Marc Fisher platform heels From Prada to Payless, just about every designer is offering up a version of this season's must-have platform...

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Marc Fisher platform heels

From Prada to Payless, just about every designer is offering up a version of this season’s must-have platform heels. But how practical are they? As a 5-foot-10 woman, I’m accustomed to seeing the tops of people’s heads, so I hesitated at the prospect of teetering around at 6 feet 2. Still, I was willing to give Marc Fisher’s chocolate suede shoes a try, even with their 4 ½-inch heels. The red soles were very Christian Louboutin, and the shoes felt surprisingly comfortable, with a cushy platform and a stable heel. After wearing them for a full workday, I’ve deemed platforms doable — even though I generally prefer to stay a little more grounded.

$79 at Macy’s stores.

— Holly E. Thomas

Matthew Williamson fragrance

London fashion designer Matthew Williamson has practically patented the free-spirited, hippie-chic look (think Sienna and Kate). So it’s a bit surprising that his new scent is a complex concoction of nearly 25 notes, meant to evoke tropical sands and exotic lands, thanks to its blend of vibrant citrus, heady jasmine and musky patchouli. In theory, it’s jet-setting. In practice, it’s sticky-sweet and overwhelmingly floral. For Anglophiles who like their scents on the strong side, this one will linger well past afternoon tea.

$68 for 1.7 ounces, $88 for 3.4 ounces. At Nordstrom stores and www.nordstrom.com.

— Michelle Thomas

Warming Body Scrub

With winter on the way, the Breathe line’s Instant Warmth Gentle Body Scrub promises to crank up the heat when the weather turns icy. The new formula from Bath & Body Works warms up to a cozy, just-right temperature when mixed with water, and its Soothing Vanilla Milk version smells deliciously creamy. It softens skin with shea butter and Vitamin E (aahh) and exfoliates with large sugar grains (ouch — turns out sugar’s better in your latte than on your skin).

$18 at Bath & Body Works stores and www.bathandbodyworks.com.

— Michelle Thomas