Stop scratching


October 12, 2003|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Special to the Sun

Sport sunglasses have that cool wrap-around frame for better visibility and lightweight feel, but when you take them off and put them in your pocket, you run the risk of scratching those very expensive lenses.

A Baltimore company has come up with the perfect solution. 180s Sunglasses have temples that fold in front of the lenses. The innovative design results in a more compact profile when folded, reduced risk of breakage at the temples and added protection from scratching since the temples, when folded, help protect the shatterproof polycarbonate lenses.

"We wanted to build a superior product with an added difference," said Chris Heine, product developer for 180s Eyegear, which is based in Canton. "Sunglasses, especially sports-wraps, experience temple breakage." Bending the temples around the lenses gives typically clunky sports wraps a streamlined half-inch profile when folded and added protection from scratching, he says.

180s are available in four styles, a wide variety of colors and carry a lifetime guarantee. They cost $60 to $90 are available at Brookstone stores nationwide and online at

It's time to Birkenstock up

No one ever accused Birkenstocks of being fancy. Or chic. But when it comes to comfort, the clunky sandal has the market cornered.

Which is why we were so pleased to see that the company's Architect Collection of shoes, which was designed by Yves Behar and his team at fuseproject, recently won an award for industrial design excellence (IDEA) from the Industrial Designers Society of America.

The line was designed to appeal to sophisticated urbanites who value comfort. There are 10 styles for women and nine for men in the collection. We love the kicky red Avila Mary Jane (above, center, $240). We also love the Architect Collection's outsole, which is durable and slip resistant. And that patented Birkenstock comfort factor certainly doesn't hurt, either.

For a Birkenstock catalog or a retailer near you, call 800-761-1404 or go to

An absolute musk-have

For years, designer Narciso Rodriguez has worn Egyptian musk oil, a sensual fragrance that's become his signature scent. Now he wants women to wear it too.

Rodriguez's new women's fragrance, for her, is designed to celebrate a woman's sensuality. It has musk with orange blossom as its top note, a vanilla and amberlyn middle note, and musk with vetiver in the bottom note.

And the bottle, streamlined and architectural in shape, resembles ancient Chinese snuff bottles, which were painted from within to shield their contents from sight.

For her ranges from $40 for shower gel to $150 for 1.6 ounces of the fragrance.

It is available at Saks Fifth Avenue stores in Chevy Chase and nationwide, and at

Lemon lookers

Nothing is as cool and refreshing as a glass of lemonade. Unless, of course, you're talking about a swipe of Benefit's Lemon Aid.

The soft, lemon-yellow cream does wonders when it comes to making eyelids look silky smooth. Add some eye makeup or go bare. Either way you can't lose.

Benefit's Lemon Aid eyelid primer costs $18 and is available at Hecht's at Towson Town Center or at

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