Cute, with no fuss
What could be cuter than baby clothes? The little sleeves and hats, the bows, the ties ... the annoying microscopic buttons that you can never get undone, the ridiculous mountain of frills and scratchy denim? Don't kid yourself, children's fashions might make junior look just precious, but they don't always make much sense. Zutano baby clothes do, and they're adorable.
The collection of extra-soft cotton pieces comes in bright colors and mix-and-match creative prints -- without the fasteners. And they grow with your child. The leggings, dresses, caps, coats, sweaters, tops, cozies, pants, skirts and jumpsuits come in varying styles for kids up to age 5.
Visit Zutano online to find a store near you (www.zutano.com) or find the clothes locally at Hometown Girl in Baltimore (410-467-1015) or Planet Kids in Belair (410-569-1199). Zutano clothes sell for $15 to $35.
Portraits of cancer survivors
For the second year, Saks Fifth Avenue's 62 stores will kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) with a shopping weekend Sept. 21 to 24. The event will benefit breast cancer charities and the "Fashion Targets Breast Cancer" initiative developed by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
This year's program includes "Portraits of Hope," a photo exhibit featuring the strength and optimism of people living with cancer. Among them is Lynne Montedonico, a survivor from Chevy Chase.
The photos will be on display at the Chevy Chase Saks Fifth Avenue store (301-657-9000; 5555 Wisconsin Ave.) during the event. Proceeds from sales there will go to the George Washington University Breast Care Center.
The items designed especially for this shopping weekend include a Hugo Boss baseball cap embroidered with the FTBC logo ($15), a navy Polo Ralph Lauren tie covered in the FTBC logo ($125) and this year's FTBC T-shirt ($25), underwritten by Donna Karan Hosiery. One hundred percent of the profit from sales of these items goes to cancer programs, as does 2 percent of all other sales over the four-day event. -- T. B.
Now fans of Chanel's classic No. 5 can touch up their fading perfume without lugging along a big, spill-prone bottle. In October, No. 5 to Go will land on department-store shelves at Macy's and Nordstrom, among others. The portable and refillable purse spray is just 4 inches long and less than an inch deep. It comes packaged with two 1/2 -ounce refills, for a total of 1.5 ounces. No. 5 to Go will sell for $55.
-- T. B.
A virtual gallery of new looks
Anyone who bought into the Jennifer Aniston hair craze a few years back only to find out her face doesn't go with Aniston's hair will appreciate MakeoverStudio. com.
The new Web site offers women (and men) a harsh and blessed reality: It lets you upload a picture of yourself and try out thousands of hair, eye-makeup and lip-color combinations before you do anything drastic -- all for free. If you find a virtual look you like, complete instructions tell you how to achieve it.
The site is extremely simple to use. In fact, the toughest part might just be the wait for your picture to be ready. After sending in a digital image via the Internet, it can take anywhere from a few minutes to 24 hours for your photo to enter the system, depending upon the traffic. While you're waiting, you can always work on one of the site's models to practice your makeover skills.
Right now, the hairstyle selection is a little slim, which the company says will change as it brings more designers on board. But even if your dream 'do isn't on the site yet, seeing yourself in the absolutely wrong style is still good for a laugh. -- T. B.