Oprah's favorite beach bag is from Lands' End.

Summer's just around the corner, and Oprah has planned every detail for a cool summer party! As Oprah dreamt about sun, sand and waves, she started wondering, "What are the perfect things for summer?" She made it her mission to find out!

First, Oprah had to find the perfect beach bag to hold the best summer gear. "I found this one from Lands' End," she says. "I thought this was great because it has a little thing for your keys and it has a compartment for your magazines. ... It comes in a zillion colors, but green is my favorite."

The Large Zip Top Tote is available at LandsEnd.com in a variety of sizes and colors.
Oprah calls Robin Thicke.

After Oprah's new favorite singer, Robin Thicke, made his last Oprah Show appearance, our switchboard was jammed with people saying they didn't know he was going to be on. "So what I wanted to do was to accommodate all of the people who missed it the first time," Oprah says. "In order to do that, I had to do something I've never done before. I got on the phone and asked this very special guest if he would consider coming back."

Oprah calls Robin to see if he would be willing to perform some of the tracks from his album The Evolution of Robin Thicke. "You know which is a good one, which is a real audience pleaser, is 'Teach You a Lesson,'" Robin says.

"I don't know," Oprah says. "Maybe too naughty for our audience."

In the end, Oprah and Robin agree on two showstoppers, including Oprah's favorite song.
Robin performs 'Would That Make U Love Me.'

Robin heats up the studio with his performance of "Would That Make You Love Me"—Oprah's favorite song from his album The Evolution of Robin Thicke.

Robin—who was recently featured as one of People magazine's 100 most beautiful people with his wife, actress Paula Patton—says "Would That Make U Love Me" poses a universal question. "In that song I was talking about all of us and even the wars going on, and how much do people have to change to make somebody love them?" Robin says. "Why can't we just be loved the way we are?"

To make sure Robin's sultry sounds will be playing at parties all summer, everyone in the audience gets a copy of The Evolution of Robin Thicke!
Oprah gives her audience iPod Nanos.

Because bringing your boom box to the beach is so passé...everyone in the audience gets an iPod Nano! "I wanted you to have the very latest, completely redesigned iPod in the hottest summer colors—hot pink, bright green and blue," Oprah says.

Learn more about Apple's iPod Nano at Apple.com.
These iPod speakers float in water.

The iPods are great for your own entertainment, but what if you have a crowd of people over for a pool party? Don't sweat it because Oprah has a solution—waterproof iPod speakers!

"It's called the Ego Waterproof Sound Case by Atlantic, and it even floats," Oprah says. "So whether you're at the pool or at the beach, you can bring along your tunes and get your party started."

To learn more about the Ego Waterproof Sound Case by Atlantic, Inc., call 800-747-2660 or visit LoveMyEGO.com.
Robin Thicke performs 'Complicated.'

Robin Thicke is back to perform "Complicated," a song that really stays in Oprah's head. "I get up in the middle of the night and I'm hearing it in my head," she says.

Watch Robin Thicke sing "Complicated." Watch

Robin says the song is about him. So what makes him complicated? "You know when you're in a relationship and you keep focusing on the negative things? Maybe the past or the problems and you can't push forward, you can't make anew?" Robin says. "So I was going through that with my lady where I kept focusing on the past and the negative things."

"But writing that song, I'm sure, helped you straighten things out," Oprah says.

"Yeah. In fact, she was the first one to hear it," Robin says.

For more information about Robin, visit RobinThicke.com.
Beyoncé gives everyone two VIP tickets to her show this summer.

Robin won't have much time to lounge on the beach this summer. "I'm going on tour with the mighty Beyoncé," he says.

Although she's half a world away, Beyoncé sends a special message from Frankfurt, Germany, where she's kicking off her European tour. "I have to talk for a second about you, Robin. Your voice is like silk. It's very sexy," she says. "And you can do anything. You are an inspiration for me. You are a wonderful songwriter. I think you are such an incredible artist. I'm so happy that you're going to be on my tour."

Beyoncé has a special gift for everyone in the studio audience—two VIP tickets to The Beyoncé Experience with Robin Thicke! Tickets for U.S. tour dates are currently on sale.

The audience also gets a copy of Beyoncé's latest CD, B'Day—Deluxe Edition.
Audience members are fitted with the perfect sunglasses.

What's a trip to the beach without sunglasses? Before the show started, every audience member was treated to a sunglass party to get fitted with the perfect shades! On hand were experts from Marchon Eyewear—which makes sunglasses for designers such as Fendi, Coach, Michael Kors and Calvin Klein.

Watch Oprah help her audience find the perfect sunglasses. Watch

One of the first things these women learned is that they need to stop wearing the same pair of sunglasses for years on end. Marchon's Robert Schienberg says it's important to mix up your look, just like you do with other accessories. "You should have a wardrobe of them. Sunglasses are like shoes for your different moods ... for different moments in your life," he says.
Oprah tries on the hottest sunglasses of the season.

Another reason to invest in more than one pair of sunglasses is to keep up with the latest trends. For the summer of 2007, one shape trumps them all, Robert says. "Right now, it's all about the rectangle," Robert says.

If you're not sure about a perfect rectangle, look for sunglasses with modifications to the shape, such as aviator glasses. But whether you're looking for a rectangle or a modified rectangle, be sure to pick a pair with the right shape for your face's proportions.

See which sunglasses Oprah tried on during the show!

To find the right pair for you, visit Marchon.com.
Itika models Oprah's favorite summer hat.

Don't let the sun's harsh rays scorch your face. Get made in the shade under a wide-brimmed canvas hat from Hat Attack. It protects your skin and looks stylish!

"A good hat needs to make some serious shade," Oprah says.

This summer favorite comes in three colors—white, khaki and green. It also folds up and fits inside any beach bag.

Find the right hat for your head at HatAttack.com.
Oprah's staffers model Old Navy's cotton cover-ups.

After searching far and wide for an affordable coverup that gives ladies a little extra coverage, Amanda, one of Oprah's staffers, found this cotton number at Old Navy.

"A coverup needs to cover up your thighs. Otherwise, what is it?" Oprah says. "We liked this one a lot." Throw it on over your swimsuit and hit the beach!

Get coverup colors and prices at OldNavy.com.
A staff member models Havaianas flip-flops.

Toss your winter boots to the back of the closet and slip your feet into the hottest summer flip-flops—Havaianas! "They come all the way from Brazil where flip-flops are a way of life," Oprah says.

The sole is made from what they call a "top-secret rubber recipe," which makes you feel like you're walking on marshmallows. The company, which started making sandals in the '60s, now offers customers lots of colors and styles to choose from.

To see all the styles, visit HavaianasUS.com.
Oprah's staffers show off their Target beach towels.

Don't blend in at the beach. Make a statement this season with a colorful beach towel from Target. "They're colorful, and they're cute as can be!" Oprah says.

Get information on colors and prices at Target.com.
Oprah shares the recipe for her TangOrita.

After Robin Thicke's steamy performance and exciting giveaways, it's time to cool down with a summer cocktail. Oprah spent the weekend creating a margarita especially for the occasion. She calls it the TangOrita!

Oprah picked fresh tangerines from the trees that grow outside her Santa Barbara home and squeezed the juice herself.

Get the complete recipe for Oprah's TangOrita!

"How simple is that?" she says. "Really simple."
Clarins sun care products

Oprah may seek out the shade, but she says Stedman loves the sun. To protect his skin from UV rays, Oprah says he slathers Clarins sun care products from head to toe. "He swears by this," she says. "I took his advice and started using it, too."

You can use Clarins SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream all over your body. It's lightweight, water-resistant and helps protect against premature aging. They also make products for the delicate skin around your eyes, your face and sensitive areas like your ears, lips and nose.

To find out more about Clarins skincare products, visit Clarins.com.
India.Arie performs 'Beautiful Flower.'

Lots of celebrities traveled to South Africa for the opening of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in January 2007, including two-time Grammy award winner India.Arie.

When India returned to the United States, she says she was so inspired by the young girls at the academy that she decided to write a song for them.

"I saw them and I saw myself in them. I wanted to sing a song to them that I wish somebody would have told me [when I was that age]—that there is nothing wrong with you," she says. "It doesn't matter what you're shaped like or what color your skin is or none of that. There's nothing you can't do. ... You're brilliant."

India even let Oprah's girls choose the name of the song—"Beautiful Flower." Now, India's here to perform the song publicly for the very first time.
India.Arie sings 'There's Hope.'

India.Arie's latest CD, Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship, features one of Oprah's favorite songs for summer, "There's Hope."

In the song, India sings: There's hope. It doesn't cost a thing to smile. You don't have to pay to laugh. You better thank God for that.

"India.Arie is known for writing and performing music that really stimulates and revives the soul," Oprah says.

The audience will get to listen to India's uplifting message over and over, because they're taking home her latest CD in their Lands' End beach bags!
Oprah's favorite frozen fruit bars

One thing Oprah says she knows for sure is that summer's all about fun. "You can't be mad at anybody if you're licking on a Popsicle," she says. "They just make you happy."

To make sure everyone has a happy, healthy summer, she gives the audience frozen fruit bars! "They're only 80 calories—Bob Greene approved," she says. "It's so good."

These sweet treats—which are available in many flavors—are called Dreyer's Frozen Fruit Bars if you live west of the Rockies, but they're known as Edy's Frozen Fruit Bars in the east.

Visit Edys.com or Dreyers.com to find out more about their low-calorie fruit bars.

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FROM: What's Cool for Summer
Published on January 01, 2006


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