Don’t Miss Missoni

Calling all fashionistas … Missoni, the Italian fashion house famous for its colorful knits, is coming to a Target near you. This isn’t your standard GO International collection, either. Missoni is producing more than 400 pieces for the retailer with a majority of them less than $40. The line will include women’s, men’s and children’s knitwear and even bedding and dinnerware. Now your entire life can receive the Missoni treatment. Available Sept. 13-Oct. 22;

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My most prized possessions are my cocktail and spirits books. I have close to 1,000, and they include Jerry Thomas’ How to Mix Drinks, A Bon Vivant’s Companion (1862), one of the first cocktail recipes book ever written. I do also own the first French treatise (1820) about distillation of grain and potato spirits ever written by a woman. I can’t disclose the source where I find these books; it is too precious. But for the most part I buy them during my travels from antique bookstores and private collectors.