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August 2021

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1 min
a swimsuit-saving rinse

To help your suit keep its color and shape all summer long, give it some TLC after a day at the pool, says Ajoy K. Sarkar, professor of textile development and marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Fill your sink with cool water, mix in two to three tablespoons of white vinegar, and place your (rinsed and dried) suit in the solution for 45 minutes to an hour. Then rinse and let air-dry. Swimwear fabric dye is acidic, so adding a bit more acid (in the form of vinegar) creates an extra layer of protection against chlorine, UV rays, and sunscreen. When you’re in the market for a new swimsuit, look for one made with Lycra Xtra Life, which Sarkar says is 5 to 10 times more resistant to…

2 min
top gear

BLANKET STATEMENT This lightweight, water-resistant blanket seats two to four people and folds into a roughly four-by-two-inch rectangle. To secure it for a picnic, use the built-in stakes or fill the corner pockets with sand. TO BUY: Matador Pocket Blanket, $30; matadorup.com. FAN APPRECIATION This four-inch battery-powered fan has five speeds, meaning the competition never has to see you sweat. TO BUY: Rechargeable Mini Fan with Stand, $20; brookstone.com. CHILL, BABY This sweatproof, BPA-free tumbler with a grippy silicone base keeps drinks cold or hot for hours, so you’ll stay refreshed through overtime and beyond. TO BUY: Cold1 Tumbler 24 Oz., $17; reduceeveryday.com. DRY RUN Because bleachers and umbrellas don’t mix, take cover in this waterproof poncho with a drawstring hood. It weighs a little over a pound and packs neatly into a storage pouch. In six…

8 min
oh, the people you’ll meet

THE PRINCE I MET IN INDIA Backpacking in India in 2014, my boyfriend and I splurged on a quiet hotel made up of bamboo bungalows, tucked away on a tranquil beach in Goa. Our second night, the hotel filled unexpectedly with guests. Workers in uniform began setting up tables and cooking stations in the sand. They built cabanas and strung up lights. The prince of a small nearby town was getting married that week, and his sangeet—the celebration before the wedding—was taking place that night. When the sun set and the sangeet began, with Hindi music and spice-laced smoke filling the air, my boyfriend and I slipped onto the beach. We were immediately greeted by the young prince and his exuberant wedding party, who offered us food and drink and an…

6 min
cute as a button

Tender, mellow pattypan squash is one of those veggies you may admire at the market but ultimately pass on, since you don’t quite know how to use it. Well, just think of it as a more adorable version of yellow squash or zucchini. SHOP for firm squash on the petite side, which has fewer seeds. The skin is edible, so make sure it’s blemish-free. STORE in a bag in the refrigerator for about three days. COOK quartered or halved on the stove or in the oven. If they’re tiny, try grilling or steaming them whole.—Ananda Eidelstein EASY DINNER 1 Roasted Salmon With Beet Salad ACTIVE TIME 20 MINUTES TOTAL TIME 25 MINUTES SERVES 4 ✓ Quick Cooking ✓ Gluten-Free 4 7-oz. skin-on salmon fillets, patted dry2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided1 ½ tsp. kosher salt, divided1 lemon, halved½ cup…

5 min
got into a budgeting groove

The Cash-Envelope Budget Angela Harmon ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER AND BLOGGER AT DEBTKICKINMOM.COM GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA WHEN ANGELA and her husband started having trouble paying their bills—the car payments, credit card debt, and grad school loans totaled $77,000—they knew they had to drastically change their habits. The parents of four tried a spending freeze, cut down on monthly indulgences like Netflix, and sold their old baby stuff. Angela admits that none of this added up to much. The budgeting trick that stuck: a single monthly trip to the bank, where they’d withdraw four weeks’ worth of spending money in cash (about $1,600). At home, they’d store the money in a file organizer—one tab for gas, one for groceries, another for dining out, and so on. “A lot of people hear ‘cash envelopes’ and think, ‘How…

14 min
end of an heirloom

Sorting through family relics can present powerful dilemmas. What to do with that ratty teddy bear? (But he’s so precious!) The Wedgwood china your grandmother collected as a hopeful young bride? (The fact is, you usually eat on the couch.) Your great aunt’s 428-piece Christmas village? (You’ll proudly display it once you’ve built an extra wing on your house.) Fear not! We asked declutterers to share how they grappled with the emotionally loaded stuff—whether they chose to treasure it or let it go. I Learned to Lighten Up BY AMY MACLIN I USED TO BELIEVE that every time I threw away a greeting card, an angel lost its wings. But over the years, I came to embrace the decluttering gospel: Stuff is just stuff. That birthday card from my aunt Emma was not…