Dana Slatkin

Seven Farmgirl Picks for Summer

“Raindrops and roses and whiskers on kittens…”

I am a true believer that the best things in life can’t be bought, but…there are a few things from the material world that do make me smile!

In this new section, I plan to share some of them with you each month. I’ll list a few Farmgirl faves, why they caught my fancy, and where you can find them.

Drop me a note and share with our readers some of your favorite things!

1. The Girl and the Sailor Tees

 When I stumbled into this tiny boutique in Beverly Hills by accident, I was delighted to discover a new line of groovy-casual basics, all made in the USA. The tee shirts are “feminine with a nod to boy” and so soft I wanted them in every color. Here is the one I wore out.

sailor tee shirt

2. Donuts Tins

In my “Get Your Baking On” class last week, the Chocolate Banana Fonuts were the hit of the day. No one mourned the fact that they were baked (not fried), gluten-free, and made with just a smidgen of coconut sugar. These non-stick tins were the trick.

donut tins

3. Undergarments from LF

I’m not one of those moms who tries to keep up with fashion by dressing like her trendy teenage daughter. Swear. But when mine dragged me into an LF Store, I got all giddy like a 13-year-old. I stocked up on summer bras and bandeaus because they were well-priced and seriously cute. The merchandise changes so often, you can’t buy anything online. So grab a teenager and stop in for a peek.

undergarments from LF

4. Electric Spice/Coffee/Nut Grinder

I have one drawer in my kitchen that’s sort of a graveyard for unused gadgets. But this little workhorse now lives right next to my blender. I can hear you asking, why not just buy your spices already ground? And you’re right, grinding your own spices is a chef-y indulgence. But when you taste the difference, you’ll want to have one of these within easy reach, too.

electric spice coffee nut grinder

5. Soulcycle

When it comes to exercise, it’s important to find a form you enjoy. Something you can endure week after week, challenging your endurance without killing you. I never thought spinning would ever be my jam. But I’m totally hooked on this place. Where else do you enter barefoot and frazzled and leave soaking wet and empowered? For those of you who don’t have one yet in your area, you can buy the cool workout clothes online.

soulcycle workout clothes

6. Shutters’ Vosges Sunset Deep Milk Chocolate with Sea salt and California Smoked Almonds

Need I say more? If you want to get your hands on this maddeningly delicious bar, you’ll have to pay a visit to Shutters on the Beach Hotel or one of Katrina Markoff’s Vosges Haut-Chocolat stores. I stock them by the case.

deep milk chocolate from Shutter's

7. Utilitarian Fanny Pack for on-the-go summer activities

If you like to hike, bike, walk or trek, you need one of these. It stashes all your necessities plus a water bottle. Instead of carrying a purse in the summer months, I strap this around my waist every day.

utilitarian fanny pack

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  1. TRACY SMITH says:

    Hi Dana!
    LOVE that you are adding some ‘lifestyle’ tips to your newsletter!

    I am going to seek out those tee’s and I am ordering that fanny pack!(could have used it last week when I was in Berlin, HATING that I was carrying a backpack-style purse; totally felt unsafe and it was so inconvenient to get to my wallet and phone).

    So, a question for you: I want to make a signature summer drink for a bbq-style, outdoor dinner party for 12 tomorrow! I found one with vodka, mint, cucumber and lime that sounded good, but have no idea how to make a “batch” to serve in a pitcher. Any thoughts? Any recipe on your website?

    Thank you!


  2. jody gardner says:

    Love the tips.
    That fanny pack is cute… do you really wear it around town or just hiking, etc.?

  3. Dana Slatkin says:

    I call it combat chic! I love that it’s so utilitarian and anti-status. I would totally bring it on any trip. Happy trails to you!

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