Changing Times


July 18, 2004|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Special to the Sun

PERT, PERKY AND PREPPY, the TracyPlace ribbon watch is all that. And it's even practical, too.

One day wear your watch with a red and white gingham ribbon, the next you're mad about plaid, or stripes or polka dots.

The watch was designed by Washington, D.C., native Jenny Bayly, who reached for a handful of ribbons when her watchband broke. Each TracyPlace watch comes with a selection of ribbon bands in different colors and patterns that you can change whenever you feel like it. We especially like the colorful Peyton Place with its pink polka dot and lime-green ribbons ($75) and East Egg's gorgeous pastel lilac and aqua ribbon watchbands ($75). Both sets come with 14 colored ribbon bands plus basic navy.

To order, go to

Makeup made easy

Does anyone remember Garanimals? The line of children's clothing is perfect for people who don't feel like expending energy to match colors and styles. All a shopper has to do is match the animal tags on tops and bottoms and voila, instant play clothes.

Makeup artist Vincent Longo's new Spectralite collection is like the Garanimals of cosmetics. The soft wearable hues can be worn alone or combined. And each mirrored compact can magnetically snap together with other colors for eyes, cheeks and lips so that you can make your own palette. Even the brushes come in their own mirrored "tool box" compact.

Vincent Longo Spectralite compacts cost $18 and are available at Sephora stores in Bethesda and Georgetown and at

Tips for tying the knot

So you're getting married in Baltimore and you've got questions. Harbor Court Hotel or the Elkridge Furnace Inn? DJGreyhound or The Bill Dayton Big Band? White dress or blush?

For answers, at least to some of your questions, check out The Knot's new wedding publication specifically for Baltimore and Washington brides. Created by the Web wedding expert The Knot, the guide packs a whole lot of information into a glossy magazine. In addition to profiles of individual weddings, you'll also find directions to reception sites and hundreds of photos of gowns, flowers, cakes and honeymoons.

And if that wasn't enough, the guide works in tandem with The Knot's online city-by-city guide, where you can tour reception sites, view portfolios of photographers and florists and listen to local bands and DJs.

The Knot Weddings Washington D.C. / Maryland costs $4.95 and hits newsstands July 27.

Spice up morning

Sometimes it seems that even an extra-hot skim venti triple-caramel macchiato isn't enough to get us going in the morning. That's why we're glad that Philip B has decided to caffeinate our morning beauty rituals with a little Chai Latte Soul and Body Wash and Thai Tea Mood and Mind Cleanser.

OK, so the washes lack a whole shot of caffeine. But the Chai tea wash contains cardamom, cinnamon, ginger root and other spices you might smell in your morning chai, plus black tea to tone and tighten skin. And the Thai Tea body wash blends coconut with lemon grass, lime and citronella essential oils plus Thai tea concentrate.

The washes, like your daily dose of Starbucks, don't come cheap, but they do smell delicious.

Both products retail for $40.50 for 12 ounces and are available on the Web site:

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