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Upcoming Events in NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Paige Novick


By Danielle Harvey

Jewelry designer Paige Novick is showcasing her collection of fine jewelry at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase, Maryland on September 11-12 from 10 a.m-5 p.m. The informal atmosphere is great for browsing the new pieces. Known for her trendy yet timeless designs, she’ll also be featuring her jewelry collection Phyne by Paige Novick. If you’re looking for that special piece or finishing touch for an outfit that you can’t wait to wear, be sure to view her collections before you go.

Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt? If that sounds like you, head over to Old Town Alexandria for their 7th Annual Old Town Boutique District Scavenger Hunt on September 18-20. Attendees have the option of pre-registering for the event from September 5-15, which makes the first 200 participants eligible for a Baggu tote bag, printed passport and promotional packet. Stores participating in this event include The Shoe Hive, Hysteria and lou lou Boutique to name a few. Participants in the scavenger hunt also have the opportunity to win prizes and up to $3,500 in gift certificates by completing their passports from visiting each store. Hours vary depending on each retailer, so check out the event website to learn more.

The beauty retailer Bluemercury, Inc. is coming up on 15 years in the business. To celebrate they are offering complimentary makeovers, mini-facials and treatment in-stores and you can visit each of the three locations in Virginia including Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax. Stop by on September 13 from 10 a.m-7 p.m. In addition to hosting the in-store parties, the company is also giving attendees the chance to see their 15th Anniversary Best Sellers Collection. So visit their website for more details about the company or to browse products.

3 Fall Fashion Trends From Local Boutiques

Posted by Editorial / Friday, September 5th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey
Cooler temperatures are approaching and that only means one thing to fashion lovers: fall trends. Local boutiques have got you covered on the latest styles you might need in the coming months. From graphic tees, leather booties, mod prints and everything in between–rest assured that fall is going to be your best season yet. Take a look at the trends below from Bishop Boutique, Swoon Boutique and Undeniable Boutique to stay up-to-date.


The Bootie

Bishop Boutique




Kelly Wearstler Grey Muscle Tank, $74; BCBG Midi Skirt, $158; photo courtesy of Swoon Boutique

French Connection “Serena” Bootie, $195; photo courtesy of Bishop Boutique

Leather details and varying heel heights make this shoe so versatile that it can be worn during any occasion. “Fall 2014 is all about the bootie and shoetie– designers have taken it in many different directions which allows anyone to incorporate this trend into their wardrobe,” Kelly Ferenc, owner of Bishop Boutique says.

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Cravings: Danny Deco Roll at Flying Fish

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Photo by Susannah Black

Photo by Susannah Black

By Susannah Black

Danny Deco Roll, $14

Where: Flying Fish, 815 King St., Alexandria

Taste: Named after Flying Fish’s first (and former) sushi chef Danny Simmavong, the Danny Deco roll doubles the tuna, with the pink fish both inside and outside a ring of rice. Avocado contributes to the richness, tobiko (fish egg) brings a briny tang and fried tempura bits—and a mound of crispy potato straws—add crunch. Forgo the soy sauce and dip the Deco into a house-made creamy, tangy, sweet and spicy sauce decorating the plate. 

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The 5K Shuffle

I completed the 5K I decided all of two weeks ago to do, and trained for twice. It went quite well, considering.

The last 5K I did was Easter weekend and I felt pretty sensational during that one so I was a little worried this time around might be a challenge as I pretty much haven’t run since Easter. My only goal was not to be slower than my last time which I think was around 38 or maybe 39 minutes. I did finish in that allotted time and the race didn’t feel too terrible, as in, I could run without feeling like I might keel over at any moment. 

I did, however, notice that for the first mile and a half a slightly hunched senior citizen was in front of me. He seemed to be about seventysomething and ran in what resembled a slow shuffle. He was consistently in front of me, his senior shuffle just a tad faster than my jog. I wanted to beat him but I was at such a comfortable pace that I thought, why rock the boat and kudos to him for getting at it like that. But when I was pushing in on mile two, and still I felt comfortable to be coasting behind a rather old man who was shuffling while I dripped with sweat from my jog, I thought, maybe I ought to push myself just an ounce harder and overtake this guy. 

I did and yet his shuffle haunted me the rest of the race, making me run faster than I cared to. I kept trying to discreetly look over my shoulder without looking paranoid that he was gaining on me. I could hear his shuffle though, consistently reminding me to not get too complacent in my run and maybe run faster than the 70-year-old, who despite being 70 and shuffling was clearly more fit. 

My sister’s boyfriend snapped a photo of my finish and it made me realize something else. I couldn’t help but recall the 5K I completed on January, and the photo from that day as well. And then I suspected they might differ slightly. 

Here is the one from eight months ago.

Photo by Ryan DeHaven


 Here is the one from three days ago. 


Photo by Kurt Sanderson


 Even if I was getting surpassed by a very fit 70-year-old, it wasn’t the worst thing in the world after all.


NoVA’s First Annual Fashion Walk

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Photo Courtesy of The Shoe Hive

By Danielle Harvey

Get those walking shoes ready for September 18. The Shoe Hive, Hysteria and Sara Campbell are hosting the first annual fashion walk from Fairfax to Royal Street in Alexandria. The event is free and open to anyone.  Enjoy cocktails at The Shoe Hive and Hysteria while browsing the latest collections from 6-7p.m.  The runway shows at Sara Campbell will feature three categories including casual wear, work attire and evening wear at 7:30p.m and 8:30p.m. Guests can expect to see trends ranging from leather and houndstooth details to peplum tops and animal print dresses just to name a few. The informal atmosphere features a runway carpet with space to admire the looks being shown while people are shopping. With models showcasing options for any occasion, attendees will be ready for any fashionable moment fall brings their way. All three stores offer a free gift with purchase and guests can also register to win a gift card at each location. 



The Perfect Boots are One Click Away

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

 By Angela Bobo


Adie Brown Fitted Boots, $370;

It’s no secret that the style obsessed love fall fashion as it is the time when sartorial chops are expertly on display with carefully layered knits, scarves, leather and colorful jackets. One item that never evades the cold weather wardrobe starting five is a pair of boots. Whether cut short around the ankles or stacked tall to the knee, you could live in the right pair of boots all season long.  It is so frustrating to finally get your hands on the new must-have boot only to find that it wasn’t made for you; it’s too tight or the calf is too wide.  I seem to be in the latter tribe, which is why I was delighted to discover Duo Boots. The website offers a wide range of stylish shoes in 21 calf sizes and varying widths for a fit that will seem as if the cobbler made them solely for you. Visit the website today and grab your pair before the weather cools down. 

Brando Navy Chelsea Boots, $180;

Burning Railcars and Moving Museums in Manassas this Weekend

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Civil War Weekend in Manassas

Photo Courtesy of Historic Manassas, Inc.

By Bailey Lucero-Carter

Flames will light the night sky this Saturday in Old Town Manassas as Civil War re-enactors burn a railroad car to commemorate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s 1862 raid on the junction. This event is just one of many that will bring history back to Manassas as part of Civil War Weekend.

In addition, Old Town Manassas is commemorating Civil War Weekend with guest speakers like Bob O’Connor, author of “Catesby: Eyewitness to the Civil War,” tours of the plantation Liberia, weapons demonstrations and a special three-day exhibition of the Virginia Civil War 150 HistoryMobile.

Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission's HistoryMobile.

Photo courtesy of Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission.

The HistoryMobile, winner of the American Association of State and Local History’s 2013 Leadership in History Award of Merit, was established summer of 2011 in accordance with the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas, also known as the Battle of Bull Run.

This museum on wheels is a tractor-trailer packed full of interactive exhibits and activities. The outside of the moving museum is laden with unique prints that depict places and people from the Civil War.

Inside, the museum is divided into four sections—Battlefront, Homefront, Journey to Freedom and Loss-Gain Legacy—where patrons can get a glimpse of what life was like for soldiers, civilians and enslaved families, while also learning about the sacrifices and benefits of the war.

Executive Director Cheryl Jackson says the museum’s new features include scanned family documents, photos and journals for patrons to examine.

In addition, visitors can become a part of the exhibit through the Legacy Project, which invites individuals to submit Civil War documents from their own families to the exhibit.

Civil War Weekend and the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile are free admission. The events and attractions are enjoyable for all ages.

Civil War Weekend
Historic Downtown Manassas
Aug. 22-23, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Aug. 24, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free Admission

The Universal World of Singledom

Every now and then we need to escape our lives. Getting away is therapeutic and oh-so-necessary. This is especially true in the Type A Land that is the Washington region.

Well, I did escape recently, as I do at least once a year. I went to Belize for a glorious, epic, furious, busy, exemplary 16 days. Some trips are relaxing. This one was invigorating.

I hiked, I snorkeled, I spelunked (which maybe sounds swankier than “I trudged through caves”) and I swam.

But along the way I also chatted and conversed with everyone who crossed my path— locals, fellow travelers, bartenders, guides. A constant topic, though not driven or instigated by yours truly, somehow always seemed to be relationships and the state of being single. Specifically being a single woman is, I guess, a situation that others crave to know.

“Why,” for certain, seemed to be the prevailing question, as if every singleton spins a “Wheel of Fortune” wheel and selects it.

It’s what the very first taxi driver of the excursion posed not 15 minutes after I had disembarked from a plane and wanted to not have to address. Actually, this gent’s phrasing was more like the following:

Why aren’t you married? You need to find a good man and then that guy should
handcuff you unless you’re traveling with him.

This sounds sexist or offensive. It was half in jest and half a result of not getting it, not being in my shoes. Yet his sentiment was somewhere along the lines of this:

I’m too independent. I’m too free, too wild. To some, the notion that a woman who
is not legally bound or otherwise tethered to a man is almost dangerous, crazy,
certainly out of their realm.

Why travel solo? Why run off and interact with strangers in strange lands? Why not follow the well-worn path?

Mind you, I met wonderful and progressive Belizeans with incredibly articulate perspectives on gender roles. Some men seemed honestly worried about being the type of man who allows a woman to do her thing. Yet, at the same time, they also want to “be a man” and flex their masculine muscles and step up as provider. It’s a tough spot to be in. I certainly didn’t have the secret formula for them to follow and concoct.

But I did have some answers for my taxi driver. We bantered for a few minutes, him saying how unusual it was that—at over 30—I’m childless. In Belize, he was quick to point out, many women have already delivered several babies by several men at this point in adulthood.

“I guess I’m behind. Or maybe I’m ahead. I don’t know,” I said to him, as some sort of ridiculous explanation.

The thing is it’s not really possible to explain such things. Why am I single? I haven’t met my soul mate. I date and I try. I’m not opposed to a male mate. Other than that, however, it’s a one day at a time pursuit.

Then it occurred to me that, way off in Belize, as I made my escape, it was the same type of discussion I’d have on American soil. Single ladies the region over constantly find themselves defending or explaining or just relaying stories from the war zone of dating.

I guess there’s no escape from that, even in far-flung travel.


Mark Your Calendar: SJP is Coming to NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

By Helen Ray

Ladies, grab your wallets and clear you schedules because Sarah Jessica Parker is coming to Tyson’s Corner on August 22. The “Sex and the City” star is celebrating the launch of her fall 2014 Nordstrom’s collection at local stores.

The line made its first debut earlier this year, making quite a wave in the fashion world. The collection, “SJP,” is designed by Parker and George Malkemus, president of Manolo Blahnik, who together created a line of brightly colored shoes, trendy handbags and “city-chic” outerwear. The collection is nothing short of fabulous and a line we’re sure would have Carrie Bradshaw exclaiming “me likey.”

It’s going to be a real treat for die-hard SATC fans as well as the fashion obsessed of Northern Virginia to be able to shop the new collection and see SJP in person later this month. Check out the images  below for a sneak peak of the upcoming line. 

Where:  Nordstrom’s at Tyson’s Corner

When: August 22nd from 5-6pm. 

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3. 2. 1. Go. – New interactive game teaches kids about The Cold War

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Image by Dane Penland, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

By Jessica Godart

It’s 10 a.m. Your briefing begins sharp on the hour. The fate of precious American cargo is in your hands as a plane has gone down too close to the Soviet Union. That same plane was carrying U.S. citizens who are now in danger as they are in enemy-filled territory.

The Cold War is spreading across Europe and affecting the world’s most powerful countries. Your mission is to find a safe route to save the lives of the pilots and regain the plane’s cargo using satellite imagery and aerial surveillance. All intelligence information you receive is vital to complete your mission as soon as possible.

However, you must complete this mission by 3:50 p.m. and be sure not to deviate from your parents during the discovery process.

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center will be adding this new interactive game, TechQuest: Eye in the Sky, to their kids’ programs starting Aug. 8 and 9. The alternative reality situation allows kids to experience the role of intelligence analysts during The Cold War.

New Horizons Satellite at Udvar-Hazy. Image by Dane Penland, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

“We’ve set up a scenario in which a plane has gone down,” said Shannon Marriott, Explainers Program Coordinator at Udvar-Hazy. “They’re going through the game looking at different artifacts and looking at the kind of images they can take to eventually plan a safe route to rescue the pilots in this plane.”

TechQuest is designed to use codes, ciphers, puzzles and satellite imagery created by Udvar-Hazy Explainers. While the images and codes cannot be revealed so their secrecy remains intact, graphic designers specifically created the images so they were as accurate as possible to the period that the game is set in.

 “We wanted to make a scenario that was plausible but wasn’t actually based on real events,” said Marriott.

The pictures are used by the kids, acting as intelligence analysts during the game, to “map out a route of rescue” to safely return the pilots and their cargo home.

Participants are given printed guides to follow in order to explore four different artifacts all related to the Cold War. They are instructed to go to certain satellites and aircraft, where senior advisers will walk the participants through the process of taking satellite photos.

The game is designed to last between 60 and 90 minutes and ends with the kids and parents returning to the Claude Moore Lab, where the briefing is held, for the debriefing once they have finished the tasks.

TechQuest: Eye in Sky is designed to be available to play the second Friday and Saturday of every month, starting in August. It is geared towards kids around the ages of third to eighth grade and their parents. Marriott mentioned that eventually they would like to offer the activity to school groups during visits.

TechQuest: Eye in the Sky
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly
Aug. 8 & 9 (10 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.)

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