The Game Plan


Treat Yourself: Spa Week is Back!

Posted by Editorial / Monday, October 20th, 2014

By Cate Jensen

Photo courtesy of Spa Week Media Group

Photo courtesy of Spa Week Media Group

With select treatments for only $50, take the time to participate in this biannual event, from October 20 to 26. In order to enjoy the bliss, you must register through Spa Week, to qualify for the deal. From there you can search a specific spa or input your zip code to find one and book by using the website or calling the spa directly. Two to three assorted treatments are offered from each respective business.

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Save the Date for these Fashionable Events

Posted by Editorial / Friday, October 17th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey



Photo courtesy of Bloomers

Photo courtesy of Bloomers


Bloomers Annual Bra Drive

Bloomers in Old Town Alexandria is hosting their annual bra drive on Saturday October 18. The idea behind this event is that gently used bras that are donated will be given to The Bra Recyclers, who distribute those bras to women in need all over the world. The first 40 customers at this event will receive a free Coobie bra. Here’s the website for more information.

Fashion Art Design

Venture over to Georgetown on October 25 for the second annual style and culture event, Fashion Art Design. From noon until 10 p.m. people have the chance to experience in-store parties, promotions, street style photo shoots, art displays and more. Visit the website for more details and to stay up-to-date on this event.

Belle Mode Intimates Bra Drop

Join Belle Mode Intimates for their third annual Bra Drop & Bras for Hope Event on October 26 from noon-6 p.m. The boutique will offer women who have undergone breast cancer treatment bra fitting services during the event. This is a great way to support women who have or are undergoing treatment during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Visit the event’s website for more details.


Magical Makeup Ideas for Halloween

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, October 16th, 2014

By Cate Jensen

With Halloween just a few short weeks away, time is running out for those still on the fence on what to dress as this year. If you have yet to decided on the perfect spooky getup, check out these makeup tutorials for some ghoulish or glamorous ideas.


The Lana Del Rey

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One Shirt, Three Easy Ways: How to Wear a White Button-Down

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

 By Angela Bobo

With the rise of normcore, the white button-down has been championed for its minimalism with a versatile and overall fresh vibe. No longer just a work-wear staple, it can be tied up for a cropped appearance or unbuttoned for a sexy disheveled look. Most staple items should be able to fit with three or more outfits, so we have assembled three inspiring looks to take you from dinner to the weekend and beyond. 


How to wear a white shirt out on the town; photo courtesy of how to wear a white shirt set 3;

How to wear a white shirt out on the town; photo courtesy of how to wear a white shirt set 3;

Pants, Shirt, Shoes, Vest, Hat, Lipstick

Tuck into a dark plaid pant, layer on the fur and add a wool fedora for extra glamour.  

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Create Your Signature Scent

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Finding the perfect fragrance sometimes has us feeling like Goldilocks among scents that range from too sweet to overly floral; we just want a pick that fits just right. The quickest way to create a custom-blend is to layer fragrances with complementary notes (lighter scent over stronger scent) for a unique mix that is all your own. Start with these four tried-and-true combos to suit any scent style.-Angela Bobo


  • Spicy Citrus and Boozy Berries
    Nutmeg, blackberries and bourbon vanilla blend with pepper, mimosa and mandarin to build a mix that’s spicy and energetic enough to handle any Sunday Fun-day.

    Amethyst Lalique $38.19 (3.4 oz) ;
    Tokyo Milk Gin & Rosewater No. 12 $30 (1 oz); / Photo by Mike Ramm.

  • Fool-Proof Fragrance
    If blending fragrances with multiple notes seems too risky, try a pre-packaged layering kit. Citrus and vanilla are two notes that blend well with virtually any fragrance, and together they create a scent that is clean and crisp.

    Atelier Colognes Layering Duo in Orange Sanguine and Vanille Insensée $35 (.25 oz); / Photo by Mike Ramm.

  • Salted Petals and Citrus Soaked Grass
    Roses, sea salt, sage, grapefruit and vetiver produce a scent that invokes memories of a backyard garden with rose bushes and lemon trees near a windswept beach.

    Tory Burch Eau de Parfum $115 (3.4 oz);
    Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne $120 (3.4 oz); / Photo courtesy of Burch, Jo Malone); Mike Ramm.

  • Candied Fruit and Fresh-Picked Floral
    Juicy fruit, marshmallows, vanilla and crisp florals combine to create a fragrance as sweet and feel-good as being surprised with candy and a fresh bouquet of flowers.

    Dolce and Gabbana Pour Femme $77.19 (3.4 oz);
    Franck Olivier White Touch price upon request (3.3 oz); Photo by Mike Ramm.


(October 2014)

5 Tips for Organizing Your Wardrobe

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

We have all (well, almost all of us) experienced that moment when you’re standing in front of your closet and piles of t-shirts, jeans and sweaters are right in front of you. The thought of having to sort through current trend items and favorite pieces from seasons past might be a little daunting. Especially now, as we get further into fall, it’s time to pack up summer clothing in favor of warmer options. If you’re not one to stay super organized, then read on for tips from Cathy Starnes, a personal fashion consultant and creator of Style Speaks in NoVA. She shares her five best tips for organizing your closet, which means less time having to frantically look for your favorite blazer in the morning before work. Staying organized definitely sounds like a win-win situation for your wardrobe and sanity.

Photo Courtesy of Cathy Starnes

Photo Courtesy of Cathy Starnes


Five Ways to Organize Your Wardrobe

1. Set Up Your Closet for Who You Are Today

This means that if your lifestyle revolves more around family than socializing at the latest nightclubs or parties, you might want to pack away the items you no longer have any use for. The same goes for if you’re entering the professional world after college, you don’t need to hold onto all of those old t-shirts and college sweatshirts. Your wardrobe should reflect where you’re at in life. This guarantees avoiding clutter by getting rid of items you don’t wear anymore that are just collecting dust in you closet.

2. Sort Items by Category 

Simple enough, right? Hanging up all of your pants in one section and jackets in another really opens up your options for creating outfits because you’re not focused on just looking at certain outfits you have already put together.  This is also a good tip because if you’re in search of only one piece of clothing, you don’t have to look through each outfit in your closet.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Hang Sweaters

If you have the space in your closet, then you should really hang up your sweaters. It saves space by not having them piled up in a drawer and you don’t have to constantly refold them either. The important thing to keep in mind is to use huggable hangers like these to prevent sagging or tears. Plastic ones can easily break or snag the fabric in some sweaters. Also remember to hang your winter coats in a front closet to have them ready for when you’re heading out the door.

4. Use Closet Dividers

This is such an easy way to keep everything in its place. Closet dividers are practical because you can label them for exactly what you need.

5. Make Sure Your Organizational Strategy is Personalized

This tip might seem like a no brainer, but you’d be surprised by how many people try and do something just because they have heard it’s the best. For example, if you prefer everything to be sorted by color, then that’s great. Or if you like to avoid a messy closet by only hanging up certain things, that also works. Staying organized will only work if you understand what specifically works for you and your lifestyle needs.

Photo Courtesy of Cathy Starnes

Photo Courtesy of Cathy Starnes


Pearls Don’t Have to be Just Jewelry

Posted by Editorial / Monday, October 13th, 2014

By Cate Jensen

It’s time to rethink the pearl. Like the goody-goody saddle-shoe and poodle skirt wearing Sandy at the start of Grease to the Sandy at the end of the film, dressed in all black, red pumps, blow-out hair and scarlet lips; pearls have transformed themselves from sweet to salty. Designers and brands are taking them to new heights in the best way possible. Look and see ways to style this trend that doesn’t include jewelry.

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff.

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff

The ultimate combination of classy and chic all rolled into one luscious leather jacket. Rebecca Minkoff’s new fall arrival, might just be the “it coat” for fall and is a defining piece of what it means to say “edgy pearls.” 

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3 Alluring Alternatives to Denim

Posted by Editorial / Friday, October 10th, 2014

By Cate Jensen

Chilly weather is upon us and even in what appears to be a spurt of warmer weather, it is time to start pulling out our sweaters, jackets, scarves and pants. But before you dust off your tried and true pair of jeans for this season – consider your options. While denim is great, it might not be the best go-to option in your closet. It’s a perfect pairing for Casual Friday at work, yet there are a plethora of pants to choose from when it comes to styling yourself for the cold. Check out these examples of three unorthodox yet trendy styles to rejuvenate your collection:

Photo Courtesy of cljensen/

Photo courtesy of cljensen/

While a question mark might be going through your head at the thought of sweatpants being a chic choice for legwear, hold on a second. Celebrities, such as Emma Stone, have been seen sporting (no pun intended) the look. Although the stigma with this style might be hard to break, forget about high school gym and start thinking high fashion.

Shop this look: Pants by T by Alexander Wang, Blouse by Tory Burch, Necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane, Bracelet by Panacea and Backpack by Stella McCartney

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Topshop’s Newest Designer Collaboration

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, October 9th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Fashion never misses a chance to bring a decade back and make it cool again. Topshop’s newest designer collaboration with Marques’ Almeida features a line of ’90s inspired separates and accessories, which is available today. The 68-piece collection includes distressed denim, neon faux fur accessories, asymmetrical tops, knitwear and more. Designer collaborations are nothing new, but this one in particular brings back a nostalgia for the days of scrunchies, Lisa Frank and the Spice Girls. Prices range from $30-$600, so take a look below at a few of the pieces that could even give Cher from Clueless a run for her money—”As if!” This collection is only available to NoVA residents online, but on October 17 locals can shop the latest Topshop pieces at the grand opening of the Springfield Town Center location. 

Zebra Backpack, $600. Photo courtesy of Topshop.

Marques’ Almeida x Topshop Zebra Backpack, $600. Photo courtesy of Topshop.

Backpacks are on everyone’s fall wish list. This one from the new Topshop collection is a fun update on the practical piece. The black and white color palette make it the perfect accessory for wherever you’re headed.

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Get Your Fashion Fix With These Upcoming Events in NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Photo Courtesy of Tysons Galleria

Photo Courtesy of TAA PR

Ralph Lauren Goes Big

Fans of the fashion label know Ralph Lauren uses quality materials to create apparel and accessories. The brand has taken their iconic Ricky bag and created a life-size model. Appropriately named, ‘Giant Ricky’ the bag is on display  outside of Neiman Marcus at Tysons Galleria through October 15.  At approximately 150 pounds and 6 feet tall, Ricky has been featured around the world from New York City to Paris. Follow along on Twitter with @TysonsGalleria and #RickyWorldTour

Potomac Mills Fall Super Sale Weekend

Even the most fashionable people love a good sale. If you fall into that category head over to Potomac Mills this weekend in Woodbridge to check out all of the latest deals on apparel, accessories, home goods and more. From October 10-13, stores such as Bloomingdale’s-The Outlet Store, Neiman Marcus Last Call and True Religion are just a few of the brands participating in this sale weekend. One good thing about the temperature beginning to drop is that prices are dropping too. Visit the website for more details.

Baby Bash and Bling Expo

On October 11 from 1-5p.m. the Baby Bash and Bling Expo will be held at the Renaissance Dupont Circle hotel in D.C. This event will be hosted by D.C. native Tanika Ray from HGTV and attendees will get styling tips on maternity dressing. Guests also can visit the Beauty and Bump bar and there will be a “Bump the Runway” fashion show for kids and teens. In addition to learning about how to be stylish during pregnancy, moms and dads will also learn some new parenting tips as well. Visit the website for more information and to purchase tickets to this event.

Fibre Space Hosts the Color Theory Workshop

Knits are a big trend for this season and if you enjoy creating knitwear pieces, visit Old Town Alexandria’s Fibre Space on October 11 from 3:30-5:30p.m. for this color theory workshop. Attendees with learn how to create the Albers Cowl, which is inspired by the paintings Josef Albers created. Designer Ann Weaver is teaching this workshop where guests have the opportunity to learn color and knitting techniques for their cowl. Making your own Albers Cowl is great for being stylish and warm on these cool autumn mornings. Check out the website for more details.

Mystique Jewelers Exclusive Trunk Show

If you love jewelry, then you won’t want to miss out on Mystique Jewelers trunk show featuring Jude Frances and a personal appearance by designer Jude Steele in Old Town Alexandria. On October 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. guests can browse the Jude Frances collection, which is the perfect time to add some sparkle to your wardrobe or keeping family and friends in mind for the holiday season. Visit the website to view more information about Jude Frances or the designer behind the classic-yet-trendy pieces.



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