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Cobblestone Runway Presents ‘A Weekend in Old Town’

Posted by Angela Bobo / Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

A Weekend in Old Town Lookbook; photos courtesy of Carlis Sanchez SpicyCandy DC/ SCDC Agency

Old Town Alexandria businesses Zoe Boutique, Bishop Boutique, The Dog Park and Sugar House Day Spa and Salon have combined forces to launch a biannual lookbook series entitled Cobblestone Runway. Each lookbook will feature local bloggers and showcase the beauty of the Old Town neighborhood. The inaugural issue ‘A Weekend in Old Town’ showcases Wendy Santantonio of Old Town Home, Rachel Minarchik of My Fair Vanity, Tammy Preston of A Loyal Love and Bryarly Richards of Everything That Flickers engaging in a fun girl’s getaway enjoying the shops and scenes of the historic location. Check out the fun and fabulous lookbook and then head to Old Town to purchase your favorite pieces and discover the popular destination.

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Viktor & Rolf’s Sweet New Release

Posted by Angela Bobo / Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Viktor & Rolf Bon Bon $115/1.7 oz; photo courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

Fans of the cult-favorite fragrance ‘Flowerbomb’ by Viktor & Rolf can now make room for a new scent this spring.  In an exclusive collaboration with Saks Fifth Avenue, the designers’ latest release Bon Bon is a mandarin and caramel scented confection all wrapped up in a perfect pink bow. Fans of the fragrance can celebrate with sweet treats and body art at the Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Galleria location this Thursday April 17 from 12-5 p.m. Don’t miss this event as we are sure this high-demand fragrance won’t remain on shelves for long!


Scent of the Month: Pinrose

Posted by Editorial / Monday, April 14th, 2014

Pinrose 2014 Collection

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Pinrose is forever changing the way that we will shop for perfume. Instead of sticking to one signature scent, the company uses a scent finder questionnaire to discover which three out of the ten scents currently offered would best suit your personality. To top it off, they will send three samples (known as Pinrose Petals) to test at home for free.

If you would rather not take any chances finding the perfect perfume, try a sample kit of all 10 for just $5. My top three scents are Campfire Rebel (described as ‘“perfect for sipping whiskey in the woods”), Merry Maker (“bring on the bottomless brunch”) and Sugar Bandit (“dish out toothaches and heartaches”). Head to the website today and unearth your perfect scent(s). —Angela Bobo

(April 2014)

Lauren Cecchi Trunk Show at Zoe Boutique

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, April 10th, 2014

By Taylor Ness

Lauren Cecchi Trunk Show

Lauren Cecchi Trunk Show. Photo courtesy of Zoe Boutique.

Now that spring is in full force our need for spring and summer handbags are as well. The perfect fix: Zoe Boutique‘s Trunk Show featuring New York designer, Lauren Cecchi. On Saturday, April 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. you can meet Cecchi and see her latest collection of high-quality leather, born in a tannery in Upstate New York. Dedicated to supporting her local community, Cecchi makes sure that all of her products are manufactured in the heart of the New York City Garment District. Don’t miss this amazing meet and greet opportunity.

Shopping Simplified: Be Mini Couture

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Photo courtesy of Nicole Chan Photography.

The days when we dressed our child in a designer outfit—only to have them rip, stain and ruin it forever—are in the past. Now we have Be Mini Couture, the online store that lets you browse, rent and dress your kid in high-quality, clean clothes.

The e-retailer offers clothes for girls and boys and has sections for wedding attire and accessories. If your child stains or tears an outfit, don’t panic.

Each garment is 100-percent insured because they know, as well as you do, how accident-prone kids can be. Choose from designers like Dior, Chloe and Fendi—all of which are shipped for free and returned in a pre-paid envelope. Clothing can be ordered and delivered within two to four days and returned five days after it is received. —Taylor Ness

(April 2014)

Shop Local at The Shoe Hive’s Style Party

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

By Taylor Ness

The Shoe Hive Style Party

The Shoe Hive Style Party. Photo courtesy of The Shoe Hive.

This Wednesday, April 9, The Shoe Hive is taking shopping and giving local to a whole new level. Enjoy light refreshments while raising money for Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s Giving Day. The 24-hour event serves the local community by encouraging everyone to contribute to Alexandria’s nonprofit organizations. In the spirit of giving, The Shoe Hive will donate 10 percent of your purchase to the YMCA Alexandria or a charity of your choice. The event, taking place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 127 South Fairfax St., will also feature local stylist and personal shopper, Kathryn Martin. Martin will answer your personal style questions and even share her favorite spring shoes available at The Shoe Hive.

Spring Jackets That are Made to Layer

Posted by TaylorN / Monday, April 7th, 2014

By Taylor Ness

Now that the snow is, hopefully, behind us and spring is upon us it’s time to stow away our puffy winter jackets. No longer will we have to layer scarves with turtlenecks, but rather light-weight jackets with your newest springwear. This season, prints, colors and convenience are key when searching for the perfect spring jacket. You want something that can block a chilled breeze, but still show off the trendy clothes you’re sporting. Printed Anoraks are very popular, offering a length that won’t leave your longer tops peaking out behind. Show spring that you’re ready for it with Anthropologie‘s floral printed Sketchbook Anorak, $168. For a colorful twist on a trend older than we are, we’re talking Military Jackets, there’s J. Crew‘s Hooded Fatigue Jacket, $138. But if you’re running out the door and in a lazy-day mood then Helmut Lang‘s Soft Double Zip Sweatshirt, $195, will keep you warm and cozy.

Anthropologie Sketchbook Anorak

Anthropologie Sketchbook Anorak. Photo courtesy of Anthropologie.

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Periwinkle Boutique’s Bounty of Birthday Gifts

Posted by Angela Bobo / Thursday, April 3rd, 2014


Photo courtesy of

Remember the thrill of attending a childhood birthday party and leaving with a goodie bag stuffed with candy and toys? No need to dream of the good old days as Periwinkle Boutique is giving away the ultimate treat in honor of their fourth anniversary at the Shirlington location. This weekend April 4-6, enjoy 10 percent off of all full-price merchandise in-store. With spring picks from Shoshanna, Trina Turk and Yoana Baraschi this is definitely a deal worth taking advantage of during the warm weekend weather. Be sure to check out their spring lookbook for outfit inspiration before you go. 

-Angela Bobo

MAC By Request Brings Back Your Favorite Products

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

By Taylor Ness

MAC Lipstick

MAC Lipstick. Photo courtesy of Nordstrom.

MAC‘s newest line, available for purchase online today might give you déjà vu. That’s because By Request is comprised entirely of your favorite discontinued lipsticks and eyeshadows. Fan’s voted on their most missed shades, and the three winning lipsticks and eyeshadows were revealed: MAC Lipstick in Pink PoodleGlam and Hoop, each $15, and MAC Eye Shadow in Diesel, Fiction and Butterscotch, each $16. Most of these shades date back to the 90′s, with the youngest being Pink Poodle from the 2000 Valentine’s Day Collection. But don’t get too attached – or reattached – to these products because once they sell out, they aren’t coming back.

‘Nordstrom Loves BaubleBar’ Launches Today

Posted by Angela Bobo / Monday, March 31st, 2014


'Nordstrom Loves BaubleBar' Phillips Open End Cuff, $28. Embellished Color Hinge Bracelet, $38. Love Inscription Cuff Bracelet, $28; photo courtesy of Nordstrom

Today marks the start of an exclusive collaboration between Nordstrom and online jewelry retailer BaubleBar.  This spring 35 select Nordstrom stores, including the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City and Tysons Corner Center locations, will offer bracelets, necklaces and earrings from the popular brand. The collection will range between $24 and $68 and will also be sold online at Head there today to shop this one of a kind collaboration!

-Angela Bobo

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