Look Cool, Feel Cooler
As humid as it is these days, at least we ladies can pull on a light sun dress and wear open-toed shoes to work. Imagine how it must feel to navigate the sweltering city streets in a full-on business suit, the way your husband, boyfriend or office-mate does.
Next time you see a poor guy looking miserable and wilted, tell him about the new "Cool Suit," by Israeli clothier Bagir Ltd.
The tailored suits combine wool with space-age expertise called Smart Fabric Technology. Originally developed for NASA, the technology contains patented materials called Thermocules that absorb, store and release heat -- maintaining a steady temperature, to allow men to stay relaxed and dry all day long.
The way-cool Cool Suit is available in four different colors at Jos. A. Bank stores. It sells under the "Stays Cool" label for about $595.
Socks that soothe
With rapid weight gain and uncomfortable aches and pains, pregnant women have enough to worry about in the hot summer months. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to bypass the nagging feet-swelling problems and heel-and-arch pain that pregnancy produces?
With the help of podiatrists, prenatal educators and mothers-to-be, the designers of new MommySox created this pair of comfortable socks to relieve common foot problems associated with normal weight gain and water retention during and after pregnancy.
MommySox have a strengthening arch support band, cushioned zones for the heels and balls of the feet and a low-ankle cuff. They are made from a trademarked polyester-based fiber to wick away moisture.
MommySox are available online at www.mommysox.com or by calling 888-SOX-4-MOM. They're $12.95 a pair, or three pairs for $25.90.
A safer polish for your nails
One of the first cosmetics women usually experiment with is nail polish. As little girls, we'd sit on our bedroom floors, cradle the phone in the crook of our necks and practice polishing our stubby little nails and fat toes.
How sad is it to learn, then, that many polishes contain potentially hazardous ingredients such as formaldehyde, toluene, DBP (dibutyl phthalate) and camphor -- all of which are recognized as carcinogens, allergens or environmental hazards.
At least one manufacturer is concerned about that.
IsaDora Perfect Nail Polish is hypo-allergenic, free from hazardous ingredients and not tested on animals. Originally sold only in Europe, the richly pigmented, quick-drying, moisturizing polish is now available in the United States, exclusively at Walgreen's for $6.99 a bottle.
Ban the 'ick' factor
Ah, spa days! Hot yoga, salt scrubs, steam baths and ... bacteria?
It's true. When you're sweating it out at the gym or spa, you're also creating a field day for bacterial growth in your undergarments. Ewww.
Body Breathe, a new line of underwear by VF Intimates, includes new anti-microbial technology that the company calls Freeflow. It works to evaporate moisture and prevent bacteria from growing.
This stylish collection of bras, panties and shapewear ranges from $12 to $40 at Macy's department stores.