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Grow Your Own Mushroom Garden, $19.95. Cut an opening in the box, mist the soil--made from recycled coffee grounds--twice daily, and within two weeks, you’ll have a pound and a half of oyster mushrooms, ready for stir-frying.
Mattese Elite Happy Hour Nail Polish Collection, $5.99 each. It's cocktail time--for your nails. Paint all 10 with a bright shade that smells like your favorite summer drink. The best part: No hangover.
Tatcha Blotting Papers, $12 for 15 papers. Soak up excess oil with these handmade Japanese blotting papers flecked with gold. Bonus: One sheet is big enough to de-shine your entire face.
TOMS Sunglasses, $135. TOMS shoes now has a sunglasses line as part of their One for One campaign. They donate a pair of eyeglasses for every pair of sunglasses purchased. (We personally love the stripes.)
Watermelon Knife, $25. A green handle and red blade will make this the cutest tool in your kitchen, and the nonstick serrated blade and seed-shaped cutouts (which let air in) help the fruit fall neatly onto your cutting board.
Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips, $9. Dress up nails fast (minus the dry time) with these press-on polish strips from Sally Hansen. From denim patterns to chic lace designs, your fingers will get a fashion upgrade in no time.
Hail Merry Blonde Macaroons, $4.99. They're made with coconut oil, which melts at 76 degrees. That means you need to store these cookies in the fridge—but it also means they dissolve in your mouth in a most delicious way.
Pressa Hanging Dryer, $4.99. Compact and cute, this hanging dryer offers an easy way to dry the entire family's swimsuits. Or, on a rainy day, have your kids create works of art and display them in their rooms like a mobile.
The World's Smallest Post Service, $22.95. A new kit designed by artist Lea Redmond lets you send tiny—and next-level-adorable—messages to your loved ones.
What do you get when you pair a Paris designer with a much-loved American accessories brand? Effortless French accents! The limited edition Sophie Théallet for Nine West collection features shoes, bags and jewelry, all showcasing Théallet's signature feminine style. We spoke about the key pieces.
What inspired this line?
Stripes remind me of the French Riviera. And the silk grosgrain fabric has a dressy sheen that's great for day or night.
Why focus on accessories?
They let you add some fun to a neutral wardrobe: The satchel brightens up khakis; the ballet flats make a simple black skirt more interesting for work.
What can American women learn from the French about style?
French women like to feel free. The espadrilles and platform heels give you height and comfort; ballet flats are like sneakers, only sleeker. You can walk around uninhibited and still look chic.
Platform heel, $99; ballet flat, $79; espadrille, $99; NineWest.com
Like a crisp white oxford or a little black dress, the long-sleeved striped boatneck tee is a timeless staple. Wear it under a blazer or on its own, with chinos, jeans or cropped black pants, and you can't go wrong.
Julia Leach, the former creative director of Kate Spade, has based her entire new line, Chance, on this one iconic piece. Her soft, lightweight cotton versions are simply irresistible.
Chance, $60 each; ChanceCo.com.
An O reader asks: "I'm traveling a lot this season. Can you suggest the ideal weekender and beach bag?" Adam Glassman's Answer: I love bags that are both attractive and utilitarian, but a good one can be hard to find. So I was thrilled to come across this Deux Lux duffel ($119; DeuxLux.com) (in fact, I bought one in every color combination to give to my frequent-traveler friends). The bags combine sequins with rugged washed canvas and a comfortable shoulder strap. Bonus: They make great carry-ons.
And for the beach, this Saltwater Canvas tote ($36; SaltwaterCanvas.com) has everything you could ask for: eight outer pockets, room inside for up to six towels and a mesh construction that strains out sand. It stands upright by itself and flattens down for packing. Happy trails!