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The fall fashion bookshelf

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, October 8th, 2015

By Claudina Hannon

Every season it is essential to renew our bookshelf for a constant update on our fashion industry knowledge and to keep a fresh outlook on what’s happening in its world. The five book picks below represent a wide scope of the current industry focus and interests; they include two fashion icons, Oscar de la Renta and Manolo Blahnik; a photographer who sees beyond his subjects, Scott Schumann; a makeup artist master, Lisa Eldridge; and an editor with an approachable and cool attitude, Amy Odell of

Photo courtesy of Penguin Books.

Photo courtesy of Penguin Books.

 Ever since Schuman started The Sartorialist, he started a revolution in the way fashion and humans come together in a single photograph. There is a simple beauty to his work, and “The Sartorialist: X” is just that: a collection of organically captured beauty in the faces of strangers. The book expands its search for capturing people in places like Peru, Dubai and South Africa, among others, and if you are already a fan of his work, then you certainly don’t want to miss out on this edition.


Photo courtesy of Rizzoli.

Photo courtesy of Rizzoli.

 When Oscar de la Renta passed away in 2014, he left a noticeable gap in the fashion world. But what he left behind will last forever, and that essence is what “Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style” captures. Written by André Leon Talley and with a foreword by Anna Wintour, the book lets readers learn more about the man behind the legacy, his design aesthetic and how his perseverance and talent helped him rise to the top.


Photo courtesy of Abrams & Chronicle Books Ltd.

Photo courtesy of Abrams & Chronicle Books Ltd.

Lisa Eldridge, Lancôme Makeup creative director, has been at the front lines of the beauty industry for more than 20 years, and through her work she is always teaching us valuable yet practical lessons about looking our best through the art of makeup. In “Face Paint,” Eldridge continues to educate us about beauty by giving an in-depth look into how and why people started using makeup as well as how makeup use has evolved all throughout history. 


Photo courtesy of Simon & Schuster.

Photo courtesy of Simon & Schuster.

Amy Odell’s “Tales from the Back Row” is a lively recounting of personal fashion tales in a very laid back, at times comical and overall refreshing tone. The book shares honest tips about the fashion industry itself and entertaining stories about the behind-the-scenes world of the real and glamorous day-to-day life of a smart and witty editor like Odell.


Photo courtesy of Rizzoli.

Photo courtesy of Rizzoli.

Manolo Blahnik is a master shoe craftsman and design visionary—all women know this fact. But “Manolo Blahník: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions” gives us more than just a glance into his impressive shoe collections through the years, which features more than 250 designs. The book also shows us how the man behind the iconic luxury brand works and how his work and inspirations evolved through the years. 


Introducing The Alexandria Style Book

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, October 7th, 2015


Photo courtesy of Claudina Hannon

Photo courtesy of Claudina Hannon

By Claudina Hannon
The contributors of The Alexandria Stylebook recently launched an all-encompassing lifestyle guide called “The Style Book.” Editor Christen Kinard explains that the idea was to bring different aspects like fashion, beauty, wellness and design and combine these with a local connection by including local expert contributors already known in the NoVA community. “The contributors are leaders in our neighborhood, and that brings legitimacy to it,” Kinard explains. Kinard, along with a team of local entrepreneurs from known local businesses like The Shoe Hive, Kiskadee, DC Style Factory, The Tulle Box, Bellacara, Coco Blanca, Fitness on the Run and Mind the Mat, decided to create a publication that all women, especially local, could relate to for years to come. “This book is meant to be timeless,” Kinard explains. The book itself consists of 135 pages of design tips, professional profiles, interviews and tutorials. Readers can find various sections like style tips from industry insiders for every age, makeup essentials for different seasons, tutorials on everything from how to perfectly contour your face and how to create the perfect winged eye, interior design tips for your home and even simple workout techniques.

You can now purchase the digital version of the book online here.

5 must-have fall lipstick shades

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

By Claudina Hannon

Photo courtesy of Lipstick Queen

Lipstick Queen Seven Deadly Sins Gloss in Anger, $24. Photo courtesy of Lipstick Queen


We consulted beauty expert Elizabeth Whitcomb, manager at Bellacara, who shared five glamorous red shades that will work all season long. With so many great options, it’s important to make sure that we’re choosing the right shade of red that will complement our skin tones. Thankfully, Witcomb gave us a great tip on how to perfectly match our lipsticks: “To find a great lip color for your skin, look at the veins of the inner wrist—greenish veins indicate warm tones; bluish veins indicate cool. And always, always, always try on the color before you buy it!”


Photo courtesy of Bellacara

Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Color in Bloodroses, $35. Photo courtesy of Bellacara



Stila Liquid Lipstick in Fiery, $24. Photo courtesy of Bellacara



Smashbox Sharp Lip Liner in Figgy, $20. Photo courtesy of Bellacara



Vincent Longo Demi Matte Thinstick in Siena, $27. Photo courtesy of Bellacara


Shopping Simplified: Stylect

Posted by Editorial / Monday, October 5th, 2015

By Claudina Hannon

photo courtesy of Stylect

photo courtesy of Stylect


Stylect is the must-have free app for all shoe lovers. You can browse through more than 150,000 shoes and narrow your search according to categories like shoe type, heel height, color and price range. It streamlines the process of endlessly searching for shoes on the web by showing you which shoes are available at the moment based on your personal criteria and location. Expect to come across designer labels such as Christian Louboutin, Prada and Stuart Weitzman and other popular brands like Nike, Zara and Vans. The app even tells you how much you can expect to pay for shipping on each pair of shoes so you can compare the overall prices among different sellers. Stylect also has other cool features to enhance your shopping experience—it allows you to create wish lists, recommends shoes based on your preferences and even notifies you when shoes you liked are on sale, which is great for getting those designer shoes you’ve been eyeing for a while [].

[October 2015]

Spa Week: 2015 Edition

Posted by Editorial / Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Photo courtesy of Spa Week Media Group Ltd.

By Claudina Hannon

Spa Week is back this year from Oct. 12-18, so be prepared to get great $50 spa deals at the spa nearest you—you can actually start booking your appointments today. Here’s how it works: Sign up to through the Spa Week website, search for spa treatments by city and state or by zipcode, and you can instantly book your appointment through the site or by calling the spa. Highlighted below are some of the treatments you can find in NoVA, but visit the website for a full list of participating spas. 

Spa Relief, McLean
24K Gold Facial for Ultra Hydration and Anti-Oxidation     
Charcoal and Vitamin C Facial for Deep Pore Cleansing and Wrinkle Reduction     
Choice of Custom Microdermabrasion or Chemical Peel Treatment for Skin Resurfacing

Red Door Spa, Tysons Corner, Arlington, Fairfax and Reston
Spa Week De-Stress Body Treatment, 50 minutes
Spa Week Facial (Extraction-Free), 50 minutes
Spa Week Pedicure With Choice of Gel Polish for Toes or Paraffin Hand Treatment, 50 minutes

Cassianna Spa, Arlington
Anti-Stress Swedish Massage, 60 minutes
Rejuvenating Pevonia Facial With Light Extractions, 50 minutes
Relaxing Manicure and Pedicure With Salt Glow and Paraffin, 55 minutes

Elements Massage, Vienna
Swedish Massage, 60 minutes
Deep Tissue Massage, 60 minutes
Prenatal Massage, 60 minutes

Mon Sanctuaire Day Spa, Alexandria
Coconut Jasmine Massage with Reflexology and Warm Towels, 55 minutes
Hydrating Mini Facial for All Skin Types, 50 minutes
Pumpkin Spice Latte Body Scrub, 55 minutes

Skin Sutra Medspa & Cosmetic Center, Fairfax
Facial with Skin-Resurfacing Microdermabrasion    
Chemical Peel Facial, 50 minutes
Two Sessions of Laser Hair Removal for Underarm, Upper Lip or Bikini Line

Zoe Salon & Spa, Fairfax
Chocolate Spa Pedicure, 60 minutes
Aromatic Guinot Facial With Light Extractions, 60 minutes
Waxing Package, Includes Brazilian and Eyebrow Waxes

Bluepoint Wellness and Spa, Centreville
Organic Bamboo Massage, 60 minutes
Bluepoint Signature Facial With Deep Cleansing and Warm Stones, 60 minutes

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, Haymarket
Swedish Massage with Pumpkin Foot Treatment, 50 minutes
Classic Facial with Pumpkin Mask, 50 minutes

October’s Stylish Events and New Collections

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Diptyque Benjoin Boheme; photo courtesy of Diptyque

photo courtesy of Diptyque


Diptyque’s New Fall Collection

Diptyque’s new Mediterranean-inspired collection features limited edition eau de parfums and candles with exotic ingredients such as Turkish rose, fig tree, cedar wood, clove, sandalwood and amber. The collection also includes beautifully colored, handcrafted candleholders made out of glass, concrete, porcelain and wood [].

New Menswear Store

Filson opened a store this week in Washington D.C., located in the 14th Street corridor, between Q and Church Street. Filson is a menswear store known for its outdoor-friendly apparel and accessories. The D.C. store will stock apparel, outerwear, luggage and leather accessories [].

Furniture Sale

Victoria at Home in Alexandria is having a furniture sale now through Oct. 4. Expect to come great finds like cocktail tables, upholstered chairs and summer pillows and accessories, among other items [].

Bishop Boutique’s Anniversary

Visit Bishop Boutique on Oct. 3-4 to celebrate its fourth anniversary; there will be gifts with every purchase during the weekend event [].

Sara Campbell Gives Back

During the entire month of October, Sarah Campbell will be participating in the Care for Kids program and National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Shoppers can enjoy discounts on select items, and a portion of the sales will go back to both Children’s National Medical Center and a local breast cancer charity. There will be an event on Oct. 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the store to launch the Care for Kids program [].

Fashion’s Night Out

Undeniable Boutique will be hosting its third annual Fashion’s Night Out celebration on Oct. 8 from 6-9 p.m. This year’s event will feature fall fashion trends and life performing artists. Shoppers will receive a $25 voucher to be used in October when they make a purchase. Please RSVP here.

South Moon Under Event

Visit  Clarendon South Moon Under on Oct. 8 from 6-9 p.m. to meet the new Guest of a Guest D.C. Editor. Shoppers will have the chance to shop South Moon Under’s fall denim collection during the event and can also donate their worn denim to be recycled. A portion of the recycled denim will be donated to communities in need. For more information please call 703.804.4083.


Kendra Scott Winter Collection

Stop by Kendra Scott’s Mosaic District store to check out the new collection launch on Oct. 14 for an all-day shopping celebration event. Customers will have the chance to shop the new winter boutique collection. Sips and sweets will be provided [].

Designer Trunk Show

Visit the Tysons Corner Neiman Marcus on Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.for the Sydney Evan trunk show. Sydney Evan is a fine jewelry collection created by Rosanne Karmes in 2001. The jewelry line, even worn by Hollywood celebs, embodies California chicness. There will be a personal appearance from the designer herself at the show, where she will discuss her line with those in attendance. For more information, please contact Neiman Marcus at 703.761.1600.

529 Kids Consign Sale

On Oct. 16-18, 529 Kids Consign in Old Town Alexandria will be having a fall sale on clothes, shoes and accessories. Customers can expect to save 50-65 percent off the sale items [].

Eileen Fisher Event

Visit Gossypia in Old Town Alexandria on Oct. 17-19 to view the fall Eileen Fisher styles. There will be promotional discounts and prizes at the event as well [].

Bras for Hope

On Oct. 24, Belle Mode Intimates will be hosting an event to support breast cancer awareness from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. The event will feature speakers from local breast care practices and a 10 percent discount will be offered to all customers. Shoppers can also donate bras now through Oct. 24, which will be distributed to local women’s shelters as part of the contribution to the cause. You can find more information on the event here. –CH

[October 2015]

Sales and News: Fashion presentations and yoga for a cause

Posted by Editorial / Monday, September 28th, 2015

Photo Syda Productions/

Photo courtesy of Syda Productions/

By Claudina Hannon

Clarins Facials at Nordstrom

During the entire month of October, Clarins will be offering 50 minute $50 spa facials at The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City Nordstrom. Clarins-trained aestheticians will use ClarinsPRO formulas in the facial treatments for best tightening and lifting results. For more information and to book an appointment, call Nordstrom at Pentagon City at 703-415-1121.

Yoga at Bloomingdale’s
On Oct. 3 the Chevy Chase and Tyson’s Corner Bloomingdale’s will be offering a yoga class at 9 a.m. as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Fund. Guests will receive a yoga mat and a gift bag, and after the class they will be invited to shop for pink products at the store, which will also benefit the BCRF. Please visit the website for more information.
Costume Shopping
The Washington National Opera will be hosting a costume sale on Oct. 3 and 4 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The sale will include more than 1,000 items and costumes from productions like “Carmen,” “Cinderella” and “Macbeth,” among many others. The costumes will also range in price from $50-$200. Visit the WNO website for more information.
Fashion Trends and Workshop
Visit CityCenterDC on Oct. 6 for a fall/winter 2015 trends presentation at Fig & Olive hosted by the Fashion Group International of Greater Washington D.C. The event will include a live fashion presentation of what trends to wear during the current season featuring pieces from CityCenterDC retailers Paul Stuart, Canali and Vince, among others. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the website.

On Oct. 7 The Fashion Group International of Greater Washington D.C. will host a workshop called “The Business Behind the Boutique: Understanding your local customer, the do’s and don’ts and merchandising tips with brand strategist and speaker Dawne Hanks.” The event will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and will include a panel of local fashion industry insiders. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the website.

New Menswear Store

Head to the Blank Label store in D.C. on Oct. 8 from 6-9 p.m. to celebrate their store launch party. Blank Label is a menswear store that provides customization and tailoring of any piece of clothing purchased at the store. To RSVP to the event, email

The Difference between Fashion and Style

Posted by Angela Bobo / Friday, September 25th, 2015

Jeffery Wilkins, visual merchandiser for Louis Vuitton at CityCenterDC, talks fall staples and the key to building a timeless wardrobe.

Photography by Erick Gibson

Photography by Erick Gibson

The late Oscar de la Renta once told Vanity Fair that “fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.” This philosophy is what makes Jeffery Wilkins, the visual merchandiser for Louis Vuitton at CityCenterDC, such an interesting study in personal style. At just 25, the Arlington resident has developed a distinct outlook on getting dressed, opting to only wear monochromatic looks in neutral color palettes because prints and patterns can “age” a wardrobe. “You almost can see the timeline of all of the times you have worn it—especially with social media. Avoiding bold patterns and colors is what makes a wardrobe timeless,” Wilkins says.

Many may wonder how someone so young can be so resolute in his fashion philosophy, but it is clear from one conversation with Wilkins, who counts Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci and Kanye West as his fashion influencers, that he is a true student and ardent lover of fashion. Surprisingly, his biggest piece of advice for those who desire a career in the industry is to get out of fashion capitals like New York. “My job while I was at Marymount was as an East Coast rep for a local designer named Aida. When I worked with her I didn’t run and get coffees; I was sewing, doing casting calls with models and getting her into boutiques. I thought, ‘Wow, I wouldn’t be able to get this experience [while living] in other areas,’” he says.

While Wilkins has a preference for pieces from stores like Neiman Marcus Tysons Galleria and Burberry Prorsum, he also believes that to truly be a part of the fashion scene in the area, one must recognize and support local designers. Syreeta C, Native Danger and Sophie Blake are a few of the local designers he believes will elevate the fashion scene in the coming years.


Photography by Erick Gibson

Photography by Erick Gibson

1. “The leather jacket is by Sandro, and it is my go-to for the fall. I think the biker jacket came back; it’s an awesome piece, and you can wear it from daytime casual to dressing it up at night.”

2. “The wide-brim fedora hat [Obey] is very popular, and I think that it’s a nice staple piece that you can wear throughout your entire collection [of clothes]. Every gentleman should have a nice hat.”

3. “Riccardo Tisci from Givenchy had been doing collaborations [with Nike] for sneakers, and I missed all of them except this one. I think sneakers are coming back into everyday wear; people are dressing them up with a suit or with jeans and a T-shirt.”

4. “Fall season is boot season, and I can’t wait. For guys, we usually get the low boot or the Chelsea boot, but I love that these [Louis Vuitton Tibet boots] are a mid-calf style. You can tuck some nice jeans into them, and while they are Louis Vuitton you don’t see the Damier Graphite print until you roll them down.”

5. “Sunglasses are year-round. The sun doesn’t go away, so why should your sunglasses? I think sunglasses are the new statement piece. Dior came up with a really great style that’s edgy and on-trend. Mirrored is always great because it adds a second dimension to your outfit.”


(Septebmer 2015)



The 8 products for the perfect fall eye makeup look

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Photo Sam Aronov/

Photo Sam Aronov/

By Claudina Hannon 

We have all the details on what will be hot this season when it comes to eye makeup trends, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to achieve each one to have you looking flawless in no time. We spoke with Nordstrom Beauty Director Laksmi Sam on what will be the best looks this season, what makeup techniques can be used and product recommendations for each trend for everything from your brows to your lashes.


“A full but polished brow is the look for fall,” says Sam.

 Achieve the look 

-Choose the right products (pencil, powder or pomade, depending on how dramatic you want the look to be) in a shade that’s close to your hair color or just a tad lighter.
-Follow the natural shape of your brows using light, short strokes, concentrating at the front and the ends of your brows.
-It’s always easier to start off with a more natural look and then advance into more drama, if you want.
-Always brush through your brows if you feel they’re too dark or intense. This will soften the look immediately and will give a more natural feel. 

Product Recommendations

Anastasia Brow Wiz, $21. Photo courtesy of

Anastasia Brow Wiz, $21. Photo courtesy of

My favorite brow product [is] Anastasia Brow Wiz to fill in and create my perfect brow shape. It’s just the right texture and has the perfect amount of pigment, plus it comes in so many colors that you’ll find a perfect match for your hair color every time.

Anastasia Base One Pro Pencil, $18. Photo courtesy of

Anastasia Base One Pro Pencil, $18. Photo courtesy of

When I want a flawless brow look, I use Anastasia Base One Pro Pencil as a highlighter on the browbone to really add some contrast and make that browbone pop.



Sam says: “Long, thick lashes are the perfect complement to the modern winged eyeliner. When it’s party time or you have a special event, false eyelashes are a great way to add a bit of flair to your look.”

Achieve the look

 -Choose fake lashes with a nice length and width, and apply them as close to your lashline as possible.

-Allowing the lash adhesive to get slightly tacky (about 15 seconds) prior to setting them on your lashes will give you a bit more control.

-The finishing step is to go over the lashes with eyeliner to blend the seam into your natural lashline, and voilà! You’re all set. 

Product Recommendation

MAC 7 Lash, $17. Photo courtesy of

MAC 7 Lash, $17. Photo courtesy of


Liner & Shadow

“A smoky eye or a modern winged eyeliner are on trend for the season,” says Sam.


Achieve the look

You just need a light, medium and dark eyeshadow to create a smoky eye:

-Apply the medium shade on your eyelid, starting at the lashline and going just up to your crease. Blend well.

-Using a deep charcoal, navy, eggplant or black shade on the outer edge of the eye, blend inwards towards the center of the eyelid.

-Use the light shade under the eyebrow to add depth and dimension. Liner and mascara complete the look perfectly.

-For the modern winged eyeliner, use a liquid liner or cream liner with a brush.

-Start on the inner corner of the eye and lightly glide your liner across your lashline. At the very end of your eye, give the liner a slight upward flick for a flirty effect.

-If it’s not perfect, don’t worry: Take a cotton swab with makeup remover and clean up where you need to.

-Finish the lashes off with mascara for that extra polish.


Product Recommendations

For Smoky Eye

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette, $62. Photo courtesy of

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette, $62. Photo courtesy of

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, $16.50. Photo courtesy of

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, $16.50. Photo courtesy of

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara, $29. Photo courtesy of

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara, $29. Photo courtesy of


For Winged Liner

Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner, $22. Photo courtesy of

Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner, $22. Photo courtesy of

Dior Diorshow Mascara, $25. Photo courtesy of

Dior Diorshow Mascara, $25. Photo courtesy of




Dark Romance

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

The cool winds have ushered out the ease of summer style and replaced it with dramatic glamour in rich hues. Flowing pieces in soft velvet and sweeping lace contrasted with structured ruffles and bold brocade are reminiscent of neo-Victorian romance with a modern edge. Accented with thick gold cuffs, layered chains and statement heels, the resulting look is a powerful statement for fall. The Carlyle House Historic Park in Old Town Alexandria is ripe with intrigue and the enchanting garden was a perfect fit for our fashion fantasy.

Creative Direction by Angela Bobo / Styling by DC Style Factory / Photography by Erick Gibson

Model Katarina Pavic at T H E Artist Agency. Hair by Ashley Renninger of Ronnie Elias Salon. Makeup by Ariana Arevalo



Haute Hippie Dress, $495, Saks Fifth Avenue Mazza Gallerie; Collar Necklace with Mother of Pearl Doublet, Ruby and White Topaz, $935, Gatsby Multi-Strand Pearl Necklace, $700, Dina Mackney available at select Neiman Marcus locations; Lulu Frost Plaza Large Number, $325, The Shoe Hive; Pearl Power Cuff, $1,200, Take 5 Boutique




Oscar de la Renta Dress, $2,890, Saks Fifth Avenue Mazza Gallerie; Bezel Set Ruby Cuff, $346, Multi Stone Ruby Cuff, $750, Dina Mackney; Stuart Weitzman Nudistsong Sandals, $425, Bloomingdale’s Wisconsin Place




Sandro Dress, $510, French Connection Boots, $160, Bloomingale’s Wisconsin Place; Hana Cuff, $295, Billy Cuff, $145, Sophie Blake; Feather Jacket, price upon request, T SALT; Earrings, stylist’s own



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