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Diane von Furstenberg "Stephanie" Medium Hobo now available

Diane von Furstenberg's Stephanie medium hobo is made from black woven suede and tonal dyed rabbit fur (China) stripes with goldtone hardware. It has a top handle with rings and an 18 ½ inch drop. There are interchangeable shoulder straps which allow for a 24 ½" drop. The lining is black and white and the inside has a patent-trim zip pocket ($950 at Neiman Marcus)

Diane von Furstenberg

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Bon Appétit Names Top 10 Best New Restaurants

Bon Appétit's September issue lists its annual Top 10 Best New Restaurants. The following is a list of the restaurants along with a recipe from that restaurant which is available on the Bon Appétit website.

Spring Hill: 4437 California Avenue SW, Seattle; 206-935-1075

    • Without much fanfare, the Pacific Northwest has become one of the most exciting foodie destinations in America. Between Seattle and Portland, there are an increasing number of top-notch, chef-driven restaurants--and Mark and Marjorie Fuller's Spring Hill in West Seattle is at the top of that list. Mark shows respect for the region's amazing seafood (Kumamoto oysters, Dungeness crab), but also has the culinary skill to play with texture and flavors. His food manages to be beautiful without being ornate. The sleek space, which Marjorie works with confidence, and the dazzling open kitchen only add to the lofty dining experience.
    • Go to the Bon Appétit website to get Spring Hill's recipe for Black Cod with Fennel Chowder and Smoked Oyster Panzanella

Bon Appetit Top 10 Best New Restaurants Spring Hill
Cakes & Ale: 254 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, Georgia; 404-377-7994

    • At the age of 27, Billy Allin gave up his job as a money manager and enrolled in culinary school. After graduation, his cooking skills landed him gigs at renowned restaurants, including Chez Panisse in Berkeley and Watershed in Decatur. With his farm-to-table cooking philosophy fully established, Allin and his wife, Kristin, decided it was time to open "the restaurant where we would want to eat," he says. That restaurant is Cakes & Ale (from a phrase in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night meaning "the good things in life"), located east of downtown Atlanta. The couple's ideal restaurant turns out to be a 50-seat neighborhood spot where the kitchen staff often answers the phone when you call to make a reservation, and a chalkboard announces the daily menu, which features simple, precise dishes like braised rabbit grits with saba vinegar and spring onion; buttermilk-rhubarb fool; and the addictive arancine here.
    • Go to the Bon Appétit website to get Cakes & Ale's recipe for Citrus Arancine with Pecorino Cheese

Bon Appetit Top 10 Best New Restaurants Cakes & Ale

Bar Jules: 609 Hayes Street, San Francisco; 415-621-5482

    • "How many bowls of clam chowder can you make before you lose your mind?" That was the question Jessica Boncutter asked herself just before quitting her job at a popular San Francisco oyster bar. After she resigned, she headed for London to take a break and hang out with friends--and that's when inspiration hit. "All of my friends were opening restaurants over there, and I said to myself: If they can do it, I can do it." When she returned to the Bay Area, she got to work on Bar Jules, a bohemian lunch and dinner spot in San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood. The chalkboard menu, consisting of fewer than ten dishes, is big on California produce and sustainable ingredients, which, to be honest, is nothing new in San Francisco. What is new is that there's no mantra on the menu, no stuffiness in the dining room--and there are no reservations. Chef Boncutter's simple food includes everything from a perfectly cooked wood-grilled burger to the lamb stew below. One thing you won't find on the menu? Clam chowder.
    • Go to the Bon Appétit website to get Bar Jules' recipe for Lamb with Preserved Lemons

Bon Appetit Top 10 Best New Restaurants Bar Jules
No. 7: 7 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn;

    • The walls are brick and plaster. The ceilings are pressed tin. And the waitstaff is straight out of an American Apparel catalog. In short, it's a quintessential Brooklyn neighborhood joint. But the first sign that No. 7 is doing things a bit differently than your average hipster restaurant is the fried broccoli appetizer: an entire head of broccoli covered in an impossibly crisp tempura batter and paired with a hummus-like black bean sauce and a dill and grapefruit salad. It's a mishmash of disparate ingredients that somehow succeeds. The same goes for the deconstructed romaine salad (romaine heart, mozzarella-wrapped quince, lemon) and the pumpkin-seed-crusted tofu featured below. The risk-taking, slightly theatrical menu comes from chef Tyler Kord (left), who worked at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Perry St before opening No. 7.
    • Go to the Bon Appétit website to get No. 7's recipe for Pumpkin-Seed-Crusted Tofu with Lemongrass Broth, Rice Noodles, and Poached Eggs

Bon Appetit Top 10 Best New Restaurants No. 7

Woodberry Kitchen:  2010 Clipper Park Road, Number 126, Baltimore; 410-464-8000 

    • In the early 1990s, long before sustainable, local, and organic became the calling cards of chefs everywhere, Spike Gjerde was showcasing the abundance of the Chesapeake Bay. With the opening of his latest spot in the historic Clipper Mill complex--a brick-and-wood space that has the look and feel of a restored farmhouse--Gjerde takes his farm-to-table commitment to the next level. A wood-burning oven is the centerpiece of a kitchen that turns out dishes like roasted Rappahannock River oysters, Roseda Black Angus Farm hanger steak, and fantastic flatbreads.
    • Go to the Bon Appétit website to get Woodberry Kitchen's recipe for Spiced Pear Flatbreads with Goat Cheese and Mustard Cream
Bon Appetit Top 10 Best New Restaurants Woodberry Kitchen

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Colin Stuart spectator pumps border on flirty with scalloped edges

Colin Stuart has created these spectator leather pumps for Victoria's Secret. These fabulous pumps are conservative enough to wear to the office but fun enough to wear on weekends or after work ($59 for Victoria's Secret)

Colin Stuart spectator pumps at Victoria's Secret

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CC Skye Bridgette leather bag with metal chains is the perfect attention getter for nights out on the town

Shake what your mama gave ya with this sexy little number! The CC Skye Bridgette purse is glossy black leather with subtle lizard print and a chain strap with fringe detailing. It has a flat opening with turnlock closure and the interior is lined with bright pink fabric ($540 at Clutch Seattle)

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Daub & Bauble Hand Lotion fragrances are warm, rich and full but not heavy

Daub & Bubble hand lotion with shea butter is not sticky or greasy. They have taken an easily absorbed, all-purpose miracle moisturizer, enriched it with Grapeseed Oil and Avocado Butter and stirred in Aloe Vera Gel and Vitamin E. Daub & Bauble's fragrances are like all prized, old recipes: unmistakable. Warm, rich, full but not heavy, just enough sweetness to belie their humble origins. No one has to explain it to you--you smell it, you know what it is.

Arriba Cacao and Spice: Start with rare roasted cacao beans, add a hint of curry, cardamom and chili pepper and you have a real hot tamale! One whiff of their newest fragrance and housework will be a thing of the past-- Bésame, bésame mucho!

Tarroco Orange and Clove: The most popular table orange in Italy gets its name from an exclamation of wonder, they just added the spice. Si! Tarocco!

Sorrento Lemon and Ginger: The prized Sorrento lemon sells for double the price of ordinary lemons on the world market. When you want something to quiet the atmosphere, try this light mixture of citrus and marine scents tinged with a hint of ginger--she's a no kind a lemon!

Mission Fig and Thyme: Take a bit of fruit said to be worthy of paradise, blend gently with a traditional purifier and even unbelievers will give thanks!

$9 for 10 oz at Amazon

Daub & Bauble Arriba Cacao and Spice Hand Lotion     Daub & Bauble Sorrento Lemon and Ginger Hand Lotion
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