Two parts island beats, one part city streets, Mar Y Sol’s woven seagrass bags (shown, $95, Ginger Boutique, 7114 Bethesda Lane; Bethesda; 301-664-9242) go both to the beach or to work during sweet (or sweaty) summer weather. The made-in-Madagascar beauties pair well with the company’s equally balmy-feeling hats ($79-$89), which come in shades like coral and sunflower, and shapes like fedoras and broad-brim cowboys.
How to speak Brit: “Where’s the loo?” means “Gotta go”; “Is this the queue?” translates to “I don’t have time for this s*&%”; and “I got this shirt at Charles Tyrwhitt” equals “This shirt was a bargain and will last forever.” The London men’s clothier set up shop downtown (1000 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-594-3529) where D.C. chaps will find leather brogues, suits and button-downs that cost $34-$350 and boast a six-month, won’t-wear-out guarantee. Cheers to that.
What’s that? You like our sneakers? Oooh, our speakers. We couldn’t hear you over the booming bass from C. Wonder’s portable amplifiers. Compatible with mobile devices and computers via a 3.5mm minijack, the battery-powered beauties come in blue swirls, multicolored stripes or, our favorite, orange ikat (shown).
Forget those sugar fiends who say macarons/pie/caramel apples are the next cupcake. French-style caneles — tiny, soft-inside, crispy-caramelized outside cakes from Bourdeaux — beat all of the above. Mt. Pleasant’s Smack makes and sells the treats ($14 for a box of 12) in both the original rum-almond flavor and twists like chocolate-dipped or green tea.
Class Under Glass
A paper circle imprinted with a Guinness logo rocks a certain dorm-room/Brit-pub charm. But Rock/Flower/Paper coasters (shown, $15 for 4, Art with Flowers, Tysons Galleria; McLean, Va.; 703-903-6837) look grown-up glam on the coffee table. Patterns like birds and buddhas or dreamy florals also grace trays ($95). Whether you use them to serve PBR and pork rinds or Cabarnet and cheese is your call.
Photo Credit: C. Wonder; Marge Ely