Name a women’s store Park & Madison, and you might expect racks of Upper East Side-ish cardigans and “Royal Tenenbaums” furs. Instead, the new boutique in the Mosaic District (2905 District Ave., Fairfax; 703-462-8665) seems angled at downtown girls, with Donni Charm’s shredded jersey scarves (on mannequin above, $100), denim by Joe’s Jeans, and Nicole Miller cocktail frocks (a black lace mini version is $400). Shoes are a strength, too, as in lace-up booties and sexy wedges. It’s all shown off in a loft-like space (rough-hewn floors, Marrakech-y wallpaper) that also seems anything but stuffy.
You didn’t inherit a passel of 1970s Pucci dresses and “Mad Men”-era alligator handbags from grandma? Then head to Sloans & Kenyon’s (7034 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.; 301-634-2330) fall vintage fashion auction 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, to bid on evening gowns, jewelry and shoes from prior decades. Among the highlights: a 1980s Mondrian-style dress.
Tween & Simple
Oui, digging around a Paris flea market could uncover cool home decor. But Pottery Barn Teen’s new Emily & Meritt Collection (a collaboration with clothing designers Emily Current and Meritt Elliot) offers quirky, Gallic chic sans a pricey jet ride. Surprisingly grown-up finds include metal hooks shaped like animals ($30), pintuck stripe beanbags ($109-$200) and a curvy chaise longue covered in — wow! — denim ($800). It’s all at pbteen.com.
If you’ve ever thought, “Gee, this pillow/sweatshirt/hat would look so much better with a pom-pom on it,” you’re not alone. The authors of “Pom-Poms!” ($15, Quirk Books) tested and approved 25 crafts incorporating the fluffy adornments made from yarn, felt, tissue paper or even cupcake wrappers. Each project takes less than an hour, meaning you can spend even more time plotting your next adorable DIY.
Take That, Hummus
Sugar-free, gluten-free and packed with protein, 2Armadillos roasted chickpeas are a less sinful alternative to potato chips. The addictive, made-in-D.C. snacks have a similar consistency to corn nuts and come in 1-, 2.5- or 8-ounce packs ($2-$12, visit 2armadillos.com for stores). Flavors include kicky cayenne pepper and savory rosemary/olive oil.