Get your quack-quacks here


November 30, 2003|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Special to the Sun

Children's clothing can be so cute, so tiny, so expensive. Who ever thought dressing a little person could run into the triple digits for a single ensemble, anyway?

If you like the hipness of designer duds for your kids but shelling out $150 for a holiday dress isn't your bag, then we have found a solution. Eieio in Hampden is more than a consignment store that sells boys and girls clothing in sizes newborn to size 10. In the words of owner Aicha Williams, who named the store for a line in her daughter's favorite song, it's a "children's resale experience."

Shoppers will revel in Williams' bright, sunny space complete with lounging area for parents, play area for kids and even a weekly story time. As for the clothes, Williams' consignors come from all over the country and they have great taste. A recent visit turned up clothing from Oililly, Talbots Kids and Baby Gap.

Williams, the mother of 6-month-old Aris and 7-year-old Aria, makes an extra effort to find cute boy clothes. And she also has a number of cool new gift items like Shabby Chic Baby bibs and Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags.

Eieio is located at 3616 Falls Road. Call 410-889-2299 or go to for more information.

Get some rest

By now you probably know that if you're looking for soft, comfortable sheets, the key is to buy Egyptian cotton with a high thread count. With some sheets running into the hundreds of dollars, however, it's an awful lot to spend on sleeping.

Get the softness of high- thread-count sheets without most of the price tag by swaddling yourself in Threadcountzzz pajamas. Crafted from 800-thread-count Egyptian cotton, the PJs have a satiny feel but the comfort level and easy care of cotton. Cut in the classic drawstring waist, button-top style, the $98 PJs come in colors including black with red embroidery, tea green embroidered with pink, and soft plum embroidered with dragonflies. For men, the PJs come in black with red stitching and slate blue with navy stitching.

Not sure if you'll like them? You can request a free fabric swatch of Threadcountzzz pajamas from the company's Web site, Buy the PJs on the Web site, or e-mail to ask for the location of a store near you.

Get more hair

Hairpieces done poorly can look obvious, tacky even. Do them well and nobody has to know.

Flawless, a new line of hairpieces by Danilo, look natural and spunky. Wear them long and layered, twisted into an updo or short and tousled -- it's your choice. Flawless hairpieces come in 20 colors and seven styles and range in price from $24 to $88 depending on style. They are available at Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's stores, or for a store near you go to

Get your strokes

If you want big fat eyelashes, you've got to work at applying layer after layer of mascara to make lashes look lush and full. According to Clinique, the average woman applies 40 strokes of mascara to each eye to achieve a bold, thick lash.

Clinique would rather have you spend your time doing something else. The company's new High Impact Mascara contains a built-in base of polymers that binds onto every eyelash, thickening on the spot, lengthening lashes and giving up to a 26-degree curl. As for intensity of color, their black mascara is deep and dark, not gray, and their colored mascara, Plum Drama and Sapphire, are pure and strong.

Which leaves us much more time for nibbling bonbons and reading chic lit. Ahhhh.

Clinique High Impact Mascara costs $13.50 at Clinique counters in department stores everywhere and at com.

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