose from black or iron to make your apartment, loft, or home the very definition of industrial chic.
Where: Online at ancientindustries.com.
What: A musical chat room for friends and co-workers. Make your own/join an existing one, become a DJ, and take turns spinning jams. Deem songs “lame” or “awesome” and jabber all the while.
Why: Like you actually have work to do all day.
Where: Online at turntable.fm.
Photo: Courtesy of Hollie & Harrie
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