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Scent of the Month: Distillery General Artisanal Small Batch Fragrances

Posted by Editorial / Friday, October 31st, 2014

Small Batch Fragrances

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Have you ever walked down the street and taken a whiff that instantly made you remember someone? Scent memory is powerful and with every woman gravitating towards the same favorite fragrances, there is no guarantee that your “signature scent” won’t conjure up memories of you and six of your friends.  Finding unique fragrances without a hefty price tag is hard, which is why Distillery General Small Batch Fragrances are the perfect alternative for the discerning beauty junkie on a budget. Smokewood is strong scent with notes of amber, leather, vanilla and sandalwood. Dandelion is a light floral mix with notes of citrus and apple. Heirloom is an earthy combination of heirloom tomatoes, rose, grapefruit and myrrh. Strawberry Vine is a sweet mix of fruit, vanilla and roasted nuts. With four unique scents at just $25, you could buy the whole collection for the price of one mainstream fragrance [$25 each/1.7 oz]. –Angela Bobo

(November 2014)

Shop Talk: Cose Belle Boutique

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Cose Belle in Fredericksburg

Photo by Mollie Tobias.

Destination: Near the corner of Caroline and William Street in downtown Fredericksburg, Cose Belle is nestled in amongst the myriad of retail options. The modern boutique stands out as a small white building on a block filled with red brick and antique stores.

Cose Belle in Fredericksburg.

Photo by Mollie Tobias.

Atmosphere: The boutique seamlessly blends its European inspiration with the rustic nature of downtown Fredericksburg with exposed brick, modern concrete flooring, antique chairs, dim lighting and crimson velvet curtain accents. The store gives off a friendly vibe as Paola Barral, the young and fashionable Italian store owner, greets shoppers with a smile and begins to help customers find the perfect outfit.

Bread and Butter:  All of the pieces are picked by Barral on one of her many trips to Europe throughout the year. The store is stocked full of the latest European trends including brightly colored and printed pieces, bringing Fredericksburg unique articles that won’t be easy to come across elsewhere.

Sweet Surprises: Along the shoe rack you’ll find a few pairs of shoes with the same name, and earlier this year Barral introduced a new line of Italian-made shoes that she helps design. “Being Italian I still think the best shoes are made in Italy …the leather is so soft it’s like a glove for your feet,” says Barral about the handcrafted shoes.

Fiercest Fan: The customers of the store range from college students to the Mayor [Mary Katherine Greenlaw] of the town. Cose Belle has such an eclectic arrangement of clothes that almost anyone can find something they adore.

Blows to the Budget: Since the store is made up a variety of designers there is a wide range of prices. Items can cost as low as $30 and as high as $700.–Helen Ray

Destination:  Cose Belle
1002 Caroline St., Fredericksburg; 540-360-1400

(October 2014)

Fashion-Worthy Events Coming Up in NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, October 30th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Photo Courtesy of The Shoe Hive

Photo Courtesy of The Shoe Hive


Gigi New York Trunk Show

Who doesn’t need some holiday gift inspiration for family and friends? The Shoe Hive is kicking off their holiday trunk show series this weekend. Stop by October 31November 2 to shop the Gigi New York trunk show. There will be something for everyone from small leather goods and bags to monogramed phone cases. Guests will even receive 20 percent off all Gigi bags during this event. For more information about the trunk show, visit their website.

Elaine Turner Trunk Show

Bishop Boutique in Old Town Alexandria is hosting an Elaine Turner trunk show today until November 2 featuring the designer’s coveted shoes and bags. Guests can enjoy 15 percent off and a free gift with any purchase. Visit their website for more information about this event and to browse their collection.

Free Manicures at Sheehy Volkswagen

Having to wait at the car dealership for your annual tune-up or other auto related problem is never fun. That’s about to change. Head over to Sheehy Volkswagen in Springfield to receive a free manicure from 8a.m. to noon. This special promotion will take place every Tuesday through December. Visit their website to schedule your appointment and enjoy a free manicure just in time for the holiday season.

Shop Chelsea Handler’s Closet

Everyone’s favorite funny woman is partnering with Fashion Project for a good cause. You now have the opportunity to shop personally selected items from Chelsea Handler’s closet, which benefits the Tigerlily Foundation. Many women are affected by breast cancer and Tigerlily is raising money for research to find a cure. 55 percent of the proceeds from shopping Chelsea’s closet go to the Tigerlily Foundation while items are still in stock. For your chance to shop this exclusive deal, visit the Fashion Project’s website.

5 Beauty Products for the Girl on the Go

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

The morning commute to work isn’t as stress free as most of us would like. Traffic is always an issue and that means having to choose between getting an extra 10 minutes of sleep or devoting more time to your beauty routine. Those options seem a little unfair, so if you find yourself only having a few moments to get ready, check out the five best beauty essentials that can be applied even on the metro. The key is to focus on keeping your look minimal and effortless. Let’s face it, no one wants to have to dig through their makeup bag if they’re in a hurry, so take a look below at your quick and easy solution.

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-Harvey

What’s Inside Your Beauty Emergency Kit:

Tory Burch Travel Nylon Double-Zip Cosmetic Case- You’ll need a case to keep all of your beauty products organized and this option is great for the job. It has multiple compartments so you’ll be able to have access to everything in seconds.

Smashbox BB Cream with SPF- When you don’t have much time in the morning, you at least want your skin to look good. This BB cream is a great way to hydrate your skin and take care of small imperfections such as fine lines or spots. Choosing a product with sunscreen is equally important to avoid future sun damage. Try looking for sheer options so you can apply it without a mirror if necessary.

Marc Jacobs Full Cover Concealer- Concealer is the next step in your quick beauty routine.  It helps take care of those dark circles or blemishes and can also be applied without any makeup tools.

NARS Cream Blush- This type of blush is perfect for women on the go because it’s not as messy as a powder option. This product can also pull double duty if you want to use it as an eye shadow as well. Choose a more neutral peachy shade and it will add some color to give you the fresh-faced look you want to achieve.

CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara- This is a 30 second fix, but this product is one of the most important. Mascara can make even the most tired eyes look wide awake. Look for a clump free option such as this one to go on smoothly. A trick for applying on the go is to look down into a compact mirror to avoid getting mascara on your eyelids.

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm- The final product you’ll need in your beauty kit is lip balm. If you don’t have lipstick nearby, then this lip balm will give you subtle color and moisturize at the same time. Finish your routine with two swipes and you’re ready to take on the working world.

Power Play

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Ditch bland pants, stuffy blazers and nondescript skirt combos for matching coordinates that pack a punch.

Leather accents, zippers and playful stripes step up a typical power suit -Angela Bobo

  • Patterns with Polish
    If your workplace is too conservative for loud prints and bold colors, try subtly mixing two classic prints with a figure flattering jacket.

    Alexis Bittar Labradorite Draped Collar Necklace, $225.00;
    Slim Curve Blazer in Gray, $90;
    Dogtooth Cigarette Trousers, $84;
    Salvatore Ferragamo Satchel in Moss, $2,250;
    Ivanka Trump Camela High Heel Pumps, $140; / Photos courtesy of Bloomingdale's and Topshop.

  • All in Line
    Navy and stripes are style staples on their own, but when combined with a sleek silhouette and well-placed pockets this suit appears fresh and modern.

    Pandora Midnight Star Ring, $85;
    Striped Blazer with Zips, $99;
    Striped Trousers with Piped Pocket, $59.90;
    Longchamp Le Pliago Neo Printed Medium Tote, $260;
    Reiss Ivy Animal Print Court Heels, $300; / Photos courtesy of Bloomingdale's and Zara.

  • Fall into Pastels
    Your favorite candy-hued pieces are no longer relegated to the warmer seasons. For a more creative work environment, opt for an icy blue set with a quirky print.

    Alexis Bittar Segmented Crystal Two-Tone Earrings, $145;
    Lagoon Jacquard Blazer and Trousers, $200;
    Loeffler Randall Shearling Work Tote, $695;
    Enzo Angiolini Cinjin Loafer Flats, $109; / Photos courtesy of Bloomingdale's and Topshop.

  • Knit and Zip
    This isn’t the classic suit in a jacket and bottoms kind of way, but this multi-functional set with adjustable zippers can easily be worn just as well at work as on the weekends.

    Robert Lee Morris Soho Hammered Hoop Earrings, $30;
    Christopher Kane Convertible Zip-Apart Sweater, $1,085;
    MICHAEL Michael Kors Satchel, $398;
    Christopher Kane Side-Zipper Skirt, $1,125;
    Rupert Sanderson Diva Metal Degrade Pumps, $875; / Photos courtesy of Bloomingdale's and Saks Fifth Avenue.


(October 2014)

Boots Aren’t The Only Shoes to Break Out for Cooler Weather

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Everyone loves a good pair of boots– they’re a staple item every winter season. However, ditch those riding boots in favor of a different footwear trend. While your main concern is staying comfortable, take a look below at these three ideas for changing up your shoe game.

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-Harvey


Loafers are a prime example of easy-yet-stylish. You literally slip them on and you’re ready to go. You can wear them with jeans or dress them up with a black dress. If you’re more traditional in your style choices, then go for a plaid or leopard pair. If you’re willing to take more of a risk, then try a metallic or graphic pair. Regardless of your decision, loafers will be your new bff when it comes to shoes this season.

Details: Dog Loafer, Plaid Loafers, Leopard Loafer (Sold out, similar here), Pink Loafer and Metallic Loafer

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Accessory Advisory: The Eyes Have It

Posted by Editorial / Monday, October 27th, 2014

Eyeglass accessories

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Accessorizing with glasses is no longer for those who require them. Nonprescription glasses were featured on the runways as the It accessory as seen in Gucci’s Fall 2014 RTW collection. This trend is not exclusive to the hipster generation—whether you use glasses to aid in sight or simply an eye accessory there is a trendy shape for all uses. These two unique shapes are sure to amp up your accessorizing game this season.

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Beauty Vitamins? The Real Deal on Primping from the Inside-Out

Posted by Editorial / Monday, October 27th, 2014

By Angela Bobo

CVS Biotin 5,000 mg $9.99,; Nature Made Stress B Complex Vitamin $5.49,; Styling by Angela Bobo; Photography by Mike Ramm

CVS Biotin 5,000 mg $9.99,; Nature Made Stress B Complex Vitamin $5.49,; Styling by Angela Bobo; Photography by Mike Ramm

My mother constantly told us growing up that all children need “strong bones and a healthy body.” Because of this, in addition to a balanced meal, taking a multivitamin was a required step in our evening dinner-time routine. Ever the rebels, my brother and I would discreetly hide them in our napkins while we cleared our plates or toss them behind the refrigerator when our parents weren’t looking. At the time, the whole process of taking a vitamin seemed burdensome and unnecessary. So upon entering college I shunned the nutrient-packed pills and never looked back.  

Three years later, it has become my job to discover and test the tricks and top products to help NoVA residents look their best, so imagine my surprise when my inbox became filled with pitches for the perks of using magical beauty pills. Depending on the company, these products range from vitamin E-infused products with essential oils to anti-acne vitamins and specially curated vita-packs.  While they all received positive reviews, these options can be pricey. After some research, and noting commonly shared ingredients, I found a few vitamins to add to my beauty routine that could be purchased at local drugstores.

My goal was to have stronger hair and glowy skin, so I added biotin (designed to strengthen the nail beds, protect against dryness and stimulate new hair growth) and a vitamin B complex (a skin antioxidant, acne fighter and stress reducer).  Most vitamin B complex pills also add vitamin C (promotes an even skin tone and prevents wrinkles). After a month of this routine, my scalp was less dry and my hair felt smoother. The best part? Not even the tiniest of pimples has popped up within the past month. An aesthetician during my last facial even lamented that she ‘barely had anything to do.’ As with anything, it is important to consult a doctor before adding extra nutrients to your daily routine. But most importantly, this just proves that mom was right (again).

For a rundown of other vitamins with beauty benefits, read here.

Fashion in Film: Outfit Inspiration at Your Fingertips

Posted by Editorial / Friday, October 24th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

You love fall for many reasons–pumpkin spice latte’s, apple picking with friends, cool weather and the list goes on. However, now that we’re well into this season, you’re getting bored of the same old routine. There are plenty of activities to do while it’s still not freezing outside and you should definitely take advantage of those opportunities. But what are you going to do when the weather takes a turn for the worse? That’s where these five films that have influenced the fashion industry in some way come in. Now I’m sure most of you have already seen “Clueless,” but it never hurts to revisit your favorite ’90s girl Cher every once in a while. Below is the round-up of the best films to inspire you and hopefully break up that mundane routine. All of these films are available on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey


The ’90s are definitely making a comeback in the fashion world. To stay current with the trends, watch Cher and her friends navigate daily life all while being stylish in their plaid outfits and mini backpacks. 

“Bill Cunningham New York”

Street style has been taken to a new level in recent years. Every fashion week, you can browse magazine website galleries of the latest trends and crazy looks seen on the streets. In this film, renowned New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham showcases the fashionable people of New York, from elites such as Anna Wintour to everyone in between. 

“Pretty in Pink”

In this film, Andie Walsh takes us back to the ’80s and all of its fashion glory. From plaid, big hair and shoulder pads to grungy looks and linen suits—”Pretty in Pink” proves fashion is supposed to be about taking risks and having fun. 

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Who can forget that classic scene where Holly Golightly is standing in front of Tiffany’s in her little black dress, pearls and cat-eye sunglasses? She made every occasion a fashionable one in this film. Next time you reach for your favorite LBD, you can thank Holly for making classic silhouettes and well-tailored pieces always appropriate.

“Mademoiselle C”

This documentary gives us a glimpse into the journey of former Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld as she starts her own magazine,CR Fashion Book, in New York. This film shows viewers her creative process and provides insight on all of the glamour and hard work happening behind the scenes in the fashion industry. 

Win Best-Dressed With These 3 Halloween Costumes

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Unless you plan on wearing your Halloween costume for more than a weekend, chances are it’s a waste of money. Instead of spending your savings on another variation of a cat costume or sexy option, consider dressing up as one of the fashion idols you look up to in the industry. The bonus is that you’ll save money and you probably already have these pieces in your closet. Here, you can check out how to dress like Anna Wintour, Jenna Lyons and the Olsen twins. This might be the closest you’ll get to being one of those style-setters, but it’s always fun to pretend even just for a little while.

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-Harvey

Trying to emulate Anna Wintour is nearly impossible. Her impressive resume and list of accomplishments are something women dream of achieving. The Editor-in-Chief of Vogue can usually be seen in a colorful patterned dress, short gemstone necklaces and her infamous black Chanel sunglasses. For your Halloween costume, take a cue from the outfit above and just add the current issue of Vogue (although you might want to spring for a blonde wig in the EIC’s signature style) for your best accessory to dress up as the most-watched woman in fashion.

Outfit details: Dress, Shoes, Necklace and Sunglasses


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