Products for the life you want


March 23, 2003|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Sun Staff

The newly opened Joie de Vivre in Pikesville sells cosmetics, but it's not just a cosmetics store. The stylish shop at The Festival at Woodholme sells lavish jasmine-scented candles carved with hummingbirds and Renaissance-looking muses, but it's not a home decor place either. And yes, they do makeovers and facials, but it's not a salon.

"We are providers of lifestyle products," explained store manager James Kim. The walls of the minimalist 4,000-square-foot store are lined with glass shelves containing a wide selection of cosmetics, lotions, creams and the like. The ceiling and crown molding are meant to evoke a turn-of-the-century apothecary shop, but the butter leather couches and ultra-hip maple veneer make it look elegant and modern.

As for products, you'll find such celebrity favorites as Paula Dorf and Sue Devitt Studio cosmetics, D.R. Harris & Co. Ltd. and Anthony Logistics grooming items for men. The store even carries Aromababies milk bath and Cheeky Chimp white chocolate body lotion for the younger set.

With so many different kinds of items collected in one store, Kim says he sees Joie de Vivre as a place for people to come and shop at their leisure. "We are away from the hustle and bustle of the malls here," Kim said. "We like people to come in and spend a few hours."

Joie de Vivre is located at 1809 Reisterstown Road, 410-580-1994.

Hampden just got 'Lucky'

As a contributing editor to Lucky magazine, Gigi Guerra travels the world and scouts out great places to shop. Guerra, 29, recently stopped and shopped in Baltimore for the first time and was thrilled by Charm City's selection of eclectic, independent shops.

Guerra called Shine at 3554 Roland Ave. in Hampden "supercute" and said the modern-looking shop had a good mix of accessories, shoes and clothes, not to mention "a really good vibe." Another Hampden pick of hers was the stylish home and garden store In Watermelon Sugar (3555 Chestnut Ave.), which she liked for its warm atmosphere and mix of items. And at Trixie's Palace in Fells Point (1704 Thames St.), Guerra liked the store's "girly stuff."

Check out Guerra's shopping column on Baltimore and Washington, D.C., in the April issue of Lucky, on stands now.

Preppy rules again

Back in the early '80s, preppy was king. Then there was lacy Madonna vintage chic, and that whole flannel grunge thing. Before too long, the tidy look of cable-knit sweaters and polo shirts was again only hip to the grown-ups at the country club.

If you haven't noticed, preppy has returned in a big way this spring. From Lilly Pulitzer shifts to gross-grain belts, the look has made a big comeback for women and men.

But this year's preppy is more casual than the logo-crazed super-coordinated preppy of years past. For evidence, look no further than The Gap. Wear that fitted oxford ($34.50, below) untucked and over a little floral T-shirt ($38). Take the polo ($24.50-$29.50) to a new level when you buy it cornflower blue instead of navy. And never, ever underestimate the ability of a brightly colored macintosh jacket ($78) to brighten up even the rainiest of days.

Clothing is available for men and women at Gap stores or at

Don't eat that -- put it on your head

Robert Hallowell earned the nickname "the Kitchen Beautician" for his propensity for whipping up hair products for his celebrity clients out of what he found in their gardens, refrigerators and kitchen cupboards.

Now you don't have to live in Hollywood (or be Sharon Stone or Sarah Jessica Parker) to take advantage of Hallowell's hair recipes. Prawduct, his new line of hair products, contains no artificial ingredients, is not tested on animals and treats hair gently while imparting body and shine. The products are formulated in herb garden and honey fruit "complexes" and cost about $7.50 each.

You can buy prawduct shampoo, conditioner, spray and tonic at

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