Cool in the shades



Ever wonder where celebrities get their chic shades? More and more, the hip (and sometimes edgy) frame designs of Paris-based Frederic Beausoleil are showing up on the noses of Hollywood's elite. Here are some you might have seen:

* Michael Douglas' professorial reading glasses in "Wonder Boys" (style No. 104 070)

* Julia Roberts' cat-like shades in "Erin Brockovich" (style No. 26 293)

* Sandra Bullock's sun-blocking hangover helpers in "28 Days" (style No. 171 300)

Lucy Liu also wore them in "Charlie's Angels," Cameron Diaz in both "Any Given Sunday" and "Being John Malkovich," and Matt Damon in "Legend of Bagger Vance."

Not bad for a guy who doesn't even work in this country.

Locally, Beausoleil frames, which sell for $169 to $500 and run the style gamut from rectangular diva frames to Elton glam shapes, are available at Bernard Shear Opticians (9153 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills; 410-363-1777). For other locations, call 914-834-4358.

-- T.B.

Got to hand it to you

Subtlety is usually a good thing, particularly where fragrance is concerned (just ask anyone who's ever been in an elevator with a cologne junkie), and these bracelets from Clarity take understated to a new low. The beaded arm decor is lightly scented with geranium and sandalwood, so you can skip the perfume and still get its benefits -- localized to just a wrist.

Try wearing them on whichever arm you use to shake hands. They'll sweep a faint aroma through the air without taking away any of its breathability.

The bracelets come in three colors (coral, rose and turquoise), are made of wood and quartz beads and sell for $33 each at

-- T. B.

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