TELL YOUR SWEETIE (Sweetest Day is Oct. 20) he’s “the greatest” and that he’s “looking sharp,” all while helping him stay smelling soapy sweet. Graphic soaps from Izola have packaging with male appeal (a rarity in toiletries) and an affordable price that lets you fill a nice wire basket with bars for his private bath. $9; izola.com.
OCTOBER’S EARTHY AIR and chilly nights have us seeking the comforts of heavier textiles. It’s fitting, then, that Thierry Mugler Parfums is launching scents for men and women that have been aged for a month in leather tanks. This month, for its 20th anniversary, Mugler is reinterpreting its seductive Alien and Angel fragrances. Leather aging reinterprets the popular Angel Parfum. Also, the new women’s Alien Fragrance of Leather has an amber, woody, floral aroma rounded off by dry-fruit accents. A*Men Pure Leather has an Oriental, woody, vigorous scent. $88. Available this month at Saks Fifth Avenue, Troy; 248-643-9000.
HERMES’ 4 TEMPS SQUARE-KNIT SILK TIE is reversible to four colors, making it especially appealing to practical dressers and the fashionably fickle. With four color options, it’s also useful for jet-setters who like to travel light. Available in these combinations: burgundy/slate-gray/pink/gray; gray/bronze/chocolate/turquoise; tomette (terra cotta)/cigar/gray-blue/clay; and taupe/navy/chocolate/orange. $250; hermes.com.
WITH THE LONDON OLYMPICS a memory and bereft Anglophiles in need of a British fix, there’s Living in Style London, edited by Geraldine and Monika Apponyi with a forward by HRH Princess Michael of Kent, an interior designer and member of the British Royal family. The 220-page coffee-table tome features 237 color photographs of London interiors from the stately to the contemporary with, of course, characteristic English eccentricity. The style series of books by TeNeues Publishing Group also includes Paris and New York versions. $59.99, at Lori Karbal, Birmingham; 248-258-1959.
THE ADAGE “a moment on your lips, forever on your hips” applies to Halloween treats, unless, that is, it’s just a “taste.” I Love Candy Corn high-gloss flavored lip shine by Philosophy tells calories to kiss off. $10, at Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Sephora inside J.C. Penney; philosophy.com.
ASIDE FROM MATTHEW STAFFORD, Calvin Johnson, and the fist-pumping Jim Schwartz, Lions fans may not know much about the history of their team. Paula Pasche has assembled the stories, traditions, breakdowns, and busts of the team in 100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Triumph Books). Highlights include the 1957 NFL Championship win, Briggs Stadium days, and the Barry Sanders era. Consider this book a heaping helping of local sports to accompany the upcoming Thanksgiving Day game. $14.95; amazon.com.