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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. 

Where to Go

1) Current Boutique: 30% off entire purchase for the early birds from 6–8 a.m., 20% off entire purchase all day.

2 ) Bellacara: 20% off 6-8 a.m., 15% off 8 – 10 a.m., 10% off 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.

3) Bloomers: Opening at 8 a.m. instead of 11 a.m., offering 20% off entire purchase.

4) Bishop Boutique: 30% off from 6-8 a.m. with call-in orders available for those shoppers who aren’t morning people. Finally, 20% off for the rest of the day, 8 a.m.– 8 p.m.

5) Mint Condition: 20: off from 8–10 a.m, 10% off from 10 a.m. till closing. Fall refreshments will be served to customers

6) 529 Kids Consign: 20% off of retail gifts, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 10% off 12 – 6 p.m., 50% off Fall and Winter Sale items

7) Hysteria: 30% off 6 – 8 a.m., 20% off 8– 10 a.m. , 10% off , 10 a.m.– 7 p.m

8) The Shoe Hive: 30% off 6 – 8 a.m., 20% off 8 – 10 a.m. , 10% off , 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

9) She’s Unique: 30% off 6 – 8 a.m., 20% off 8 – 10 a.m. , 10% off , 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

10) Coco Blanca:  30% off 6 – 8 a.m. , 20% off 8 – 10 a.m. , 10% off , 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

11) Duchess M: 30% off 6 – 8 a.m., 20% off 8 – 10 a.m. , 10% off , 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

 

What to Wear

 

  • 'Tala' Boot in Brown, Leave your feet feeling comfortable for all that walking around, $595; L.K. Bennett. Photo courtesy of Bishop Boutique

  • ILUX Legging, When shopping, you need bottoms that are not only warm but easy to change in and out of. Price varies from depending on style, $68-92; Available at The Shoe Hive. Photo courtesy of Alexandria Stylebook

  • M. Steves RHSO Power-Packed Ultra Nourishing Boost, Keep your skin feeling fresh while fighting that cold Black Friday weather with this anti-aging rose hip seed oil savior in a bottle, $62; Available at Bellacara. Photo courtesy of Alexandria Stylebook

  • 'Fur Trimmed Shawl in Heather Gray, Keep warm and keep your hands free to hold all those bags with this perfect wrap, $210; Coco Blanca. Photo courtesy of Coco Blanca

  • Metallic Jojo Crossbody, The perfect accessory, small yet essential a day of shopping , $320; Annabel Ingall. Available at The Shoe Hive. Photo courtesy of polyvore.com

Just because it is frigid doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish while up and down King Street. Here are some great local finds to wear for help keep you stylish during Black Friday experience.

 

Where to Eat

Photo courtesy of Bishop Boutique

Photo courtesy of Bishop Boutique

Don’t forget to start your day off right with “The Breakfast of Champions” starting at 5:30 a.m. right out front of the Old Town Theater, brought to you by Bittersweet, Bishop Boutique and Duchess M before making the rounds. If you aren’t an early bird here are some other local places to grab a bite during the day.

For a quick snack: Alexandria Cupcake, 1022 King Street

For lunch/dinner:  Virtue Grain & Feed, 106 S Union St (at King Street)

For dinner (post shopping): Flying Fish, 815 King Street



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; nordstrom.com; photo courtesy of nordstrom.com.

Aerin ‘Weekday’ Palette $70; Photo courtesy of Nordstrom.com



William T. Clothiers

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

 William T. Clothiers in Fairfax.

Photos by Mollie Tobias.

Destination: Located in Old Town Fairfax on the corner of University Drive and Main Street, William T. Clothiers brings all of the charm and convenience of a custom clothier right to you.

Atmosphere: The layout of the shop provides a warm and relaxed environment. The hardwood floors, leather chairs and classic wooden furniture elevate the high-end clothier experience. From the antique suitcases and photos to the Union Jack dresser, no detail is spared with the décor.

 William T. Clothiers in Fairfax.

Photo by Mollie Tobias.

Bread and Butter:  “We bring our customers in and the depth of our experience that Pam [Mauch, designer] and I have in the clothing industry as far as fashion and fit, that’s what really sets us apart,” says owner Todd Baldwin. Whether clients go to the store or Baldwin goes to them, there are fabrics to choose from in every pattern and color as well as ties and pocket squares.

Sweet Surprises: Luxury materials are used in every custom piece designed for men and women. The shop uses fabrics from mills in Italy and England. Accessories such as alligator belts are also an important addition to any look.

Fiercest Fan: Professional men and women who are looking for high-end custom-made clothing in classic designs for any occasion.

Blows to the Budget: Prices range from $75 to $195 for ready-made knits and denim, while custom-made suits can be around $500 for a yard of fabric depending on the type. -Danielle Harvey

Destination:  William T. Clothiers
10389 Main St, Fairfax

(November 2014)



Add Some Sparkle to Your Wardrobe for the Holidays

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

The holiday season is fast approaching with Thanksgiving right around the corner. This leaves the question of what to wear to family dinners, parties and other events? We’ve got the solution. Holiday fashion is synonymous with fancy dresses and sparkly jewelry. However, this year skip the typical necklace and choose pieces that already have lots of embellishments. Take a look at these unique choices that will be sure to leave a lasting impression.



Eight Items to Keep You Cozy This Winter

Posted by Editorial / Monday, November 17th, 2014

by Danielle Harvey

When winter finally hits, most people’s main concern is staying warm. Knitwear is a big trend for winter and the more items the better. The round-up below shows you everything from jewelry and clutches to robe coats and ponchos, which all have taken on the knitwear influence. Since it’s impossible to avoid the dreaded cold, layer on these pieces to add some warmth and style to your daily looks.

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-Harvey

 

Item details: Robe Coat, Clutch, Burgundy Hat, Necklace, Knit Leggings, Knit Zip Pouch, Poncho and Ski Cap



Lessons from a Fragrance Master: Francis Kurkdjian Brings His Expertise to NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, November 13th, 2014

By Cate Jensen

Photo courtesy of Celine Kaplan PR

Photo courtesy of Celine Kaplan PR

While many of us wear perfume every day we remain ill-informed to how these wonderful scents that become a part of our daily routine are made.  There are few in the world that are as skilled as Francis Kurkdjian, world-renowned perfumer, who taught a master perfume class this past Thursday at the Neiman Marcus in Tysons Galleria.

Kurkdjian was raised in a family of artisans – his grandfather, a wedding dress maker in Paris. At the age of twenty, Kurkdjian entered the French cosmetic institute ISIPCA—the only accredited perfumery school in the world. Since then, he has created some of the most iconic scents including Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile, Carven Le Parfum, Lanvin Rumeur and most recently, Burberry’s My Burberry. Kurdijan launched his namesake fragrance label, Maison Francis Kurkdjian in 2009.

Now the luxury perfumer has 20 fragrances in his label’s repertoire, with the newest addition of the Pluriel Collection, featuring both a male and female scent. Kurkdjian stated that he wanted Feminin Pluriel to have a “timeless elegance,” while its counterpart Masculin Pluriel needed to have certain freshness about it.

Photo courtesy of Celine Kaplan PR

Photo courtesy of Celine Kaplan PR

In the class, many questions were asked on how Kurkdjian comes up with these amazing and sensory exploding scents. His answer, “a perfume formula is like a cooking recipe.” Although, in his case creating perfumes is like cooking without a recipe, as those in attendance were shocked to find out that he does not write down notes before the perfume is actually made.  The biggest ingredient in any perfume for Kurkdjian is “emotion,” or as he puts it, the “wow effect you get at the end.”

The master perfumer believes women don’t have to and shouldn’t wear the same perfume every day, and doesn’t create seasonal scents for his line (as he puts it “it’s not winter everywhere in the world”). Instead, Kurkdjian advises women to think of their scents as indoor vs. outdoor; wearing lighter perfumes for the office and reserving more complex scents for the evening. Want to learn more from this master perfumer? Enroll at ISIPCA where he has been teaching for the last 10 or so years.

 



Mark Those Calendars: Upcoming Beauty and Shopping Events

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Photo Courtesy of The Fashionably Broke

Photo Courtesy of The Fashionably Broke

 

Broadway on the Beltway

Bloomingdale’s at Tysons Corner is putting on a beauty production you won’t want to miss. Join in on the action November 13 from 6p.m. to 9p.m. and experience this season’s latest products and beauty trends. Over 20 beauty brands are playing their part in the event with various Broadway themes. For example, MAC will take on “CATS” and show guests how to create the perfect cat-eye look. Visit the website to learn more about the event and RSVP by calling 703-556-4581.

Fall Beauty Trend Event

Makeup lovers should head to Nordstrom at the Tysons Corner Center in McLean on November 15 for the store’s fall Beauty Trend Event. While tickets are $20, customers can use that amount towards a beauty purchase made during the event (over $20), which begins at 8 a.m. and runs until 7 p.m. Attendees will find out about the latest trends  in beauty during a runway show, along with one on one consultations full of tips and do-it-yourself ideas. To reserve your spot, call or stop by the beauty department. Each guest will receive an exclusive tote from Nordstrom for attending.

Smashbox at Nordstrom

Join the bloggers behind The Fashionably Broke, Natalie and Erika, for a fun beauty event at Nordstrom Pentagon City. If you’re still unsure of what holiday beauty look will work for you then head over to the Smashbox Cosmetics counter in Nordstrom for some tips and tricks on November 19 at 7p.m. Guests will enjoy treats and a gift from Smashbox while learning how to master the cat-eye and bold lip. Aleah Rae Dorsey, Smashbox resident artist, will be able to answer questions and provide feedback on how to always nail those beauty looks. Space is limited so RSVP here . There is a $10 reservation fee which will be refunded upon arrival at the event.

MM.LaFleur Pop-Up

The fashion brand MM.LaFleur is bringing a pop-up shop to D.C. from November 15-23. If you want to get an early start on holiday shopping, join the label on November 19 from 6-8p.m. at the District Architecture Center. District Sample Sale is hosting the shopping event, where 10 percent of the proceeds will go to the 2015 District Sample Sale charity, the DC Diaper Bank. Guests can RSVP and learn more here.

Anniversary Celebration at Salon Nordine

Salon Nordine & Day Spa is celebrating its first anniversary at the Mosaic location in Fairfax. On November 20 from 1-4p.m., guests will receive complimentary blow-outs, polish changes, express massages and other services. Appointments are first come, first serve. Just use this email to book your appointment and you’ll be ready for those beauty touch-ups.



A Local Veteran Pays it Forward Through Fashion

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

By Cate Jensen

Photo courtesy of Laura Fruchterman

Photo courtesy of Laura Fruchterman

Diego Andres Echeverri, a Northern Virginia-based entrepreneurknows what it means to celebrate Veteran’s Day. Having served in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2004 with the 10th Mountain Division of the United States Army, Echeverri is a veteran himself and one with style. 

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