Walking on flairIf mules are way too slow for you, and...

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May 10, 1998|By Holly Selby | Holly Selby,Sun Staff

Walking on flair

If mules are way too slow for you, and traditional slides make you snooze, consider super-chunky platform sandals.

CUDAS, a Richmond, Va.-based company, presents platforms that are black and white with Velcro-closed tops, pearlized baby blues that hint of the Far East, stacked faux wood, or beach thongs that will make you feel high.

Ranging from about $11 to $24, the shoes are available at New York City Shoes, Nordstrom, Cloud Nine and Towson Bootery. (Call 800-741-7093 for other venues.)

Go on, step up to a new summer look.

Still dazzling after all these years

If you love vintage clothing, check this out: Margaret Tilghman Carroll's 227-year-old ball gown is on display through Aug. 2 at the Mount Clare Museum House, 1500 Washington Blvd., Baltimore.

In 1771, Margaret and her husband, Charles Carroll, barrister (who helped frame Maryland's first constitution), visited England. There, they attended Queen Charlotte's birthday ball, at which Margaret wore her spectacular gown.

It is made of creamy white silk that has been brocaded with sprigs of pink and red roses, and has pleats flowing down the back.

The lady's dancing shoes will be on display as well.

Admission ranges from $1 to $5. For information about Mount Clare Museum House hours, call 410-837-3262.- H.S.

Good reason for shopping

Here's a last-minute (really last-minute) Mother's Day gift idea that is sure to give pleasure and may do some good, too. Trade Secret salons this month are selling Hope for the Cure beauty items in support of breast-cancer research.

The items range in price from $3 to $10 and include scented candles, fingernail polish, lipstick and designer toothbrushes. Trade Secret, a division of Regis Corp., will donate the net proceeds from the sales plus 10 percent of Trade Secret's own product sales to the Mayo Foundation in Rochester, N.Y., this month.

There's a Trade Secret salon at Baltimore's Harborplace, or call 800-888-1117 for other locations. -H.S.

Eye and dry

Now you can bat your eyelashes while water-skiing - shamelessly. You can sob your way through tear-jerkers - fearlessly. You can go singing in the rain - gleefully.

Yes, it's true: Estee Lauder has created Raincoat Waterproofing Topcoat for Mascara, a new way to waterproof your eyelashes. The stuff is designed to glide on over your usual mascara, then coat and protect it. Raincoat Waterproofing Mascara sells for about $16 and is available at Estee Lauder counters.

Think of it as a little umbrella for your eyelashes.

- Annemarie Armentano contributed to this item

Pub Date: 5/10/98

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