Spring blooms in B&W


May 02, 2004|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Special to the Sun

Black and white is hot all over this spring. Store displays are all sporting such combos as white pants and short black jackets, bold black and white print dresses, florals, ginghams and stripes all done up in darks and lights. Black and white looks classic and pretty. Always.

Don't fall into the trap of wearing a white shirt with a black bottom -- lest you look like a server. And there's no reason that your black and white has to be tailored either. We've seen some floaty numbers, such as this dress by Emma James ($79) that blends Asian influences like a mandarin collar with sheer chiffon and etched blossoms in black and white.

Emma James clothing is sold at Macy's; call 800-555-9838 for other stores.

Ripe for stripes

We like a nice stripe now and again. That's why Oilily's Orange Stripes really caught our eye. The tubes and bottles of this fragrance line feature juicy vertical stripes that remind us of summer. Take a whiff and the mix of mandarin, jasmine, green tea, berry and mint will leave you feeling energized. Can orange's powers to uplift and spread happiness really be true? In folklore, orange signifies the sun and friendliness. Chromatists use the color orange to treat depression.

Orange Stripes comes in Eau de Toilette, body lotion and hair and body shampoo and ranges from $25 to $35. It's available at www.sephora.com and at the Oilily store in Tysons Galleria in McLean, Va.

Good scents for boys

One day your boy smells like baby powder and maple syrup, the next he smells not so fresh. When adolescence happens to boys, it's a bit of an olfactory shock. Tween and teen boys have developing bodies that produce lots of oil and odor. Take into account that more than 90 percent of America's 22 million boys ages 9 to 16 play sports, and that's a lot of smelling.

In the past, most boys made do by using health and beauty products designed for their dads or sisters. But smelling like baby powder is no longer as cool as it was in infancy. Now there's a line of grooming products just for them. OT Overtime includes shampoo, hair gel, sports wash and deodorant in scents like Vertical Blast and Power Rush. The line costs $2.79 to $3.29 and is available at Target.

Everything's fresh again

When playing dress-up, a poof of dusting powder swiped from Mom's vanity always made us feel pretty.

Kate Spade, the reigning princess of pretty, now makes a dusting powder that will have the same effect. Spade's dusting powder can be used after a bath to seal in moisture or anytime you need little lift. The scent -- honeysuckle, gardenia, jasmine and tuberose -- is as fresh and feminine as, well, as Kate Spade. Dusting powder costs $42 at Nordstrom.

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