Want This: Summery Striped Beach Totes

Plus writers on life-changing albums and 70% off dresses and more at Alice + Olivia

REAL SIMPLE: The simple stripe combos woven through these cotton/hemp Transylvanian Images totes recall those wonderfully old-school canvas deck chairs – and as such, they scream summer. Perfect for your beach novel and a pair of worn-in espadrilles. $24 at Rare Device, 453 7th Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-301-6375; and online at raredevice.net.

SPUN: Which album made you who you are, and why? That’s the question 20 writers tackled for the anthology "Heavy Rotation: 20 Writers On The Albums That Changed Their Lives," just released from Harper Collins. The answers – about everything from the Talking Heads to the Hedwig and the Angry Inch soundtrack – may surprise but will no doubt delight you. $14; more information here.

SUMMERY: Merch gets slashed by up to 70 percent at the Alice + Olivia sample sale going on through June 26. So if you have nothing to wear to your July 4th bbq in Amagansett, don’t come crying to us. 80 West 40th Street at Sixth Avenue; 212-840-0887.

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