Change of A Dress
Just like last season and the season before that and the season before that and â€¦ Shoshannaâ€™s new collection of femme frocks and separates is killing it. Today, Urban Chic (1626 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-338-5398) debuts dresses from the Spring 2012 line with its annual trunk show of the flirty brand. Styles meant to flatter curves and instill confidence include the blue floral Tillie frock ($385), super-short eyelet minidress Mimi ($350) and the zigzag mosaic print strapless Mylie (shown, $375).
Williams-Sonoma has sold the pots and gadgets that spawned zillions of home-cooked meals. Now, the Cali company wants to dish out the produce, eggs and herbs for feasts chez you, too, with its new Agragrian line of garden supplies, seeds and chicken coops. Way-beyond-Home Depot offerings include copper tools (shown, $58 each), beekeeping sets ($180-$500) and cedar planters.
Not since velour pants with writing on the butt went out of style has there been such good news for your tush. Jan Forman, aka the Jeans Whisperer, recently opened a denim emporium steps from the Clarendon Metro stop (3101 Wilson Blvd., inside Greener Cleaner; 703-585-8833). Her knack for pairing booties with the right brand â€” plus her discounted collection of pairs (7 for all Mankind, Pagie, William Rast, Joeâ€™s for less than $100) â€” is a dream for babies with back.
Foot, Locked In
Muffy and Mr. Mittens donâ€™t Facebook or Instagram. But you can still document their daily walks, romps on the beach or time angrily meowing in front of the litter box with a Sandy Paws kit ($12, Uncommongoods). Simply dip your petâ€™s front feet in sand (or, perhaps, kitty litter?), then pour the plaster mix into the resulting prints and insert the provided loops of jute. Then, wait a few minutes for it to dry, and the mementos could headline at the Crazy Cat Lady Gallery (um, your hallway) or serve as sweet pet-parent Christmas tree ornaments. Still, if you just rescued a Great Dane, order two kits.
The concept of modular carpeting isnâ€™t a new one. (E.g., Pompeii, Ephesus.) But the idea of mixing and matching beneath your feet gets a mod twist via FLOR, the hip carpet-square company opening a shop Thurs. in Georgetown (1037 33rd St. NW; 866-281-3567). The two-story store displays dozens of reusable, rearrangeable fiber tiles in patterns like Hey Jack (left, $16 a tile) and Mod Cow (right, $15 a tile).