Well Strung

March 9, 2012

Well Strung: In addition to affordable, cheery clothing from Amanda Uprichard and Cluny, Georgetown’s new Duo Boutique (1624 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-652-0837) stocks a healthy collection of jewelry from Hippie Chic. The necklaces, bracelets and earrings are strung by Kyle Barber, a D.C. local who just so happens to co-own the shop. Many pieces mix new and vintage materials, like one of our favorites: a multitiered fringe necklace made from vintage Lucite tulip beads and glass seed beads (pictured, $50).

Let’s Glow Shopping: The only way antiques and suntans usually meet is on hot days when you forget to wear a hat to the G-town Flea Market. But at Shaw’s new Fit to Be Tan (1626 U St. NW; 202-332-0360), interior designer Paul Corrie helms an eclectic shop of French-meets-industrial vintage pieces in front while technicians airbrush clients in the back. So, you can browse merchandise such as sculptural vintage cheese graters ($35) or Gallic chairs before getting your bronze on.

Lawn Care: May flowers aren’t the only good things associated with spring showers. Lush’s new Grass shower gel ($28 for 16.9 ounces, 3066 M St. NW; 202-333-6950) blends wheatgrass juice and citrus oil for a revitalizing, earthy scent. Plus, it’s loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that give your skin a dewy shine.

A Barrel Of Hon: If Winnie the Pooh lived in, say, Louisville or Richmond, he might prefer Barenjager’s new Honey & Bourbon ($29, liquor stores) over mere syrup from a pot. The slightly sticky blend of Kentucky spirits and honey liquor comes on sweet with little of the fire associated with some cask faves. Still, over ice — or, heck, dribbled into a steaming cup of tea — it could soothe you more than any children’s book.

Burn Notice: D.C. designer Anna Williams scours local antique shops and flea markets for charming containers and vessels — vintage talcum powder tins, film canisters, ceramic pepper shakers. She then fills them with soy wax and adds wicks to make home-warming candles that burn cleaner and longer than most ($15-$60, Etsy). They come in springy scents such as bergamot-sandalwood and lavender-grapefruit.

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