Sample if you dare

STYLE FILE

January 06, 2002|By TRICIA BISHOP | TRICIA BISHOP,SUN STAFF

There's a good side and a not-so-good side -- usually is. If you check out CCB-Paris.com, a cosmetics company site carrying only European brands, you can send a friend (or 10) a postcard for free with a personal message on it and a sample of either agnes b.'s Apricot Complexion Enhancer or Cosmence's Age-Defying Cream tucked inside. But if you do, beware: CCB-Paris and its marketing department now have your address along with your friends', so maybe you'd better gauge your pals' junk-mail tolerance before you add them to the mailing list.

-- T. B.

Dancing purse

New Yorker Emily Blumenthal is hoping her invention, the Yasmena evening bag (www.yasmena.net), will become the Post-it Note of the club scene -- that oh-so-simple thing we all suddenly realize we can't do without. But instead of organizing our lives, her bags are supposed to solve the age-old problem of what to do with your purse when it's time to hit the dance floor.

Just big enough to hold a mobile phone, cash and some essential cosmetics, the bags have a band at one end that you slip over your wrist and a smaller one at the other end that attaches to your middle finger, anchoring the bag to your hand. They come in beaded, lace-covered, denim, canvas and satin styles and start at $85 on www.girlshop.com.

-- T. B.

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