SAY IT ISN'T SO: WHERE DID SUMMER GO? SOME SUMMERY WAYS TO SAY FAREWELL

by Marisa Marcantonio

So long summer, it's been fun. Wishing you all a fantastic Labor Day Weekend, the last hurrah. Hoping you have had plenty of sun, sand and surf, enough to last through the coming fall and winter, regardless of the forecast. Have a lovely holiday and to send you off in style, I have selected some stylish and spirited items to make the final moments of summer enjoyable.

Photo courtesy of Vilebrequin

Photo courtesy of Vilebrequin

Enjoy the leisure life in the sand at the shore or poolside by bringing Vilebrequin's sailboat covered navy towel along. It's reversible so you can have a beach blanket and terry too.

Photo courtesy of Kara Ross

Photo courtesy of Kara Ross

Every summer I wish I had more lobster rolls and lobster in general. I'm not sure why I love them so much, I just do. Given the lack of bib-wearing I did, I think this sparkly gem of a lobster, Leah, from jeweler Kara Ross would make a great addition to a festive table when entertaining. Or, she can take up permanent residence on my coffee, since she adds the right amount of glamour to my accessory assortment.

Photo courtesy of Nauti and Co

Photo courtesy of Nauti and Co

Stock the bar with colorful nautical cocktail picks shaped like anchors, available from Nauti and Co.

Photo courtesy of Kim Seybert

Photo courtesy of Kim Seybert

Capturing a bit of the exotic feel of steamy summer days, Kim Seybert's festive ebroidered Bali Parasol Cocktail Napkins have a free-wheeling spirit

Photo courtesy of Oomph

Photo courtesy of Oomph

Chart a new course with Oomph's Fenwick Table, complete with nautical chart of your choice through Gracious Style

Photo courtesy of Studio Four NYC

Photo courtesy of Studio Four NYC

Keep the sunny days around by using Studio Four NYC's spirited Surfboard wallpaper, with multi-colored long boards of varying shapes and sizes. Who needs an excuse to Hang 10?

Photo courtesy of J McLaughlin

Photo courtesy of J McLaughlin

Need a tote to close out summer and take you right into fall? J. McLaughlin's Beach Tote is it, made from orange burlapand natural leather, it will transition from the beach to city streets

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TRENDING: THE FISH OF THE MOMENT? KOI

by Marisa Marcantonio

As the saying goes, it takes three things to make a trend. With smaller, micro-trends bubbling up at the NY NOW show, there are a few worth noting. The new fish du jour? Koi, of course. I spotted the Japanese fish on a few items, here are three fishy favorites worth mentioning.

Photo courtesy of August Morgan

Photo courtesy of August Morgan

Capturing amusing expressions on her embroidered cocktail napkins, August Morgan's latest design, Don't Be Coy, is the perfect conversation starter.

Photo courtesy Pop Culture Promotions

Photo courtesy Pop Culture Promotions

Channeling her love of bright colors with a bit of glitz, Tinsley Mortimer has designed a collection for Pop Culture Promotions, featuring Koi in a big way. The assorted Koi Dessert Plates have fun colored borders and a jumping gold Koi in the center. They will be available in November, from info@popculturepromotions.com

Big in stature and impact, Legends of Asia's all-white porcelain lidded Ginger Jar with swimming Koi has a beautiful, highly textured surface

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