SCENTSATIONAL In today’s complex and computerized world, we sometimes neglect the most primary sources of pleasure available: our five senses. But who can resist the seductive allure of scent? From rose water to musk, we still respond to the mystery of fragrance. In ancient times, the Egyptians abundantly used perfumes in their religious rites; and when they invented glass, it was used to contain those precious essences. Continuing this age-old tradition, the Correia Art Glass studio in Santa Monica, California, creates jewel-colored, handblown glass bottles to please the eye while storing the aromas that please our sense of smell. Each work is unique, and each is signed and registered in the studio. One of the most lovingly crafted vessels to ever grace a boudoir, the bottle’s pearly, iridescent sheen will captivate even those who are resolutely unromantic. Pictured here, the Clear Squash perfume bottle, $125. At Wentworth, the Galleria, 13350 Dallas Parkway. Mon-Fri 10-9, Sat 10-6. 392-2305.
C’OSTUME HAUNT All the world’s a stage on Halloween, a holiday that conjures up the actor in us. And for playful spirits usually given to frequenting thrift-shop haunts and the attics of elderly relatives for their tricks and treats, Incognito unveils an almost supernatural array of rental costumes and accessories ranging from a fruit-laden Miranda-esque bonnet to a Viking headdress complete with horns. They accept custom orders, too; so whether you long to don the armor of a Roman gladiator or prefer to adopt the dazzle of a Las Vegas showgirl, you’re bound to find something here. Presto! Incognito, 7001 Fair Oaks (in The Market). Mon-Fri 10-6; 10-9 Oct 3-31. 696-8901.
OPEN HOUSE Here’s a house that everyone can afford: a miniature replica of an old-time Victorian structure, built in China from wheat straw. But there’s a secret inside this charming construction: a multiboxed, take-apart interior that offers vacancies for everything from hairpins to paper clips. Lift a turret and hide your earrings inside the small, silk-lined compartment. Or raise a roof and put your postage stamps into storage. Whether it resides on a desk top or a lace-covered bureau, this useful abode will be right at home. From $8.75 to $16.25 at A1A (American Institute of Architects) Book Shop, the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh. Mon-Fri 9-5:30, Sat 10-5. 748-4264.
FAIR DAYS While the festivities at the State Fair roll on, autumn offers another outside opportunity for making merry: the Sale Street Fair, held annually since 1965. You won’t find greasy corny dogs or sickly chameleons on leashes here; what you will find is a three block area of vendors selling wares as diverse as antique jewelry and macram坢 hangings. In addition to the displays by Sale Street merchants, art lovers will revel in the glorious pageant of ceramics, prints and weavings by local artists; and the more domestically minded will appreciate the wide assortment of traditional handicrafts. There will be a spook house and creative activities for the kids, and musical entertainment by area bands is scheduled. Christmas presents may be found in abundance, but you’ll be giving one present early: All admission prices benefit the Creative Learning Center, a Dallas school that educates gifted children from economically deprived backgrounds. The Sale Street Fair, Sale Street and Dickason, one block north of Turtle Creek off Cedar Springs. Oct 22 & 23 from 10 to 6. For more information, call Fran Whittenberg at 638-7723 or Stacey Angel at 934-3304.
FITTING LOOKS A successful image is created out of many components, but the common thread that ties a look together is the most basic of all: proper fit. Recognizing the premier importance of well-cut lines, Heidi Kelly of Executive Designs offers a customized shirt-and suit-designing service that can tailor a sophisticated, professional wardrobe for you. Using no less than 10 measurements, Kelly oversees each project from start to finish (and satisfied customers including members of the Dallas Cowboys and Howard Keel of Dallas fame can attest to her skill). Time-conscious executives will appreciate Kelly’s consultations at their home or office, and fashion-wise aficionados will delight in the extensive selection of fabrics (many imported from Europe) from which to choose. Shirts are $30 to $150, depending on fabrics used; gift certificates are available. Executive Designs by Heidi, 3913-C Buena Vista. Call 526-3582 for an appointment.