Things We Love for November

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Love Star Wars, you do? Show your dedication to the Rebel Alliance with these sophisticated Italian silk ties and pocket squares, subtly patterned with character silhouettes and symbols straight from George Lucas’ epic sci-fi movies. Standouts include the wise and wizened Master Yoda and, of course, that spunky little droid from Naboo, R2-D2. Fans of the Empire won’t be disappointed — there’s also a Darth Vader design, which looks particularly fetching in pink. Ties are $45-$65, pocket squares are $30; available at


The Melissa brand of plastic shoes is renowned for its fashion-forward footwear collaborations with design stars ranging from Zaha Hadid and Vivienne Westwood to, most recently, Karl Lagerfeld. But it’s the small things that we love the most — as in the Mini Melissa line of baby and toddler kicks. They aren’t just super cute, they’re also socially responsible. The patented PVC material they’re made from is recyclable, and the Melissa company is renowned for its eco-friendly manufacturing techniques. Find these adorable styles and more at Scentimentals, 3905 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-921-2303, and 211 York Ave., Weatherford, 817-599-6066;


When an out-of-town getaway isn’t an option, an urban escape isn’t a bad alternative. Especially when it’s the Joule Hotel’s just-opened ESPA, a subterranean oasis nestled below bustling downtown Dallas. Conceived by the renowned Adam Tihany, the spa infuses elements of geothermal inspiration — crystals, metals, stones, atmospheric lighting — into both its design and treatments. Relax in the 320-square-foot unisex vitality pool with built-in air massage loungers, or detox in a crystal steam room, sauna and ice fountain. The Joule, a 110-minute signature treatment meant to balance energy, includes dry brushing for exfoliation, a full-body massage using warm jade stones and scalp massage incorporating pink hair and scalp mud ($295). In the spa’s Bijou Nail Studio, indulge in the 60-minute Diva pedicure, and a personal shopper from nearby Neiman Marcus will recommend the perfect pair of Christian Louboutins to step out in afterward ($75). Prenatal and men’s services offered, too. Opening to the spa by the end of the year will be VITAL, a fitness studio offering daily yoga and group classes. 1604 Main St., Dallas, 214-261-4555;


Hanukkah this year falls earlier than it has in many years, overlapping with Thanksgiving at the end of the month. Which means that if you don’t have a menorah ready for the occasion by now, it’s time to get in gear. Uncommon Angles, located in Fort Worth’s Montgomery Plaza, has celebrants covered with an eye-popping selection of artisan menorahs from craftsmen both local and from all over the country. The Moonlight Menorah by Fay Miller, pictured here, is made of several glass rings with colorful edges. If you look at the menorah straight on, the color is barely there, but at any sort of angle, the piece glows in a rainbow of hues. $695, Uncommon Angles, 2600 W. Seventh St., Suite 159, Fort Worth; 817-335-9933;


On Oct. 3, 1789, President George Washington signed a proclamation that established the first federal Thanksgiving Day on the last Thursday of November. Almost 225 years later, this piece of American history is up for sale to the highest bidder. Christie’s will auction off the proclamation at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 in New York. The auction follows a national tour of the historic document, which was on view at sites all over the country, including Dallas’ Harlan Crow Library. Excerpts from the proclamation include: “... both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer ...” and “Now therefore do I recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being ...” Estimated value is $8 million-$12 million. Christie’s Saleroom, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York;


Here in North Texas, we’re not used to getting much of a winter season, at least not by the standards of a large portion of the world. But this winter, Fort Worth has a new way for families to chill out: an outdoor ice skating rink at Panther Island Pavilion. Yes, you read that right. Outdoors. Panther Island Ice is located at Coyote Drive-In, just north of downtown. It will open Nov. 22, through the holiday season to Jan. 5 (special hours on holidays). Admission is $10, including skates (the smallest children’s size it will carry is an 8), with discounts for large groups. Food and beverages will be available. Visit for more information, and get ready to work on that triple-axel you were dreaming of all summer. 223 N.E. Fourth St., Fort Worth.


Last month, when our skin couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be warm-weather oily or cool-weather dry, a facialist recommended Eminence Organics Skin Care’s new Red Currant Rapid Infusion Masque. It’s part of the Hungarian luxury skin care company’s new Youth Shield Collection, which uses an antioxidant-rich combination of red currant, elderflower and magnolia bark to help hydrate and protect skin from free radicals. The gel masque squeezes out of a tube a dark pink color with flecks of fruit — it contains an alpha-hydroxy “salad” of lemon, pineapple, passion fruit and grape — but it goes on the skin so light and clear, you could answer the front door and nobody would know you were giving your skin a deep-clean. (No thick, crusty mud here!) Use it daily or weekly; with its liposome-based technology, just leaving it on 2 to 3 minutes results in a face that feels smooth and more elastic. It promises, over time, to repair sun damage, keep breakouts at bay and protect against early signs of aging; $54. The Youth Shield Collection also includes a cleanser, moisturizer, mattifying mist and serum. For more information, visit Available at Facelogic, 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 256, Fort Worth, 817-731-0500;

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