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HOT TIPS : YOU 'N' DILBERT CAN TIE ONE ON AT THE OFFICE.

Byline: Barbara De Witt

Having a bad day at the office? Wish your cubicle was friendlier, your bosses nicer? You can thumb your nose at office politics and put a little humor in the workplace with a nifty new ``Dilbert'' tie. The chubby comic strip character created by Scott Adams is now starring in a collection of conversation print ties being manufactured by Ralph Marlin and priced at $30 each at JC Penney stores. Among the humorous designs is a diagonally striped tie featuring Dilbert and his canine sidekick Dogbert in matching ties.

Driving in style: Sure, you'll find new car floor mats and cup holders at auto parts stores and auto dealerships, but at the heavy-into-pink Kitty Club boutique at Fallbrook Mall in West Hills? Yeah, that's what Miz Hot Tips thought, too. But on a recent shopping spree, she discovered a line of pink car accessories, including a cool clip-on hanger, priced at $8.49, and designed to fit over your car's built-in coat hook.

Gourmet goodies: Anybody who's ever read a fancy cookbook or Gourmet magazine can't help but notice that the most elegant cakes are often decorated with candied violets or rose petals, but few of us have the time to even bake the cake, much less fix the flowers. However, you can fake it with real candied violets and rose petals from France that come in little plastic bags for $5.95 at Bristol Farms markets.

Barbie's back: What? Your Holiday Barbie doll is still on back order? To tide you over, the Gap and Gap Kids stores are now carrying Gap Barbie, sporting khakis with a denim shirt and jacket, plus a Gap cap and backpack, priced at $45. Not all stores carry the Mattel doll, but it's been spotted at Gap Kids at Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks.

Chelsea couture: Everybody's been talking about the first lady's new clothes designed by Oscar de la Renta, because that's all most of us can afford to do.

First daughter Chelsea, however, has more affordable fashion tastes, so take note. Her inaugural ball gowns were actually $900 bridesmaid dresses by Vera Wang, available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's, according to a report in Women's Wear Daily. And that sassy little gray suit she wore for Daddy's swearing in was a real bargain, priced at under $300 from a chain store called Bebe (at Topanga Plaza and Fashion Square malls). Chelsea's suit was from the winter collection, but you can buy the same suit in spring pastels for $266.

Dream dates: You could be the one who goes dancing on the arm of hunky Antonio Sabato Jr., George Clooney or Eriq LaSalle. They're among the 35 stars who have volunteered for the 11th annual Big Brothers Celebrity Bachelor Auction to be held Feb. 13 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Tickets to the bidding party are $40, and the number to call is (213) 258-3333.

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Photo: Dilbert has gone from comics to couture with his own tie collection available at JC Penney stores.
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Title Annotation:L.A. LIFE
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Feb 1, 1997
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