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DKNY towels, Modelista clogs, and a new, much-improved toaster

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Four Eyes

You can indulge your inner Elton John without looking ridiculous in rhinestones. Just check out these Bijoux by MparM -- a fun new line of sunglasses by Alain Mikli -- featuring a rhinestone-studded "curl" at each temple ($160).
ALAIN MIKLI BOUTIQUE
880 Madison Avenue, near 71st Street
212-472-6085



Good Tempured

Fashionistas are snapping up platform clogs to stomp around in this fall, but there's hope for those who prefer their chunky shoes to be comfy: Modelista's new, low-heeled clog, with soles made from the same high-tech foam in Tempur-Pedic mattresses. Translation: This is one amazingly foot-friendly shoe that is certain to win points with the we-stand-while-we-work set ($75–$125, depending on style).
CHELSEA SHOES
128 Seventh Ave., near 18th Street
212-727-7446
HARRY'S SHOES
2299 Broadway, at 83rd Street
212-874-2035
veryhappyfeet.com




Black Magic

White towels look chic in the bathroom -- until they meet lipstick. But for many women, dark towels can be a little too "guy." Finally, a solution: the Urban Gypsy line from DKNY Life, with embroidered black towels that scream bohemian chic. Prices range from $13 for a wash towel to $32 for a bath towel and $125 for a shower curtain; all are machine washable.
BLOOMINGDALE'S
1000 Third Avenue, at 59th Street
212-705-2000
MACY'S
151 West 34th Street
212-695-4400


Dino-Mite

Let an artist go wild designing toys and the results can be a lot cooler than regular old Fisher-Price. We're crazy for these dinosaurs by Yottoy. Available in Tyrannosaur, Apatosaur, Stegosaur, Spinosaur, or Triceratops models in groovy colors and with movable legs ($25). Get one before they become extinct.
CLOVIS PRESS
229 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
718-302-3751
CHILDREN'S GENERAL STORE
2473 Broadway, at 92nd Street
212-580-2723
NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY SHOP
455 Fifth Avenue, at 40th Street
212-340-0839


Good Bones

What small treasures you stash in your makeup bag are nobody's business -- and hence, we love the keep-out vibe of Hable Construction's new canvas-lined felt pochette. Handmade by a women's cooperative in Hungary, the pouches also come with horseshoe, poppy, and hibiscus motifs ($48).
HABLE CONSTRUCTION
230 Elizabeth Street
212-343-8555
ENVIRONMENT337
337 Smith Street, Brooklyn
718-522-1767
BARNEYS NEW YORK
660 Madison Avenue, at 61st Street
212-826-8900


Serge of Interest

Production of Serge Mouille's lighting stopped with the French designer's death in 1988. But his widow, annoyed by the knockoffs flooding stores, decided to reissue her husband's designs, made from the original molds and tools and, in some cases, even produced in Mouille's old workshop. Styles include table lamps, floor lamps, sconces, and ceiling fixtures. All are signed and numbered and are available exclusively from Guéridon. Prices range from $1,650 for a small desk lamp to $8,700 for a six-arm ceiling lamp. If that sounds steep, consider that the originals now fetch between $8,000 and $50,000.
GUéRIDON
359 Lafayette Street
212-677-7740


Toast of the Town

You may have sworn off carbs, but try resisting Rowenta's new toaster. With extra-wide slots to fit muffins, bagels, and more, the machine will warm, reheat, defrost, and toast whatever you desire (on one side or both). The best part: a built-in warming platform to heat up croissants, rolls, flat breads, etc. In two- and four-slot models, priced from $60 to $150.
BLOOMINGDALE'S
1000 Third Avenue, at 59th Street
212-705-2000
ZABAR'S
2245 Broadway, at 80th Street
212-787-2000
FORTUNOFF
681 Fifth Avenue, near 53rd Street
212-758-6660
rowentausa.com


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