Gianni Be Cheap: Donatella Versaceâ€˜s formaggio-orange tan would take many spendy trips to Capri to achieve. Her labelâ€™s colorful, print-mad clothing isnâ€™t cheap either, unless you stand in line outside H&M (1025 F St. NW; 202-347-3306) Saturday. There, at 8 a.m. sharp, a riot should ensue as shoppers try to score cheap-chic storeâ€™s collaboration with the Milan house. Worth shivering on the sidewalk for: a studded minidress (shown, $100) and a menâ€™s suit in hot pink ($200).
Zest Friend: Manhattan season is here â€” as in the drink, not the New York borough with a superiority complex. Messing with the bourbon (or rye)-cherry-vermouth-bitters mash-up too much ruins its dark, sweet intrigue. (Letâ€™s not speak of our sisterâ€™s apocryphal addition of cherry schnapps to hers!) But Fee Brothersâ€™ Grapefruit Bitters ($12) brings a whisper â€” not a wallop â€” of acidity to our winter poison.
H2OMG: â€™Tis the season of hot apartment buildings that make skin as dry as Utah. The solution for flaky, unnaturally overheated dermis, or what we call radiator-itis: Kate Somervilleâ€™s Quench Hydrating Serum ($65, Neiman Marcus), a moisturizer that uses vitamin A to lock in natural fluids. It gives your dermis a fresh, glowy feel thatâ€™ll almost make your forget that hideous metal heating element clanging in your apartment.
Tagging Turkey: Here, Mr. Gobbles! You sit your adorable little feathered tush RIGHT HERE AT THE HEAD OF THE TABLE. Whatâ€™s that? You want to know why donâ€™t you have a special, metal, bird-shaped place card holder ($17 for four, Home Rule, 1807 14th St. NW; 202-797-5544) beside you? We mustâ€™ve forgotten how to spell your name. That big knife? No, we donâ€™t expect you to use it to carve the stuffing. Just sit there and look pretty, OK?
Apartment Therapy: That sofa at Restoration Hardware runs three times your monthly rent. Ikea tables cost too much for something one has to screw together. The Furniture Origami Set ($12, CB2, 3307 M St. NW; 202-333-6204) holds bright papers to fold into a studio apartmentâ€™s worth of furniture (bed, table, toilet). Yes, only paper dolls could use them, but the kit is cheap and requires no Allen wrenches.
By Katherine Boyle and Jennifer Barger