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February’s Best in Beauty

Posted by Angela Bobo / Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Brighten your look with these five beauty selections.Angela Bobo

February's Best in Beauty.

Photo by Mike Ramm.

1. Sephora and Pantone Universe Pure Marsala Matte Lip Creme & Cheek Trio
Less of a wine red and more of a subtle burnt rose shade, the lip cream glides on for a natural, velvety fi nish. The cheek trio contains a matte marsala blush that delivers a warm, earthy glow. Pair with the champagne highlighter and lighter coral pink blush for an all-in-one contour and highlight kit. / lip creme,$18; cheek trio, $28

2. Pixi Glow Mist
The creator of the must-have glow tonic has upped the ante with a newly released mist. Made with 13 natural oils, it can be used any time to refresh dry skin or add a dewy finish to makeup without shine. / $15

3. Sweet Honey & Apricot Soap
Beyond the beautiful packaging, this shea butter soap bar delivers serious hydration with a lingering delicate scent. At under $5, it is definitely worth stocking up on this body cleanser year-round. / $4.99

4. Kora Organics Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil
While this oil is made of organic rosehip, it has more of a fresh green scent than the typical roseinfused products. Layer on right after a bath or shower to seal in moisture and follow with your favorite body cream. / $64

4 Spring Styles to Try Now

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

By Angela Bobo

If Sunday’s glorious weather was any indication, spring is definitely on the horizon. While it’s not quite time to stow away your winter coat, true fashion lovers know that it never hurts to plan ahead and stock up on some of your favorite spring styles before the warm weather is here to stay. Below, find our top four spring 2015 trends to buy and wear now:


Collection Chiffon Fringe Sweater, $228; photo courtesy of

Collection Chiffon Fringe Sweater, $228; photo courtesy of

Wear now over a white button down and slim-cut wool trousers. Later, pair with a cream pencil skirt.


Gingham Box Pleat Mini Skirt, $70;  photo courtesy of

Gingham Box Pleat Mini Skirt, $70; photo courtesy of

Wear now with a cropped sweater and black tights. Later, pair with an airy chiffon tank top.

Bell Bottoms

Madewell Flea Market Flares, $135; photo courtesy of

Madewell Flea Market Flares, $135; photo courtesy of

Wear now with a light-wash denim chambray and wool blazer. Later, wear with a boxy cropped top and stacked-heel sandals.


Long Colored Jumpsuit, $99.90;  photo courtesy of

Long Colored Jumpsuit, $99.90; photo courtesy of

Wear now over a sleek black turtleneck. Later, pair with a sharp fedora and sky-high heels.

Accessory Advisory: All the Right Fluff

Posted by Editorial / Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Accessory Advisory

Photos courtesy of Free People (Boot); courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg (Bag).

Shearling has made a major comeback this year. While many would associate it with coats, jackets, or vests, the fluffy fabric can easily transition to accessories for extra warmth in this cold weather.

For handbag lovers look no further than Diane von Furstenberg’s 440 Shearling Mini Bag. With the combination of mahogany leather and natural shearling detailing this crossbody could be your “it” bag for the winter. While nontraditional, its execution is flawless – one mini bag with a lot of punch.

Free People as a brand is known for having a rather eclectic, but stylish, collection of clothing. The Jax Shearling Boot is no exception. With a colorblocked combo of bone white, navy, and of course –shearling–these boots are sure to stand out. Cate Jensen

(February 2015)

Trend Report: Layer Your Office Look

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, February 19th, 2015

At this point the temperatures have driven us to wrap up in our warmest coats and scarves, which may provide comfort outdoors but are not appropriate in the workplace. Stay professional in your chilly office with layered ensembles that mix textures and prints for a look that is cozy and fit for any dress code.–Angela Bobo

  • Creative
    Balance a colorful chunky sweater with streamlined pieces in black and white. Stick to the color palette while experimenting with different patterns throughout the layered pieces.

    Sweater Knit Sweater in Cobalt, $140, Anthom;
    Shirt Black Blouse, $55, Anthom;
    Skirt Small Diamond Skirt in Ivory by Keepsake, $150, Anthom;
    Shoes Army Navy Menswear Shoes, $225, Anthom;
    Bag Erica Tote by Tory Burch in Black and White, $550, The Shoe Hive;
    Bracelet Lavinya Cuff, $250, Sophie Blake;
    Necklace Cassini Hinge Necklace, $395, Sophie Blake;
    Scarf Jeyla Navy Scarf, $343, Take 5 Boutique; / Photo by Erick Gibson.

  • Non-profit
    Play with proportions by layering a heavy knit crop top over a thinner silk shirt. Add interest with an asymmetrical pencil skirt in a fun yet neutral color palette.

    Shirts Haute Hippie Blouse, $285, Roman Quilted Red Top, $114, Take 5 Boutique;
    Skirt Green Zipper Skirt, $178, Erika Schrieber;
    Shoes Sertac Delibas Brown Pump, $149, Take 5 Boutique;
    Necklace Lisa Pendant in Gold, $120, Erika Schrieber;
    Clutch 1 Oversized Clutch in Merlot, $75, Erika Schrieber;
    Clutch 2Mini Red Striped Clutch, $30, Erika Schrieber; / Photo by Erick Gibson.

  • Business Casual
    Choose traditional silhouettes in classic patterns, making one the focal point. If your office is a tad more conservative, skip the prints but don’t be afraid of combining neutrals like black and navy for a fresh look.

    Shirt Floral Blouse, $160, Erika Schrieber;
    Blazer Single Pocket Blazer in Navy, $425, Anthom;
    PantsHaute Hippie Trousers in Black and Buff, $395, Take 5 Boutique;
    Shoes Esme by Aerin Lauder in Black, $278, The Shoe Hive;
    Earrings Ophelia Earring White Hand-Carved Stone, $265, Sophie Blake;
    Bag Thea Triple-Zip Compartment Satchel in Jasper by Tory Burch, $495; The Shoe Hive.
    / Photo by Erick Gibson.


(February 2015)

3 Post-Snow Day Shopping Events

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

By Angela Bobo

Snow days are fun at first—Netflix binges, online shopping and endless consumption of pizza and junk food—but eventually we all will tire of being cooped up in the house and crave some much-needed time out and about at the latest NoVA events. Check out the three top shopping events beginning this weekend to satisfy your stylish needs after a snow-filled week:

photo courtesy of Spotted MP

photo courtesy of Spotted MP

Head to Elie Tahari at Tysons Galleria this Saturday, Feb. 21, from 5-8 p.m to support the Chris4Life Colon Cancer foundation at a special one night only shopping event. Colon cancer survivors will model the brand’s spring collection, which features various shades of blue, the official color of colon cancer awareness. Customers will receive 20 percent off of new arrivals and 10 percent of the proceeds will go towards Chris4Life. Champagne and light bites will be served. Visit the website for more information. Update: event rescheduled for March 7 due to inclement weather. 

For those who plan to stay in, be the first to shop the new Madewell collection at Nordstrom. The retail giant has teamed up with the cool-girl brand as part of an ongoing partnership. Customers can begin shopping the collection online on Feb. 24 and in select stores beginning in March (Montgomery Mall location).

If you were one of the lucky ladies who received a romantic Valentine’s Day proposal, get a head start on finding the perfect dress at the Nurit Hen Trunk Show at Blush Bridal Boutique in Haymarket. From Feb. 26 to March 1, customers can shop the latest from the Israeli designer with the help of the boutique’s style consultants. To reserve a place at the trunk show, call 703-753-8303.

Mastering The Art of Office Dressing

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

For designer and artist Anchyi Wei being fearless and fashionable is the only option in the workplace.


Photo by Erick Gibson

Fashion lovers in the area have been turning to Anchyi Wei for office outfit inspiration since her co-workers began chronicling her daily looks for the fashion blog Anchyi @ Work. What was originally created as a diary of Wei’s fabulous ‘work to event’ outfits, shifted to focus on maternity style once she announced her pregnancy. Now, she has found a balance between her former sartorial choices and those as a mother to son Aison.

“Comfort is definitely more important to me than it ever was. There are many fashionable options that are also comfortable,” she says.

Wei stresses the importance of fearlessness when it comes to style, even in the workplace.

“I think the craziest thing that I have worn to work is this vintage 1950s swing dress. It had a full circle skirt and I put on a crinoline (skirt) underneath it so that it was even more poofy; trying to sit down on my desk chair with that thing was a lot of fun,” she says.

While Wei enjoys a good fashion moment in the office, she does emphasize the need to stay respectful—keep the skin showing to a minimum and no ripped jeans.

In addition to her work as a designer, Wei also serves as creative director for the open art studio and lounge Art Jamz (created by husband Michael Clements), works as a photographer and creates one-of-a-kind pieces for her eponymous jewelry line. Although she has slowed down production a bit since the birth of her son, her ultimate goal is to work with a manufacturer to create a larger line in the future. Until then, clients can purchase pieces by appointment and visit her blog daily for a healthy dose of outfit envy.—Angela Bobo


Photo by Erick Gibson.

1 “This is from Pretty People Vintage [now closed] and I think it is from the very first blog post I ever did. I love mixing vintage with a little bit of modern.”

2 “A black blazer (H&M) is just something good to keep in the office in case I ever have a meeting I can just throw it on if I need to be a little bit more conservative.”

3 “The dress (Ostwald Helgason) is something fun and makes me feel young, but it’s totally office appropriate if I just pair it with leggings.”

4 “That (Theory dress) is something that you can wear all year long. In the winter I would pair it with a cashmere turtleneck.”

5 “These are bold pieces that can be used to dress up an otherwise conservative outfit. They are from my collection (Anchyi Wei Designs).”

6 “[The Chanel Bag] is something that I can wear to work as well as after work events.”

7 “The [Reiss] hat is great for days when I don’t want to do my hair. My co-workers call me Carmen Sandiego when I wear that.”

8 “A pair of nude heels [Christian Louboutin] just goes with everything. I have a collection of heels just sitting beneath my desk—commute by flats and change into heels at my desk.”

(February 2015)

Sugar Magnolia Boutique

Posted by Editorial / Monday, February 16th, 2015

Sugar Magnolia Boutique

Photo by Erick Gibson.

Destination: Located in the historic downtown area of Leesburg, Sugar Magnolia is sure to help customers achieve the bohemian-chic vibe they want with their clothing and accessories.

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February Scent of the Month: Oribe Cote d’Azur

Posted by Editorial / Friday, February 13th, 2015


photo courtesy of TL Communications

photo courtesy of TL Communications

The thought of a haircare company making perfume may seem a bit odd, but some of our most nostalgic scents can be found in the form of conditioners and hair sprays.

Oribe, widely known for an impressive selection of hair care items, believably transitioned the signature scent of its products into a highly wearable eau de parfum. Cote d’Azur is a light citrus-floral blend, with fruity top notes of lemon, plum and black currant, undercut with deeper notes of sandalwood, vetiver and amber.

Created to be worn on skin and hair, this zesty fragrance, reminiscent of the Mediterranean coast, is the perfect mid-February pick-me-up if you are unable to escape NoVA this season [Oribe Cote d’Azur Eau de Parfum, $85;]. -Angela Bobo

(February 2015)

3 Outfit Ideas for Unconventional Valentine’s Day Plans

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, February 12th, 2015

By Angela Bobo

While many view Valentine’s Day as the most romantic time of the year, not everyone is planning a night filled with prix fixe meals, chocolates and champagne. If you find yourself with rather nontraditional V-day plans, the standard outfit guide might not be suited to your needs. Whether you are haphazardly looking for love at a single’s mixer or shunning the idea altogether for a trip with the girls, we have the best outfits for your wardrobe woes.


Speed Dating

speed dating outfit

photo courtesy of

You may not be expecting to find love at the classic datefest that usually ends in disaster, but you might as well put your best foot forward just in case. An edgy LBD and metallic snakeskin pumps show off your sexier side, while a red coat and flirty clutch show that you have a sense of humor (which you will probably need).

dress, shoes, jacket, clutch


Group Date

photo courtesy of

photo courtesy of

It might seem ridiculous to spend V day with anyone other than your S.O., but when it comes to celebrating love, some say the more the merrier. If you’re hitting the town with other couples, you will want to look fun and comfortable to take on a night of dining, barhopping and fodder for countless inside jokes.

top, pants, jacket, shoes, clutch


Winery with the Girls

photo courtesy of

photo courtesy of

You would rather not spend the night getting hit on by a bunch of single, drunk men at a bar on girls’ night out; instead opt for a classy and relaxing day at the winery with friends. Look cozy in a turtleneck and jeans, but crank up the glam factor in a faux fur coat and rockstar flat boots.

sweater, jeans, bag, boots, faux fur jacket

V-Day Beauty Bets: 6 Must-Haves for Your Date Night

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

By Angela Bobo

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and if you are one of the lucky ones spending it with someone special, we can bet that you probably have a lot of planning left to do. From last-minute dinner reservations to finding the perfect gift, nothing takes the romance out of the heart-filled holiday like stress. While we can’t solve all of your woes, we can help you look and feel your best with our six top beauty picks for a memorable date night.


photo courtesy of Brandlink D.C.

photo courtesy of Brandlink D.C.

Kickstart your V-day beauty routine with a vitamin C facial like Bluemercury’s ReVive + M61 Powerful Brightening Facial for a glow that screams, “I’m so in love” before you even open your present. The 50-minute treatment is designed to reduce dullness and even skin tone for a refreshed look.

Bluemercury Spas ,$95 (offer ends February 28);


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photo courtesy of

Nothing ruins the mood like skin that’s rough to the touch. If you’re short on time, look for a product like Fresh’s Seaberry Exfoliating Soap that scrubs away dead skin cells while you wash for smooth skin in under 5 minutes.

Fresh Seaberry Exfoliating Soap, $16.50;

Lip Stain

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photo courtesy of

For a night out skip the standard red lip for a sultry deep berry color. This cream formula can be applied like a gloss but has the hydration of a crème lip color and the longevity of a stain to last you through dinner and dessert.

Sephora Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color in Mulberry, $16;

Nail Polish

ciate paint pot

photo courtesy of

Valentine’s Day should be fun, so play into the unofficial color scheme of pink and red with this pick, aptly titled Love Letter. The hefty dose of glitter doesn’t hurt either. 

Ciate Love Letter Paint Pot, $15;


photo courtesy of Celine Kaplan PR

photo courtesy of Celine Kaplan PR

Musk is one of the most attractive scents, and when blended with rose, pear and cedar, it becomes simply irresistible in Francis Kurkdjian’s new scent Á La Rose.

Maison Francis Kurkjian Á La Rose, $245;

Activated Mouth Wash

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photo courtesy of

Bad breath can be a dealbreaker. Activated mouth wash uses Smart-Zinc technology to eliminate bad breath for up to 12 hours, which will come in handy after a fragrant meal.

SmartMouth 12-hour Fresh Breath On The Go, $6.79;

Scented Candle

photo courtesy of Brandlink D.C.

photo courtesy of Brandlink D.C.

Keep the good vibes flowing once you return home (or if you stayed in) with a lightly scented candle to transport you to a more romantic place.

Diptyque Rosa Folia Candle, $65;

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