FORCEFUL TIESLove 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 wont be disappointed theres also a Darth Vader design, which looks particularly fetching in pink. Ties are $45-$65, pocket squares are $30; available at www.cufflinks.com.NEW KICKS FOR CUTIESThe 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 its the small things that we love the most as in the Mini Melissa line of baby and toddler kicks. They arent just super cute, theyre also socially responsible. The patented PVC material theyre 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; www.scentimentalsllc.com.JOULE OF A SPA When an out-of-town getaway isnt an option, an urban escape isnt a bad alternative. Especially when its the Joule Hotels 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 spas 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 mens 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; www.TheJouleDallas.com.MOONLIGHT MEMORIESHanukkah this year falls earlier than it has in many years, overlapping with Thanksgiving at the end of the month. Which means that if you dont have a menorah ready for the occasion by now, its time to get in gear. Uncommon Angles, located in Fort Worths 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; www.uncommonanglestx.com.BIDDING ON HISTORYOn 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. Christies 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. Christies Saleroom, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York; www.christies.com.SKATING BYHere in North Texas, were 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 childrens size it will carry is an 8), with discounts for large groups. Food and beverages will be available. Visit www.trinityrivervision.org/pantherislandice 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.DESSERT FOR THE SKINLast month, when our skin couldnt decide whether it wanted to be warm-weather oily or cool-weather dry, a facialist recommended Eminence Organics Skin Cares new Red Currant Rapid Infusion Masque. Its part of the Hungarian luxury skin care companys 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 http://us.eminenceorganics.com. Available at Facelogic, 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 256, Fort Worth, 817-731-0500; www.facelogicspa.com.