The Best Bet
Winter travel specials often push bargain-basement airfares for places nobody wants to go to in winter, or for sunny places in full monsoon season. But in Australia and New Zealand, it’s spring, with temperatures in the low seventies. Up till now, you would have paid thousands to get there, but until October 1, Air Tahiti Nui has one-way fares starting at $394 (based on round-trip purchase) to Sydney and Auckland, good for travel until December 8. Oh, and the price includes one stopover—in Tahiti (Air Tahiti Nui, 122 E. 42nd St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-922-1860; travel wallet, $440 at Smythson of Bond Street, 4 W. 57th St., at Fifth Ave.; 212-265-4573).
A Monitor With Focus
Some baby monitors pick up interference from other sources; Philips’s new digital version is wired to send and receive information only between units in the same set. It also tracks room temperature and plays lullabies ($199.99 at Planet Kids, 247 E. 86th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-426-2040).
Equal Parts Punk and Bubblegum
Hella Jongerius for Artecnica’s new four-piece collection is black ceramic with baby pink beads. The bottle and large bowl are on sale at Moss ($510 and $695; 146 Greene St., nr. Houston St.; 212-204-7100).
Keep the Hammer Close at Hand
This Klein Tools canvas tool bag lasts longer, is easier to transport, and looks a lot better than the average bulky plastic box ($49.99 at Garber Hardware, 710 Greenwich St., nr. Charles St.; 212-242-9807).
The Ballet Flat for Now
Violet is one of the few hues that break up fall’s all-black outfits without looking jarring (Steven by Steve Madden, $79.95; 529 Broadway, nr. Prince St.; 212-431-6021).
Retire the Velvet Blazer
Replace it with this tailored camo corduroy style from Hickey by Hickey Freeman ($795 at Scoop, 430 W. 14th St., nr. Washington St.; 212-929-1244).
You Can Only Find It Here
At the new perfumery Le Labo, every fragrance is mixed fresh when you buy it, including the latest: a citrusy floral that will be sold only in New York ($380 for 100 ml; 223 Elizabeth St., nr. Prince St.; 212-219-2230).