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Mochi, summer nail polish and Polka Dot Picasso

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DESSERT | Are you looking to spice up a hot summer night with a new treat of the week? Give mochi ice cream a try. Mochi, a Japanese dessert comprised of a gummy rice cake covering a ball of ice cream and sprinkled with a light powdery coating, has made its way to Spokane. It can be found on the dessert menu at NUDO Ramen House or in the frozen section at Trader Joe's. Let me sum up Mochi in one word: Yum.

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PAINTING | A little bit of Pablo Picasso has arrived in Spokane. Polka Dot Pottery is now offering a new creative outlet for inspired artists — canvas painting. The addition, Polka Dot Picasso, offers guided lessons for painting anything from a whimsical vase of flowers to a colorful peacock. Polka Dot Picasso Kids summer camps are also offered for budding artists. As said by Picasso, "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." Head out to one of the three Spokane Polka Dot Pottery studios or try the new Coeur d'Alene location to find your inner artist.

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NAIL POLISH | The circle of life, like the circle of fashion, is continually evolving. This summer, Essie Cosmetics is advancing the cycle by urging us to "stay haute in the heat" with the summer 2014 nail color collection. If you, like me, feel naked without a fresh coat of color on your toes, consider adding these trendy colors to your regular pedicure routine. The six fresh hues — including a bold turquoise, a crisp pale pink and an unusually daring shade of brown — will spruce up your summer look and complement any style. Find your color at any major drugstore for $8.50. ♦

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