Making the Braid
Christine Caj has her hands full: The Alexandria jewelry designer behind TinnLily is furiously whipping up gritty-yet-pretty wrap-bracelets in cheery colors like grapefruit orange, neon lime and peacock blue — just in time for summer ($40-$50, Etsy.com). Using patterned silks and cottons, hardware-store brass hex nuts and Swarovski-set beads, Caj’s wrist trimmers work one at a time or layered for a grown-up update on kids’ friendship bracelets from camp.
Painters like mondrian and designers like Diane von Furstenberg know the punchy power of color blocking. Now, even if you’re sartorially challenged and incapable of wielding a paintbrush, you can master mixing shades with Keggy’s line of belts and changeable buckles ($38 for one belt and buckle, shown), now in stock at Sassanova (1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-471-4400). Other belt hues include orange and lemon; buckles range from bejeweled circles to enamaled squares in blues and greens.
What a Jerky
Call off the search: We found the beef. It’s tucked inside packages of Krave gourmet jerky (Kravejerky.com). All natural and low fat (promise!), the tender-not-tough snack is made from quality cuts of meat packed with protein and void of nitrates, hormones or any other artificial crud. Varieties include chili lime beef, smoky teriyaki pork and — our fave — lemon garlic turkey ($7). Pack them for a hike, pair them with a crisp beer or crumple some into cookie dough before baking.
You planted basil on your balcony with good intentions. But tending to it can be a drag on your A. Ocean City weekends and B. brain. Ikea’s new Jubel self-watering pots ($6-$10, Ikea stores) come in an ingenious, two-layer design: Plop your plant in the inner one, fill the outer with H20 and two little wicks draw the liquid up toward the roots.
KIDS change their minds approximately 8,508 times a day. You need a toy that keeps up with their oscillations. Enter Karl Zahn’s morphing wooden animal figurines ($19 a piece, Areaware.com). Each creature has a removable head, torso and tail that can be interchanged to create such beasts as alligators with alpaca heads or elephants with — holy genetic modification! — horse tails.