south of the border design isn’t all piñatas and woven blankets. The MoMa Store’s just-launched collaboration, Destination Mexico (Momastore), spotlights modern home and personal goods from our neighbors below, like a cheeky Sombrerou Dish (shown, $68), bowls made of fiesta-bright paper strips ($25) and flower brooches crafted from charomesa, the ubiquitous oilcloth table covers used in homes and restaurants throughout Mexico ($15). Any would spice up a Cinco de Mayo bash.
Shop! That! Bus!
Someone needs to explain the definition of “trunk show” to Joey Wolffer. The fab globetrotter seems to have taken it literally. The Styleliner, her 20-foot potato-chip truck turned accessories-shop-on-wheels, is a mobile marvel where she sells spoils from her worldly travels, such as mesh jewelry from Spain, beaded clutches from Brazil and Parisian endless scarves. She hits the road in D.C. this weekend in Georgetown and Dupont. Find dates and times at Thestyleliner.com.
Yes We Tan
You can always tell who’s been spray-tanning by their carroty complexion and that funky cocoa-butter smell. Lucky for hue, St. Tropez’s Perfect Legs Spray ($18, Sttropeztan) combats all the telltale signs of fakery. The sugar-based formula leaves gams beautifully bronzed for up to 10 days and is developed with Aromaguard, technology that eliminates 70 percent of typical tanner odor.
Since 1977, T.J.Maxx has been outfitting penny-pinching shoppers with the same clothing, shoes and accessories available at fancy department stores for up to 60 percent off. The latest addition to its fleet — store No. 1,000 — recently opened in downtown D.C. (601 13th St. NW; 202-637-1261) and houses the usual suspects like Michael Kors and Nine West, plus a Runway at Maxx section full of couture designs from contemporary American and European designers.
Shade Of Gray
The cupped hand: very effective against rays, but not particularly fashion-forward. Enter Waiting for the Sun, eyewear outfitters based in Paris (Redeem, 1734 14th St. NW; 202-332-7447). The 100 percent UV protective spectacles are hand-carved from wood, including the Delta Natural (top, $185), the Deux Cognac (middle, $185) and the Solid Green (bottom, $185).