Want This: Gladiator Ballet Slippers

TWINKLE TOES: SimplySoles (1438 Park Road N.W. and online) ups its discount factor -- styles are now 40 percent off. Shop now while the selection is still good, or wait until next week when styles plummet to 50-75 percent off -- but do you wanna take the risk that your true-shoe love will still be around? It's your call. In the meantime, we have a teeny crush on Lillybee's tomato-pink patent leather sandals ($67.95; originally $125), a gladiator version of ballet slippers. And hey, they just so happen to be called Mary-Kate. And wow, look at that -- the bumble-bee yellow Ashley version is right next to them. Try to forget about travesty of "Full House," take a deep cleansing breath and focus on the shoes.

DARTH HAUL: Such a shame -- Vader's been banished beyond the Dark Side and has been reduced to little more than a USB hub. Plug up to four cords right into his hard molded plastic bionic chest and he'll breathe angrily at you. But if you just can't go evil, try a cuter R2D2 version instead, which chrips and beeps just like the real (well, fictional in a movie) thing.

COUCH SLOUCH? RCKNDY's (1515 U St. N.W.) summer sale on all Gus Modern upholstered furniture means that maybe, just maybe, you can finally get rid of that sofa you found on the curb the day after you graduated college. We're rather fond of the Carter Sofa, now 20 percent off. This mid-century modern piece with six stainless steel feet is so nice, you may have to teach the dog the meaning of "get down."

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