It's bracelets aweigh for Navy fans


December 14, 2003|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,special to the sun

Charm bracelets are so handy for holding memories -- a trinket from the beach here, a baby shoe there. The jumble of shapes creates a pleasing tinkle when worn on the wrist and presents a wonderful entry into conversations with strangers.

Annapolis jewelry artist Robin Papadopoulos has created a charm bracelet that's charming and oh so very Naval Academy. The bracelet features exotic beads in navy blue and yellow (U.S. Naval Academy colors), and interspersed with charms of such Naval Academy symbols as a midshipman's hat, an anchor, the goat and the Naval Academy star.

Papadopoulos collects her beads from around the world and bases the price of the bracelet, called "Dress Parade," on how many charms it includes. The bracelet costs $33 to $59 and is available at the Naval Academy's Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, just inside Gate 1, online at or by calling 800-778-4260.

Lip service

Chapped lips aren't as critical as a rogue perm. But when lips get dry, sore and chapped, it sure feels like a beauty emergency.

Blistex Pro Care is the lip balm for the job. Formulated with input from more than 100 dermatologists and beauty professionals, Pro Care is different from other lip balms. It's oval, not round. It contains ceramides, glycolipids and phospholipids -- substances that occur naturally in lips but need replenishing regularly. And it also has green tea extract to moisturize and a broad spectrum sunscreen.

Here's the best part: Blistex Pro Care costs only $2.50.

Now about that perm.

Denim and lace

This time of year, a white T-shirt seems too summery to pair with jeans and a bulky sweater looks too chunky. What's a girl looking to dress up her denims for December supposed to do? Why reach for a lacy blouse, of course.

We know what you're thinking -- denim and lace is too Joan Jett, too Stevie Nicks, too '80s. We disagree. Pick the right lace -- something sheer but not too sheer, something tonal, not bright white, and the look is more classic than classic MTV.

We especially like J.Jill's mesh eyelet blouse. With its teeny buttons, scalloped hem and cool gray shade, it's the kind of shirt that looks good now and a few years from now, with jeans or with something more formal.

Gabriella shirt, $119, is available at J.Jill stores in the Village of Cross Keys and Towson Town Center or by calling 800-642-9989.

Put on a happy face

Cynthia Rowley is known for her feminine, retro clothing that's chock-full of whimsy. And the designer doesn't want your face to go without a touch of whimsy, too.

Open a blush or eyeshadow compact from Rowley's cosmetic line and see the words "You're so pretty" right there on the inside cover of the compact. Maybe it's a cheap marketing ploy, but we were happy anyway since it's nice to be reminded that you're pretty.

Rowley's Modefinish eyecolor kit ($22) features three shades, ranging from opaque to shimmer, that can be mixed, or buy her eyeshadow in single colors ($15). The blush ($15) comes in soft shades that leave your face looking fresh and natural.

Cynthia Rowley cosmetics are available at

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