Bask in Block
Tired of having that pasty white sheen from a good sunscreen? Jane Iredale has come up with a dry sunscreen that can be used on the body, face and scalp with a UVB/UVA SPF 30 protection. Dust face lightly, and you’ll get flattering coverage that is akin to using one of those pricey tinted moisturizers. The product contains titanium dioxide and a natural clay aimed at soothing inflammation. Comes in three shades. $45.50
Twinkle Your Terrace
Add some ambience to your patio with a solar-powered string of lights. Available in round, flower-shaped and various colors. Can be set to turn on automatically.
Bring Out the Bocce
When the sun goes down, grab a cool drink and break out this artful bocce set. With eight hand-painted balls, this colorful game will entertain friends and family through Labor Day and beyond. $320
Boost Your Blooms
Even for green thumbs, getting blossoms in the dog days of summer can be a challenge. Landscape designer Sarina Klemes (danisondesigns.com) says the best remedy is food.
“Roses love to be fed throughout their growing season. I use bone meal (any brand), plus fertilizers Osmocote and Gro-Power Plus.”
Another tip: Do a moderate summer pruning “preferably right after your roses have had a big bloom. Also, deadhead the roses and cut away dead wood, which stimulates growth and increases blooms.”
Available in numerous patterns, these colorful sunsuits protect children’s skin while they play on land and by the sea … eliciting compliments along the way. $42
What: Sit on a sprinkling of high and low tables inside, or out on the street patio, at this cozy, modern, 36-seat, Spanish-themed café that serves up dishes until 3 p.m. daily with locally sourced, organic ingredients. Their credo: Food/Coffee/Tea/Fuel/Life. Who: Chef/caterer (and a Food Network Cutthroat Kitchen season one champion) Sandra Cordero and her husband, actor/writer John Hensley, recently opened this charming spot on Ventura Boulevard. The […]