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By Janet Bennett
Washingtonpost.com Staff
Wednesday, April 19, 2000


For the fashion savvy, "Looking for Jackie: American Fashion Icons" by Kathleen Craughwell-Varda (Harper-Collins, $35) is a must addition to the library. The book profiles 14 women of style from 1800 to 1998, including the usual suspects like Grace Kelly and Katharine Hepburn, but also some heretofore unheralded Washington fashion mavens: Dolley Madison and Harriet Lane Johnston, the niece of President James Buchanan.

An environmentalist's (Leo, perhaps?) and a gardener's delight, it's called Zoodoo, and that's exactly what it is: a composite of National Zoo animal (only from herbivores) droppings. You can get 40 pounds for $6 or if you come with your own truck, the price ranges between $40 and $75, depending on the size of the vehicle. You can also purchase a $5 souvenir bucket, which only holds five pounds but comes with unlimited refills. Available from Friends of the National Zoo. Call 202/673-4957 for more information and/or to place an order.

Do you work at your desk with your back facing the door? According to the principles of feng shui, the 5,000-year-old Chinese art of placement, this could be holding your career back. But you can get the skinny on how to design your work or home space (think red doors, plants and wind chimes, among other things) to positively influence your life on April 27 at 2 p.m. when feng shui expert Judy Williams holds forth on the subject at Bloomingdale's in Tysons Corner.

Geek Chic Alert:
You may not be able to talk into your Casio WQV-1 wristwatch a la Dick Tracy yet, but you can take pictures with one. The 1.1-ounce tiny camera, with its one megabyte of memory, can take and store up to 100 time-stamped images. Not only that, there are buttons that allow you to input a line of text for each photo. The 120-pixel LCD allows you to see your images and delete the ones you don't want, in addition to telling time. Furthermore, you can exchange data with a fellow WQV owner or with an infrared-installed computer running the relevant Casio software. Watch for it come September.

Filene's Redux
Retail phoenix Filene's Basement has risen from its ashes after closing in December, and it looks better and busier than ever. Inside, the fixtures and staff appear much the same as those at the old Filene's, but the merchandise seems more neatly organized and of higher quality across the board. On reopening day on Connecticut Avenue downtown, I spied Easter-egg hued pashminas for $150, Gruppo Americano's cool zebra-stripe pants for $69.99 and men's designer ties for $19 and up. Men's shirts by Polo and women's shoes and dresses by Bisou-Bisou and BCBG were among other finds. All three D.C. branches (downtown, Shops at National Place, Mazza Gallerie) of the Boston-based off-price department store reopened last weekend after a buyout by Value City. Judging by the crowds, folks were happy that the bargain drought had ended. "We appeal to department store shoppers, people who don't want to look for things catch-as-catch can," says manager Adrian Morrison. In other words, stop digging through those messy bins at Marshall's, and head back to this old, improved favorite.
– Jennifer Barger


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