Want This: The Message Mat

Snarky Yoga Mats, Elaine Turner Summer Tote, Ukiyo5 Ties

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    The Message Mat
    Go kick some asana on your new Message Mat. Yoga, karate -- either way.

    "Take your practice seriously, not yourself." Who said you have to be all serene and glowing on the yoga mat? Pick up a Message Mat at D.C.'s newest yoga studio, Past Tense (3253 Mount Pleasant St. N.W.) or online. Right now you can choose from "Kick Asana" and "Cobra, Baby," but Message Mat's fledgling company -- which is focused on working with local manufacturers and vendors -- will release two more next month. Feeling expressive? E-mail orders@themessagemat.com to suggest a new theme.

    Perfect for a swanky beach getaway or a Sunday summer brunch, the Elaine Turner Shelly Top Handle (now $179.99; was $250) is roomy enough to tote beach reading or an avalanche of (gasp!) BlackBerries, should you need to catch up with the office. Available from Piperlime.

    We're not quite sure why you'd ever need a tie to be limited-edition, but who are we to judge? These silk ties -- limited to only 50 of each design -- are decked out with embroidered vector illustrations by Swiss artists Ukiyo5. Choose from Atomica (the "sexy vector goddess") or Riku, who peeks out over a barcode.