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The best sale pieces to score online now

Posted by Angela Bobo / Friday, March 6th, 2015

While the majority of us are over snow days, they do provide a chance to get a head start on your spring shopping while you’re holed up indoors. Luckily some of our favorite sites are offering major sales right now. Check out our favorite discounted pieces that will have you clicking “add to cart” in no time:


Kate Spade Saturday

40% off the entire website with promo code “EXTRA40”

Waisted Zip Dress, $160 (on sale for $96);  photo courtesy of

Waisted Zip Dress, $160 (on sale for $96); photo courtesy of


Printed Pumps, $160 (on sale for $96);  photo  courtesy of

Printed Pumps, $160 (on sale for $96); photo courtesy of


The A Satchel, $225 (on sale for $135);

The A Satchel, $225 (on sale for $135); photo courtesy of



30% off  sale items with promo code “SALEONSALE” through March 9

Across V-neck Top, $42.50 (on sale for $29.75);

Across V-neck Top, $42.50 (on sale for $29.75); photo courtesy of

Biker bomber jacket, $148.50 (on sale for $103. 95);

Biker bomber jacket, $148.50 (on sale for $103.95); photo courtesy of


Skinny Coated Jeans, $79.99 (on sale for $53);

Skinny Coated Jeans, $79.99 (on sale for $53); photo courtesy of




30% off regularly priced items with promo code “BLOOM” through March 9

Printed Slit-Neck Peplum Top, $49.95 (on sale for $34.55); photo courtesy of

Printed Slit-Neck Peplum Top, $49.95 (on sale for $34.55); photo courtesy of

Belted Shirtdress, $79.95 (on sale now for $55.97); photo courtesy of

Belted Shirtdress, $79.95 (on sale now for $55.97); photo courtesy of

Shopping Simplified: Worth it app

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Worth it App

Photo courtesy of

Sick of spending hours looking for the most competitive price on the must-have pair of shoes or coat of the season? Look no further than Worth It, an application that cuts down online-shopping time. Once signed up, members can “follow” an item, and the application will search for various retailers selling it to help you find the best price. Users save an average of $47 per purchase in four easy steps. What’s not to love about that?  For more information, or to download this fashionable and free app, visit –Cate Jensen

(March 2015)

Scent of the Month: AERIN Waterlily Sun

Posted by Angela Bobo / Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

AERIN Waterlily Sun

Photo courtesy of Aerin.

Aerin Lauder has been impressing fragrance fanatics with decidedly feminine, straightforward scents since her brand released the first collection in 2013. Bolstered by sleek packaging, the popular blends have become a necessary addition to any woman’s collection. Waterlily Sun is an interesting choice as a transitional spring scent with its vibrant green florals, apt for balmy weather, offset by warmer wintry notes. Opening with a distinct spicy citrus bergamot note, it dries down to reveal floral notes of waterlily and jasmine sambac undercut by a sweet musk. The subtle mix is a blend of beautiful contradictions, at times both energizing and tranquil. Inspired by Lauder’s trip to Claude Monet’s garden in France, a spritz of this scent can transport wearers to the most luxurious places [AERIN Waterlily Sun Eau de Parfum Spray, $110/1.7oz;]. –Angela Bobo

(March 2015)

Charitable Shopping and Spring Style Events this Week

Posted by Angela Bobo / Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Lacquer of Love, $18; photo courtesy of

Lacquer of Love, $18; photo courtesy of

Nail polish lovers have two reasons to rejoice this month. Local beauty brand Mischo Beauty just released a new shade of their popular five-free nail colors in a gorgeous purple hue called Lacquer of Love just in time for spring. In honor of Women’s History Month, all of the proceeds will go towards The Washington, D.C. Women’s Business Center.

Take 5 Boutique and the Washington Turkish Women’s Association will host a fashion show on Saturday, March 7, in celebration of International Women’s Day. From 4 to 7 p.m, guests will enjoy spring/summer collections from European designers and light refreshments. Tickets are $30, with 10 percent of the proceeds going towards Cagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi to support contemporary education in Turkey.

Fine jewelry addicts can enjoy two upcoming trunk shows at the Saks Fifth Avenue in Tysons Galleria. From March 2-6, customers can enjoy shopping the latest pieces from British designer Stephen Webster. Known for bold and contemporary designs, his pieces are perfect for the woman who loves eccentric glamour. Fans of high-end luxury jewelry brand Chopard can score the latest pieces from the spring 2015 collection from March 9-13.

February’s Best in Beauty

Posted by Angela Bobo / Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Brighten your look with these five beauty selections.Angela Bobo

February's Best in Beauty.

Photo by Mike Ramm.

1. Sephora and Pantone Universe Pure Marsala Matte Lip Creme & Cheek Trio
Less of a wine red and more of a subtle burnt rose shade, the lip cream glides on for a natural, velvety fi nish. The cheek trio contains a matte marsala blush that delivers a warm, earthy glow. Pair with the champagne highlighter and lighter coral pink blush for an all-in-one contour and highlight kit. / lip creme,$18; cheek trio, $28

2. Pixi Glow Mist
The creator of the must-have glow tonic has upped the ante with a newly released mist. Made with 13 natural oils, it can be used any time to refresh dry skin or add a dewy finish to makeup without shine. / $15

3. Sweet Honey & Apricot Soap
Beyond the beautiful packaging, this shea butter soap bar delivers serious hydration with a lingering delicate scent. At under $5, it is definitely worth stocking up on this body cleanser year-round. / $4.99

4. Kora Organics Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil
While this oil is made of organic rosehip, it has more of a fresh green scent than the typical roseinfused products. Layer on right after a bath or shower to seal in moisture and follow with your favorite body cream. / $64

4 Spring Styles to Try Now

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

By Angela Bobo

If Sunday’s glorious weather was any indication, spring is definitely on the horizon. While it’s not quite time to stow away your winter coat, true fashion lovers know that it never hurts to plan ahead and stock up on some of your favorite spring styles before the warm weather is here to stay. Below, find our top four spring 2015 trends to buy and wear now:


Collection Chiffon Fringe Sweater, $228; photo courtesy of

Collection Chiffon Fringe Sweater, $228; photo courtesy of

Wear now over a white button down and slim-cut wool trousers. Later, pair with a cream pencil skirt.


Gingham Box Pleat Mini Skirt, $70;  photo courtesy of

Gingham Box Pleat Mini Skirt, $70; photo courtesy of

Wear now with a cropped sweater and black tights. Later, pair with an airy chiffon tank top.

Bell Bottoms

Madewell Flea Market Flares, $135; photo courtesy of

Madewell Flea Market Flares, $135; photo courtesy of

Wear now with a light-wash denim chambray and wool blazer. Later, wear with a boxy cropped top and stacked-heel sandals.


Long Colored Jumpsuit, $99.90;  photo courtesy of

Long Colored Jumpsuit, $99.90; photo courtesy of

Wear now over a sleek black turtleneck. Later, pair with a sharp fedora and sky-high heels.

Accessory Advisory: All the Right Fluff

Posted by Editorial / Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Accessory Advisory

Photos courtesy of Free People (Boot); courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg (Bag).

Shearling has made a major comeback this year. While many would associate it with coats, jackets, or vests, the fluffy fabric can easily transition to accessories for extra warmth in this cold weather.

For handbag lovers look no further than Diane von Furstenberg’s 440 Shearling Mini Bag. With the combination of mahogany leather and natural shearling detailing this crossbody could be your “it” bag for the winter. While nontraditional, its execution is flawless – one mini bag with a lot of punch.

Free People as a brand is known for having a rather eclectic, but stylish, collection of clothing. The Jax Shearling Boot is no exception. With a colorblocked combo of bone white, navy, and of course –shearling–these boots are sure to stand out. Cate Jensen

(February 2015)

Trend Report: Layer Your Office Look

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, February 19th, 2015

At this point the temperatures have driven us to wrap up in our warmest coats and scarves, which may provide comfort outdoors but are not appropriate in the workplace. Stay professional in your chilly office with layered ensembles that mix textures and prints for a look that is cozy and fit for any dress code.–Angela Bobo

  • Creative
    Balance a colorful chunky sweater with streamlined pieces in black and white. Stick to the color palette while experimenting with different patterns throughout the layered pieces.

    Sweater Knit Sweater in Cobalt, $140, Anthom;
    Shirt Black Blouse, $55, Anthom;
    Skirt Small Diamond Skirt in Ivory by Keepsake, $150, Anthom;
    Shoes Army Navy Menswear Shoes, $225, Anthom;
    Bag Erica Tote by Tory Burch in Black and White, $550, The Shoe Hive;
    Bracelet Lavinya Cuff, $250, Sophie Blake;
    Necklace Cassini Hinge Necklace, $395, Sophie Blake;
    Scarf Jeyla Navy Scarf, $343, Take 5 Boutique; / Photo by Erick Gibson.

  • Non-profit
    Play with proportions by layering a heavy knit crop top over a thinner silk shirt. Add interest with an asymmetrical pencil skirt in a fun yet neutral color palette.

    Shirts Haute Hippie Blouse, $285, Roman Quilted Red Top, $114, Take 5 Boutique;
    Skirt Green Zipper Skirt, $178, Erika Schrieber;
    Shoes Sertac Delibas Brown Pump, $149, Take 5 Boutique;
    Necklace Lisa Pendant in Gold, $120, Erika Schrieber;
    Clutch 1 Oversized Clutch in Merlot, $75, Erika Schrieber;
    Clutch 2Mini Red Striped Clutch, $30, Erika Schrieber; / Photo by Erick Gibson.

  • Business Casual
    Choose traditional silhouettes in classic patterns, making one the focal point. If your office is a tad more conservative, skip the prints but don’t be afraid of combining neutrals like black and navy for a fresh look.

    Shirt Floral Blouse, $160, Erika Schrieber;
    Blazer Single Pocket Blazer in Navy, $425, Anthom;
    PantsHaute Hippie Trousers in Black and Buff, $395, Take 5 Boutique;
    Shoes Esme by Aerin Lauder in Black, $278, The Shoe Hive;
    Earrings Ophelia Earring White Hand-Carved Stone, $265, Sophie Blake;
    Bag Thea Triple-Zip Compartment Satchel in Jasper by Tory Burch, $495; The Shoe Hive.
    / Photo by Erick Gibson.


(February 2015)

3 Post-Snow Day Shopping Events

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

By Angela Bobo

Snow days are fun at first—Netflix binges, online shopping and endless consumption of pizza and junk food—but eventually we all will tire of being cooped up in the house and crave some much-needed time out and about at the latest NoVA events. Check out the three top shopping events beginning this weekend to satisfy your stylish needs after a snow-filled week:

photo courtesy of Spotted MP

photo courtesy of Spotted MP

Head to Elie Tahari at Tysons Galleria this Saturday, Feb. 21, from 5-8 p.m to support the Chris4Life Colon Cancer foundation at a special one night only shopping event. Colon cancer survivors will model the brand’s spring collection, which features various shades of blue, the official color of colon cancer awareness. Customers will receive 20 percent off of new arrivals and 10 percent of the proceeds will go towards Chris4Life. Champagne and light bites will be served. Visit the website for more information. Update: event rescheduled for March 7 due to inclement weather. 

For those who plan to stay in, be the first to shop the new Madewell collection at Nordstrom. The retail giant has teamed up with the cool-girl brand as part of an ongoing partnership. Customers can begin shopping the collection online on Feb. 24 and in select stores beginning in March (Montgomery Mall location).

If you were one of the lucky ladies who received a romantic Valentine’s Day proposal, get a head start on finding the perfect dress at the Nurit Hen Trunk Show at Blush Bridal Boutique in Haymarket. From Feb. 26 to March 1, customers can shop the latest from the Israeli designer with the help of the boutique’s style consultants. To reserve a place at the trunk show, call 703-753-8303.

Mastering The Art of Office Dressing

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

For designer and artist Anchyi Wei being fearless and fashionable is the only option in the workplace.


Photo by Erick Gibson

Fashion lovers in the area have been turning to Anchyi Wei for office outfit inspiration since her co-workers began chronicling her daily looks for the fashion blog Anchyi @ Work. What was originally created as a diary of Wei’s fabulous ‘work to event’ outfits, shifted to focus on maternity style once she announced her pregnancy. Now, she has found a balance between her former sartorial choices and those as a mother to son Aison.

“Comfort is definitely more important to me than it ever was. There are many fashionable options that are also comfortable,” she says.

Wei stresses the importance of fearlessness when it comes to style, even in the workplace.

“I think the craziest thing that I have worn to work is this vintage 1950s swing dress. It had a full circle skirt and I put on a crinoline (skirt) underneath it so that it was even more poofy; trying to sit down on my desk chair with that thing was a lot of fun,” she says.

While Wei enjoys a good fashion moment in the office, she does emphasize the need to stay respectful—keep the skin showing to a minimum and no ripped jeans.

In addition to her work as a designer, Wei also serves as creative director for the open art studio and lounge Art Jamz (created by husband Michael Clements), works as a photographer and creates one-of-a-kind pieces for her eponymous jewelry line. Although she has slowed down production a bit since the birth of her son, her ultimate goal is to work with a manufacturer to create a larger line in the future. Until then, clients can purchase pieces by appointment and visit her blog daily for a healthy dose of outfit envy.—Angela Bobo


Photo by Erick Gibson.

1 “This is from Pretty People Vintage [now closed] and I think it is from the very first blog post I ever did. I love mixing vintage with a little bit of modern.”

2 “A black blazer (H&M) is just something good to keep in the office in case I ever have a meeting I can just throw it on if I need to be a little bit more conservative.”

3 “The dress (Ostwald Helgason) is something fun and makes me feel young, but it’s totally office appropriate if I just pair it with leggings.”

4 “That (Theory dress) is something that you can wear all year long. In the winter I would pair it with a cashmere turtleneck.”

5 “These are bold pieces that can be used to dress up an otherwise conservative outfit. They are from my collection (Anchyi Wei Designs).”

6 “[The Chanel Bag] is something that I can wear to work as well as after work events.”

7 “The [Reiss] hat is great for days when I don’t want to do my hair. My co-workers call me Carmen Sandiego when I wear that.”

8 “A pair of nude heels [Christian Louboutin] just goes with everything. I have a collection of heels just sitting beneath my desk—commute by flats and change into heels at my desk.”

(February 2015)

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