Perk up your wardrobe this season with one simple accessory, a
scarf from good charma's Wish 4 Peace line, goodcharma.com. The scarves, designed with a
Balinese influence, offer pretty, punchy prints that home in on
peace, love and goodness. Check out Fab Mama's favorites: Red
Buddha, Grass Green Skull and Coffee Owl. The company also offers
plenty of funky jewelry made mostly of charms meant to bring their
bearer good fortune. Good charma's Wish 4 Peace scarves range from
$85-$110. Everyone needs a little "om"-inspired look in their
Trips around the city with your little one just got a little
easier, thanks to Taga's multifunctional vehicle. Part bike, part
stroller, this Dutch-made three-wheeled carrier bike is quite
brilliant. Switching from bike to stroller is fairly simple and
takes about 20 seconds, even with a napping child. Taga, tagabikes.com,
allows you to take a ride with your little one through the local
park, where the forward-facing kid seat makes it perfect for
pointing out the flora and fauna, then go shopping downtown.
The seat comes with a five-point harness, front safety bar and
head cushion and weighs about 45 pounds. Although this bike is a
little on the pricey side, $1,495, you can think about it as an
Taga is ideal for kids 6 months to 6 years. Once your kids grow
out of the seat, you can add on a shopping basket, $229, which is
perfect for visits to the market. There are currently seven
add-ons, ranging in price from $15 to $629, including a wagon seat,
car seat adapter and an additional seat for a second child.
Get ready to be the envy of the neighborhood.
With back-to-school season in full swing, you deserve a break,
and so do your gal pals. Walk away from the whining and head to the
InterContinental Hotel for serious studying at ENO-Versity, enowinerooms.com. There you'll have lessons on
the complex flavors of different wines and examine firsthand the
art of savoring fine chocolates and cheeses. It's tough work and
you're just the woman to do it.
The cheeses and chocolates are regional, while most of the wines
are from small productions, chosen by ENO's senior wine director,
Scott Harney. On Sept. 13, Harney will offer Harvest Time!
ENO-Versity, which covers wine making. As you learn what it takes
to get the wine from the grape vine to your glass, you and your gal
pals will make your own blend of red wine. The class is $35 and
begins at 7 p.m. Reservations are required.
ENO-Versity classes take place once a month and tend to fill up.
If you can't make the class, stop by and make up your own
mini-lesson plan with wine, cheese and chocolate, or ask about
future classes. Who knows, even your honey might enjoy this
It's not often you buy a candle that smells wonderful, is good
for the environment and helps local women. But thanks to two women
who believe in helping women break the cycle of poverty, now you
can. Three years ago Stephanie Wernet, a mom of two, teamed up with
Joan Pikus and created Bright Endeavors, brightendeavors.org, a social enterprise
company that creates spa candle tins, eco-friendly candles and
custom gifts under its Dreambean line.
Each year, the program works with inner- city and homeless women
and mothers who want to better their lives.
"Our hope would be that they would have a renewed or new sense
of self and … accomplishment," says Wernet of the program. "We
thought that could be the foundation for the next step for
them-with the ultimate goal to be finding permanent
The candles in the Recycled Bottle Collection are made from
vegetable waxes, mainly soy, and are poured into reclaimed wine,
beer and soda bottles. The eco-candles are available for
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