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- Curl up in your favorite reading spot and take a trip to Shanghai when you read how sisters Pearl and May Chin make a life-changing move from their glamorous lives to unforeseen destiny in the novel Shanghai Girls by Lisa See — $25 at Garden District Book Shop (The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 895-2266; www.gardendistrictbookshop.com).
- Add a spark of rich color and character to your settee, chaise or sofa with Thai silk pillow covers. The traditional black braids and frog closures not only add elegance but are also the means to insert and remove the pillow, making it easy to wash the cover. The covers are available in myriad sizes and jewel-toned colors — $25 at Discoveries Furniture & Finds (318 N. Rampart St., 569-0310; www.discoverieswholesalewarehouse.com).
- The textured glass sushi platter creates an ideal foundation for sushi, chocolates and hors d'oeuvres. The glass slabs come in a range of sizes — $57 to $97 per slab at Judy at the Rink (The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018).