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July 12, 2013

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Drinking in the Monuments
We don’t advocate imbibing demon rum (or gin) during a moonlight stroll or daytime picnic on the National Mall. That’s against National Park Service rules, drunken scofflaw! But you can gaze at arty renditions of the Washington, Jefferson et al on local brand Fast Snail’s D.C.-themed flasks ($25-$30 each), just in at The Hour (1015 King St., Alexandria; 703-224-4687).

Produce Porn
Eating your greens doesn’t often sound sexy. But in the satirically titled (yet seriously full of good recipes) “Fifty Shades of Kale” ($20, Harper Wave), nice dishes including Kale-onaise (veggie-infused mayo) are described with naughty prose. All recipes star the beloved/reviled superfood, which means stuff we want to try (Green Pizza, Kung Pao Chicken with Kale) and a few bizarro options. Can we pour you a frosty kalejito cocktail?

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American Expression
Durkl, D.C.’s homegrown streetwear clothing and accessory company with an H Street NE flagship store in the works, recently premiered a limited-run Made in the USA collection (durkl.com). Featuring patriotic brushed-twill bucket hats ($40, shown), maroon and blue striped tube socks ($12) and collegiate short-sleeved jerseys ($40), the collection blends modern and vintage American sportswear concepts. Every piece is made locally or in Los Angeles or Michigan workrooms.

Coffee Pores
Nyakio Grieco scored most of her beauty secrets from her ever-youthful grandmother, who worked on a coffee farm in Kenya. She shares them with the masses via her new eponymous line of exfoliates, face oils and peels made with sulfate- and paraben-free ingredients indigenous to Africa (hsn.com). Our favorite? Kenyan coffee face polish (shown, $34), which gently exfoliates and moisturizes with jojoba and lemongrass oil.

Caught in The Metal
The D.C.-based designer behind Saint Clair Jewelry ­— Cameron Archer ­— wins raves for her punk-glam and tribal-inspired baubles (saintclairjewelry.com). Her new resort collection showcases signature hardcore-yet-feminine necklaces dripping with brass chains, raw crystals and metal spikes. We’re partial to her edgy turquoise pendants ($90) and the Anouk necklace ($142, shown above on model’s head) for its badass, claw-like beads.

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