While made for the beach, the SANDLITE mat is perfect for fall picnics, festivals, and weekends away. The beauty of the patented technology is that sand and dirt particles pass through the mat as the dual-weave material acts as a sieve. The soft fabric is water resistant, which means no more wet blankets. The SANDLITE mater rolls up in a compact bundle for easy carrying, with a built-in carry handle. We tried it and highly recommend it for savoring what’s left of summer. To purchase, visit cgear-sandfree.com.
Since its revolving door first rotated in 1906, The Ritz has been at the heart of London society and continued to play host to royalty, aristocracy, and stars of the stage and screen within its luxurious Louis XVI style interiors. North Shore residents who have enjoyed its opulence and ambiance over the decades may be thrilled to know that the prestigious Picadilly landmark has just released its first cookbook from one of its iconic chefs. The Ritz London: The Cookbook allows anyone who has enjoyed a meal by Executive Chef John Williams to attempt to recreate his iconic dishes at home. Whatever your desire— the definitive Negroni during the cocktail hour, the ultimate macaron at afternoon tea, classic comfort food with a twist, an extraordinary cheese course or something spectacular to impress, The Ritz London: The Cookbook transports us all into a five-star world where, it is said, “resistance is futile.” Available October 2 on amazon.com or theritzlondon.com.
What’s in a name? When it’s Marcus Lemonis, quite a bit. The Chicago-area resident, philanthropist, and star of CNBC’s hit reality TV show, The Profit, recently brought his line of contemporary women’s and children’s clothes to Hinsdale. The eponymous 8,000-square-foot MARCUS boutique promises a “new shopping and retail experience” as part of a growing line of stores throughout Chicago and the rest of the country. “I’m proud to introduce my newest concept—a luxury fashion and lifestyle destination for women offering the latest styles, curated by me,” says Lemonis. “Our store is here to help women feel their best in quality fashion from around the world and take charge of their lives.” The store is located inside a newly restored historic three-story building, where he and crews worked to meticulously restore the stained glass, clock, and ceiling. Visit MARCUS at the corner of First and Washington streets in Hinsdale, shopmarcus.com.