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Angela’s Fashion Picks for November

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Our fashion and beauty writer shares her monthly wishlist. —Angela Bobo


  • Checkmate Pullover Grid print can be found on everything from menswear-inspired shirts, jackets and pants this season. This sweater is a more ladylike take on the trend. / $118; Photo courtesy of

  • Michael Kors Mavis High Heel in Claret Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean sacrificing sexy footwear. Opt for a closed-toe shoe with cut-outs that can be worn easily with tights. / $225; Photo courtesy of

  • Alica+Olivia Bryce Sequin Skirt Everyone needs a sequin skirt in their holiday wardrobe arsenal. Plus, this pencil skirt can pull double-duty for a night on the town. / $440; Photo courtesy of

  • Classic Fedora Hat The sophisticated alternative to your go-to beanie; the oxblood and grey combination will make a statement without overpowering your fall neutrals. / $48; Photo courtesy of

  • Large Zip Pouch Switch the words from your staple graphic tee to your new pouch. Throw into a large bag for extra organization or carry alone as a clutch. / $32; Photo courtesy of


(November 2014)

Accessory Advisory: Bucket Bags

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Rebecca Minkoff  Fiona Bucket Bag, $295; Chloé Vicki  Bucket Bag, $395;

Rebecca Minkoff Fiona Bucket Bag, $295; Chloé Vicki Bucket Bag, $395; Photo courtesy of

From platform shoes to overalls, the ’90s are making a return in fashion. While we might be reaching the middle of this decade, it is safe to say that trends are being taken from the past for this fall. It started slowly with popularity of the crop top and grunge combat boots, but before we go back to sporting chokers again, let’s fill you in on a trend that is worth trying out—the leather bucket bag. With household name designers such as Marc Jacobs, Chloé and Proenza Schouler taking the plunge with this style, why not give it a try?

First up is Rebecca Minkoff’s Fiona Shoulder Bag in Burgundy. The bag, offered in four colors, was exclusively created by the designer for Bloomingdale’s. The metal hardware contrasted with the supple leather creates a casual chic vibe.

Next is See by Chloé’s Small Vicki Leather Shoulder Bag in Bamboo. The pop of mustard yellow is just what is in order for autumn. Even better is its versatility to become a crossbody when needed, a meeting of modern and vintage.

The ‘90s might have ended almost 15 years ago, but the fashion of the decade still lives on, take this accessory advice so your wardrobe doesn’t end up a thing of the past. –Cate Jensen

Rebecca Minkoff  Fiona Bucket Bag, $295; Chloé Vicki  Bucket Bag, $395;

(November 2014)

Keep on Shopping this Weekend: Small Business Saturday

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

By Cate Jensen

Photo Courtesy of Adam Fagan

Photo Courtesy of Adam Fagen/Flickr.

On November 29, Small Business Saturday will take place across the nation. So if you don’t get your fill of shopping on Friday with all the sales, join the trend and visit local business in Northern Virginia. More than 30 businesses in Alexandria will be participating. Even more of an incentive – S=shoppers will receive a free Rebecca Minkoff “Shop Small” canvas tote if they bring two receipts from local Alexandria businesses to the Visitors Center (located on 221 King Street). For more information Check out Old Town Boutique District’s video below and see how they are getting revved up for #shoplocal.

Shop Small in a Big Way from Old Town Boutique District on Vimeo. Video Courtesy of Old Town Boutique District

If you happen to not be in the neck of the woods come Saturday it’s not a problem. Use Small Business Saturday’s business finder to locate small shops to stop by near you

Get Your Holiday Gifts and Wrap Them Too

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

 Sophie Blake and Erika Schrieber pop-up

Photo courtesy of Angela Bobo.


Holiday Gift Ideas from NoVA Designers
Local designers Sophie Blake and Erika Schrieber unveiled their combined jewelry and clothing pop-up shop November 24 in the Mosaic District. Both aesthetics blend seamlessly for a look that emphasizes their preference for well-made, minimalist pieces with an edge. For the next six months customers can see some of their favorite pieces from the online shops in person and pick up one of the signature candles sold exclusively in the store.

Winter Music Series
Visit Tysons Galleria to get your dose of festive music to put you in the holiday spirit. On select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays people visiting the mall can enjoy holiday opera singers, Latin American pianists and guitar duo performances during the next couple weeks. Visit the website to learn more about these events.

Extended Boutique Hours in Alexandria
While the holidays are a time to relax and enjoy spending time with family and friends, finding that perfect gift takes time. Luckily boutiques in Old Town Alexandria are extending their store hours to make your shopping experience easier staring November 29. Stores such as Bishop Boutique, Coco Blanca and lou lou are just some of the places participating. Visit the website to get more details and view holiday shopping hours.

Holiday Gift Wrapping Services
Good news for all you last minute shoppers. Visit JCPenney at Springfield Town Center to get your gifts wrapped just in time for the holidays starting Black Friday. While this is the season of giving, finding the right gift for your loved ones isn’t easy, so getting your gifts wrapped is one less thing to worry about. Here’s the website for more details.


Shopping Made Easy With These 31 Black Friday Sales

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Here’s the list of the best Black Friday deals you won’t want to miss:

Photo Courtesy of Polyvore

Photo Courtesy of Polyvore



ASOS- Get Up to 70 percent off daily finds and sale items

Guess- Get Up to 50 percent off sale items and winter favorites

Moda Operandi- 50 percent off gift items

Express- Up to 70 percent off clearance items

Lacoste- Get up to 50 percent off select styles

OTTE- Additional 40 percent off sale items

Bauble Bar- 15 percent off two items, 25 percent off three items and 35 percent off four items

L.K. Bennett- Enjoy 30 percent off fall items

Loeffler Randall- Get 30 percent off pre-fall and fall shoes and handbags

H&M- First 100 in-store customers enjoy deals starting at $4.95 and up

Banana Republic- Enjoy 40 percent off in-store deals

Lulu & Georgia- Spend $250, get 20 percent off with code PUMPKINPIE20, spend $500 and get 25 percent off with code PUMPKINPIE25, or spend $1,000 and get 30 percent off with code PUMPKINPIE30

Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th- Take an extra 40 percent off your purchase online and in-store with code Gobble and take an extra 50 percent off of outerwear

Rebecca Taylor- 30 percent off sale items and sale dresses

Lulu Frost- 25 percent off of everything

Old Navy- entire store 50 percent off through Black Friday

Reef- 25 percent off of everything

Shopbop-Enter a code at checkout (which will be published the day the sale goes live) for 15 percent off if you spend $250, 20 percent off if you spend $500 and 25 percent off if you spend $1,000

BCBGMAXAZRIA- 50 percent off holiday must-have items

Gossypia- 20 percent off all products not including sale items

Fibre Space- From 6 to 8a.m. 30 percent off the entire store, 8 to10 a.m. 20 percent off the entire store, 10a.m. to 6p.m. 10 percent off the entire store

Macy’s- 30-50 percent off Lucky Brand, Kensie, RACHEL Rachel Roy and more on November 28

Joie- 25 percent off site wide through November 26 through December 1

Theory- 40 percent off select items

House of Harlow- 25 percent off RTW items from November 28 through December 1

Current/Elliot- 25 percent off site wide from November 26 through December 1

Seychelles- Up to 30 percent off select items from November 27 to December 1

Piperlime- 25 percent off site wide until November 28 with code IHEARTNYC

Intermix- Extra 30 percent off sale items from November 27 through December 1

Undeniable Boutique- 20 percent off the entire store Black Friday weekend, online shoppers use code #UB3 to get the discount at checkout

Siqin – 50% off purchase through November 30. 

Fall Under Wraps

Posted by Editorial / Monday, November 24th, 2014

By now ‘jacket required’ has become a mandatory dress code thanks to Mother Nature, but your go-to cold weather coat sadly does not go with every occasion in your jam-packed holiday schedule.

We have created a comprehensive outerwear guide to carry you through all of the go-to events this season. From weekend hangouts to office parties, we’ve got you covered -Angela Bobo


  • Anorak with Fur Collar in Mustard, $149;
    Trina Turk Abby Knit Collar, $395;
    Ultimate Leather Motorcycle Jacket, $528;
    Sanctuary Metallic Boucle City Coat, $139;
    Trina Turk Blush Wrap Coat, $545; / Photos courtesy of (Mustard Anorak); Jacket); wrap, Abby knit Collar Jacket, Sanctuary metallic coat).

  • DVF Wrap Coat in Deep Wine, $598;
    Havana Sharply Tailored Pastel Blue Coat, $545;
    Lace Overlay Coat, $270;
    Emile Sharply Tailored Coat in Blue Passion, $525;
    Edgy Trench, $248;
    Double Breasted Pea Coat in Red, $149; / Photos courtesy of Wrap Coat ); (Lace Overlay Coat ); (Red Pea Coat); (Funnelneck Coat); (Edgy Trench ); (Havana Sharply coat, Emile Sharply Tailored Coat)


(November 2014)

The How-To Guide: Old Town Boutique District’s “Small is the New Black”

Posted by Editorial / Monday, November 24th, 2014

By Cate Jensen

old town black friday map

Photo courtesy of The Old Town Boutique District

This Friday marks the biggest shopping day of the year. For those who know and love Old Town Alexandria you might know about these steals but if you don’t, we are here to provide you with the ultimate guide on Small is the New Black Friday. We are in the know of where to go, how to get there, and to look good doing it. 

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Prepare for Black Friday With These Shopping Apps

Posted by Editorial / Friday, November 21st, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Some people live for the thrill of waking up early on the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday. On the other hand, many people want to avoid the chaos and stress of standing in long lines and crowds. Getting a great deal on that pair of shoes or jeans you want is great, but at what cost? If you’re preparing to score some major deals, then take a look at these shopping apps. They’ll help you prioritize your fashion wish lists, alert you on deals and more.

Photo courtesy of Polyvore

Photo courtesy of Polyvore


PS Dept.
Available for iPhones and iPads, PS Dept. helps last minute shoppers ease their shopping concerns. This app allows users to ask experts questions about their favorite fashion items found at luxury companies. Retailers such as Theory, Helmut Lang and Moda Operandi are just a few of the brands available to buy from. It works by first asking an expert from a participating store if that store carries a product and then that expert finds the item. They send you photos of available options. All that’s left to do is purchase the items from the store via text straight from the app (PS Dept. stores your credit card information). The participating stores also offer free shipping and returns. Simple enough, right? Black Friday might have met it’s match.

RightBuy Shopping App
Download RightBuy straight from the app store. Users select their favorite stores and are instantly shown the latest deals. This is helpful for people who want to get an early start on holiday deals. If you don’t want to be in the mix of Black Friday shoppers, then use this app and you won’t feel like you missed out on any of the best bargains.

TGI Black Friday App
This app offers deals on the latest products from select fashion brands, electronics and sporting goods. Users can customize lists for the products they want while staying organized. Having a plan when going shopping on Black Friday is important especially if you want to get the deals you’ve been waiting for. You can download this app on iPhones, iPads and Android devices.


No Shave November is No Problem For Stubble & ‘Stache

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, November 20th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

A man’s skincare routine is very personal especially when it’s “No Shave November.” Local Northern Virginia brand Stubble & ‘Stache takes care of any concerns the men in your life might have while growing out their beards. Northern Virginia Magazine caught up with Nicholas Karnaze, founder of Stubble & ‘Stache, on what sets his brand apart from other men’s skincare products on the market and how his company came to be.

Photo Courtesy of Stubble & 'Stache

Photo Courtesy of Stubble & ‘Stache


Based in Alexandria, Stubble & ‘Stache not only helps men maintain their beards, but these products also help support veterans. Karnaze wanted his company to include a philanthropic element so 15 percent of the profits go to organizations that help veterans who are dealing with the mental wounds of war.  Karnaze is a U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations combat veteran. The idea for his company occurred to him while he was growing out his beard for his friend’s funeral. He created this brand in honor of his friend Justin Hansen, who died in Afghanistan.

Photo Courtesy of Nicholas Karnaze

Photo Courtesy of Nicholas Karnaze

Finding the right products for growing out a beard are important since itch and irritation are part of the early process for most men. Stubble & ‘Stache uses products that are multifunctional. For example, the “Face Moisturizer and Beard Conditioner” pulls double duty while keeping men’s skin moisturized and their beards conditioned and looking good. Karnaze jokes that the brand’s identity is loosely defined as “James Bond meets the most interesting man in the world.” Innovation is a key priority for Stubble & ‘Stache since they focus on using natural ingredients, such as aloe and chamomile, while creating products that are effective and safe.

No Shave November is an exciting time for men because they can fully embrace the rugged-yet-refined look with their beards. Stubble & ‘Stache helps men do just that. Visit their website here to view the products for yourself.

Photo Courtesy of Stubble & 'Stache

Photo Courtesy of Stubble & ‘Stache

Q&A: Aerin Lauder On Creating Makeup for the Modern Woman

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

By Cate Jensen

Photo Courtesy of AERIN Beauty

Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom


Aerin Lauder needs no introduction. A beauty mogul all on her own, the fact that she is the granddaughter of Estée Lauder seems to be only one small part of this businesswoman’s identity, who has launched an entire brand with her namesake and personality. With the release of her new makeup line, ESSENTIALS, the effortlessness continues with simple and sumptuous makeup for the beauty-hungry yet busy modern woman, which includes Lauder herself. Northern Virginia Magazine got to catch up with her at Nordstrom’s Fall Beauty Trend Event this past weekend for tips on how to keep looking your makeup looking fresh on-the-go, the one item to never leave home without and the perfect winter scent. 

How do you think your ESSENTIALS makeup line reflects the modern woman? 

It is all about effortless style, the whole brand. The beauty, home, accessories – it is really about edit and focus, and style made simple. ESSENTIALS is a weekend palette, a weekday palette, a lip conditioner, the bronzer and the compact foundation – items that you can’t live without. If you notice that even with the lip colors, we do two lipsticks, two lip glosses so it really becomes very focused in beauty, while still feeling special but a bit more simplified.

There was this wonderful time I walked to school with my slippers on and I didn’t even realize. I was trying to get the dogs, the kids, breakfast and everything organized. I think women now are busy than ever. Working, they have children, families, careers, travel—they are doing so much.

What is the one thing you would never leave the house without, in terms of makeup?

Probably lip conditioner. The Rose Lip Conditioner is one our best selling products. I put it on all day long, before I go to bed at night, in the morning. It really is the essential product.

Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom

AERIN “Rose Lip Conditioner” $28; Photo courtesy of Nordstrom


Which is great considering how cold out it is getting.

Our skin and body cream is great for this time of year too. It is a rose-scented cream so for this time of year when it is so cold and dry – just putting that on will hydrate, but also smell pretty.

Your whole line seems to have a lot of floral influences to it.

There is a lot of feminine sensibility to the whole line. Whether it is the furniture, the fabric, the lighting, the beauty. The fragrances were inspired by nature, flowers, gold.

Is that coming from your own personal preference?

It has always been something I have loved. The fragrances in the makeup products are [a] flower infusion, so there is a metawood, peony, rose scent that just feels super feminine and special.

How often would you say a woman should refresh her makeup bag?

I think 2 or 3 times a year. I think it is great in the fall, the spring, summer. Sometimes in the holidays I think it is fun to update a fragrance – where something more spicy and wintry.

What is your pick for the holidays?

I think Amber Musk is a great fragrance for the holidays. Amber, coconut and warmth for the holidays – like you are sitting by the fire.


Aerin 'Weekday' Palette $70;; photo courtesy of

Aerin ‘Weekday’ Palette $70; Photo courtesy of

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