March Best Bets

Spring is all about fresh starts, so get planting, cooking, or shopping

 

SAKS’ Sacks

This month, Chanel and Gucci have a little competition for the title of “it bag.” For a limited time, beginning March 12, all Saks Fifth Avenue stores will offer special “Want It” shopping bags designed by pop-culture artist Shepard Fairey, who is best known for his iconic portrait of Barack Obama. Limited-edition “Want It” bags will hold customers’ purchases while supplies last. The bags are part of Saks’ counterculture campaign, which will feature cutting-edge images throughout SFA stores nationwide. saks.com.

 

Wing Bling

Red Wing fans who prefer baubles to oversize hockey jerseys might want to sport the unofficial team mascot in the form of an 18-karat gold Tiffany octopus charm set with diamond “ice” eyes. $425, at Tiffany & Co., Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-637-2800, tiffany.com.

 

 

Grub ‘Med’

Between getting a journalism degree at Columbia and settling into domesticity in Virginia, Domenica Marchetti was a news reporter in Detroit. After hours, she was known for her culinary finesse. Now she’s found a happy blend of writing and cooking. Big Night In: More Than 100 Wonderful Recipes for Feeding Family and Friends Italian-Style (Chronicle Books, $24.95) is her latest cookbook, one that reflects the Italian traditions of her childhood. Big Night’s photos inspire readers to cook, while the recipes make you want to entertain. Check out the Pasta Timballo. domenicacooks.com

 

Spring Forward

St. Patrick’s Day is the traditional time to plant sweet peas — those ruffled, climbing annual bloomers that perfume the air of classic cottage gardens. Local gardening maven Janet Macunovich says planting seeds in March requires soil that’s ready, like the earth in an existing vegetable plot. “Scrape away any snow, push the peas into the soil 1/2 to 1 inch deep, and leave them be,” Macunovich says. “A friend of mine used to make a ritual of it, a coming-out-of-winter rite.” For seeds, check englishgardens.com.

 

DEE-LISH Scones

It takes a lot of moxie to name your food business Just Delicious, but in the case of Just Delicious Scones, the name is apt. The bakery and catering company, run by Grosse Pointers Jennifer Stockwell and Darcy Towns, produce moist, flavorful scones, not the dry cannonballs some people associate with the confection. Even Clint Eastwood got a hankering for them while he was in town last summer filming Gran Torino. Sold at the Just Delicious shop in Grosse Pointe Park; Nordstrom Espresso Bar at Somerset Collection and Twelve Oaks; the Chocolate Bar Café in Grosse Pointe Woods; Café DIA and the Bearclaw at Fort Shelby Doubletree, in Detroit; or at justdeliciousscones.com. 15110 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Park; 313-823-8425. “Sky Blue” Bellezza Tuscan plate, $32, from The Italian Dish, Birmingham; 248-593-8299.

 

Locks Key

Straight manes are often envied by those with curly locks. But restricting ringlets can require arm-aching hours in front of the mirror. As the weather turns lovely, why spend more time than necessary taming tresses? Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy, available at Center Street Salon in Royal Oak, offers relief. As our staff tester found, Keratin eliminated frizz, leaving strands smooth through five months of shampooing — even when hair is exposed to humidity.

 

 

Photographs by Scott Breithaupt

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