Heidi Merrick Summer Blankets
What: Call us babies, but we can’t sleep without covers. Ride out the heat wave (or gussy up a late-season picnic) with a light, all-cotton bedspread ($295).
Why: The bright, joyous colors (purple, aquamarine, sea foam) and stitched floral patterns transform your boudoir into an oasis.
Where: Online at heidimerrick.com.
The Family Fang
What: A tale ($14) of two eccentrics who rope their kids — lovingly referred to as Child A and Child B — into turning their lives into performance art sans irony. Hilarity ensues.
Why: What happens when they grow up (an accidental tata flash in the tabloids, being hit in the face by a potato gun) will have you thanking your lucky stars for your own dysfunctional parentals.
Where: Online at amazon.com.
Cold Picnic Jewelry
What: Bracelets, watches, earrings, belts, and more inspired by ancient cave paintings, African textiles, and Native American history.
Why: The spring 2011 collection was crafted entirely from vintage chains, findings, and scrap leather from a bird toy factory. We love the coiled bib necklace ($35) and mix-and-match printed stud earrings ($18).
Where: Online at coldpicnic.com.
So Well Dressed
What: The kind folks behind the site do the legwork for you, breaking down runway and blogger fashions into affordable terms. Find dozens of outfit suggestions according to dress code, style, color, and pattern.
Why: You’ve always envied Cher Horowitz’s computer-generated wardrobe thingamajig in Clueless.
Where: Online at sowelldressed.com.
What: It’s an oxford of a different color. Traipse around in neon green, bright blue, or animal-print stunners made in Los Angeles.
Why: Even beige and black are sick of themselves by now.
Where: Online at verlainshoes.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Heidi Merrick