Re-Do It Yourself
Thinking about tossing that rickety old bookshelf? Let Barb Blair, author of “Furniture Makeovers” ($25, Chronicle Books), convince you why it’s worth keeping. (Hint: Gold spray paint may come into play.) The how-to book serves up 26 genius furniture face-lifts that could launch a thousand Pinterest pins, including ombre dresser drawers and distressed, shabby-chic desks. Projects require minimal-to-no elbow grease, though painter’s tape will be your new best friend. At the very least, the clever revamps will affect how you scout yard sales.

Malt, No Halt
The problem with Memorial Day cookouts? It’s hard to open a fresh brewski while wolfing down a pork sandwich/BBQ tofu kebab/bag of chips. Rush Dixon’s one-handed cap remover ($25, assures you can gobble and gulp sans pause. Still, such convenience isn’t going to lead to a bathing-suit bod.

Sole Proprietor


The shoe hive (127 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria; 703-548-7105) has been selling Old Town stylistas footwear for 10 years. But the chic shoe boutique just freshened its roster of pretty-meets-preppy brands. Look for new kicks from such names as Gastone Luciloli (shown, $345) and reality TV stylist-turned-designer Rachel Zoe, whose raffia platforms ($255) come in gold or black. The pairs that look hautest for the heat? Jean-Michel Cazabat’s classic-but-hip espadrilles ($200-$350) in leopard print, hot pink or blue-and-white striped canvas.

Delicate On Digits
Clinique claims its new A Different Nail Enamel For Sensitive Skins ($16, won’t irritate your eyes and dermis. This means no more post-mani rashes and a gentle-on-your-nose scent. But we’d also wear one of the nine saturated, glossy colors even if they weren’t so gentle. The polish brushes on smoothly and went chip-free on one of our reporters for two weeks.

Pattern Recon
Indian print-makers, New England fabric weavers and Chicago sewers combine their skills to create Burrow & Hive’s breezy, beachy totes (shown, $165), scarves ($98) and throw pillows ($100). Muted hues and vaguely tribal patterns star in the line, which recently showed up at Old Town boutique Stuart Nordin (101 S. St. Asaph St., Alexandria; 571-357-1144).