Cold Comforting: When a sore throat, sinus infection from hell or deathly allergy to Mr. Whiskers hits your homestead, itâ€™s not a reason for celebration, exactly. But plucking Kleenex out of Umbraâ€™s Casa tissue holder (shown, $5, 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 donâ€™t think about that â€” itâ€™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. Sheâ€™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 â€” White Russian, Margaritas â€” pack an alcoholic punch that even Willy Wonka would enjoy.
Man About Georgetown: For Jack and Kate, it used to be just bags. But Jack Spade (1250 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-333-1905), started by Kate Spadeâ€™s hubby (whose name is really Andy), just arrived in Georgetown with a slew of preppy-meets-mod menswear: checkered shirts ($195); wool cardigans; messenger bags in leather, nylon or wool (shown, $395). Itâ€™s all shown off in a retro space decked with old radios and vintage books.
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