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5 events for the weekend and week ahead

Posted by Angela Bobo / Friday, April 24th, 2015


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Shoes of Prey
Never be without the perfect pair of shoes again. Shoes of Prey, the brand that allows customers to design and create their own shoes, has opened a design studio at Nordstrom Pentagon City. This Saturday and Sunday from 1-2 p.m., customers are able to attend a complimentary shoe school hosted by Shoes of Prey cofounder Jodie Fox. Attendees will learn about combining fabrics and will receive exclusive freebies. For more information, call Nordstrom Pentagon City at 703-415-1121, ext. 1300. 

Nordstrom Pop-In with Nike Women

Today marks the beginning of a monthlong Nike Women pop-up shop in Nordstrom Tysons Corner. As part of the ongoing Pop-In series, customers can shop exclusive limited-edition sneakers, workout clothing and accessories from the sportswear brand. Nordstrom will also be giving away a pair of sneakers every day for the duration of the event, which ends on May 24. For more information, visit the website here.

Rough Luxe Marketplace at Stylish Patina

Today marks the beginning of the monthly vintage market at Stylish Patina. The Rough Luxe event begins today at 10 a.m where customers can shop furniture, salvage pieces, accessories and more. The event will run on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m to 6 p.m, and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Additional details can be found on the store’s website.  

Beauty in a Beat
Time-crunched beauty lovers in the area can rejoice—a new on-demand website has come to the D.C. region, and it is delivering high-quality services at an affordable price point. Beauty in a Beat offers convenient appointments for hair, makeup and nails at a preselected location determined by you seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Simply download the app and select a service ranging from extensions and blowouts to gel manicures and makeup application at your home, office or hotel. Serving all of D.C. as well as Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, McLean and Tysons Corner, this app is sure to be in high demand.

Spa Noa Weeklong Celebration
Spa Noa owners Mary Taylor and Lucy Silva will be celebrating the revamp of their location with a weeklong celebration. Starting  April 26 and ending on May 3, guests can take part in a series of fabulous specials, personal consultations and one-on-one chats with beauty and medical industry experts. For more information and to get the full schedule on this special event visit the spa’s Facebook page.

3 Local Organic, Eco-Friendly Spa Treatments for Earth Day

Posted by Angela Bobo / Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

If you are in need of a spring beauty revamp, opt for a more environmentally friendly treatment this month in honor of Earth Day. Tons of spas around the area are leaning towards using products with naturally sourced ingredients that are gentler on the skin and more suitable for a holistic lifestyle. Below we look at three green treatments to keep you looking refreshed and relaxed from head to toe.

House of Steep

photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Reflexology and Herbal Foot Soak

The idea of grabbing lunch at a place that specializes in foot soaks might sound strange, but we guarantee it is the best decision you can make on your break. This urban tea house in Arlington offers 20-minute foot soaks with Epsom salt, essential oils and relaxing herbs. Each soak comes with a different blend to alleviate ailments from headaches to insomnia. We opted for the Centered Presence soak—a blend of cinnamon, pine and patchouli—for a much-needed detour from the everyday grind. For extra relaxation, splurge for the reflexology; the targeted massage treats the foot like a road map for the body with different parts of the foot connecting to different parts of the body. Post-treatment will have you feeling like you just received a full-body deep tissue massage.

Mint Nail Salon

photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Red Wine Spa Mani/Pedi

Mint Nail Lounge in the Mosaic District offers a variety of organic spa manicures and pedicures using organic essential oils to exfoliate and hydrate your hands and feet. We relaxed with the Red Wine Spa Mani/Pedi for a vinotherapy treatment enriched with red wine powder, red grapeseed extract, crushed grape seeds and pure grapeseed oil. The hands and feet are exfoliated with a blend of crushed grape seeds, followed by a Mediterranean Wine and Honey Masque wrapped in hot towels. The luxurious treatment ends with a warm basalt stone oil massage before the polish. Insider tip: The scent the product is almost as indulgent as the treatment itself. Finish with a polish of your choice; the salon offers a variety of 3-free brands like OPI.

Spa Noa

photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Deep Sea Mud Facial

Organic ingredients are most beneficial for the sensitive skin on our faces. Those who are a little more conscious of what they put on their skin will enjoy the Deep Sea Mud facial from Spa Noa.  The treatment includes a mask created with mud that comes straight from the Dead Sea and delivers minerals and vitamins to brighten and purify skin. The hourlong facial begins with a warm hand treatment and double cleansing of the face. Skin is then examined under a magnifying glass to determine skin type and the appropriate products to use. This is followed by exfoliation, extractions (upon request), a massage, mask and another massage with a targeted serum. Each treatment is finished with the appropriate moisturizer and sunblock. The result is radiant skin and a clear complexion.

The Changing Face of Spring

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

For the spring/summer 2015 season, models marched down the runways in beauty looks that were as varied as the clothes being worn.

With everything from smoky lilac makeup, graphic under-eye liner and undone waves to ‘60s-inspired lashes, muted Old Hollywood glamour and sculptural updos, there’s a look to suit any mood.

  • Bold eyebrows are the most enduring beauty trend from the past couple of years. Complement them with gilded eyes, bright coral lipstick and a messy bun. / Photo by Erick Gibson.

  • Mix your reds for a striking look that will surely stand out. Glossy lips, high-shine nails and faux lashes are a fun option for a night out. / Photo by Erick Gibson.

  • Update the average ponytail or bun with a hybrid between the two. Wrap an elastic band around hair to create a ponytail without fully pulling hair through on the final wrap to create a small bun with the ends loose. Decorate with thin elastics to create a futuristic look. / Photo by Erick Gibson.

  • Monochrome is no longer just for your closet. Stick to a light wash of purple color for eyes, cheeks and lips for a refreshing spring face. / Photo by Erick Gibson.

  • Make Old Hollywood glamour look less dated with slightly undone curls and muted red lipstick. Balance the lips with heavy top lashes and a slight cat-eye. / Photo by Erick Gibson.

  • Channel your inner rock star and make your eyes the focal point with heavy under-eye liner. Finish the look with pale pink lips and natural, bedhead waves. / Photo by Erick Gibson.

  • Braids are back in a more intricate way. Skip the standard side braid and try weaving multiple braids across the head and securing with bobby pins for a creative style. / Photo by Erick Gibson.



Styling by Angela Bobo, Photography by Erick Gibson, Model Amanda Franklin at THE Artist Agency, Model Kiran Parasher at THE Artist Agency, Hair by Ashley Renninger of Ronnie Elias Salon, Makeup by Sherry Dadrast of Ronnie Elias Salon

(April 2015)

April’s Best in Beauty

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

Brighten up your beauty regimen with these five selections.Angela Bobo

Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel

Photo by Mike Ramm.

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Shop Talk: LATHER

Posted by Angela Bobo / Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Lather at Mosaic District

Photo of Mollie Tobias.

Destination: Found in the Mosaic District, this bath and body boutique is the perfect addition to the up-and-coming shopping and dining destination.

LATHER at Mosaic District

Photo by Mollie Tobias.

Atmosphere: “The layout of the store is thoughtful to how shoppers will navigate through the environment,” explains Emilie Davidson Hoyt, the brand’s founder. The store is organized by product category and highlights the various natural ingredients used to create them. The wonderful scent you smell wafting throughout the store can be attributed the handcrafted olive oil-based soaps available in over 15 varieties.

Bread and Butter: LATHER’s products are made without artificial fragrances and colors with an emphasis on naturally sourced ingredients. The Bamboo Lemongrass line is especially popular; it even received the stamp of approval from Oprah Winfrey by making it onto the December 2014 list of Oprah’s Favorite Things in O, The Oprah Magazine.

Sweet Surprises:  Customers can create their own products at the custom blending bar using essential oils priced by the drop while simultaneously receiving an education on the aromatherapy benefits of each oil. Every special blend is kept on file for returning customers.

Fiercest Fan: “Shoppers who enjoy finding new, off-the-beaten path brands and who are conscientious about their purchases will love LATHER,” says Hoyt. “People who care about what they put in their bodies also tend to care about what they put on their bodies.”

Blows to Budget: There’s something for every budget. Olive oil soaps are available for $8, and face and body products range from $14-$32; advanced treatment products can run upwards of $50. –Angela Bobo

Destination: 2910 District Ave., #155, Fairfax, VA 22031;

(April 2015)

Style the bump: A Pea in the Pod’s Olivia Capone Myers on maternity style

Posted by Angela Bobo / Thursday, April 16th, 2015

This Saturday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., A Pea in the Pod at Tysons Galleria will showcase their newly renovated storefront. To celebrate, the brand’s style director Olivia Capone Myers will be giving one-one-one complimentary style sessions for expectant mothers. In preparation for the event, we chatted with Myers about the brand’s new collection, tips for dressing a changing body and the top five items every expectant mother should own. 

Olivia Capone Myers, photo courtesy of TAA PR

Olivia Capone Myers, photo courtesy of TAA PR

Q: What are some things expectant mothers can do to stay on-trend/fashionable despite a growing baby bump?

 Remaining true to your own style during pregnancy is paramount. Maternity clothing today means [finding] styles and trends that you love [and having them] fit your expecting figure. A Pea in the Pod interprets the season’s current trends specifically for moms-to-be. For instance, if you’re all about white jeans, you can find a pair that features our patented Secret Fit Belly, a seamless panel designed specifically to grow with you and tailored to fit both before and after baby. We also carry many pre-pregnancy designer favorites like AG Jeans, DL1961, Genetic Denim, Paige and J Brand, so you can still wear the brands you know and love.


Q: What are the go-to spring/summer pieces in your collection?

 There are three key trends for spring and summer that I love and work particularly well for maternity: the dress, peasant top and wide-leg pant. Versatile and comfortable, dresses continue to be a bump-flattering staple for moms-to-be with new dramatic hemlines and bold patterns. I especially love the printed caftan and sleeveless maxi dresses from the new and exclusive Rachel Zoe Collection for A Pea in the Pod. The peasant top or tunic is a maternity must-have that should be in every expecting woman’s closet this summer. From solids and stripes to pretty prints and cozy lightweight knits, these tops pair perfectly with your maternity leggings, jeans or shorts. Add a blazer for instant polish or a jean jacket for those summer nights. Pulling inspiration from the ’70s, the wide-leg jean is quickly becoming the must-have summer style. 


Q: If you can’t afford to buy a ton of maternity clothes, what are some key pieces an expectant mother should invest in? What are some items in her closet already that she can make work?

 Investing in some essential maternity pieces will not only keep you comfortable and take you through your whole pregnancy but beyond as well.  I think many women may not realize they will need pieces for right after their baby is born and maybe for some time after.


There are five maternity staples all expecting mothers should have to carry her through pregnancy:


1.     A great pair of maternity jeans you can practically live in and that work for almost any and every occasion.


2.     A transitional top for layering.


3.     A basic form-fitting tank, which can be worn throughout the entire pregnancy, even into the fourth trimester.


4.      A go-to little black dress to pair with your favorite statement jewelry.


5.     Ultimate must have: maternity bras. Most women wear bras that don’t fit properly.  We encourage expecting mothers to visit A Pea in the Pod to have a free bra fitting with our sales associates.

These pieces can be mixed and matched to create many looks. A cardigan or a leather jacket you have already and your favorite accessories will put your own spin on these versatile and comfortable looks.


Q: What celebrity’s maternity style inspires you?

 It has been so wonderful to see so many famous moms-to-be show off their maternity style recently.  A Pea in the Pod has dressed many celebrity moms, and one of my favorites to watch recently has been Tiffani Thiessen. Expecting a little boy later this year, Tiffani has been spotted in chic and effortless dresses in prints and beautiful hues. I love how she shows off and celebrates her bump.


*To rsvp for the complimentary style session, email 

Perfect Your Profile Picture

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Online dating, although once taboo, has increasingly become the preferred method of meeting a mate. With a new site or app popping up every day, it can be hard to decide what profile picture best suits the intended goal of the site you have just joined. While we wish we could tell you that one pic suits all, that simply isn’t the case. Whether you are looking for Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now, we have just the outfit to help score you a first date. –Angela Bobo


(April 2015)

The best place to score a $1 facial in NoVA

Posted by Angela Bobo / Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Dermal Collagen Essence Sheet Masks, photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Dermal Collagen Essence Sheet Masks, photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Many, many odes have been written about the benefits of the Korean skincare routine.  These 10- to 12-step daily routines deliver glowing, healthy skin that is majorly enviable. Despite the benefits of the products ranging from essences to bb drinks, it can be hard to get your hands on some of them in the States—but not for the residents of NoVA. Sheet masks, one of the most-praised essential components of the regimen, can be found at Cinderella in the Lotte Market for a mere buck. These are not your standard fruity sheet masks, though those are available as well; options range from snail essence (for clearing acne) and charcoal (for oily skin) to royal jelly (for dry skin) and Q10 (anti-aging).  Sheet masks are great option for delivering nutrients directly to the skin without having to rinse them off, and at $1 apiece, they are easy to try risk-free.

photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

New online find: Lime & Vine

Posted by Angela Bobo / Monday, April 13th, 2015


photo courtesy of Mannfolk PR

Lime & Vine spring 2015; photo courtesy of Mannfolk PR

The philosophy behind Lime & Vine is simple: Comfortable clothing is not just for the weekends. With the shuttering of Kate Spade Saturday, some of us are looking for an alternative to the usual casual fashion standbys that everyone seems to gravitate toward. The online brand prides itself on creating loungewear that can be worn everywhere from work to running errands. Each piece has the signature Lime & Vine details of symmetrical cuts, rose gold zippers or mesh cutouts. The spring/summer collections boast breezy, athletic-inspired separates in crisp shades of black and white.  Check out some key pieces below and discover more Lime & Vine here.

Lime and Vine Summer 2015; photo courtesy of Mannfolk PR

Lime & Vine summer 2015; photo courtesy of Mannfolk PR

Lime & Vine Spring 2015; photo courtesy of Mannfolk PR

Lime & Vine spring 2015; photo courtesy of Mannfolk PR

Lime & Vine Summer 2015; photo courtesy of Mannfolk PR

Lime & Vine summer 2015; photo courtesy of Mannfolk PR

Studio style: 4 Zengo Cycle instructors share their sweat and style secrets

Posted by Angela Bobo / Friday, April 10th, 2015

April 16 marks the grand opening of Zengo Cycle’s newest location in the Mosaic District. If you are a cycling newbie or are looking for a kick in the pants to hop back on the bike, Zengo’s instructors have just the tips you need to score stylish workout gear in the area, maintain a healthy lifestyle and get the most out of your first cycling class.

photo courtesy of Whitney Stringer PR

photo courtesy of Zengo Cycle

Name: Kelsey Harris      

Q: Why do you love cycling?

I grew up dancing and performing, and as I got older, I really struggled finding a place to stay fit while having fun like I did in dance classes. When I found Zengo, my life was changed forever! It challenged me, allowed me to set the pace and gave me that dance party I needed. It truly is therapy on a bike. When I completely surrender to the music and the resistance, I’m transformed—it’s a euphoria that stays with me the rest of the week. As a former dancer and runner, the low- impact, high-intensity cardio has done wonders for my physical fitness with no injuries. There’s nowhere else I could walk out dripping in sweat with a huge smile on my face. 

Q: Favorite activewear store in Northern Virginia and why?

I love the active pieces from South Moon Under; they have fun and funky patterns. They are constantly coming out with new styles and pieces, and they are so 

Q: What should readers wear to their first Zengo class?

A headband for those whispies, spandex pants and a tank top that keeps you cool as you sweat and allows you to dance. 

Q: Best tip to stay healthy and motivated?

Plan! Plan! Plan! With Zengo, the sign-up window opens for the next week Monday at 1 p.m. I make sure to schedule my workouts then, and it helps me stay committed the rest of the week. This also helps me plan meals and drinks. For example, if I sign up for a Friday 7:30 a.m. class with my favorite instructor, I’m going to make healthier choices the night before so I can enjoy the workout Friday morning. 

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