Following the big election day, here are the headlines you need to know on Wednesday Nov. 6, 2013.
Terry McAuliffe has been elected Governor of Virginia, winning by a small margin over Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli II.
The Washington Post
The race for Virginia Attorney General between Republican Mark Obenshain and Democrat Mark Herring remains undecided.
The women’s vote a deciding factor in election results.
Four have been arrested in connection to the theft of $48,000 from a Woodbridge church.
Manassas resident Joaquin Shadow Rams has been linked to the 2003 murder of his girlfriend after already being charged in the slaying of his 3-year-old son.
Posted by Angela Bobo / Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Missed out on New York Fashion Week? Get your designer fix this Sunday at Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Galleria as Nanette Lepore presents her Holiday 2013/2014 collection for Childhelp D.C’s Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser. On Sunday November 10 at 10 am, guests can enjoy mimosas, brunch hors d’oeurves and snap a photo with celebrities from General Hospital and Dancing With the Stars. Not to mention a chance to shop the actual collection with the designer herself. For admission pricing and VIP packages learn more here.
Meet Santa early this year at The Christmas Attic’s ‘Veteran’s Day with Santa’ as he stops by to thank our troops. On Monday November 11 from 11-3pm, guests can take photos with Saint Nick and enjoy refreshments and prizes. Alexandria-based author Bonnie Fite will be on hand to sign copies of her book ‘The New 12 Days of Christmas.’ Military families can receive 10 percent off with military identification.
Recently launched luxury nail lacquer brand Mischo Beauty is hosting a fabulous launch party on Wednesday November 13 at Toka Salon in Georgetown. Hosted by beauty bloggers Kara Manos of Politics of Pretty and Ashley Weatherford of August Skin, enjoy complimentary manicures and updos, champagne and sweet treats while viewing the new high-fashion inspired beauty collection. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to attend the event.
Posted by Cassandra Sturos / Monday, November 4th, 2013
Mary Poppins once referred to herself as “practically perfect in every way.” The leaves in Northern Virginia must be oh-so-smugly sharing that sentiment right about now, for they are positively resplendent. If you haven’t taken some time to bask in their splendor, you must. Here are some places to go get lost in the “practically perfect” beauty of the fall foliage before it’s all gone.
Skyline Drive- An obvious route for surrounding yourself in fall foliage, but go one further and head down into Luray. The town is known for the Luray Caverns, but the town is nestled so beautifully in the Blue Ridge Mountains, that every which way you turn you will be enveloped by ridges of color. The drive there will not disappoint either, so it’s win/win all around.
George Washington Memorial Parkway- While it may be beastly during your daily commute to and from work, don’t disregard the opportunities for ample fall foliage viewing along the Potomac. Take a moment to ahh-preciate the leaves, because while your commute may last, the colors won’t.
The Journey through hallowed Ground- This 180-mile National Scenic Byway and National Heritage Area runs from Gettysburg, Pa. through Maryland and enters Virginia in Loudoun County. Take a leisurely drive, winding along Highways 15 and 29 to Monticello in Charlottesville. Besides seeing the splendor that nature has to offer this time of year, take in noted passages and places of American history, such as battlefields and old estates. Stop by the renowned Inn at Little Washington, then roam the streets of the quaint historic town.
Crooked Road- For a weekend trip enjoying the fall colors, traverse down through the mountains of southern Virginia and explore Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail where bluegrass and traditional country music had beginnings and are still going strong today. Enjoy mountainous views, winding covered roads and local music.
Get in the Car and Go- All over Northern Virginia, opportunities to take in beauty abound with mountain ranges, lush forests, winding roads and battlefields, to name a few. With the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, you sometimes don’t even notice those looming mountain ranges right outside your car window. Designate some time to take a back road to Purcellville, Middleburg or through The Plains, all of which tout phenomenal byways and views—and don’t forget wineries—to enjoy not only the last of the fall foliage, but some much-deserved downtime.
Posted by Angela Bobo / Monday, November 4th, 2013
Living in the NoVA area, we all know that between work, rush-hour traffic, meetings, etc. it can be hard to find time for shopping and staying current on all of the trends. After years of working in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical industry, Naina Singla understood the need for busy women to find time for fashion. Because of this she created STYLE’N, a style consulting firm in the area that offers everything from personal shopping, fashion styling, virtual styling and even a stylist on call. This do-it-all stylista shared with us her tips for traveling in comfort, best places to shop for clients and even what to wear when meeting the boyfriend’s parents for the first time. Read on below for more:
Audio Technology in D.C. detects 40,000 incidents of gunfire in the past eight years.
Obama’s new health care laws create higher premiums and anger among consumers.
The Washington Post
After years of playing football, a Purcellville teen gives it up for cheer-leading.
Polls indicate that Loudoun County residents aren’t enthused about candidates in either party for tomorrow’s election.
Posted by Eliana Reyes / Monday, November 4th, 2013
Yes, they can: This year’s Canstruction, an annual canned food sculpture competition, is up for display at Reagan National Airport until Nov. 9. [ARLnow]
Head to Tysons Corner this Wednesday for the opening of the DMV area’s first BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. [WBJ]
When Jersey Mike’s Subs opens in South Riding this Wednesday, they will offer 10,000 coupons for free subs with a $1 donation to either Freedom High School or John Champe High School. Can’t make it Wednesday? The promotion lasts until Nov. 10. [Patch]
Taste and drink some of the best that fall has to offer at Mad Fox Brewery’s Autumn Beer Dinner this Wednesday. Dishes range from Boar Ragout to Roasted Bone Marrow, and every course is paired with an apt beer.
No guts, no glory: Glory Days is offering more franchise opportunities in DC, Maryland and Virginia. [Eater]
Cameron’s Chocolates, a coffee and chocolate shop in Fairfax Circle, shows that “everyone can work” thanks to namesake Cameron Graham: “At least half of the shop’s employee base is made up of individuals with intellectual disabilities, and they’re doing an amazing job of running the place.” [Patch]
Posted by Brandon Payton / Friday, November 1st, 2013
By Brandon Payton
The Paxton Manor mansion is nothing less than creepy from the outside at night. It’s whats on the inside that matters though, right? This weekend, the last weekend of the event, the renowned Paxton Campus is open to visitors who dare enter and experience a paranormal recreation of what has been deemed by many, paranormal investigators included, to be truly haunted by spirits. The house is built on top of an underground lake full of unexplored caverns. With more than 32 rooms inside the mansion there’s plenty of mystery and more than enough room for your imagination to wander as you walk past dead nurses, zombies and ghouls who are waiting for you around most every corner and crevice the house holds. It’s bad enough that it’s dark inside the entire house, but it gets worse when the occasional strobe will show the face of an undead actor who is closer to you than you thought.
Apart from the thrills of the haunted Paxton mansion there’s a clown fun house right across the campus that might be more than you can handle. You’ll walk through mazes of mirrors and misleading hallways running in to the occasional clown that will make your heart skip a beat.
Among these great scares on the Paxton Campus there is a simulated coffin ride in which guests, who dare, lie down in a replicated coffin with the door closed and are shaken around to simulate the feeling of being buried alive. Underneath the Paxton mansion is the “Well of Souls” where guests take a journey to the basement of the mansion, guests are closest now to the underground lake, where they encounter other ghouls, including a mad doctor and his patient.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Paxton Campus, an organization dedicated to serving people with disabilities and their families, as well as helping children with all abilities thrive in our community.
Open 7 – 10.pm
Friday & Saturday (Nov. 1 & 2)
Paxton Manor $20
Fun Clown House $5
Hanuted Well of Souls $5
The Paxton Campus
601 Catoctin Circle NE, in Leesburg
Posted by Robert Fowler / Friday, November 1st, 2013
By Robert Fowler
They are woven with delicate care by the most precise of hands. Made from materials that are binding, locking together in harmonious embrace. They carry everything from perishables to our most prized possessions. Baskets are deceptively intricate, honeycombs of straw that are both practically useful and aesthetically pleasant.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is, we can all agree, a pretty big deal. Featuring works of both cultural and historical significance, it is an exemplary institution of Americana. One of their current exhibitions is not to be missed — A Measure of the Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets. Featuring over 100 lovingly crafted baskets by over sixty basketmakers, these beauties demonstrate varied cultural traditions in their design.
The basketmakers include residents of Virginia, many of whom constructed their work of art out of materials found in this proud state. Held in the Renwick Gallery and curated by Nicholas Bell, this collection has been doubled by the generous contribution of Arlington collectors Steven Cole and Martha Ware. With a wide variety in their design and and packing an abundance of cultural resonance, this is one show not to be missed. Make sure to pick up the exhibition catalog by Nicholas Bell during the tour, so you can preserve these artifacts as a wonderful addition to your coffee table.
Oct. 4-Dec. 8. Open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th St. N.W.
Posted by Angela Bobo / Friday, November 1st, 2013
A former model turned beauty expert, Lianne Farbes has mastered the beauty world after working with major brands like Lancome, Clarins and even creating her own eyeshadow for MAC called ‘Hocus Pocus.’ Now she uses her over 20 years of experience to share her tips and product knowledge with the world on her award-winning website The Makeup Girl. We were lucky enough to speak with the guru about her favorite cold weather products, the five-minute face, favorite lip colors and much more. Check out her must-read advice below:
The federal Office of Special Counsel (OSC) reported wasting of government funds in regard to Homeland Security employees taking unearned overtime pay.
The Washington Post
In two weeks the National Park Service will start removing scaffolding from the Washington Monument.
Local girl loses battle to cancer but influences community.
Students at Hayfield Secondary School and Oakton High School were trending on Twitter for a class government debate.