Capes and Cupcakes

Noir by Northwest: In five years in D.C., Shaw’s Redeem (1734 14th St. NW; 202-332-7447) has gained a rep for bringing edgy, Cali-meets-CBGB’s style to buttoned-up D.C. The his-and-hers boutique celebrates its anniversary by launching the exclusive label A New Cross. Dark, drapey fashions from the Colombia-based line include a women’s black wool Arum cape (shown, $280) and steampunky men’s boots ($255). See the whole collection on Saturday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. during a fashion show/party at the store.

Home, Not So Alone: In the past few years, old-school paper shelter mags have been dropping like fashionable flies (RIP, Domino, ReadyMade, etc.). So it’s heartening to see HGTV Magazine rearing its poppy, perky cover on newsstands, bringing glossy real estate features (bungalows for sale across the U.S.), cheap-chic decor projects and peeks inside hip homes.

Manning Up: Sole sisters have been pointing their platform shoes toward Bethesda’s Zelaya Shoes (4940 St. Elmo Ave.; 301-656-8550) for years. Now, the shop also carries a range of fashion-forward men’s footwear in styles including casual cool, like Royal Elastics lace-ups (shown, $139), and Liam Michael’s work-worthy brogues ($209). The in-residence black pug, Jersey, also appeals to shoe fiends of both sexes, but he won’t help you choose between Bronx’s Chelsea boot or Rockadelic’s slip-ons.

Animal Charm: Ernest Hemingway once shot and ate a porcupine, and the Serbian Crown in Great Falls lists “Scallopini of Lion” on its menu. We prefer exotic animals on the tableware, not the plate, as in Sugarboo’s linen napkins/towels ($25 each, Red Barn Mercantile, 113 S. Columbus St., Alexandria; 703-838-0355). Beasts from exotic climes (rhinos, camels) and farms (donkeys, pigs) romp with clever quotes, making for a wild party, even for vegans.

Layered Take: Betty Crocker’s latest boxed cupcake mix, Fun Da-Middles ($3.25 per box, grocery stores), should amuse restless kids, who would enjoy creating a cake-frosting-cake sandwich in one of three combinations: chocolate with vanilla filling, white with chocolate filling or white with vanilla filling. But the end result, more Hostess Twinkie than traditional cupcake, won’t rival your weekly Crumbs indulgence. And saying Fun Da-Middles is painful for those past grade school.

By Katherine Boyle and Jennifer Barger

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