Metro-East Living

Dianne Isbell has a hat for you at Macy’s

Bobby Flay tableware at Kohl’s only looks like ceramic.
Bobby Flay tableware at Kohl’s only looks like ceramic.

Looking for a one-of-a-kind chapeau for a special event? The Belleville News-Democrat’s very own etiquette columnist Dianne Isbell, who also has a successful career as a designers of hats and fascinators, will have a trunk show Saturday at Macy’s at Chesterfield Mall. She’ll be there from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and you can even place special orders. Check out her designs at It will make you yearn for an Easter Parade or a royal wedding!

Outdoor comfort

Lowe’s in Belleville has a fine selection of weather-resistant and UV-protected decorative pillows for your deck, patio or porch. Colors are vibrant, patterns are fun, you’ll find a couple sizes, and prices are reasonable: $13.98 to $19.98.

TV celebrity chef Bobby Flay has an exclusive line of dishes at Kohl’s for the summer. The pattern is called Medallion and looks like classic colorful Mexican tile — there’s even a certain unevenness in the surface. But don’t be fooled: The tableware is not stoneware or ceramic. It’s melamine. Great for outdoor use and dishwasher safe. Right now, the line is half off, with prices regularly $5.99 to $16.99. I saw a good selection at the Fairview Heights store.

Last-minute Easter

Five Below in Fairview Heights has scads of Easter stuff to fill a basket, including the baskets. If you’re trying to avoid more candy, aim for a cute bunny-shaped chalkboard for $3, lined in either pink or yellow.

Rocket Fizz is a cool candy shop in Fairview Heights, next to the St. Louis Bread Co., on Illinois 159. Row upon row of unique sodas, lots of faux vintage posters and signs on the way and so many flavors of wrapped taffy that I decided not to try and count them all. If you’re a fan, you can fill the shop’s bags as full as you want for $5.99 or $7.99.

Ulta Beauty in Fairview Heights wants you to know that if you’re giving a basket to a teen (or adult), you can add some fun with a variety of inexpensive cosmetics, from lip gloss to nail enamel. Check out the special selection that’s five for $10.

Ever wonder where Peeps come from? What the best-selling Easter candy is? The most popular jelly bean? Why a bunny?

Practical gadgets

My email in-box gets filled daily with lots of info on “handy” gadgets for the home and personal use. My curiosity makes me look at them once, then they’re usually booted into the trash. But, every now and then something cool comes my way. This week it’s a doodad for klutzes like me or for those who just want to do their nails minus a flat or steady surface on which to rest the bottle of polish. The rubbery Tweexy Wearable Nail Polish Holder grasps a bottle of polish while two rings on the underside are for your fingers. Slip it on and it keeps the bottle in place while you’re doing your mani or pedi. So far, it’s only sold online at Amazon ($14.95, plus shipping), so take a look at it at

If you clean up after people in the kitchen more than once a day, you really can become infatuated with an innovative sponge/scrubber. I’m talking about the Scrub Daddy, which looks like a texturized smiley face and became a huge success via the TV show “Shark Tank.” It’s magic is that when it’s used with cold water, it’s a scrubber, but won’t scratch any surfaces. When used with warm or hot water, it softens up and acts more like a sponge. It’s two eye holes fit fingers really well, so you can shove it in a tumbler and spin it around easily. Clean silverware by sliding pieces in and out of its mouth. Bed, Bath & Beyond in Fairview Heights sells the Scrub Daddy, three for $9.99 or one for $3.99. Also check Walmart and Target.

Spring break deals

All jeans are $25 at Hollister through Sunday at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights.

Footwear is already fashionably cheap enough at Payless ShoeSource at the mall, so a sale is even better! Check out the cute women’s Dream slipons with cushiony soles from Airwalk for $16.99, regularly $24.99. Price is good through Sunday.