Once your ac goes on for the next gazillion weeks, you’re stuck with an odd dilemma: It’s hotter than the surface of Venus outside, but in your pad, it’s freezing. Nkuku’s cotton throws, new at Tabletop ($110 each, 1608 20th St. NW; 202-387-7117) stylishly solve the “my roommate is a polar bear” dilemma. The herringbone beauties, woven at fair-trade workshops in Turkey, also work as picnic blankets should you leave the house.
On the Lamb
Watch your back, Ben’s Chili Bowl half smokes! D.C.’s Jamie Stachowski and his team at Stachowski Brand Charcuterie are moving in on your sausage bragging rights. The latest flavor, Lamb Merguez, is made using all-natural ingredients including cilantro, green onions, tomato paste, garlic and North African spices ($8, Smucker Farms, 2118 14th St. NW; 202-986-7332). They crisp up on the grill or can be taken out of their casings, chopped and added to pasta. The links boast a Sahara-hot kick, so we’d serve them Mediterranean-style with Greek yogurt mixed with lemon, dill and cucumber.
Did that recipe call for a teaspoon or a tablespoon of vanilla extract? Umbra’s new iSpoon ($7, Umbra.com) helps you recall ingredient lists in electronic cookbooks or cuilinary web sites without missing a stir. The utensil features a wooden working end and a silicon-coated, stylus-like base that works like a finger on your tablet. Still, don’t mistake one end for the other, or you’ll end up with an iPad smeared in cookie dough or spaghetti sauce, defeating the good intentions of your cooking.
Yes We Canvas
Los Angeles-born bag company Thursday Friday gained notoriety for its cheeky Classic Together bag in 2011, which featured an illustrated Hermes bag printed on canvas. Its newest collection includes a collaboration with water colorist Samantha Hahn as well as floral decals arranged in a pretty kaleidoscopic pattern (shown, $65, Thufri.com).
Make It Perk
Are Georgetown-chic and preppy synonyms? The latest boutique on upper Wisconsin Avenue, Britt Ryan (1625 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-808-2408), does nothing to dispel that idea with its bright print dresses (shown, $282), elephant-pattern tops ($238) and kicky shorts ($150). It’s all made in America and sold in a pink-walled, antiques-filled spot that, like the clothes, smacks of the Hamptons.