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Inspired by vintage mercury glass, Aspen Bay Candles’ new Capri Blue Mercury Found Glass candle features an antiqued finish that delivers a warm glow when the wick is lit. Choose from alluring fragrances like Sheer Peony, Tea Blossoms and Tuscan Sun. aspenbaycandles.com —L.A.
Good for fashion and the earth, the Raindrops Earrings from World Shoppe are a fair trade commodity made by a group of 18 artisans in South Africa. The fluidlike delicate dangles are composed of copper and brass materials.
Off the Cuff
Founded by designer Suzan Lee Paek, Jessica Grant is a luxurious line of handbags and accessories that are classic and elegant with a modern edge. We love the newest addition to the collection: bright and colorful cuff bracelets made with exotic skins like crocodile and ostrich sourced from Colombia and South Africa. jessicagranthandbags.com —L.A.
All That Glitters
Make the skin sparkle with the edgy yet ultrafeminine pure gold and silver Gold Sin Jewels temporary tattoos from Genefinity. Made in Italy, the innovative tattoos are created using cutting-edge nano-technology that’s typically utilized in the biomedical industry. The tattoos are available in a range of designs, such as floral motifs for the ankles, arms and chest, and Kanji—Chinese characters symbolizing love and joy—which are perfect for wrists and shoulder blades. The two-dimensional jewels are safe for the skin and designed to last between three to seven days. goldsinjewels.com —J.T.
That’s A Wrap
The turban resurgence that made headlines last year shows no signs of abating. This time around, the look was the order of the day on the spring 2012 catwalks of Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui and Luca Luca, who used the ultrahip accessory to make a stylish statement. Guess it’s time to embrace hat hair! —K.D.
Helen Kaminski’s Nida bag, from the designer’s spring collection, is the perfect accent to this season’s breezy dresses and colorful prints. Made of crocheted Madagascar raffia that is sustainably harvested, the stylish carry-all features Lurex-flecked cotton rope handles, a suede tassel and a decorative wooden bead accented with snake-embossed leather. The bag is available in small and medium sizes. helenkaminski.com —L.A.
Main Squeeze Summer is all about radiant, youthful-looking complexions and one of the best ways to get the look is with skincare that’s akin to a vitamin for the face. Enter Truth Serum Collagen Booster from Ole Henriksen, whose Hollywood, CA, Face/Body Spa is a haven of rejuvenation for A-listers. The high-powered vitamin C elixir helps smooth out lines and wrinkles while preventing further damage. Its counterpart, Truth Crème Advanced Hydration, combines cutting-edge technology with collagen-stimulating palmitoyl tripeptide-5 and a multiple-fruit extract to deliver unparalleled skin hydration. olehenriksen.com —K.D.
Bring on the scent of summer with FarmHouse Fresh’s new Front Porch Punch Shea Butter Soap, featuring a fruity aroma of mango, melon, strawberry and grapefruit. Beyond moisturizing skin with a blend of 97 percent natural ingredients including shea butter and olive and sweet almond oils, the paraben- and sulfate-free soap is packaged in a mini natural flowerpot containing a small soil pellet and a bag of wildflower seeds—perfect for windowsill planting. farmhousefreshgoods
Web Master Come summer, The Amazing Spider-Man swings into theaters, and OPI will be along for the ride with a new limited-edition nail lacquer collection of six shades and one shatter inspired by the Columbia Pictures film. “The colors capture the movie’s exciting atmosphere, with standout shades like Into the Night, a deep shimmering blue, and Just Spotted the Lizard, a metallic golden green,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI executive vice president and artistic director. Also likely to be a hit: Shatter the Scales, a deep green shimmer Shatter coat. opi.com —K.D.
Scent & the City
New York City-based fragrance company Bond No. 9 has delivered yet another dazzling aroma in an equally alluring purple houndstooth package. The floral bouquet-meets-woody-musk scent of Central Park West will beckon clients to lighten up their springtime scent as they embark on a sensory journey to a Manhattan landmark. If that’s not enticing enough, the bottle is adorned with a pink floral blossom that can be worn as a brooch. bondno9.com —M.R.
After a long stay in the United States, Parisian-based art director and graphic designer Vahram Muratyan launched his first blog in the fall of 2010, an online travel journal comparing the many attributes of Paris and New York City. The popular blog, which garnered more than 1.5 million page views in the first few months, spawned Paris Versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities (Penguin, 2012), an engaging little coffee table book full of colorful graphics and clever tag lines. Ponder the advantages of la bise (the kiss) versus the handshake or debate the merits of the baguette as opposed to the bagel. —L.A.
Sisters Heidi and Susie Bauer drew on motifs from their 1960s and ’70s childhoods
to design their Rock Scissor Paper collection of note cards, stationery, invitations, journals and coasters. The bright florals and whimsical images evoke the happiest vibes of that bygone era, while printing with soy-based inks on recycled paper exemplifies 21st century eco-chic. rockscissorpaper.com —K.F.