Noir by Northwest: In five years in D.C., Shawâ€™s Redeem (1734 14th St. NW; 202-332-7447) has gained a rep for bringing edgy, Cali-meets-CBGBâ€™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 womenâ€™s black wool Arum cape (shown, $280) and steampunky menâ€™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 itâ€™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 Bethesdaâ€™s Zelaya Shoes (4940 St. Elmo Ave.; 301-656-8550) for years. Now, the shop also carries a range of fashion-forward menâ€™s footwear in styles including casual cool, like Royal Elastics lace-ups (shown, $139), and Liam Michaelâ€™s work-worthy brogues ($209). The in-residence black pug, Jersey, also appeals to shoe fiends of both sexes, but he wonâ€™t help you choose between Bronxâ€™s Chelsea boot or Rockadelicâ€™s slip-ons.
Animal Charm: Ernest Hemingway once shot and ate a porcupine, and the Serbian Crown in Great Falls lists â€śScallopini of Lionâ€ť on its menu. We prefer exotic animals on the tableware, not the plate, as in Sugarbooâ€™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 Crockerâ€™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, wonâ€™t rival your weekly Crumbs indulgence. And saying Fun Da-Middles is painful for those past grade school.
By Katherine Boyle and Jennifer Barger