Your uphill pedal to work has resulted in a lifted, firm tush. Give your buns the attention they deserve with a KIY (knit it yourself) bike seat cover kit ($12, Fredflare.com). Even if youâ€™ve ever mistaken a knitting needle for a chopstick, youâ€™ll be able to follow the simple directions to complete the project within two hours. You might even say itâ€™s as easy as riding a bike.
A Spice Day on the Deck
Just because you have a mini balcony doesnâ€™t mean grilling is out of the question. Black and Blumâ€™s charcoal-powered Hot-Pot BBQ ($124, Urban Country, 7117 Arlington Road, Bethesda; 301-654-0500) is less than a foot wide, yet powerful enough to make corncobs sizzle. The herb garden on top saves even more space and means that fresh seasonings are just a pinch away.
â€śI wish more things in life smelled like nail polish remover!â€ť â€” No one, ever. Enter Ciateâ€™s white chocolate-scented version ($21, Ciate.com). The gentle-yet-efficient formula removes days-old lacquer without the use of harsh acetone while vitamin B5 and E nourishes digits. Our entire office cooed over the delicate scent it left behind.
Long before Kate Middleton fascinated with her fascinators, high-born (or high-marrying) women drew fans for their enviable wardrobes and regal chic. â€śRoyal Styleâ€ť ($40, Prestel) goes behind palace doors to document fashions of Marie Antoinette, Grace Kelly, Queen Elizabeth et al. Photos show off looks from Princess Diâ€™s â€™80s frocks to Kateâ€™s bridal gown.
Whether you pledge allegiance to Texas Pete or that chica on the Chohula bottle, hot sauces do have a funny way of tasting similar in that peppery, vinegary way. Not so Saba Cookâ€™s Passion Fruit Spicy Sauce ($6, Whole Foods), a hot-meets-sweet combo that would add lots of unusual tang and bang to chicken, beef or veggie burgers. (It also worked nicely on fries.) Itâ€™s made in Ecuador, but smacks of the Caribbean.