As a little girl, Shelly Daly loved rocks. She'd collect them in a little box -- some she'd find outside her home; others she'd scoop up while on vacation with her family.
Today, Daly, a Mount Washington jewelry-maker, collects more rocks than ever before and is happiest in her cluttered sun porch-turned-studio where she has, for three years, made unique necklaces, bracelets and earrings for her home-based company, A Stone's Throw.
Daly's designs have two distinct forms. Her wiry, silver-netted neck wreaths, filled with buttons, beads and baubles, are jumbled and chaotic, colorful collages. Other necklaces and earrings, however, are clean and quiet, made of Indonesian stones and simple materials, such as resin.
Her jewelry -- which she sells at Ruth Shaw and Gratitudes, crafts shows, local festivals and online -- represent the feng shui that Daly, a former interior designer, has always strived to maintain.
"Everything inspires me," says Daly. "A page from National Geographic. ... The green of spring. ... It's literally everything."
Daly's jewelry sells for $25-$125 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This omission is no sin
For the most part -- unless it's a special occasion -- underwear is underwear is underwear.
As long as it fits well, you don't need it to flash or sparkle or stand out in a crowd. But you don't want it to irritate you either.
Many better underwear lines have perfected sizing and fit so that the biggest culprits of irritation have been solved. But one niggling thing remains -- that itchy, annoying tag.
Intimate apparel pioneers barely there eliminated that final frustration with its tag-free line of sexy lingerie, and now, it's introduced the same kind of comfort -- underclothes sans tags -- to shapewear and daywear.
The barely there brand of underclothes smooth, slim and flatter and, the company says, "with the tag-free back and feminine accents, you will understand the true meaning of pretty."
Solution for those white streaks
You're late getting ready for a night out with friends. Wouldn't you know this would be the time you'd get stubborn white deodorant marks all over that great black top?
With no time to change, and no quick way to get the marks out, what's a girl to do?
Two fashion-conscious women from Los Angeles have found the answer: The Gal Pal Garment Deodorant Remover.
It's a hand-held foam pad that you use dry to buff deodorant marks away, gently wiping with the grain of the fabric. It's fast and easy, says Gal Pal CEO Courtney Rovira, and leaves you streak free in seconds without having to remove your clothes.
$10 for two sponges at www.gal-pal.com