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Keep Your Cool: Jeans and Tanks Re-purposed

Posted by Editorial / Monday, July 14th, 2014

By Helen Ray

You know the heat is too much when you wake up and it’s already 90 degrees. You want to dress trendy but you know more then likely you’re just going to end up feeling sweaty and wanting to hide away in the air conditioning. You’re wondering ‘what’s the point in dressing up’? So, you opt for a classic look– something that’s comfortable, familiar and appropriate for multiple occasions. We’re talking about the good ole jeans and tank look. And yes, we love our jeans and tanks, but just because we’re opting for a simpler outfit doesn’t mean it has to be boring. To help inspire your heated mornings we’ve put together four looks you can keep your cool in, while being comfortable and still feeling fabulous. 

Leather tank and white jeans

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Leather tank, white jeans, red flats, necklace and bag

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Strong is the New Skinny: Four Ways to Get Your Muscle On

4 Ways to Get Your Muscle On

Photo courtesy of Edyta Pawlowska/

By Helen Ray

The trending mantra “strong is the new skinny” has made a wave in women’s health in recent years.  Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook are seemingly flooded with images of women flaunting their six packs over six ribs.

This world of strong women has even welded their own celebrities including Virginia native, Christmas Abbott, who is a well-known CrossFit enthusiast, NASCAR’s first female pit crew member and mega-muscle woman. If becoming the next G.I. Jane is an interest to you, here are some exercise routines and nutrition information you can adopt to suit your new muscle needs. 

Is a general strength and conditioning technique that incorporates functional moves such as squatting, jumping, pulling and lifting, performed at high intensity. CrossFit varies workout routines by following a workout of the day (WOD) method so you avoid a monotonous routine.  CrossFit is great for people who get bored at the gym easily, who don’t have a lot of time to work out and who thrive off working in groups.  

Ballston Crossfit, 1110 N. Glebe Road Arlington, 22201

Crossfit Verity, 22710 Executive Drive Sterling, 20166


General Strengthening
There are some local gyms that specialize in strengthening, incorporating similar functional moves to build strength but don’t follow the intensity of CrossFit. These gyms are great for people who are looking for more personalized routines, who like working out  in a smaller group of people and if you’re not quite the competitive type.

Underground Athlete, 3150 Spring Street Fairfax, 22031 and 101 Executive Drive Suite D Sterling, 20166


Was adopted from the idea of generating controlled movements. It incorporates a unity of mind and body where you’re constantly trying to strengthen your “powerhouse”— the core of your body including your abdomen, lower back, inner thighs and buttocks. Pilates is great for people who want a general body strengthening and toning, who are introverts when it comes to working out and who believe in quality of quantity.

Inner Core Wellness, 2108-A Gallows Road Vienna, 22182

Mind the Matt,  3300 B Fairfax Drive, Arlington, 22201 and 2214 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, 22301


Pole Fitness
This type of exercise has become very popular in women’s fitness as a way to hone strength and confidence. Pole fitness incorporates acrobatics and dancing for an ultimate workout that tones your core, arms and legs. It’s great for open-minded women who work out best in female-friendly zones and who want to work out in a unique and feminine way. 

Diva Fit, 4080 Lafayette Center Drive Suite 210 C Chantilly, 20151, 157 B Hillwood Ave Falls Church, 22046 and 317 Sunset Park Drive Herndon, 20170

Pole Pressure, 2304A Huntington Avenue Alexandria, 22303


While deciding the right workout is important for the appearance of your body, you also don’t want to neglect what you put into it. Danielle Omar, local registered dietitian/nutritionist, suggests keeping your calories up through protein intake and watching portion sizes. She also recommends increasing water intake since muscle is mostly made out of water, “you need to keep your water intake up to preserve muscle and to build more muscle. The more dehydrated you are, the less muscle you’ll be able to build.”

Warrenton’s Historic Jimmie’s Market Plans to Close After 75 Years of Business

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Jimmie's Market

By Allison Michelli

After 75 years in business, Jimmie’s Market, Kidwell Caterers and The Madison Tea Room in Warrenton will be closing their doors this October.

Original owner Jimmie Kidwell opened the market in December 1939 after the A&P he worked at initiated self-service shopping—a more conventional form of  shopping—where customers didn’t need to directly interact with store employees to pick out their grocery items.

According to a statement provided by Jimmie’s current owner, Susan Feely, this allowed Jimmie to move his clientele to his new business where fine service was the standard. Jimmie’s Market sold specialty foods like hand-cut veal liver, fresh meats and produce and Italian, Spanish and Greek specialty food from D.C. Feeley remembers that Jimmie’s was the first store in the state of Virginia to sell Birdseye frozen vegetables. She explains, at that time the owner of Bird’s Eye frozen foods had a home in Warrenton and he wanted to show off his new products so he sent Jimmie a freezer so that he could sell the frozen vegetables in the store.

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The Pursuit of Curls

Posted by Editorial / Monday, July 7th, 2014

Curly Hair

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By Helen Ray

While the summer weather brings about joyous cheers for most, to those with curly hair the humid weather prompts screams in fear of dry, unruly and frizzy curls. So, as we prepare for the middle of summer in the notorious swamp region we call home, we’ve reached out to two experts, Mona Harb, “curlyologist” and owner of  Lofty Salon, as well as Denise Viveiros of W Salon for tips and tricks on how to prepare our curls for the worst. After-all, all curly haired gals ever want is everyday perfect Carrie Bradshaw-esque curls, and is that too much to ask for?

The Cut:

Viveiros explains that a cut won’t eliminate frizz but the key to well-shaped and manageable curls begins with a pair of scissors. Harb agrees telling us that, “the cut is super important, you need enough length to pull down the curls but want it to frame the face and not be too short.” So, don’t skimp on who you go to for your cut–even if that means going to one stylist for color and another for your curls. 

Before and after mellow curls

Style by Mona Harb, photo courtesy of Lofty Salon

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Happy Foodie Fourth of July

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Photo courtesy of City Square Cafe.

By Allison Michelli

Celebrate Fourth of July this year by getting in touch with your inner foodie. Cook-outs and barbecues can be blase, so shake it up and go out to eat  for dinner. No frills, no dishes and no fuss. After filling your belly, kick back and relax at one of the many Fourth of July celebrations and firework displays happening in the area.

City Square Cafe, 9428 Battle St., Manassas. Three-course dinner featuring a red, white and blue salad made with  blueberries, hard boiled egg whites and raspberries over a bed of field greens with raspberry dressing. Served with focaccia bread. For an entree choose between prime rib served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables or Mediterranean salmon served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Dessert is Martha’s Apple pie a la mode. Live music by Thom Feucht. $49 pp plus tax and gratuity. Seatings at 6:30, 7:30, and 9:30 p.m. For reservations call 703 369-6022.

Old Town Sports Pub, 8971 Center St., Manassas.  $1.50/each All-American sliders starting at 3 p.m. Options include, cheeseburger, pork barbecue, buffalo chicken and steak sliders. 

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Fourth of July Events in Northern Virginia

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

By Jessica Godart

Looking for the best time this Independence Day? This round-up of NoVA festivals and fireworks range from Circus shows to ’80′s themes and contests and more. Celebrate America’s big day the way you want with your pick of celebrations.

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Payne.

Independence Day Celebration

Starting off with a morning parade at 10, Historic Downtown Leesburg will celebrate America’s birthday with American Originals Fife and Drum Corps and plenty of walking participants ranging from dancers to classic cars and a roller derby group.

Twisting it up this year, the town will also be spinning by to ’80’s with their themed banners, music, signs and bright atmosphere. Eighties tribute band, The Breakfast Club, will be performing Friday evening in Leesburg as part of the celebrations. The band is known for their embodiment of the MTV generation in the decade. Festival goers are encouraged to dress as retro as they can to participate in the theme.  

A food court of festival favorites such as ice cream, grilled food, sweets and funnel cakes will also be set up during the celebration. Music will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Fourth of July Celebration
25 West Market Street
Leesburg, 20176


Fireworks and Romance

Set up for couples who would like to celebrate the anniversary with a little mood lighting, Mansion Lawn at Morven Park will be lit up for the fourth. Catering by Vintage will provide light snacks and refreshments for visitors as they set up blankets and chairs throughout the lawn.

Fireworks and Romance
Morven Park
17263 Southern Planter Ln.
Leesburg, 20176



Photo courtesy of Herndon Parks and Recreation Dept.

Herndon’s Fourth of July Celebration

Old Town Herndon is known for its big celebrations, and the Fourth of July is no exception. Starting at 6:30 p.m., kids, parents and friends will have the chance to take part in free face painting, bingo, crafts and more at Bready Park. The Plaids Band begins playing at 7 p.m. as festival food and drinks will be arranged for attendees.

The celebration is meant for all ages, and this year Herndon will not only be celebrating Independence Day but will also be hosting the grand opening of the new playground in Bready Park.

Fireworks will begin at dark and are uniquely choreographed to music.

Pyrotechnics company, Zambelli Fireworks, will be choreographing the firework show to music selected by staff at the Herndon Community Center. Rock music mixed with patriotic grooves will be in sync with the fireworks to the point where some of the shapes of the explosives go along with the lyrics to the songs.

Old Town Herndon Celebration
814 Ferndale Ave.
Herndon, 20170


Historic Manassas Celebrate America

Watermelon, apple pies and fireworks – oh my! Historic Manassas will host an evening of competitions and celebration as the sun goes down and attendees prepare for fireworks.

Located in the area surrounding the train depot, Harris Pavilion and Manassas Museum, the part starts at 4 p.m. and goes till 10 p.m. with an explosion of fireworks lighting the sky at 9:15 p.m.

If sitting around and waiting isn’t your style, register today for the apple pie-baking contest; the top three winners will receive a gift card from Historic Downtown Manassas (First place- $100, Second place – $75, Third place – $50). There will also be a watermelon eating contest at 5 p.m. in the pavilion where hungry celebrators will chow down till there’s only one winner left.

For kids less interested in the sweets or fruits, they can decorate their bikes in red, white and blue and prizes will be given out for best decorations.

With a great, open area historical Manassas will light up just right to show off its beauty as the nation celebrates the Fourth.

Old Town Manassas Fireworks
9431 West St.
Manassas, 20110



Vienna Fourth of July Celebration

Photo courtesy of Vienna Park and Recreation Department.


Vienna Festival and Fireworks

From pooches to antique car, the Vienna Community Center will be full of activities as they ring in the Fourth. Starting at 11 a.m., the festival will feature the Vienna Community Band, arts and crafts, chili cook-off, a car show, one-ring circus and not to mention the Pooches on Parade.  Pets will be dressed in costumes and paraded proudly through Caffi Infield. This will only be the second year the puppy parade has come to the festival, but the parade will offer a wading pool and sprinkler set up specifically for the pooches.

The Old Bay Circus Show will be performing for the first time at the festival. A great family-oriented show, the circus was brought to the festival with the children that attend in mind.

The fireworks scheduled to set off at 9:15 p.m. will be located at Southside Park, a short bike ride or drive from Vienna Community Center.

July 4th Festival and Fireworks Show
120 Cherry St SE
Vienna, 22180

Red, White and Boom: Fourth of July Weekend Sales and News

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

By Helen Ray

In addition to cookouts, celebrating independence and a day off, the Fourth is  a great weekend to shop. So, if you find yourself wandering away from fireworks and into the mall keep your eyes peeled for great sales.

529 Kids Consign

Photo courtesy of 529 Kids Consign

Treat the kids to something special with a new outfit from 529 Kids Consign.  Stop by either one of their two locations in Old Town and Hollin Hall to score 25% off all full-priced summer items.   The store accepts and sells high-end brands with sizes ranging from babies to tweens; they also carry items for expectant mothers. The sale will be happening from July 3-7.

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Six Fashionable Reads for A Weekend Getaway

Posted by Editorial / Monday, June 30th, 2014

Fashion Books
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By Helen Ray 

There’s something about summer that seems to reignite my love affair with books. Maybe it’s the longer days, the promise of holidays or simply the desire to sit outside more; but every summer I find myself reuniting with my dusty library card and searching for the latest page turner to feast my eyes on. Since there’s a long weekend approaching, I’ve compiled a list of books that every fashion lover should immediately dive into. The list is a buffet of fashion novels that suits all tastes—including a style guide, biographies, history of fashion and even a fun murder mystery. Plus they won’t take up too much room in your Fourth of July weekend bag.

1.“#GirlBoss” by Sophia Amoruso

The highly anticipated novel, written by the founder of Nasty Gal, details her rise to success in creating the mega online store and gives straightforward career advice from the “girl boss” herself.

2. “Influenced” by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

The superstar twins compiled a series of interviews with their biggest fashion influences. The interviews are genuine and thoughtful and are meant to provide insight into a few of the highly coveted roles in the world of fashion.

 3. “Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet” by Tim Gunn and Ada Calhoun.

The title says it all. This is an informative and fun book that explains the history of fashion. Tim Gunn explains how western fashion has evolved with need to know tidbits about the origin of the clothes we love to wear. 

4. “Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life” by Justine Picardie

No fashion list is complete without Chanel. This biography is a tell-all tale of Gabrielle Chanel—from her meager upbringing to the monumental person she became.

5. “Spying in High Heels” by Gemma Halliday

This book is a total guilty pleasure. It doesn’t have anything to do with the industry, but it does involve one fashion obsessed protagonist and a thrilling murder mystery.   

6. “The Little Black Book of Style” by Nina Garcia

Fashion director of Elle magazine and notorious judge on Project Runway, Nina Garcia, dishes out her best tips, tricks and how to’s for a complete style guide. It covers everything from casual to formal wear, how to mix patterns and how to develop your own sense of style. 

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Hands NoVA Chefs, Butchers and Restaurateurs Rammy Awards

Posted by Editorial / Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Pastry Chef Caitlin Dysart / Courtesy of 2941 Restaurant

By Allison Michelli

On Sunday, June 22 The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) honored the best of restaurants, chefs, restaurateurs and managers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area at the 32nd annual RAMMY Awards

The 20 award winners included a smattering of Northern Virginia culinary figures: Caitlin Dysart of the 2941 Restaurant (Falls Church) was named Pastry Chef of the Year and Michael Babin of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group was named Restaurateur of the Year

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6 International Looks for Stylish World Cup Fans

Posted by Editorial / Monday, June 16th, 2014

By Helen Ray

The World Cup has officially begun which means we can look forward to a weekend of happy hour deals, greasy food and watching endless amounts of soccer. While we love the World Cup because we enjoy watching the game of soccer (and the men who play in it); there’s also the international appeal, motivating us to wear outfits inspired by our favorite international teams. After all, just because we go to sports bars to watch the games, doesn’t mean we can only throw on a soccer jersey to show our support. Here are five looks inspired by some of our favorite World Cup teams that are stylish, spirited and perfect for a summer weekend sipping on worldly cocktails


This jeans and tee shirt look screams proud (and stylish) American. The boyfriend jeans and white peasant top are comfortable and loose which is perfect for watching the games outdoors in NoVA’s notorious humid weather. Since the red, white and blue inspired outfit sticks to basics, the outfit incorporates bright and bold accessories which truly show your American pride.

USA Outfit

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