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White Sneakers: One Step Closer to the Perfect Summer Look

Posted by Angela Bobo / Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Converse Chuck Taylor Low-Top Sneakers, $44.95; photo courtesy of

In the grand tradition of fashion, the season’s ‘it’ shoe is actually a classic. White sneakers have long been a staple on the tennis court and in middle schools everywhere. But, recently fashion insiders like Phoebe Philo of Celine, Julie Sarinana of Sincerely Jules and scores of street style stars, have incorporated the shoes into fresh outfits ranging from colorful suits to cut-off shorts. The classic shape and crisp color makes them easy to work with virtually any outfit for a quick dose of casual cool. Our pick is the classic and affordable Low-Top Chuck Taylor style or opt for a sportier favorite like the adored Stan Smith Adidas. Pair with your favorite flippy skirt or a classic button-down and shorts—the possibilities are endless.

-Angela Bobo

Real NoVA Housewives and Real Sales at South Moon Under

Posted by Editorial / Monday, June 9th, 2014

By Helen Ray

South Moon Under Summer Block Party

Photo Courtesy of South Moon Under

This summer continues to bring fabulous sales for shoppers in NoVA. South Moon Under will be showing off their summer styles during their second annual Summer Block Party with Andrea Khoury from Real Housewives of Northern Virginia. South Moon Under is celebrating the season by giving customers a 20 percent discount on all store items, giving away swag bags for the first 50 customers and providing refreshments including cupcakes and a Honest Tea cocktails. They’re keeping the event fun and fresh by also having a beauty and braid bar provided by First Impressions Salon. This girls night out inspired event will be this Thursday June 12th at their Mosaic District location from 6-8 p.m.

Celebrating Big Sales

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

 By Helen Ray 

Henri Bendel Birthday Bash

Photo courtesy of Henri Bendel

Henri Bendel stores across the nation are celebrating the brand’s birthday all week starting Monday June 2. Their huge celebration includes 30-40 percent off discounts for select items and free shipping for online shoppers who spend over $100. For an extra special treat, there will be an in-store event  on Thursday June 5 at The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City and Tysons Galleria; where in-store shoppers will get extra discounts, a free Henri Bendel scarf with a purchase of $150 or more and tasty treats including cupcakes and champagne. To check out the fabulous items they have on sale check out their page online.

Also on Thursday, She’s Unique jewelry boutique in Old Town is holding a Carnival themed event during the Old Town Block Party from 6-8pm.  The ‘She’s Unique Carnival‘ will include delicious refreshments, discounts up to 30 percent off on their fabulous jewelry, an Instagram contest and to top it off, local blogger Natalie Pinto of The Fashionable Broke as the host. For a special treat Pinto will be dishing out her best style advice including how to layer necklaces, wearing big statement jewelry and layering rings. RSVP to the event here.  

On Saturday June 7 The Yard Park in D.C. will be filled with chic and trendy fashion trucks for their first ever ‘Fashion Yards’ event. The boutiques present will be a mix of known fashion trucks and pop up trucks; including local fashion trucks like Style Ride and Street Boutique and some boutiques turning mobile like Charm Georgetown and Lettie Gooch. Besides fashion, the event will have an  ice cream truck, a DJ and for those over 21, wine and champagne. The event is free to attend and is from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. allowing for an entire day of outdoor shopping. For more information and to register for a chance to win a $500 gift card check out their website and event page

Bye-Bye Bethenny Frankel, There’s a New Skinny Wine in Town: Virginia Winemarket Debuts B-Thin Light Pinot Gris

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Bogati Bodega and Vineyard

 “Where else have you heard of a patented light wine?” asked Jim Bogarty, owner of Bogati Bodega & Vineyard in Round Hill.

B-Thin is the newest wine from Bogati and is also the first patent-pending light wine in Virginia, says Bogarty. Despite the perk of being lower in calories—just under 100 per glass, the same as Bethenny Frankel‘s line of Skinnygirl wines—the light pinot gris doesn’t sacrifice for a full-bodied flavor, says Bogarty: it has “full flavor, great taste and a nice finish.”

According to Bogarty most light wines currently on the market are made using an extractive process: this reverse osmosis takes the alcohol out of the wine and as a result, says Bogarty, creates a bland flavor. Unlike these other light wines, Bogarty says that his wine is made using an “additive process that uses the original taste [of the grapes]. Instead this process takes nothing out of the product,” and hovers at 10 percent alcohol.

Bogarty, also the owner of Berryville‘s Veramar Vineyard, suggests pairing the wine with spicy food like Thai, creating a balance between the cool, fruity flavor of the wine and the spicier accents of the dish. / Bogati Bodega & Vineyard, 35246 Harry Byrd Highway, Round Hill.

Going Bun-Less

Here is how I know I am changing.


Photo by Cassandra Sturos

This looks like a pile of not so great food. But what’s not photographed—what is already in my stomach— is grilled chicken, avocado and one tomato slice.

So why am I showing you my lunch? I ran out the door this morning for my workout with my water bottle and gym bag in tow, but neglected to pack any healthy fare or snacks. I had to work after my workout so having no forms of sustenance all day was a mistake.

I ruminated over what my options were for lunch acknowledging that I am most definitely on a budget. I wanted Chipotle. It seemed manageable and protein-packed, but spending nine dollars on lunch didn’t thrill me. I remembered that I had a coupon for five dollars off at a quick burger place. Though I didn’t want to be tempted by fries, pop or cheesy goodness, I felt a strong resolve after having worked out that I would pick a veggie burger. Plus, I really wanted to save five dollars.

I got to the burger joint and happily discovered that you could get grilled chicken in place of any burger patty. I got the California burger with chicken. I did get sweet potato fries, though I knew I wasn’t really fooling myself as they were deep fried and probably retained little to no nutrients after the fact.

I sat down and took a bite of the burger. It was topped with two tomato slices, some wilted lettuce, avocado, Swiss cheese and lime mayo. After one bite, massive guilt set in. This wasn’t healthy at all, except for the grilled chicken. I knew I could do better.

I have always thought that the health tip of getting rid of the buns on burgers or dogs was an absolute crock. I felt I could never do that as the bready exterior was the perfect compliment to grilled meat. Even though at home, I have long since kissed buns and breads goodbye, I find it so hard when eating out. Lately though, I have found myself missing bread less and less.

After the first bite, I took off the bottom bun and took a second bite. Still I didn’t feel it sufficed. I took both buns off, scraped away the melty cheese slathered in mayo, took away the rather sad looking lettuce and removed one tomato.

I ate what was left: grilled chicken, a few pieces of mashed avocado and one tomato slice. And, yes, a few sweet potato fries.

A pile of carbohydrates, dairy and unneeded calories remained. I couldn’t believe I did it. I pulled off not one but two buns and cheese and then threw it away after paying for it. Who am I? Clearly a changed woman that’s who.

Even though the lunch still packed some calories I could’ve avoided had I done that dreadful planning ahead thing, I am grateful that I had a lesson in making good health choices in the somewhat tumultuous waters of the restaurant world.


Bringing a Little Bit of France to Fairfax

Posted by Editorial / Friday, May 30th, 2014

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Photo courtesy of Sashkin/

By Jessica Godart

You may have missed Cannes, but the best of French cinema is heading to Fairfax.

UniFrance Films brings France to the U.S. through some of the country’s most recent popular films. The organization’s first French Film Festival will be held June 2-5 in nine cities around the U.S., including at Fairfax’s Angelika Mosaic Theaters.

UniFrance promotes French cinema worldwide and plans to hold mini festivals on a quarterly basis for French films that have yet to find an American distributor.

The theaters will be showing up to three films a night, alternating which ones will be shown throughout the five days.

Abeline Monzier, U.S. representative for UniFrance Films, said the event was created specifically for the U.S. While 50-60 French films are run in the U.S. every year, Monzier said that there are over 250 in France.

“(There are) definitely room for more French films,” she said. 


After throwing away his promising legal career, Pierre throws himself into his passion: showjumping. Gambling everything he has on a horse with no chance of winning, Jappeloup, Pierre coaches and improves his abilities until the two build a relationship that takes them further than they had ever dreamed possible.


It Boy (20 ans d’écart)
Up for a promotion, 38-year-old Alice is keeping herself on a straight path to become Editor-in-Chief of her paper. After a mistake leads her current editor to believe she’s in a relationship with a boy 20 years her senior, management is intrigued and love the relationship. In order to keep herself in line for the position, Alice must go along with her fake relationship – but not with great outcomes.


Little Lion (Comme un Lion)
With a soccer dream close on the horizon, Mitri believes everything is coming together for him at 15. But when it all begins to fall apart in Paris, just when his dream is so close, Mitri feels too ashamed to go back to the home he once knew. On his own and penniless, he works to make his dream of playing professional soccer a reality again.


A Monkey on my Shoulder (À Coeur Ouvert)
The perfect marriage and perfect jobs was supposed to be enough for Mila and Javier after 10 years. They loved their heart surgeon jobs, they were crazy in love, what more could there be? But when Mila becomes pregnant, the relationship becomes off-balanced and Javier turns to drinking. Two people madly in love suddenly become strangers.


Tour de Force
When his obsession with the Tour de France drives away his wife and family, François decides to ride the tour himself, timing himself one day ahead of the race. As crowds gather for him and he overcomes obstacles he never imagined on his ride, François begins to realize what is really important in his life – the only obstacle now is, can he get it?


Under the Rainbow (Au Bout du Conte)
Happily ever after never really starts that way for princesses and Laura is no exception. Looking for her Prince Charming at 24, Laura wonders which prince will be her charming. Following each character into their own world, the movie is an entertaining comedy with a cast that makes it so.


French Film Festival
Angelika Mosaic Theaters

2911 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031
June 2-5 
Times and tickets can be seen here

You can also check SWAG to see what French-inspired ensembles to wear to the festival.



Star Chefs Come to NoVA for Vintage Virginia Festival This Weekend

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Vintage Virginia Wine and Food Festival

Photo Courtesy of Vintage Virginia Wine and Food Festival

By Allison Michelli

Everyone is familiar with the classic southern dish of shrimp and grits, but have you every tried it in a cake form? 

Chef Tia McDonald is taking this well-known dish and pairing it with cucumber radish salad to create a Virginia-inspired recipe. “By turning the grits into a seared cake it adds a new dimension of  crunchy texture to the dish,” says MacDonald. “The crisp, clean flavor [of the cucumbers] adds a great balance to the creamy, crunchy, shrimp and grit cakes.”

You can find this dish, and more like it, at the 33rd Annual Vintage Virginia Wine and Food Festival, where chefs Emily Ellyn, Barbie Marshall, and Tia McDonald will be serving up their versions of Virginia-inspired dishes like chicken and waffles and peanut butter and wine jelly “snow cone” at the Star Chef Seminars. Ellyn’s quirky snow cone was inspired by Virginia’s bold and spicy-sweet red wines.

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A Sugary Sweet Surprise from Fresh Beauty

Posted by Angela Bobo / Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Tulip, $22.50; photo courtesy of

It’s no secret that Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments are a must-have for all beauty lovers. The lightweight combination of highly-pigmented color and intense hydration makes it a truly unique product that can go from work to play, especially during the balmy days of summer. In a truly Beyonce-esque move, the company released a brand new lip color last night to the sheer delight of fans everywhere. Tulip, a  bright pink shade, is the perfect warm weather color to add to your arsenal now. Pick up this sure to be cult-classic at your local Sephora today.


Loudoun County Chefs, Farmers and Winemakers Gear Up For Farm To Fork

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

By Evan Milberg

This summer, Loudoun County farmers, winemakers and chefs will come together for “Farm to Fork,” an 11-day event from July 24 – August 3 that showcases locally grown products. Twenty-six restaurants, 14 farms and eight award-winning Loudoun wineries will be participating. “It’s like Restaurant Week, but with local products,” says Miriam Nasuti, the founder of Farm to Fork. For each restaurant that participates, at least 70 percent of the menu’s ingredients has to come from locally sourced products—from meats to wine—from Loudoun. 

Yesterday, many of the restaurants, farms and vineyards participating met in Ashburn for a “Meet and Greet” to network and discuss how they plan on collaborating to make Farm to Fork work. In her closing remarks, Nasuti said “farmers, be good to your chefs, and chefs, be good to your farmers.” On June 15, the farmers and restaurants and wineries will all decide who they’re going to work with for their seasonal menus. 

Arlington streetcar price tag rises; Concussion clinic comes to Loudoun

By Janeé Williams

Estimated price tags and ridership increase for Arlington streetcars.

Virginia’s legal community raised 1.4 million pounds of food.

Micro-unit apartment proposed for Crystal City.

Inova Loudoun Hospital’s concussion clinic brings relief to hundreds.
(Loudoun Times)

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