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Friday Finds: Summer Sunset Essentials

It’s hard to believe Labor Day is just around the corner. If you plan to get outdoors and enjoy the last long weekend of summer, consider these sunset-hour finds for your intimate gathering. From a cool glass of white wine to a warm wrap that repels mosquitos, we have you covered for this end of season swan song.

Pali Wine Co. Chardonnay 2018 “Charm Acres”  |  $28

A friend and I discovered this fantastic bottle on a Santa Barbara visit earlier this year. We’re obsessed and bought up a bunch of bottles for our wine fridge. It’s the perfect wine to toast the end of summer … crisp, refreshing and just a hint of oak. Not your typical Chardonnay. If you get a chance to visit Pali Wine’s tasting rooms (San Diego, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Anaheim and Lompoc), take some time to sample their collection of wonderful wines. One of my favorite finds of 2021.


Outward Rope Chair  |  $69.95

This cool collaboration between REI Co-op + West Elm brings a retro vibe to your beach day, picnic or wherever you plan to perch and enjoy the sunset. This chair is not only super stylish but also made from climbing-inspired rope with a durable powder-coated steel frame. It folds for easy storage with a rope handle. Shown here in Dark Horseradish (also available in Petrol).


Mt. Tam from Cowgirl Creamery  |  Prices vary

When I was living in San Francisco I would make the weekly pilgrimage to the Ferry Building to grab my hunk of Mt. Tam for the week. This best-seller from organic, artisan cheesemaker Cowgirl Creamery is “Brie’s quirky California cousin.” Triple cream with a bloomy rind and washed curd, this cow’s milk cheese is single sourced and forage-based with milk from Straus Family Creamery in Sonoma. Perfectly paired with your California Chardonnay. A must try!


Insect-Repellent Spruce Scarf in Marine  |  $145

Don’t let the pests keep you from enjoying your sunset. Toss on a mosquito-repellent scarf from Shoo for Good and enjoy the outdoors without slathering on sticky, smelly bug spray. The Santa Monica-based company offers four styles of 100% cotton, sustainably handmade scarves and wraps for men and women that are enhanced to repel insects. The odorless, invisible protection lasts for 70 washings. What’s more, with every wrap sold, a donation is made to Nothing But Nets, the United Nations Foundation’s effort to combat malaria by providing families with protective bed nets and other resources.


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