Kale Me, Maybe
Why should basil have all the fun? Radici of Tuscany’s gourmet kale pesto is an earthier-tasting, more super-foodie alternative to everyone’s favorite pasta add-in ($8, Cork Market, 1805 14th St. NW; 202-265-2675). A blend of dark kale, almonds, pine nuts and spices, the potent condiment can be used as a marinade for fish, slathered on crostini or tossed with linguine.

Bright Idea
Finding the perfect heel can be daunting. Chromatic Gallerie puts the wheel in your hands (feet?) with customizable footwear ($88, Chromaticgallerie.com). You choose the height (2 or 3 inches), color (11 hues such as tan and purple), material (leather, suede, faux fur), size and width. Cushioned insoles and sturdy heels means you’ll be walking on air.

Crew’s Control
The 1888 atlantic Building in Penn Quarter once housed 19th-century tax attorneys and, later, the original 9:30 Club (1980-1996). Now, the historic brownstone caters to both the button-downed and rocked-out with a new branch of J. Crew (950 F St. NW; 202-628 8690). Expect fall fare such as polka-dotted sweaters (shown, $90), satin skirts (shown, $250) and men’s suiting.

Swede Ideas
Call it etsy-fication: IKEA, maker of mass-market, cheap-chic furniture, channels a DIY vibe in its new 2013 catalog. This means photos suggest graffiti-ing a Tarva chest ($149) with neon and wrapping a metal Leirvik bed frame ($100) with colorful fabric strips. Cool new items show up, too, such as a tutu-shaded floor lamp ($99) and side-tables with built-in bowls ($49).

Dream Cream
When this product landed on our desk, we questioned its “miracle” claim … until we tried it. Within minutes, our legs looked like they could inspire a Daft Punk song: smoother, firmer, younger, tanner. The cream credits soy amino and marine extracts for its magical results ($34, Miracleskintransformer.com).