That trader Joe’s reusable sack isn’t going to impress anyone on the sand at Rehoboth or by the Capitol Skyline pool. But Be You Fashion’s raffia bags, new at Betsy Fisher (1224 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-785-1975), give a jolt of Mediterranean cool to beach-side or deep-end outfits. The totes come in bright hues and in a medium size (shown, $70) big enough for a Kindle, sunblock and a towel and a larger one ($95) fit for a picnic.
Just ask mario batali: Yes, your grill can also function as a pizza oven, which is particularly nice in the midst of a summer heat wave. Williams-Sonoma’s new line of pie sauces ($12.95 each, stores and williams-sonoma.com) seems aimed at this fire-meets-carbs idea. Flavors include the backyard-ready BBQ (shown), a San Marzano tomato variety and, our favorite, the zesty Artichoke & Garlic, which tastes sublime whether it’s tangoing with cheese on a crispy crust or topping a platter of bruschetta.
Founded in Old Town, Bloomers boutique has garnered a big fan base for its unfussy undies, sleepwear and loungewear. The latest location, in Georgetown (3210 O St. NW; 202-525-4852), delivers the same intimate basics in a breezy space with pink chandeliers, cheery turquoise walls and an eager staff. Expect well-fitting skivvies from Honeydew (most $14), comfortable thongs from Hanky Panky and feminine camisoles from Eberjey. If it’s tantalizing lingerie you’re seeking, keep looking — the vibe here is comfy sorority house, not Victoria’s Secret runway.
Bathing in beer isn’t just something frat dudes do on weekends on H Street. It can also be a wholesome activity, thanks to Old Town Suds’ new King Street Stout bars ($6, oldtownsuds.com/store). The Guinness-infused soap is just one of the wine- or brewski-powered products made by the Alexandria-based company. Soaps smell sweetly hoppy or grapey, but not at all like a bar at 2 a.m. on a Saturday.
Skin and Tonics?
The first rule of glamping or chic picnics: Luxury conquers practicality. So pack to-go like a latter-day Gatsby with a leather-coated thermos ($120, jaysonhome.com). The Coleman canteens are covered with hand-sewn hide and hold up to one-third gallon of cocoa, soup or, most likely, Dom Perignon. There’s also a skin-wearing ice bucket ($150); either would make an indulgent wedding gift.