Posts Tagged ‘Northern Virginia Magazine’

Bring in the New Year in Style

Posted by Editorial / Monday, December 22nd, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

With many of us focused on finding the perfect outfit for Christmas, another holiday is fast approaching. New Year’s Eve outfits can be tricky because you don’t want to be seen at the same party as another person in a typical sequined dress. Here’s some alternatives to be just as stylish and a little more unique:

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-Harvey

 

Outfit details: Dress, Heels, Clutch and Lipstick

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-Harvey

 

Outfit details: Top, Pants, Shoes, Bag and Lipstick

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Q&A: Doku Fashion’s Akila Hunte on Bringing Global Style to NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Friday, December 19th, 2014

By Angela Bobo

Do you have that friend that travels the world and has amassed an amazing and unique wardrobe because of it? Thanks to the founders of online retailer DOKU, that dream of a specially curated global closet can become a reality. We got the scoop from the Arlington-based co-founder Akila Hunte on why this new website is a win for the NoVA fashion scene and when you can expect a pop-up store in our area.

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion

Q: What prompted you to start this online boutique in Arlington?

I went to undergrad in D.C. along with our co-founder. After college, we moved to Arlington and really loved the area! We started traveling together and discovered so many amazing designers. However, once we returned to the states, it was really hard to place orders with the designers as a customer. Either the shipping rates were outrageous or the designers didn’t have a secure way to purchase their items. This is was the birth of DOKU.

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion

Q: How do you decide what designers to carry?

Our mission is to give emerging, indie designers a platform to retail their clothing outside of their local markets. During our recruitment efforts, we want to see that prospective designers have participated in major shows in their local market (i.e, Ghana Fashion & Design Week, Altaroma Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week, etc) and are contributing something fresh and new to fashion.  We also look at their aesthetic to determine if it would be a good fit for the various types of women that we target. Since our customers’ style runs the gamut, we make sure that every designer we bring on board will fit one of the various style persona(s). Additionally, we request samples from each designer prior to stocking their items to ensure that the finish and quality craftsmanship is present.

Q:Why do you think this site will interest the Northern Virginia shopper? 

Women in Northern Virginia are some of the most well-educated, well- travelled women in the country. As a result of their exposure to various cultural influences, a desire for access to a global closet has emerged. Who doesn’t want to be able to easily purchase a designer dress online that they saw while on traveling on business in Accra?

Q: When do you expect to host a pop-up in the area?
We will be partnering with some local bloggers to host an event in Early Spring 2015.

 

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion



Holiday-Inspired Hair and Beauty Looks

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, December 18th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Change up your daily beauty routine from a more natural appearance to something a bit more glamorous for your hair and makeup for the holiday season. Take a look below at three videos to help inspire your next look for a holiday party or event.

 

The holidays are a time to incorporate your favorite metallic eye shadows and here’s how to achieve a classic look from Camila Coelho.

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Gifts Ideas for the Beauty Queen in Your Life

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

If you or someone you know is always looking for the latest beauty trend or gadget, then look no further. While some prefer makeup brushes over jewelry, these ideas are great for anyone who wants to look their best at any given moment. These gifts range from $10 to $150, so you’ll be sure to find something for anyone on your list. 

Photo Courtesy of Polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo Courtesy of Polyvore/dd-harvey

 

Details: Hair brush, Makeup brush set, Nail polish, Eyeshadow set, Lip balm, Perfume, Clarisonic set, Mascara and Eyelash curler



15 Office Party and Awkward Holiday Gatherings Gifts

Posted by Editorial / Monday, December 15th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Christmas is right around the corner, so before you start panicking, take a look below at the round-up of gifts for any situation you might find yourself in this holiday season. 

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

 

If you find youself in the situation of meeting the future in-laws, well that can be very exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. Try a more thoughtful approach for the first encounter and choose items such as fancy soaps, a breakfast gift set or wine tags. These items will help out the host during a holiday dinner or gathering and they’re great until you get more comfortable with the future in-laws.

Items: Coasters, Soaps, Breakfast set, Wine tags and Wine aerator

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

 

White elephant gift exchanges aren’t meant to be very serious. So with that in mind, here’s some ideas such as funky sticky notes, instant snow or a scented coin purse.The most important thing to remember is to have fun with it and have a good sense of humor. Plus these gifts are all under $15.

Items: Coin purse, Instant snow, Nose cups, Sticky notes and Memo roll

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

 

Buying gifts for coworkers is always a little tricky. Your best bet is to go with items that they can actully use in or out of the office. Try gifts such as a stylish USB, multipurpose coffee mug and personalized luggage tag for when they travel. 

Items: Cufflinks, Emergency kit, Coffee mug, USB and Luggage tag



Style Ideas For Any Holiday Tradition

Posted by Editorial / Friday, December 12th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Besides the fabulous parties and family gatherings, the holiday season is full of traditions. Whether your family loves to visit a Christmas tree farm to find the perfect tree or you always go ice skating with friends, your days are filled with holiday nostalgia. For any situation, take a look below for some style inspiration to be equally chic and comfortable.

Photo Courtesy of Polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo Courtesy of Polyvore/dd-Harvey

 

Outfit details: Hat, Jacket, Top, Jeans and Shoes

 

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Winter Layering 101: A Step-By-Step Guide for a Stylish Cold-Weather Look

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

By Angela Bobo

When the weather outside is miserable and rainy, it’s easy to throw style to the side while we scramble to stay warm. A perfect way to stay warm without sacrificing some semblance of fashion is to deliberately layer items that can be added or removed for a cohesive yet transformable look. We show you how to layer from the bottom to the top for a chic and cozy ensemble.

Step One:

base layer

Start with a thin layer to trap warmth. Photo courtesy of polyvore.com/angienaomi

Start with a thin layer to trap in heat without making you sweat. Opt for a t-shirt with heat-trapping technology or a fun button-down to add a pop of print and texture under the next layer.

First Row: 1, 2, 3, 4|Second Row: 1, 2, 3, 4| Third Row: 1, 2, 3, 4

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Fashion-Worthy Sales and News to Get You in The Holiday Spirit

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

 

Photo Courtesy of Hilton McLean Tysons Corner

Photo Courtesy of Hilton McLean Tysons Corner

 

Small Businesses Make a Big Impact

On Thursday December 11 from 6-9 p.m, small businesses in Vienna are joining together to hold a silent auction. LiLi The First, will host the auction where the public is welcome to participate. All proceeds from the event will go to The Women’s Center. Local stores such as Culinaria Cooking School, Nail Experts Boutique Salon and Vienna Vintner are just some of the businesses donating to this cause. For more details on the event, visit the website.

Härth & Saks Fifth Avenue Event

Join Härth & Saks Fifth Avenue for a make-up class and dinner event on Saturday December 13. Guests can enjoy a day of pampering at Tysons from 2-8 p.m. Various events will take place from make-up lessons with Laura Mercier’s top make-up artists to a three-course dinner. Space is limited to 20 people, so be sure to purchase your tickets by contacting Tracy Thomas or Candice Tinner at 703-761-5200 on weekdays before 5 p.m. To learn more about this holiday event, visit the website.

Local Personal Shopping Service

If the thought of having to deal with crowds during holiday shopping hours is overwhelming, fear not. The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City is launching their own personal shopping service. People interested in this new program will be able to receive style assessments and work with a personal shopper through phone or in-person. To avoid the stress of holiday shopping, call the mall’s personal shopping service at 703-415-2401.



Bundle Up: Gifts for the Scarf Lover

Posted by Editorial / Monday, December 8th, 2014

By Cate Jensen

Many see scarves as just a necessity to survive the cold weather, but for fashion lovers it is another way to express their unique and personal style. Here are five scarves to get you started on picking out the perfect gift for the scarf lover in your life. 

Photo courtesy of polyvore.com/cljensen

Photo courtesy of polyvore.com/cljensen

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Spread the Light: The 7 Best Candles to Gift from Budget to Luxe

Posted by Editorial / Friday, December 5th, 2014

By Angela Bobo

As scented candle obsessives, we know that not all are created equal. Instead of grabbing any old thing that smells nice in a jar, gift wrap these tried-and-true options that deliver a comforting holiday scent with staying power. Whether you need an affordable stocking stuffer or a cult classic for the candle snob, we have the top picks for your holiday list.

 



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