QUANDARY: You keep getting kicked out of bars because, lacking imagination, you ask bartenders to “surprise” you with a drink.
THE FIX: Order a gimlet. Forget fruity tropical drinks with umbrellas. The sugar will leave you more thirsty than when you began. And drinking beer in the summer just makes you sleepy. (Remember that headache after the last daylong outdoor concert?) It’s time to bring back the gimlet—that’s gin and Rose’s lime juice to those of you born after 1940. Shaken or on the rocks, the gimlet is the drink of summer. You won’t regret it.
QUANDARY: Yeah, yeah, you know sunscreen will help you avoid skin cancer and premature wrinkles. But your skin is more sensitive than a magnolia blossom. And when you sweat, sunscreen stings your eyes.
THE FIX: According to Dr. Leslie Baumann, a University of Miami dermatologist who writes skin-care tips for Yahoo.com, people with sensitive skin should apply “physical” sunscreens that remain on the skin’s surface and depend on ingredients zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to reflect light. These screens work differently than “chemical” creams that protect skin by absorbing radiation and then dissipating it safely, Baumann says. Physical sunscreens are recommended for people with sensitive skin and even better, they do not sting your eyes when you’re working out. Try Blue Lizard Australian Suncream (SPF30) but don’t freak out when it goes on white. The stuff soaks in and disappears in a minute.
QUANDARY: You would rather amputate your feet than wear yet another pair of flip-flops.n
the Fix: Get your gladiator on. Every fashion Website is trumpeting the return of the gladiator sandal this summer. Styles range from cute flats in leather and jellies-like rubber to dressier high-heeled platforms. Go spendy for BCBG, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs (upwards of $80 a pair), available at major department stores Nordstrom, Macy’s and Dillard’s. Or find impressive knock-offs at Target stores. Also, DSW stores in Midvale, South Jordan and Layton (dsw.com) stock designer glads at lower prices. All hail Caesar …n
QUANDARY: It’s 103 degrees outside. What’s a girl to wear?
THE FIX: Ever seen those little one-piece T-shirts that babies wear, better known as “onesies?” They make them for women. Big-girl onesies come in an assortment of fabrics—soft cotton, linen and other loose weaves. Soft and billowy, they combine the best features of a skirt and shorts, and are pretty adorable. (A minor inconvenience: you have to unbutton the whole thing to go to the bathroom.)
Urban Outfitters, The Gateway, 12 S. 400 West, 456-2455, UrbanOutfitters.com
QUANDARY: You need a new swimsuit, but don’t fancy spending $100-plus for another skimpy, slutty-looking bikini.
THE FIX: Search out a vintage one-piece at your favorite thrift store (Deseret Industries, Savers, or assorted vintage shops). Stop at the fabric store on the way home. Buy enough absorbent cotton fabric for a new lining. Cut out the old lining from the crotch. Replace with new fabric. Hip clothing stores are charging upwards of $80 for one of these Betty Grable-era suits, but you can have one for a few bucks and by adding your own ingenuity.
QUANDARY: Your frozen summer treats are bo-ring.n
THE FIX: The “Glacier” from Millie’s Burgers, a brilliant combination of those old standbys flavored slush and soft ice cream—no, we can’t believe we never thought of it, either. Try an orange topped with vanilla for a tasty facsimile of a classic Creamsicle (not the alcoholic drink … but, with a little vodka, who knows?), or go grape and instantly lament all those summers you wasted sucking on lame-ass Slurpees.
QUANDARY: The thought of cooking in this summer heat is making your head explode.
THE FIX: Trundle on over to Tony Caputo’s Market and Deli at 308 W. 300 South for one of several tasty take-home salads. Highly recommended: the Caprese; $5.25 (traditional blending of mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, sweet basil, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.) Or, make your own Italian Bread Salad, a Tuscan favorite. You can round up all the ingredients by mid-summer at area farmers markets, and you’ll never have to turn on the oven.
Italian Bread Salad
2 large ripe tomatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
1 small cucumber, peeled and diced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, very finely minced
1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces with your hands
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, plus more as needed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
8 thick slices country style Italian bread, day-old and torn into bite-size pieces
1. In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, garlic and basil. Drizzle with the 1/2 cup olive oil and the 3 tbsp vinegar, season with salt and pepper and toss well.
2. Place half of the bread in a wide, shallow bowl.
3. Spoon half of the tomato mixture over the bread. Layer the remaining bread on top and then the remaining tomato mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour or until serving time. Just before serving, toss the salad and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper. The bread should have absorbed the water from the tomatoes and be all moist. If the bread seems dry, add a little more olive oil and toss well. Serve immediately. Serves 4.
QUANDARY: You’ve been meaning to get out and enjoy the great outdoors but you’re a lush.n
THE FIX: Hit the road for some of Moab’s award-winning wineries. Southern Utah is undoubtedly a natural wonder for its painted canyons, beautiful vistas and spectacular hiking and mountain biking. Its sunny climes also produce some award winning grapes, which locals have used in the creation of two superb wineries. The Spanish Valley Vineyards and Winery, Moab’s only estate winery is located just minutes from downtown Moab and offers free tours of the vineyards as well as a wine sampling room. The Castle Creek Winery, nestled along the banks of the Colorado River, 15 miles outside of town, boasts more than 30 award-winning wines from its own vineyards. It features an impressive array of Pinot Noirs, Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots and all within the Red Cliffs Lodge, a sophisticated resort that offers biking, rafting and hiking excursions in the surrounding country. Whatever your grape of choice, any wine or winery you visit will have something delicious to pair with the beautiful scenery of the nearby Arches National Park or the stunning Fisher Towers. Of course, drink responsibly, and don’t let friends drink and drive, or for that matter, drink and hike—it’s just not fun.