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The Perfect Boots are One Click Away

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

 By Angela Bobo


Adie Brown Fitted Boots, $370;

It’s no secret that the style obsessed love fall fashion as it is the time when sartorial chops are expertly on display with carefully layered knits, scarves, leather and colorful jackets. One item that never evades the cold weather wardrobe starting five is a pair of boots. Whether cut short around the ankles or stacked tall to the knee, you could live in the right pair of boots all season long.  It is so frustrating to finally get your hands on the new must-have boot only to find that it wasn’t made for you; it’s too tight or the calf is too wide.  I seem to be in the latter tribe, which is why I was delighted to discover Duo Boots. The website offers a wide range of stylish shoes in 21 calf sizes and varying widths for a fit that will seem as if the cobbler made them solely for you. Visit the website today and grab your pair before the weather cools down. 

Brando Navy Chelsea Boots, $180;

Swoon Boutique

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Swoon Boutique

Photo by Mollie Tobias.

Destination: It’s not often you find yourself mulling over a chandelier purchase while trying on a Rachel Zoe dress, but that is what you’ll find at Swoon. Set in The Village at Leesburg, right next to Frilly Frocks, this destination is perfect for locals and visitors alike who are looking for Georgetown-like shopping closer to home.

Swoon Boutique

Photo by Mollie Tobias.

Atmosphere: From entrance to exit, co-owners and Leesburg locals Valeri MacIntyre and Jill Etesse treat you like you are entering their home. Jewelry is displayed on purchasable rustic tables, clutches organized in chic trays and blouses folded in a vintage bookcase.

Bread and Butter: As one of the only boutiques in the NoVA area that is exclusive with designers such as Rachel Zoe and Elizabeth & James, you know you are sure to find the latest fashions.

Sweet Surprises: The majority of the display furniture is for sale and from North Carolina. “You come in here thinking you’re just going to shop [for clothes], but you might walk away with a cool crystal paper weight,” MacIntyre says. Clothing brands range from BCBG to Seven for All Mankind—but don’t wait too long—apparel pieces are mainly purchased in quantities of four which allows for a minimum of one of each size.

Fiercest Fan: A typical customer ranges from women in their 20s to 50s, “she’s not a particular size, she just needs to love what she has on,” says Etesse. The owners shop the showrooms like they are the customers looking for those unique one-of-a-kind items.

Blows to the Budget: Clothing can be as low as $18 for a basic tank, but the standard range is between $35 and $450. Clutches, handbags and accessories start as low as $25 and run up to $198. -Christina Marino

Destination:  Swoon Boutique 1603 Village Market Blvd., Suite 108, Leesburg;

(August 2014)

Accessory Advisory: Utilize This Look

Posted by Editorial / Monday, August 25th, 2014

Organization is the trend this season with utility bags claiming prime shoulder space. An edgy look we’ve seen on the streets now makes fashion functionable. These multipocketed bags bring extra fun and added edge to a basic outfit.


Proenza Shouler, $1,995;

Photo courtesy of

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The Step-by-Step Guide to an At-Home Facial

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, August 21st, 2014

By Angela Bobo

As much as we wish a simple 10 minute face mask would give us a permanent J.Lo glow, that simply isn’t the case. A trip to your local spa will show that there are levels (and layers) to achieving the perfect facial. We have reached out to the skin care experts to bring you a comprehensive step-by-step guide to achieving your best skin ever without emptying your wallet every week or leaving the comfort of your own home. 


  • Brighten normal or dry skin with this at-home facial. / Photo by Mike Ramm.

  • Start by washing with a gentle cleanser. We recommend Eve Lom’s Cleanser for a relaxing experience that combines massaging pressure points and opening pores with a muslin cloth. The cleansing balm contains a special blend of oils that leaves skin incredibly soft for the next step. / Photo by Mike Ramm.

  • Exfoliation is key to remove dead skin cells and reveal more radiant skin. Mix Sephora’s Exfoliating Powder with a little bit of water to create a slightly grainy paste that can be rubbed in circular motions to gently buff the skin. If skin is incredibly sensitive, mix with your daily gentle cleanser and lightly massage skin. Only use once a week as exfoliating too much can harm the skin. / Photo by Mike Ramm.

  • It is important to note that face masks are not one-size-fits-all and for normal/sensitive skin types some clay masks can be too drying. For normal skin types, we recommend the Perricone Md Chloro Plasma Mask, which uses chlorophyll to detoxify and rid skin cells of the appearance of dullness and fatigue. Leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse. For extremely sensitive skin, use a natural mask like Lush Cosmetic’s Oatifix or try Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery’s DIY version. “For a totally natural exfoliation using at home products, you can make a greek yogurt (plain) and honey mask and leave it on for 15 minutes. The lactic acid in the yogurt will dissolve dead skin cells while the honey helps to hydrate, and it doesn’t taste bad if you get a little in your mouth!” / Photo by Mike Ramm.

  • Restore moisture quickly to your skin with a hydrating toner like Mario Badescu's Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater Spray. / Photo by Mike Ramm.

  • After rinsing apply a moisturizing oil like Kate Somerville's Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment or your favorite overnight cream and continue with your Netflix marathon. / Photo by Mike Ramm.

  • Refine oily or combination skin with this at-home facial. / Photo by Mike Ramm.

  • Begin with a soothing gentle cleanser such as Yes to Blueberries Smoothing Cleanser for clean skin that won’t be stripped of moisture. / Photo by Mike Ramm.

  • Apply a gentle exfoliating mask like Joanna Vargas’ Exfoliating Mask, which combines lactic acid and fruit enzymes to remove dead skin cells. It can be used as a gentle scrub or as a five-minute mask. For an expert tip, Vargas recommends sleeping in the mask overnight. “It's awesome for bringing that glow back to the skin, and it will really flatten any breakouts that you might have. I love that it evens out pigment in the skin so you look even and fresh in the morning,” she states. / Photo by Mike Ramm.

  • For oily skin and combination skin, clay masks absorb excess oil and clear the pores. We recommend Indie Lee’s Clearing Mask or Yes to Tomatoes Skin Clearing Facial Mask. / Photo by Mike Ramm.

  • Since clay masks can be incredibly drying, finish your facial with an overnight moisture mask to restore hydration to your skin. Simply put on and fall asleep! We recommend Eve Lom’s Moisture Mask or Origins Drink Up Intensive Moisture Mask for a more budget-friendly option. / Photo by Mike Ramm.


Angela’s Picks for August

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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


  • Initial Necklace Instead of trying a full-on nameplate necklace, take a more subtle approach with a delicate initial pendant. This single strand pick will also add a more personal touch to a layered necklace look. / $15; Photo courtesy of

  • Chambray Banded Perfect Shirt Chambray is everywhere (see June issue’s Trend Report), but this is a variation that provides a more modern and office appropriate take on the trend. Play off of the dark wash and pair with light denim or white shorts for an easy weekend look. / $79; Photo courtesy of

  • Barcode Shift GC Green and charcoal is such a refreshingly chic combination and that alone would be reason enough to purchase this dress. Local line Numari gives next-level service by custom-fitting each dress to your exact measurements, with a variety of options for sleeve and hem length. / $180; Photo courtesy of

  • Alexander Wang Side-Zip Chunky Knit Skirt It’s time to start thinking about transitional pieces for fall. This sleek knit skirt is fashion-forward with an asymmetric hem and wrap-around zipper. It is perfect for cooler nights now and chilly days later. / $450; Photo courtesy of

  • Angela Roi Vegan ‘Morning’ Crossbody in Mustard Mustard may not be everyone’s favorite condiment, but it makes the perfect addition to any outfit this season. The color is bright enough for summer, while remaining subdued enough to carry into fall. / $90; Photo courtesy of

  • Chrissie Morris Rosa Sandal Every woman deserves a “Sex and the City” moment with a completely impractical, yet gorgeous, pair of shoes. Wear these to amp up a little black dress, or go the casual route with cuffed jeans and a drapey tee. / $775; Photo courtesy of


(August 2014)

Shopping Simplified:

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Photo courtesy of

For those fashion savvy people that enjoy spending hours watching runway show rebroadcasts online you sometimes find yourself more tired than inspired.

After cycling through all the looks that are sent down the runway, then comes the process of determining the best trends and finding them for purchase. But really, who has time for that., founded by Northern Virginia native David Levit, is your one-stop destination for all the latest runway trends.

The best part? For each runway image there are options to purchase similar designs from accessible retailers. Imagine runway styles finally at your fingertips, and just a click away. Shop the latest trends on their website or download their free app RunwayStop available at the iTunes App Store.-Christina Marino

(August 2014)

What to Wear to a Football Game

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

By Christina Marino

It is that time of year when a cool chill makes its way into our late August days and the thrill of fall looks begin to fill our minds. While some of us may be anxiously waiting by our mailbox’s for the September fall fashion issues, others have been waiting longer ever since they first saw the fall fashions hit the runways in February. And with pre-season in full swing one can get even more excited to test out our new fall looks with our memorabilia from our favorite football teams. Here are four stylish looks that will keep you looking great while showing your team’s colors.

Redskins Fan

photo courtesy of

Rep’ your team’s color’s in style this season with the always stylish, and comfortable, shawl. A simple pair of ankle booties with a chunky heel are sure to keep you comfortable and looking great in those cold stands. 

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August’s Best in Beauty

Posted by Editorial / Monday, August 18th, 2014

Get your glow this month with these five red-hot skin products—Angela Bobo

  • Kiehl’s Microblur Skin Perfector This blurring cream is designed to fill in pores for a smoother complexion. Think of it as a real life Instagram filter. It can be worn alone on makeup-free days, but works best under makeup to create a more even, breathable base than many other primers on the market. / $35; Photo courtesy of

  • Perricone Md Pore Blush Blush The self-adjusting liquid blush delivers a subtle, rosy glow to the apples of the cheeks creating a flushed look. Very rarely does a shade truly work with every skin tone, but this one has passed the test with flying colors. / $35; Photo courtesy of

  • Philosophy Summer Grace Whipped Body Cream This whipped cream absorbs quickly into the skin for maximum hydration without the greasy residue. The fragrance mixes notes of passion flower, coconut musk and citrus for a summery scent that is airy and light like a beach breeze. / $32; Photo courtesy of

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade This unique solid formula starts off as a wax—which makes it easy to paint on—and dries with a powdery, yet waterproof, finish. Use the wand end of the double-sided brush to disperse the formula for a more natural look. / $18; Photo courtesy of

  • Eve Lom Cleanser Twenty-five years later this cleansing balm, with a special mix of aromatic oils and cocoa butter, still tops the must-have lists for beauty experts. The specific seven-step process uses a muslin cloth to reveal soft skin and refined pores. / $80/3.4oz Photo courtesy of



(August 2014)

This is How You Make it Into Beyoncé’s Closet

Posted by Editorial / Friday, August 15th, 2014

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By Christina Marino

We had the opportunity to sit down with Reuben Reuel an up-and-coming designer and native of Virginia Beach about how he got onto Beyoncé’s radar and what he sees for the future of his brand Demestisks New York.

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NoVA Street Style

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The street is where runway trends meet daily chic, showcasing the effortless and unique style of everyday people. It is fashion in its purest form and our go-to place to find the biggest trends of the summer.

Printed harem pants, full skirts and rompers are a few of the styles that NoVA’s trendsetters are infatuated with, generating a crossover look where comfortable-classic meets eye-catching-eclectic for style that is anything but suburban.  –Helen Ray


  • Christina Shin, 24. Photo by Helen Ray.

  • Sunny Shin, 29. Photo by Helen Ray.

  • Hamaira Gardizi, 28. Photo by Helen Ray.

  • Emily Roberts, 24. Photo by Helen Ray.

  • Diandra Linder, 25. Photo by Helen Ray.

  • Deidra Smith, 33. Photo by Helen Ray.

  • Victoria Chang, 23. Photo by Helen Ray.

  • Marissa Bartus-Dobson, 24. Photo by Helen Ray.

  • Taylor Coffey, 31. Photo by Helen Ray.

  • Graziele Cerro, 28. Photo by Helen Ray.

  • Candice Scarborough, 22. Photo by Helen Ray.

  • Amera Ellmore, 24. Photo by Helen Ray.

  • Carla Llano, 22. Photo by Helen Ray.

  • Maurice Forbes, 24. Photo by Helen Ray.

  • Richie Biluan, 29. Photo by Helen Ray.

  • Clara Kim, 23. Photo by Helen Ray.

  • Bryn Austin, 18. Photo by Helen Ray.

  • Christina Waller, 38. Photo by Helen Ray.

  • Maddie Hedberg, 17. Photo by Helen Ray.

  • Norah Nabil, 23. Photo by Helen Ray.



(August 2014)

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