The Best Bet
With her bold, colorful designs for homes, stores, and boutique hotels like Avalon and Estrella, decorator Kelly Wearstler has nudged her native Los Angeles toward a luxe playfulness that’s equal parts historic reference and sleek modernism. For Bergdorf Goodman’s new seventh-floor restaurant, BG (her East Coast debut), Wearstler “wanted to create a sense of going from one room to the next in someone’s home.” She painted the space in cool blues and greens with black accents and added hand-painted de Gournay chinoiserie wallpaper and low-slung eighteenth-century-style chairs for post-shopping comfort (754 Fifth Ave., at 58th St.; 212-872-8977).
Hang Ten on Ice
Emo Gear’s Freeride is the first body board made especially for deep-powder snow surfing—the nose and sides are higher, for better clearance and maneuverability ($299 at Eastern Mountain Sports, 591 Broadway, nr. Houston St.; 212-966-8730).
The Next Winter Hat?
Muhlbauer hats have been handmade in Vienna for more than a century; this silver fox “bonnet” is casual enough to substitute for the ubiquitous trapper ($825 at Peter Elliot, 1071 Madison Ave., nr. 81st St.; 212-570-1551).
How to Pack Heat
Vornado’s DVTH portable heater has 1,500 watts—enough to warm a studio—and a digital thermostat ($100 at Gracious Home, 1220 Third Ave., at 70th St.; 212-517-6300).
A Sweater to Give, Then “Borrow”
Spring + Mercer’s men’s cashmere sweaters come in patterns that won’t scare the average guy ($225 at Macy’s, 151 W. 34th St., at Broadway; 212-695-4400).
A Whiff of the Sixteenth Century
Some i Profumi di Firenze scent formulas were commissioned by Catherine de Médicis. After being rediscovered 40 years ago, they achieved cult status in Europe. Finally, they’re available Stateside ($79 for a 50-milliliter bottle at Barneys New York, Madison Ave. at 61st St.; 212-826-8900).