In the mood for beadsBeads have always...

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In the mood for beads

Beads have always brought a touch of luck. But who knew a string of them around the wrist or under the collar could inspire creativity or bring wealth? Mood-altering beads are turning jewelry shopping into a therapeutic affair, promising a host of remedies ranging from romantic to downright medicinal.

According to Saralee Wolf, owner of Amaryllis, which carries mood-altering bracelets ($20 range), each stone has particular significance. Rose quartz brings love, tiger's eye sparks creativity, mother-of-pearl delivers wealth, amethyst offers support, smoky quartz boosts self-esteem and turquoise improves health. Others revive energy, cure depression and improve memory.

Jewelry designer Zoe Metro's Hollywood version of the mood bead has been spotted on the collarbones of celebrities, from Natalie Portman to Madonna.

Tie one on for sick kids

Neckties are nice, necessary even, but hardly miraculous.

Until now.

On Tuesday at 1 p.m., a collection of eight medically miraculous neckties will be unveiled by Jos. A. Bank Clothiers at its 100 Pratt St. store. Local celebrities -- including Mayor Kurt Schmoke and WWMF-FM morning guys Kenny Campbell and Jo Jo Girard -- as well as patients from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center will model the Miracle Collection IV series of ties, which were created as a fund-raiser for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Each tie's pattern was taken from the molecular structure of eight drugs used routinely to treat children at the center for such illnesses as asthma, HIV and chickenpox.

Made of silk, the ties sell for $39.50. All profits from sales will be donated to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

The collection will be sold through Jos. A. Bank stores, catalogs or Web site (www.josbank.com), or by calling 800-285-2265. -- Maria Blackburn

Straight and narrow

The pencil pant and skinny skirt are trimming things up for fall.

The pant, with an optional flair at the hem, is slim, straight and stretches all the way to the ankle. Calvin Klein offers a classic black version.

Octavia owner Betsy Wendell-Dugan anticipates success for the slim skirt, which she loves paired with either a boot or very feminine shoe.

Look for hemlines at mid-calf.

-- G.L.

The top question: Who has hot hair?

Whose hair are you dying for?

Thermasilk by Helene Curtis conducted a national survey in which they asked women over the age of 18 to compare the 'dos of some of today's hottest female celebrities.

The winners, top to bottom, are as follows:

1. Meg Ryan

2. Brooke Shields

3. Nicole Kidman

4. Jennifer Aniston

5. Madonna

6. Cameron Diaz

-- G.L.

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