The best of...fall velvet
Herschel Supply Co. Hanson Backpack
“’Tis the season for velvet.” This drawcord backpack is perfect for hauling gear during the day, yet won’t look out of place at a holiday party. It has a nylon liner and a side-access, zippered storage sleeve.
Topshop Unique Printed Minidress
Designers love velvet because the “feel-good fabric” easily adds a bit of luxury to everyday outfits. This squarenecked velvet minidress is printed with a scene from Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale.
Source: Financial Times
Concrete and Water Hand-Dyed Pants
Velvet trousers are available in a wide variety of cuts this fall. Swap your skinny jeans for these high-waisted, wide-leg pants, which combine easy comfort with a 1970s silhouette and unique dye pattern.
Source: New York Times
River Island Velvet Cami Top
For more affordable velvet, try a lace-trimmed cami in vivid lime. It looks great under a blazer or paired with skinny pants. If you’re feeling particularly luxe, it can also serve as a plush pajama top.
Tom Ford Velvet High-Tops
Men can rock velvet, too—in a designer sneaker that’s “the ultimate balance of playboy and practical.” With jeans or a suit, Tom Ford’s high-tops channel “just the right amount of decadence.”
Tip of the week...
Five clever uses for aluminum foil
▪ Sharpen scissors. Hone dull scissors by folding a piece of foil into quarters and cutting through it several times.
▪ Remove rust. Crumple foil into a wad and use it to scrub rust from car chrome or household items. Aluminum is softer than steel, so it won’t scratch the chrome surface.
▪ Make a funnel. Fold a sheet of foil twice on a diagonal to create a cone, then cut the tip to create a small hole. Use your makeshift funnel to transfer liquids into jars or bottles with narrow openings.
▪ Speed up ironing. Place a layer of foil under your ironing-board cover. Because aluminum reflects heat, it will help with pressing out wrinkles.
▪ Guard against paint drips. Ready to paint but you have no tape for masking? Aluminum foil can be used before you start painting to wrap doorknobs, drawer handles, and other hardware.
Source: Woman’s Day
And for those who have everything...
Behold “the world’s most luxurious personal submarine.” The Aurora-6, built for the superyacht crowd by California-based Seamagine, seats a pilot and five passengers, including three in the leather swivel chairs in its rear “guest lounge.” There’s also a toilet in the hull. The sub is rated for depths of 3,300 feet and can remain undersea for as long as eight hours. And you may want all that time, thanks to the unobstructed views provided by the craft’s large acrylic domes. They “provide the sensation of entering the underwater world, as opposed to simply observing it.”
$5 million, seamagine.com
For bus and train commuters
▪ Citymapper actively tracks public transportation lines to warn you of delays, explain the cause, and recommend alternative routes.
▪ Pocket helps you collect news stories and other articles for later reading. They’ll be all in one place for the commute home, and you can access them without being online.
▪ Instapaper performs essentially the same job as Pocket, but it also lets you highlight text and email, message, or tweet directly from the app.
▪ Longform gathers excellent feature-length stories from various print and online publications and regularly updates its curated list.
▪ Headspace, a popular meditation app, offers meditations tailored for commutes, including for commuters who walk.
▪ Starbucks saves you time when you’re grabbing your coffee: Order and pay while on the move, and your grande will be waiting at the counter.