It seems like every summer we face a barrage of new advice on protecting our skin, protocol for how much time to spend in the sun, and guidelines for SPF, UVA, UVB, and a bunch of other acronyms. But what about the wear and tear on our skin during the winter? Freezing temperatures, lack of moisture, and decreased sunlight ravage our complexions for months, leaving our skin parched and in as much need of a good dusting and polish as your great grandmother’s antique silver. It’s time to shake ourselves out of the winter doldrums and squint our way towards the bright glory of spring. But how do we shed that sallow skin that Jack Frost left behind and return it to its natural radiance? It turns out you don’t need anything more than a well-informed, stepped-up home skincare regiment to get back to glowing in no time. Read more…
Local choices for healthy coastal living
As winter turns into spring, many of us are itching to use our barbecues and backyard fire pits. Cape Cod Fire Log provides 100 percent recycled, unused wood free of waxes, oils or any additives in the form of logs or cooking briquettes for a green evening of grilling and relaxing. Fill up and keep warm while preserving trees. Cape Cod Fire Log products can be burned indoors or out and are available locally at Roche Bros and Tedeschi Food Shops. Briquettes can be purchased in six-pound, 15-pound, and 30-piece sets of mini logs. $4.99-$12.99. capecodfirelog.com, 877-663-5647. Read more…
To me, the 152 pages of this year’s Cape Cod Life Annual Guide represent a lot of effort. After countless hours of research, talking, and transcription, the best part of the endeavor is holding a copy in my hand for the first time. The worst part comes a little before that. Read more…
PORCH ($14.95), a new book by award-winning photographer Brian Vanden Brink, gives readers a glimpse at the outdoor oases on some of New England’s finest homes. Vanden Brink, whose work has been published in Cape Cod HOME, Boston Globe Magazine, and Coastal Living among other magazines, collaborated with author Richard Grant to produce this handsome book. The featured homes are in a variety of New England settings, from picturesque woods to the glorious shoreline. The simple, comfortable beauty on display in PORCH will inspire anyone who wants to add personal touches to their own outdoor living space. Available at Cape and Islands bookstores and from Down East Books (www.downeastbooks.com).
Must-Have Articles, Accessories & Products
CAPE COD KEEPSAKES
Two Cape Codders have collaborated to transform their love of the Cape’s natural world into Dune Jewelry and Beachsand Snowflakes—handcrafted gifts that are making a splash online and in several regional shops. Sterling silver necklaces from the Dune Jewelry line (www.dunejewelry.com) feature a simple yet sophisticated pendant ($130) inlaid with sand gathered from your favorite Cape beach (sand has been collected from 300 beaches worldwide). Beachsand Snowflakes ($24, www.beachsandsnowflakes.com) are the perfect gift for beach lovers from Bourne to Provincetown. These items are available in more than 20 Cape stores, including Trees Place in Orleans, Fein Things in Centerville, and Village Trading Co. in Mashpee.
We just love the 2012 Vineyard Seadogs Calendar, available here. Says calendar creator and wildlife photographer Lisa Vanderhoop:
“The cover dog this year is Ensign, an adorable little Border Terrier. He is owned by Ben and Maria Batsch who captain and run Maurice Templesman’s yacht the Relemar during the summer months here on the Vineyard. Maurice just adores Ensign and can be seen walking the little guy everyday during the summer in Menemsha.”
Buy calendars ($16) and other artwork at vineyardseadogs.com. Part of the proceeds from the calendars will go the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard!
This holiday season, surprise that special someone in your life with a glimmering gift of jewelry capturing the memorable glow of this very special seaside world.
The Chatham School Affair
by Thomas H. Cook
Travel back to the 1920s as the narrator recounts a life-changing year of love and murder in a mystery that takes place in Chatham when an all-boys school hires Elizabeth Channing, the school’s first, and last, art teacher. “It was first published in 1997, but remains one of my best-selling ‘local flavor’ books,” says Mark Leach of Now Voyager Bookstore and Gallery in Provincetown. Read more…
Picnic At Ascot designed this fully equipped canvas picnic carrier and cooler. The navy exterior with crisp white trim coupled with the classic plaid interior accents is handsome for all seasons. A leak proof and thermal-shielded inner compartment features an insulated cooler with separate sections for wine and food. Also included are dishes, cutlery, drink-ware, napkins, and even a corkscrew. This perfect picnic tote ($78)—a great gift for a wedding, a birthday, or for a perfect beach day—is available at Chatham’s Picnic Fashion, 726 Main Street, 508.348.0588, www.picnicfashion.com.
This is an inspirational tale of the brave Sammy Scallop and his underwater adventures. Sammy is popular among his friends at Reef Shellementary School until an accident makes the young scallop different from his classmates and he must find a way to overcome these differences. With colorful illustrations, Carol Hamblet Adams’ book is the perfect story to help your little ones learn about accepting themselves and others in a fun and engaging way. For information, visit www.harvesthousepublishers.com. —Ciara Megan
Snappy Sea Fever Fun
Sea Fever Gear, a cottage company in Chatham, celebrates its 15th anniversary this summer with a range of creative items ranging from kids hats, like this fun shark-themed chapeau to nautical shower curtains—all made from recycled sails. Every product is made from a different piece of sail, custom and designed to highlight the uniqueness of each sail with batten pockets, stitching, reef points, numbers, and hardware. The products are all handcrafted in the United States. Sea Fever, West Chatham, in the Shop Ahoy Plaza. For information, go to www.seafevergear.com.
Mood elevation in Mashpee Commons
Studies show that upon receiving flowers, one’s mood is elevated for up to three days. We believe sending flowers has the same effect. Let us help you elevate that certain someone’s mood. Make our day by letting us make yours. Be sure to ask about our Floral Rewards Program.
Verde Floral Design
19 Fountain Street