Pregnant women have more options in today's shopping world, especially since showing off her new shape with closer-fitting clothes is more acceptable.
A Pea in the Pod (www.apeainthepod.com) and Mimi Maternity (mimimaternity.com) are two chains redefining what mothers-to-be can wear from designer names like Liz Claiborne to two-piece bathing suits. Baby-style, a Los Angeles catalog started by Laurie McCartney as an alternative to superstores and high-priced specialty shops, (www.babystyle.com) has three collections - maternity, baby and a new nursery - that are affordably priced. There's also a maternity sizing tips section on figuring out what size to order depending on your pregnancy progression. And InStyle magazine has a section on maternity clothes with style with chic shops and tips in the May issue on the newsstands April 18.
Big Blue shop: Though the Wildcats' run in the NCAA basketball tournament was stopped abruptly by Marquette, Uniquely Kentucky in Crescent Springs (at the Buttermilk Pike exit) has plenty of University of Kentucky merchandise for those having a tough time coping with the loss. In stock are SEC tournament and championship shirts and memorabilia. The shop, which also has jewelry, food, art, music and crafts from Kentucky artisans, is the exclusive Northern Kentucky SEC retailer. (859) 426-8585 or www.uniquelykentucky.com.
Lands' End steps into Sears: Lands' End's spring best-sellers, including the all-weather summer moc with the mesh lining and suede upper ($29.50), are coming to Sears stores in Greater Cincinnati, following the introduction of the popular cataloger's merchandise last November in 10 test markets. Sears acquired Lands' End in June. Besides the moc, the mail-order business' bathing suits are expected to be big sellers in stores.
Big Apple shopping: Zagat, the slimline guide to dining and traveling, has published its first New York City Shopping Survey, ($14.95) with more than 7,000 shoppers rating and reviewing 2,193 stores, from Bloomingdale's, the most popular store, to Bottega Veneta, best handbags, and Catimini for children's clothes. The guide includes appliances, bed and bath, CDs, cookware and furniture in the Big Apple. Each shop was rated for merchandise, presentation, service and estimated cost. SoHo was named by 34 percent as the city's best shopping neighborhood, followed by Midtown at 26 percent.
Sun protection with shimmer: Getting some young women to wear sunscreen is a challenge. But Sungirl, the brand targeted exclusively to women, has added a magic ingredient to entice the unwilling - shimmer. Selective Shimmer gives serious protection of SPF 20 with iridescent glitter in a nongreasy concoction than can be sprayed on. $6.99. Sungirl products are sold at Wal-Mart, CVS or www.sungirl.com.
AFLAC duck benefit: During the holidays, Federated Department Stores partnered with AFLAC to sell special-edition stuffed-animal holiday ducks, the insurer's mascot made famous inTV commercials, to benefit AFLAC Cancer Center and six pediatric hospitals. Recently, Lazarus gave a $12,000 check to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center from the regional duck sale. More than 28,000 ducks were sold in a three-week period raising $143,500.
Image self discovery course: Image trainer and consultant Anne Janae Jacobs of Mason will teach an eight-week course on fashion and image self-discovery with a spiritual emphasis 7-9 p.m. Thursdays beginning this week through May 22 and 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays beginning this week through May 24 in Mason. Limit 12 per class. $160 ($10 registration.) (513) 339-0835.
Shop for a cause: Lazarus will have a one-day event 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday to help support local nonprofit organizations. The total ticket price goes to the organizations selling the special passes. The $5 pass gives the bearer a discount of up to 20 percent on fashions and accessories and a 10 percent discount on bed and bath, china, crystal, silvers, housewares, frames and luggage, plus $5 off on the first purchase of the day. Passes can be purchased from charity groups at the stores.
Bridal show: A bridal show with runway fashions, hors d'oeuvres and a cruise giveaway will be 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Este Conference Center, 6270 Este Ave. $5. Information: 679-2028.
Spring cleaning benefit: Tri-County Mall (at Princeton Pike and Kemper Road) will be the collection spot 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday for gently used clothing, household items and furniture by St. Vincent DePaul to benefit the needy. The event is a kickoff for a two-week spring cleaning drive, also sponsored by radio stations MOJO 94.9 and WYGY 96.5, encouraging people to take items to one of five St. Vincent DePaul locations in Evendale, Milford, Price Hill, Mount Washington and Camp Washington. Information: 562-8841.
Contact Joy Kraft by phone: 768-8467; fax: 768-8330; e-mail: email@example.com.
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