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.
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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 torrid.com. 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.
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.