It's cold. It's gray. We want winter to end. But because there are at least a few weeks of cold remaining, we'll console ourselves with Lilly Pulitzer, the perfectly preppy colorful reminder that spring will indeed bloom once again. Some highlights from Lilly's resort collection:
Go mod in Lilly's hand-knit pink tunic sweater with a plunging neckline ($118). Paired with white Capris, it looks fresh and pretty; or put it with wild floral poplin pants ($156) and you've made a statement for sure.
We love this straw-colored cotton poplin halter dress for its lace detail at the bust and its loud yet pretty embroidery. Available in print, too. ($170-$180).
The polo never looked so good as it does shrunken and pinked up a la Lilly ($56-$60) and paired with cute cute cute pink gingham Capris ($118-$122).
Lilly Pulitzer clothing for women and girls is available at the Pink Crab in Ruxton, Tickled Pink in Bethesda and Nordstrom stores. For other store locations, go to www.lillypulitzer.com.
The barking dog. The screeching children. The telemarketers calling at all hours. Calgon, please, take us away!
The foaming bath wash that gave us one of TV's best commercials is back with a new look and an easier-to-use flip-top cap; there are also body spray and bath beads.
Available in scents like Tropical Dream, Hawaiian Ginger and Morning Glory, the products cost $4.95 at drug and grocery stores. For information or samples, go to Calgon's site: www. takemeaway.com.
Feel the warmth
Speaking of spring, we can't wait until it's warm enough to break out Elizabeth Arden's In Bloom makeup collection. The collection celebrates warm weather with shimmering, creamy pastels for the eyes, lips and cheek. Just hearing the colors (Blossom, Sunrose, Cabana, Sunstone) is enough to make us yearn for a glass of iced tea.
In Bloom compact containing five cream eye shadows and four lipsticks costs $25. Or pick up a High Shine lip gloss in Frosted Camellia or Mandarin Shine for $14 or blush for $20.
Elizabeth Arden cosmetics are available at Macy's.
Smell the flowers
Try this on for size: Each ounce of Joy Parfum requires 10,600 Jasmine flowers and 28 dozen May roses to create.
Touted as "the most opulent and refined fragrance in the world," Joy has been a classic since 1929, when designer Jean Patou made the perfume as a gift for his American friends and clients who could no longer visit his Paris shop on account of the stock market crash.
In case you can't afford the pricey perfume, which was once known as "the costliest perfume in the world" and goes for $400 an ounce, Jean Patou recently introduced a sister perfume called Enjoy. Enjoy is jasmine and rose mixed with citrus top notes and woody base notes. Enjoy costs $65 for 50 milliliters and $85 for 75 milliliters; it's available at Saks Fifth Avenue stores and online at www. saksfifthavenue.com.