Friday, February 20, 2004

The Insatiable Shopper


Scouting the marketplace with Joy Kraft

Gel design: Instant decor you can peel off and replace or toss seems perfect for our quick-change culture. They're cheap, squishy, shot with color and adhere to glass, tile and plastic. These Gel Mania stars are washable and re-useable to boot. Not recommended for little ones (they look too much like Jell-o jigglers). Pack of 15 stars is $4.59 at Kroger. But look for similar models at crafts and home stores.

Astro baby: Newborns are heavenly, especially if they sleep through the night. But Marion Erwin of Fort Thomas, who created www.astrologystarbaby.com, believes a tot's astrological birth sign provides personality insight. Baby's profile is created using a natal horoscope of the planets at the exact moment of birth with a cover illustration by artists Marlena Hebenstreit and Amelia Riedel, also of Cincinnati, for $24.99. Birth-sign rompers, T-shirts and sweatshirts, $12.99-$17.99, are also available.

Fashion notes: Even the most mundane lists and reminders take on a chic style when scribbled on Lady Jane Ltd. notepads die cut in the curvy silhouettes of a pastel frock, jaunty shoes or pretty little purses (not shown) trimmed in applique lace and sequins. 75 sheets each. $3.49-$6.49 at Party Source in Bellevue.

Information: 291-4007.




SEX AND THE CITY FINALE
Fans' hopes for the finale
Raise a glass to trendy drinks
Style for sale in HBO auction
Fans fell head over high heels for look
Show allowed women to talk about, er, sex

TEMPO
Registry can reunite lost pets with owners
The Insatiable Shopper

REVIEWS
Students ace 'Ghetto' lessons
Energetic dancers keep 'Fosse' hopping
'Rite of Spring' raw, electrifying

PEOPLE
Lachey says he might want to run for Cincinnati mayor
Moyers to leave PBS
Electra talks about her roots
Birthdays

PLANNING AHEAD
Get to it!
On the fridge
TV Best Bets