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Potent natural products and floral-inspired pretties

1. Lip and cheek illuminator, $30, Fine-One-One, Benefit cosmetics, available at Sephora, Kenwood Towne Center, 7875 Montgomery Road, Kenwood. 2. Soap, $6 each, all-natural and locally made, Orange Fuzz3. Parfum d’ Extase eau de parfum, $85, the first perfume by Marchesa, available at Sephora, Kenwood Towne Center, 7875 Montgomery Road, Kenwood. 4. Eyeshadow, $8, all-natural and hand-mixed, Blink Makeup Studio, Northside International Airport, 4029 Hamilton Ave., Northside, blinkmakeupstudio@gmail.com. 5. Un Jardin En Mediterranée eau de toilette, $90-$125, Hermes, available at Sephora, Kenwood Towne Center, 7875 Montgomery Road, Kenwood. 6. Alchemic shampoo and conditioner in silver, $25 and $28, sustainable and natural, Davines, available at Parlour salon, 2600 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills. 7. Sandalwood-vanilla bath soap and body lotion, $10 each, all-natural and hand-mixed, Blink Makeup Studio, Northside International Airport, 4029 Hamilton Ave., Northside, blinkmakeupstudio@gmail.com. 8. Nail polish, $13.50 each, eco-friendly, Priti NYC, available at Alba Organic Beauty Studios, 2882 Wasson Road, Hyde Park. 9. Violets & Rainwater demi-absolute, $35-$140, hand-blended artisan essence, Soivohle by Liz Zorn, Studio Z, 1105 Central Ave., Studio 116, Middletown.

Instead of prepping for spring with a typical floral print, opt for something a bit more outrageous: a mash-up of bold patterns and natural textures.

Clockwise from bottom left: Platform heels, $55, The Mustard Seed Boutique, 311 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, mustardseedboutique.com; Hemp fabric, St. Theresa Textile Trove, Pendleton Art Center, 1310 Pendleton St., Suite 109, OTR, sttheresatextile.com; Prada checkered skirt, $80, Hi-Bred Vintage, 2548 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills, 513-240-4664; Paisley clutch, $18, The Mustard Seed Boutique, 311 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, mustardseedboutique.com; Wood necklace, $16, Pangaea, 326 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-751-3330; Betsy Johnson ring, $25, Hi-Bred Vintage, 2548 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills, 513-240-4664; Plaid button-up, $12, Chicken Lays an Egg, 1608 Chase Ave., Northside, 513-834-9268; Sunglasses, $9, Pangaea, 326 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-751-3330; African mudcloth, St. Theresa Textile Trove, Pendleton Art Center, 1310 Pendleton St., Suite 109, OTR, sttheresatextile.com; Embroidered collar by Jessy Baum, $35, Chicken Lays an Egg, 1608 Chase Ave., Northside, 513-834-9268; Paisley top, $12, Chicken Lays an Egg, 1608 Chase Ave., Northside, 513-834-9268; Villager tote, $110, Brush Factory, 2019 Central Ave., Brighton, brushmanufactory.com; Black patterned pants, $26, The Mustard Seed Boutique, 311 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, mustardseedboutique.com; Lace-up booties, $185, Smartfish Footwear, 1301 Main St., OTR, smartfishfootwear.bigcartel.com; African Evil Eye fabric, St. Theresa Textile Trove, Pendleton Art Center, 1310 Pendleton St., Suite 109, OTR, sttheresatextile.com.

Local craftsmen cleverly juxtapose the warmth of organic materials with the weight of glass and metal.

1960s Danish Selig Chair, $295, Mainly Art 20th Century Collectibles, 3711 Madison Road, OakleyPig mask, $36,HighStreet,1401 Reading Road, Downtown; Sheep hair pillow, $244, HighStreet, 1401 Reading Road, Downtown; Dog lamp by Future Retrieval, $1,200, HighStreet, 1401 Reading Road, Downtown;Frank table lamp by ampersand, coming soon, Losantiville, 1311 Main St., OTR; Bolgatanga market baskets, $35 each,Maumee World Traders, Findlay Market; Black Anode chair by Dixon, $540, Losantiville, 1311 Main St., OTR; Glass terrarium by Jessie Cundiff, $140; Gradient shelf by Brighton Exchange, $125, Brush Factory, 1102 Harrison Ave., Brighton; Wooden delta stool by ampersand, $389, Losantiville, 1311 Main St., OTR; Bundle side table by ampersand, $549, Losantiville, 1311 Main St., OTR; Cocktail table by Brighton Exchange, $399, Brush Factory, 1102 Harrison Ave., Brighton; Maple block clock by Such and Such, $219, Losantiville, 1311 Main St., OTR; Gas-fired ceramic bowls byDidem Mert, $15-$30; Salt-fired ceramic vase by Didem Mert, $35;Barrel-fired ceramic planters byDidem Mert, $25 each; Crane light by Andrew Neyer, $125, YES Gallery, 1417 Main St., OTR.

Trends to target for late-fall shopping.

The most prolific style mavens have always been acutely aware of one truth: It’s all in the details. This season is no exception. With every fashionista from coast to coast upping their style ante, what separates the routinely fashionable from the true icons has become increasingly esoteric. In an effort to increase your odds of style infamy, here are a few trends to target for your late-fall shopping. 

1. Victorian references were all over the runways this season. Think bows and ruffles with a twist, like these sequined cuffs. Edwardian blouse, $48, Couture Couture, OTR, 513-421-8900. 

2. Channel your inner Daisy Buchanan with some Art Deco-inspired costume jewelry. Earrings, $12, Couture Couture, OTR, 513-421-8900.

3. Need a chic way to haul your iPad around? Try an envelope clutch. Floyd clutch, $150, Sloane Boutique, OTR, sloaneboutique.com

4. What’s that you say? A practical trend? These bracelets double as hair elastics. Vanessa Mooney bracelets, $15 each, Sloane Boutique, OTR, sloaneboutique.com

5. Like I always say, “If I must wear flats, may they have much pizazz.” Beaded/colorblocked Perry Ellis flats, $16, Atomic Number Ten, OTR, atomic10.com

6. Pair an uber-glam beaded clutch with simple, casual attire for a look that’s comfortable but still fierce. Cleobella clutch, $325, Sloane Boutique, OTR, sloaneboutique.com

7. A sleek, well-made ankle boot is a must for colder temperatures — an investment that’ll literally go the distance. Wolverine 1000 Mile by Samantha Pleet collection boots, $275, Sloane Boutique, OTR, sloaneboutique.com

8. Want an easy way to stand out from the crowd? Try an artisan-made statement necklace. Modern Tibet necklace, $42, Substance, OTR.

Enrich your relationships with these fun finds.

Not to get too sentimental, but the relationships we form with other people are what makes life meaningful. From family to friends to romantic partners, it’s always worth it to spend time with (and possibly massage) the people you care about.

1. Pictionary is a classic for a reason. If you can’t bond with people over hastily drawn stick figures of obsolete TV stars, I don’t know what to tell you. Pictionary, $26.99, Target. 2. Make sure the world knows that your junior high BFF is still your go-to partner in crime. Necklace, $9.50,Claire’s Accessories3. Treat your olfactory senses to the delicate, woodsy scent of sandalwood by coaxing your lovah to use these shaving prod- ucts. Instant attraction.Shaving Cream, $25; After-Shave Balm, $40; Lather Brush, $55The Art of Shaving, Kenwood Town Centre. 4. Because a little kink ain’t never hurt nobody. Lover’s Choice Warming Massage Oil, $9.99The Hustler Store, Downtown.5. Yoga is popular for a reason. You have to connect with the person dangling precariously in the air above your head.Partner yoga classes, $25 per person, You Do Yoga, OTR and Anderson. 6. A lavish floral arrangement is a welcome gift in pretty much any type of relationship ever. Floral arrangement, $45 – $50Eden Floral Boutique, OTR. 7.  Lacy undies mean one of two things: It’s laundry day or there’s a night of fun ahead!Betsey Johnson bra, $42; Betsey Johnson underwear, $26Knickers Hyde Park, Hyde Park. 

Favorite fall fashion trends for 2012.

Ah, September. Even if you haven’t been to algebra class or band practice in years, there’s something about this time of year that inspires young and old(er) alike to do a little back-to-school shopping. It’s ingrained. 

Of course, we can’t be expected to properly hit the books without indulging in the best trends of the season. Here are a few of my favorite trends for Fall 2012. 

Clockwise from L to R: 1. Military is one of those ‘trends’ that never really goes away, so bring on the epaulettes! Military jacket, $38,NVISION, Northside, nvisionshop.com2. Color-blocking has given way to pattern-blocking, with designers mixing multiple prints on the same garment. Dries Van Noten blouse, $150, The Mustard Seed, Clifton, mustardseedboutique.com3. Leather is everywhere. From full-on trousers to small accents, now is the time to indulge your inner rock star. Blazer with pleather collar, $118, Express4. The laminated look gives even basic accessories an edge. Stella McCartney booties, $330, The Mustard Seed. 5. Choker necklaces are back in a big way. I like this sparkly-yet-tough version for day and night. Rush choker, $120Three French Hens, Hyde Park6. Go for Baroque with the kind of over-the-top embellishment seen on the runways at Balmain and Dolce & Gabbana. Bra-cketbook, $147, Three French Hens7. Tapestry-inspired prints and brocade embellishments were seen on runways from J.Crew to Gucci. Very opulent. Verdugo Ultra Skinny, Paige Denim, $189Sara Benjamin’s, Mariemont. 8. The fit and flare of a peplum top is extremely feminine, and flatters almost every shape by cinching in your waist and creating an hourglass silhouette with those hip frills. Belle sleeveless top, Tibi, $285. 

Splurge or save, the choice is yours. Sometimes you need an inexpensive pick-me-up, and sometimes you need to spend a little more and treat yo’ self!

1. Splurge on a swanky bright bag to add some kick to office-ready neutrals. Marc by Marc Jacobs “Natasha” bag, $368, Saks.2. Save on the throwback you never thought would come back: of-the-moment fluorescent colors. Sheer jersey tank, $5.95, H&M. 3. Save on an attention-getting statement necklace in the color of the year: punchy tangerine. Necklace, $24, Francesca’s Collections4. Splurge on a pair of oversized dark sunglasses — they hide dark circles and make everyone look like a star. Prada sunglasses, $325, Thoma & Sutton Eye Care, 441 Vine St., Downtown. 5. Splurge on a floaty maxi dress to take you from work (with a blazer and bangles) to weddings (with strappy heels and swingy earrings) to the beach (over a bikini, of course). Myne maxi dress, $260, Sloane Boutique, 1216 Vine St., OTR, sloaneboutique.com6. Splurge on a creamy shocking pink lipstick with staying power. Nars semi-matte lipstick in “Schiap,” $24, Sephora7. Save on minty fresh pastel pants practically made for color blocking. Try pairing them with a pink, peach or yellow top. BDG jeans, $58, Urban Outfitters.

The lush greenery that makes an appearance this time of year practically demands that we join in the fun. With breezy accessories and verdant finds, it’s time for ice cream, gardening projects and cinematic road trips.

Clockwise from top: Recipe for a good time: one scoop of mint chocolate chip, one scoop of vanilla. The combination of rich and sweet, cool and creamy is the best thing that ever happened to summer. Aglamesis Brothers ice cream, Iris Book CafeA vintage apron makes cooking in heels and a pointy bra seem like a good idea. $10, Atomic Number 10Throw on this sheer print tunic over a bikini and cutoffs. Dappled Sea Blouse, $138, AnthropologieGrowing your own food — even if it’s just a few herbs in a container — is surprisingly rewarding. And by “rewarding,” I mean badass. Garden vegetables and herbs, $5.99, Whole FoodsBright green nail polish may be the only way to legitimately claim a green thumb. I’ll take it! Revlon nail polish in Sassy and Posh, $7, Walgreens. I’ve managed to grow three tomatoes and enough basil to feed all of Italy, so I’m clearly a gardening expert. Grow Cook Eat: A Food Lover’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening is a wonderful guide to growing and cooking delicious veggies, as well as harvesting and storing them. $29.95, Joseph-Beth Booksellers. A pretty leaf print bag big enough to hold everything you own is perfect for road trips! Beaded-handle bag, $24.99, Charming Charlie. For us DIY types, this ice cream starter kit comes with everything you need (sans ice cream maker) to make your own batch. Get creative with add-on in- gredients! Mint Chip Ice Cream Starter, $12, Williams-Sonoma.