Bust out the plaid.
What: Anything Pendleton related is woolen gold, hence the shine we’ve taken to The Good Flock’s laptop, smartphone, and passport covers ($30-$110) in the classic plaids and native prints.
Why: Because nothing says woodsy and tough quite like a red-and-black lumberjack iPad sleeve.
Where: Online at thegoodflock.com.
What: Alt trio Blonde Redhead’s ever-changing sound morphs electronic in the just-dropped album ($8). Calm, multi-tiered tracks blend underneath Makino’s unruffled voice for a chilled-out vibe perfect for September afternoons.
Why: Listen to “My Plants Are Dead” and “Here Sometimes” and try to work. Actually, don’t. We’ll be lucky if we finish this guide.
Where: Online at amazon.com.
What: Think paint by numbers for purses. You pick the bag (clutch, shopper, pouch), fabrics (patterned cotton, tweed, canvas), and details (lining, hardware, zippers), and leave the grunt work to someone else ($14-$85).
Why: A healthy way to suppress/indulge in those Project Runway aspirations you’ve been flirting with.
Where: Online at elementalthreads.com.
Salt Swimwear Sale
What: The L.A. house’s bikini, bandeau, and cover-up prices fall with the temperatures; older collections are knocked down to $25, while spring ’10 pieces are trimmed to $35-$110.
Why: Yes, it’s late for buying bathing suits. Good then this whole “seasons thing” is cyclic.
Where: Online at saltswimwear.com.
Things That Are Round Coasters
What: Etsy letterpress champ 1Canoe2’s thick, condensation-blocking cardboard circles ($15 for nine) with whimsically illustrated dandelions, globes, donuts, tomato pincushions, and more.
Why: Come to think, we’re actually down with all its prints. Real winners include Things That Are Long and a bevy of 2011 calendars.
Where: Online at etsy.com.
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