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Sales and News: All things fashion

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015


Photo Sam Aronov/

Photo courtesy of Sam Aronov/

 By Claudina Hannon

Potomac Mills Sales

Visit Potomac Mills on Sept. 4 – 7 to shop the Labor Day sales taking place throughout the mall this weekend. Customers can expect to find significant savings in stores like Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nike Factory store, Banana Republic and Cole Haan among others. This sale will be the perfect chance to get all those  fall fashion and accessory essentials.

The Fashion Source Launch and Party

On Sept. 9 SVELTE, LLC and All Things Fashion DC will launch “The Fashion Source,” a print book and online database that will include 1,000-plus fashion businesses, brands and profiles of businesses and fashion professionals in the D.C., Virginia and Maryland areas. There will be a launch party on Sept. 9 at the Renaissance Dupont Circle from 6-9 p.m. You can preorder the book and RSVP to the event here.

Museum Fall Estate Sale

Visit the Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean on Sept. 12 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. to shop the fall estate sale. Shoppers can expect to find furniture, vintage clothing and accessories, an array of housewares, toys and even wall art. The proceeds from the sale will benefit the Claude Moore Colonial Farm’s programs and services. For more information, click here.

Soft Surroundings Grand Opening

On Sept. 18, Soft Surroundings will open in Fairfax Corner. The store will be opening its second Virginia location; the first is in Upperville. As Senior Vice President of Retail Danny Boddy explains, shoppers can expect to find overall sophistication through apparel and home items. “We offer beautiful apparel, luxurious bedding, French-inspired furniture and beauty solutions, all hand-chosen for today’s busy woman,” he says.

Outlander Style

As part of Scottish Heritage Weekend in Old Town Alexandria, there will be an 18th-century Scottish fashion show on Sept. 19 at 10 a.m., which will take place at the Carlyle House Historic Park. There will be refreshments provided during the event, which will be followed by a highland dance and Scottish Celtic concert. For more information about the event, please visit the website.

New and indie finds at Mosaic District

Posted by Angela Bobo / Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Clothing, accessories and home products found at bevello. Photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Clothing, accessories and home products found at bevello. Photo courtesy of Angela Bobo


Fans of South Moon Under will enjoy Mosaic’s newest addition, bevello. The latest location from the North Carolina-based chain offers contemporary brands such as French Connection, Sanctuary and BB Dakota. In addition, customers can snag bling from Loren Hope and Kendra Scott, as well as scented products from Royal Apothic and Illume.

Travel inspired roll-on oils and eau de parfums from Nomaterra. Photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Travel inspired roll-on oils and eau de parfums from Nomaterra. Photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Nomaterra Fragrances

Women who enjoy finding little-known brands and designers can get their fashion and beauty fill at the Sophie Blake and Erika Schrieber Pop-Up Shop. Outside of the clothes and jewelry we have come to love, the store also offers small-batch fragrances from indie brand Nomaterra. The Brooklyn-based company offers nine travel-inspired fragrances from different places, including D.C. The blend of musk, bay leaf, citrus and cherry blossom is sure to impress.


Custom lip palette and tubes from Finding Ferdinand. Photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Custom lip palette and tubes from Finding Ferdinand. Photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Finding Ferdinand

Finding Ferdinand is another fab beauty find at Sophie Blake and Erika Schrieber for those who are environmentally conscious and love beauty. This beeswax-based lip color brand allows users to create a custom shade by blending different pigments together from a starter kit. The color can then be submitted online to have a custom tube made. If you want to skip the hassle, customers can also choose from four premade lipsticks and glosses.

Accessory Advisory: Polished Python

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Python is a great alternative to leather. This nontraditional material adds an edge to your look with eye-catching results. And it’s more wearable now with designers introducing it through structured, elegant designs for accessories; it can be found on a wide variety of goods from tennis shoes and phone cases to baseball caps and cuff bracelets. This season, try python accessories in bright shades and classic black-and-white patterns, as these will serve as modern yet very wearable accents.


photo courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

photo courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

If you are looking for a statement accessory, the Michael Kors handbag will give your outfit added flair. The handbag’s fuchsia shade can complement your wardrobe’s neutral and cooler tones, such as blue or green. Its structured shape and gold details make this an elegant wear-anywhere handbag.


ONLINE-shoeMadewell’s python flats are casual simplicity at its best. The subtle black-and-white print is easy to combine in an outfit, and it also serves as the perfect transitional shoe from summer into fall. These flats can be easily paired with jeans, a casual dress or business casual office attire. – Claudina Hannon

(August 2015)

In case you missed it: Anthom closes Mosaic District doors

Posted by Angela Bobo / Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Those of you who have headed to the Mosaic District in the last couple of weeks to stock up on sophisticated separates for fall might have noticed that Anthom has shuttered its Fairfax location. Last month the brand decided to move the store to NYC and open a second location in the Lower East Side (in addition to an existing one in Chelsea). Last year the owners opened their debut brick-and-mortar store in the popular Mosaic District to much excitement and fanfare from local fashionistas and even won Best New Boutique from our staff in this year’s Best of NoVA poll. The store specialized in carrying little-known brands that focused on quality and unique cuts such as Miista, Achro and Cameo. Those who are up for a day trip can shop the new location in NYC this fall. 

Angela’s Fashion Picks for August

Posted by Eunice / Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Our fashion and beauty writer shares her monthly wishlist.

By Angela Bobo


Courtesy of Need Supply (sandals); Courtesy of Jcrew (top, shorts); Courtesy of Matches Fashion (bag); Courtesy of Bloomingdale's (sunglasses)

Courtesy of Need Supply (sandals); Courtesy of Jcrew (top, shorts); Courtesy of Matches Fashion (bag); Courtesy of Bloomingdale’s (sunglasses)

1. When it comes to sunglasses, sometimes it’s best to stick to the classic shapes. These oversized frames are flattering for most face shapes and feature a fun color-blocked detail in a neutral palette. They manage to be distinctive without overpowering your look. Tory Burch Panama Rounded Sunglasses, $195;

2. Matching sets are always a win because one set has the potential to yield three different outfits. Together they form a vibrant coordinated ensemble, but you can also wear the top separately with a sleek pencil skirt or the shorts with a drapey tank top. Cropped Top in Geo Brushstroke, $118, and Geo Brushstroke Shorts, $75;

3. The last days of summer are meant to be carefree, which means the last thing that we want to worry about is lugging around a heavy purse during weekend activities. A tiny bag also helps to cut down on clutter by bringing along the bare essentials while going hands free. Sophie Hulme Nano Milner Envelope Crossbody Bag, $325;

4. Brown and tan leather sandals are a must-have because they complement a variety of summer shades from orange to pastel blue. These are a worthy pair to help you transition into a cooler climate as they offer more coverage than most sandals and have an on-trend lace-up detail. Maude Flats, $68;


(August 2015)



Sales and News: Collection launches and beauty DIYs

Posted by Editorial / Friday, August 21st, 2015

By Claudina Hannon



Photo courtesy of

Photo courtesy of

GapKids Collaboration with Ellen DeGeneres

Gapkids and ED, Ellen Degeneres’ new lifestyle brand have collaborated on a limited edition collection now available at Gap stores and at online. The collection designs focus on encouraging individuality and authenticity, especially through the girls apparel, which features six young girls who excelled in fields such as robotics, drumming and skateboarding among others. There are items for boys and women from the same collection as well.

Cole Haan Pinch Campus

Cole Haan launches a new collection of their classic Pinch Campus loafer for men and women this week. The collection is now available in-stores and online.

Madewell Grand Opening

The grand opening for Madewell at Mosaic is finally upon us. On Aug. 25 the store will have a grand opening event from 6-8 p.m. There will be complimentary perks for all shoppers during the event and a gift card giveaway to the first 25 people who stop by when the store opens at 10 a.m.

Make a Clay Facial Mask

Visit Ladyburg in Old Town Alexandria on Aug. 27 from 7-8 p.m. for a chance to learn how to make your own facial mask with a variety of clays, fruit powders and natural acids, among others. Tickets are $20 per person and $25 at the door. Reserve your tickets here.

Shopping Simplified: Shopfeed

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Courtesy of Shopfeed

Courtesy of Shopfeed

Shopfeed makes on-the-go shopping even more convenient. This free app allows you to scroll through an ever-changing feed from magazines and blogs. What makes it cool is that you can actually shop for the items on the feed from the online publications and blogs you scroll through. Shopping is available by publisher or hashtag, and Shopfeed will immediately generate results while making it easier for you to buy what you see with just a few taps. Your feed will change according to your own likes within the app; other features include the ability to create a wishlist, share posts and tag your friends in any post or product. The display comes with two color themes: black and white or hot pink. When you are not on your phone, you can access Shopfeed’s full version on a desktop. Claudina Hannon

(August 2015)

3 Pre-Fall prints to transition into fall

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, August 20th, 2015

By Claudina Hannon


The pre-fall season gives us an opportunity to prepare for textures and thicker fabrics fit for colder temperatures. During those transitional weeks we can still get away with wearing short dresses with peep-toe shoes and short sleeve shirts, and what it really comes down to is layering those pieces accordingly if need be. In preparation for building up your autumnal wardrobe we have selected three prints that you can shop now and wear now into the next season.  We’ve selected various pieces within each print along with shoe pairing ideas for each category.


Simple Plaid

This type of print can be classic and minimal, since it doesn’t overwhelm with the color combinations and can be easily worn any time of the day.

Photo courtesy of

Photo courtesy of

Clockwise: Charlotte Olympia Shoes, Myne Shirt, Saint Laurent Handbag, DKNY scarf, Thakoon Mini Skirt, Tory Burch Coat, Alice + Olivia Dress.

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Q&A: Caroline Issa talks about her new fall collection with Nordstrom

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, August 18th, 2015


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Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa fall/winter 2015 collection. Photo courtesy of

By Claudina Hannon

Caroline Issa is a style celebrity in her own right. You may recognize her from street style photographs or her popular Instagram following, but Issa is also a successful businesswoman and designer. She is currently the chief executive and fashion director for Tank magazine and the editor of the London online magazine Because. Needless to say, Issa has impeccable style—her perfectly tailored, trendsetting outfits embrace a woman’s femininity while intermixing classic fashion sense in a contemporary setting.

And if you ever secretly wished you could shop straight from Caroline’s closet, in a way, now you can. In her recent design collaboration with Nordstrom, Issa unveiled a fall/winter 2015 collection consisting of 29 pieces to take you through the entire season in major style. The pieces speak for themselves; they bring out a sharp balance of feminine/masculine silhouettes mingled with memorable prints and rich, moody shades. The collection, which just launched this week, is now available online and at the Tysons Corner, Pentagon City and Westfield Montgomery Nordstrom locations. We recently spoke with Issa as she was traveling through London to get her insight on the vision behind this new collection.

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Summer Suede

Posted by Angela Bobo / Friday, August 14th, 2015

We cannot continually speak about the popularity of ’70s-inspired fashion this season without mentioning the decade’s fabric of choice—suede. No longer just for your winter boots, the supple leather is reinventing some of your favorite warm-weather staples, making them the perfect transitional pieces to carry you from the last days of summer into the early days of fall.

By Angela Bobo


Soft Separates


1. Suede Cutwork Shorts, $129;
2. Suede Jacket, $348;
3. Alice+Olivia Tru Suede Cropped Top, $495;


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