Going with the grains


January 11, 2004|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Special to the Sun

Seeds and grains are healthy when it comes to bread and oatmeal; now, with a new line of bath and beauty products from Davies Gate, they're beautifying, too.

Like seven-grain bread? Try Davies Gate Seven-Grain Therapeutic Salts, a blend of whole grain flours, unprocessed sugar and sea salts ($23) that will help eliminate aches and pains. Enjoy hummus? Get a generous helping of Sesame Seed Bath Foam containing natural sesame oil to smooth skin ($25). And if you like to knock back a beer now and again, Barley Body Wash contains hops, calendula, barley grain and coneflower to soothe and heal skin ($20).

The products are available at www.daviesgate.com, or call 888-398-9010 for a store near you.

Hot in the shade

Whether you're heading off to Aspen to ski or just heading out to the mall, you need to protect your eyes from the sun's harmful rays with a pair of sunglasses. What shades are hot this winter? The people at Sunglass Hut want you to know about these little beauties:

Versace's black plastic shades have mod blue lenses and look perfectly Twiggy with minis or black leather jackets. ($150)

Get tweedy in a way that isn't boring with Moschino's gray and brown plastic shades printed with a tweed design. The rectangular shape is masculine, but the light blue lens makes these glasses girly and fun. (pictured, top, $115)

No biker chick ensemble would be complete without a pair of metallic gold goggles from Chanel (above, $364). So loud, so tough. So strong.

Sunglass Hut stores are located in malls around the country, including Towson Town Center, Westfield Shoppingtown (formerly Annapolis Mall) and Bowie Town Center. For more information, visit the Web site www.sunglasshut.com or a store near you.

Color for your kickers

Those tall black boots you bought a few months back and have been wearing with just about everything need a little pick-me-up right about now. Next time you go to put them on, don't reach for a plain pair of black tights first. We've got something better: Hue boot liners. Layer on a pair or two and suddenly your old boots look bright and kicky, not drab and dreary.

OK, we know what you're thinking: these "boot liners" look like knee socks. So what if they do? These are different -- they're thin so that that splash of purple, green or pink doesn't have to cause you discomfort.

Boot liners come in colors ranging from black and camel to eggplant, apple, royal and chartreuse. They range in price from $5 to $10 and are available at department stores like Hecht's and Macy's.

Scent in the hair

We wash with perfumed soap, slather on perfumed lotion, then spritz on a little perfume. Thought you smelled good enough? Well, think again.

The people at Van Cleef & Arpels have just introduced a new beauty product perfect for people who like to spray on the scents. Perfumed Hair Mist is formulated to spray over your hair without damaging it or weighing it down. It brings softness and shine along with the scent of Murmure -- a floral, woody perfume.

Murmure perfumed hair mist costs $38 for 2.5 ounces. It is available at Bergdorf Goodman in New York or by calling 800-218-4918.

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