MUTED: How fabulously Hitchcockian-heroine is this Sheryl retro handbag with turnlock closure? Use it to hide the evidence. Or a really blinding shade of red lipstick. Bonus: The man-made material is entirely cruelty-free. $48 at Fred Flare, 131 Meserole Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn; 718-349-1257.
GIRL TALK: Jennifer Weiner’s breakthrough novel ‘Good in Bed’ reset the bar for smart chick-lit that’s both unafraid to tackle the heavy stuff and a fully entertaining beach read. Her just-released ‘Best Friends Forever’ (Atria) – about two women whose loyalty is tested by betrayal and the sheer passage of years -- promises the same ride. $26.99, available at Strand Books, 828 Broadway, 212-473-1452.
TIPPLE ON THE GO: Just because the 6 oz., leather-and-stainless set from Apartment 48 is called an English Hunting Flask doesn’t mean it can’t accompany you on picnics to the shores of Fire Island or Westport. Discretion assured. $48 at Apartment 48, 12 West 17th Street; 212-807-1391.