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Spa Week: 2015 Edition

Posted by Editorial / Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Photo courtesy of Spa Week Media Group Ltd.

By Claudina Hannon

Spa Week is back this year from Oct. 12-18, so be prepared to get great $50 spa deals at the spa nearest you—you can actually start booking your appointments today. Here’s how it works: Sign up to through the Spa Week website, search for spa treatments by city and state or by zipcode, and you can instantly book your appointment through the site or by calling the spa. Highlighted below are some of the treatments you can find in NoVA, but visit the website for a full list of participating spas. 

Spa Relief, McLean
24K Gold Facial for Ultra Hydration and Anti-Oxidation     
Charcoal and Vitamin C Facial for Deep Pore Cleansing and Wrinkle Reduction     
Choice of Custom Microdermabrasion or Chemical Peel Treatment for Skin Resurfacing

Red Door Spa, Tysons Corner, Arlington, Fairfax and Reston
Spa Week De-Stress Body Treatment, 50 minutes
Spa Week Facial (Extraction-Free), 50 minutes
Spa Week Pedicure With Choice of Gel Polish for Toes or Paraffin Hand Treatment, 50 minutes

Cassianna Spa, Arlington
Anti-Stress Swedish Massage, 60 minutes
Rejuvenating Pevonia Facial With Light Extractions, 50 minutes
Relaxing Manicure and Pedicure With Salt Glow and Paraffin, 55 minutes

Elements Massage, Vienna
Swedish Massage, 60 minutes
Deep Tissue Massage, 60 minutes
Prenatal Massage, 60 minutes

Mon Sanctuaire Day Spa, Alexandria
Coconut Jasmine Massage with Reflexology and Warm Towels, 55 minutes
Hydrating Mini Facial for All Skin Types, 50 minutes
Pumpkin Spice Latte Body Scrub, 55 minutes

Skin Sutra Medspa & Cosmetic Center, Fairfax
Facial with Skin-Resurfacing Microdermabrasion    
Chemical Peel Facial, 50 minutes
Two Sessions of Laser Hair Removal for Underarm, Upper Lip or Bikini Line

Zoe Salon & Spa, Fairfax
Chocolate Spa Pedicure, 60 minutes
Aromatic Guinot Facial With Light Extractions, 60 minutes
Waxing Package, Includes Brazilian and Eyebrow Waxes

Bluepoint Wellness and Spa, Centreville
Organic Bamboo Massage, 60 minutes
Bluepoint Signature Facial With Deep Cleansing and Warm Stones, 60 minutes

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, Haymarket
Swedish Massage with Pumpkin Foot Treatment, 50 minutes
Classic Facial with Pumpkin Mask, 50 minutes

October’s Stylish Events and New Collections

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Diptyque Benjoin Boheme; photo courtesy of Diptyque

photo courtesy of Diptyque


Diptyque’s New Fall Collection

Diptyque’s new Mediterranean-inspired collection features limited edition eau de parfums and candles with exotic ingredients such as Turkish rose, fig tree, cedar wood, clove, sandalwood and amber. The collection also includes beautifully colored, handcrafted candleholders made out of glass, concrete, porcelain and wood [].

New Menswear Store

Filson opened a store this week in Washington D.C., located in the 14th Street corridor, between Q and Church Street. Filson is a menswear store known for its outdoor-friendly apparel and accessories. The D.C. store will stock apparel, outerwear, luggage and leather accessories [].

Furniture Sale

Victoria at Home in Alexandria is having a furniture sale now through Oct. 4. Expect to come great finds like cocktail tables, upholstered chairs and summer pillows and accessories, among other items [].

Bishop Boutique’s Anniversary

Visit Bishop Boutique on Oct. 3-4 to celebrate its fourth anniversary; there will be gifts with every purchase during the weekend event [].

Sara Campbell Gives Back

During the entire month of October, Sarah Campbell will be participating in the Care for Kids program and National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Shoppers can enjoy discounts on select items, and a portion of the sales will go back to both Children’s National Medical Center and a local breast cancer charity. There will be an event on Oct. 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the store to launch the Care for Kids program [].

Fashion’s Night Out

Undeniable Boutique will be hosting its third annual Fashion’s Night Out celebration on Oct. 8 from 6-9 p.m. This year’s event will feature fall fashion trends and life performing artists. Shoppers will receive a $25 voucher to be used in October when they make a purchase. Please RSVP here.

South Moon Under Event

Visit  Clarendon South Moon Under on Oct. 8 from 6-9 p.m. to meet the new Guest of a Guest D.C. Editor. Shoppers will have the chance to shop South Moon Under’s fall denim collection during the event and can also donate their worn denim to be recycled. A portion of the recycled denim will be donated to communities in need. For more information please call 703.804.4083.


Kendra Scott Winter Collection

Stop by Kendra Scott’s Mosaic District store to check out the new collection launch on Oct. 14 for an all-day shopping celebration event. Customers will have the chance to shop the new winter boutique collection. Sips and sweets will be provided [].

Designer Trunk Show

Visit the Tysons Corner Neiman Marcus on Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.for the Sydney Evan trunk show. Sydney Evan is a fine jewelry collection created by Rosanne Karmes in 2001. The jewelry line, even worn by Hollywood celebs, embodies California chicness. There will be a personal appearance from the designer herself at the show, where she will discuss her line with those in attendance. For more information, please contact Neiman Marcus at 703.761.1600.

529 Kids Consign Sale

On Oct. 16-18, 529 Kids Consign in Old Town Alexandria will be having a fall sale on clothes, shoes and accessories. Customers can expect to save 50-65 percent off the sale items [].

Eileen Fisher Event

Visit Gossypia in Old Town Alexandria on Oct. 17-19 to view the fall Eileen Fisher styles. There will be promotional discounts and prizes at the event as well [].

Bras for Hope

On Oct. 24, Belle Mode Intimates will be hosting an event to support breast cancer awareness from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. The event will feature speakers from local breast care practices and a 10 percent discount will be offered to all customers. Shoppers can also donate bras now through Oct. 24, which will be distributed to local women’s shelters as part of the contribution to the cause. You can find more information on the event here. –CH

[October 2015]

Sales and News: Fashion presentations and yoga for a cause

Posted by Editorial / Monday, September 28th, 2015

Photo Syda Productions/

Photo courtesy of Syda Productions/

By Claudina Hannon

Clarins Facials at Nordstrom

During the entire month of October, Clarins will be offering 50 minute $50 spa facials at The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City Nordstrom. Clarins-trained aestheticians will use ClarinsPRO formulas in the facial treatments for best tightening and lifting results. For more information and to book an appointment, call Nordstrom at Pentagon City at 703-415-1121.

Yoga at Bloomingdale’s
On Oct. 3 the Chevy Chase and Tyson’s Corner Bloomingdale’s will be offering a yoga class at 9 a.m. as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Fund. Guests will receive a yoga mat and a gift bag, and after the class they will be invited to shop for pink products at the store, which will also benefit the BCRF. Please visit the website for more information.
Costume Shopping
The Washington National Opera will be hosting a costume sale on Oct. 3 and 4 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The sale will include more than 1,000 items and costumes from productions like “Carmen,” “Cinderella” and “Macbeth,” among many others. The costumes will also range in price from $50-$200. Visit the WNO website for more information.
Fashion Trends and Workshop
Visit CityCenterDC on Oct. 6 for a fall/winter 2015 trends presentation at Fig & Olive hosted by the Fashion Group International of Greater Washington D.C. The event will include a live fashion presentation of what trends to wear during the current season featuring pieces from CityCenterDC retailers Paul Stuart, Canali and Vince, among others. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the website.

On Oct. 7 The Fashion Group International of Greater Washington D.C. will host a workshop called “The Business Behind the Boutique: Understanding your local customer, the do’s and don’ts and merchandising tips with brand strategist and speaker Dawne Hanks.” The event will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and will include a panel of local fashion industry insiders. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the website.

New Menswear Store

Head to the Blank Label store in D.C. on Oct. 8 from 6-9 p.m. to celebrate their store launch party. Blank Label is a menswear store that provides customization and tailoring of any piece of clothing purchased at the store. To RSVP to the event, email

The Difference between Fashion and Style

Posted by Angela Bobo / Friday, September 25th, 2015

Jeffery Wilkins, visual merchandiser for Louis Vuitton at CityCenterDC, talks fall staples and the key to building a timeless wardrobe.

Photography by Erick Gibson

Photography by Erick Gibson

The late Oscar de la Renta once told Vanity Fair that “fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.” This philosophy is what makes Jeffery Wilkins, the visual merchandiser for Louis Vuitton at CityCenterDC, such an interesting study in personal style. At just 25, the Arlington resident has developed a distinct outlook on getting dressed, opting to only wear monochromatic looks in neutral color palettes because prints and patterns can “age” a wardrobe. “You almost can see the timeline of all of the times you have worn it—especially with social media. Avoiding bold patterns and colors is what makes a wardrobe timeless,” Wilkins says.

Many may wonder how someone so young can be so resolute in his fashion philosophy, but it is clear from one conversation with Wilkins, who counts Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci and Kanye West as his fashion influencers, that he is a true student and ardent lover of fashion. Surprisingly, his biggest piece of advice for those who desire a career in the industry is to get out of fashion capitals like New York. “My job while I was at Marymount was as an East Coast rep for a local designer named Aida. When I worked with her I didn’t run and get coffees; I was sewing, doing casting calls with models and getting her into boutiques. I thought, ‘Wow, I wouldn’t be able to get this experience [while living] in other areas,’” he says.

While Wilkins has a preference for pieces from stores like Neiman Marcus Tysons Galleria and Burberry Prorsum, he also believes that to truly be a part of the fashion scene in the area, one must recognize and support local designers. Syreeta C, Native Danger and Sophie Blake are a few of the local designers he believes will elevate the fashion scene in the coming years.


Photography by Erick Gibson

Photography by Erick Gibson

1. “The leather jacket is by Sandro, and it is my go-to for the fall. I think the biker jacket came back; it’s an awesome piece, and you can wear it from daytime casual to dressing it up at night.”

2. “The wide-brim fedora hat [Obey] is very popular, and I think that it’s a nice staple piece that you can wear throughout your entire collection [of clothes]. Every gentleman should have a nice hat.”

3. “Riccardo Tisci from Givenchy had been doing collaborations [with Nike] for sneakers, and I missed all of them except this one. I think sneakers are coming back into everyday wear; people are dressing them up with a suit or with jeans and a T-shirt.”

4. “Fall season is boot season, and I can’t wait. For guys, we usually get the low boot or the Chelsea boot, but I love that these [Louis Vuitton Tibet boots] are a mid-calf style. You can tuck some nice jeans into them, and while they are Louis Vuitton you don’t see the Damier Graphite print until you roll them down.”

5. “Sunglasses are year-round. The sun doesn’t go away, so why should your sunglasses? I think sunglasses are the new statement piece. Dior came up with a really great style that’s edgy and on-trend. Mirrored is always great because it adds a second dimension to your outfit.”


(Septebmer 2015)



The 8 products for the perfect fall eye makeup look

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Photo Sam Aronov/

Photo Sam Aronov/

By Claudina Hannon 

We have all the details on what will be hot this season when it comes to eye makeup trends, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to achieve each one to have you looking flawless in no time. We spoke with Nordstrom Beauty Director Laksmi Sam on what will be the best looks this season, what makeup techniques can be used and product recommendations for each trend for everything from your brows to your lashes.


“A full but polished brow is the look for fall,” says Sam.

 Achieve the look 

-Choose the right products (pencil, powder or pomade, depending on how dramatic you want the look to be) in a shade that’s close to your hair color or just a tad lighter.
-Follow the natural shape of your brows using light, short strokes, concentrating at the front and the ends of your brows.
-It’s always easier to start off with a more natural look and then advance into more drama, if you want.
-Always brush through your brows if you feel they’re too dark or intense. This will soften the look immediately and will give a more natural feel. 

Product Recommendations

Anastasia Brow Wiz, $21. Photo courtesy of

Anastasia Brow Wiz, $21. Photo courtesy of

My favorite brow product [is] Anastasia Brow Wiz to fill in and create my perfect brow shape. It’s just the right texture and has the perfect amount of pigment, plus it comes in so many colors that you’ll find a perfect match for your hair color every time.

Anastasia Base One Pro Pencil, $18. Photo courtesy of

Anastasia Base One Pro Pencil, $18. Photo courtesy of

When I want a flawless brow look, I use Anastasia Base One Pro Pencil as a highlighter on the browbone to really add some contrast and make that browbone pop.



Sam says: “Long, thick lashes are the perfect complement to the modern winged eyeliner. When it’s party time or you have a special event, false eyelashes are a great way to add a bit of flair to your look.”

Achieve the look

 -Choose fake lashes with a nice length and width, and apply them as close to your lashline as possible.

-Allowing the lash adhesive to get slightly tacky (about 15 seconds) prior to setting them on your lashes will give you a bit more control.

-The finishing step is to go over the lashes with eyeliner to blend the seam into your natural lashline, and voilà! You’re all set. 

Product Recommendation

MAC 7 Lash, $17. Photo courtesy of

MAC 7 Lash, $17. Photo courtesy of


Liner & Shadow

“A smoky eye or a modern winged eyeliner are on trend for the season,” says Sam.


Achieve the look

You just need a light, medium and dark eyeshadow to create a smoky eye:

-Apply the medium shade on your eyelid, starting at the lashline and going just up to your crease. Blend well.

-Using a deep charcoal, navy, eggplant or black shade on the outer edge of the eye, blend inwards towards the center of the eyelid.

-Use the light shade under the eyebrow to add depth and dimension. Liner and mascara complete the look perfectly.

-For the modern winged eyeliner, use a liquid liner or cream liner with a brush.

-Start on the inner corner of the eye and lightly glide your liner across your lashline. At the very end of your eye, give the liner a slight upward flick for a flirty effect.

-If it’s not perfect, don’t worry: Take a cotton swab with makeup remover and clean up where you need to.

-Finish the lashes off with mascara for that extra polish.


Product Recommendations

For Smoky Eye

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette, $62. Photo courtesy of

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette, $62. Photo courtesy of

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, $16.50. Photo courtesy of

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, $16.50. Photo courtesy of

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara, $29. Photo courtesy of

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara, $29. Photo courtesy of


For Winged Liner

Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner, $22. Photo courtesy of

Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner, $22. Photo courtesy of

Dior Diorshow Mascara, $25. Photo courtesy of

Dior Diorshow Mascara, $25. Photo courtesy of




Dark Romance

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

The cool winds have ushered out the ease of summer style and replaced it with dramatic glamour in rich hues. Flowing pieces in soft velvet and sweeping lace contrasted with structured ruffles and bold brocade are reminiscent of neo-Victorian romance with a modern edge. Accented with thick gold cuffs, layered chains and statement heels, the resulting look is a powerful statement for fall. The Carlyle House Historic Park in Old Town Alexandria is ripe with intrigue and the enchanting garden was a perfect fit for our fashion fantasy.

Creative Direction by Angela Bobo / Styling by DC Style Factory / Photography by Erick Gibson

Model Katarina Pavic at T H E Artist Agency. Hair by Ashley Renninger of Ronnie Elias Salon. Makeup by Ariana Arevalo



Haute Hippie Dress, $495, Saks Fifth Avenue Mazza Gallerie; Collar Necklace with Mother of Pearl Doublet, Ruby and White Topaz, $935, Gatsby Multi-Strand Pearl Necklace, $700, Dina Mackney available at select Neiman Marcus locations; Lulu Frost Plaza Large Number, $325, The Shoe Hive; Pearl Power Cuff, $1,200, Take 5 Boutique




Oscar de la Renta Dress, $2,890, Saks Fifth Avenue Mazza Gallerie; Bezel Set Ruby Cuff, $346, Multi Stone Ruby Cuff, $750, Dina Mackney; Stuart Weitzman Nudistsong Sandals, $425, Bloomingdale’s Wisconsin Place




Sandro Dress, $510, French Connection Boots, $160, Bloomingale’s Wisconsin Place; Hana Cuff, $295, Billy Cuff, $145, Sophie Blake; Feather Jacket, price upon request, T SALT; Earrings, stylist’s own



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Style MBA’s NYFW by the hour

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Photo courtesy of Sara Azani of Style MBA.

Photo courtesy of Sara Azani of Style MBA.

By Claudina Hannon

Sara Azani is no stranger to New York Fashion Week and the hustle and bustle that comes along with attending multiple fashion shows in a day, networking with fashion’s VIPs and going to the hottest fashion parties. Azani’s popular fashion blog, Style MBA, is a true representation of what living the glamorous life looks like, and one of the perks of such fashionable lifestyle is attending NYFW every season. We caught up with Azani to see what a day at NYFW looks like from a local fashion insider’s perspective. Plus, she gave us some tips on  looking fabulous all day long while constantly on-the-go.


A day in Fashion Week

6:30 a.m. Wake-up call and order coffee via room service.

7 a.m. Post to Instagram—coffee pics in the morning always do well!

Photo courtesy of Sara Azani of Style MBA.

Photo courtesy of Sara Azani of Style MBA.

7:15 a.m. Hop in the shower.

8 a.m. Head to Spoke & Weal for a quick blowout courtesy of the Aveda team.

9 a.m. Head back to hotel and get dressed for a busy day of shows including Rebecca Minkoff and Tibi.

10 a.m. Snap outfit pics quickly before the show.

11:30 a.m. Get an Uber and head to Rebecca Minkoff Show. Fringe and open shoulders are here to stay—lots of it on the runway.

12:30 p.m. Meet with Aveda team at Tibi show and head backstage to get an inside look into makeup and hair.

1 p.m. Meet Bobbi Brown herself and watch her create makeup magic for the runway show. She went with a neutral no-makeup look. Meet with Aveda hair artists and watch them style lived-in, textured hair for the runway.

 3 p.m. Head back to hotel and take a quick email break and grab a bite to eat with bloggers Natalie of The Fashionably Broke and Cheralee of Ascot Road.

Photo courtesy of Sara Azani of Style MBA.

Sara Azani with Natalie of The Fashionably Broke. Photo courtesy of Sara Azani of Style MBA.

 5 p.m.Take a quick power nap.

5:30 p.m. Start getting ready for The Vogue Influencers party.

7 p.m. Enjoy an evening networking with fellow bloggers and editors.

10 p.m. Head back to the hotel for much-needed beauty sleep!


What do you do to prepare for a big event like NYFW?

Planning outfits is key. I arranged all my outfits on a rolling rack to help with packing. It also helps to travel with a NYFW partner in crime. It makes the days and madness of NYFW all the more fun.

 Any specific fashion or beauty routines?

Hydrate! I always carry water and a protein bar with me during show days since we are constantly on-the-go during NYFW with little time to plan for full meals.

 What were some of your fashion and beauty essentials for this fashion week?

Always pack makeup wipes and dry shampoo. After a long day of shows and events, the last thing you have energy for is washing your face or hair—makeup wipes and dry shampoo were big saviors for me this season. Wear comfy shoes. Yes, it’s great being photographed in those killer Alaias, but your feet will not be happy with you in the end. Find a nice balance between comfort and look.

Which designer runway collections did you most enjoy and why?

I loved the Tommy Hilfiger show this season. Every season it’s a huge production, and this time it was no different. From sandy floors to beach waves, the show emulated a Rastafarian vibe, making each person in attendance dream of their next vacation. Sister stars Bella and Gigi Hadid stole the show with a huge splash at the finale.

Extra NYFW footage:

Tommy Hilfiger fashion show 
- Backstage at Tibi

Editor’s Picks by Budget

Posted by Editorial / Monday, September 21st, 2015

Fall fashion is exciting because it sets up your wardrobe for the entire year. Light layers can be worn just as easily in the spring, chunky knits in the winter and flowy tops in the warmer months. Because of this, it is hard to know where to start and when to stop adding items to your cart. Most of it boils down to budget, which is why we have tapped our editorial team this month to show you how to shop for the new season whether you are a post-grad in her first job or a seasoned professional.

By Angela Bobo



Winn Duvall, Copy Editor
Budget: $100

As someone just starting out in the working world, I try to focus on two things when shopping: versatile items that can be repurposed for off-days and workwear basics with elements that make them feel more fun and youthful. I gravitate toward black, white and gray, but I wanted to take advantage of rich fall color as much as possible.

1. I usually wear a watch to the office, but a structural bangle like this one is perfect when I want to mix up a more understated outfit.
Around the Bend Gold Bracelet, $14;

2. The shape of this skirt is different than your basic pencil silhouette, and the vibrant orange color can work well in different seasons.
Pencil Skirt with Wrap (Blood orange), $36.24;

3. A striped shirt is always a must-have. This one can go with business casual skirts or pants or could easily be dressed down with jeans for the weekend.
Jersey Top, $9.99;

4. Scarves play perfectly into the cozy aesthetic of the season, and this one is an easy way to add some color to an outfit.
Women’s Herringbone Striped Scarves, $16.94;

5. I live in cardigans year-round, so this pick was a no-brainer for me. The leather accents make it interesting, and the length is perfect fall comfort.
Knit Cardigan (Black/leather imitation), $17.95;

Amount remaining: $4.88




Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor & Restaurant Critic
Budget: $500

While most people focus on the fact that as a restaurant critic I eat for a living, I actually spend a lot of time in the office writing and editing—and in the car driving all over Virginia for meals. I need outfits that are comfortable enough to write in and dressy enough for dinner.

1. I try to find the line between really comfortable and office- and restaurant-appropriate, and with the right shoes, this combines all three.
Flat Booties with Tassel, $49.90;

2. This feels very classroom appropriate to me. Is it possible to miss back-to-school shopping?
Women’s Long Sleeve Dress in Black and White, $49.90;

3. I have a thing for stirrups. Don’t judge me.
Rib Knit Stirrup Leggings, $38;

4. I love big, obnoxious rings, but for everyday wear, I need to be able to type with it, too.
alexis bittar orbital ring, $150;

5. I don’t leave the house without nail polish. Ever.
Butter London Nail Lacquer in blagger, $15;

6. I dine out almost every night and need to keep track of receipts, so it helps to have a separate wallet just for eating expenses.
Seamless Long Wallet, $90;

7. I will wear this every day—and to bed, too.
Long Skirt with Slits in Green, $39.99;

Amount remaining: $67.21




Lynn Norusis, Managing Editor
Budget: $1,000

Each season I get a glimpse of the trends in fashion magazines and set a goal of being more put together both in and out of the office. Then life hits. This season I’m keeping in mind life’s juggling act and going for pieces that are both comfortable and stylish while still being realistic with my lifestyle.

Weekends, I’m constantly running around from soccer field to lacrosse field to kid’s birthday party, so I need shoes that are comfortable and stylish that pair great with jeans and a moto jacket, and I have to be OK with them getting a little dirt on them. These Vans high-tops will be key.
Vans Sk8-Hi Slim Zip, $80;

Paired with knee-high boots, ankle boots, heels or flats, this leather skirt is a rich, warm color and a fantastic neutral for any fall outfit.
Leather skirt, $189

Some days it’s nice to pick one thing out of your closet and be done. This jumpsuit fits that bill and gives a bit of flair with the sleeves and neckline made of ribbons.
Black Halo Justyne Jumpsuit, $390;

I carry way too much in my purse. This season, I’m purging and going for the minimalist look in a deep olive green color.
Rebecca Minkoff Small Astor Saddle Bag, $225;

Each season I indulge in a new statement ring. This one molds modern minimalism with a bit of pop that I’ll be able to wear with any outfit.
Terra Preta Ring, $78;

I am always cold, so the necessity to have something to throw over my shoulders or across my lap while at work is always there. This scarf is large enough to act as a blanket but light enough to be worn as a scarf. The colored pattern also adds style, making it not look like an afterthought.
Multicolour print soft scarf, $25.99;

Amount remaining: $12.10


(September 2015)



The fashion forecast: A conversation with local pioneer Elaine Mensah

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, September 17th, 2015

By Claudina Hannon

Photo courtesy of AnD Creatives.

Photo courtesy of AnD Creatives.

Elaine Mensah is causing quite a stir in our local fashion scene. To be more specific, she has been doing so since 2007, when she founded her own fashion firm, SVELTE, LLC . But today Mensah is at the forefront of the D.C. metro area fashion industry after releasing the documentary “The Politics of Fashion”  in 2014 and “#TheFashionSource,” the ultimate guide to local fashion industry professionals and businesses, last week. And she is only getting started. Mensah is making things happen here by showing locals and the fashion industry at large what makes our area capable of supporting its own fashion industry. Through her admirable work, Mensah is constantly pushing for change and growth of our fashion industry. In “#TheFashionSource,” she puts the spotlight on local professionals who work in fashion, either through public relations, marketing or even as designers. We thought a conversation with Mensah about “#TheFashionSource” and other projects was more than apt, but we also chatted about her knowledge and vision for our local fashion scene, including how we can all make a collective effort to have it succeed in the long run.

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Accessory Advisory: Fierce Faux Fur

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Photo courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

Rochas Red Mohair and calf Leather Zip Clutch, $455; / Photo courtesy of Moda Operandi


Wearing faux fur can add glamour to any outfit, and it is an ideal option when it starts to get chilly outside. This season’s accessory collections showcase intricately woven faux fur handbags in a variety of fall colors, which look bold and beautiful when combined with a dressier outfit.

If you do not want to fully invest in a handbag with too much fluff and texture, then the Stella McCartney tote is a worthy option. The metallic chain woven throughout the bag and strap gives this handbag a certain unexpected elegance and provides overall versatility as it can be worn as a shoulder or top-handle bag. The silver faux fur shade intermixed with the black underneath transforms this bag into a statement accessory. 

Stella McCartney Falabella Mini Baby Bella Metallic Faux Fur Tote, $1,275; / Photo courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

Stella McCartney Falabella Mini Baby Bella Metallic Faux Fur Tote, $1,275; / Photo courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

There’s no denying that the “it” color for fall 2015 is Marsala, and the Rochas Red Mohair Clutch is a great way to show off this shade elegantly. It is a chic accessory to grab when getting dressed up or when you need a small, fashion-forward bag on the go. Pair it alongside dresses or blouses with a bohemian vibe in complementary autumn shades such as beige, sage and grayish blue. 
–Claudina Hannon

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