The designers at Joe Boxer, where they "believe fun is an everyday experience," are reminding customers there's something else they need to do every day. Their line of "Change Daily" boxers has the reminder printed around the elastic waistband of the 100 percent cotton shorts, saving moms from turning into nags. The boxers come in several solid colors as well as bright patterns highlighted by center panels with graphics of bulls, martini glasses, fish and clever-yet-suggestive sayings most moms won't want to see on the under-18 set. $7.99 and up.
Look what they've done to my Keds: One of America's favorites has shed it plain-Jane image with spring offerings, including Keyes nylon slip-on mules with a removable comfort foot bed and mesh lining. They come in a summer-bright color palette with double-stitch trim and no-skid ribbing. $39.99.
ETC black history day: Terri Jenkins is hosting a Black History day noon-5 p.m. next Saturday at her shop, the ETC. "The Gallery Where Clothing Is Art" will feature a slide show by the Arts Consortium, skin care advice from Linda Rowe of Lazarus Tri-County, informal modeling of ETC clothes and advice for women interested in building an Afro-centric wardrobe. 6085 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge. Information: 924-1382.
Bridal shows: Bridal and Formal will have designs by Monique Lhuillier and Toni headpieces Friday through Sunday at the Reading store, 300 W. Benson St. Information: 821-6622.
Plus-size notes: Talbots brings its first woman's store, carrying sizes 14 to 24, to Greater Cincinnati with construction at Rookwood Commons, next door to the regular store. March 14 is the targeted opening date for the 3,000-square-foot store that also will carry petite woman's sizes 12 WP to 24WP. The petite size selection is expected to increase by fall. Talbots men's stores are slated to open in April in Worthington Mall near Columbus as well as Westport, Conn., and King of Prussia, Pa.
What's plus?: Plus-size stores, including consignment shops, can be smart shopping spots for size 12 and 14 women, who some don't think should be "plus" categorized. One of those is Champagne Taste, just south of Mount Lookout Square, which caters to plus-size women. A recent check there included many size 12 and 14 sweaters, blouses and designs with names including Jones of New York and August Max.
Pantene do-good: During February, which is American Heart Month, a portion of Pantene conditioner sales - up to $100,000 - will be donated to the American Heart Association's Power of Love campaign to help research and education programs. At www.pantene.com women can get physical fitness, nutrition, mental health and healthy beauty tips to decrease the risk of heart disease and build self-esteem. Free product samples and links to more heart-healthy information are also at the site.
Dove your hair: For almost 50 years, women have turned to Dove soap and its "cleansing cream" moisturizers for their skin. The introduction of Dove Hair Care products gives them the same moisturizer promises as well as a conditioner that offers volume without added weight. The 13 formulations of shampoos and conditioners cost about $3.69 for a 12-ounce bottle.
Skin So Soft hair removal: Fans of Avon's Skin So Soft will be happy to hear the cosmetics queen has come up with a new line of hair-removal products based on the popular silky concoction, including a hair-removal cream, shaving cream, a microwaveable hair removal wax kit and a hair-minimizing lotion. From Avon representatives or (800) 367-2866 or www.avon.com.
Look like Nicole: Here's the step-by-step approach to Nicole Kidman's swept-back hair at the Golden Globes,where she took home a best actress award. The man behind the mane is Kerry Warn, consultant to John Frieda. Here's how he did it: Apply Frizz-Ease serum on wet hair and blow straight. Follow with Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon to restore moisture and straight ironing. Then part and pull back hair and secure with hair pins and use Sheer Blonde Spun Gold to tame fly-aways and add sparkle.
Hanky history: And you thought hankies were just for blowing noses or wiping chins. In Victorian times, twisting the hanky in the left hand meant, "I wish to get rid of you," and pulling a hanky over your shoulder meant "follow me." These and other tidbits about the life of the little square of cloth are packed into Hanky Panky: An Intimate History of the Handkerchief (Ten Speed Press; $29.95) by Helen Gustafson. If you don't know how to use a hanky or where to buy a good one, stop in at Gattle's in Olde Montgomery. They know their hankies.
Contact Joy Kraft by phone: 768-8467; fax: 768-8330; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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