Linens-n-Things) might make you ruefully smile as you sniffle and hack. Its bright-colored, molded polypropylene exterior might even withstand earthquakes better than the brick building you live in. But don’t think about that — it’ll just make you more depressed.
Fuzzy Old England: Let other Anglophiles heart their Kates and Alexas; we have a girl crush on designer Alice Temperley. She’s now applied her Brit-gone-breezy vibe to a collaboration with 117-year-old, trad English brand Barbour (3221 M St. NW; 202-298-6032). Sharp (yet Yorkshire moor-proof) waxed cotton rain jackets; draped, chunky tunic pullovers ($450-$550); and faux-fur trimmed parkas ($899) lend you warmth and wintery across-the-pond style while assuring no one mistakes you for Queen Elizabeth, out for a brisk walk with the corgis.
Spirited Chocolate: We have long liked the after-dinner combo of a Milky Way bar and a glass of Merlot. But Twice the Vice takes the idea of hooch-chocolate combos to a new level, turning top-shelf liquors (Glenlivet 15 single-malt scotch, Knob Creek bourbon) into downright boozy truffles ($26-$28 per nine-piece set). Cocktail-style bonbons — White Russian, Margaritas — pack an alcoholic punch that even Willy Wonka would enjoy.
Young at Heart: Those with bad genes just lost their excuse for being mistaken for Al Pacino. After a decade of tests and studies, Lancome released its Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate ($58, Neiman Marcus), a translucent serum that battles the ravages of age by supposedly stimulating production of proteins that keep skin Emma Watson-like. After a week, our tester found the somewhat shiny gel gave her skin better tone. But the movie offers and paparazzi still did not come.
By Katherine Boyle and Jennifer Barger