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These useful and fun products, all of which cost less than $40, will help keep you well-read, well-fed and looking your best as summer ebbs.

Pretty tweeze • Stainless-steel slanted-edge tweezers from Wooster & Prince ( make it easy to create the perfect arch. These tweezers come in fun patterns that brighten up a boring beauty chore, at $5 each.

Beach reading • The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman. Find a sunny spot and give yourself over to this suspenseful tale about a lighthouse keeper and his new bride, for $25.

Thrill team • Kick up your heels in lightweight 4-inch peep-toe wedges (, packed with vintage flair, at $34.

Perfect pouch • A color-blocked faux-leather wallet with a handy detachable strap ( is the ideal place to stash your keys and a lipstick. It also comes in a brown-and-yellow style, for $21.

The bangles • This is summer's must-have accessory. You don't have to break the bank to look glamorous. Try this ritzy-looking armload of turquoise and gold-tone bracelets (, at $20 for a set of 13.

Cherry picking • A brick of Beekman Tart Cherry After the Garden goat's-milk soap, from TV's "Fabulous Beekman Boys," contains gently exfoliating cherry pits — an anytime indulgence (, at $11 each.

Tee time • The new classic is a multicolored update on sailor stripes, with draped sleeves and button trim. This piece will give any casual day that extra flare. Not to mention, it's at a really nice price (, for $18.

Precious metals • Let your digits test-drive the trend toward cool metallics. Good as Gold ( is our new summer standard. Try copper and silver shades, too, at $8.

S'mores anyone? • No fire pit required here. Ignite the Light'n Go Bonfire Log ( in the yard, on the stoop or on the sand. Flames burn safely in a self-contained kilin-dried birch stump. It's designed to light with a single match, for $10.

Super shopper • This sturdy oversized Zig Zag Canvas Bag ( for stores) in black-and-white chevron stripes will be your constant companion at the beach or farmers' market. Rope handles give a modern design a nautical twist, at $30.

Bite size • Decadent Belgian milk chocolate becomes an entirely diet-friendly 150-calorie treat when shrunk into 3-inch Magnum Mini Classic bars (grocery stores), at $6 for six.

Shore shots • Kiss That Frog's mini tumblers with removable sea-grass sleeves ( are perfect for drinks , or for impromptu flower arrangements, at $28 for four.

Lash out • In the "Why didn't we think of that?" category, LashControl's squeezable tube ( lets you determine how much mascara goes on the wand, for $20.

Tiny bubbles • Mionettos's il Spritz tends bar on your behalf, combining semi-sparkling wine, citrus and herbs into a ready-to-go aperitivo, at $15.