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April’s Best in Beauty

Posted by Angela Bobo / Friday, April 17th, 2015

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

Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel

Photo by Mike Ramm.

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Shop Talk: LATHER

Posted by Angela Bobo / Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Lather at Mosaic District

Photo of Mollie Tobias.

Destination: Found in the Mosaic District, this bath and body boutique is the perfect addition to the up-and-coming shopping and dining destination.

LATHER at Mosaic District

Photo by Mollie Tobias.

Atmosphere: “The layout of the store is thoughtful to how shoppers will navigate through the environment,” explains Emilie Davidson Hoyt, the brand’s founder. The store is organized by product category and highlights the various natural ingredients used to create them. The wonderful scent you smell wafting throughout the store can be attributed the handcrafted olive oil-based soaps available in over 15 varieties.

Bread and Butter: LATHER’s products are made without artificial fragrances and colors with an emphasis on naturally sourced ingredients. The Bamboo Lemongrass line is especially popular; it even received the stamp of approval from Oprah Winfrey by making it onto the December 2014 list of Oprah’s Favorite Things in O, The Oprah Magazine.

Sweet Surprises:  Customers can create their own products at the custom blending bar using essential oils priced by the drop while simultaneously receiving an education on the aromatherapy benefits of each oil. Every special blend is kept on file for returning customers.

Fiercest Fan: “Shoppers who enjoy finding new, off-the-beaten path brands and who are conscientious about their purchases will love LATHER,” says Hoyt. “People who care about what they put in their bodies also tend to care about what they put on their bodies.”

Blows to Budget: There’s something for every budget. Olive oil soaps are available for $8, and face and body products range from $14-$32; advanced treatment products can run upwards of $50. –Angela Bobo

Destination: 2910 District Ave., #155, Fairfax, VA 22031;

(April 2015)

Style the bump: A Pea in the Pod’s Olivia Capone Myers on maternity style

Posted by Angela Bobo / Thursday, April 16th, 2015

This Saturday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., A Pea in the Pod at Tysons Galleria will showcase their newly renovated storefront. To celebrate, the brand’s style director Olivia Capone Myers will be giving one-one-one complimentary style sessions for expectant mothers. In preparation for the event, we chatted with Myers about the brand’s new collection, tips for dressing a changing body and the top five items every expectant mother should own. 

Olivia Capone Myers, photo courtesy of TAA PR

Olivia Capone Myers, photo courtesy of TAA PR

Q: What are some things expectant mothers can do to stay on-trend/fashionable despite a growing baby bump?

 Remaining true to your own style during pregnancy is paramount. Maternity clothing today means [finding] styles and trends that you love [and having them] fit your expecting figure. A Pea in the Pod interprets the season’s current trends specifically for moms-to-be. For instance, if you’re all about white jeans, you can find a pair that features our patented Secret Fit Belly, a seamless panel designed specifically to grow with you and tailored to fit both before and after baby. We also carry many pre-pregnancy designer favorites like AG Jeans, DL1961, Genetic Denim, Paige and J Brand, so you can still wear the brands you know and love.


Q: What are the go-to spring/summer pieces in your collection?

 There are three key trends for spring and summer that I love and work particularly well for maternity: the dress, peasant top and wide-leg pant. Versatile and comfortable, dresses continue to be a bump-flattering staple for moms-to-be with new dramatic hemlines and bold patterns. I especially love the printed caftan and sleeveless maxi dresses from the new and exclusive Rachel Zoe Collection for A Pea in the Pod. The peasant top or tunic is a maternity must-have that should be in every expecting woman’s closet this summer. From solids and stripes to pretty prints and cozy lightweight knits, these tops pair perfectly with your maternity leggings, jeans or shorts. Add a blazer for instant polish or a jean jacket for those summer nights. Pulling inspiration from the ’70s, the wide-leg jean is quickly becoming the must-have summer style. 


Q: If you can’t afford to buy a ton of maternity clothes, what are some key pieces an expectant mother should invest in? What are some items in her closet already that she can make work?

 Investing in some essential maternity pieces will not only keep you comfortable and take you through your whole pregnancy but beyond as well.  I think many women may not realize they will need pieces for right after their baby is born and maybe for some time after.


There are five maternity staples all expecting mothers should have to carry her through pregnancy:


1.     A great pair of maternity jeans you can practically live in and that work for almost any and every occasion.


2.     A transitional top for layering.


3.     A basic form-fitting tank, which can be worn throughout the entire pregnancy, even into the fourth trimester.


4.      A go-to little black dress to pair with your favorite statement jewelry.


5.     Ultimate must have: maternity bras. Most women wear bras that don’t fit properly.  We encourage expecting mothers to visit A Pea in the Pod to have a free bra fitting with our sales associates.

These pieces can be mixed and matched to create many looks. A cardigan or a leather jacket you have already and your favorite accessories will put your own spin on these versatile and comfortable looks.


Q: What celebrity’s maternity style inspires you?

 It has been so wonderful to see so many famous moms-to-be show off their maternity style recently.  A Pea in the Pod has dressed many celebrity moms, and one of my favorites to watch recently has been Tiffani Thiessen. Expecting a little boy later this year, Tiffani has been spotted in chic and effortless dresses in prints and beautiful hues. I love how she shows off and celebrates her bump.


*To rsvp for the complimentary style session, email 

Perfect Your Profile Picture

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Online dating, although once taboo, has increasingly become the preferred method of meeting a mate. With a new site or app popping up every day, it can be hard to decide what profile picture best suits the intended goal of the site you have just joined. While we wish we could tell you that one pic suits all, that simply isn’t the case. Whether you are looking for Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now, we have just the outfit to help score you a first date. –Angela Bobo


(April 2015)

The best place to score a $1 facial in NoVA

Posted by Angela Bobo / Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Dermal Collagen Essence Sheet Masks, photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Dermal Collagen Essence Sheet Masks, photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Many, many odes have been written about the benefits of the Korean skincare routine.  These 10- to 12-step daily routines deliver glowing, healthy skin that is majorly enviable. Despite the benefits of the products ranging from essences to bb drinks, it can be hard to get your hands on some of them in the States—but not for the residents of NoVA. Sheet masks, one of the most-praised essential components of the regimen, can be found at Cinderella in the Lotte Market for a mere buck. These are not your standard fruity sheet masks, though those are available as well; options range from snail essence (for clearing acne) and charcoal (for oily skin) to royal jelly (for dry skin) and Q10 (anti-aging).  Sheet masks are great option for delivering nutrients directly to the skin without having to rinse them off, and at $1 apiece, they are easy to try risk-free.

photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

New online find: Lime & Vine

Posted by Angela Bobo / Monday, April 13th, 2015


photo courtesy of Mannfolk PR

Lime & Vine spring 2015; photo courtesy of Mannfolk PR

The philosophy behind Lime & Vine is simple: Comfortable clothing is not just for the weekends. With the shuttering of Kate Spade Saturday, some of us are looking for an alternative to the usual casual fashion standbys that everyone seems to gravitate toward. The online brand prides itself on creating loungewear that can be worn everywhere from work to running errands. Each piece has the signature Lime & Vine details of symmetrical cuts, rose gold zippers or mesh cutouts. The spring/summer collections boast breezy, athletic-inspired separates in crisp shades of black and white.  Check out some key pieces below and discover more Lime & Vine here.

Lime and Vine Summer 2015; photo courtesy of Mannfolk PR

Lime & Vine summer 2015; photo courtesy of Mannfolk PR

Lime & Vine Spring 2015; photo courtesy of Mannfolk PR

Lime & Vine spring 2015; photo courtesy of Mannfolk PR

Lime & Vine Summer 2015; photo courtesy of Mannfolk PR

Lime & Vine summer 2015; photo courtesy of Mannfolk PR

Studio style: 4 Zengo Cycle instructors share their sweat and style secrets

Posted by Angela Bobo / Friday, April 10th, 2015

April 16 marks the grand opening of Zengo Cycle’s newest location in the Mosaic District. If you are a cycling newbie or are looking for a kick in the pants to hop back on the bike, Zengo’s instructors have just the tips you need to score stylish workout gear in the area, maintain a healthy lifestyle and get the most out of your first cycling class.

photo courtesy of Whitney Stringer PR

photo courtesy of Zengo Cycle

Name: Kelsey Harris      

Q: Why do you love cycling?

I grew up dancing and performing, and as I got older, I really struggled finding a place to stay fit while having fun like I did in dance classes. When I found Zengo, my life was changed forever! It challenged me, allowed me to set the pace and gave me that dance party I needed. It truly is therapy on a bike. When I completely surrender to the music and the resistance, I’m transformed—it’s a euphoria that stays with me the rest of the week. As a former dancer and runner, the low- impact, high-intensity cardio has done wonders for my physical fitness with no injuries. There’s nowhere else I could walk out dripping in sweat with a huge smile on my face. 

Q: Favorite activewear store in Northern Virginia and why?

I love the active pieces from South Moon Under; they have fun and funky patterns. They are constantly coming out with new styles and pieces, and they are so 

Q: What should readers wear to their first Zengo class?

A headband for those whispies, spandex pants and a tank top that keeps you cool as you sweat and allows you to dance. 

Q: Best tip to stay healthy and motivated?

Plan! Plan! Plan! With Zengo, the sign-up window opens for the next week Monday at 1 p.m. I make sure to schedule my workouts then, and it helps me stay committed the rest of the week. This also helps me plan meals and drinks. For example, if I sign up for a Friday 7:30 a.m. class with my favorite instructor, I’m going to make healthier choices the night before so I can enjoy the workout Friday morning. 

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4 Fashion Sales & News for Northern Virginia in April

Posted by Angela Bobo / Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Cherry Blossom Festival

Spring Cherry Blossoms/Photo courtesy of the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Fashion Show
Celebrate the annual Cherry Blossom Festival with a stylish, floral-inspired fashion show hosted by Lord & Taylor at Tysons Corner Center on April 11. Guests can also enjoy makeovers from Shiseido, seasonal fare and more from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit the event page.

Shop for a Cause with Spring2Action
Shop for a cause on April 22 in the Old Town Alexandria Boutique District to benefit ACT for Alexandria’s 5th annual Spring2Action event. Local businesses will donate a percentage of sales that day to the 24-hour online giving competition to help reach the goal of $1 million raised for over 120 participating nonprofits. The minimum donation is $10.

Spring Fling Party
Head to Undeniable Boutique on April 23 for a special Spring Fling party. From 6-9 p.m, guests can expect discounted shopping and can participate in a crazy spring hat contest. For more details, visit the website.

NoVA’s First Membership Salon
Karma Salon in Ashburn will offer customers unlimited access to services for a monthly membership fee. The three packages, ranging in cost from $80-$120 a month, will offer a more affordable way to maintain cut, color, blowouts and highlights. –Angela Bobo

(April 2015)

Our top 4 red lip colors

Posted by Angela Bobo / Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

The fashion and beauty team tests tons of lip colors each month to bring the best of the rest in our monthly Best in Beauty column. Every season our favorite brands release a new red lipstick, which makes it easy to fall into a red-lip fatigue. One is enough, right? In reality, although red lipsticks may look similar in the tube, they can vary depending on skin tone, the shade’s undertone and the season. Summer reds tend to have a pink/orange undertone, while winter reds veer towards brown-red mixtures like wine. No matter what shade you are searching for, one of the four below is a good place to start.

photo courtesy of  Angela Bobo

photo courtesy of Angela Bobo


1) Coral lipsticks are pretty flattering on most complexions. This pink-red option from Topshop delivers subtle, buildable color and a hint of shine.

2) This limited-edition release from Sephora x Craig and Karl (West End Swirl) actually reads more like a burnt orange when worn. The super matte finish is sophisticated and the perfect middle ground between true reds and bright coral options.

3) No conversation on red lipstick would be complete without the highest-selling lipstick in 2014. MAC’s Ruby Woo is the Goldilocks of lipsticks; neither too warm nor too cool, it flatters almost every complexion.

4) If you are reaching for red lipstick to make teeth appear whiter and brighter, a shade with more of a blue undertone is your best bet.  The formula of Gerard Cosmetic’s Fire Engine is similar to Ruby Woo but with a slightly cooler undertone.

Accessory Advisory: The Reign of Rain Boots

Posted by Angela Bobo / Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Loeffler Randall Fenton Rain Booties, $195;; SIXTYSEVEN Billie Boot, $59.95;

Photos courtesy of (Billie Boot); Courtesy of (Rain Boot).

You know what they say about April showers: They’re a necessary evil to endure for the sake of healthy foliage and flowers. Just because we are forced to bow to Mother Nature’s rainy demands doesn’t mean that we must do it in uninspired footwear. Gone are the days of the standard clunky, knee-high rubber boots as the new season ushers in a variety of weatherproof options in modern shapes.

Those addicted to their black leather ankle boots can continue to enjoy the versatility they provide with a similar rubber pair from Loeffler Randall. With gold buckled hardware and a sleek style, The Fenton Rain Bootie lends an edge to standard staples. Most importantly, black rain boots are the easiest to style and can be utilized in a variety of outfits.

Classic colorful rain boots are updated in a midcalf height and moto details with SIXTYSEVEN’s Billie Rain Boots. Just in time for spring, these boots boast a translucent plastic detail similar to the popular jelly sandals that saw a resurgence within the past year. The royal blue color adds a slight opacity that elevates this boot from the summer sandal and makes it a sophisticated yet whimsical option. –Angela Bobo

More Info: Loeffler Randall Fenton Rain Booties, $195;; SIXTYSEVEN Billie Boot, $59.95;

(April 2015)

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