When I was in my early 20s, my sister and I backpacked around Europe one summer. We visited eight countries in two months. So much of that time is kind of a blur, but several experiences stand out in my mind all these years later.
One such experience was visiting the Gellert thermal baths in Budapest, Hungary, which were built in the early 20th century and feature a gorgeous art nouveau design. The thermal waters of Budapest are world famous for their restorative properties, and the Hungarian luxury skin-care line Omorovicza (pronounced o-more-o-veet-sa) was created using these mineral-rich waters.
Cos Bar is celebrating the local launch of Omorovicza with a cocktail party 6-8 p.m. Monday. Those attending the free event will have the opportunity to meet the company's founder, Margaret de Heinrich de Omorovicza.
The skin-care line has a range of natural, high-performance, anti-aging products that are free of petrochemicals, synthetics and other artificial additives.
Cos Bar is at 201 King St.
Missoni at Target
Speaking of exciting launches, Missoni's highly anticipated collaboration with Target hits stores Tuesday. If you've flipped open a fashion magazine in the past month, you've probably come across the ad campaign featuring Margherita Missoni, the official ambassador for the label, looking very "la dolce vita" in the label's signature designs.
Made up of an astounding 400 pieces, the line features clothing, housewares, luggage and footwear.
Probably the one item that's had most fashion insiders buzzing, (noted website Refinery29.com already has declared it "Fall's It-Accessory"), is the cruiser-style bicycle that features the company's iconic zig-zag pattern and a cute basket on the front. One of the more expensive pieces in the Missoni for Target collection, it retails for $399.
Prices range from about $3 to $600, but most will be under $40.
For some people, the crazy mix of patterns might be intimidating, and so the Target campaign includes a video on its website with Margherita Missoni offering tips on how to mix prints and colors into a wardrobe. Online viewers also will find a feature called "Margherita's Must Haves," which will offer recommendations on how to combine selected items with other things.
And finally, to celebrate a fall ad campaign starring Kate Winslet, the St. John boutique at Charleston Place is hosting a preview of the collection Sept. 15-18. Light refreshments will be served daily.
Rebekah Bradford is a freelance writer based in Charleston. Reach her at email@example.com.