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Q&A: Doku Fashion’s Akila Hunte on Bringing Global Style to NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Friday, December 19th, 2014

By Angela Bobo

Do you have that friend that travels the world and has amassed an amazing and unique wardrobe because of it? Thanks to the founders of online retailer DOKU, that dream of a specially curated global closet can become a reality. We got the scoop from the Arlington-based co-founder Akila Hunte on why this new website is a win for the NoVA fashion scene and when you can expect a pop-up store in our area.

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion

Q: What prompted you to start this online boutique in Arlington?

I went to undergrad in D.C. along with our co-founder. After college, we moved to Arlington and really loved the area! We started traveling together and discovered so many amazing designers. However, once we returned to the states, it was really hard to place orders with the designers as a customer. Either the shipping rates were outrageous or the designers didn’t have a secure way to purchase their items. This is was the birth of DOKU.

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion

Q: How do you decide what designers to carry?

Our mission is to give emerging, indie designers a platform to retail their clothing outside of their local markets. During our recruitment efforts, we want to see that prospective designers have participated in major shows in their local market (i.e, Ghana Fashion & Design Week, Altaroma Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week, etc) and are contributing something fresh and new to fashion.  We also look at their aesthetic to determine if it would be a good fit for the various types of women that we target. Since our customers’ style runs the gamut, we make sure that every designer we bring on board will fit one of the various style persona(s). Additionally, we request samples from each designer prior to stocking their items to ensure that the finish and quality craftsmanship is present.

Q:Why do you think this site will interest the Northern Virginia shopper? 

Women in Northern Virginia are some of the most well-educated, well- travelled women in the country. As a result of their exposure to various cultural influences, a desire for access to a global closet has emerged. Who doesn’t want to be able to easily purchase a designer dress online that they saw while on traveling on business in Accra?

Q: When do you expect to host a pop-up in the area?
We will be partnering with some local bloggers to host an event in Early Spring 2015.

 

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion



Holiday-Inspired Hair and Beauty Looks

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, December 18th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Change up your daily beauty routine from a more natural appearance to something a bit more glamorous for your hair and makeup for the holiday season. Take a look below at three videos to help inspire your next look for a holiday party or event.

 

The holidays are a time to incorporate your favorite metallic eye shadows and here’s how to achieve a classic look from Camila Coelho.

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Scent of the Month: Lacoste Eau de Lacoste Sensuelle

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Lacoste Eau de Lacoste Sensuelle

Photo by Mike Ramm.

While the deep purple bottle may convey a message that this is an evening scent, Lacoste Eau de Lacoste Sensuelle is a relatively light blend with a sweetness and warmth typically sought after in cold-weather fragrances.  The scent opens with a fresh burst of pink pepper and black currant, before fading into a nutty nougatine blend with a hint of floral. As the fragrance travels from note to note, it remains subtle and never overpowers. This versatile scent can be worn everywhere from work to date night and would make the perfect gift for your mom, best friend or even a new girlfriend. Stock up on the scent this season and share with all of your favorites [Eau de Lacoste Sensuelle, $65/1.7 oz ]. –Angela Bobo

(December 2014)



Gifts Ideas for the Beauty Queen in Your Life

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

If you or someone you know is always looking for the latest beauty trend or gadget, then look no further. While some prefer makeup brushes over jewelry, these ideas are great for anyone who wants to look their best at any given moment. These gifts range from $10 to $150, so you’ll be sure to find something for anyone on your list. 

Photo Courtesy of Polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo Courtesy of Polyvore/dd-harvey

 

Details: Hair brush, Makeup brush set, Nail polish, Eyeshadow set, Lip balm, Perfume, Clarisonic set, Mascara and Eyelash curler



Covet Boutique

Posted by Editorial / Monday, December 15th, 2014

 Covet Boutique in Arlington

Photo by Erick Gibson.

Destination: Located in Arlington just down Wilson Boulevard, Covet is a one-stop shop for the gifts you love to give and get.

 Covet Boutique in Arlington

Photo by Erick Gibson.

Atmosphere: Tucked away in a quaint old house that was once an insurance agency, this adorable boutique is a store where the exterior does not prepare you for the pleasantries you will find within. With a light and whimsical air, Covet makes you feel right at home as though you just walked into your best friend’s beautifully decorated house with delicate and thoughtful décor.

Bread and Butter: With about 80 percent of the store being sourced through Etsy’s wholesale website, a customer is sure to find a unique gift. Items range from local finds such as Sydney Hale Co.’s candles and home fragrances from Purcellville to San Diego resident JaxKelly’s gemstone-inspired earrings. A customer will be sure to find the right kind of hand-crafted gift.

Sweet Surprises: Owner, Autumn Clayton, is the sweetest surprise in all of Covet’s vast collection of goods. Her willingness to help customers, attentiveness and determination to get to know the person behind the product she is selling is as rare as the items carried in-store.

Fiercest Fan: A little bit of something for everybody. As Clayton explains, “I don’t think I have any one ideal customer. Whether it is a husband coming in to look for something for his wife, or a woman looking for the perfect thing for her friend’s 40th birthday or her teenage niece; I want to help find something different that will appeal to them.”

Blows to the Budget: Items range from $40-$85, from quirky cards or charming knickknacks to stunning jewelry. If you are really looking to spend, pop art paintings are offered by various artists, such as Sabrina Cobada, for $900-$1200. –Cate Jensen

Destination:  Covet
5140 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

(December 2014)



15 Office Party and Awkward Holiday Gatherings Gifts

Posted by Editorial / Monday, December 15th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Christmas is right around the corner, so before you start panicking, take a look below at the round-up of gifts for any situation you might find yourself in this holiday season. 

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

 

If you find youself in the situation of meeting the future in-laws, well that can be very exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. Try a more thoughtful approach for the first encounter and choose items such as fancy soaps, a breakfast gift set or wine tags. These items will help out the host during a holiday dinner or gathering and they’re great until you get more comfortable with the future in-laws.

Items: Coasters, Soaps, Breakfast set, Wine tags and Wine aerator

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

 

White elephant gift exchanges aren’t meant to be very serious. So with that in mind, here’s some ideas such as funky sticky notes, instant snow or a scented coin purse.The most important thing to remember is to have fun with it and have a good sense of humor. Plus these gifts are all under $15.

Items: Coin purse, Instant snow, Nose cups, Sticky notes and Memo roll

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

 

Buying gifts for coworkers is always a little tricky. Your best bet is to go with items that they can actully use in or out of the office. Try gifts such as a stylish USB, multipurpose coffee mug and personalized luggage tag for when they travel. 

Items: Cufflinks, Emergency kit, Coffee mug, USB and Luggage tag



Style Ideas For Any Holiday Tradition

Posted by Editorial / Friday, December 12th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Besides the fabulous parties and family gatherings, the holiday season is full of traditions. Whether your family loves to visit a Christmas tree farm to find the perfect tree or you always go ice skating with friends, your days are filled with holiday nostalgia. For any situation, take a look below for some style inspiration to be equally chic and comfortable.

Photo Courtesy of Polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo Courtesy of Polyvore/dd-Harvey

 

Outfit details: Hat, Jacket, Top, Jeans and Shoes

 

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Baby It’s Cold Outside: Gifts for the Homebody

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, December 11th, 2014

By Cate Jensen

The chilly weather makes it hard to motivate some to put on our fabulous dresses and a pair of heels for a night out during the winter. So for those who have a loved one who identify more with the term “homebody” than “party girl”. grab your wallet. Give her that much wanted rest and relaxation with one of these gifts from this ultimate cozy night in collection.

Photo courtesy of polyvore.com/cljensen

si Photo courtesy of polyvore.com/cljensen

Order (Clockwise):  Oliver Gal Painting; $144-564 (depending on dimension), Metallic “Love” Suede Pillow; $175, Cable-Knit Sweater in Tan; $51, Netflix Gift Card; $30, UGG Australia Ansley Moccasin Slippers in Gray; $100, Faux Wolf Fur Throw Blanket; $139, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn; $14.00, Voluspa Santiago Huckleberry Candle, $24;  Flawless Coffee Mug; $28, Ivory Reading Chair; $354.99.



Foodie Fragrances

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Scents good enough to eat. -Angela Bobo

Northern Virginia Magazine Foodie Gift Guide 2014

Photo courtesy of L’Artisan Parfumeur.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Bois Farine Eau de Toilette, $145/3.4 oz.
If the holidays conjure fond memories of laughing with family members around a table wafting with delicious aromas, this quirky fragrance is a must-try. Described as a mix of woods and baking bread, the scent captures the warmth of a crumb cake fresh out of the oven served in the middle of a log cabin on a cold winter night.

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Winter Layering 101: A Step-By-Step Guide for a Stylish Cold-Weather Look

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

By Angela Bobo

When the weather outside is miserable and rainy, it’s easy to throw style to the side while we scramble to stay warm. A perfect way to stay warm without sacrificing some semblance of fashion is to deliberately layer items that can be added or removed for a cohesive yet transformable look. We show you how to layer from the bottom to the top for a chic and cozy ensemble.

Step One:

base layer

Start with a thin layer to trap warmth. Photo courtesy of polyvore.com/angienaomi

Start with a thin layer to trap in heat without making you sweat. Opt for a t-shirt with heat-trapping technology or a fun button-down to add a pop of print and texture under the next layer.

First Row: 1, 2, 3, 4|Second Row: 1, 2, 3, 4| Third Row: 1, 2, 3, 4

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