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.
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