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8 ways to sneak in your SPF

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

By Claudina Hannon

Keeping skin safe from potential sun damage is crucial at any age. Thankfully, there are plenty of traditional sunscreens on the market today to meet our needs. But did you know that there is also a great variety of beauty products that can provide you with added protection from the hot summer sun? If you are looking for more sun coverage than your average sunscreen, try using the eight beauty products below for an added boost in blocking those rays.


Photo courtesy of Sephora.

Julep Oxygen Nail Treatment, $18; Photo courtesy of

 Julep’s nail treatment has a UV filter, and it helps repair and strengthen nails.


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Yves Saint Laurent’s Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15, $36; photo courtesy of

Yves Saint Laurent’s Lipstick boasts SPF 15  and is made from a smooth and long-lasting formula offered in eight different shades.

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Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30, $36; Photo courtesy of

This makeup setting spray with SPF 30 can be used as the last step in your makeup routine to keep skin looking fresh.

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Perricone MD No Blush Blush, $35; photo Courtesy of

This liquid blush with SPF 30 is a cheek serum that gives a rosy tone to the skin when applied.

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Vita Liberata Passionflower & Argan Dry Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $45; photo courtesy of

This spray with SPF 50 is a non-oily treatment for the face, hair and body that provides dewy skin and also serves as an anti-aging treatment.


 Fresh Sugar Rosé Extreme Lip Treatment SPF 15, $22.50; photo courtesy of

Fresh Sugar Rosé Extreme Lip Treatment SPF 15, $22.50; photo courtesy of

This limited-edition tinted lip treatment with a floral scent is also made with SPF 15.


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Peter Thomas Roth Radiant Instant Mineral Brush-On Bronzer Sunscreen SPF 30, $35; photo courtesy of

A bronzer with SPF 30 can be used on your face and body to provide a sun-kissed glow.

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 20, $34; photo courtesy of

 The beauty balm with SPF 20 has a formula made with champagne-colored pearls for shimmery complexion and also helps achieve firmer skina little goes a long way with this product.

Memorial Day sales you can’t miss

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, May 21st, 2015

By Claudina Hannon

The Memorial Day Sales You Can't Miss

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Memorial Day sales give you a chance to finally get those sandals or swimsuits you’ve been eyeing since spring started. The following retailers are not holding back on the variety of summer essentials on sale this week. Check out our roundup of the top sales in stores or online this weekend.

6pm – Up to 70 percent off clothes, shoes, bags and accessories

Amazon Fashion – Take 20 percent off select clothing, shoes, jewelry, watches, and luggage with code FUN20SUN

Anthropologie- 20 percent off sale items with code GONEFISHING

Banana Republic- 40 percent off of your purchase in-store and online with code BRSUMMER through Tuesday

Barneys New York Warehouse – Take up to 40 percent off sitewide and an extra 50 percent off clearance

BaubleBar – Buy one or more items and save 20 percent; buy three items and save 25 percent; buy four items and save 30 percent. Sale excludes clearance items and FRENDS headphones

BCBGMAXAZRIA – Take 30 percent off in stores and sitewide and up to 50 percent off select styles

Chico’s – Get up to 60 percent off select styles

Current Boutique- 20 percent off in-store and online (code: MEMORIALDAY) through Monday

Express – Up to 70 percent off, plus take an additional 30 percent off already reduced clearance items

Forever 21- 30 percent off of select summer items through Monday 

Free People – Take 20 percent off previously marked down items

Guess – Save up to 60 percent off original prices

H&M- Up to 60 percent off of select items through Monday

House of Harlow 1960 – Take up to 40 percent off select items

Hysteria – Buy one, get one half off through May 27

Joie – Take an additional 20 percent off sale items in stores and online with code MD2015

Lacoste – Up to 25 percent off select styles

Lord & Taylor – Save 20 percent off sale and clearance items with code MEMORIAL

Lucky Brand – Save up to 40 percent off new arrivals and more

Macy’s – Extra 20 percent off with code HOORAY and free shipping at $75

Madewell- Extra 30 percent off sale items with code SWEET

Nordstrom - Half-yearly sale, save up to 40 percent off ending May 31

Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth – Save up to 70 percent off everything online with code SUMMER

Shopbop – Get up to 70 percent off select items

Sole Society- Up to 50 percent off of shoes, handbags and accessories through Monday

Splendid – Save 25 percent off everything online with code PACKSPEND25

Theory - Up to 40 percent off select items

TOMS  – Save 25 percent off select styles. Also save $5 off $25 with code SPRING15 and $10 off $100 with code FLOWERS

Topshop – Save up to 50 percent off select items

Urban Outfitters- May long weekend sale on select items for women, men and home

Victoria’s Secret – Save 20 percent off all swimwear and cover-ups with code ANGELSWIM

NoVA by the Neighborhood

Posted by Angela Bobo / Monday, May 18th, 2015

Warm weather brings out the best that our area has to offer. While you are spending your evenings drinking craft cocktails in Clarendon, catching an indie flick at Mosaic or browsing local wares in Old Town, you want to have a look that reflects the vibe of the neighborhood. Comfortable shoes and breezy separates are right on trend for springtime in NoVA. –Angela Bobo


Tren Report: NoVA by the neighborhood

Photos courtesy of (button down top, skirt); Madewell (shoes); South Moon under (bag).

After brunch take a look at the latest offerings at local shops. A soft, shimmering button-down, flirty skirt and festive flats create an effortless look.

1. Lightweight Camp Shirt in Whisper Lamè, $88;

2. Stripe Mini Skirt, $88;

3. Street Level Reversible Tote, $69.50;

4. Thea Pom Pom Sandal, $118;


Trend Report: NoVA by the Neighborhood

Photos courtesy of Gap (white Jacket); Banana Republic (Silver bag); Madewell (denim pants); Anthropologie (Linen tank top, shoes).

Airy black-and-white pieces, distressed denim and sturdy heels make the perfect out on the town ensemble.

1. Eyelet bomber, $69.95;

2. Colorblocked Linen Tank, $68;

3. Harper Silver Double-Zip Camera Cross body, $130;

4. Hi-Riser Skinny Skinny Jeans Torn Knee Edition, $128;

5. Splendid Janna Heels, $148;


Trend Report: NoVA by the Neighborhood

Photos courtesy of Banana Republic (Shoes); Madewell (denim jacket); Zara (Indigo Dress); (Bucket Bag).

Slip into shades of blue with an easy shift dress, slide-on sandals and a classic denim jacket.

1. Jean Jacket in Ellery Wash, $118;

2. Ombre Indigo Dress, $59.90;

3. Sophie Hulme Small Drawstring Bucket Bag, $825;

4. Iliana Heeled Mule,$128;

(May 2015)

Shopping Simplified: BEAUTYCOUNTER

Posted by Angela Bobo / Friday, May 15th, 2015

Beauty County Nude lipstick

Photo courtesy of

Citing a lack of regulation and access to safe, high-quality beauty products, Gregg Renfrew set out to create a brand that lived up to her standards and to educate customers about the harmful toxins that can find their way into some of our favorite products.

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The right sunglasses for your face shape

Posted by Angela Bobo / Thursday, May 14th, 2015

It’s officially sunglass season, and with the sheer volume of options available it can be hard to sift through the trends and find which style is the right fit for you. One of the easiest ways to choose the right pair of shades is by using your face shape as a guide. Below find the best frames for the four most common face shapes to purchase now:


Most round face shapes have the same width across the forehead, cheekbones and jawline, usually with full, soft features; think rounded lines instead of pointed angles. Geometrical sunglass shapes like wayfarers and horizontal frames best suit curved faces.

Ray-Ban Medium Plastic Wayfarer Sunglasses, $160; photo courtesy of

Ray-Ban Medium Plastic Wayfarer Sunglasses, $160; photo courtesy of


Expectations Sunglasses, $20; photo courtesy of

Expectations Sunglasses, $20; photo courtesy of


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May’s Best In Beauty

Posted by Angela Bobo / Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

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

Deborah Lippmann the Wait is Over Quick-Dry Drops & Misty Morning Lacquer

Photo by Mike Ramm.

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8 standout swimsuits for any style

Posted by Angela Bobo / Monday, May 11th, 2015

With the consistent warm temps, it’s clear that summer is merely minutes away. Now is the time to flaunt all of your hard work from “embracing the shake” in regular barre classes and frequent trips to the gym with a body-hugging swimsuit. Check out our top eight one-pieces and bikinis to buy online now:


Sexy Cut-Outs


The Hottie Halter, $54.50-$64.50, Double-Strap Cheeky Bottom, $26.50-$28.50; photo courtesy of

The Hottie Halter, $54.50-$64.50, Double-Strap Cheeky Bottom, $26.50-$28.50; photo courtesy of


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The Pink Armoire

Posted by Angela Bobo / Monday, May 11th, 2015

Shop Talk: Pink Armoire

Photo by Aaron Spicer

Destination:  While primarily an online store, the brand’s bright magenta-colored mobile fashion bus is able to go to events, private parties and more. Customers will be impressed to learn that owner Elizabeth Mason drives the bus herself to every event.

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Accessory Advisory: Translucent Frames

Posted by Angela Bobo / Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Balenciaga Geometric Oversized Sunglasses, Carrera Transparent Color Wayfarer Sunglasses,

Photo courtesy of


Just because sunglasses are a warm-weather staple doesn’t mean that you have to reach for your standard aviators for another year.

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4 upcoming weekend sales and events

Posted by Angela Bobo / Wednesday, May 6th, 2015


Dress featured in Runway Moms for a Cause 2014 event; photo courtesy of Impulse Design Group, Inc

Dress featured in Runway Moms for a Cause 2014 event; photo courtesy of Impulse Design Group, Inc


A Night of Charitable Shopping

South Moon Under and The Tenfold Forty are hosting a night of charitable shopping tomorrow, May 7, from 6-8 p.m. at the Clarendon location. The evening will feature an Anna Beck pop-up shop, and the first 25 customers will receive a gift with purchase as well as 10 percent off of all purchases during the event. Customers can also enjoy sips, bites and giveaways. At the end of the night, 10 percent of all sales will be donated to the House of Ruth.

Sanctuary Cosmetic Center Opening

Friday May 8 will mark the opening of Dr. Soheila Rostami’s med spa, Sanctuary Cosmetic Center, in Tysons Corner. The center boasts five treatment rooms with services ranging from non-surgical to surgical procedures.  To schedule an appointment, please call 703-893-3937.

Runway Moms for a Cause

High fashion and charity collide this Friday, May 8, at the 3rd Annual Runway Moms for a Cause Fashion Event. This year 20 “power moms,” female philanthropists and notables, will walk in a fashion show in an effort to raise funds for the Tigerlily Foundation. This year’s event will be held at The Westin Crystal City at 7 p.m. and hosted by Paul Wharton of CW Television. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Nordstrom Beauty Trend Event and Show

This Saturday, May 9, Nordstrom at Tysons Corner will host another popular weekend of beauty trend shows and events. Industry insiders will reveal spring’s top beauty trends during a runway show. Guests will also receive consultations, a free tote bag and more. Tickets are $20 and can be used toward a purchase during the event.

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