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Current by Susan Martin

Well grounded

Beverage stakes that stick in the lawn are catching our eye this summer. Some are designed to hold wine or champagne glasses; others, wine or beer bottles.

We’ve seen versions of them at Premier Gourmet in Amherst and on the Pottery Barn website. We’ve also seen them dressed up a bit with butterfly, ladybug, dragonfly and leaf designs on the cover of the Wind & Weather catalog – the Late Summer edition.

“Perfect for reducing wasteful spillage,” the captions reads. No table – or balancing skills – needed.

Fashion tip

Getting dressed for the office in the summer can be tricky, especially when anything too beachy – flip flops or cropped tops, for example – is definitely not acceptable.

Here is a tip from ShopAtHome.com: Don a pair of cropped pants with heels and you’ll give a suit jacket a lighter feel that is just right for hot days.

One option: the 7th Avenue slim straight crop pant from New York & Company, nyandcompany.com.

Fine dining

The White House’s State Dining Room has received a makeover – after three years of work by Michelle Obama and the Committee for the Preservation of the White House. Here are a few highlights of the refurbished room, as reported in the Washington Post:

“The major new statement is at the windows: elegant, sumptuously swagged striped draperies in bold peacock blue and ecru, suspended from thick carved, gilded poles. These colors should go very nicely, by the way, with the new Obama state china service in Kailua blue, unveiled in April,” wrote Jura Koncius.

Thirty-four new stately mahogany chairs inspired by ones from the Monroe era, a blue-green rug woven with wreath motifs and oak leaves inspired by the ceiling plasterwork and walls and detailed moldings “artfully repainted and glazed in several shades of white to highlight the architecture” are also part of the decor.

“All in all, it looks like a room rocking an awesome new party dress,” Koncius concluded.

And finally ...

“Ask a woman about her hair, and she just might tell you the story of her life.”

From the introduction to “Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession” edited by Elizabeth Benedict and including essays from Anne Lamott, Rosie Schaap and others (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill). On sale Sept. 29.