March’s Hot Trends

Hail to the utilitarian umbrella! Bring on the precipitation; these artistically designed weather warriors repel rain in high style.

Purple Reign: A celeb following lends cachet to this luxury line of African wax-print designs handcrafted in the USA. A portion of the proceeds benefits City of Joy, a Congolese community for victims of violence; $425-$455 at Marisols (

Flower Power: Doves, a jungle of florals, and positive messages make for a fanciful pattern on the Artist Circle umbrella; $25 at The Sak in Sea Girt (732-449-3510).

Bright Spot: C. Wonder’s two-tone, signature logo umbrella offers the push-button convenience of single-hand opening; $24 at C. Wonder in Paramus (201-909-5737).

Fun Finds: That Smile Looks Good On You
The magic of makeup aside, nothing looks better on you than happiness. But is there a formula for fostering good feelings? Amherst College psychology professor Catherine Sanderson will share surprising and not-so-surprising findings in “Science of Happiness,” a two-hour lecture at Montclair State University on March 2 at 2 pm.

The program is hosted by One Day University, a traveling classroom that presents top-notch professors from schools across the country delivering special versions of their best lectures at varying venues. Visit to register; $69 with coupon code NJM.

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