Chicago Tribune (Sunday)
Little scarves, lots of style
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Are neck scarves (about 1 foot square) fashionable these days?
— Christine K.
Dear Christine: You bet they’re fashionable. They’re back. They were popular in the ’50s and ’60s and in and out of fashion since. Then: Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy. Now: Angelina Jolie, Priyanka Chopra, lots of models.
I had to get out my measuring tape to check out your suggested 12-inch squares. Actually, the small neck scarves or neckerchiefs we’re talking about here are more like 17 to 22 inches square. They come in silk, cotton (bandanas) and polyester, in prints and solids. And, they definitely can dress up an otherwise so-so outfit. They work around the neck, of course, but I’ve seen them tied to a ponytail, a purse handle or even around an ankle.
Big fashion houses like Hermes ($220, 18 inches), Burberry ($170, 17.7 inches) and Chanel ($375, 25 inches) sell them if you’re designer label-conscious. My splurge favorites are the unique designs of Richard Manville (rbmanville. com, 17 inches, $80).
When I recently wrote about Barbara G.’s split fingernail problem I had no idea how many of you are fellow sufferers. Readers offered a huge variety of solutions.
Naomi G. recommends Orly Nail Rescue Kit
amazon.com, $11.99) and Orly Nail Defense
(amazon.com, $8.99). Mary A. prefers using cuticle oil (even olive oil) every evening before bed. Judith S.’ husband’s barber recommended collagen supplements — gummy or powder “and it has helped.” With all the COVID-19 hand-washing, Barb A. counsels choosing a mild hand soap that doesn’t dry your nails, like Neutrogena transparent facial bar (drugstores, $2.62 and up) and wearing gloves to wash dishes. Kim S. uses rubber gloves too, along with weekly manicures and biotin supplements (walgreens. com, $14.79 and up); Gelatin capsules twice a day (1,300 mg) solved Barbara G.’s split nail problem
Louise D., used Barielle Nail Strengthening Cream
(bedbathandbeyond. com, $14.99) and Barielle Nail Rebuilding Protein
(amazon.com, $9) and “the problems have disappeared.” Christine M. says, “I have never had such strong nails” since relying on Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (vitalproteins. com, $27). Judy P. is a huge fan of OPI’s Nail Envy Nail Strengthener (opi.com, amazon.com, $17.99; ulta. com, $18.95). Edie P. says using any brand of antiseptic cream massaged on the nails daily is the answer. Beverly S. says painting the nail with Krazy Glue (drugstores, target.com,
$1.77 and up) worked for her. Jan G. uses a dab of Super Glue (amazon.com,
$6.17, drug and hardware stores).
Margie C. relies on Nailtiques Formula 2 (amazon. com, $13.18 and up). Vaseline morning and night, says Elizabeth B. Emily W.’s dermatologist recommended DermaNail Nail Conditioner (amazon. com, $41.72). Seche Base Coat weekly on clean nails with no other product on top is the answer, says Julie C. (amazon.com,
$6.10). Oil from Vitamin E capsules rubbed on nightly says Ellen K. Anne P.’s choice is Excuse Me Brush-On Gel Glue Resin (amazon.com, $5.50). Kathy S. uses Koru Nails’ Australian Golden Lanolin (korunaturals.com,