Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
By Christina Marino
You get a chance to get out of the house for the day (or the weekend if you’re lucky) and head to the winery with your favorite gal-pals. You obviously have to look your best since you’ll be taking an ample amount of pictures – but what to wear? Here are four fun looks that are perfect no matter what winery you’re going to and are sure to be picture-perfect. Looking for a winery? Check out our Best of NoVA 2014: Winery.
All White Affair
When making a dramatic statement follow with this summers hottest trend of all-white with neutral accent colors. This maxi is sure to look fabulous against the beautiful greenery backdrop – and a glass of vino in your hand.
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Posted by Editorial / Monday, July 21st, 2014
Spice up your summer with these five beauty must-haves—Angela Bobo
Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Foundation Stick. While most foundation sticks are thick like concealers, this is refreshingly lightweight and perfect for a barely-there makeup look on muggy days. The sheer consistency is similar to a bb cream, but the stick form allows it to be easily transported and applied on-the-go. / $10.99; target.com. Photo by Mike Ramm.
Davines Su Hair Protective Conditioning Sun Milk. From the brand’s new line designed to protect against the stress of summer sun and salty beachwater, this multi-purpose lotion uses vitamin rich malt extract as a daily moisturizer to tame frizz on dry hair or as a leave-in conditioner and detangler on damp hair. / $28; davines.com. Photo courtesy of Davines.
Laura Mercier Crème de Pistache Scrub.The key to that summer glow is smooth and moisturized skin. Instead of loading on heavy creams after the shower, scrub skin with this sweet scented cleansing cream that removes dead skin cells with pistachio shells and vitamins A and E. / $50;bloomingdales.com. Photo courtesy of Bloomingdales.
Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Video Killed the Radio Star.Described as “bombdiggity blue,” this high-shine crème lacquer is a welcome break from the usual seasonal pinks and pastels. Inspired by the fashion and energy of the ‘80s, this shade is a part of the limited-edition summer 2014 collection. / $18; deborahlippmann.com. Photo by Mike Ramm.
Jane Cosmetics ph Adjusting Stain Gloss in Berry. The ‘90s redux has come full circle this year with the rebranding of the popular makeup company Jane Cosmetics. This stain takes one-of-a-kind to a new level with pH adjusting pigments that create a custom color based on each individual’s body chemistry. / $7; ulta.com. Photo courtesy of Ulta.
Posted by Editorial / Thursday, July 17th, 2014
By Christina Marino
Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
By Christina Marino
Do you love flipping through the latest lookbooks from your favorite brands? These local bloggers have just the thing you need. Carlis Sanchez and Katya Ananieva, co-founders of SpicyCandyDC, are collaborating with their favorite brands and locations around the metropolitan area to create lookbooks just for their readers. This summer they’re mixing things up and rather then the traditional weekly style postings they are featuring a monthly lookbook.
The concept and styling are created by the bloggers themselves and the looks are pulled from their favorite brand of the month and shot at local hot spots. This month for July they featured a spread at the Winery at the Grange in Haymarket dressed in South Moon Under maxi dresses for a blend of rural country with summer chic.
Also featured on the blog are outfit inspirations, healthy lifestyle tips, and District Closets – a new concept created by Sanchez covering the closets of fashionable people around the area that will be live on the site soon.
Get updates on when their August lookbook will be out and other style finds on their blog at SpicyCandyDC.com. Also, check out their photographer, Julien Garman, at ItsJulien.com for more on the artist behind the lens.
Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Without the addition of a little something special, even the most perfectly planned outfit can fall flat. A simple swipe of lipstick offers an easy pick-me-up, but with the overload of shades available it can be hard to sort through the masses to find the top choices.
Luckily we have tested and selected the top four picks in the season’s hottest hues to kick these stylish summer outfits into high gear. –Angela Bobo
A bold pink lip is nothing groundbreaking for the summer, but this magenta-hued formula glides on like a lightweight gel and dries with a fresh soft matte finish. Treat your lipstick like an accessory and incorporate it into an outfit by matching it with similar colors and tempering the bright look with a nude shoe.
From top: Pim+Larkin A-line Tank, $59; piperlime.com. Photo courtesy of piperlime.com. Milly Mini Skirt, $225; piperlime.com. Photo courtesy of piperlime.com. Delman Open-Toe Wedges, $378; bloomingdales.com. Photo courtesy of bloomingdales.com.Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel in Gossip, $30; sephora.com. Photo courtesy of sephora.com.
Bright orange lips were a major trend on the 2014 spring/summer runways and this gloss has a pink undertone that flatters many different complexions. Try an unexpected pairing by mixing the striking shade with a soft, ladylike pastel dress. Tie the look together with a printed pump and multi-jeweled earrings with a similar pop of color.
From top: Kate Spade New York Cluster Earrings, $68; nordstrom.com. Photo courtesy of nordstrom.com. Winsome Welcome Dress $147.99; modcloth.com. Photo courtesy of modcloth.com. Aquazarra Positano Snakeskin Pumps, $880; saksfifthavenue.com. Photo courtesy of saksfifthavenue.com.L’oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color 202 in Coral Encore, $9.99; cvs.com. Photo courtesy of cvs.com.
Complement a fresh, bare face with a soft, rosy lip color. Go for a comfortable T-shirt and shorts combination, while remaining chic with metallic and striped accents. Swap your heels for gilded slip-on sneakers if you are aiming for a sportier vibe.
From top: Lurex Slouch Tee by Unique, $120; topshop.com. Photo courtesy of topshop.com. Panacea Double Row Beaded Bracelet with Tassel, $24; southmoonunder.com. Photo courtesy of southmoonunder.com. Seersucker short, $58; anntaylor.com. Photo courtesy of anntaylor.com. COACH Lexey Block Heel, $198; bloomingdales.com. Photo courtesy of bloomingdales.com.Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Elusive #205, $6.49; target.com. Photo courtesy of target.com.
Dubbed the “perfect red” by beauty blogs and magazines across the world, very few shades hold up to this cult favorite lipstick. Pair the classic shade with an equally classic black-and-white gingham print in a sleek shape. Keep the look modern with a geometric-hemmed matching set and playful flats.
From top: Textured Gingham Shell Top, $68; topshop.com. Photo courtesy of topshop.com. Contrast Gingham Wrap Skirt, $72; topshop.com. Photo courtesy of topshop.com. Kate Spade New York Pointed Toe Racer Flats in D’Orsay, $268; bloomingdales.com. Photo courtesy of bloomingdales.com. MAC Ruby Woo, $16; maccosmetics.com. Photo courtesy of maccosmetics.com.
Posted by Editorial / Monday, July 14th, 2014
By Helen Ray
You know the heat is too much when you wake up and it’s already 90 degrees. You want to dress trendy but you know more then likely you’re just going to end up feeling sweaty and wanting to hide away in the air conditioning. You’re wondering ‘what’s the point in dressing up’? So, you opt for a classic look– something that’s comfortable, familiar and appropriate for multiple occasions. We’re talking about the good ole jeans and tank look. And yes, we love our jeans and tanks, but just because we’re opting for a simpler outfit doesn’t mean it has to be boring. To help inspire your heated mornings we’ve put together four looks you can keep your cool in, while being comfortable and still feeling fabulous.
Posted by Editorial / Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Bloomingdale’s and Clinique will introduce the ‘Smart Custom-Repair Serum‘ on July 15. In the hot days of summer our skin undergoes some serious damage, the serum targets both the surface and beneath the skin to better attack those problem spots. The benefit of it’s double penetration is that it targets the source of uneven skin tone, dark spots, lines, wrinkles and more. Pricing starts as low as $59 and is available at your local Bloomingdale’s.
Heading to Haymarket for some wedding dress shopping? Make sure to stop by Blush Bridal Boutique as they host an exclusive trunk show unveiling Justin Alexander‘s Spring 2015 line from July 25 – 27. Meet with trained bridal consultants and have a chance to inquire about any styling tips from the acclaimed designer for the line, Jose Dias, who will be in the boutique July 25-26 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and July 27 from 12-4 p.m. Any brides making purchases at the event will receive a special gift valued at $150. Set up your appointment today for this limited time opportunity.
It is a season for giving at The Nest Egg in Fairfax - a retailer for home furnishings and decorative accents will be donating a portion of upholstered furniture purchase orders with LEE Industries during the month of July to Journey 4 A Cure in Ashburn. LEE Industries, a North Carolina based furniture manufacturer, launched a new initiative in January 2014 ‘LEE L♥ves America – Giving Back‘ to promote supporting businesses in local communities. For more information check out their website leeloveslocal.com dedicated to help support the movement.
Keep your eye out for a different type of red-and-white stripes when heading to Old Town Alexandria where a ‘Where’s Waldo’ event hosted by Hooray for Books! will be held along with 25 participating local businesses until July 31. To participate in the search for Waldo print out the ‘Find Waldo Passport‘ or visit Hooray for Books! to get one. The first 125 people to get their passport stamped or signed 10 or more times can win a prize at Hooray for Books! Those that get 20 or more can enter in a grand prize drawing where the winner will be announced at the ‘Where’s Waldo Party‘ at Hooray for Books! on July 31 at 6 p.m.
Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
The Shoe Hive’s Christen Green forgoes colorful footwear for a summer of neutrals and proves that no career path is linear.
If there’s one thing immediately apparent about Christen Green—from her pink tipped hair to her Stuart Weitzman clad feet—it’s that the girl’s got style. A trait that aptly suits her new role as assistant buyer and manager at Old Town Alexandria staple The Shoe Hive. Although Green is no stranger to NoVA, having spent the past couple of years lending her social media marketing services to small businesses in the area. “Alexandria has been very good to me. In a small way I felt that I was able to give back to them.”
Despite the gratification of owning her own business before 30 [Green is 28], she decided to close Social Shop Media earlier this year. “It was hard to give that up, but even in my short career thus far I recognize that no career path is linear.” Things came full circle when Green’s very first client Elisabeth Todd, owner of The Shoe Hive, offered her a chance to become a buyer for the store. “Who doesn’t want to be surrounded by beautiful shoes and accessories? It’s kind of like every girl’s candy store.”
Balancing managing, buying and marketing for the store leaves Green with a full plate, but also the satisfaction of knowing that she is making a difference in customers’ lives, a point driven home by a recent experience selecting shoes for a woman that wanted the perfect fit for her backyard wedding. “Twenty years from now she probably won’t remember me or my name, but I helped in that decision and that is kind of cool.” Cool? Yes. Although, once you meet Green, she’s definitely memorable. -Angela Bobo
Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
By Christina Marino
‘Tis the season for outdoor weddings. And, after noting potential weather woes you may be looking outside your traditional wedding attire to keep you together. Depending on where your invitations are taking you this summer – it is time to get creative, without taking attention away from the bride. Check out these four fun outfits that are perfect for an outdoor wedding and a lot easier to catch a bouquet in.
Wedding at the Manor
Posted by Editorial / Monday, July 7th, 2014
By Helen Ray
While the summer weather brings about joyous cheers for most, to those with curly hair the humid weather prompts screams in fear of dry, unruly and frizzy curls. So, as we prepare for the middle of summer in the notorious swamp region we call home, we’ve reached out to two experts, Mona Harb, “curlyologist” and owner of Lofty Salon, as well as Denise Viveiros of W Salon for tips and tricks on how to prepare our curls for the worst. After-all, all curly haired gals ever want is everyday perfect Carrie Bradshaw-esque curls, and is that too much to ask for?
Viveiros explains that a cut won’t eliminate frizz but the key to well-shaped and manageable curls begins with a pair of scissors. Harb agrees telling us that, “the cut is super important, you need enough length to pull down the curls but want it to frame the face and not be too short.” So, don’t skimp on who you go to for your cut–even if that means going to one stylist for color and another for your curls.