Holiday savingsWith spring comes Easter and Passover,...


Holiday savings

With spring comes Easter and Passover, two holidays that mean kids have to give up their sneakers and overalls for a day. Finding reasonably priced dress-up clothes that suit kids and their parents is not always easy, but this season there are plenty of options. The linen separates for boys shown here range from $15 to $45 at JC Penney. The daisy-adorned polka dot dress is $26.99 at Sears.

If you're in search of high-fashion footwear for the little tykes in your life, a trip to Norma's Children Shoes is in order. With four walls of fun and well-made children's shoes, the Roland Park store rarely disappoints. The bright French-made sandals, available in a rainbow of colors, are $45, and the Italian-made loafers shown here ($68) can work for boys or girls.

Spring is here, and two local jewelry artists are finding inspiration in the season. Barbie Levy and Kirstin Rook use the earth's bounty for their creations. Shown here are their takes on a twig. Levy's work is a "nature casting" from a poplar twig. The pin, in 14-carat green gold and sterling silver, embellished with diamonds and a pearl, sells for $525. Rooks' "sticks and stones" is a necklace of sterling silver, cubic zirconium and, of course, sticks and stones. Price: $600.

Levy, who worked out of her mother's basement for five years, has opened a studio in Designer Dreams in Owings Mills. Her original designs range from $30 to $2,500, and are available in local stores such as Amaryllis at Harbor Place and ZYZYX! in LTC Pikesville. Her entire collection is available at Designer Dreams, and she specializes in customizing jewelry, which can be arranged by calling 410-654-9566.

Rook, a Maryland Institute of Art instructor, is also an instructor at the Baltimore School for the Arts in an after-school fine arts program called, appropriately, T.W.I.G.S. A specialist in metal work, she will be showing her work at the OXOXO gallery in Baltimore April 5-30.

Stardom could be as close as the nearest Macy's. The department store holds its annual Model Search this month for children and teens ages 4 to 16. Ten winners from each region of the country -- 240 total -- will be selected to appear in local fashion shows and 20 of those will be asked to pose for a fashion shoot in New York City. Then judges will choose two 9- to 16-year-olds to appear in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, and two 4- to 8-year-olds will get VIP tickets to attend. Applications are available in the Children's, Juniors and Young Men's departments through March 29.

Pub Date: 3/23/97

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