Take Note
Old school meets high-tech with Wonder Thread’s new collection of iPad sleeves (Wonderthreads.com) modeled after the black-and-white composition books that ran rampant in 10th grade (shown, $40). Other styles include interoffice envelope-inspired laptop sleeves for 11-, 13- or 17-inch MacBooks ($42-$46) lined with micro-fleece that protects against dings.

A Shu Thing
As creative director for Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld is known for attention-grabbing designs (see: hula hoop purse, Spring 2013 Fashion Week). His collaboration with cosmetics powerhouse Shu Uemura is no exception (Shuuemura-usa.com). Lagerfeld’s twee illustrations grace tubes of lipstick ($30), eyeshadow palettes ($65) and red-and-black false eyelash kits ($65).

Creepy Cups
Your kid’s grade school may no longer allow Halloween parties and costumes, but send them armed with some of Baker’s Corner’s easy-to-make, tasty-to-chomp treats, and the politically correct “fall festival” will be a thing of the past. Bake your brains out (and save some cash) with confetti cake mix (99 cents), mouth-dying frostings ($1.29) and spooky sprinkles ($3), all at local Aldi stores.

Bargain Base
It took digging, but eventually we found something at the new Willow boutique for more than $50 (a $60 retro oxblood dress). Otherwise, every women’s frock, jacket, sweater and accessory at this Petworth spot costs less than a Ulysses S. Grant (843 Upshur St. NW; 202-269-2323). There are also upcycled home goods (hand-painted Mason jars, D.C. flag dishes) and craft supplies (canvases, paints) if you’re inspired by the loot.

If Walls Could Rock
Otherworldly animals, obsolete technology and kooky figures star in Philadelphia graphic artist Jim Houser’s works. His new stick-on wall tiles and decals for Blik include Amps ($50, Whatisblik.com), a cowboy peppered with arrows ($45) and a surreal scallop pattern ($50). Any provide a jolt of style — and humor — to a den or kid’s room.