Things We Love in February

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LET YOUR LOVE SHINE

Give your one-of-a-kind love a one-of-a-kind piece for Valentine's Day. Each of these stunning hearts is hand-carved from a single cube of highly coveted, naturally formed pyrite by artisans in Brazil. They're part of the Objet collection from Aerin Lauder's newly launched home decor and entertaining lines. The smaller piece (31/2 inches by 3 inches) is $240 and available through Neiman Marcus online, www.neimanmarcus.com. The oversized heart (12 inches by 8 inches and weighing 13 pounds) is $1,800 and offered exclusively through www.aerin.com.

ONE TO "MISS"

Jason Wu, design darling (and two-time inaugural gown creator for the first lady), has joined the ranks of Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Chloe and more by jumping into the accessibly priced fashion market with a secondary label. The just-launched Miss Wu starts with the Taiwan-born designer's signature style -- sophisticated prints and intricate, feminine detailing like embroidery, bows and collars -- and takes in a more youthful, downtown direction (think leather accents and higher hems). Wu fans will appreciate details like stripes that look hand-painted and a whimsical "falling feather" print. The '60s vibe that infuses many pieces in the debut spring/summer collection is especially fresh and relevant this season. Find Miss Wu exclusively at Nordstrom, in-store and online; prices range from $195 to $795. Nordstrom, 1101 Melbourne Road, Hurst, 817-590-2599.

ALL BUT THE KITCHEN SINK

Clear the kitchen counter. The Kenwood Cooking Chef has arrived. The four-in-one kitchen machine (we're hardly talking a "gadget" here) is a combination stand mixer, food processor and blender, with an induction heating plate that cooks foods right in the bowl. Want to make a risotto? The ingredients will cook in the bowl while the machine does the stirring for you. First introduced in Great Britain, the Cooking Chef is available in the United States for the first time, exclusively through Williams-Sonoma. (Kenwood says European families regard their Cooking Chef as heirlooms, passing them down through the generations.) Each one can be customized to include attachments such as a pasta roller and cutter, citrus press, food grinder and mini chopper mill; $1,999.95 at Williams-Sonoma, 1620 S. University Drive, Fort Worth, 817-334-0009; and 172 State St., Southlake, 817-416-5932; and through Williams-Sonoma.com.

TABLES TURNING 20

It's a big year for one of Fort Worth's premier celebrations of design, as Design Inspirations, the joint fundraiser created by alumnae of Pi Beta Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma, marks its 20th anniversary. This year, the event features more than 60 elaborately embellished tables, created by local designers and businesses; the guest speaker at the luncheon will be celebrated designer and author Stephen Gambrel. The event benefits Communities in Schools of Greater Tarrant County and Gill Children's Services. Tickets to the preview party Feb. 26 are $77. Tickets to the luncheon Feb. 27 are $125. Both events will take place at the Ridglea Country Club, and Gambrel will be present at both for a meet-and-greet and book signing. Preview party tickets are available at Domain XCIV, 3100 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth, or dh Collection, 3320 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth. Tickets also may be purchased online at www.designinspirationsfw.com.

KIDS IN TRAINING

The first lady would be proud. A new gym in Colleyville is putting special focus on the health and fitness of children. Pur-Fit Gym's Youth Sports Program is divided into three levels: Foundational Training, customized for ages 6-10; Functional Training, for ages 10-12; and Advanced Performance Training, for ages 12-18. Classes include everything from basic fitness skills like proper running technique to tips for accelerated speed and boosted power, as well as practical applications to the sport of a child's choice. The Youth Sports Program is $99 per month for unlimited classes. Pur-Fit, a member-based gym, also offers a variety of classes and fitness equipment and training for adults, and is the home of CrossFit Colleyville. For more information, call 817-503-1878 or visit www.purfitgym.com.

THE LATEST BUZZ ON OMBRE

J.Lo and Jessica Alba rock it. Jessica Biel had it. Even Emily Blunt got into it, turning the tips of her chestnut tresses blond to follow the hottest trend in hair color, the ombre look. The approach starts with a dark hue at the roots that gradually goes lighter, with the brightest shades appearing at the tips. It's a subtle effect that's tricky to get just right, but in Fort Worth, the stylists at The Bee's Knees Hair Studio have it down. Here, clients can venture along the hair color spectrum with the salon's carefully crafted, totally custom approach, says owner and master stylist Priscilla Gish Collett. She and Sarah Walker Brittain, also a master stylist at the salon, have given some of the city's most popular blondes the more natural, more modern ombre 'do. To find the right blend, they consider a variety of factors, including a client's face shape, hair length and her desired level of maintenance. Client Alyson Jennings says she got so many compliments after Collett toned down her all-over blond that she has kept up the look for more than a year, each time going a bit darker and more dramatic and adding in face-framing highlights. But Collett and Brittain say ombre is not just about brown-to-blond -- they can create the look in any color, from natural shades of red to pastel pink-dipped ends. Prices range from $95 to $250, including consultation. 3851 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-377-0142.

STRING FEVER

Called "the violinist of the century," a musician "who makes classical music sexy," "who plays like a god" and other descriptions that straddle the sacred and secular, Joshua Bell, the 45-year-old superstar violinist with movie-star good looks (he was once named one of People's 50 Most Beautiful) comes to Bass Hall for one night only, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18. Bell is on a tour that will take him to Bulgaria and Latvia earlier in the month, and his performance in Fort Worth, presented by Cliburn Concerts, will come between stops in Tucson, Ariz., and Santa Barbara, Calif. (And, as if Bell needed another proverbial feather in his cap, a song on which he is featured with vocalist Scarlett Johansson, Before My Time from the documentary Chasing Ice, is up for an Oscar this month for Best Original Song.) His Bass Hall program will include a Schubert rondo, Richard Strauss and Prokofiev sonatas and Dvorak's dreamy Romantic Pieces. For more information and tickets, $20-$90, call 817-212-4280 or visit www.cliburn.org.

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