Sugar and fire have long been summer lovers (e.g. s’mores). Williams-Sonoma’s new barbecue sauces ($15, Williams-Sonoma stores or Williams-sonoma.com) do a similar sweet-on-heat hookup, with blends like Cherry Chipotle and Spicy Root Beer spiked with molasses. Still, using them on ribs or chicken won’t negate your need for roasted marshmallows after dinner.
The cow horns carved to make Zeffira’s princess-on-a-safari jewelry are naturally shed. Which means even vegans can go rugged-but-ravishing in pieces just in at Betsy Fisher (1224 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-785-1975), like an oval pendant with rhinestone accents (shown, $195), chunky bangles ($190-$235) and disco-y dangle earrings ($120).
An invite to your pal’s Rehoboth Beach share — or artisan-everything dinner party — merits a hostess/host gift nicer than a six-pack. Guatemalan embroidered hand towels ($32 each, Proper Topper, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-842-3055) boast pleasing not-too-trad, not-too-rad looks. And if no one likes you, they’d look worldly in your own loo.
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Marke Golddachs’ Hungarian Beard Wax might make a dandy out of dad yet. The stiff, vanilla-scented stuff (rumored to have been used by the patron saint of mustaches, Salvador Dali) promises long-lasting whiskers without the stickiness of conventional waxes. Find it, along with a sleek tortoiseshell beard comb, in Trohv’s two-piece kit. ($54, Trohvshop.com). Fu Manchu’s got nothing on pop’s handlebar.
The Sahara. Code-red pollution. High pollen counts. Sitting next to a germ factory on a plane. These are all instances in which you’d like to wear an air-filtering mask, but white washes you out. The Vogmask ($20, Vogmask.com) is an alternative that will still get you strange looks on the Metro. Whatever — you’ll be laughing behind your sexy microfiber mask in a fun pattern.