UNIQUE BOUTIQUE: J Brand, home of the wash and cut, no nonsense denim, has created a new collection specifically for boutiques with an emphasis on the perks of shopping at a specialty store. West Hartford's National Jean Co. is one of four stores in the U.S. to carry the collection, so get there fast as it won't be available online. It's appropriately named J Brand Boutique, featuring trendier washes and embellishments in more modern fit versions of their best-selling bootlegs and skinnies.
AYE AYE... WANT IT: We can't wait to let the Olsens bartend for us at Fashion's Night Out, but we REALLY can't wait to raid the Elizabeth and James Fall 09' Collection at Suzie Creamcheese in Westport. Our favorite is the Shipwrecked Blouse, made of black silk with a cinched waistband and ruffles galore, appropriate for both swashbuckling soirees and corporate commandeering. Argggggh!
WOOF-GANG PUCK: Have a doggie dearest in your life? Think they need a reward for surviving those final dog days of summer? Connecticut's own Crooked Oak Farm has created an all-natural biscuit for your pooch in gourmet flavors after our own hearts, such as Summer Squash and Banana Nut. Prices start around $7 for a bag of treats. Find at Olive Oyl's in Essex.
MINERAL SHIELD: Mineral makeups may be all the rage, but they have just as much of a problem setting in and staying on under heat as their oil-based competitors. We've tried a number of makeup setting sprays, and nothing seems to compliment powder-based mineral makeup. However, gloMinerals' gloMoist Hydration Mist is specially formulated for mineral dusted faces, sealing in your color while refreshing your skin with a blast of moisture. Find online for $17.50.
DRESS DASH: If you've missed when we've mentioned them before, Seychelle's is this great party dress shop with locations in Westport and New Haven, featuring our favorites frocks, from Hervé Léger to Nicole Miller. Currently the shops are extending a study buddy incentive, 15 percent off for students, so grab ye ol' student ID and stock up before the holiday season.