Shop ‘Til You Drop: Your Shopping Horoscope

Did you know Mercury is in retrograde until March 17? I found this out just last week, a little late in the game considering it began on February 23. I breathed the biggest sigh of relief knowing it’s not entirely my fault that my brain feels like porridge.

If your phone, computer, and other tech gadgets are malfunctioning at a higher-than-average rate, your conversations seem to be circular and your desire for human interaction minimal, fret not. It’s just Mercury. The good news is that during this period of chaos, there are things we can do to come out feeling on top of the world. It’s a good time to finish things you started a while ago, like home improvements and wardrobe reorganization. It’s also a crucial time for pampering and relaxation. Now we’re talking!

While going through your jewelry box, think about having those unworn diamonds turned into something fabulous. The Perfect Setting works privately with clients to restyle, reset, and rejuvenate your jewelry. Owner Amy Certilman even offers one-on-one jewelry box consultation and estate evaluation. Browse her website, and be inspired by some of the beautiful before and after pictures. Visit theperfectsetting.com or call 516-422-1220.

Wardrobe reorganization can be greatly assisted by introducing a few fresh items. After setting aside pieces that can be donated, find out where the holes are (and I don’t mean in the elbow of that cardigan) and head to J. Crew. Spring 2013 is all about big color. Everything is bright, fun, and upbeat. Conveniently located at 84b Main Street in Southampton and 14 Main Street in East Hampton. Can’t make it there? Visit jcrew.com or call 631-287-2869.

Ready to tackle your home improvements? Whether you’re on the lookout for a rustic painted bench, water buffalo skulls to flank a fireplace, or a weather vane for your garden, English Country Antiques is certain to inspire. Not sure where to begin? One quick way of brightening up a room or foyer is with a Dhurrie, a flat, tightly-woven Indian rug that works beautifully on top of hardwood floors or layered over neutral carpeting. With shops in Southampton and Bridgehampton, English Country Antiques also ships furniture to homeowners and interior designers around the country.  Head to 53 North Sea Rd., Southampton or 26 Snake Hollow Rd., Bridgehampton, visit ecantiques.com or call 631-537-0606.

Now for that relaxation I mentioned earlier! Head to Main Beach Surf and Sport and allow yourself to be swept away to a world of surfboards, sunglasses, wetsuits, bikinis, straw hats and Bob Marley. If surfing in cold water isn’t your cuppa, plan a little vacay to somewhere warm and fun. The March Madness Sale, through the end of the month, offers huge discounts on just about everything. Stop by 325 Montauk Hwy, Wainscott, visit  mainbeach.com or give them a call at 631-537-2716.

As an essential part of taking care of yourself, how about a visit to a holistic salon and spa? Salon Xavier in Sag Harbor has a fantastic team of stylists, colorists, nail technicians, estheticians and massage therapists dedicated to using organic products that treat your hair and skin gently and effectively. With a fresh haircut and a revitalizing facial, you’ll leave looking and feeling like a new person, ready to take post-retrograde life by the horns! Located at 1A Bay Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-6400.

If you have a new store opening, a special event or sale, email us at stoptil@danspapers.com.

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