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Fashion-Filled Events for Your Weekend

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

By Cate Jensen

Photo courtesy of Delucchi Plus

Photo courtesy of Delucchi Plus

Bras for Hope

On Saturday, October 25 from 12-6 p.m., Belle Mode Intimates will be the only boutique in Fairfax County to offer products as well as services for women undergoing treatments for breast cancer through their 3rd Annual Bras for Hope event, which helps to sponsor George Washington University’s Mammovan. Created in 1996, the Mammovan has provided mobile mammogram life-saving services for early detection screenings of breast cancer, regardless of cost. The event will also have two CMTS , also known as Certified Mastectomy Fitters, for fittings to help consult post-mastectomy customers (appointments recommended), this service will continue through Monday, October 27.  In addition, new or used bras can be dropped off from now until October 26th at Belle Mode Intimates and be donated to a local women’s shelter or recycled. For further information, visit Belle Mode Intimates’ social media sites or use the hashtags #Bras4Hope and #BraDropNOVA on Twitter.

Fashion Show to Benefit SafeSpot

SafeSpot, Children’s Advocacy Center of Fairfax County, will host its Annual Fall Fashion Show on Sunday October 26 with a 10 a.m. brunch and raffle followed by an 11 a.m. fashion show and noon shopping event held at Bloomingdale’s at Tysons Corner. Tickets are $75 per person, with all proceeds from tickets sales going directly to SafeSpot along with the sponsorship and raffle as well as 10 percent of the sales from the event. To register and find out more, please visit SafeSpot’s event page.

Mad for Plaid Party

On Thursday October 23, 3 Sisters Boutique in Old Town Alexandria will host a “Mad for Plaid Party.” Attendees will get to peruse their newest selection of dresses, ponchos, jackets and more all while listening to the DJ Ramzy from 4-8 p.m. Shoppers will receive 20 percent off  the entire purchase and if you spend over $75, a free scarf is included.

Blogger Crawl for  Local Shopping

On October 17, the first Blogger Crawl was held by Carlis Sanchez of SCDC Agency and NeuProfile‘s Jessica Hoy in what hopes to be the first of many of these types of fashionable events. The Fashionable Broke, K Street Kate, Clarendon Moms, La Belle Mel and A Lacey Perspective were among the top 15 area bloggers to be  invited to visit 12 local stores in Old Town Alexandria. A sample of stores that participated were She’s Unique, Bloomers, Current Boutique, Mint Condition, The Shoe Hive, Bellacara and Bishop Boutique, just to name a few. If you are interested in participating in the next event, check out SpiceCandy DC for details on future crawls.


12 Stylish Pieces for the International Gold Cup and Beyond

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

One of the best parts about being in NoVA is that there is always an event or festival going on. Very rarely is there never something to do. Your calendar is probably already booked for the next few months with holiday parties to regular dinner dates. This might leave you wondering what you’re going to wear to each occasion. Don’t worry though, if you keep reading you’ll see outfit ideas for NoVA events you might be planning to attend this season.


Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Weddings are such a fun and joyous occasion, but having to decide what to wear to a fall wedding can sometimes be tricky. Fall is a great time to dress a little more glamorous or try something different such as pants. The simplicity of this dress won’t steal the show from the happy couple, yet the floral pattern keeps it from being boring. Since the color palette is mainly black, you can pair it with a colorful clutch. Finish this look with simple gold accessories and you’re ready to celebrate.

Outfit details: Dress, Shoes, Clutch and Necklace

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Treat Yourself: Spa Week is Back!

Posted by Editorial / Monday, October 20th, 2014

By Cate Jensen

Photo courtesy of Spa Week Media Group

Photo courtesy of Spa Week Media Group

With select treatments for only $50, take the time to participate in this biannual event, from October 20 to 26. In order to enjoy the bliss, you must register through Spa Week, to qualify for the deal. From there you can search a specific spa or input your zip code to find one and book by using the website or calling the spa directly. Two to three assorted treatments are offered from each respective business.

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Save the Date for these Fashionable Events

Posted by Editorial / Friday, October 17th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey



Photo courtesy of Bloomers

Photo courtesy of Bloomers


Bloomers Annual Bra Drive

Bloomers in Old Town Alexandria is hosting their annual bra drive on Saturday October 18. The idea behind this event is that gently used bras that are donated will be given to The Bra Recyclers, who distribute those bras to women in need all over the world. The first 40 customers at this event will receive a free Coobie bra. Here’s the website for more information.

Fashion Art Design

Venture over to Georgetown on October 25 for the second annual style and culture event, Fashion Art Design. From noon until 10 p.m. people have the chance to experience in-store parties, promotions, street style photo shoots, art displays and more. Visit the website for more details and to stay up-to-date on this event.

Belle Mode Intimates Bra Drop

Join Belle Mode Intimates for their third annual Bra Drop & Bras for Hope Event on October 26 from noon-6 p.m. The boutique will offer women who have undergone breast cancer treatment bra fitting services during the event. This is a great way to support women who have or are undergoing treatment during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Visit the event’s website for more details.


Magical Makeup Ideas for Halloween

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, October 16th, 2014

By Cate Jensen

With Halloween just a few short weeks away, time is running out for those still on the fence on what to dress as this year. If you have yet to decided on the perfect spooky getup, check out these makeup tutorials for some ghoulish or glamorous ideas.


The Lana Del Rey

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One Shirt, Three Easy Ways: How to Wear a White Button-Down

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

 By Angela Bobo

With the rise of normcore, the white button-down has been championed for its minimalism with a versatile and overall fresh vibe. No longer just a work-wear staple, it can be tied up for a cropped appearance or unbuttoned for a sexy disheveled look. Most staple items should be able to fit with three or more outfits, so we have assembled three inspiring looks to take you from dinner to the weekend and beyond. 


How to wear a white shirt out on the town; photo courtesy of how to wear a white shirt set 3;

How to wear a white shirt out on the town; photo courtesy of how to wear a white shirt set 3;

Pants, Shirt, Shoes, Vest, Hat, Lipstick

Tuck into a dark plaid pant, layer on the fur and add a wool fedora for extra glamour.  

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Create Your Signature Scent

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Finding the perfect fragrance sometimes has us feeling like Goldilocks among scents that range from too sweet to overly floral; we just want a pick that fits just right. The quickest way to create a custom-blend is to layer fragrances with complementary notes (lighter scent over stronger scent) for a unique mix that is all your own. Start with these four tried-and-true combos to suit any scent style.-Angela Bobo


  • Spicy Citrus and Boozy Berries
    Nutmeg, blackberries and bourbon vanilla blend with pepper, mimosa and mandarin to build a mix that’s spicy and energetic enough to handle any Sunday Fun-day.

    Amethyst Lalique $38.19 (3.4 oz) ;
    Tokyo Milk Gin & Rosewater No. 12 $30 (1 oz); / Photo by Mike Ramm.

  • Fool-Proof Fragrance
    If blending fragrances with multiple notes seems too risky, try a pre-packaged layering kit. Citrus and vanilla are two notes that blend well with virtually any fragrance, and together they create a scent that is clean and crisp.

    Atelier Colognes Layering Duo in Orange Sanguine and Vanille Insensée $35 (.25 oz); / Photo by Mike Ramm.

  • Salted Petals and Citrus Soaked Grass
    Roses, sea salt, sage, grapefruit and vetiver produce a scent that invokes memories of a backyard garden with rose bushes and lemon trees near a windswept beach.

    Tory Burch Eau de Parfum $115 (3.4 oz);
    Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne $120 (3.4 oz); / Photo courtesy of Burch, Jo Malone); Mike Ramm.

  • Candied Fruit and Fresh-Picked Floral
    Juicy fruit, marshmallows, vanilla and crisp florals combine to create a fragrance as sweet and feel-good as being surprised with candy and a fresh bouquet of flowers.

    Dolce and Gabbana Pour Femme $77.19 (3.4 oz);
    Franck Olivier White Touch price upon request (3.3 oz); Photo by Mike Ramm.


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5 Tips for Organizing Your Wardrobe

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

We have all (well, almost all of us) experienced that moment when you’re standing in front of your closet and piles of t-shirts, jeans and sweaters are right in front of you. The thought of having to sort through current trend items and favorite pieces from seasons past might be a little daunting. Especially now, as we get further into fall, it’s time to pack up summer clothing in favor of warmer options. If you’re not one to stay super organized, then read on for tips from Cathy Starnes, a personal fashion consultant and creator of Style Speaks in NoVA. She shares her five best tips for organizing your closet, which means less time having to frantically look for your favorite blazer in the morning before work. Staying organized definitely sounds like a win-win situation for your wardrobe and sanity.

Photo Courtesy of Cathy Starnes

Photo Courtesy of Cathy Starnes


Five Ways to Organize Your Wardrobe

1. Set Up Your Closet for Who You Are Today

This means that if your lifestyle revolves more around family than socializing at the latest nightclubs or parties, you might want to pack away the items you no longer have any use for. The same goes for if you’re entering the professional world after college, you don’t need to hold onto all of those old t-shirts and college sweatshirts. Your wardrobe should reflect where you’re at in life. This guarantees avoiding clutter by getting rid of items you don’t wear anymore that are just collecting dust in you closet.

2. Sort Items by Category 

Simple enough, right? Hanging up all of your pants in one section and jackets in another really opens up your options for creating outfits because you’re not focused on just looking at certain outfits you have already put together.  This is also a good tip because if you’re in search of only one piece of clothing, you don’t have to look through each outfit in your closet.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Hang Sweaters

If you have the space in your closet, then you should really hang up your sweaters. It saves space by not having them piled up in a drawer and you don’t have to constantly refold them either. The important thing to keep in mind is to use huggable hangers like these to prevent sagging or tears. Plastic ones can easily break or snag the fabric in some sweaters. Also remember to hang your winter coats in a front closet to have them ready for when you’re heading out the door.

4. Use Closet Dividers

This is such an easy way to keep everything in its place. Closet dividers are practical because you can label them for exactly what you need.

5. Make Sure Your Organizational Strategy is Personalized

This tip might seem like a no brainer, but you’d be surprised by how many people try and do something just because they have heard it’s the best. For example, if you prefer everything to be sorted by color, then that’s great. Or if you like to avoid a messy closet by only hanging up certain things, that also works. Staying organized will only work if you understand what specifically works for you and your lifestyle needs.

Photo Courtesy of Cathy Starnes

Photo Courtesy of Cathy Starnes


Pearls Don’t Have to be Just Jewelry

Posted by Editorial / Monday, October 13th, 2014

By Cate Jensen

It’s time to rethink the pearl. Like the goody-goody saddle-shoe and poodle skirt wearing Sandy at the start of Grease to the Sandy at the end of the film, dressed in all black, red pumps, blow-out hair and scarlet lips; pearls have transformed themselves from sweet to salty. Designers and brands are taking them to new heights in the best way possible. Look and see ways to style this trend that doesn’t include jewelry.

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff.

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff

The ultimate combination of classy and chic all rolled into one luscious leather jacket. Rebecca Minkoff’s new fall arrival, might just be the “it coat” for fall and is a defining piece of what it means to say “edgy pearls.” 

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3 Alluring Alternatives to Denim

Posted by Editorial / Friday, October 10th, 2014

By Cate Jensen

Chilly weather is upon us and even in what appears to be a spurt of warmer weather, it is time to start pulling out our sweaters, jackets, scarves and pants. But before you dust off your tried and true pair of jeans for this season – consider your options. While denim is great, it might not be the best go-to option in your closet. It’s a perfect pairing for Casual Friday at work, yet there are a plethora of pants to choose from when it comes to styling yourself for the cold. Check out these examples of three unorthodox yet trendy styles to rejuvenate your collection:

Photo Courtesy of cljensen/

Photo courtesy of cljensen/

While a question mark might be going through your head at the thought of sweatpants being a chic choice for legwear, hold on a second. Celebrities, such as Emma Stone, have been seen sporting (no pun intended) the look. Although the stigma with this style might be hard to break, forget about high school gym and start thinking high fashion.

Shop this look: Pants by T by Alexander Wang, Blouse by Tory Burch, Necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane, Bracelet by Panacea and Backpack by Stella McCartney

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