Dogma for Foot Care
The average person walks three to four miles a day, more than 1,000 miles a year and the equivalent of four times the circumference of the Earth in a lifetime. If that isn't enough to explain why your feet sometimes hurt, consider:
* The feet of someone who weighs 150 pounds absorb a total cumulative pressure of about 2,500 tons a day.
* It takes six to eight months to replace a toenail -- that's twice as long as a fingernail.
* Most foot problems are hereditary, but they can be aggravated by poor care or ill-fitting shoes.
* About 85 percent of all Americans have a foot problem at some time. Women have four times as many foot problems as men.
That's what makes "Healthy Feet," a 32-page booklet written by Joan Heilman in consultation with a podiatrist and orthopedic surgeon, worth reading. Published by the Kinney Shoe Corp., the booklet contains helpful information on foot care, the fitting of shoes and sneakers, foot faults and foot exercises. For a copy, send $1 to cover postage and handling to: Kinney Shoes/Healthy Feet, Dept. HFX, P.O. Box 5006, New York, N.Y. 10150. Wearing the Wigs That Make Heads Wag
Gilles LeMouel and wife Sheila McGurk go to The Bank, they always wear wigs. The Bank, of course, is The Spot in town these days, and once LeMouel and McGurk started wearing wigs there, others did, too. Now women on the staff of the downtown F Street boite in a former bank are wearing them.
LeMouel, who is French, was a hair stylist in Paris when he decided two years ago to develop wigs "that would be fun to go out in, stylish and different and bright colors." The most inventive is a wig that transforms from daytime to nighttime styles. The tame version is a long, straight Brigitte Bardot do, but when the crown of the wig, attached by Velcro, is switched to a spiky style it looks more like Tina Turner's.
LeMouel designs his wigs here, has them made in Korea and sells them in Europe and in McGurk's beauty shop, Salon Salon in Alexandria. The wigs are available in natural hair colors, but white, black and pink are the best.
McGurk wears a wig "anyplace I want to look glamorous," including PTA meetings ("because the kids love to see them") and even political meetings in Old Town.
"Women who work want the convenience of short, natural hair, but short hair is less versatile than long," she says. "They can change their look drastically with platinum hair for the evening, knowing that they can go home and take it off." Marlene Stone's Jewels of the Trade
Marlene Stone doesn't pretend to be a jewelry designer. But "I have worn and loved jewelry for the last 30 years," says the wife of former Florida senator Richard Stone. She has amassed a collection of fine pieces from London, New York and Hong Kong for her small boutique within Saks Jandel, which opens this week. It's the first thing she's doing on her own, "and I'm having great waves of no self-confidence," she admits.
She needn't. There is a sense of David Webb and Bulgari about her pieces, and a specialty all her own -- unusual South Seas pearls.
Her fascination with pearls is not new. Her mother loved jewelry and gave her a ring with three pearls on the diagonal when she was 13 or 14. A strand of pearls was a first anniversary gift from her husband. "He had bought me a Mah Jong set, but apparently I kept saying I didn't want one, and he also bought me the pearls."
She's the jewelry wearer in the family. "When we were married I gave Richard a wedding band and my folks got him a watch," she says. "Both were stolen the first year and never xr replaced."
Traveling with her husband -- first a senator, later an ambassador at large and now a banker and consultant -- Stone scouted out what she considers the best jewelry designers. "I'm not creative in making things, but I think I have an eye. Time will tell."
It has been hard to break away from a style that she liked for herself. "I love pins, but I hear people don't buy them. But that may change." What won't change is her demand for quality workmanship. "I love fine workmanship in clothes. I look at jewelry the same way."
It's been tempting to keep many of the pieces she's bought for the boutique. "It's a hazard of the business, because I like everything I buy," she says. "It's kind of like finding a home for your pet. It's nice when somebody likes what I like. I realize I can't keep them -- I have to sell them."
The Tailored Wedding
Pat Beh always pictured herself being married in a traditional wedding dress -- puffy sleeves, lace, that sort of thing. But when Beh, the advertising director for Karl Lagerfeld, started discussing her wedding dress with her boss, he had something quite different in mind.
"I always see you tailored and wearing a shirt with push-up sleeves, so that is what you should wear for your wedding," Lagerfeld told her.
When Beh marries Tom Werblin, a sports marketing consultant, next week, she will wear a dress in organdy and satin with a shirt neckline and push-up sleeves. And because Beh likes pockets, and Lagerfeld doesn't like to use darts on satin, Lagerfeld has put pockets into the skirt of the dress.Bronze-Collar Careers in Miniature
"Jewelry has to be funny or it doesn't appeal to me," says Gail Rabin, a standup comedian and local ("for this minute anyway") designer. Now she's kidding around with what she calls "narrative necklaces," made of miniature objects, like you'd find in a dollhouse, glued to bronze collars.
Her "Susie Secretary" necklace, Rabin says, "has all the elements of a secretary -- a House Beautiful, a Congressional Record, tiny tape dispenser, typewriter and flowers from her boss." She's also done a "Baker's" necklace, with tiny eggs, butter, corn meal, flour and measuring spoons. The coordinated earrings are one empty and one full plate "of corn meal muffins -- what else?" says Rabin. Her somewhat self-indulgent still-lifes are available at the High Hatter downtown, and she does special orders that start at $80 -- no joke -- and go up, depending on the miniatures involved.
Her next project? "Venetian blind earrings I want to give to Nora Ephron when 'Heartburn' comes out. I showed my first pair to Mike Nichols and Jack Nicholson when they were here making the movie, and they thought they were hysterical."
Rabin's vintage designs, if you remember, were 4 1/2-inch long Barbie-esque earrings of light rubber. She's been collecting dolls and miniatures ever since she was small herself. "When I got bored," Rabin says, "I dusted them."