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October 06, 2002|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Sun Staff

Lift spirits with tote

The candy-colored plastic totes for sale at the Baltimore Public Works Museum's gift shop are more than an attractive way to haul lunch or pumps back and forth between the office and home: Sales of the bags go to two good causes.

Crafted from the discarded plastic straps from shipping crates, the bags are hand-woven by women who live in a small Burmese village where there are few employment opportunities for women. Proceeds from the bags benefit this women's cooperative as well as the popular Inner Harbor museum.

The bags, which come in an array of vibrant hues such as orange, green, blue and red, cost $10 at the Baltimore Public Works Museum gift shop, in the Eastern Avenue Pumping Station at Pier 7 in the Inner Harbor. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Information: 410-396-5565.

Smells like a honeymoon

Summer hasn't been gone long, but we're already dreaming about our next vacation.

Bora Bora, a new fragrance for women and men by Liz Claiborne that bills itself as "a vacation in a bottle," could be just the thing to get us through.

Bora Bora the island is a top honeymoon destination in the South Seas that millions dream of visiting. Bora Bora the woman's fragrance smells of frangipani, litchi water and jasmine. (The male version features kiwi, hibiscus and lichen moss.) The fragrance costs between $47.50 and $12.50 at area Hecht's and Macy's stores.

Catch a whiff on October 12 between 1 and 3 p.m. when Seventh Heaven star and Bora Bora pitchman George Stults visits the Liz Claiborne fragrance counter at the Towson Town Center Hecht's store.

T- shirts support 'domestic goddess'

Show your support of beleaguered home decor diva Martha Stewart with an array of fabulous T-shirts from Y-Que.

Tell it simply with a "Free Martha" in white on a solemn black T-shirt. Or proclaim it proudly with a black and white photo of a smiling Martha and the slogan "God Save the Queen." Or just be mean and wear a scarlet T emblazoned with the words "Insider Trading: It's a Bad Thing."

Where does all this wit in the form of a $10 shirt come from? Y-Que, after all, is the same company that brought us the devilishly clever "Free Winona" T-shirt to support actress Winona Ryder after she was charged with shoplifting at Saks Fifth Avenue. And in case your high school Spanish is rusty, the company name translates to "So what."

Shirts are available at:

Skin & Tonic, no rocks

Forget about gin and tonic: next time you're feeling the need for a pick-me-up, go for Bloom's Skin & Tonic.

The facial mask comes in the form of a tablet that, when emerged in a liquid sachet, unfolds into a scented facial cloth that can de-puff eyes, soothe and hydrate skin in a cool, facial-cocktail kind of way.

The alcohol-free tonic sachets contain such ingredients as witch hazel (an astringent), green tea extract (an anti-oxidant) and refreshing cucumber.

Skin & Tonic costs $16 for six tablets at

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