1) Stand, Corrected
It’s super that your iPhone can do soooo many things. But until it can levitate, comfortably watching video means propping it up in some inelegant manner unworthy of Steve Jobs’ genius. MoviePeg ($10.24, includes shipping) is a simple hunk of plastic that acts as a kickstand (for the iPhone 3G and 3GS, for now, and Google’s Nexus One). You’ll likely have to remove the phone’s case, if it has one, but MoviePeg’s convenience and cuteness outweigh this minor annoyance.
2) Piece Of Cake
No need to shave your head before baking to channel your inner Duff Goldman. Charm City‘s “Ace of Cakes” has partnered with crafts megastore Michaels to put out a line of decorating accessories meant to help home chefs trick out their treats. There are cake tattoos ($12.99, in various designs, including the animal prints pictured), cake graffiti ($4.49, in eight colors) and, of course, tubs of fondant, fondant cutters and fondant smoothers. We can’t promise the final product will taste good, but it’ll look awesome.
3) Jermyn Move
In Richmond, where they still sip mint juleps, it’s no shock to find a new shirt company that knows the finer points of French cuffs and cutting a slim (not rocker-skinny) dress shirt. Ledbury specializes in clothes at once modern and not too nutty for a Hill hearing. Styles range from checked button-downs ($115) to Italian twill oxfords ($135).
4) Cheer Leader
The holy trinity of lip balm is elusive: shiny, but not gluey or waxy. Hurraw! Balm ($3.79 each) meets these requirements, plus it’s tasty and made with vegan-safe ingredients. The stuff is like a warm bath for your lips. Of the 13 flavors, licorice was our favorite, and Black Cherry and Cinnamon have a soft red tint. Now go to Columbia Heights and make out with some tofu-eaters.
5) Mod Alert
Buying mid-century furniture on Craigslist can mean Don Draper-ish pieces at matching 1960s prices. But 40-year-old martini stains/cigarette odors can kill their vintage charm. Thank the Eames-era gods, then, that furniture power Room & Board (1840 14th St. NW; 202-729-8300) opens its first retro-hip D.C. store Monday. Expect low-slung sofas ($2,000), sleek cocktail tables and platform beds galore, all minus the whiff of yard sale.