Posts Tagged ‘Northern Virginia’

12 Stylish Pieces for the International Gold Cup and Beyond

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

One of the best parts about being in NoVA is that there is always an event or festival going on. Very rarely is there never something to do. Your calendar is probably already booked for the next few months with holiday parties to regular dinner dates. This might leave you wondering what you’re going to wear to each occasion. Don’t worry though, if you keep reading you’ll see outfit ideas for NoVA events you might be planning to attend this season.

 

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Weddings are such a fun and joyous occasion, but having to decide what to wear to a fall wedding can sometimes be tricky. Fall is a great time to dress a little more glamorous or try something different such as pants. The simplicity of this dress won’t steal the show from the happy couple, yet the floral pattern keeps it from being boring. Since the color palette is mainly black, you can pair it with a colorful clutch. Finish this look with simple gold accessories and you’re ready to celebrate.

Outfit details: Dress, Shoes, Clutch and Necklace

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Treat Yourself: Spa Week is Back!

Posted by Editorial / Monday, October 20th, 2014

By Cate Jensen

Photo courtesy of Spa Week Media Group

Photo courtesy of Spa Week Media Group

With select treatments for only $50, take the time to participate in this biannual event, from October 20 to 26. In order to enjoy the bliss, you must register through Spa Week, to qualify for the deal. From there you can search a specific spa or input your zip code to find one and book by using the website or calling the spa directly. Two to three assorted treatments are offered from each respective business.

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Quick and Easy Halloween Decor DIY Projects

Photo Courtesy of Jedi Craft Girl.

Photo Courtesy of Jedi Craft Girl.

By Danielle Harvey

With Halloween approaching, decorating for the holiday is in full swing. Some choose to break out the old tried and true jack-o-lanterns and spider webs, while others live for the thrill of creating something new each year. If the latter category is more exciting, then check out these three bloggers and their easy DIY decorations.

 

DIY Del Ray
Katie Briscoe and Leslie Duss are the duo behind, DIY Del Ray. This Northern Virginia Blog is all about their daily projects, interior inspirations, organizing tips and more. They’re sharing their Halloween décor project on how to make Paper Mache Spiders. For more of their DIY activities, visit their blog here.

Paper Mache Spiders

What You’ll Need: Newspaper, Masking Tape, Glue & Water, Paint, Gemstones and Pipe Cleaners

Steps:

Photo Courtesy of DIY Del Ray

Photo Courtesy of DIY Del Ray.

1. Crumple up newspaper to make the main body shape.

Photo Courtesy of DIY Del Ray

Photo Courtesy of DIY Del Ray.

2. Use masking tape to secure the sides.

Photo Courtesy of DIY Del Ray

Photo Courtesy of DIY Del Ray.

3. Mix glue with water to make the paper mache paste.

4. Layer strips of newspaper, soaked in the paste, around the bodies.

5. Let the bodies dry overnight on a rack.

Photo Courtesy of DIY Del Ray

Photo Courtesy of DIY Del Ray.

6. Paint the bodies black or purple-black.

Photo Courtesy of DIY Del Ray

Photo Courtesy of DIY Del Ray.

7. Affix gemstones for eyes and poke pipe cleaners in the sides for legs.

 

Jedi Craft Girl

Amanda Niederhauser is the woman behind Jedi Craft Girl. She shares her passion for crafting, sewing, DIY and more. Amanda is sharing her Halloween Décor project on Painted Halloween Jar Luminaries. To view other projects or crafts, visit her blog here.

Painted Halloween Jar Luminaries

What You’ll Need: Glass Jars – any size or style, White School Glue, Craft Paint (Halloween Colors), Sponge Brushes, Vinyl Stickers or vinyl die cuts

Steps:

Photo Courtesy of Jedi Craft Girl

Photo Courtesy of Jedi Craft Girl.

1. Prep your jars by removing any labels and washing and drying them.

2. In a disposable container (sour cream, yogurt, etc.) mix half a cup of white glue and a few tablespoons of paint. The more glue the more transparent the jars are. You are really trying to tint the glue.

3. Take a sponge brush and dip in the paint/glue mixture and coat the inside of the jar. If you want a more finished look, then coat the inside of the jars evenly. Allow to dry. Try using colors like orange, green, purple, and aqua.

Photo Courtesy of Jedi Craft Girl

Photo Courtesy of Jedi Craft Girl.

4. Once the jars are dried you can apply the decorative stickers.

Photo Courtesy of Jedi Craft Girl

Photo Courtesy of Jedi Craft Girl.

Photo Courtesy of Jedi Craft Girl

Photo Courtesy of Jedi Craft Girl.

5. Add tea lights and you are ready to go.

 

Place of My Taste

Aniko Levai writes the blog Place of My Taste. She moved to the U.S. 14 years ago and shares her recipes, photography, DIY projects and more on her blog. Her Halloween Décor project is all about Painted Pumpkins. It’s a quick and simple way to make them stand out. For more of her DIY projects visit her blog here.

Decorative Pumpkins

What you’ll need: Pumpkins, White Paint, Sharpie, Fabric and Twine to embellish, Mod Podge (exterior)

Photo Courtesy of Place of My Taste

Photo Courtesy of Place of My Taste.

Steps:

1. Start by painting polka dots on the biggest pumpkin.

2. Use a small paint brush and off white paint for the dots.

3. Use the sharpie to draw out the word “BOO.”

Photo Courtesy of Place of My Taste

Photo Courtesy of Place of My Taste.

4. Then use mod podge to seal the paint.

5. Then embellish the pumpkins with a pretty fabric.

 

 



Save the Date for these Fashionable Events

Posted by Editorial / Friday, October 17th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

 

 

Photo courtesy of Bloomers

Photo courtesy of Bloomers

 

Bloomers Annual Bra Drive

Bloomers in Old Town Alexandria is hosting their annual bra drive on Saturday October 18. The idea behind this event is that gently used bras that are donated will be given to The Bra Recyclers, who distribute those bras to women in need all over the world. The first 40 customers at this event will receive a free Coobie bra. Here’s the website for more information.

Fashion Art Design

Venture over to Georgetown on October 25 for the second annual style and culture event, Fashion Art Design. From noon until 10 p.m. people have the chance to experience in-store parties, promotions, street style photo shoots, art displays and more. Visit the website for more details and to stay up-to-date on this event.

Belle Mode Intimates Bra Drop

Join Belle Mode Intimates for their third annual Bra Drop & Bras for Hope Event on October 26 from noon-6 p.m. The boutique will offer women who have undergone breast cancer treatment bra fitting services during the event. This is a great way to support women who have or are undergoing treatment during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Visit the event’s website for more details.

 



One Shirt, Three Easy Ways: How to Wear a White Button-Down

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

 By Angela Bobo

With the rise of normcore, the white button-down has been championed for its minimalism with a versatile and overall fresh vibe. No longer just a work-wear staple, it can be tied up for a cropped appearance or unbuttoned for a sexy disheveled look. Most staple items should be able to fit with three or more outfits, so we have assembled three inspiring looks to take you from dinner to the weekend and beyond. 

  

How to wear a white shirt out on the town; photo courtesy of how to wear a white shirt set 3; polyvore.com/angienaomi

How to wear a white shirt out on the town; photo courtesy of how to wear a white shirt set 3; polyvore.com/angienaomi

Pants, Shirt, Shoes, Vest, Hat, Lipstick

Tuck into a dark plaid pant, layer on the fur and add a wool fedora for extra glamour.  

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5 Tips for Organizing Your Wardrobe

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

We have all (well, almost all of us) experienced that moment when you’re standing in front of your closet and piles of t-shirts, jeans and sweaters are right in front of you. The thought of having to sort through current trend items and favorite pieces from seasons past might be a little daunting. Especially now, as we get further into fall, it’s time to pack up summer clothing in favor of warmer options. If you’re not one to stay super organized, then read on for tips from Cathy Starnes, a personal fashion consultant and creator of Style Speaks in NoVA. She shares her five best tips for organizing your closet, which means less time having to frantically look for your favorite blazer in the morning before work. Staying organized definitely sounds like a win-win situation for your wardrobe and sanity.

Photo Courtesy of Cathy Starnes

Photo Courtesy of Cathy Starnes

 

Five Ways to Organize Your Wardrobe

1. Set Up Your Closet for Who You Are Today

This means that if your lifestyle revolves more around family than socializing at the latest nightclubs or parties, you might want to pack away the items you no longer have any use for. The same goes for if you’re entering the professional world after college, you don’t need to hold onto all of those old t-shirts and college sweatshirts. Your wardrobe should reflect where you’re at in life. This guarantees avoiding clutter by getting rid of items you don’t wear anymore that are just collecting dust in you closet.

2. Sort Items by Category 

Simple enough, right? Hanging up all of your pants in one section and jackets in another really opens up your options for creating outfits because you’re not focused on just looking at certain outfits you have already put together.  This is also a good tip because if you’re in search of only one piece of clothing, you don’t have to look through each outfit in your closet.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Hang Sweaters

If you have the space in your closet, then you should really hang up your sweaters. It saves space by not having them piled up in a drawer and you don’t have to constantly refold them either. The important thing to keep in mind is to use huggable hangers like these to prevent sagging or tears. Plastic ones can easily break or snag the fabric in some sweaters. Also remember to hang your winter coats in a front closet to have them ready for when you’re heading out the door.

4. Use Closet Dividers

This is such an easy way to keep everything in its place. Closet dividers are practical because you can label them for exactly what you need.

5. Make Sure Your Organizational Strategy is Personalized

This tip might seem like a no brainer, but you’d be surprised by how many people try and do something just because they have heard it’s the best. For example, if you prefer everything to be sorted by color, then that’s great. Or if you like to avoid a messy closet by only hanging up certain things, that also works. Staying organized will only work if you understand what specifically works for you and your lifestyle needs.

Photo Courtesy of Cathy Starnes

Photo Courtesy of Cathy Starnes

 



Topshop’s Newest Designer Collaboration

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, October 9th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Fashion never misses a chance to bring a decade back and make it cool again. Topshop’s newest designer collaboration with Marques’ Almeida features a line of ’90s inspired separates and accessories, which is available today. The 68-piece collection includes distressed denim, neon faux fur accessories, asymmetrical tops, knitwear and more. Designer collaborations are nothing new, but this one in particular brings back a nostalgia for the days of scrunchies, Lisa Frank and the Spice Girls. Prices range from $30-$600, so take a look below at a few of the pieces that could even give Cher from Clueless a run for her money—”As if!” This collection is only available to NoVA residents online, but on October 17 locals can shop the latest Topshop pieces at the grand opening of the Springfield Town Center location. 

Zebra Backpack, $600. Photo courtesy of Topshop.

Marques’ Almeida x Topshop Zebra Backpack, $600. Photo courtesy of Topshop.

Backpacks are on everyone’s fall wish list. This one from the new Topshop collection is a fun update on the practical piece. The black and white color palette make it the perfect accessory for wherever you’re headed.

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Get Your Fashion Fix With These Upcoming Events in NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Photo Courtesy of Tysons Galleria

Photo Courtesy of TAA PR

Ralph Lauren Goes Big

Fans of the fashion label know Ralph Lauren uses quality materials to create apparel and accessories. The brand has taken their iconic Ricky bag and created a life-size model. Appropriately named, ‘Giant Ricky’ the bag is on display  outside of Neiman Marcus at Tysons Galleria through October 15.  At approximately 150 pounds and 6 feet tall, Ricky has been featured around the world from New York City to Paris. Follow along on Twitter with @TysonsGalleria and #RickyWorldTour

Potomac Mills Fall Super Sale Weekend

Even the most fashionable people love a good sale. If you fall into that category head over to Potomac Mills this weekend in Woodbridge to check out all of the latest deals on apparel, accessories, home goods and more. From October 10-13, stores such as Bloomingdale’s-The Outlet Store, Neiman Marcus Last Call and True Religion are just a few of the brands participating in this sale weekend. One good thing about the temperature beginning to drop is that prices are dropping too. Visit the website for more details.

Baby Bash and Bling Expo

On October 11 from 1-5p.m. the Baby Bash and Bling Expo will be held at the Renaissance Dupont Circle hotel in D.C. This event will be hosted by D.C. native Tanika Ray from HGTV and attendees will get styling tips on maternity dressing. Guests also can visit the Beauty and Bump bar and there will be a “Bump the Runway” fashion show for kids and teens. In addition to learning about how to be stylish during pregnancy, moms and dads will also learn some new parenting tips as well. Visit the website for more information and to purchase tickets to this event.

Fibre Space Hosts the Color Theory Workshop

Knits are a big trend for this season and if you enjoy creating knitwear pieces, visit Old Town Alexandria’s Fibre Space on October 11 from 3:30-5:30p.m. for this color theory workshop. Attendees with learn how to create the Albers Cowl, which is inspired by the paintings Josef Albers created. Designer Ann Weaver is teaching this workshop where guests have the opportunity to learn color and knitting techniques for their cowl. Making your own Albers Cowl is great for being stylish and warm on these cool autumn mornings. Check out the website for more details.

Mystique Jewelers Exclusive Trunk Show

If you love jewelry, then you won’t want to miss out on Mystique Jewelers trunk show featuring Jude Frances and a personal appearance by designer Jude Steele in Old Town Alexandria. On October 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. guests can browse the Jude Frances collection, which is the perfect time to add some sparkle to your wardrobe or keeping family and friends in mind for the holiday season. Visit the website to view more information about Jude Frances or the designer behind the classic-yet-trendy pieces.

 

 



Jewelry for A Cause

Posted by Editorial / Monday, October 6th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

It’s finally October and while Halloween might be on most people’s minds, this is also Breast Cancer Awareness month. There are so many women who have been affected by breast cancer either directly or know someone who has gone through it. So while we continue to support the cause, many brands are creating jewelry where the proceeds with go towards breast cancer research. Ann Taylor, Brighton and Stella & Dot are just a few of the brands with jewelry collections benefitting cancer research. Add some bling to your jewelry collection this month and support the cause.

 

       Ann Taylor’s Bracelets for Breast Cancer Research

Photo courtesy of Ann Taylor

Photo courtesy of Ann Taylor

When you purchase an item from Ann Taylor’s Strength, Love & Hope Collection, 50 percent of the proceeds made between September 19 and December 31, 2014 will  go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Here is the link to the bracelets. Be sure to visit their site for other items supporting the cause.

 

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Hungry For Linkage: Shirlington Oktoberfest This Saturday + Heritage Brewing Can Release + Tarara Winery’s 25th Anniversary

Posted by Editorial / Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Susannah Black

Photo Courtesy of Susannah Black

By Susannah Black

Dogfish Head Alehouse offers post-season baseball beer specials today from 7-9 p.m. [Dogfish Head] 

Capitol City Brewing Company hosts the 15th Annual Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest in Shirlington tomorrow.

Screwtop in Arlington offers a wine, cheese and charcuterie tasting with Tarara Winery‘s winemaker Jordan Harris today at 7 p.m. [Screwtop]

Chrysalis Vineyards celebrates the 14th Annual Norton Wine and Bluegrass Festival this weekend. [Chrysalis Vineyards]

Over the next two weekends, Heritage Brewing Company releases two flagship beers, no in cans. [FB]

Tarara Winery celebrates its 25th anniversary on Sunday with a cocktail reception and a five-course meal provided by local restaurants. Each guest will receive a bottle of 2013 Chardonnay, sourced from 25 year old vines on the property. [Tarara]



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