Style File

STYLE FILE

October 31, 2004|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Special to the Sun

GETTING A BEAD ON FASHION

Tired of seeing people coming and going in the very togs you picked up at the mega-mall chain store? Well, have we got a shopping experience for you.

For the last 37 years the Bead has been the kind of shop that offers uniquely funky and fabulous women's clothing (Italian faux leopard swing coats for $129), jewelry ($7.99 sterling earrings) and accessories (velvet burnout ponchos, fluffy pink shrugs) to Baltimore women and to celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey. Sisters Idy Harris and Anne Liner (who started the store with their late mother, Belle Bashoff, in 1967) have created an inviting place where personal attention, affordable prices and easy-to-wear clothing are the norm. "We don't stick to a format," Liner explains. "We buy what we think we'd love to have ourselves."

Here's the big scoop: The Bead is coming to Baltimore County. Tomorrow, the sisters are opening a second Bead store in the Shops at Kenilworth in Towson. This Bead will have much of the same stuff as the original Bead in the Rotunda. But it will also carry some new, more fitted contemporary pieces, too.

"We'll be for people who are looking for something different, not something expensive," says Julie Harris, Anne's daughter and an assistant buyer at the Bead. Items at the new Bead might include a sequined cranberry knit tank or a swing skirt with a touch of tulle at the hem. Harris and Liner won't dish on specifics, however. "You'll just have to come in and see for yourself," Liner says, smiling.

The new Bead is located at 800 Kenilworth Drive in Towson. The Bead's original store is at 711 W. 40th St. in Baltimore. Information: www.thebead.com.

Portable pumpkin

Pumpkin is great for jack-o'-lanterns and the occasional muffin, so why not a pumpkin handbag? We've got our eye on a slouchy leather shoulder bag by Kooba in a pumpkin hue that looks seasonal without being over the top. The brass buckle details on both sides of the purse give it attitude and the two cell phone / PDA pockets and zip top lend it a practical air.

Buy it at Ruth Shaw in the Village of Cross Keys for $435. Too shy for pumpkin? The store carries the bag in black, bronze and other colors, too.

For a soothingly spooky bath time

Because it's Halloween, we thought we'd let you in on a duet of products from Lush that will make bath time a spooky treat. Start with a hunk of Demon in the Dark soap, a green mint and apple soap wrapped in black wax for a spooky look ($6.55 for 3 1/2 ounces). Its peppermint scent will perk up even the most ghoulish of girls. Then add a square of Ceridwen's Cauldron bath melt. The muslin-wrapped melts contain a host of skin softeners, including sandalwood, rose and walnut oil. Once they melt, use the oats remaining in the muslin to soothe your skin.

Lush Fresh Handmade cosmetics are available at www.lush.com or by calling 888-733-5874.

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