Metro-East Living

Rio inspires vivid shoe colors; sun shelter is quick shade

This lighweight pop-up sun shelter can be found at TJ Maxx in Fairview Heights.
This lighweight pop-up sun shelter can be found at TJ Maxx in Fairview Heights.

June may have been dry, but July seems to have an abundance of wet stuff. When I stepped into DSW (the shoe warehouse) in Fairview Heights, I got a dose of color in my drab Tuesday.

With the Summer Olympics beginning Aug. 3 in Rio de Janeiro, Nike has come out with a running shoe in shades inspired by the vivid colors of Brazil. I’m not sure guys want shades of coral/orange, turquoise/lime green, powder blue/royal blue and magenta/orange, but the footwear definitely livens up the women’s sports shoe aisles at DSW. Check out the very lightweight Zoom Winflo 3 running shoes — even the soles are colored. Pairs run about $85.

Here comes the sun (shelter)

Beach people, take note: TJ Maxx in Fairview Heights has $29.99 Stingray pop-up sun/wind shelters. They are big, lightweight polyester shells that have a rear mesh window to help ventilation and a SPF 50-plus sun protection rating. They come in zippered carrying bags with stakes and tie-downs. The trick, from someone who has dealt with pop-ups like these, is manhandling one back into its original shape to get it to fit in the bag.

Retailer looking for ambassador

Curvy girls, here’s your chance to hit the runway. Retailer Torrid, which offers fashionable plus-size clothes nationwide at its stores, is looking for a brand ambassador as the Face of Torrid 2017. The model search goes until Aug. 7, so apply online by then at You must be 18 or older and wear a size 10 to 30. If you really want to up your chances of being noticed, head to Nashville on July 30 for a casting call at the Opry Mills Mall. See details on the website. Torrid has a store at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights.

Good price on toss pillows

This week’s Flash Find from At Home in O’Fallon is 12-by-12-inch decorative pillows for $4.99, regularly $9.99. Choose from a dozen designs. Price is good in-store only through Tuesday.

Try fashion and beer

On Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m., shop Peace by Piece’s new fashion truck, Evolution by pxp, and enjoy a beer-tasting while you’re browsing. It will be parked at Grappa Growlers in Belleville.

Comic-Con invades B&N

Comic Convention collectibles will be on sale exclusively at Barnes & Noble in Fairview Heights through Sunday, while supplies last, and feature Funko, Diamond Select Toys and more. Plus, at 7 p.m. Saturday, customers can get a free Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad Special Edition No. 1 comic, as well as enjoy giveaways, activities and cosplay (costume role playing).

No need to dial

Silly and cute: Just what a girl needs for her dorm room is a peachy cellphone holder for her desk. Gordman’s in Fairview Heights has glossy ceramic phone holders that look like old-fashioned dial telephones. They’re $6.99.

I’m peeling

Who knew there were kitchen peelers with serrated teeth? As well as being the shopping maven for the News-Democrat, you would think my other role as food editor would introduce me to such a great tool. But, no, not until I happened upon the mention of a “soft-skin peeler.” What? You mean I can easily peel peaches and tomatoes without making a giant mess? Yep. I found serrated peelers for sale online, but only sold in a three-pack for $14.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond in Fairview Heights. In the OXO Soft-Grip pack, you get the serrated peeler, a regular swivel-head peeler and a julienne peeler.