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Summer's little necessities

August means the living is hot, humid and yes, perhaps a little boring. Here are a few cool summer items that we can't live without:

Cool enamel jewelry

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Simple, colorful and sculptural. Those three words are the best description of Kiln Enamel Jewelry that we can offer. Oops, we forgot modern. And cool.

Wear one of their striking Ray necklaces with a simple tank and look perfectly pulled together. Slide on a couple of bangles with your jeans and T-shirt and look so downtown.

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Kiln's earrings, necklaces and bracelets are made by firing enamel onto either copper or sterling silver.

Who likes Kiln Enamel Jewelry, besides us? Gwen Stefani, Heather Graham and Sharon and Kelly Osbourne, according to the Brooklyn-based company. The company also does private label work for Bergdorf Goodman and Kate Spade, as well as mobiles, house wares, and one-of-a-kind sculptural pieces.

Kiln Enamel Jewelry ranges in price from $26 for earrings to $120 for a necklace. The line is available at select shops and galleries nationwide. To order directly, call 718-456-6722 or check online at www.kilnenamel.com for a store near you.

Messy job, all wiped up

Applying sunscreen can be a messy job. What are you supposed to do with the gooey sheen of lotion that's always left behind on your hands?

Forget about it and instead put on sunscreen by using a pre-moistened wipe. Spwipes Sun Protection Wipes are a convenient, non-greasy way to help protect skin from sun damage without getting your hands all sticky. Coated with 30 SPF sunscreen, the wipes provide same level of protection for up to 80 minutes in the water, and contain both UVA and UVB Protection.

Spwipes cost about $1.50 for a small wipe and $2 for a large one. They are available in select Wal-Mart stores or online at www.spwipes.com.

Tote sweet

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Towel? Check.

Sunscreen? Check.

Chick lit novel of the moment? Check.

Cool summer tote-bag to cram it all into when you head to the pool?

Check out Tote Le Monde's cool blue, green and white plaid market bag which looks so put together. And it comes filled with a Summer Beauty Basics set from CARGO, makers of professional-quality cosmetics that are used by such celebrities as Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Debra Messing. The set includes a medium bronzer, black mascara and a conditioning lip treatment containing avocado and apricot oils and chamomile that can be worn alone or as a base for lipstick or lip gloss.

The limited edition Cargo cosmetics/Tote Le Monde summer extravaganza costs $50, exclusively at www.sephora.com.

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Cami-flage

Looking casually half-dressed in your coolest pair of jeans and stiletto heels is hot hot hot this season, and sexy camisoles are the secret to the look. Reese Witherspoon sports a cami and jeans in Legally Blonde 2 and other celebrities such as Keri Russell of Felicity fame, have been spotted wearing the flirty look as well.

The $300 price tag of designer camisoles might make you think the look is out of reach, but it's not. Esprit, the San Francisco company that captured the look of the '80s, has cute camis in black, hot pink and light pink. The shirts are available at Macy's for $45.

Now, if we could only find a pair of Jimmy Choo stilettos for $20 ...


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