Vintage dresses burst with retro, Turner Classic Movies appeal. Sadly, they often come with moth holes and waists requiring a corset. Petrunia’s retro-inspired frocks, new at GoodWood (1428 U St. NW; 202-986-3640), boast a similar vibe in real-girl sizes and nonmusty fabrics. Styles (all $185) include a flowery number and green-dotted one with a swingy skirt.
Caramelized onions, beloved companion of hunks of goat cheese or pork tacos, get elevated to a higher level via Lowcountry Produce’s Sweet Onion Jam ($12, Hill’s Kitchen, 713 D St. SE; 202-543-1997). The tangy spread — think a chutney crossed with a savory preserve — also works wonders on a leftover turkey sandwich.
European chicks intuitively know how to toss a muffler around their shoulders and look charming. Those in need of accessories assistance can try “How to Tie a Scarf” ($13, Potter Style), a pocket-square sized, illustrated guide to folding, knotting and draping your way to better, warmer style. “Recipes” are named for cities, like the “Glasgow,” below.
Next Stop: Your Wall
Well-heeled travelers and those with wanderlust will appreciate Room & Board’s new line of luggage-tag art ($329, 1840 14th St. NW; 202-729-8300). Silkscreens printed in California add color and worldliness to your walls sans waiting in annoying security lines. Destinations include London, Chicago, Paris and New York. All prints come in white wood frames and look stylish hung alongside vacation snapshots.
The best part of visiting a museum? We think it’s cruising the gift shop after absorbing all that culture. The Mansion at Strathmore’s 24th annual Museum Shop Around bazaar cuts to the chase with pop-up gift shops from 20 of the area’s best institutions ($9 admission, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, Md.). This Friday through Sunday, grab such artistic wares as Black + Blum’s loop candelabra (at left, $40) and geometric bowls (at right, $55).