Best Bets for July
RECLAIMED // Jozef Bouwhuis, an engineer by day and craftsman by night, fashions local wood into functional and ornamental objects. His creations — signed and dated with wood type identified — include bowls, rolling pins, candleholders, boxes, mortars and pestles, cutting boards, and special-order items. All wood comes from downed trees and other windfall and is finished with food-safe oil and beeswax. Bowls by Jozef; 810-494-5049, also at Milford Farmers Market and milfordspice.com.
REPLENISH // Shielding delicate skin around the eyes from damaging UVA/UVB rays can be a challenge. Prevage Eye Ultra Protection Anti-Aging Moisturizer (SPF 15) does the trick lightly and smoothly. The colorless antioxidant cream works well under concealer. $98/5 ounces. At finer cosmetic counters. --------------->
RETRO // For many, an idyllic summer night involves a rocking chair on a breezy front porch with the crickets’ symphony, punctuated, maybe, by an occasional thwack of a Louisville Slugger. The retro-look wooden Magno shortwave radio, which doubles as an MP3 player, is made to accompany such moments. Bonus: For every tree used in production, a new one is planted. $190/small, $250/medium, and $297/large. At COMPLEX, Birmingham; complexmi.com.
ROADMAP // In this, the red, white, and blue month of national celebration, the patriotically hued Detroit Metro Map poster, hand-drawn by Allied Fabrication Systems, aims to localize that pride while promoting city/suburb collaboration. $30 (16-by-20 inches). At Bureau of Urban Living, Midtown Detroit; 313-833-9336, bureauliving.com. --------------->
RED // Red velvet — the cake and the fabric— are just too hot for the dog days of summer. Still, cravings happen. And Hudsonville’s Limited Edition Red Velvet Cake ice cream is a cool solution. With layers of red velvet cake flavor and a hint of cream-cheese icing, it’s practically a birthday cake in a spoon. Get it while you can; the seasonal treat is available for a limited time only. Locate a local scoop at hudsonvilleicecream.com.
RAZOR // On hot summer days, the last thing men need is razor burn. Keep stubble at bay with The Art of Shaving’s specialized wet shaving system, “The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave.” Prepare, lather up, shave, and moisturize your way to smooth skin with the Starter Kit, which provides a week’s worth of close-shave essentials. $25/kit. At The Art of Shaving, Somerset Collection South, Troy. --------------->
REFRESH // Wardrobes change for the summer, so why not fragrances, too? Lightweight clothes call for a complementary fresh scent. For men, the newly introduced Pure Nautica Discovery fits the bill. Lemony top notes meld with middle accents of ginger and coriander seed, supported by deep notes of musk and cedar. The result is subtle and undeniably summery. $65/3.4 ounces. Macy’s and other department-store fragrance counters.
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