Tuesday, June 11, 2002

Versatile clothes ideal for trips

By Joy Kraft, jkraft@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Getaway weekend musts: Talbots has a few tips for weekend getaway packing so you don't end up toting a steamer trunk:

        1) Stick to one or two basic neutrals like black or khaki —accented with one or two brighter colors like red or turquoise.

        2) Stick to one color for shoes.

        3) Take a white shirt that can be worn tucked, cinched or over a swimsuit.

        4) Relaxed fit chinos can take you from a round of golf to a seaside cookout or shopping.

        5) Three T-shirts — one white, one neutral and one accent color — are enough.

        6) Pack shorts or pedal pushers.

        7) A chunky knit sweater can drape over anything.

        8) Add a scarf, big belt, crushable hat or bangle bracelet that can change any outfit's look.

        Art of shaving: To some men, shaving is an art that includes oils, gels, brushes, stands, bowls, razors and various lathers concocted to pamper troublesome skin.

        The Art of Shaving, which opened about six years ago on New York's Upper East Side was the first boutique dedicated to men's grooming and soon had a following that includes celebs of both sexes: Billy Joel, Samuel Jackson, Brooke Shields, Andre Agassi and Seal. Within a few years there were three locations, some with barber shops, then boutiques in Neiman-Marcus stores and Miami.

        Now, The Art of Shaving products can be had in time for Father's Day at 2700 Erie at Hyde Park Square. The line — developed with herbs and aromatherapy techniques — is dye-free with no alcohol or synthetic fragrances.

        Conditioning wrap: ThermaSilk has added heat a new way to hair conditioner with its Intensive Conditioning Thermal Wrap. Apply conditioner (included) to clean, wet hair and cover with the purple wrap. Then, warm the wrap with your hair dryer until it turns white. Two to four uses per cap. $6.99. At drug stores or www.thermasilkhair.com

        Jean gems: Blue Ash Blues, a jeans recycling store in Blue Ash we wrote about recently, sent us a few tips on how to tell if you have old jeans not worth saving or gems. Before 1972, Levi's red tag on the rear back pocket used an upper case "E' and are commonly called “Big Es.” They are worth $50-$500. If there are rivets inside the rear pockets that do NOT show on the outside the jeans are from the '50s and worth $250-$1000. And a Levi jacket with pleated front panels is worth $500-$2,500.

        Flag tee: Some Fourth of July traditions are as old as potato salad and sparklers. Others take less time. But nine seems to be the magic number for Old Navy. They are continuing their annual release of the $5 flag T-shirt, in six colors and sizes for everyone. To celebrate the nine-year “tradition” they are also releasing a commemorative tee — priced at $10.50 because it's a limited edition — with all nine flag designs from the past.

        Copper tips: The bronzing trend has reached the brows and nails. On the spring runways, Versace models wore a hint of golden brown shimmer above their eyes. To get the look, swipe a glittery mascara — like the copper fire end of Too Faced Electric Lash Mascara (in the color Shock) — through your brows and keep the rest of the face subtle. $18.50 from www.sephora.com. The classic French manicure takes on the burnished glow when the nail is painted copper then tipped with a darker clay or brown color.

        Summer hair: Now that the sun is glaring and the pools are crowded, it's open season on hair that can suffer split ends, fading and drying when exposed to the elements and chlorine. Shelves are crowded with first aid and sun enhancers for those who want to lighten their color for summer. Avon's Advance Techniques Element Defense plan for hair includes clarifying shampoo to remove sea salt, chlorine and copper to keep blondes from turning brassy (or even green), plus a conditioning spray to protect hair and a triple hydrating creme if the damage is already done. $3.49-$4.99. (800) 367-2866 or www.avon.com.

        Pro-Cuts fund-raiser: Pro-Cuts in Mariemont is teaming up with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati to raise funds to support the organization's programs that help the families of sick children. Pro-Cuts will distribute coupons for discounts on haircare and $1 for each haircare service, or 10 percent of each product purchase will go to Ronald McDonald House.

       E-mail: jkraft@enquirer.com.


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