Coverage Girls

August 31, 2012

Coverage Girls
A new line of iPhone cases from Condé Nast stars iconic images from Vogue, the New Yorker and other pubs ($40 each, Condenaststore.com). Our faves? Helen Jameson Hall’s watercolor illustration of a frolicking woman from a 1936 Mademoiselle cover and a black-and-white photo of a sultry couple whispering sweet nothings (and smoking!) from a 1966 GQ issue.

Western Addition
Cali-cool meets the DMV at Logan Circle’s new Showroom (1412 14th St. NW; 202-745-0118). The airy home collective traffics in furniture (such as Shine by SHO’s tufted sofa, shown, $5,875), accessories (preppy patterned pillows, shown, $150-$165) and contemporary art, thanks to the triple threat behind it all: interior designer Lori Graham, vintage hound Mike Johnson and art curator Lauren Gentile.

Insta Glam
BB creams multitask as SPF, makeup and all-around skin improvers. Mineral-mad cosmetic queen Jane Iredale just entered the market with Smooth Affair ($48, Shop.janeiredale.com), a potion that’s got a bit more coverage than many we’ve tried. (Read: It camouflaged our zit!) Its combo of grapefruit and algae extracts also shrunk said blemish — even better.

Step None
If you don’t own a bowl, Betty Crocker’s Shake-n-Pour brownies ($3.50, grocery stores) are the most convenient dessert ever. Just add water to the bottle of dry mix, shake the vessel, then pour the resulting mixture into a pan and bake. Yes, oven temperatures do vary, so inexperienced cooks should realize that if this results in chocolate soup, they just need to bake their batch a bit longer.

Less is Score
D.C. accessories diva Kassie Remple gets props for her Simplysoles.com shoe boutique and LIllybee line of footwear/bags. Now add “cheap-chic magnate” to her already long resume with the launch of LB2 (aka Lillybee 2), a less-spendy — yet still stylish — line of clutch bags (shown, $78), bow-topped patent pumps ($118) and wedges ($118). Find the merchandise at Simplysoles.com.

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