A-List: September 2011


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.


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