Gun-toting glamour Here's a fashion tidbit that should...

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May 20, 2001|By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan | Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,Sun Staff

Gun-toting glamour

Here's a fashion tidbit that should thrill the National Rifle Association: Tough-girl chic is in -- and we're talking gun-toting tough.

Paxton Quigley, a Beverley Hills-based security consultant, recently designed a bra with a built-in gun holster for women.

"I realized I needed a good concealed area to hide my gun," said Quigley, who used to carry her gun in a fanny pack or purse.

Quigley came up with the idea while working as a bodyguard for celebrities like Yoko Ono and began selling the $29.99 SuperBras on her Web site (www.defend-net.com / paxton) in the fall.

The bra comes in black and white, and the holster is nestled in the wearer's cleavage.

If you don't carry a weapon but would like to affect gun-toting style nonetheless, Helmut Lang comes to the rescue.

The designer's fall collection offers swingy cocktail dresses in beige and black that have a black-leather faux gun holster on one sleeve. The line also features evening gowns with the tough-looking embellishment.

Pretty in pink

You always head to the Gap for cute summer tees in cotton-candy pink. But who knew it was also the place to go for perfume to match?

It's not just pink, it's So Pink -- a fruity new fragrance from that palace of preppy chic. If you love lining up pretty perfume bottles on your dresser, this is a perfect addition to your collection: A totally girly pink bottle that practically has summer written all over it. And it smells good, too, with notes of grapefruit, orange, lily and jasmine.

It's available at Gap stores or at www.gap.com -- 3.4 ounces costs about $20. Or there's an eau de toilette spray for $5. There's also lotion, shower gel, body mist and a candle, all infused with the So Pink scent.

-- Knight Ridder / Tribune

Making the most of what you've got

InStyle magazine calls it "asset management." And we're not talking monetary figures here; we're talking physical ones. The May issue offers these ideas to make the most of what you've got:

* To cover up less-than-perfect legs while still looking sexy, try pairing a long, flowing Indian-print or embellished skirt with a tiny T-shirt or tank top and sandals.

* For a boyish (read no-curves) figure, a shirt knotted or wrapped at the waist can create an illusion of curves. This also draws attention away from a small chest and full arms.

* Bandeau tops are a fact of summer, but losing a cup size when you wear one doesn't have to be. Silicone bras with softly molded cups keep their shape even under the tightest tops.

--Associated Press

'Boot Camp'-- a beauty boost

With how-to books on beauty and diets flooding the market, we get a little weary of the lectures on what to do, what to eat, and how, in just a few minutes a day, we'll develop flawless skin and flat abs.

Ultimately, we have to integrate the most sensible suggestions into our lifestyles and move on. That precisely is the value of Diane Irons' book, "14 Day Beauty Boot Camp: The Crash Course for Looking and Feeling Great" (Sourcebooks MediaFusion, $19.95). Irons is a model and image consultant with a long list of television credits. She offers a plan for 14 days of obsession centered on your mind and body. She gives you a diet -- three meals in which you measure portions -- and advises you to keep a journal of everything you eat and think.

She suggests looking in the mirror and focusing on your strengths and your flaws and then trying to camouflage those weaknesses.

Such basics are old hat. But her tips may help in the long term and, at the least, inspire some giggles.

For a cheap work out, do your own housework, adding lunges while you vacuum and squats when you pick anything up, she says. "Destress" yourself on the cheap with an orange-juice bath made with cut oranges in a warm bath.

--Knight Ridder / Tribune

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