A Latte Talk

February 5, 2012


A Latte Talk: Coffee and chats have long been linked. Studies show that if your next java-fueled catch-up was served in NotNeutral’s clever Conversation Piece espresso set ($78, 2modern), you’d get A. more gossip out of your sister about Mom, or B. a better idea of whether that Match.com chick digs you. The set features profiles expressing four emotions: anger, joy, love and defiance. We hope a cup decked with a face representing over-caffeinated is coming.

’Stache Machine: We get it. Beards are back. But the idea is to look like you’re from Brooklyn or Bloomingdale, not the Cro-Magnon era. Gillette’s new Fusion ProGlide Styler ($20, most drugstores) boasts three handy tools — an edger, a trimmer and a razor — that should keep your scruff — or handlebar mustache — in check. Designed to work with any Gillette Fusion razor, the buzzer is best for cleanups (aka, not for all-out trims), so it probably won’t replace your trusty electric model.


Funky Old Town: Girls in lace dresses with boho-chic sashes, snowflakes that stay on our sweaters and sashes, silvery necklaces and other good bling, these are a few of our favorite Anthropologie things. And as part of the haute hippie-Portland milkmaid chain’s seeming quest for world style domination, the company will open a store in Old Town Alexandria (610 King St.; 703-535-8750) Friday. Among the finds: a weathered leather bag (shown, $228), geo-pattern scarves ($68) and lots of housewares.

A Spice Play: You could dish out geographically themed food at your Super Bowl bash — New England clam chowder if you’re a Patriots gal, sourdough bread if you heart the Giants. But Real Deal’s new Chili Lime Snack Mix ($4 per bag, Whole Foods) could keep rabid fans on both sides of the gridiron happy with its citrusy, zippy (but not too fattening) combination of pretzels, BBQ chips, cheese curls and nacho chips.

Stage a Wu Coup: After the madness of Missoni for Target, we’re prepared to rush the Columbia Heights Target (3100 14th St. NW; 202-777-3773) to snag some of Jason Wu’s fun and flirty collection for the discount chain, which launches there and online Sunday. Sweet, Gallic-gone-Yankee styles include pleated skirts ($30), goddess-y tops ($33) and canvas/woven straw bags ($25-$50).

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