Grab Bag: Fits and Starts

August 4, 2011


1) Fits and Starts
D.C. has long been a wasteland of men’s shirts so loose that the entire tea party could hide in one. But local tailored men’s shirt company Hugh & Crye, known for its Euro cuts and U.S. patterns, just might remedy that. Its new shop/showroom in Georgetown (3212 O St. NW; 202-250-3807) lets dandies and frumpy bureaucrats alike try on slim-yet-classic shirts ($85-$105) and ties. Call ahead to confirm hours.

2) Soaker Punch
Since the Glory days of Dolly Parton, there have been relatively few times of the year when one can wear aqua-colored liquid eye liner. They are, sadly, the same months when you’re most likely to sweat through your shirt or go for a long swim. Stila cosmetics found a solution with Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($22, Stilacosmetics.com). Available in sparkly jewel-toned hues, it gives eyes a shiny, summery glow without running all over your face and giving you Dolly’s signature blue tears.


3) Baked & Boozed
D.C. is a cupcake town. It is also a drinking town. Mixing the two seems appropriate for happy hour enthusiasts who don’t want to wait in a sobering line at Georgetown Cupcakes with tourists. Make your own booze-infused delights with Kate Legere’s “Intoxicated Cupcakes” ($15, Running Press). With 41 recipes modeled after Bloody Marys, champagne, and Dark and Stormys, the recipes give lushes some luscious treats.

4) You Say Tomato-y
Sir Kensington, the fictitious chap whose name and monocled, Monopoly Mannish face graces a new line of ketchup, looks partial to Delmonico steaks and oysters Rockefeller. But the sauces that bear his name should appeal to those who heart burgers, hot dogs and other plebeian fare. Two varieties ($9 each, Deananddeluca.com) — chutney-like spicy and the milder classic — taste fresh and tomato-y. Plus the stuff is nice and thick, the better to dip a fry in.

5) Walking on The Streets
When metro gets around to changing its wordy station names, maybe Pottery Barn will upholster sofas in fabric strewn with short, sweet phrases such as “U Street” and “Dupont Circle.” Until then, urbanely dress your floor with the store’s New York subway rug ($120-$750, Potterybarn.com), which uses wool to rattle off names such as “Smith” and “Fulton.” Putting it down does not mean you’ve dissed D.C. — yet.

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