The Best Bet
Memorial Day drops the flag on summer and, by association, beachgoing, which makes it as much of an impetus to jump-start an exercise program as New Year’s. Beyond this NuMetrex sports bra’s support function, it can provide motivation. It’s made from a high-tech fabric with electrodes woven in; snap in a heart-rate sensor, and your beats per minute will be transmitted directly to the monitor (it was designed to work with the Polar system, sold separately) or to the treadmill on which you’re trying to break Justin Gatlin’s record (bra, $44.99 at Super Runners Shop, 360 Amsterdam Ave., nr. 77th St.; 212-787-7665).
Taking the Work Out of Wrenches
The jaws on Black & Decker’s new automatic wrench open and close with the push of a button, eliminating time-consuming manual adjustments (available next week; $29.99 at Lowe’s, 118 Second Ave., nr. 12th St., Red Hook, Brooklyn; 718-249-1151).
A Pre-Summer Glow for Everyone
Bobbi Brown’s pale pink pot rouge looks good on almost any complexion—and, as a cream, is a no-brainer to apply ($22 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave., at 49th St.; 212-753-4000).
A Rare Update to a Classic Collection
Richard Schultz’s 1966 line of outdoor furniture is a must-have for modernists, who will be thrilled that now—for the first time in 40 years—there are new pieces, like this armless love seat ($3,000 at Delgreco & Co., 232 E. 59th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-688-5310).
A Sweater for All Seasons
This navy Armani Collezioni piece reverses to a summery linen color ($325 at Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave., at 59th St.; 212-705-2000).
The Hippie Shoe of the Year
Retire your flip-flops and Indian sandals; this summer’s comfortable alternative is Matt Bernson’s leather “love” sandal, which comes in four colors and is exceedingly easy on the feet ($88 at CP Shades, 60 Grand St., nr. W. Broadway; 212-226-4434).