Hot town, summer in the city! Summer in the city of Memphis can mean many things, including but not limited to scorching temps. The fireworks may have faded, but the heat is here to stay at least for a few more months. Here are some fun bargain finds from baubles to books and booze that will help you keep your cool this summer!
Far from new, but never far from our minds, are the paletas at La Michoacana on Summer Avenue. Coconut, cherry and watermelon are our house faves, but our goal is to try them all! Under $3 — thrilling and chilling!
Cool and Refreshing Rosé
Our friends at Buster’s Liquors recommended two affordable bottles of rosé that are crowd-pleasers this time of year. On the left, Tower 15 Rosé, 2012, is a California Grenache made in the French style: dry, light and clean. It’s $15.99. On the right we have Gazela Vinho Verde Rosé, a Portuguese wine that is sweeter in style with a touch of effervescence. It’s very refreshing at the low, low price of $8.99. In addition to wine, liquor and “fancy” beers, Buster’s now stocks your favorite low-gravity beers (70 labels, to be exact). Talk about a one-stop shop. Cheers!
You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz is a page-turner about a wife and mother who really has it all. Grace works as a noted New York City therapist who counsels women experiencing marital problems (that Grace believes could all have been avoided had they heeded their instincts). Her self-help book is scheduled to release right before her own “perfect” life falls apart. It has all of the components of a great summer read, including love, New York socialites, adultery, murder, loss and a happy ending. Download it on your Kindle for $12.99. For those who love a tangible book, The Booksellers at Laurelwood is restocking this popular hardback for $26.
To put a quick finishing touch on your brows this summer without feeling painted-up, run, don’t walk, to Target (it’s okay, we know you go there several times a week anyway) for this very cheap thrill from e.l.f. One end is a clear mascara, and the other is a non-greasy gloss for brows to keep them in place and polished in the blink of an eye, whether you are poolside or otherwise engaged.
Oribe has bottled the essence of beachy hair and packaged it in a neat aerosol can. The popular Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray now comes in a travel size that is more affordable than the regular size and definitely more affordable than a beach vacation. Available at Capelli for $21.50.
Sandals for Kids of All Ages
Native kids shoes available locally at Cotton Tails for $38 will change your life. They come in a rainbow of colors and several cute styles to please your girly girl who loves to splash and your mud-loving boys. They slip on but won’t slip off, allowing the kiddos to run wild and free. Simply rinse and repeat. Native shoes also come in five adult styles, too, that sure beat the clunky Croc!
Turn on the AC and Get Crafty
If you have a bare wall driving you crazy but can’t spend a fortune on original art, you’ll have everyone fooled with this thrifty trick a talented friend taught me. The Art Center on Union is brimming with beautiful papers that can be framed, adding something special to just about any space. The 19.75 x 27.5 poster-sized, single-sheet papers (intended for wrapping) come in an array of colors and patterns, as well as maps and bold prints of plumes, “papillons” and even bugs — all for less than $6.
Lightweight Pop of Color
To add a summery, colorful pop to any outfit, we love these tassel necklaces available at Spruce. The only problem is choosing which color combo. The more the merrier!
What’s better than cheap? Free. If you haven’t taken advantage of the Levitt Shell’s summer concert series, you’ve got one more chance! This Thursday through Sunday, pack up a picnic and soak up some sounds in the majestic setting of the historic Levitt Shell.
So many cool opportunities abound around town, and they will not burn a hole in your pocket!