1) Whip It, Goodness, This Is Strong
Whipped cream has accompanied liquor since the Irish one-upped the Scots’ hot toddy with their ingenious whiskey and coffee cocktail. Now, American fusion foodie culture tops all with a hybrid of two useful party enhancers. Whipped Lightning Whipahol ($11, Dixie Liquors, 3429 M St. NW; 202-337-4412) — in English: alcohol-infused whipped cream — comes in flavors such as chocolate mint and caramel pecan, adding a strong dollop of tipsy to frozen drinks, whiskey shots or, heck, banana pancakes.
2) Glow Tricks
some head to the spa to regain their 20-something skin, but Elemis Freshskin aims to dole out spa-quality treatments to young pros with no time — or cash — to leave their desks for mini-facials. The line, developed for luxe spas, includes non-drying products such as Skin Glow Exfoliating Wash ($24) and Face Mask Duos ($30, Timetospa.com), all of which give under-35 skin extra glow for not much extra cash.
3) Stone Rage
Diamonds are a girl’s priciest friend, and, frankly, they bore us. Melissa Joy Manning, however, traffics in rugged, unusual gems: snowy agate, mossy jasper, stalactite. The Cali designer’s earrings ($295, shown) just hit the Anthropologie accessories shop (5402-C Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-652-1056). They come in several combos, all more interesting than, yawn, another pair of solitaires.
Everyone’s a blogger, pop star, etc. So why stop with such base art forms? Lola Gavarry’s “DIY Art at Home” ($22, Watson-Guptill) shows would-be Monets how to create their own paintings. Results may not resemble works by Jeff Koons or Ed Ruscha, but, really, do your friends know who they are? Nearly 30 ideas, many with easy-to-use stencils, range from Rothko-ish abstracts (easy) to portraits of shoes (harder).
5) A Checkered Past
the 1970s were the heyday of such regrettable male fashion fads as sideburns, leisure suits and “Saturday Night Fever” platform shoes. But Ledbury designer Paul Trible recalled relatives sporting crisp madras shirts and attractive checked oxfords, a pleasantly nostalgic flashback that led to his company’s spring shirt collection. Styles like the blue Lancaster plaid (shown, $135, Ledbury.com) evoke the Carter era without any whiff of disco.