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A Guide to Enjoying LA’s Indian Summer

Triple-Digit Fall Temperatures Send Angelenos Flocking to the Beach and Pool
Labor Day signals the official end of summer, but don’t stow your beach togs yet. In LA, hot weather and summer fun goes on at the beach and pool into autumn.

Who Wear’s Shorty Shorts?
Kids love splashing in the waves no matter the season. As the water gets colder, keep them toasty in a Konfidence shorty or child wetsuit. The soft, flexible 100-percent UV protection neoprene fabric will keep them warm in and out of the water. $36.99 to $59.99, For the stylin’ boys of endless summer, quick-drying microfiber swim trucks by Australian brand Tom and Teddy will withstand seasons of and salt and chlorine year after year with quality and smart design, like durable double stitching, two pockets, rear eyelets for air circulation and comfortable 100 percent cotton mesh lining. Boys sizes 1-12 years, $49.95. Also available in men’s sizes small through XXL, $84.95 at



Suit Beer Float
Grab your bathing suit, best squeeze and a cold one and hop on the Pool and Beach 2Up Lounge by Sportstuff, $59.99, This stylish blow-up lounger has a molded cup holder for your fave beverage and side-by-side mesh seats with a comfy back rest, and its thick, durable 20 gauge K80 construction ensures long life. Have a party by linking up other lounges with the integrated connectors. Feeling like a little more me time? Sail solo in the Fiji Float by Airhead, $19.99, twoupfloatieBuilt for the pool or lake with durable vinyl and welded seams, this single-seat lounge features a mesh bottom to keep you cool and a molded drink holder, and if you get lonely, you can hook up with other floats using the side-mounted rope anchors.


Sandy Places

That pesky sand gets in the darndest places. Brush if off with SandGone, a pleasant-smelling, non-toxic dry powdery solution to removing sand that gets stuck everywhere you don’t want it to be. Apply the talc with the included soft puff and watch the sand fall off. Great to use all over after a day on the beach or on sandy feet before getting into the car. 8 oz. jar, $12.95.


Just Plane Fun

Forget the remote controls and batteries, Sky Riders old-fashioned foam flyers by Kids Only, a division of JAKKS Pacific, Inc., take fun to new heights. Great for the beach or park, the colorful lightweight foam material makes them easy to launch, and the aerodynamic design lifts them into the sky to loop and glide. Available in 24”, 36” and 48” wingspans. Ages 3 and up. $7.99- $14.99, Toys R Us, RiteAid, and Bed Bath and Beyond.Sky-Riders-Patriot-Foam-Glider-1366051381

Cover Up

It’s true what your mom told you about getting a sunburn, no matter the season, no matter if the sun is shining. Cloudy day or bright and sunny, be safe and slather on sunscreen year-round to protect your skin. The new hypoallergenic, fragrance-free 50-SPF Coppertone Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion is perfect for any season, without a heavy coconutty smell or oily feel, and it lasts for 80 minutes and is water resistant. 6 oz., $10.00 at Kmart.

Hydrate or Dry

Refresh and hydrate yourself with HINT Premium Essence Water, a great alternative to sugary beverages and sodas that leave you thirstier.  With a “hint” of flavor, this delicious drinking water comes in Watermelon, Blackberry, Pomegranate-Tangerine, Strawberry-Kiwi, Raspberry-Lime, Mango-Grapefruit, Lime, Pear, Honeydew-Hibiscus and Cucumber.   12 pack, $16.66-$20.68,



Go Nuts, and Berries

Forget fast food and pack along fast energy food instead.  USANA all-natural energy and nutrition bars, like the taste Go Nuts ‘n’ Berries Nutrition Bar, are loaded with ingredients like peanuts, almonds, chia, flaxseeds, raisins and cranberries, without gluten, soy or dairy, to provide you with the fuel you need to power you up for swimming laps, body surfing, and all your outdoor activities. Box of 14 bars, $31.85.

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