The Game Plan


Affordable activewear: over 10 items under $100

Posted by Angela Bobo / Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

The snow has melted, so there is no excuse not to get into gear and start shedding the few extra pounds we may have packed on while hibernating indoors. Nothing motivates like a new outfit, but it shouldn’t cost more than you are already shelling out for that new gym membership. We have put together everything that you will need for a fashion-forward and functional look during your next calorie-crushing workout.

Full Outfit


Yosemite Collection, $79.95 (with VIP membership);

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Bellies & Babies

Posted by Editorial / Friday, March 20th, 2015

Bellies & Babies Alexandria

Photo by Mollie Tobias.

Destination: Located on Mount Vernon Avenue in the quirky Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Bellies & Babies has been the one-stop shop for maternity and children’s clothing for the past four years.

Bellies & Babies Alexandria

Photo by Mollie Tobias.

Atmosphere: “We are really a community store. You will see a lot of local families,” says Dawn Luepke, owner of Bellies & Babies. While it has a boutique atmosphere with displays of higher-end merchandise, there isn’t a feeling of exclusivity within the store; it is as kid-friendly as it gets.

Bread and Butter: From Lilly Pulitzer to Ralph Lauren, Bellies & Babies tries to carry the quality items at consignment prices. They also offer a variety of handmade products.

Sweet Surprises:  The real gem of this store is their selection of rentable designer dresses for expectant mothers. “I have to give credit to my husband on that idea,” Luepke says. With so many black-tie events to attend in the area, no expectant mother wants to shell out $300 or more on a gown that might not fit several months later.  A two-day rental is only $45.

Fiercest Fan: Mothers, period. Luepke has three children, two of whom were born just 16 months apart in separate seasons. Working in a corporate job and having to pay for a maternity wardrobe for winter and spring was just a bit too much. She decided to help other local moms in the same situation.

Blows to Budget: Not many considering you can earn back what you spend—consigners receive a 45 percent commission on every sale. The store does sell some assorted new boutique items, which can run up to about $160 depending on what you want. –Cate Jensen

Destination: 1913 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria

(March 2015)

Accessory Advisory: Bucket Hats

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Bucket hats for Spring 2015

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Another trend, another comeback: The bucket hat is back. Add this to the list of ‘90s trends experiencing a resurgence of popularity along with chokers, Doc Martens and bucket bags. This accessory gives a little room to show a fun and light side.

The Blue Man printed hat has a whimsical vibe reminiscent of childhood fun. A kaleidoscope of colors, this pick avoids being cliche by incorporating a chic watercolor pattern in vibrant primary colors for a more modern take.
Prints may not be your go-to, but a pop of color should be. The Sophie hat by Barbara Habig is perfect for spring thanks to its textured, moody blue hue. Wear it to brunch, or jazz up your outfit for an outdoor day wedding with this topper. Make a statement by turning this something old into something new. –Cate Jensen

More Info: Blue Man printed hat, $121.46 (import duty included); Sophie hat by Barbara Habig, $195.96 (import duty included),

(March 2015)

Trend Report: The Reinvented Basic

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

The start of spring is traditionally a time for the stylish set to reach for the candy-colored items that have been neglected during the doldrums of winter.

But this year’s colder months shunned the outdated fashion rule mandating darker hues and embraced everything from pastels to winter whites, leaving room for a moodier spring palette. Enter the new season with a black-and-white look that is anything but basic; Graphic prints, contrasting patterns and woven textures add life to the standard color combination. -Angela Bobo


  • Striped

    Wilde Heart by Madison Square Earn Your Stripes Dress, $89; (Get it soon. Piperlime is closing in April.);
    Kate Spade Hawthorne Lane Tote, $198;;
    Tanya Taylor Jacobs Stretch-Crepe Pants, $625;;
    / Photos courtesy of (stripe dress); (kate spade tote, scarf); (pants).

  • Striped

    10 Crosby by Derek Lam Stripe Drape Top, $295; (ed. note: closing in April)
    Tome Two-Tone Cotton Sateen Skirt, $580;;
    Woolen Jogger Sneakers, $125;;
    / Photos courtesy of (two tone skirt); (Drape Top); (sneakers).

  • Graphic

    Natasha Couture Oversize Snake Graphic Scarf, $42;;
    Scribble Print Midi Skirt, $98;;
    10 Crosby by Derek Lam Cut-Out Jacquard Blazer, $495;;
    / Photos courtesy of (scarf); (skirt); (pants).

  • Graphic

    Wayland Shoe, $295;;
    Two-Tone Printed Dress, $79.90;;
    Nylon Tote, $79.50;;
    Two-Tone Printed Dress, $79.90;;
    Melinda Top, $175;
    / Photos courtesy of (wayland shoe; melinda top); (two tone dress); (nylon tote).

  • Classic

    Blouse with High Collar, $49.90;;
    Beracamy Paris Chroma Checked Wallet, $178;;
    Josh Goot Stitched Waist Jacquard Dress, $950;;
    / Photos courtesy of (jacquard); (blouse); (wallet).

  • Classic

    Gingham Narrow Trousers, $69.90;;
    Leone Blazer, $395;;
    Braided Two-Tone Court Shoes, $99.90;;
    / Photos courtesy of (blazer); courtesy of (narrow trousers, two tone shoes).


(March 2015)

The event guide for a stylish week

Posted by Angela Bobo / Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

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Beauty Week at Whole Foods Market

The first ever national beauty week at Whole Foods Market begins March 18.  Each local store will host exciting events, a special beauty bag from Hello, Beauty! will be available for $18 (valued at $60), and 25 percent off of facial care products will be offered from March 20-22. The weeklong event ends March 24.

Complete Your Look with Undeniable Boutique

Grab the finishing touches to your new spring look at Undeniable Boutique on March 19 from 6-9 p.m. The jewelry trunk show will feature pieces from local artists Patricia Barta, Totally Rocks Jewelry and Marlie Collections. Guests can enjoy live music, drinks and snacks as well as a chance to win any item in the store through a selfie stand contest.

Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show

Head to the seasonal Beauty Trend Show at Nordstrom in Pentagon City this Saturday, March 21, at 8 a.m. Watch spring’s top beauty trends as they debut during a runway show, followed by complimentary makeup, skincare, fragrance consultations and tote bag. Tickets are $20 but can be used towards any beauty purchase during the day of the event.  

How to Tackle Motherhood with Style

Posted by Angela Bobo / Monday, March 16th, 2015

Angelica Talan, creator of Clarendon Moms, shares her essentials for a spring break trip with the family and why she created her popular blog.

Angelica Talan Clarendon Moms

Photo by Jonathan Timmes.

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March’s Best in Beauty

Posted by Angela Bobo / Friday, March 13th, 2015

Brighten your look with these five beauty selections.Angela Bobo

March's Best in Beauty

Photo by Mike Ramm.

1. Jurlique Purely Bright with VitaBrightKX
Using a patented mix of vitamin C from the Kakadu plum and rhyolite (a fine-mineral exfoliant), this floral-scented cleanser reduces the appearance of discoloration, firms skin and fades redness for a smoother, healthier-looking face. / $28


2. Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator
This rare liquid exfoliant dries like a mask to naturally remove dead skin cells without harsh abrasive granules or chemicals, which makes it ideal for sensitive skin. Alpha hydroxy acids, fruit enzymes and witch hazel create a brighter and more even complexion. / $47


3. Topshop Brow Palette in Whatever
The bold brow trend seems to have staying power in 2015. Keep yours in shape with a mini-kit complete with tweezers, brushes, defining wax and a powder to fill sparse, unruly strands. / $18


4. Indeed Labs Nanoblur
Think of this product as a real-life Instagram filter. Designed to blur blemishes, enlarged pores and wrinkles, it can be used alone or layered over foundation for a long-lasting matte finish. / $19.99


5. e.l.f Studio Lip Exfoliator
Nothing will ruin the look of a fabulous lip color like dry, cracked lips. For less than $5, this portable lip scrub is infused with sugar, shea butter, vitamin E and avocado to deliver a perfect pout. / $3

(March 2015)

Soak in the slim: products that promise to banish bloat

Posted by Angela Bobo / Thursday, March 12th, 2015

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dermadoctor, sunday rileyblissniveacaudalie

Trainers always preach that summer bodies are made in the winter. While we are almost positive they are referring to a healthy diet and exercise, some of us may have opted to hibernate all winter long with a warm blanket and a new Lifetime movie instead of hitting the gym as recommended. If that’s how you have spent the colder months, it may be time to reach for a beauty assist before any upcoming spring break getaways. While these aren’t miracle workers, they have claims of reducing cellulite and extra water weight for a temporary fix and a more toned physique. From wholly organic options made of essential oils like Caudalie’s Contouring Concentrate and caffeinated luxury lotions like Sunday Riley’s Liquid Diet to drugstore gems like Nivea’s Goodbye Cellulite Gel Cream, there’s an option for every lifestyle preference and budget.

3 Sales to watch this March in Northern Virginia

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Margherita Missoni Kids for  Nordstrom

Photo courtesy of Nordstrom.

Margherita Missoni Kids for Nordstrom
A new collection by Margherita Missoni will feature items for kids from infants to age 7 and will be available exclusively through Nordstrom both in-store and online. Inspired by her own childhood growing up in Milan during the ’60s, Missoni wanted to create a colorful and playful line dedicated to her own son, Otto. Any piece would be a great addition to your child’s wardrobe.

Shop at H&M for a Chance to Attend Coachella
Want to a chance to travel out to California to see some of the biggest musical acts perform at this year’s Coachella Music Festival? Bring any unwanted clothing to H&M, a sponsor of the festival, to receive 20 percent off of your entire purchase and a voucher for a chance to win tickets to the 2015 festival. H&M will release a Coachella-inspired collection in 350 stores on March 19 and online March 26.   

Amsale Bridal Sample Sale
March 13-15, visit Nordstrom at Tysons Corner Center for the Amsale Trunk Show. Still looking for that must-have dress for your big day? The event will host an exceptional assortment of Amsale gowns as well as opportunities to consult with a brand vendor.–Cate Jensen

(March 2015)

The top 5 shades to nail spring beauty

Posted by Angela Bobo / Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The temps are finally rising, and as we shed our heavier clothing layers, we also should start ditching our layers of somber dark polish in an effort to celebrate the impending arrival of spring. Beauty brands are offering just the solution with muted, barely there hues of bone and blush and punched-up primary colors for seasonally festive fingers. Try one of our favorites below for your next midday mani:


Soft White

Essie Cream Nail Polish in Tuck It In My Tux, $8.50; photo courtesy of

Essie Cream Nail Polish in Tuck It In My Tux, $8.50; photo courtesy of

Creme Bisque

Deborah Lippmann Whisper Collection in Like Dreamers Do, $18; photo courtesy of

Deborah Lippmann Whisper Collection in Like Dreamers Do, $18; photo courtesy of

Beachy Blue

Londontown Lakur in Reverse the Charges, $16; photo courtesy of

Londontown Lakur in Reverse the Charges, $16; photo courtesy of


Leafy Kale

Nails Inc. Nailkale in Bruton Mews, $14; photo coutrsy of

Nails Inc. Nailkale in Bruton Mews, $14; photo coutrsy of

Buttery Yellow

Butter London High Tea Collection in Cheers, $15; photo courtesy of

Butter London High Tea Collection in Cheers, $15; photo courtesy of

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