Street chic: Only powerful personalities need apply


April 21, 2002|By Tricia Bishop | Tricia Bishop,Sun Staff

The best thing about Cherry Tomato at 815 N. Charles St. isn't its stock of small, independent designers or funky fashion sense: It's the fact that the owners buy just three of each style.

"We only carry one of each size: small, medium and large," says Jonna Buckner, who shares ownership of the store with Stephanie Remulla, formerly a buyer for the now-defunct Bombshell Boutique. So there's only a tiny chance you'll run into your outfit on someone else.

Thus far for spring, the boutique offers lots of ruffles and terry-cloth clothes in pink or delicate floral patterns -- Buckner describes them as "girly and playful" -- but new things arrive weekly.

They're not necessarily for everyone, though. Meant for a clientele between about 20 and 40 (with a bias toward the younger set), the Ts, silk dresses and corduroy skirts scream street chic and require a personality at least as strong to wear them. Designers include Sofia Coppola's line, Milk Fed, and Built by Wendy (which began as a line of guitar straps and grew into a vintage-inspired clothing line). Prices range from about $48 to $260. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m., 410-332-9917.

When you go, be sure to check out the totes Buckner makes from vintage fabrics; they're super-practical and instantly add some panache to whatever you're wearing.

True eye power relies on some secret agents

TV's undercover CIA agent Sydney Bristow, the protagonist in ABC's Alias, (above) changes her look the way some people change their mind: by the minute -- and we're not just talking clothes. Bristow's a brown-eyed brunette in one scene and a green-eyed redhead in the next.

The show's makeup artist, Angela Nogaro, says Fresh Look contacts account for the eye-color switch, but the consistent va-va-voom of star Jennifer Garner's normally brown peepers is due to some creative cosmetic tricks. Here are some of Nogaro's best tips for bringing out your baby blues, or greens or browns:

* Blue -- Taupes and light browns bring out blue the best. Stick to matte shades and concentrate most of the color along the lash line.

* Green -- A bronze metallic shadow across the lids and beneath the lower lash line will make green eyes sparkle.

* Brown -- For an evening look, swipe pearlescent white shadow across the upper lids and shade the crease with a medium taupe. Use black liner along the top lash line for drama.

What J.Lo puts on her skin

You know Jennifer Lopez (right) takes good care of her skin -- she shows so much of it, after all -- and the word on the style street is that she's using a brand-new product: Vinolift. Made from wine yeast, the rich 1-ounce day and night face creams, which sell for $59 each, claim to repair and regenerate your skin and erase the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

They're available, along with a $75 anti-aging serum, at

For the artist in you

Chanel understands: We're not just putting on makeup, we're painting our faces. So the cosmetic company has put out a palette in a form suitable for the artist in us.

Called Les Gouaches (pronounced goo-wash) de Chanel, the five tubes of color look as though they hold oil paints instead of makeup, and they're perfect for blending. Just mix and match droplets of the airy creams until you get the color you want for your lips, eyes or cheeks.

A clear gloss is included for polishing your pucker, along with a mixing tray and washable brushes for application (though your fingers work pretty well). The set comes in a black carrying case and is available at major department stores and online at for $65.

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