Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Style Extra

Williams sisters serve for Avon

Venus and Serena Williams, the dynamic duo of tennis who just battled in the Australian Open final with Serena winning the title, are pretty in pink in an upcoming Avon brochure that'll be introduced this spring in English and Spanish to 17 million women. It touts make-up, moisturizers, lipstick, nail care and a new fragrance, Individual Blue. "I grew up on Avon really . . . it's always been a part of our lives," says Serena in a beauty Q&A with the sisters.

Jewelry with a heart: Swarovski, the king of crystals, honors the American Heart Association in the fight against women's heart disease by giving a minimum of $100,000 from the sales of the Power of Love collection for Valentine's Day. For every sale through Feb. 15, the company will give 10 percent to the heart group, hoping to reach $200,000. The collection: heart pendant, $65; bracelet, $60; earrings, $45; double-heart pin, $45, and a pink crystal vase of crystal roses, $125. At Saxony Imports, Sterling Cut Glass, Miller's Gift Gallery and Bailey Banks & Biddle.

Men and their lips: Guys mostly shy away from those lipstick-like moisturizers to ward off winter chapping. So Blistex concocted a balm using its "microshield" formula without any glitter or fancy scent and designed a handsome charcoal gray and black tube. The Blistex Clear Advantage stick is about $1.89 at drug stores.

Jackets not required: Despite recent reports on the rebirth of power suits, a national survey finds the 9-to-5 dress code has remained casual, at least for women. Only 2 percent of the women said their offices had adapted a more buttoned-up look in the past two years, according to the Woolite Fashion Forum, sampling 516 women. And 73 percent preferred business casual to suits and jackets.

Give me Halle's nose: Halle Berry and George Clooney were each named as the "modern-day ideal face of beauty" in the annual membership survey of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant were granted the title "timeless beauty."

Ms. Berry got the nod because of her unblemished skin, full lips, large eyes and "delicate, refined skeleton." Mr. Clooney was chosen because of a strong jaw, deep brown eyes, an "ever perfect" olive complexion and a strong, straight nose. Runners-up included Catherine Zeta-Jones, Elizabeth Hurley, Brad Pitt and Mel Gibson.

Bridal boot camp: Free seminars on wedding planning by professionals in floral, photography, catering and other wedding specialties will be held 1:30-3 p.m.(1 p.m. registration) Sunday and Feb. 9, 16, 23 at Kingsgate Marriott at the University of Cincinnati presented by Eventurous. Reservations suggested: 841-1500.

Contact Joy Kraft by phone: 768-8467; fax: 768-8330; e-mail: jkraft@enquirer.com.

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