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March 25, 2001

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The scent of comfort

You've heard of comfort foods, but how about comfort fragrances? That's the idea behind Demeter's scents: putting the familiar and homey into a fragrance for easy access and memory evocation.

Miroslava Khater of New Brunswick, N.J., whose hair is dyed in a
funky leopard pattern, has her hair done during the recent
International Beauty Show in New York. Referring to the color-panel
process that produces the animal look, a stylist working on
Khater's hair said: "Your imagination is the limit."

Miroslava Khater of New Brunswick, N.J., whose hair is dyed in a funky leopard pattern, has her hair done during the recent International Beauty Show in New York. Referring to the color-panel process that produces the animal look, a stylist working on Khater's hair said: "Your imagination is the limit."

The line includes lotions, bath gels and "Pick-Me-Up" cologne sprays that smell like sugar cookies, Altoids, dirt, snow, sushi, mold (!), brownies, martinis, lettuce, Laundromats, rain and well, you get the idea.

You can find it online at beauty.com, the exclusive seller of a new, limited edition Demeter scent called Sugar Cane. The price runs from $8 to $18.

Shedding some light on candles

In an age when Californians never know when the lights will go out from a power shortage, maybe it's timely that there's a new book just hitting store shelves titled "Illuminations: Living by Candlelight."

Of course, you don't have to wait for a power shortage to use candles in your home. Want to make things a little more romantic or just hide the dust? Light some candles.

Published by Chronicle Books, its 120 pages are filled with examples and 200 color photos, instructions and advice on how to spiff up your home with candles. With a suggested retail price of $19.95, it is available through most bookstores.

"In Living Color" is among the paintings by Lawrence artist Debra
Clemente on display in "Debra Clemente Impressionism Alfresco" at
the Phoenix Gallery Topeka, 2900-F Oakley, Brookwood Center,
Topeka. The exhibit opens Friday and runs through May 15.

"In Living Color" is among the paintings by Lawrence artist Debra Clemente on display in "Debra Clemente Impressionism Alfresco" at the Phoenix Gallery Topeka, 2900-F Oakley, Brookwood Center, Topeka. The exhibit opens Friday and runs through May 15.

Toys are the new meal ticket

The Happy Meal toys your children collect are more than child's play. They may be worth money. In fact, they already are to Robert J. Sodaro of Norwalk, Conn., author of "Kiddie Meal Collectibles," a comprehensive price guide for the ever-growing market of fast-food toy collectibles.

Burger Chef now Hardee's was one of the first restaurants to give toys with meals. They included character buttons, wooden nickels, hand puppets and drinking glasses, now worth between $4 and $10 each if they are in mint condition.

In 1979, McDonald's was the first to launch a national giveaway campaign tied to a meal, now known as the Happy Meal. The first set was made up of four circus animals a lion, an elephant, a hippopotamus and a bear now worth between $10 and $13 each.


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