TROPICAL DREAMS It's around this time that I begin to dream of a white sand beach in the Caribbean. Not that I have the time to go. But I've found Aveda's new Caribbean Therapy Body Soak and Body Crème. The body soak (8.5 fluid ounces, $24) turns bath water into a milky-white moisturizing oasis filled with nourishing plant-derived oils and native Caribbean essential oils, including amyris, bay leaf, lime, vetiver. The highly emollient body cream (6.7 fluid ounces, $26) provides intense hydration from mango and cocoa butters scented with the same essential oils as the body soak. At Aveda salons and shops in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. www.aveda.com.
PEARLS RETURN - WITH ATTITUDE You'll see strand upon strand of pink, white and gray pearl imitations worn with chunky gold chains and black enamel Chanel logos around the swan necks of the ever fashionable. Cockerill in Hyde Park never disappoints when it comes to inspired jewelry and unique gifts. Take their interpretation of pearls - a 21st-century atom-bomb of a necklace made of flexible steel with large resin Mobe pearls. Designed in Paris by Sandrine Giraud. Ask for owner, Vickie Cockerill, and she'll tell you all about Giraud's line. $185. 3444 Michigan Ave. (513) 681-7444.
Memories by numbers So what if you can't draw? Immortalize your favorite person or pet in a paint-by-numbers masterpiece. Go to www.futurememories.com for complete instructions and a photo mailer to return snapshot headed for glory. About three weeks after returning it, you'll receive 40 acrylic paints, three brushes, a printed 11-by-14-inch canvas and charted graph ready for your artistic interpretation. $72.95.
Doll first aid Even pricey American Girl dolls need a little TLC after some rough-and-tumble living. Dolls with loose or broken limbs and tattered torsos can be mailed in, repaired and returned with a Certificate of Good Health, a hospital gown, ID bracelet and a Get Well balloon. Most doll hospital stays last about two weeks. Head and limb replacement, $20; new heads, $38; new torso and limbs, $38; new limb, $25. In the over-the-top American Girl tradition, a wheel-chair is available for $30. Information at customer service at www.americangirl.com.
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