Monday, July 26, 2010

Back to Basics

After flirting with other, trendier, beach bags over the last year or two, I've gone back to a tried and true basic... Lands End Zip Top Canvas Bags.  The classic style is here to stay.  The zip top means my stuff doesn't spill out and roll around the bottom of the boat or into the pool.  The inside pockets let me find my cell phone quickly when it starts to ring.  The outside pocket keeps my lip balm handy.  Big enough to hold the essentials - towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle, phone and lip balm and a good beach read.  Don't be tempted by fleeting trends - stick with a classic.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Do you have one of these yet...if not, you really should!

My sister gave me one of these a few years ago and I have been using it at least weekly, if not more often, ever since.  It's a Microplane Grater.  I use it for zesting lemon and limes, grating ginger, and shaving chocolate.  Originally a wood working tool, it's now a favorite of chefs and cooks and can be found in several sizes.  Be careful, it is sharp, but if you don't already have really should!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Pretty Pins....

Yes, these are bobby pins and that might seem a little dull, but let me explain what makes these special.  These bobby pins are a bit longer, a bit stronger, and have a cute ruffled look.  Plus, they come in different colors to match, or contrast, with your hair color.  I picked up a package of the blond collection at Walmart last week and have been wearing them almost every day since then - to control a stray curl or keep the bangs out of my eyes during a tennis match.  Excellent hold and a bit of metallic sparkle.  I really like them.