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Our obsessions (August 9–15, 2012)

This week we’re craving an ice-cream–themed pedicure, charitable papier-mâché bowls, African-fabric earrings and artistic kicks.

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Local accessories brand Be & D is best known for its luxe, trendsetting handbags, but designer Steve Dumain is taking the label in a quirky new direction by introducing men’s canvas sneakers. The high-tops are silk-screened with comical images of bones and brogues, although our favorite pair is this classy oxford silhouette style. Be & D Big City sneakers, $129, at beandd.com

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Get your last licks of summer by indulging in an ice-cream–themed pedicure at Spa Merge, a ground-floor oasis run by the Hilton Club. The hour-long treatment incorporates items from two Oprah-approved, edible-inspired body-care lines: Feeling Smitten Bath Bakery (feelingsmitten.com) and FarmHouse Fresh Goods (farmhousefreshgoods.com). Pick your desired hue from the selection of CND, Essie and Deborah Lippmann lacquers, then settle into one of four semiprivate cushioned cubes for a foot soak using the fizzy, scoop-shape bath bomb of your choice (options include vanilla, pistachio and orange). While your technician—we recommend Diane Vishina for a particularly thorough job—applies an exfoliating vanilla-sugar foot scrub, an antioxidant-rich dark-chocolate leg mask, a honey-based heel moisture serum and a sweet-cream body milk to your gams and tootsies, you can nosh on an actual trio of gelato served in shot glasses alongside chocolate-dipped frozen bananas. Glossy, well-manicured toenails are the cherry on top. Sweet Cream pedicure, 60mins $50 (after September 21, $85), at Spa Merge, 102 W 57th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (646-484-4104, spamerge.com)

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Add some panache to your pantry with these vibrant papier-mâché bowls. Made from recycled magazines by HIV-infected South African women, each design takes four hours to craft. Stock up knowing it’s for a good cause: $6 per bowl is donated to the Horn of Africa (hornafrica.org) disaster-relief fund, which buys six fortified nutritious meals for a refugee child. Bundu Designs African-print bowls, $23 each, at stores.bundudesigns.com

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Fashion illustrator and sportswear designer Nicole James crafts eclectic, handmade baubles out of her Brooklyn home. The FIT grad’s Jamaican roots inspire her jewelry collection, which is sold exclusively at Shana Jackson’s vintage boutique, Collecther. We’re coveting these colorful, gold-wire–wrapped earrings made from traditional African fabric, sourced from stores in Brooklyn and Harlem. NJames Elements fabric earrings, $35, at Collecther, 306 Franklin Ave between Clifton Pl and Lafayette Ave, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn (347-658-7857)

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