A-List: April 2012

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First, Ralph Lauren unveiled The Big Pony Collection of men’s fragrances. Now it’s the women’s turn. The quartet of four scents, in different-colored bottles, are numbered — No. 1, Sporty, is infused with grapefruit and blue lotus; No. 2, Sensual, is redolent of cranberry and tonka mousse; No. 3, Free-Spirited, smells of pear and mimosa; and No. 4, Stylish, has a cherry and purple-amber fragrance. The launch coincides with the introduction of a Big Pony Women’s Fashion Collection.

$70/100 ml, at department-store fragrance counters.

 

One year after the release of Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum comes Jimmy Choo Eau de Toilette, a fruity, floral scent. Designed to go from work to play, the fragrance has a green top with notes of ginger and softer notes of tea rose and tiger orchid with a vibrant layer of cedar. The effect is one of glamour, not unlike wearing the famed shoes of the same name. Suitably pretty is the Murano-glass inspired iridescent bottle.

$85/3.3 ounces, at Saks Fifth Avenue, Troy;  248-643-9000; saksfifthavenue.com.

 

Few streets can claim to be as colorful or as storied as Cass Avenue. Detroit’s Cass Corridor, by Armando Delicato and Elias Khalil (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99), chronicles the avenue from the late 19th century, when it was lined with spacious homes, to its decline into seediness in the post-World War II era, to its resurgence as an artistic enclave in the 1960s. Like the rest of Midtown, the Corridor is again on an upswing. The book is teeming with photos, accompanied by informative captions.

At area bookstores, also arcadiapublishing.com.

 

The Seven Year Pen allows you to write love letters while also showing affection for Mother Earth (using recycled paper, of course). Because Americans generate 56 tons of trash annually and an estimated 100 million pens are discarded daily, it seems smart to use a tool that contains enough ink to jot the equivalent of more than 5 feet of words daily for seven years (six times longer than a Bic, the maker claims).

$7.50, at Write Impressions, Royal Oak; 248-541-8921, also seltzergoods.com.

 

Macramé-braided bracelets by Shamballa Jewels — with their Scandinavian and ancient Indian-meditation inspired designs — have unearthed a demand for accessories with spirit. From 18-karat golden balls sprinkled with diamonds to solid beads made of oil-black onyx and exotic woods, prices can range from $2,500 to $69,000 for Shamballa designs, but local boutiques are featuring their own take on the jewels to get the look for less.

$18-$44. Iklektikk, Royal Oak; 248-398-9200, $100. Tapper’s, Somerset Collection North, Troy; 248-649-2000, also shamballajewels.com.

 

Founded in 1926, the Holland Bowl Mill (HBM), in Holland, Mich., is the largest and one of just a few remaining commercial producers of turned wooden bowls in the country. Handmade from a solid piece of mature hardwood, each bowl is still crafted as it was nearly 150 years ago. HBM bowls are sealed with a blend of beeswax and food-safe oils and come with a lifetime guarantee. Prices vary by size, at Nest, Detroit;

313-831-9776, also hollandbowlmill.com.

 


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