Each week, Buy D.C. will highlight shops and items you can only find in the D.C. area, curated by Kaarin Vembar, owner of personal shopping and wardrobe editing service Closet Caucus.
If you can’t get to the beach this summer, this soap might be the next best thing. The sea salt will naturally soften your skin. Sea salt soap, $7. Curated. 107 N Fairfax St., Alexandria. (703) 566-0177
This fit and flare dress was made in the USA and is rumored to bring out the owner’s inner bombshell. Out to see dress, $50. Rosies & Rockers. 2001 13th St. NW. (202) 328-7625
A handy Mermaid bottle opener is the perfect gift for the pirate/sailor/landlubber in your life. Mermaid bottle opener, $12. Red Barn Mercantile. 1116 King St., Alexandria. (703) 838-0355
This friendly octopus will make sure your napkin stays in place (and will certainly be the talking point of your tablescape). Octopus napkin ring, $10. Hudson & Crane. 1781 Florida Ave. NW. (202) 436-1223
Keep the spirit of summer in your wardrobe year-round with this coral reef necklace. Coral reef necklace, $24.95. The Lucky Knot. 101 King St., Alexandria. (703) 549-1797