What's in Store: Lighted bottles brighten decor

Studio Scarf by Urban Halo available at Lillian's of Rochester.

A popular new way to light up your décor is with a wine bottle.

Lighted wine bottles, made by Designs By Dave Allen in Minnesota, radiate with artistic appeal and light.

"This is the most unique item we've seen this year and is the latest trend in home décor," said John Kottschade of Ashley's Hallmark , 2950 41st St. N.W., Rochester, one of a few places in the state that carry the bottles.

Each bottle is decorated with natural elements such as leaves and tree bark or fabric strands to create a unique design and lighted from within. Because each bottle is handcrafted, no two bottles are exactly alike.

Cost: $24.99 or two for $40 through March 5.


Sock it to 'em

Guys, it's time to give your tired old socks the boot.

Colorful socks are one of the biggest trends in men's fashion, said Mia Grimme, marketing director for Knight's Chamber, 111 S. Broadway, Shops at University Square, Rochester.

"It's one of the best ways for men to accessorize and add a touch of personality to their everyday look," she said. "It's a nice, understated expression of taste."

Knights Chamber carries an array of colors and designs by Unsimply Stitched . There's everything from bright, varying stripes to traditional argyles in bold colors. Geometric shapes and animal patterns, such as rabbits, sharks, and turtles have also been very popular, Grimme said.

"We sell them to a huge variety of customers, from young professionals, to sophisticated traditional clientele," Grimme said.

Grooms and groomsmen are also getting into stylish socks .

Cost: $16, on sale for $9 until the new spring line arrives.


A new twist on scarves

It's finally getting warm enough that a scarf can be an accessory, not a necessity. That means there's no better time to check out the newly arrived studio scarf at Lillian's , 223 Broadway N. Rochester.

Studio Scarves by Urban Halo are cottony, colorful and designed with a snap closure for endless wearing possibilities.

The scarves can be looped like an infinity scarf, unsnapped and draped, as a wrap, top, or even a skirt. The scarves come in a variety of designs, custom printed for the designers.

Christina Killion Valdez is a freelance reporter in Rochester. Share your fabulous finds with her at the What's in Store page on .

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