Style File


October 17, 2004|By Maria Blackburn | By Maria Blackburn,SPECIAL TO THE SUN


Timex is the kind of watch that takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'. Or something like that.

It's also the kind of watch that's celebrating its 150 anniversary this year by rolling out the Timex X-Factor collection. It's a series of limited edition watches designed by industrial designer Karim Rashid, contemporary artist Dave Kinsey and fashion designer Matthew Williamson. Each designer created three styles in his line with individual wristwatches numbered and signed. In addition, each designer designated $10,000 from Timex for a charity of his choice.

As for the watches, boy, are they cool. Rashid's watches are modern and sleek. Kinsey's are cool and cuffed. And Williamson's are prettily patterned and fun. The watches cost $150 each and will be available around Thanksgiving at and

Tip of the cap to better skin

We like convenience in packaging as much as the next person. Peanut butter and jelly in the same jar? Fabulous. Toothpaste and whitener together in one tube? Tremendous.

Now Lauren Hutton, celebrity and creator of the Good Stuff line of cosmetics, has introduced a tube of moisturizer that comes with concealer and a mirror in the cap. In the cap. It's an irresistible twosome: Hutton's No Shine Tinted Moisturizer offers long-lasting light coverage while her Sheer Concealer evens out skin tone. Genius.

Lauren Hutton In the Cap costs $50 and is available at

Proceed to tweed

Houndstooth checks, tweeds and other menswear-inspired fabrics are turning up all over the place for women this season.

We're talking military jackets and belted coats, cropped pants, pencil skirts, fedoras and newsboy caps. We're especially enamored of the fun, tailored tweedy handbags and shoes that we're seeing.

They're a small way to take last year's suit into the present without spending a whole lot of cash.

Houndstooth roll bag, $49 and pumps, $69, available at Ann Taylor Loft stores in Arundel Mills, the Avenue at White Marsh, Bowie Town Center and Towson or at

Star sparkle

Let's say you're a celebrity -- um, OK, let's just say you're actress / songstress Ashlee Simpson. And let's say that just before you go before millions for the Teen Choice Awards, you have your makeup done by celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal (at left in photo with Simpson). It's everything you like -- feminine but edgy, fresh, fun.

But makeup is temporary. A little soap and water and, poof, it's history. Now you can get the look Simpson had that night and feel like a star with Star Struck, a new palette exclusively at Sephora. The $32 palette includes six eye shadows, cream highlighter, blush, a blush brush and a dual-ended shadow brush. It also includes step-by-step instructions to achieve two of Roncal's most sought-after looks: Old Hollywood and Rock Star.

Sephora's Star Struck is available at www., by calling 877-SEPHORA or at Sephora stores in Georgetown and Bethesda.

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