Stock up this summer on looks that make you hot and gear that makes you cool.
Local fashion label Miel Pink Label offers this sultry spin on the same old tank top. It's got a sexy racer back style ($105) with a fun, unfinished silky edge that's easy to dress up or down. We like the combo with Paul & Joe Sister silk short-shorts ($147). Many a spider toiled long hours to weave the finest slubbed silk to give these pleated shorts the perfect drape.
Unity, 604 N. Guadalupe St., 946-0464.
SUMMER OF RUST
Bring some rustic charm to your patio with these handmade planters ($30 and up). The weathered long boards can be hung vertically or horizontally and feature a rusty can that's reincarnated as a quirky little planter. There are even a few decorated with boots, rusty forks and other found items that are rusty.
Jackalope, 725 Cerrillos Road, 983-8215.
You won't find this Alice + Olivia Yellow Samba dress ($300) anywhere else! Its exclusivity to this store makes it the must-have sun dress of the season. The halter-top ties at the neck and leaves lots of (sunscreen-slathered) skin showing. The pleated front and layers of silk and viscose complete this flirty look, especially on bronzed bodies.
Dust in the Wind, 131 E. Palace Ave., 986-1155.
DINOSAURS TO GO
It's the best thing since cavemen invented sliced bread. This dinosaur play set ($27.99) zips into a toy bin that stores dinosaur friends, making it an ideal travel toy for kids age 3 and up. Members of Santa Fe Children's Museum enjoy a 10 percent discount in the fabulous gift shop.
Santa Fe Chidren's Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359.
Dress up your little beach boy with this adorable shark print outfit from Le Top ($31.95), complete with shark appliqué and a caudal fin and dorsal fin that spring to life. The easy-snap bottom makes diaper changing a cinch. Don't forget a Flap Happy hat ($12.95) to keep the rays off baby's head and top off the look with super soft shark shoes by Robeez ($26).
Merry-Go-Round, 150 Washington Ave., 988-5422.
Make your next barbecue a colorful one. Philip Stark's "Dr. Skud" flyswatter ($12) features a mesh face and stands tall on a short tripod. Reach for the Skud to swat at those pesky neighbors who can smell what yer cookin'. And before you grab another hot pot off the grill, make sure you're wearing Hot Heads, by Fred ($11). These silicon potholder puppets can take the heat and come shaped as a dog or frog for all to enjoy.
Design Warehouse, 101 W. Marcy St., 988-1555.
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The next generation of hybrids goes a step further with these fisherman style sandals for men by Kenneth Cole ($165). This mix of dress shoe and closed-toe sandal is available in black leather with shiny silver or brown with brushed bronze square buckles presented with a stylish heel.
Goler for Men, 125 E. Palace Ave., 954-8270.
THIS CONE TAKES A LICKIN'
Heat up your summer nights with The Cone ($129), an innovative new vibrating toy that sports a sleek, pink silicon exterior and wide base for a rockin' good time. Its clandestine shape means you can leave it out on the nightstand without drawing attention. With an astonishing 16 programs of varying speeds of pulsating power, this partial penetrator makes it ideal for use with a friend.
Au Boudoir, 614 Agua Fria St., 983-7700.
This month, Second Street Brewery is serving up icy cold Kolsch, a traditional German-style beer that's exceptionally easy drinking. Made with noble hops, it has a slightly floral, spicy flavor and a pretty straw color. With a moderate alcohol content and a mild but not bland taste, your dinner party hosts will love it when you arrive with a growler ($9.50, four pints) in hand.
Second Street Brewery, 1814 Second St., 982-3030.
When you're getting bendy in a room heated to 105 degrees, it's easy to think about what life must be like for volcanic microorganisms. They can take the heat -but you look better in a bathing suit. Bikram yoga consists of a series of 26 hatha yoga poses completed in a fluid succession. Each pose is designed to work everything from muscles to internal organs, to help you on your way to a beach-ready body. Classes run daily with a variety of memberships and rates as low as $15 for drop-ins. Private classes also available.
Bikram's Yoga College of India, 1930 Monterey Drive, 955-1515.