Optical Illusions

July 19, 2013

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Optical Illusions
Seeing things through rose-colored glasses just got a whole lot easier. The Rowley Eyewear collection (from ready-to-wear darling Cynthia Rowley) includes hipster-friendly frames, including the oversized No. 78 in blush acetate, shown, and the granny-chic No. 87 in three colors of metal (all frames $129, rowleyeyewear.com).

Heat Miser, Meet Cold Miser
Adapting to both hot and cold confounds us. (How can the sidewalks at Gallery Place feel Mumbai-scorching, yet its movie theater feel Icelandic?) Sparq’s soapstone kitchenware, new at Hill’s Kitchen (713 D St. SE; 202-543-1997), however, does just that, switching between heat- and cold-retaining depending on whether you put an appetizer board (shown, $45) or griddle ($110) in the oven or icebox.

Haute Finds, Cool Prices

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Wendy Red, former owner of the much-missed Commander Salamander and current proprietress of upscale resale boutique Reddz Trading in Bethesda, just opened a second branch of the latter in Georgetown (1413 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-506-2789). Find new or gently used designer wear for less, including Milly sweaters ($80), Balenciaga dresses ($150) and Hermes bags ($1,800).

A Senorita Moment
In Spain, women know a lot about both fashion and caliente weather. (It’s supposed to hit 108 degrees in Seville next week!) No wonder, then, that the cotton frocks by Madrid’s Almatrichi both look and feel cool. The line, just in at GoodWood (1428 U St. NW; 202-986-3640), includes a folksy, embroidered shift ($130), a beaded flapper-ish number ($145) and beachy tunic styles.

The Past Picture Show
Frank Sinatra on the sound system and a mix of shabby-cool vintage and new pieces set a retro mood at Rough Luxe Marketplace, a monthly bazaar in a sprawling Falls Church warehouse (138 W. Jefferson St.; stylishpatina.com). This Friday through Sunday, expect wooden tennis rackets ($4 each), Paris-style pillows and midcentury upholstered chairs (shown, $495).

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