A-List: September 2011

BEST BETS FOR SEPTEMBER



Published:

PERFUME // A woman should change her fragrance as often as she changes her handbag: seasonally. The transition from summer to autumn suggests an aromatic switch from subtle and fresh to a scent that’s a bit more noticeable. With a blend of floral and musk, complemented by fragrant notes of sandalwood and leather, Fendi for Women smells like autumn. At Saks Fifth Avenue; saksfifthavenue.com.

 

PEEPERS // As if long-wearing, crease-resistant, and pretty weren’t enough, Clinique amped up the appeal of its new Lid Smoothie Antioxidant 8-Hour Eye Colour by adding a skin-nourishing element, which, the cosmetic maker says, helps rejuvenate the delicate eye area. Shades have cheeky names: Cashew Later, Cute-cumber, Born Freesia (pictured). At area cosmetic counters; clinique.com.

 

 

POTATOES //  When farmers give you spuds, make potato chips. That’s the business plan of Great Lakes Potato Chips, which is now selling its three varieties of gourmet chips in Plum Markets, Westborn Markets, and other metro Detroit groceries. The Traverse City-based company uses Michigan potatoes and spices to make its skin-on, kettle-cooked chips in three flavors: original, barbecue, and salt and vinegar. greatlakespotatochips.com.

 

 

PERKS //  Java connoisseurs won’t settle for the same old grind, which may explain the allure of Jamaica Blue Mountain beans. It’s ultra-smooth, lower in acidity and caffeine — and tough to find because licensed importers are rare. So when Chadwick Conte’s Roseville-based C & C Specialty Coffee was approved to sell it (one of only two in Michigan), coffee lovers perked up. At $40 a pound (less if you order more), it might make a bean counter out of you, but it pays off in flavor. (Shipping is free.) At ccspecialtycoffee.com.

 

PLIABLE // To borrow a song title, this affordable wire bauble says, “Bend Me, Shape Me Anyway You Want Me.” The flexible nature of this bracelet, which also works as a necklace, allows wearers to form the accessory to their own liking and dimensions. At just $16, buying more than one of the available metallic shades is still practical. Studio Sandra, 415 E. Fourth St., #B, Royal Oak; 248-990-1630.

 

  

PLASTIC // In Birmingham’s bustling Rail District, the new kid on the block is all about blocks. At the Robot Garage, anyone with a free afternoon can build a robot — or any other 3-D construction. The Garage offers programs, parties, contests, and camps for hands-on types of all ages and skills. Courses are tailored to varying age groups, from elementary to high school, with subjects ranging from robots to vehicle and city design. Materials include towers of Lego bricks and electric motors. 637 S. Eton; therobotgarage.com.

 


Like what you've read? Be sure to "Like" us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

A Fresh Take

Elements of modern, Scandinavian, and rustic design inspire this season’s most enchanting tablescapes

All of the Lights

Neutral-colored packaging and warm notes — fall candles make for a cozy night in

A-List: Red Alert

Add some fire to your fall wardrobe with brilliant cherry baubles, moody merlot mules, and more

Your Must-Have Packing List for End-of-Summer Travels

Make end-of-season wanderlust simple with these carry-on essentials

7 Local Brews That Look as Good as They Taste

Celebrate Michigan Craft Beer Month with these artfully designed brews
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Best Dressed 2018
    Pulling back the curtain on this year’s selection of the region’s most stylish denizens
  2. Keeping Up with Sheefy McFly
    The multitalented visual artist and musician is ubiquitous in the Motor City
  3. Excellence in Care: Beaumont Health
    Hour Detroit presented Beaumont Health with an Excellence in Care Award for this extraordinary...
  4. Gathering Spot
    Eastern Market restaurant finds its groove after a rocky beginning
  5. Food Recipe: Barbecue Mac & Cheese
    Vast Kitchen and Bar executive chef, Jordan Gillis, upgrades the comfort staple
  6. Sanctuary for the Senses
    Castalia in Midtown offers a cocktail experience unlike any other
  7. Excellence in Care: St. Joseph Mercy Health
    Hour Detroit presented St. Joseph Mercy Health with an Excellence in Care Award for this...
  8. Deeply Rooted
    Influenced by their ancestors, Native American artists celebrate indigenous culture through...
  9. The Sincere Storyteller
    Broadway fans will soon learn, playwright Dominique Morisseau’s work is unapologetically Detroit
  10. God-Given Talent
    A local choir sings its way to live television