Dress like a doll


October 26, 2003|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Special to the Sun

You've got to hand it to Barbie -- she's a middle-aged gal who refuses to hang up her go-go boots and miniskirts. And now she wants your daughter to dress like she does, too.

Her line of girls' clothing for the holidays is colorful, fashionable and sporty. Starting at $24, items include suede and leather boots embellished with butterflies and flowers, newsboy caps, thick cozy sweaters, comfy sweat pants and patterned corduroys and jeans.

We can't help but wonder, why doesn't Barbie don some of these tasteful clothes herself?

At any rate, she's still a doll.

Barbie fashions for girls are available at Kohl's and JC Penney.

Just look at those lips

Girly isn't such a bad thing when you're talking about lovely, ladylike behavior that no one really engages in anymore. We're all for bringing a little girly back into our lives, and we know just where to start: lipstick application.

Just say "no" to the hastily applied lipstick at red lights, to the smears and tooth-swipes that go hand in hand with not carrying a fancy little lipstick mirror in your purse. We like Bloom's Clip-On lipstick mirror that slips over your round lipstick case, thereby ensuring that you won't have to fumble in your purse to find it when you need it. $20 at www.sephora.com.

A pair of Pinks

Thomas Pink's pastel striped wellies won't make you taller. Or smarter. Or better looking. But the whimsical rain boots will make you happy.

The high rubber rain boots known as Wellingtons are the footwear favored by English types ranging from farmers to royalty. They are named after Arthur Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington, who wore them after his defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo.

His wellies were solid and dark. Thomas Pink's are busy and bright. And so practical for keeping out puddles and muck. It's enough to make us wish for rain.

Thomas Pink wellies for women cost $125 and are available online at www.thomaspink.co.uk. For information, call 888-336-1192.

Buying a little hope

In October, pink ribbons are nearly as prolific as falling leaves. Since it's breast cancer awareness month, cosmetic companies and others are raising awareness about the disease by selling products that benefit various breast cancer charities and foundations. Here are a few you shouldn't overlook:

* Sue Devitt Studio's Starlights Clear Water Eyeshadow (right) in a glorious, luminous soft pink called Carina is available only at www. Beauty.com. When you buy this $22 eye shadow, $4 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Fund.

* Philosophy's remember (right) is a shampoo. It's a bath gel. It's a shower gel. And 100 percent of the net proceeds from the sale of remember will be donated to the Women's Cancer Research Fund. Now that's nothing to sneeze at. $20 for 16 ounces at www.drugstore.com.

* Every item purchased from Red Envelope's Think Pink Collection garners a donation to City of Hope breast cancer research programs. This month, the fancy gift e-tailer will donate 10 percent of sales from this collection up to $10,000. We like the sweet pink leather ID bracelet (below, $30-$35), and the soft pink silk rose pin ($36) would look so very feminine on a lapel. To shop, go to www.redenvelope.com or call 877-733-3683.

* Buy a tube of shimmery, iridescent pink Savvy Hope Lip Gloss from Sally Beauty for $4.99, and 50 cents goes to City of Hope and its breast cancer research programs. Call 800-ASK-SALLY for the nearest Sally Beauty supply store.

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