Topper the Season

Welcome to fall! Sorta. Well, with this cute hat, anyway. Also, mini-cupcakes and the CD you must buy

By Elizabeth Bougerol
|  Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010  |  Updated 4:48 PM EDT
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Topper the Season

Fred Flare

The Fred Flare cap that justifies the cold snap.

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HAT TRICK: It’ll be 80 degrees on Monday, but until then, it’s feeling fairly autumnal to us. Perfect weather, in other words, for this jaunty plaid wool-blend cap with button and crochet details, $38 at Fred Flare, 131 Meserole Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn; 718-349-1257.

MIGHTY FINE: Self-taught pianist Alison Sudol – a.k.a. A Fine Frenzy -- proved she had songwriting chops on her ’07 debut “One Cell in the Sea,” but the one thing that never quite came across, in her lilting ballads about lost love, was her edge. Not so on her just-released “Bomb in a Birdcage.” Chick’s rocking Angelina Jolie eyeliner and hard-driving pop; spin the single “Blow Away” once and just try to get it out of your head. $12.99 at J&R Music World, 23 Park Row, 212-238-9000.

OUT WITH THE OLD: Just seconds ago we were decrying the demise of Otte’s Williamsburg outpost (while rubbing our hands gleefully over the crazy going-out-of-business deals on designer pieces slashed to ridiculous lows). And now, blow your noisemakers for the opening of the chainlet’s Tribeca outpost – shiny, new, packed with goods from names (Lauren Moffatt, Cynthia Vincent, Grey Ant) we know and love. 37 North Moore Street; 212-431-8501.

WEATHER GIRL: Pray for rain on Saturday, kids. Because if the skies open up, baker Keavy Landreth will be practically giving away the delectable dozens from her Kumquat Cupcakery, parked at the Fort Greene Brooklyn Flea all day. That means 12 scrumptious mini-cupcakes in flavors like red velvet and peanut butter for $10 (reg. $15). Brooklyn Flea, Vanderbilt Avenue and Lafayette Avenue.

OLFACTORY: Department store fragrances are not Elizabeth Moriarty’s bag. The Coney Island native and founder of the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfumery blends scents that are a little more wicked, a touch more mad-scientist – and completely sexy and addictive. Through November 5, get limited-edition seasonal scents like Falling Moon (agarwood and oakmoss) and Devil’s Night 2009 (“the scent of fires in the distance”), $17.50 each and packaged in gorgeous glass apothecary vials. Order here.

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