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26 Summer Trends from A to Z

Posted by Editorial / Friday, July 31st, 2015


Warmer temperatures bring higher hemlines and cooler attitudes, which naturally means that we want to revamp our entire wardrobe to match. While browsing through your local department store, it may seem as though the items are all over the place—and in a way, they kind of are. This summer ushers in an explosion of contradicting trends from pop art prints and minimalist black-and-white pieces to sporty separates and bohemian ‘70s flares, guaranteeing that every woman’s sense of style is represented. In an effort to help guide you through the extensive list of items available, we put together a guide to the top 26 trends and where to buy them to make your summer shopping list as easy as reciting your A,B,Cs.

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Sales & News: Style events to attend in August

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, July 30th, 2015

By Claudina Hannon 

photo courtesy of Current Boutique

photo courtesy of Current Boutique

Current Boutique Summer Sale

All Current Boutique locations will offer 20 percent off of items from July 31-Aug 2 both in-store and online. It is the perfect chance to stock up for the last days of summer. 

Bevello Opens Location at Mosaic District

Tomorrow Saturday, August 1, Mosaic District will welcome its newest fashion and accessories boutique, Bevello. The store carries brand names such as Free People, House of Harlow 1960, BCBGeneration, Kendra Scott, and Kate Spade New York, among others. Also visit Bevello on Thursday, August 27 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. for the store’s official grand opening celebration and receive 20 percent off your entire purchase.

6th Annual Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale

On Visit stores in Old Town and Del Ray to get up to 80 percent off items at over 50 participating stores. The event will take place Aug. 1-2—rain or shine. Sale tables will be on display outside each store, and in case of inclement weather, check inside the stores for the available sales. Event hours will vary per retailer.

Style Festival

On Aug. 8, shoppers at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City can enjoy live music while they shop for the latest summer festival trends handpicked by Refinery29 editors. There will be merchandise from both local boutiques and national retailers available for sale, and Beauty Stage bars will be set up where shoppers can try festival hair trends and get temporary tattoos.

Back to School with South Moon Under

On Aug. 15, all South Moon Under locations will be offering customers 20 percent off purchases with school IDs. Contact each store for specific store hours.

Middleburg Sidewalk Sale

The town of Middleburg will be offering its annual summer sidewalk sale July 31-Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. When in town, look for balloons outside the participating stores and restaurants to obtain information about each available sale.

Madewell at Mosaic

Celebrate the opening of Madewell at the Mosaic District on Aug. 25 from 7-9 p.m. Customers can enjoy sips, small bites and shopping while enjoying the tunes from an in-store DJ. Every purchase made during the event will also include a complimentary Bien Fait tote bag. Early birds can also take advantage of the opening day giveaway: The first 25 people who stop by at 10 a.m. will receive a Madewell gift card .

5 Organic hair solutions to sun damage

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

By Claudina Hannon

Organic hair solutions to sun damage

Photo courtesy of Piotr Marcinski/

Let’s face it, caring for hair when it’s desert hot out there can be high maintenance. Whether you have color-treated or natural hair, the sun has no mercy on anyone’s locks, especially when we are spending most of our summer days outside. When we are at the pool or the beach, that’s when sun damage can be at its worst, causing hair texture to become dry and frizzy. We sought organic product solutions with Cecelia Jeffrey, wellness associate at MOM’s Organic Market in Merrifield, to provide natural alternatives that hopefully won’t leave our hair with the much-dreaded chemical buildup some hair products can cause. 

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Ladyburg to open its Old Town location tomorrow

Posted by Editorial / Friday, July 24th, 2015

By Claudina Hannon

Ladyburg in Old Town Alexandria

Photo courtesy of Crystal Wellman

Ladyburg, the popular Fredericksburg bath and body boutique, will open a new location at 105 S. Union St. in Old Town Alexandria Saturday, July 25.

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Casual chic: 4 summer style tips for the post-grad guy

Posted by Editorial / Friday, July 24th, 2015

Left Shirt- Ralph Lauren, Right Shirt- J. Crew, Belts- J. Crew and Brooklyn Cloth, Strapback- Mitchell & Ness, Shorts- J. Crew

Left Shirt- Ralph Lauren, Right Shirt- J. Crew, Belts- J. Crew and Brooklyn Cloth, Strapback- Mitchell & Ness, Shorts- J. Crew

By Cameron Mellin

Summer’s here, and it seems every new-age office has begun to opt for comforted style over the staple suit-and-tie combo. But keeping it casual (be it in the workplace or on the weekend) doesn’t have to mean a wrinkled T-shirt and faded, loose-fitting jeans. Keeping your personal style satisfied this summer just takes some extra effort, and let’s be honest gents: If we’re going to bare more skin, it may take a few extra reps at the gym as well.

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How to shop for local vintage fashion

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

By Claudina Hannon

Photo courtesy of  Whitney Stringer PR.

Instant Vintage 78′s 2014 pop-up shop event. Photo courtesy of Whitney Stringer PR.

Samantha Simms knows the local vintage scene. She and Stacie Washington are the founders of Instant Vintage 78, a local Etsy boutique that carries vintage clothes and accessories, as well as a small amount of retro items. For those unfamiliar with the term, retro items are those with a vintage look to them but are actually new and unused. Simms is also excited to share some vintage shopping tips with us and to also tell us about the local vintage pop-up shop event Instant Vintage 78 will have this weekend.

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This week’s top fashion news and events

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

By Claudina Hannon

Dress from the  b*ub*bly collection. Photo courtesy of Anand Jayaraman of AJ Photoz.

Dress from the b*ub*bly collection. Photo courtesy of Anand Jayaraman of AJ Photoz.

Undeniable Boutique’s New Clothing Line

Alicia Russman, owner of Undeniable Boutique, alongside design team Tamara and Andrew Akiyoshi, are launching a new clothing line called b*ub*bly. Visit Undeniable Boutique on July 24-26 for a three-day Champagne Party and to view the new collection. The b*ub*bly collection currently consists of three versatile and very wearable dress styles in nine different prints and colors. For details on the event, please visit the website.

Another dress style from b*ub*bly. Photo courtesy of Anand Jayaraman of AJ Photoz.

Another dress style from b*ub*bly. Photo courtesy of Anand Jayaraman of AJ Photoz.

Custom Ferragamo Shoes

Attention guys—head on over to Salvatore Ferragamo in Tysons Galleria now through Sept. 14 for a chance to customize your very own pair of the iconic Parigi driving moccasins. Shoppers will have the chance to take part in a very exclusive customization process and will get to choose from over 100 variations of materials, including hardware finishes, and even have the option of personalized lettering on the shoes.

Hair Demonstration at Bloomingdale’s

Visit Bloomingdale’s at Tysons Corner on July 23 for a complimentary hair demonstration and blowout using T3 hairstyling tools with the purchase of two Moses Signature Gold Line of hair products. Customers can book a one-on-one demonstration by calling 703-556-4608.

Shop Talk: The Jeans Whisperer

Posted by Angela Bobo / Friday, July 17th, 2015

The Jeans Whisperer Leesburg

Photo by Aaron Spicer.

Destination: Located on Loudoun Street in the midst of some of our favorite local boutiques, The Jeans Whisperer blends in perfectly with the comfortable, small-town atmosphere of historic Leesburg.

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12 beauty picks from Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, July 16th, 2015

By Claudina Hannon

Nordstrom will have tons of top luxury products in its Anniversary Sale this week. Card members can actually take part in the beauty savings now, while other customers can shop the beauty savings from July 17-Aug. 2 while supplies last. We took an sneak peak at the selection of beauty products and compiled a list of what we couldn’t resist:


Anastasia Brow Studio set. Photo courtesy of

Anastasia Brow Studio set, $36. Photo courtesy of

This Anastasia gel holds brows in place throughout the day and gives them a natural look.


Alterna Caviar Moisture Kit. Photo courtesy of

Alterna Caviar Moisture Kit, $39. Photo courtesy of

The Alterna Caviar product trio helps maintain hydrated hair and also provides protection against environmental factors.


Giorgio Armani Glow Essential Set. Photo courtesy of

Giorgio Armani Glow Essential Set, $82. Photo courtesy of

Armani beauty has a great line of products to help achieve a glowing complexion, making them especially perfect for summertime.


beautyblender Must Have Trio. Photo courtesy of

beautyblender Must Have Trio, $37. Photo courtesy of

No makeup routine is complete without these beautyblender sponges. Use them to achieve a flawless and clean makeup application.


Chanel Travel Makeup Palette. Photo courtesy of

Chanel Travel Makeup Palette, $95. Photo courtesy of

Not only are the balance of neutral and bright colors in this palette great, but it also comes with a mini mascara for on-the-go touch-ups.


Chantecaille Perfect Skin Set. Photo courtesy of

Chantecaille Perfect Skin Set, $360. Photo courtesy of

The Chantecaille set comes with top-rated, best-selling beauty products: the rice and geranium foaming cleanser, anti-aging/lifting cream and a stress-fighting eye cream.



Clarisonic SMART Profile. Photo courtesy of

Clarisonic SMART Profile, $212. Photo courtesy of

This convenient two-in-one Clarisonic works with face and body brushes to deeply exfoliate and clean pores.


Clarins Double Serum. Photo courtesy of

Clarins Double Serum Duo, $135. Photo courtesy of

The oil- and water-based formulas along with pure plant extracts in this Clarins serum provide a good combination for healthy skin.


Deborah Lippmann Undressed Nail Polish Set. Photo courtesy of

Deborah Lippmann Undressed Nail Polish Set, $34. Photo courtesy of

Deborah Lippmann’s set of timeless nail shades gets a guaranteed check on our beauty checklist.


MoroccanOil Body Set. Photo

MoroccanOil Body Set, $92. Photo

Let your skin and hair be nourished with this MoroccanOil set, which includes a body soufflé, dry body oil and signature hair treatment.


MAC Fashion Lover Lip Kit. Photo courtesy of

MAC Fashion Lover Lip Kit, $29.50. Photo courtesy of

MAC’s Fashion Lover Kit brings out the best and brightest of the season through its peony purple shades, which can look glamorous on all skin tones.


Smashbox Studio Pro 10-Piece Set. Photo courtesy of

Smashbox Studio Pro 10-Piece Set, $89. Photo courtesy of

If you’re looking to upgrade your brush set, look no further. This Smashbox set even includes a cheat sheet on how to use each brush correctly.

Shop global fashion in NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

By Claudina Hannon

As Northern Virginians, we have the great advantage of living in a very culturally diverse area. Though at times we may be connoisseurs of international cultures, their respective cuisines and even customs, we may not always be aware of the fashion design talent the world has to offer, many in the form of emerging global designers. Thankfully, the Northern Virginia area is witnessing a rising trend of new shops that do carry international designers, such as shop DOKU, an Arlington-based online boutique, and Take 5 Boutique in Mosaic District. But it’s also great to know one can shop for lesser-known international designers at a store like Bloomingdale’s at Tysons Corner. We inquired about which designers the NoVA woman should shop for this summer, and here’s what the local experts had to say:

@ Shop DOKU


Andrea Iyamah

Bridala Swimsuit

Bridala Swimsuit. Photo courtesy of

 Shop DOKU’s cofounder Tomara Watkins says Andrea Iyamah’s swimsuits “really highlight your curves.” This designer’s bright shades and patterns will add a pop of color to your swimsuit collection.



Baby Doll dress

Baby Doll dress. Photo courtesy of

This design duo based out of Ghana delivers flattering silhouettes. The Baby Doll dress can serve as a flirty addition to your summer wardrobe.


ZAAF Collection

Weekender Tote

Weekender Tote. Photo courtesy of

Abai Schulze, the designer behind this Ethiopian brand, creates luxury leather handbags. “It’s probably a bag that you’ll have for the rest of your life,” Watkins says. The bags also showcase subtle, tribal-inspired African designs that are the perfect touch of international inspiration. This Weekender Tote is an ideal accessory for a summer trip.


 @ Take 5 Boutique



Coral Dress. Photo courtesy of

Coral Dress. Photo courtesy of

“It’s everybody’s favorite,” says Take 5 Boutique owner Sakina Iskender of the European brand. Roman’s designs are wearable sophistication for the NoVA woman. Many of the pieces can be transitional: During the day they can be fashionable office attire, and at night they work well as going out outfits.



Opposing Birds necklace. Photo courtesy of

Opposing Birds necklace. Photo courtesy of

The Resm jewelry pieces are beautifully detailed, and each piece is either 14- or 18-karat gold. Handcrafted in Azerbaijan, this jewelry collection’s ornamental patterns and symbols tell a story behind each design. Available in-store at Take 5 Boutique.


Gamze Saraçoğlu

Photo Prometheus72/

Photo Prometheus72/

Gamze Saraçoğlu is a Turkish designer whose designs Iskender describes as “very modern, clean looks [that are also] very feminine.” She’s absolutely right—if you are a fashion risk-taker, then these designs will fit your style sense like a glove. This designer knows how to balance a cutout with an accentuated waistline, along with lines that elongate the leg. Shop her collection in-store at Take 5 Boutique, and view her runway collections here.


@ Bloomingdale’s


Basalta Suede Moto Jacket. Photo courtesy of

Basalta Suede Moto Jacket. Photo courtesy of

The items in this Parisian collection show the brand’s versatility. There are more structured pieces like boxy motorcycle jackets and flared skirts, but there are also silk blouses and shift dresses that are perfect for this season. Overall, the pieces are sporty yet feminine everyday wear. 



Religione Deep Plunge dress. Photo courtesy of

Religione Deep Plunge dress. Photo courtesy of

This Parisian designer’s collection is full of formfitting and casual designs that showcase simplicity and French chic. Any NoVA woman will love the easy-to-wear pieces, detailed work and lace in the collection. 


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