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Talk of the Town
Vtech’s hip new V Mix cordless phone brings cellular style to your landline. It not only comes with interchangeable face and base plates (yellow, red, and light blue as well as orange) but also has six pop ring tones, including “Lady Marmalade,” caller ID, call waiting, and a 50-name phone-book directory ($59.95).

927 Madison Ave., near 74th St., 212-628-4500.

Fly Girl
This stylish cotton hammock is a very dreamy place to spend a lazy summer afternoon. A matching beach umbrella is also available ($115).

85 Fifth Ave., at 16th St., 212-627-5885.
375 W. Broadway, near Spring St., 212-343-7070.

Sunny Disposition
A bright idea for summer parties, this flirty skirt by Ruth is made of floaty chiffon with lace insets ($148).

156 W. 20th St., between Fifth and Sixth Aves., 212-627-4444.

Manners 101
Move over, Emily Post: Caroline Tiger’s new book, How to Behave (Quirk Books; $12.95), addresses very millennial problems like Competitive Taxi Hailing, Confronting the Mass Transit Sneezer/Cougher, and Yoga Class Etiquette.

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Peeky Toes
A summer shoe you’re bound to get a kick out of: Isaac by Isaac Mizrahi’s aptly named Nubile. It’s sassy, sexy, and guaranteed to snazz up anything from short shorts to sundresses ($168).

Saks Fifth Avenue
611 Fifth Ave., at 50th St., 212-753-4000.

Surf’s Up
North Face’s new Upper West Side store shows the company’s got a lot more than puffy jackets. We love these surfer-inspired men’s shirts ($38).

North Face
2101 Broadway, at 73rd St., 212-362-1000.

Waist Management
Fans of Angela Adams’s groovy modernist rugs will love her new line of fashion accessories, including this belt. In two patterns, two widths, and three colors ($32 to $34).

Albert & Piccolo

276 Fifth Ave., At Garfield St., Brooklyn, 718-369-9282.

Divide and Conquer
For those who believe “there’s a place for everything, and everything in its place,” we suggest these microwaveable, kid-throwable plastic food trays in aqua, blue, yellow, and orange. There’s room for every food group, plus utensils ($10.95 for a set of two).

Art of Cooking
555 Hudson St., near W. 11th St., 212-414-4940.

Lounge Act
Italian designer Paola Lenti started the felt-as-home-furnishings-fabric trend. Now she’s taken her talents outdoors with a new line of patio furniture, made from a fade-resistant synthetic fabric. Six basic styles include footstools, chairs, and recliners ($880 to $4,560).

68 Gansevoort St., near Washington St., 212-645-2216.

Get Shorty
Ralph Lauren’s kids’ collections are now available under one Madison Avenue roof. You’ll find everything from cashmere baby blankets to pint-size vintage cowboy boots and fun, summery items like these flat-front twill shorts. In five colors, each with a floral belt, in toddler sizes 2 to 4 for $29.50.

Ralph Lauren
867 Madison Ave., at 72nd St. 212-606-2100.
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