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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)



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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Editor’s Picks by Budget

Posted by Editorial / Monday, September 21st, 2015

Fall fashion is exciting because it sets up your wardrobe for the entire year. Light layers can be worn just as easily in the spring, chunky knits in the winter and flowy tops in the warmer months. Because of this, it is hard to know where to start and when to stop adding items to your cart. Most of it boils down to budget, which is why we have tapped our editorial team this month to show you how to shop for the new season whether you are a post-grad in her first job or a seasoned professional.

By Angela Bobo



Winn Duvall, Copy Editor
Budget: $100

As someone just starting out in the working world, I try to focus on two things when shopping: versatile items that can be repurposed for off-days and workwear basics with elements that make them feel more fun and youthful. I gravitate toward black, white and gray, but I wanted to take advantage of rich fall color as much as possible.

1. I usually wear a watch to the office, but a structural bangle like this one is perfect when I want to mix up a more understated outfit.
Around the Bend Gold Bracelet, $14;

2. The shape of this skirt is different than your basic pencil silhouette, and the vibrant orange color can work well in different seasons.
Pencil Skirt with Wrap (Blood orange), $36.24;

3. A striped shirt is always a must-have. This one can go with business casual skirts or pants or could easily be dressed down with jeans for the weekend.
Jersey Top, $9.99;

4. Scarves play perfectly into the cozy aesthetic of the season, and this one is an easy way to add some color to an outfit.
Women’s Herringbone Striped Scarves, $16.94;

5. I live in cardigans year-round, so this pick was a no-brainer for me. The leather accents make it interesting, and the length is perfect fall comfort.
Knit Cardigan (Black/leather imitation), $17.95;

Amount remaining: $4.88




Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor & Restaurant Critic
Budget: $500

While most people focus on the fact that as a restaurant critic I eat for a living, I actually spend a lot of time in the office writing and editing—and in the car driving all over Virginia for meals. I need outfits that are comfortable enough to write in and dressy enough for dinner.

1. I try to find the line between really comfortable and office- and restaurant-appropriate, and with the right shoes, this combines all three.
Flat Booties with Tassel, $49.90;

2. This feels very classroom appropriate to me. Is it possible to miss back-to-school shopping?
Women’s Long Sleeve Dress in Black and White, $49.90;

3. I have a thing for stirrups. Don’t judge me.
Rib Knit Stirrup Leggings, $38;

4. I love big, obnoxious rings, but for everyday wear, I need to be able to type with it, too.
alexis bittar orbital ring, $150;

5. I don’t leave the house without nail polish. Ever.
Butter London Nail Lacquer in blagger, $15;

6. I dine out almost every night and need to keep track of receipts, so it helps to have a separate wallet just for eating expenses.
Seamless Long Wallet, $90;

7. I will wear this every day—and to bed, too.
Long Skirt with Slits in Green, $39.99;

Amount remaining: $67.21




Lynn Norusis, Managing Editor
Budget: $1,000

Each season I get a glimpse of the trends in fashion magazines and set a goal of being more put together both in and out of the office. Then life hits. This season I’m keeping in mind life’s juggling act and going for pieces that are both comfortable and stylish while still being realistic with my lifestyle.

Weekends, I’m constantly running around from soccer field to lacrosse field to kid’s birthday party, so I need shoes that are comfortable and stylish that pair great with jeans and a moto jacket, and I have to be OK with them getting a little dirt on them. These Vans high-tops will be key.
Vans Sk8-Hi Slim Zip, $80;

Paired with knee-high boots, ankle boots, heels or flats, this leather skirt is a rich, warm color and a fantastic neutral for any fall outfit.
Leather skirt, $189

Some days it’s nice to pick one thing out of your closet and be done. This jumpsuit fits that bill and gives a bit of flair with the sleeves and neckline made of ribbons.
Black Halo Justyne Jumpsuit, $390;

I carry way too much in my purse. This season, I’m purging and going for the minimalist look in a deep olive green color.
Rebecca Minkoff Small Astor Saddle Bag, $225;

Each season I indulge in a new statement ring. This one molds modern minimalism with a bit of pop that I’ll be able to wear with any outfit.
Terra Preta Ring, $78;

I am always cold, so the necessity to have something to throw over my shoulders or across my lap while at work is always there. This scarf is large enough to act as a blanket but light enough to be worn as a scarf. The colored pattern also adds style, making it not look like an afterthought.
Multicolour print soft scarf, $25.99;

Amount remaining: $12.10


(September 2015)



Angela’s Fashion Picks for August

Posted by Eunice / Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Our fashion and beauty writer shares her monthly wishlist.

By Angela Bobo


Courtesy of Need Supply (sandals); Courtesy of Jcrew (top, shorts); Courtesy of Matches Fashion (bag); Courtesy of Bloomingdale's (sunglasses)

Courtesy of Need Supply (sandals); Courtesy of Jcrew (top, shorts); Courtesy of Matches Fashion (bag); Courtesy of Bloomingdale’s (sunglasses)

1. When it comes to sunglasses, sometimes it’s best to stick to the classic shapes. These oversized frames are flattering for most face shapes and feature a fun color-blocked detail in a neutral palette. They manage to be distinctive without overpowering your look. Tory Burch Panama Rounded Sunglasses, $195;

2. Matching sets are always a win because one set has the potential to yield three different outfits. Together they form a vibrant coordinated ensemble, but you can also wear the top separately with a sleek pencil skirt or the shorts with a drapey tank top. Cropped Top in Geo Brushstroke, $118, and Geo Brushstroke Shorts, $75;

3. The last days of summer are meant to be carefree, which means the last thing that we want to worry about is lugging around a heavy purse during weekend activities. A tiny bag also helps to cut down on clutter by bringing along the bare essentials while going hands free. Sophie Hulme Nano Milner Envelope Crossbody Bag, $325;

4. Brown and tan leather sandals are a must-have because they complement a variety of summer shades from orange to pastel blue. These are a worthy pair to help you transition into a cooler climate as they offer more coverage than most sandals and have an on-trend lace-up detail. Maude Flats, $68;


(August 2015)



Summer Suede

Posted by Angela Bobo / Friday, August 14th, 2015

We cannot continually speak about the popularity of ’70s-inspired fashion this season without mentioning the decade’s fabric of choice—suede. No longer just for your winter boots, the supple leather is reinventing some of your favorite warm-weather staples, making them the perfect transitional pieces to carry you from the last days of summer into the early days of fall.

By Angela Bobo


Soft Separates


1. Suede Cutwork Shorts, $129;
2. Suede Jacket, $348;
3. Alice+Olivia Tru Suede Cropped Top, $495;


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Hungry For Linkage: Behind the Scenes at Domino’s on Super Bowl Sunday

Posted by Editorial / Friday, January 30th, 2015


By Susannah Black

Old 690 Brewery opens today at 5 p.m. in Hillsboro. [Old690]

Port City Brewing Company celebrates it’s fourth anniversary today from 3-10 p.m. and will release Colossal IV, a Belgian-style Quad, plus food trucks will be there. [FB]

Commonwealth Joe‘s cold-pressed coffee is now on tap at Heritage Brewing Company. [FB]

See what it’s like behind the scenes at Domino’s on Super Bowl Sunday. [YouTube]

2015 restaurant sales expected to grow 3.8 percent. [NRN]

Columbia Firehouse hires Johnny Miele as the new executive chef. [Columbia Firehouse]

Alexandria Restaurant Week lasts through Sunday. [VisitAlexandria]

Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub released its new lunch menu this week. [FB]

Opening Soon: Highline RxR Comes to Crystal City Next Month

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Photo Courtesy of Highline RxR

Photo Courtesy of Evan Foster, Beyond Collective

By Susannah Black

Tony Radwan says the name Highline RxR is in reference to a railroad—”and just like a train, we want to be noticed.” The upcoming craft cocktail and beer lounge is expected to open in Crystal City in February from Geoffrey Dawson and Peter Bayne, owners of Arlington’s Carpool and Continental Pool Lounge.

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Hungry For Linkage: The Beer Joint (formerly Vintage 50) Files for Bankruptcy

Posted by Editorial / Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Mexican peppers, cinnamon and cocoa nibs for the / Photo Courtesy of Lickinghole Creek

Mexican peppers, cinnamon and cocoa nibs for the Mexican-spiced Imperial Stout / Photo Courtesy of Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

By Susannah Black

The grand opening of the Sugar Shack in Alexandria is Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Guests who show take a “selfie” at Sugar Shack and post it to their social media page will get a free donut.  [FB]

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery releases Heir Apparent, a Mexican-spiced imperial stout this Saturday. [FB]

Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week runs through this Sunday and Alexandria Restaurant Week starts on today. [RAMW, VisitAlexandria]

After rebranding this summer, The Beer Joint—formerly Vintage 50—files for bankruptcy. [WTOP

Get a preview of Portner Brewhouses‘s brews this weekend. [FB]

Be creative (pottery!) and eat chocolate at the annual Death by Chocolate Ladies’ Night at Art from the Heart in Stafford tonight. [VA]

Give Yourself a Little Artspiration

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

By Cate Jensen

What better way to help rejuvenate your mind in the new year than with a little sprucing up of your home with bright colors, pop art and graphic patterns. I am not sure about you, but with long days of work, commutes that make me want to move to the countryside and figuring out how to fit all that needs to be done into 24 hours — I want to come home to a space that inspires me. So here are some ideas to get you started on giving your home a bit of “artspiration.”

Artspiration Piece

Photo courtesy of

From ’60s-inspired art to colorful clocks and extravagant, playful throw pillows — over the top isn’t a phrase that comes to mind with these pieces of home decor. Represent a little bit of home with a “Virginia is for Lovers” print, or create your own with the help of, a site that takes your own snapshots to transform your memories into art

Item details: Reyes Wall Mirror, Virginia is for Lovers Dictionary Print, Audrey with Warhol Painting by Ashley Longshore, CB2 Neon Prism Print Pillow, West Elm Linework Table Lamp, Rabbit Fur Bisous Throw, Trina Turk Rug, Jonathan Adler Ampersand Resin Paperweight, Butterflies Wall Clock by Society6, Custom Photo Art Print by Minted

Hungry For Linkage: Now Through Monday, Say “MLK” at Ben’s Chili Bowl to Get 10 Percent Off

Posted by Editorial / Friday, January 16th, 2015

Bill Cosby's Originial Chili Half-Smoke / Photo Courtesy of Ben's Chili Bowl

Bill Cosby’s Originial Chili Half-Smoke / Photo Courtesy of Ben’s Chili Bowl

By Susannah Black

North Carolina-based pizza chain is under construction in Clarendon. [ARLnow]

Airlie of Warrenton hosts its first Signature Dinner Series of 2015 along with Catoctin Creek Distilling Company this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. for $89 per person. [Airlie]

Copperwood Tavern offers a special MLK Brunch this Monday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. [FB]

Now through Monday, say “MLK” at Ben’s Chili Bowl in Rosslyn to get 10 percent off. [ARLnow]

Chipotle stops serving pork in a third of its locations. [wtop]

On Saturday at 3 p.m. Little Washington Winery hosts a seminar on cheese. For $40, guests will learn how to distinguish between cheeses and will pair artisan cheeses with Virginia wines. [FB]

Heritage Brewing Company releases new brews this weekend. [FB]

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