Going, Going…

Shops August 9th, 2011

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Try our hot list of eight things to do, make, eat, or drink before the summer’s gone for good.

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Throw something on the barbie. Hot Australian chef Pete Evans’s book, My Grill, is full of festive ideas, from Easy Curried Salmon and Charmoula Rubbed Chicken to Corn with Chile and Lime and Figs with Mascarpone and Honey. The book is full of mouth-wateringly beautiful photographs and recipes that make you want to rush right out and light the grill.

Dress to kill in breezy white linen (we love the Veloute 2 gypsy shirt from Style Paris) and light-as-air gold earrings from Mimi. It will be sweater weather- and far, far worse- before you know it. Now’s the time to embrace the heat in high style!

Try a Spanish Rosado. We love French roses in the summer time as much as the next person. But before summer gets away, we urge you to move over to Spain. This trio from The Spanish Table is the perfect way to taste a new twist on the quintessential summer wine.

Go to an outdoor concert (see Julia Reed’s Fetch column this week).  Wolf Trap Farm just outside of D.C. is one of the prettiest outdoor spaces in the country. August shows include a production of Guys and Dolls, feel-good summer acts as The Beach Boys and The Doobie Brothers, and gifted singer-songwriters Mary Chapin Carpenter and Allison Krause. Be sure and take a blanket like this handsome one from Haven- and don’t forget a cooler of Rosado (see above)!

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Keep cool beneath a crisp set of breathable linen sheets (we love the Vintage Linen from Matteo and the Camarelle Set from 100% Capri). You’ll also keep calm if you iron them using Napa Valley Bath Co.’s lovely Lavender Linen Water.

Take a good book to the beach, the hammock, or just the nearest comfortable chair. Summer movies are made to disappoint. You’re far better off tucking into Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad. The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award judges clearly agree– Egan’s book won both awards, as well as accolades from pretty much every critic in the country.

Get a glow on. Exfoliate summer skin with the ingenious Kai Body Buffer from Woo Cosmetics and highlight the results with the St. Tropez’s sexy Wash Off Instant Shimmer Stick.

Take advantage of the last of the season’s tomatoes with an old fashioned country lunch. One of our grandmothers used to serve up a delicious combo of sliced red tomatoes, hot skillet cornbread (make it easy with Blackberry Farm’s authentic Cornbread Mix), and artichoke pickle relish. The version from Lowcountry Produce, pictured above, is sweet, crunchy, and at least as good as Granny’s. Add iced tea and you have the perfect lazy girl lunch.

About Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a columnist at Garden & Gun magazine and a contributing editor at Elle Décor. She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times, and makes frequent appearances on MSNBC. She is the author of five books, including But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria, Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry and One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood.

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