> Pajama game
Style.com calls it "summer's sleeper trend." They are talking, of course, about pajama dressing.
Designers showed the look on the spring runways, reinventing pajama pants and nightgowns as styles for daytime, party time, anytime but sleeping.
Among the options: silky cropped pants and tanks. Slip dresses. Breezy blouses or tunics with matching pants. And flats that resemble slippers both in fabric and styling.
> Bucks are back
Suede bucks have made a comeback just in time for summer, trend-spotters say.
"Wear them on the weekend with quintessential warm-weather fabrics including linen and seersucker," the Washington Post advises.
There is white, of course, but also tan, dark brown and other colors out there.
To land a pair of bucks, check out O'Connell's Clothing on Main Street (oconnellsclothing.com), florsheim.com, bassshoes.com, brooksbrothers.com and other places selling men's shoes.
> In full gear
The second annual Bikes in Bloom is under way in Clarence Center. More than 30 bikes have been decorated with flowers, plants and accessories by local nurseries, business owners and residents. One can walk, run, bike or drive to see them.
Maps to Bloom 2011 can be picked up at the following businesses: Get Heeled, The Perfect Gift, Clarence Center Coffee Company & Cafe, Del Monte Hair System and Day Spa, Clarence Center Preschool, Yours Truly and Creative Essence. Included is a "Best in Show" ballot so viewers can vote on their favorite bicycle.
The free, self-guided walk runs through Aug. 15.
> And finally
"The only competition for the little black dress -- the little white dress."
Cindy De La Hoz, in the new book "So Audrey: 59 Ways to Put a Little Hepburn in Your Step (Running Press, $14.95)
>ACCESSORY OF THE WEEK
It's a great season for bracelets. If it's color that catches your eye, you'll find beads of many hues. If it's glitz you're after, expect plenty of sparkly stones.
Materials include wood, acrylic, metal and more. While bangles always are welcome in our wardrobes, we find ourselves reaching for stretch bracelets.
So easy, really.
Shown here: a selection of bracelets from LOFT, with prices beginning at $12.50.