Grace Kelly in Jamaica

After three decades of experimenting with self-tanners (and varying levels of streakiness), I just discovered a favorite: Tan Towels. You wipe them over your face and body for a warm, natural, sunkissed glow, like you spent the day at the beach — and miraculously you don’t look at all orange.

1970's kids

How to give kids a 1970s summer, including playing outside all day and watching a boatload of TV.

Food52 Rotisserie Chicken

10 times rotisserie chicken gets you halfway to dinner. Because it’s summer, and it’s so nice to stay outside until the last possible second.

Baggu circle bag

In past summers, I’ve gone hands-free (with keys and $20 in a pocket), but the catch is that I can’t bring along a lipstick or sunglasses or book. So, I recently got this circle bag and it has become a beloved sidekick. How cute is the shape?

Happy summer! It’s really happening! xoxo

(Top photo of Grace Kelly by Howell Conant. Lower East Side NYC in the 1970s by Camilo José Vergara. Chicken photo by James Ransom for Food52.)