Non-Millionaire Milanese

March 2, 2012

Non-Millionaire Milanese: Full-cost items from boho-Italian fashion house Marni tend to run as much as airfare to Rome (i.e., $1,500 print dresses, $350 wallets). But on March 8, the line priced for principessas takes aim at mortals via a cheap(er) chic collaboration with H&M. Styles available at the Metro Center store (1025 F St. NW) include Africa-gone-abstract print blouses (shown, $80); funky, floral necklaces ($50, shown); and spotted jackets and dresses. Still, get there early — these dolce deals won’t last.

Wheel Cool: Skateboards past their days of flips, ollies and pops no longer have to go to that great half-pipe in the sky. Jason Greene’s recycled board yo-yos ($26) and tops ($8, both Branchhome) put a graphic, playful, er, spin on green design. Plus, using the colorful wooden toys doesn’t require wearing a helmet, nor does it up your chances of being mocked by those teenagers pretending to be Tony Hawk in Freedom Plaza.

An Outlet for Outfits: Good news for those who suffer from OCD (obsessive compulsive doodling): “What I Wore Today” ($13, Spruce), a new journal/sketch pad from illustrator Gemma Correll, offers 100-plus pages for you to record your favorite outfits over the course of a year. (Think of it as the sweeter, artier cousin of a street-style blog.) It follows Correll and her pug, Mr. Pickles, through four seasons of style inspiration and simple ways to liven up an outfit for a charming sartorial snapshot.

Pop Stars: The husband-and-wife team behind Quinn Popcorn named the all-natural snacks after their newborn son. (We’ll pause for your awws.) The microwave miracle forgoes GMOs, hydrogenated oils and preservatives for organic kernels, expeller-pressed canola oil and compostable paper bags. Flavor packets are added post-pop and include Parmesan cheese and rosemary; addictive Vermont maple syrup and sea salt; and lemon and sea salt. Boxes of two are sold at Dean & Deluca ($6, 3276 M St. NW; 202-342-2500).

Nice Shades: Cosmetic rising star Jouer (pronounced joo-AY) recently released its limited-edition Blushing Beauty makeup palette ($60). The four-piece collection includes a matte powder and bronzer duo; powder eye shadow duo; tint and highlighter duo; and lip gloss in foolproof shades that flatter most complexion. (Just ask the pasty- and olive-skinned Express editors who tried it.) Think of it as a portable, 2 1/2-inch-tall makeup artist.

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