1) The Dog Talker
If Magnolia Jacqueline could speak, she would have given a 70-word soliloquy on why Bocce’s Bakery’s Apple Pie organic dog biscuits ($9.50, Boccesbakery.com) tasted so delectable that she devoured two in the span of seven seconds. Instead, that little Jack Russell terrier gobbled up the all-natural treats from N.Y.C., then stared at the bag until she received bones in the savory flavors Fish & Chips and Beef Bourguignon. All were a welcome mid-morning snack.

2) A Short Treatise
Greek philosophers knew that virtue is found in the mean between two extremes. In summer, men don droopy khaki cargo shorts (extremely boring) or wear absurd magenta ones covered in embroidered lobsters or palm trees (extremely irritating). Somewhere in the center of the spectrum, there’s edgy, made-in-D.C. Durkl Navajo shorts ($69, Durkl.com), a cheeky (yet cool), hacky-sack-inspired middle ground in a virtuous summer print.

3) Dust Issues
Ketchup and salt don’t come in purse-friendly sizes. Or, rather, they do, but it’s tacky to steal condiment packets from McDonald’s. J&D’s, whose pioneering Bacon Salt redefined the novelty seasoning market, has the answer: Ketchup Salt ($4.50, Jdfoods.net). It tastes like something NASA would send with astronauts to space, but you can chuck it in a tote without fear of liquid disaster. Also available: Malt Salt.

4) Go West, Young Hipster
Maybe it’s the presence of CB2, Design With Reach and Bo Concept on the same M Street block that drew mod decor store West Elm (3333 M St. NW; 202-333-2928) to open a pop-up shop in Georgetown. Or perhaps it’s that the crafty-contempo chain — known for organic duvets, woolly carpets and warm wood chairs — realized that nesters cannot live by Eames chairs and robotic lamps alone. Among the stock: Allegra Hick’s new pillows ($24-$34) and chairs (center and left, $499).

5) Sugar Addiction
If only all sweets treats were this good for you. Georgetown’s new Nectar Skin Bar (1633 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-333-4332), open this week, blends a beauty shop and spa in one boudoir-inspired two-story rowhouse. The one-stop shop for mani-pedi-tan needs also offers Intraceutical oxygen infusion facials, which push antioxidants deep into pores ($150) and six-week semi-permanent Lashdip mascara treatments ($250). With more than 30 hard-to-find brands such as Butter London and Darphin, you can take dessert home.