You eat not only with your mouth but also with your eyes, and entertaining expert Annette Joseph’s new book, “Picture Perfect Parties” ($40, Rizzoli), ensures dinner guests have plenty to feast on with both. Rich photography, interesting recipes and clever DIYs (hand-painted linens, burlap napkin embellishments) land the tome on the host-wanted list for anyone throwing a Thanksgiving or Christmas bash.
Silty as Charged
Gtech’s AirRam vacuum eats dust bunnies for breakfast, pet hair for lunch and crumbs for dinner ($350, brookstone.com). Released recently, the bag-free, cordless sucker collects debris from your carpets or hardwoods using only 100 watts of electricity. Its rechargeable lithium battery lasts up to 40 minutes on a single charge and, at only 7.7 pounds, the nimble clean machine is ideal for tiny apartments and trouble spots like stairs and underneath tables.
Of Party Bling and Other Small Things
Tory Burch, high priestess of American preppy-pretty style, isn’t just about tunics and ladylike dresses. She’s also into bags, gems and shoes, which are shown off in her new accessories-only boutique, opening Nov. 21 in Georgetown (1411 Wisconsin Ave. NW). A space decked with groovy wallpaper shows off such party-ready pieces as the crystal earrings pictured above ($150).
Polishing It Off
It’s not what’s inside each bottle of Mischo Beauty’s nail lacquer that makes it special: It’s what’s not. Created by local chemist-turned-cosmetologist Kitiya Mischo King, the U.S.-made line is free of formaldehyde, toluene and other toxins commonly found in polishes. The varnishes stay chip-free for up to two weeks when paired with base and top coats. The inaugural collection ($18 each, shopmischobeauty.com) includes dramatic aquas and metallics.
Ooh La La for Less
French designer Isabel Marant wins raves for her boho women’s jackets and dresses plus menswear fit for Parisian rock stars. Her prices also tend to be as big as her reputation. But with H&M launching its international hers-and-his collaboration with Marant on Nov. 14, the tags will be considerably lower. Sold online and via H&M locations in Georgetown (3222 M St. NW; 202-298-6792) and Metro Center (1025 F St. NW; 202-347-3306), the line of clothing and accessories includes slouchy coats and slim pants for him (above, $199 and $99). Madams and mademoiselles can shop for fringed tribal-cool scarves ($50) and embellished jackets ($400).