1) Gilty as Charged
Everyone wants discounted oil changes. But women lust after Gilt Group sales, the luxe flash sale site that turned the lunch hour into a virtual shopping spree for discount Marc Jacobs bags and Theory suits. On Aug. 1, Gilt DC (Giltcity.com/dcvip) will launch with luxe deals every Tuesday and Thursday for local shops, restaurants and spas. Register and watch for scores such as an Aug. 11 one from Julia Farr boutique (shown, 5232 44th St. NW; 202-364-3277) that gets you $150 worth of full-price womenswear for $75.
2) Accordion Lessons
We’re still not on board with the return of pleated pants, especially for dudes. But crisp folds in lamps evoke mid-century Sterling, Cooper and Whatever poise. Crate and Barrel’s Pleats Pendants ($100 each, Crateandbarrel.com) — crimped lights sized to hang solo in halls or in multiple over a bar — come in funky shapes and “Mad Men” hues such as orange and black. They’ll slim down, not pudge up, no matter what space they’re in.
3) Eating on Your Greens
Watch your back, bamboo — palm fronds are gaining on you in the eco-living race. D.C.-based Kwai brand palm plates ($17-$23 per 25-pack, Hill’s Kitchen or Kwaihome.com) are made in India from the sheddings of the areca tree that have been steam-pressed into rounds. They’re biodegradable, durable, and free of nasty chemicals and adhesives. Plus, no pandas will starve if you buy them for your next picnic.
4) Guest Impressed
Whether you’re invited to your friend’s “Top Chef”-style cookout dinner party or you’re crashing at your cousin’s Ocean City condo, showing up empty-handed amounts to a hospitality foul. A box of Izola’s soaps ($18 for three; Tabletop, 1608 20th St. NW; 202-387-7117) might get you invited back. Wry themes include “scouting,” shown; or “powder room,” decked with old-fashioned bloomers and other underthings.
5) To Hide Your Hide
The enemy has landed. The sun launched this nuisance by sending beams of searing light to Earth. The foe is small, an alien speckle known as Freckle. Its victory: It’s cemented on your face. But cheer up, weary warrior. Make Up For Ever High Definition foundation ($40, Sephora.com) is a full-coverage foundation that camouflages blemishes, lines or evil dots. Victory has never looked sweeter.
Written by Express’ Jennifer Barger and Katherine Boyle