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Style Your Team Tee with These Winning Super Bowl Looks

Posted by Editorial / Friday, January 30th, 2015

By Angela Bobo

Maybe you’re a die-hard fan, or maybe you just know one, but chances are there’s a slim-cut T-shirt or oversized sweatshirt with your team’s logo crumpled at the bottom of that dresser drawer currently housing old college hoodies and free promotional yoga pants. While the NFL-branded options probably rank low on your style scale, this weekend is the best time of year to pull them out and show them off. Go all out with fun makeup and fashionable color-coordinated separates for a spot-on Super Bowl look.


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Stick with the Patriotic red, white and blue color scheme with cherry skinny jeans, a chambray shirt and sleek suede knee-high boots.

Tee, Chambray, Jeans, Boots, Lip Gloss, Nail Polish


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Stay in theme with the sweatshirt and opt for an “athleisure” look and pair with distressed boyfriend jeans and minimal sneakers.  Finish the look with subtle emerald eyeliner and a chic navy nail.

Sweatshirt, Jeans, Sneakers, Eyeliner, Nail Polish

New Shops and Sales to Brighten Up Your Wintry Week

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

By Cate Jensen


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Mint Condition Now Online

Fans of the adorable consignment shop Mint Condition, located in Old Town Alexandria, will be thrilled to hear the store’s inventory is now shoppable via the World Wide Web. From Tory Burch to Louis Vuitton to Valentino, designer brands at smaller price points are available for purchase by just the click of a mouse. Mint Condition is not the only area consignment boutique to be made accessible online in the recent months—fan favorite Current Boutique has an online presence as well. Shop away at  

New Store to Open at Tysons Corner Mall

Zeena, a brand dedicated to modesty since its inception in 2011, is opening its first retail boutique this Saturday, Jan. 31, at retail hub Tysons Corner. Come join the grand opening with drinks and appetizers from 6-9 p.m.. The brand is described as demure, elegant and modern, so it is worth a look. To give yourself a preview, take look at the store’s website before heading out to the festivities. 

75 percent off at Periwinkle in the Village at Shirlington

For avid Periwinkle fans, make your way to the boutique’s location in the Village at Shirlington for some amazing deals, and that is an understatement. Everything in the store is 75 percent off now through Thursday. While the weather might be a bit treacherous outside, this is worth the trip. Visit the shop’s Facebook page for more details. 

Give Yourself a Little Artspiration

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

By Cate Jensen

What better way to help rejuvenate your mind in the new year than with a little sprucing up of your home with bright colors, pop art and graphic patterns. I am not sure about you, but with long days of work, commutes that make me want to move to the countryside and figuring out how to fit all that needs to be done into 24 hours — I want to come home to a space that inspires me. So here are some ideas to get you started on giving your home a bit of “artspiration.”

Artspiration Piece

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From ’60s-inspired art to colorful clocks and extravagant, playful throw pillows — over the top isn’t a phrase that comes to mind with these pieces of home decor. Represent a little bit of home with a “Virginia is for Lovers” print, or create your own with the help of, a site that takes your own snapshots to transform your memories into art

Item details: Reyes Wall Mirror, Virginia is for Lovers Dictionary Print, Audrey with Warhol Painting by Ashley Longshore, CB2 Neon Prism Print Pillow, West Elm Linework Table Lamp, Rabbit Fur Bisous Throw, Trina Turk Rug, Jonathan Adler Ampersand Resin Paperweight, Butterflies Wall Clock by Society6, Custom Photo Art Print by Minted

January’s Best in Beauty

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Make this winter wicked with these five beauty selections.Angela Bobo

Best Beauty products

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1. G.M. Collin Anti-Aging Instant Radiance Eye Patches
Pull these out when it seems like your under-eye baggage has multiplied. In just 20 minutes, the cooling patches magically de-puff swollen eyes and brighten dark circles with a unique pearl powder formula. / $50

2. Edward Bess Black Sea Hair Hero
Created by haircare guru Edward Bess, this do-it-all cream can be applied to wet or dry hair to blow-dry, tame frizz and sculpt curls. Plus, the beachy scent is a welcome bonus during this drab weather. / $38

3.Suki® exfoliate Foaming Cleanser
Most sugar scrubs are either too rough or leave behind an oily residue. These face and body exfoliants foam up like typical washes while still maintaining the sugar’s texture to effectively remove dry, dead skin. / Suki® Exfoliate Cleanser,  $32.95; Body Cleanser, $34.95

4. L’Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara in Black
With the sheer volume of options available, it can be a task finding the perfect mascara. Take a note from the normcore trend and head back to the basics with this budget drugstore staple. / $5.89

5. Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Dirty Baby and Lo-fi
With a gel-like consistency, fashion-forward shades and a five-free formula this line is a nail polish lover’s dream come true. Plus, how pretty are those bottles? / $18 each

(January 2015)


Duchess M

Posted by Editorial / Monday, January 19th, 2015

 Duchess M in Old Town Alexandria

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Destination: Located right in the hustle and bustle of Old Town Alexandria, Duchess M is a perfect new addition to one of Northern Virginia’s ultimate shopping spots.

Duchess M in Old Town Alexandria

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Atmosphere: This business is a family affair. Owner Susie Pollard Freimanis and her mother Mary Pollard, for whom the shop was named, work side by side. You can even occasionally find her two daughters running around the store, which is no surprise considering the boutique’s bright and feminine aura. A customer would never know that this shopping destination used to once be a beauty salon.

Bread and Butter: For having just opened this past October, Duchess M already has a strong identity. Freimanis describes the store’s strong suit as being able to go from “daytime to evening.” From a strong designer collection of Nanette Lepore, Trina Turk and Ted Baker to 7 for All Mankind denim and a table filled with luxury fur scarves by Linda Richards, customers get the quality they pay for. Anyone can come out of this boutique with a chic look for the winter.

Sweet Surprises: Although Duchess M carries mostly name brand items, Freimanis will make “specific edited buys” of a label. Therefore while it might be a name you recognize, it won’t necessarily be an item you have seen elsewhere—for instance, a shopping mall.

Fiercest Fan: With Duchess M only being a few months old, it does not quite have one concise customer yet, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t fans. “It is a diverse mix [of customers] especially because Old Town is such a traditional environment. We wanted to make sure we had things my friends would like, but my mom would like as well,” Freimanis says.

Blows to Budget: A customer can find warm ponchos and tops for just around $45, mid-range Ella Moss sweaters and blouses in the $100 range. A designer dress might be upwards of $500.
Cate Jensen

Destination: 805 King St., Alexandria; 571-982-3118

(January 2015)

5 Nail Polishes To Liven Up Winter

Posted by Editorial / Monday, January 19th, 2015

By Cate Jensen

While summer has the rep for getting the brighter and perhaps more lively nail colors of all the seasons – there is a certain sweet spot for the darker shades of winter. Perhaps it is because our wardrobe consists of mostly neutrals, i.e. black, gray, an occasional olive green; we prefer more moody shades when it comes to our polish preferences. Every woman needs a solid red lacquer in her repertoire, along with a basic, but beautiful, nude. On nights when you are feeling more ostentatious don’t be afraid to try a bold purple. What ever color you choose, brightening up your winter look is a simple swipe away. 



Angela’s Fashion Picks for January

Posted by Editorial / Friday, January 16th, 2015

Our fashion and beauty writer shares her monthly wishlist.Angela Bobo


  • The Reversible Transport Tote, Update your weekend bag with the Madewell’s classic transport tote in an on-trend metallic hue. Flip it inside out and wear it as a practical work bag Monday through Friday. / $188; Photo courtesy of

  • Long Fur Vest, Winter layering requires skill, but throwing a faux fur vest over any outfit is a no-brainer. This white and gray blend can be worn over almost anything. / $99.90; Photo courtesy of

  • Zara Faux Leather Leggings with Seam at the Knee in Mink, Give your black leather leggings a break and swap in a tailored pair in a chic mink color; layer under tunics and pair with heeled booties for a polished cold weather look. / $59.90; Photo courtesy of

  • Piperlime Collection Gold-Dipped Sweater, A classic black sweater with an unexpected twist; the gold ombre lends an elegant vibe to the casual staple. / $98; Photo courtesy of

  • Kate Spade Saturday Leather Oxfords in Black/Peacock, Add a menswear vibe to your cozy sweater dresses and flirty skirts with a pair of leather oxfords. The peacock color complements well with the cream and navy pieces in your closet. / $160; Photo courtesy of Kate Spade.



(January 2015)

3 Outfits for Your Monday Off

Posted by Editorial / Friday, January 16th, 2015

By Angela Bobo

Whether you are spending MLK Day volunteering, catching up on the countless shows piling up in your DVR, or indulging in retail therapy, style-wise a holiday that falls on a Monday is always a good time for comfort and embracing a much-needed break from the usual work wear.  While some will be taking the day to reflect and serve others, we know that it is also a time for hard-working people to relax—no matter what your holiday plans are, use these outfits as a guide to stay stylish throughout the day.

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While the majority of the day will be spent indoors, you refuse to miss a day of sales at your favorite local boutiques. Quickly venture outdoors while remaining comfy yet presentable in a sleek t-shirt and sweats with a graphic black and white palette.

Jacket, Shirt, Pants, Scarf, Sneakers

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It is important to look respectable when out volunteering, but since you will be doing a range of tasks throughout the day you will need the ability to move freely. All black always looks chic, while a chunky turtleneck, flat boots and hands-free bag remain functional on-the-go.

Turtleneck, Jeans, Boots, Jacket, Backpack

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Finally you can catch up on the shows that everyone is talking about. Order some take-out and begin binge-watching in color-coordinated casual separates. Don’t skimp on your beauty regimen–use this free time to get in a quick facial with lasting benefits.

Hoodie, Sweats, Slippers, Blanket, Jar Mask, Sheet Mask

Sales to Shop This Three-Day Weekend

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, January 15th, 2015

By Cate Jensen


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In case you aren’t sure how to spend your holiday weekend in Northern Virginia, here are are few tips for the shopping-hungry to get your started. From in-store to online or even at the area’s premier outlets – there is a little something for everyone.

ALLSAINTS: 50 percent off all sale items, in stores and online.

Express: $25 off of every $75 you spend in-store and online, now through January 19.

European Country Living is offering 25-75 percent off on select items through January 19.

H&M: Buy one get one free for kids’ basics through January 21.

Kate Spade New York: (at Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets): 40 percent off entire purchase and an additional 20 percent off clearance items, January 14-19.

New Balance (at Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets): 20 percent off select styles, January 15 – 20.

Under Armour (at Leesburg Corner Premium Outlet): Semi Annual Sale along with 20 percent off clearance.

J. Crew: 40 percent off final sales items in-store and online, select items at 50 percent off through January 18.

Neiman Marcus: $50 off any regular-priced purchase of $200 or more through January 16, online only.

Nordstrom: Select coats, 50 percent off at Tyson’s corner location. See store for more details. Ends Sunday, January 18.

Pottery Barn: 60 percent off Warehouse Clearance Event through January 21.

Topshop: Extra 30 percent off sale through January 20.

Victoria’s Secret: Free shipping on orders of $100 through January 21.

West Elm: 20 percent off bedding, excludes clearance, ends Sunday January 18.

William Sonoma: Now through January 19, shop 20 percent off clearance items.

Shopping Simplified:

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

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Fashion is always changing and that’s the beauty of it. is keeping up with those changes by giving readers all the resources to become their own style mavens. The site offers more than just photos of the latest trends among celebrities and models though. In addition to having access to fashionable outfits, readers also can stream videos featuring their favorite style setters. Magazines feature celebrity looks all the time, but those images don’t always provide details on where to find each item. The Influence recognized this problem and decided to give readers a solution. From the western trend to sporty-chic looks, style inspiration is by no means in short supply. Readers also have the opportunity to shop exclusive products made just for the site. Look no further than The Influence for a daily dose of style.  –Danielle Harvey

(January 2015)

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