Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 31, 2003 at 11:49 p.m.
Natori lingerie is known for its gorgeous design, fine fabrics and attention to detail. But have you heard about Josie, the company's less formal line?
Where Natori is lace, Josie is cotton. Where Natori uses cool, solid colors on their chemises, Josie is all about festive, whimsical prints and two-piece sets. Josie's spring line includes funky capri PJs decorated with strawberries and cherries ($58-$65), vases of roses and Hawaiian dancers. And for lingerie, we like the youthful freshness of Josie's white eyelet camisole ($42) and tap skirt ($32).
Preppy is back
Back in the early '80s, preppy was king. Then there was lacy Madonna vintage chic, and that whole flannel grunge thing. Before too long, the tidy look of cable-knit sweaters and polo shirts was again only hip to the grown-ups at the country club.
If you haven't noticed, preppy has returned in a big way this spring. From Lilly Pulitzer shifts to gross-grain belts, the look has made a big comeback for everyone.
But this year's preppy is more casual than the logo-crazed super-coordinated preppy of years past. For evidence, look no further than The Gap. Wear that fitted oxford ($34.50) untucked and over a little floral T-shirt ($38). Take the polo ($24.50-$29.50) to a new level when you buy it cornflower blue instead of navy. And never, ever underestimate the ability of a brightly colored macintosh jacket ($78) to brighten up even the rainiest of days.
Clothing is available for men and women at Gap stores or at www.gap.com.
Robert Hallowell earned the nickname ''the Kitchen Beautician'' for his propensity for whipping up hair products for his celebrity clients out of what he found in their gardens, refrigerators and kitchen cupboards.
Now you don't have to live in Hollywood (or be Sharon Stone or Sarah Jessica Parker) to take advantage of Hallowell's hair recipes. Prawduct, his new line of hair products contains no artificial ingredients, is not tested on animals and treats hair gently while imparting body and shine. The products are formulated in herb garden and honey fruit "complexes" and cost about $7.50 each.
Buy Prawduct shampoo, conditioner and spray at www.thekitchenbeautician.com.
Keep it simple
How-to advice on beauty is easy to find. Just invest $3 in any of a dozen magazines.
So when celebrity makeup artists produce books, they have to go well beyond blush and lip colors to set themselves apart.
Sonia Kashuk, whose clients include Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington, successfully does that with "Real Beauty" (Clarkson Potter Publishers, $27.50, including DVD).
She focuses on the whole person. It's not just what comes out of a bottle. Real beauty has to do with "physical, emotional and intellectual components," she writes.
"Intellect, curiosity and humor animate a face in ways that transcend physical features."
Kashuk, of course, is best known in the Heartland for her cosmetics and treatment products line available at Target stores. She says the makeup business is out of control - too many products and too many bad colors. Good stuff doesn't have to cost a king's ransom. And makeup counters pile on too many products.
In examples of her makeup application, she covers a wide age range from her 12-year-old niece to a magazine editor, septuagenarian Polly Mellon. She includes a perspective on beauty from magazine insiders, and, most important, chapters written by a nutritionist, skin specialist, personal trainer and cosmetic dentist.
Her priority beauty tips are easy: Protect your skin from the sun. Don't smoke. Get rest. Eat right. And keep your beauty routine simple.
In the bag
The celebrities' looks at the Oscar awards ceremonies have been discussed, critiqued and marketed with the unrelentless zeal of a post-Super Bowl show.
So the people who fill the gift bags for presenters and Oscar recipients want to get in on the publicity. You may not care that a Fendi watch and Cargo lipstick set were in the gift basket. But consider a Dooney & Burke mini tassel bag, which you now can buy yourself.
The bags come in multiple colors such as mango and pink. They are priced at $175 at retailers including Dillard's and at www.dooney.com.
Pajama sales are on the rise, and analysts predict people soon will wear them for running errands, walking the dog and carpooling.
They are so popular that this month's Glamour magazine offers tips on how to pj your body type. If you have a boyish figure, for instance, choose the trim short T-shirt and soft silky pants over big baggy shapes.
And Glamour reminds us, if you like the pjs on such television shows as "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Will and Grace," you'll find the same Nick & Nora styles at www.pajamasseenontv.com.
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