Artfully Chocolate’s hot cocoas have garnered fans far beyond the sweet shop’s Del Ray and Alexandria locales. That’s why the boutique recently released a take-home version of its Belgian chocolate sauces ($8.75 each, Ackccocoabar.com). Inspired by bombshells of yore, the diva-themed treats include Lucy (semi-sweet chocolate with fiery chipotle, named for Lucille Ball), Marilyn Monroe (white chocolate with creme de menthe) and Liz Taylor (semi-sweet chocolate infused with lavender). The sauces earn bravas when stirred into warm milk, poured over ice cream or just spooned into your mouth.
Abu Dhabi’s scrollwork-rich mosques and golden deserts inspired local housewares company Blisslivinghome’s new spring bed and bath collections. Colorful ways to nest like an Arabian royal include pillows decked with mirrors or henna tattoo-like patterns (shown, $75-$95, Blisslivinghome.com) and a coral, aqua and tan shower curtain that riffs on native tile work ($125).
Ask anyone who’s survived a summer in the District if they’d like to smell like our fair city, and they’re likely to turn up their nose and perhaps run away screaming. But Nomaterra’s new Washington D.C. perfume ($110 for 0.5 ounces, Nomaterra.com) focuses on more fragrant things than, say, a Metro bus in July or a Jumbo slice dropped on the sidewalk in August. Dreamed up by Glamour magazine beauty editor-turned-chemist Agnieszka Burnett, the capital spritz features top notes of citrus with hints of tobacco, bay leaf and, of course, cherry blossoms.
the temperatures outside smack of the South Pole, not south of the border. But Mesomex’s spicy Mexican sauces ($6 each, Whole Foods, or 3 for $20 at Guaposauce.com) summon sunny beaches and mariachi bands via blends such as Fresco (shown, with cilantro and serrano peppers) and Garlic and Chili Pepper. Use them as a base for guacamole or pour them over enchiladas or chicken. Just don’t let the potions trick you into thinking you can salsa on your balcony in flip flops.
yep, we thought FLOTUS looked swell in her second inaugural gown by designer Jason Wu. But the New York wunderkind’s ball gowns run into the thousands. Good thing his lower-priced line, Miss Wu, just launched at Nordstrom. Mod prints, lace and citrus shades dominate fresh pieces including a woven shift and jacket (shown, $425 and $495) and a pop arty flowered tank ($245).