STYLE FILEpick me - Shopping for a good cause

STYLE FILE

October 03, 2004|By Maria Blackburn | By Maria Blackburn,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

More than 17,000 men, women and children are expected to run and walk in Saturday's Komen Maryland Race for the Cure. The race -- which benefits local breast cancer education, screening, treatment programs for the underserved, and research -- starts at M&T Bank Stadium in downtown Baltimore.

Want to participate? Go to http: / / raceforthecuremaryland. kintera.org for more information.

Want to help fight breast cancer but can't make it to the race? Do your part in October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) by buying any of the beauty and fashion items below that benefit breast cancer research and programs.

Sweet dreams

Karen Neuburger's Pink Ribbon pajamas ($62) and lounge socks ($15) aren't just soft, they also help support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Neuburger's Pink Ribbon line also includes a journal, candles, a pillow and a robe. Available at Nordstrom.

Read your wrist

The Brighton Accessories Think Pink Too bracelet is jewelry with a message. The bracelet's dangling heart is decorated with a pink ribbon to signify a commitment to end breast cancer on the front and the words "Love heals" on the back. Encased inside the heart are 30 pearl beads that move to reveal the etched message "Trust your journey." On the bracelet, six pink Swarovski crystals send out rays of hope. The company is donating $5 from each $40 bracelet to local breast cancer charities. The bracelet is available throughout October. For a store near you, call 800-628-7687 or go to www.brighton.com.

Blush up

The Estee Lauder companies have a whole bunch of special edition cosmetics and beauty products whose sales benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Some our favorites include Bobbi Brown Baby Pink lip gloss in a pink box ($18), Estee Lauder pink ribbon compact ($45) and Estee Lauder's Pink Ribbon jeweled pin ($15). Available at department stores, including Nordstrom, Hecht's and Macy's.

Tote it

M. andonia's Bags for a Cure are stylish patent leather handbags with a classic frame shape and oh-so-chic pink-ribbon trim and handles. Twenty percent of the sales of this $259 bag will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to promote early detection of the disease. Available in white or black patent at www.mandonia.com.

Get loopy

Learn to crochet and help fight breast cancer at the same time with Lion Brand Yarn's Crochet for a Cause Kit. The kit comes with one skein of Chunky USA, a size P-15 (10 millimeter) crochet hook and includes everything you need to get started, including a pattern with clear illustrations. Each kit also contains a laminated breast self- examination guide. Sales of the $9 kit benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The $9 kits are available on the Lion Brand Yarn Co. Web site, www.LionBrand.com, or by calling 800-258-YARN.

Stock up

From cosmetic bags to cashmere scarves, flip-flops to tote bags, baseball shirts to beaded coin purses, Target has a passel of pink products for sale in October that benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. All profits from the 24-item line will be donated to the charity. Prices range from $5.99 for a compilation CD to $19.99 for a French terry zip hoodie. Available at Target stores or online at www.target.com.

Watch yourself

The Coach Lexington in Pink watch is strong and feminine. It has a fuchsia alligator band and a delicate mother-of pearl dial accented with Arabic numerals in a rectangular case with gently rounded edges. For every $398 watch sold in October, Coach will donate $100 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Available at www.coach.com.

Bangle away

Sterling Legacy's Hope bracelet is designed by former QVC host Jane Treacy. The sterling silver hinged bangle is enameled in pink and glitters softly. All net proceeds from sales of the $29.52 bracelet go to breastcancer.org to fund breast cancer education and awareness. To buy, go to www.sterlinglegacy.com.

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