Beauty, cuisine and culture - as usual, we've got it all covered in this weekend's edition of OnMilwaukee.com Recommends.
H&M Hairstyling ring – I’m addicted to the bunhead look. While shopping at H&M last week, I noticed this bin of small mesh rings created to achieve a fuller-looking updo. At $3.95, I figured trying one wouldn’t hurt. All you do is gather your hair in an elastic band, slip your ponytail through the hairstyling ring, arrange and pin your hair around. And voila - perfect, full bun. The ring comes in three different colors – light beige, brown and dark brown – so you can match it to your hair. I was concerned that the mesh ring would show through my hair after I’d pinned it, but it’s camouflaged perfectly. Easily one of the smarter $4 choices I’ve ever made. It doesn’t ship to the Milwaukee area, but the H&M at Bayshore had a whole lot of stock. – Colleen Jurkiewicz
Hue Vietnamese restaurant – Ever since I read Lori Fredrich's review of this Bay View-based Vietnamese restaurant, 2691 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., I have wanted to go. Why it took over a year for me to make it there seems crazy to me at this point, considering the incredibly fresh food and warm, helpful service I received. Plus, the place looked and smelled really aromatic. I liked the details: the cucumber slice in the iced water, the choice of paintings on the walls. But most of all, I loved my tofu pho. Served in a massive ceramic bowl, the noodles were perfect, the broth extremely flavorful and the tofu perfectly prepared. The large bottle of Sriracha on the table was one of the first indicators that I was really going to bond with this place, and I did. Next time, I'm trying one of the cocktails. – Molly Snyder
"Dick Wicken, Milwaukee Architectural Sculptor," by Anna Passante (Elexday Publications, $20) – I admit that while I do notice much ornament and detail in Milwaukee buildings I enter, much also misses my attention. Glancing through Anna Passante's look at the career and work of Milwaukee's Dick Wicken, I recognize some great pieces, but much more of it is a revelation. Most exciting is the ability to put a name and a face to some of the work that has brightened the everyday lives of Milwaukeeans for years. Seeing in the book Wicken's work in schools like Pulaski and Story and the squirrel sculptures completed for other projects immediately has me wondering if Wicken did the squirrels and rabbits in Philipp Elementary and other works I've admired. Passante does Wicken and his legacy a service with this self-published book, but she also does all of us a service in reminding us of the talent and the vision that has helped beautify the environs that we all too often take for granted. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. – Bobby Tanzilo