Soft on Statehood

November 9, 2012

Soft on Statehood
You, like us, may be weary of gazing at electoral maps. So to aid your political recovery, we suggest cuddling up with the state — or taxed-but-not-represented District — of your choice in pillow form. Love, California’s felt puffs ($60 each, can be whipped up in a variety of hues (red, blue, purple?). The crafters can also plop a heart where your ’hood or hometown is.

Feminine, Wild
New York’s intermix trades in rocker-gone-uptown labels: Helmut Lang, Theyskens’ Theory, Rag & Bone. The cool-girl chain is new at Tysons Galleria (2001 International Drive, McLean, Va.; 703-506-0914), where a nightclubby space of bleached wood floors and faux snake tables sets the stage for such pieces as Torn by Ronny Kobo’s peplum top (shown, $298) and Rag & Bone’s jeans (shown, $218).

Go With A Grain
Hiro Sake uses rice from Murakami, a snowy region in Japan revered for its pristine kernels ($30 a bottle, local liquor stores; The result is a smooth finish with a subtle sweetness, making the spiked beverage (30 proof) a hit on the rocks or mixed with fruit juice. It’s sold in two varieties: red, which is best served warm, and blue, which is best served in back-to-back terms, er, chilled shots.

Warming Trend
It’s hot in Kenya, where Amani ya Juu’s new cotton scarves ($22 each, 3166 Mount Pleasant St. NW; 202-536-5303) are dyed and screen-printed. The wraps — in straight-from-the-savanna shades such as mustard and wine — cut the chill in D.C. stylishly.

Not-So-Slick Skin Fix
Slathering oil on your face may seem counter-intuitive. But Fresh’s new quick-absorbing, lightweight Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil ($50, gives you enviable winter skin sans grease. The secret? Restorative omegas that, when combined with pure oils (seaberry, cranberry seed, camellia seed and sweet almond), give your dermis a youthful and refreshed look.

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