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11 Valentine’s Day picks at Pentagon Row

Posted by Angela Bobo / Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Our new shopping series will bring you into the dressing room with our fashion team to show you what to buy now and what to expect when you get there.

Whenever there is a major holiday on the horizon, you can expect the mall to be packed with last-minute shoppers. If the thought of battling the masses at The Fashion Centre next door is overwhelming, there are plenty of stylish and affordable options at Pentagon Row. From bath and beauty products to discounted designer shoes, you can easily handle all of your Valentine’s Day needs before your two-hour meter runs out. 

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Fancy Fedoras

Hat, $34.99; photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Hat, $34.99; photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Hat, $34.99; photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Hat, $34.99; photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Cozy Candles

Scented Candled, $14.99; photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Scented Candled, $14.99; photo courtesy of Angela Bobo


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Social media-worthy Super Bowl style

Posted by Angela Bobo / Thursday, February 4th, 2016

If your football team has made it to the biggest event of the year, it’s time to show some team spirit and cheer them on to victory. Unless you are a Panthers or Broncos fan, chances are the Super Bowl is just another excuse for you to eat and drink for free. Regardless, Sunday is still a major social event, which means endless Instagram and Facebook photos, Snapchat videos and tweets. Below, find three outfits stylish enough for a double tap.


What’s a Cam Newton touchdown without the dab? A cheeky T-shirt paired with a monochromatic outfit and pops of Carolina blue is sure to have your comments section filled with fans.

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Peyton Manning and co. have some tough colors to work with sartorially. Score major props for pulling off a trendy, ’70s-inspired outfit that still shows team pride. 

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Bonus Outfit:

For those who are watching the Super Bowl for Coldplay and—more likely—Beyonce, cute and casual always wins.

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Sneak Peek: Crystal Couture 2016

Posted by Angela Bobo / Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Kim Ellen dress available at this weekend's Crystal Couture Show & Sale; photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Kim Elleen dress available at this weekend’s Crystal Couture Show & Sale; photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Andre Nowell Menswear available at Crystal Couture; photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Andre Nowell Menswear available at Crystal Couture; photo courtesy of Angela Bobo



Despite being in the area for almost a decade, Crystal Couture shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, this year it seems that the show has only gotten bigger and better. “It’s really designed to show Crystal City as a place for retail, new boutiques and budding entrepreneurial men and women that are into the fashion industry,” says Angela Fox, president of the Crystal City BID. “It’s also a way to show our creativity. We combine a nonstop runway, sipping your favorite wines and trunk shows.” The space is also covered in ceiling-to-floor murals by local graffiti artists.

The format of the show has switched up a little this year, with a VIP show offered all day Saturday, Feb. 6. The purchase of a $20 ticket will grant you access to an open bar, and the amount can be used towards any item for sale. This is good news for fashion lovers, as the selection of designers this year is the cream of the crop. Having hand-picked only 35 designers from hundreds of submissions, showrunner Maggy Francois is especially excited about the number of couture pieces that will be featured this year. “Many of the collections are not just your local, everyday designers,” she states. “We have gained attraction from designers in Brazil, Britain, Russia and more.”

The show will take place Feb. 4-Feb. 6 with emcees Sarah Fraser, Paul Wharton and Tommy McFly.

Dress (with designer) from Timbro Collection available at Crystal Couture; photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

Dress (with designer) from Timbro Collection available at Crystal Couture; photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

On-demand spa apps to battle post-Jonas blues

Posted by Angela Bobo / Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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This national brand expanded to the D.C. metro area to aid the “power rich but time poor” professionals who need to look polished at a moment’s notice. Serving all corners of the DMV, the app will send makeup artists and hair stylists to do everything from bridal updos and blowouts to lashes and a camera-ready flawless face. Currently available for iOS only but will be available for Android in the spring.


photo courtesy of Brandlink DC

photo courtesy of Brandlink DC


The latest on-demand massage app will bring a luxury experience to your home with the press of a button. Available throughout the metro area every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., this is perfect for the stressed parent looking for a way to unwind after a week of “family bonding” during the blizzard. Deep tissue, sports, prenatal and couples massages are offered in increments of 60, 75 or 90 minutes.

Zeel is offering a variety of promotions during the month of February. For Valentine’s Day, couples will receive $30 off couples massages that are booked between Feb. 1-11 for the holiday weekend with code VDAY2016. For President’s Day Weekend, from Feb. 13-15 new customers will receive $25 off with code PRES2016, and existing customers can score $15 off with code PDW2016.

The state of fashion in Northern Virginia…We do have a scene

Posted by Angela Bobo / Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

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Describe NoVA style.” It is the first question that we ask all of our potential style interns and undoubtedly the question that always leaves them stumped. It’s not necessarily because Northern Virginia is a style-less void but more because there is a perpetuating stereotype that the area is stuck in the times of skirt suits with clunky sneakers and cardigan sets. While it will take time to shake this stigma, there has been a noticeable shift in the fashion landscape within the past couple of years.

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Shop Talk in Tysons: Lou & Grey

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

By Claudina Hannon

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Lou & Grey, an extension of LOFT for a younger demographic, is the stylish new addition to Tysons Corner Center. Larissa Noble, vice president of design, explains: “We felt Tysons was perfect for our girl who leads such a full, busy life but wants to make sure she takes the time to stop and appreciate her surroundings.”

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But who is the Lou & Grey girl? She is someone who is a free spirit and a life explorer, and her style reflects her outlook. “She makes time for daydreaming and to listen, feel and discover. We like to say she’s a mix of contradictions,” Noble says.

The store itself has a pared-down ambiance with modern accents like copper lighting and marble tables. The decor goes hand-in-hand with minimalist apparel, including artisan-crafted jewelry, home items and other accessories. Noble best explains the concept behind the brand, “Lou & Grey is an edited line of texture-rich essentials—we make pieces for women who don’t want to choose between style and comfort.”

A unique feature Lou & Grey offers is that the stores partner with jewelry-makers, apothecaries and home-decor designers from all over the country. The Tysons location features work by local painter Naomi Taitz Duffy, and they plan to add more local designers as the Lou & Grey team learns more about the creative talent in our area.

As for the price range, you can find small home items priced just below $10 and can expect to pay between $50 and $250 for clothing. // Tysons Corner Center: 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean


Sales and News: The 3 biggest NoVA shopping fests this winter

Posted by Angela Bobo / Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

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Old Town Boutique District Warehouse Sale

All of your favorite Old Town Alexandria boutiques are gathering under one roof to bring you a can’t-miss winter sale. The 11th Annual Warehouse Sale will take place Saturday, Feb. 6, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Westin Alexandria in the Carlyle District. Customers can expect up to 80 percent off from Bishop Boutique, Duchess M, Kiki Lynn, She’s Unique, The Shoe Hive and over 20 more stores.

Crystal Couture

The eighth annual runway show and shopping extravaganza, Crystal Couture, returns to Arlington from Feb. 4-6. Guests can purchase discounted items from over 30 participating retailers while watching models strut the same pieces down a runway. Complimentary makeovers, specialty drinks and live music will also be available. The event is free on Thursday and Friday from 2-10 p.m. For $20, customers can attend the VIP show on Saturday from 2-6 p.m., which will include an open bar and three hours of additionally discounted shopping.

Middleburg Weekend Sale  

The fifth Annual Winter Weekend Sale will take place in Middleburg on Feb. 12-14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many stores along Madison, Federal and Washington streets will be offering special deals throughout the weekend. Participating retailers will have a red balloon floating outside.

Shop Talk in the Mosaic District: Kendra Scott

Posted by Claudina Hannon / Monday, January 25th, 2016

Destination: Kendra Scott is a great addition for all jewelry lovers who shop at Mosaic. Though Scott’s collection can be found locally in certain department stores, this is the first NoVA location for the Texas-based jewelry designer. “I was drawn to Northern Virginia for its incredible community. The people in the D.C. area are so kind, genuine and compassionate,” Scott says.

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January’s Best in Beauty: Fashion team advice to beautify your life

Posted by Editorial / Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Photo by Mike Ramm

Photo by Mike Ramm


1   BrowFood Tinted Brow Enhancing Gel Fix
Most tinted brow gels just brush the hairs into place, but the newest option from LashFood dramatically darkens and thickens brows with microfibers. The dual-sided brush has short and long bristles to deliver even color while defining your arches. The formula is infused with a peptide blend that is designed to regenerate and condition brow hairs. / $24

2   Nivea A Kiss of Mint & Minerals
Winter chill can result in a side effect of unfortunately chapped lips. Outside of being dry and painful, a cracked pout makes a horrible base for any lipstick color. Nivea’s balm comes with a hydrating blend of shea butter and jojoba oil in a refreshing mint flavor to moisturize and relieve weather-worn lips. / $2.49

3   Balenciaga Paris
So-called skin scents are incredibly popular in the colder months because the subtle warm fragrances feel natural and comforting—especially as they linger on a cashmere sweater or blanket scarf. Despite subtle cedar undertones, the violet top notes are strong, so a little spritz goes a long way. / $55.99/1.7 oz

4  MAC Upward Lash
Based on appearances alone, beauty lovers will get a kick out of mascara housed in a lipstick tube. But this product is more than just pretty packaging: With a tiny rectangular brush that is almost half of the size of traditional brush heads, it is able to grab each individual lash for extreme volume and length. / $22

5      Wei Detoxifying Mung Bean Sprout Stress Relieving Mask
Unlike typical sheet masks, this silk option floats in a tube of mung bean sprout essence and must be removed with a pair of attached tweezers through a skinny-neck top designed to squeeze the mask for a mess-free application. The remaining serum can also be saved and reused nightly as a restorative treatment to soothe and detoxify. / $12

6     Sinful Colors Sinful Shine in I’m Blushing, Alfresco and Calypso
At under $2, you can stock up on these gel tech polishes with zero buyers’ remorse. Whether you want a chic pink-tinged cream for everyday wear, a pretty periwinkle for a playful twist or a dark forest green for daring nights, these affordable, long-lasting colors are a perfect option for the mani obsessed. Pair with the brand’s top coat to extend the life of the polish and prevent chips. / $1.99 each


(January 2016)



Meet Davin Gentry: the sensational local designer behind a global brand

Posted by Angela Bobo / Thursday, January 21st, 2016

For the fashion-focused in the area, this is probably not their first introduction to PREMIUM. The global brand offers elevated, unisex basics that have mass appeal. On the heels of their second pop-up in D.C. today, we reached out to co-founder Davin Gentry on how he launched a successful, universally appealing clothing line from Ashburn and what customers can expect from this week’s shopping event. 

Black suede brando jacket, $1, 398; photo courtesy of Moki Media

Black suede brando jacket, $1,398; photo courtesy of Moki Media

Can you give us a little background on yourself and how you go into fashion design?

I’ve always been into art and design as far back as I can remember. My great aunt, who recently passed, taught me how to draw when I was young. I wanted to be an architect when I was in elementary school, and I still do slightly. I’m fascinated by design in general, not just clothing or art, but houses, buildings, bridges, furniture and more.

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