Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Style Extra

Wear photo on your swimsuit

You can take your favorite snapshot to the beach this summer . . . on your bikini. The folks at Rosa Cha Swimsuits will take your photo and turn it into a bandeau top/brief bottom swimsuit. The only catch is that it takes four to six weeks and costs about $192. Check it out at www.canyonbeachwear.com or call (800) 863-6681.

Wear white show: A fashion show with live music, hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast celebrates summer white clothes and the opening of the White Room at Beluga restaurant, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Hyde Park Square. Clothes are from Elements Boutique in Clifton with accessories from BarbieJones.com. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. White attire suggested. The event is created by FETISH, a fashion/shoe benefit that helps low-income women make the transition into the work force. Information: 533-4444.

Online sewing: Those looking for tips on sewing projects have an Internet buddy at www.sewing.org, a Web site run by the Home Sewing Association. The site offers clothes and home decorating sewing projects, including step-by-step instructions for projects aimed at beginners, kids, teen and pros. Every month there is a list of projects. May's included a kite, fly-front zippers, a teddy bear and a gardener's apron, plus a rundown on sewing tips and trends. One of the projects at the site is a picture-perfect pillow made with photos transferred from computer to fabric.

For photo projects, a new fabric - Printed Treasures - has been launched by Milliken & Co. The 200-thread count, 100 percent pima cotton is specifically designed for use with home ink-jet printers and is touted as having sharp image clarity, softness and washability, a far cry from the early fabric that tended to have a cardboard-like feel and sticky backing. The new fabric should be available in stores soon, but for now, you can buy it at www.printedtreasures.com for $17.99 (for five sheets).

Plus-size workout: Plus-size women have another source for snappy workout clothes since A Big Attitude teamed up with the Fashion Bug store chain. The cotton-spandex red-white-black line of clothing offers style and comfort in sizes 1X through 3X in sports bras, cami tank bras, bike shorts and capris. All sports bras are double-lined; cami tanks have shelf bras; and biker shorts have a generous 8-inch inseam and flat-lock stitching for strength. And each garment has a hang tag with its own exercise. The line can also be found at Catherine's stores.

Daymaker pampering: The Hairy Cactus Salon, Spa & Wellness Center in Sharonville surprised Cathy Tepe of Stein Mart for her work with Dress for Success and Dignity U Wear, projects for low-income women, as part of the salon's recent Daymaker contest in which it asked people to nominate "a caring, compassionate person who uplifts others, making life lighter and full of perfect moments." Katie Workman, marketing and sales director of the Hairy Cactus, called Tepe's manager and set up a surprise visit with flowers, balloons and a gift certificate to the Hairy Cactus.

Secret Pocket Bra: Leading Lady, the makers of the Secret Pocket Bra we recently wrote about, called to say the store listings were incorrect. To order the $24.95 bra with the hidden pockets for cash or keys, go to http://www.shopnational.com and type pocket bra in the search field.

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

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