Beast of Burden
Hat, coat and scarf season is stampeding in, which means crammed hall closets and/or heaps of mittens and mufflers by the front door. But Uncommon Goods’ animal hooks ($48 each, Uncommongoods.com) can corral such clutter. Made of wild chindi — an Indian rope twisted out of strips of reclaimed fabric — the somewhat-wild things would also look cute in a kid’s room.
Dino is Served
Hatched just outside of Albany, NY, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que began as a roadside stand where Harley riders could stop for a hearty meal. As word spread, more locations popped up, and a line of marinades and dressings was born, available now at Whole Foods ($4). Our fave: the spicy, vaguely exotic Mojito blend, which provides a wallop of vinegar, citrus and seasonings to fish or meat.
Wrestling with pesky cables puts a damper on your 2 Chainz play list. Enter Zipbudz, headphones with a functioning zipper that makes for a tangle-free listening experience ($20, Zipbuds.com). Developed using military-grade materials (aka, hard to break), the buds deliver top sound quality. And because they come in bright colors (lime green, hot pink), they’re nearly impossible to misplace.
Ladies in bow ties always seem a bit off, in a wedding caterer-gone-tomboy way. Preloved’s Willow Belts ($50, Nana, 3068 Mt. Pleasant St. NW; 202-667-6955; Nanadc.com), sewn from recycled wool, give you a sleek, tuxedo vibe with no risk someone will ask you to refill their wine glass. Cinch one around a little black dress or over a voluminous white blouse.
Known for its classic shapes and au courant colors, Pink Tartan seems ideal for the new D.C. (the one with a fashionable first lady and a zillion gastro pubs). Sherman Pickey (1647 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-333-4212) hosts a trunk show for the label through Wednesday, offering 10 percent off ladylike styles such as a cobalt dress (shown, $425), jeweled tees ($195) and cool trench coats.