Bauble Itinerary: Jewelry designer Hyla Dewitt hails from Charleston, S.C. But her gritty-meets-pretty necklaces are inspired by places much farther away: the mountains of Peru, the tombs of Egypt. Urban Chic (1626 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-338-5398) just started carrying her semiprecious stone and gold-plated pieces. Neck candy like a pink chalcedony bib (below, $130) or a tasseled pendant ($100) inset with aqua stones would work for a trip to Machu Picchu — or brunch in Columbia Heights.
For Different Sorts of Dips: Once, at the behest of some Teen Vogue story, we smashed an avocado and whipped up a guacamole facial. It did indeed make our skin feel softer but, ay caramba, the flies! Now Crabtree & Evelyn’s new Avocado, Olive & Basil lotion and potion ($20-$34, Crabtree & Evelyn) collection harnesses the soothing, super-hydrating powers of the green fruit. Yes, a dunk in the bath gel smells slightly of a Cabo happy hour, but our scaly hide felt buttery after.
Stuffed With Love: Parents’ just-hatched little bundle of joy will get LOTS of annoying, chiming plastic toys from their other, less-cool friends. But new moms and dads need love, too, making a throw-pillow custom birth announcement ($80, Uncommon Goods) appreciated both for sentimental value (Aw, welcome baby Olive/Oliver!) and practical reasons (Aw, they’ll need something to lean on during those 3 a.m. feedings!). The cotton poufs come in not-very-gender-neutral pink and blue.
Stash Flash: Ziploc bags do work to hold eyeliner, sunblock and other make-me-pretty stuff. But unless you’re a frequent flyer, they’re as dull as those TSA uniforms. Not so Beautannia’s unabashedly Goth-girly new cosmetic carryalls ($35-$40, Space NK counter, Bloomingdale’s, Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, Va.; 703-556-4600). They’re decked with hipster botanical prints, which also show up on the Brit-chick line’s subtly floral bath oil ($60), soap ($18) and body cream ($60).
Mr. Green Clean: It’s the eternal kitchen quandary: You love clean dishes but hate washing them. You should also detest the soaps you use in the sink, say the creators of Goodbye Detergent, a line of no-soap-needed scrubbers (2 for $9) that look like balls of spaghetti but are actually made of corncobs, peach pits and other eco-friendly materials. The idea: Detergents are full of nasty chemicals, but these cleaners aren’t. Get them at Hill’s Kitchen (713 D St. SE; 202-543-1997).