It’s time for a spring fling.
Mrs. Black Fall 2011 Presale
What: The Portland-based designer’s collection ($165-$700) is full of vintage-inspired frocks with empire waists, sweetheart necklines, and charm to spare.
Why: The Monday Morning dress will certainly brighten up that unhappy occasion, and the Pink Lady will make you the authority on darling.
Where: Online at themrsblack.com.
What: Serve the icy summer treat in the sleek stainless steel molds ($40 for a set of six) reminiscent of a science experiment gone completely right.
Why: We have a blueberry lemonade recipe with your mouth all over it.
Where: Online at theticklettrunk.com.
What: Our resident top chef, Sam Talbot, gives us the skinny on the best way to grill up papaya, pineapple, and crenshaw melon.
Why: Memorial Day will always equal meat, but it’s nice to have a balance.
Where: Online at dailycandy.com.
In the Small Kitchen
What: As anyone with an apartment knows, planning elaborate meals on small surfaces is a recipe for disaster. Herewith, a book ($14) with more than 100 recipes that keep spatial awareness in mind.
Why: Garlicky Swiss chard, sexy-ugly onion tart, soy-honey baked tofu, a hangover brunch for ten, and more.
Where: Online at amazon.com.
Freemans Sporting Club
What: The dapper NYC-based men’s store (everything is made within ten miles of the city) recently launched online for the fashionable gentlemen in your life.
Why: Pair the pueblo rose Winchester trousers ($191) and the natural crew-neck tee ($44) with a juicy burger for the trifecta.
Where: Online at freemanssportingclub.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Mrs. Black