Poppy Quiz
It’s lovely to get a dozen roses. But knowing how to arrange your own bouquet ensures you’ll never lack for pretty flowers, even if you can only afford Trader Joe’s blooms. Local floral-design firm Highway to Hill hosts flower-arranging classes at 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday at Tabla Rasa (731 Eighth St. SE; 202-681-7899). For $85, wannabe Eliza Doolittles learn to choose, arrange and care for posies. Reserve a spot  — which includes a take-home arrangement made by you — at

Nest Buys
H&M, seller of $12 jeans shorts and $30 men’s dress shoes, also hawks housewares? Sad Americans might not have known of this decorating miracle until last week, when the Swedish cheap-chic giant launched U.S. e-commerce (, including clothing and decor. Home scores include a bird pillow (above, $9), a Parisian-style shower curtain (below, $20) and candle holders etched with skull designs ($4).

Jungle Gems


Skip the Woodley Park crowds: The arrival of safari-inspired jewels at The Shoe Hive means the boutique is starting to look a lot like a zoo (127 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria; 703-548-7105). Highlights of the wild menagerie: Kendra Scott’s gem-crusted lion ring (shown, $209) and Alexis Bittar’s sparkly rhino and hummingbird bangles ($345 and $375).

Small Changes, Big Style
Muleh, the upscale 14th Street clothing and furniture emporium, recently traded its cavernous digs for a more intimate, 2,500-square-foot space a few doors down (1821 14th St. NW; 202-667-3440). The “new” shop still carries a luxe mix of women’s fashion by Vivienne Westwood, Smythe and 3.1 Phillip Lim, as well as mod, Asian-influenced decor from Kenneth Cobonpue, Hive and Ango.

Mixing It Up
Cocktail pro Todd Thrasher gained notoriety for his skillful shaking at Old Town’s PX Lounge speakeasy. His line of syrups, tonics and cocktail mixes available at Society Fair (277 S. Washington St., Alexandria; 703-683-3247) make creating drinks at home a breeze. Our favorite? The thyme-lime syrup (shown, $12), which adds fruity zip to your G&T.