Posts Tagged ‘Northern Virginia’

Local NoVA Bloggers Share Fall Must-Haves

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Fashion inspiration comes from magazines, art, culture and even bloggers. A person’s style can tell you more about them before they even start speaking, so it’s important to choose pieces that really represent who you are. We caught up with Natalie Pinto from The Fashionably Broke and Rachel Mlinarchik from My Fair Vanity on what wardrobe pieces they are currently coveting. Autumnal dressing can be tricky with so many options for layering or trying to be stylish with the constant changes in weather. Below Natalie and Rachel each share two looks for fall while focusing on one key item for each outfit. If you feel like you’ve been in a fashion rut, prepare to get inspired.


Meet Natalie 

Photo courtesy of Natalie Pinto

Photo courtesy of Natalie Pinto


    Look One 

Photo courtesy of polyvore/Natalie Pinto

Photo courtesy of polyvore/Natalie Pinto

“My staple item this fall is a camel colored jacket or blazer. Camel is already such a timeless color, but this season it’s become the perfect color to elevate any classic look.  I love this camel blazer from J.Crew because of it’s great structure.  Most of my clothes are loose and free flowing and this adds some masculinity to my looks.  Plus, I live in blazers in the colder seasons, they’re the perfect layering piece.  My favorite colors to pair with camel are hunter green, navy and even gray.”  

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The Modern Take on the Statement Earring

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Fashion fanatics know that accessories can instantly take their outfit from boring to trendy. Similar to clothing going in and out of style, accessories follow some of their own trends. This season the new take on the statement earring is to just wear a single earring. (Yes…you read that correctly) Seen on runways and even on celebrities such as Emma Watson, the statement earring takes center stage this season. The important thing to remember for those who are brave enough to wear the trend is to balance out the earring you choose with a stud in a similar gem or color so you don’t just look like you lost your other earring. For example, if you’re wearing a statement earring with pearls or crystals in it, pair it with a pearl or crystal small stud. The same goes for ear cuffs, which means if the ear cuff is in gold, balance out the cuff with an edgy gold stud earring. The best aspect about this jewelry trend is that there is something for everyone’s personal style, from classic and preppy to eclectic and edgy. Take a look below at some of the statement earrings and think about how you can incorporate this trend into your jewelry collection.






Bring the Funk: Find Fermented Kimchi Everywhere in NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Monday, September 29th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Sea Pearl Restaurant

Braised Short Ribs with Radicchio Kimchi / Photo Courtesy of Sea Pearl Restaurant

By Susannah Black

Kimchi started as a traditional Korean side dish that, as the New York Times says is really “ketchup, mustard and relish, all in one.” Because of the funky, spicy cabbage dish’s versatility, it’s been popping up in restaurants that serve all sorts of food. Here’s where to find kimchi no matter where you dine. 

Braised Short Ribs Tostadas at Virtue Feed & Grain
This gastropub on Old Town’s waterfront lets 48-hour braised short ribs topped with housemade kimchi and cilantro-scallion relish balance on a fried corn tortilla for $11. / Virtue Feed & Grain, 106 S. Union St., Alexandria

Kimchi Dog at Angelika Film Center & Café
Selling much more than popcorn and candy, this cafe within a movie theater offers a kimchi dog—a hot dog topped with homemade kimchi slaw, green onions and crispy shallots for $7.50. / Angelika Film Center & Café, 2911 District Ave., Fairfax

Eggs & Kimchi at Maple Ave Restaurant and Water & Wall
Available at brunch, a dish of scrambled eggs, Chinese sausage, spam, caramelized kimchi, scallions and jasmine rice is available for $14 at this eclectic American restaurant. A similar dish ($10) is also available at Water & Wall. / Maple Ave Restaurant, 147 Maple Ave. W., Vienna & Water & Wall, 3811 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 105, Arlington

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Bring a Starbucks Favorite to Your Beauty Routine

Posted by Editorial / Monday, September 29th, 2014

By Angela Bobo

It’s officially the season of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. The fall favorite has become the star of artsy Instagram shots, Twitter odes and countless commercials. This season skip the predictability—and inevitably long coffee shop lines—for a new way to get your pumpkin fix. Pumpkin seed oil is chock full of vitamins and protein that are ultra-moisturizing for your hair and skin. While many mainstream beauty giants have limited pumpkin laced offerings, these Etsy favorites will satisfy your craving and beauty needs. If you are hoping to have your favorite squash with a side of luxury, head over to the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Day Spa for a one-of-a-kind facial.


A Guide to Oktoberfests in Northern Virginia

Posted by Editorial / Friday, September 26th, 2014

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Where to find beer, sausage and sauerkraut at Northern Virginia’s Oktoberfests. 

By Susannah Black

Lovettsville’s Oktoberfest
September 26-28
The Town of Lovettsville hosts Oktoberfest: Beer taps at 10 a.m. while an Official Keg-Tapping Ceremony commences at noon, with dances, live music and various competitions continuing until late evening. Close-by restaurants including Andy’s of Lovettsville will be offering food specials. / Pennsylvania Ave., Lovettsville 

Mad Fox Brewing Company’s Hoppy Oktoberfest
September 27
The 4th annual, IPA-inspired Oktoberfest is free to attend but there is a $20 tasting fee to try up to 60 beers, nearly double the beers available last year. A fan-favorite voting contest enables participants to potentially win prizes. Live music and a Mad Fox menu will also be available. / 444 W. Broad St., Falls Church

Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest 
October 2-5
For Belvoir offers an opportunity to try three German beers on draft, a 5K race, authentic German food and live music. Kids activities are also available. / Fremont Field, Fort Belvoir, Fairfax

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Hungry For Linkage: Heritage Brewing’s Bacon Beer Release + Clarendon Day 2014 + Beltway Brewing Company’s One Year Anniversary

Posted by Editorial / Friday, September 26th, 2014

Photo by Susannah Black

Photo by Susannah Black

By Susannah Black

On Sunday, Heritage Brewing Company releases a Bacon Beer Stout while The Bone serves BLTs and brisket chili. [FB]

Willow Restaurant of Ballston offers chef/owner Tracy O’Grady‘s favorite hometown dishes at Buffalo Night the last Friday of every month. [Willow Restaurant]

 Café Aurora celebrates its 10th year anniversary on Saturday with a dinner and dance. [Café Aurora]

Drink craft beers, run a 10K and experience live music on Saturday at Clarendon Day 2014. [Clarendon]

Beltway Brewing Company hosts its one year anniversary party on Saturday; a specially brewed beer and DC Sliders Truck will be present for the occasion. [FB]

Stylish Activewear: The Only Motivation You’ll Need to Get Moving

Posted by Editorial / Friday, September 26th, 2014

by Danielle Harvey

Living an active life doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your personal style when choosing your activewear. Many brands offer various patterns and colors for their clothing and this season is no exception. Free People introduced their activewear line appropriately titled Movement, while Fabletics continues to offer affordable-yet-stylish options. Since the last thing you want to deal with is restricting fabrics and ill-fitting garments, no matter what activity you love—yoga, running, soccer or dance, take a look below at the key pieces that will motivate you to get moving.



Farm-to-Table Turns Corporate: True Food Kitchen Opens Today in Mosaic District

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

True Food Kitchen

Photo Courtesy of Fox Restaurant Concepts.

By Susannah Black

The restaurant’s concept is simple: “farm-to-table, organic, local foods,” says Sam Fox, owner of True Food Kitchen. It’s the same ethos which has been driving the modern mom-and-pop shops and now is showing up in corporate America.

The East Coast’s first True Food Kitchen, based on the Mediterranean-leaning anti-inflammatory diet developed by Dr. Andrew Weil, opens today in Merrifield‘s Mosaic District.  

Weil, a renowned doctor, professor and author, collaborates with Fox to create this nutritional menu. With Weil’s assistance, Fox says “all of the food on the menu has been thought out about how it reacts in your body.”  For example, Fox says “a lot of our dishes are gluten-free or dairy-free” and added are “special spices and herbs to reduce inflammation,” as “Andy believes that inflammation is the root of a lot of diseases.” 

Also behind the menu, Michael Obermeier, Fairfax’s True Food Kitchen’s executive chef, relocated to the D.C. area from West Palm Beach after becoming connected with Fox: “Fox found me … I was looking to broaden my horizons and when this opportunity came my way, I kind of jumped on it.” Obermeier reiterates Dr. Weil’s and Fox’s dedication to a menu with nutritionally high standards. “Everything that we do is supposed to be natural … introduce nothing but good products.”

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Cozy Up with DeNada This Season

Posted by Editorial / Monday, September 22nd, 2014

By Angela Bobo

NoVA natives might already be familiar with the unique knitwear that local designer Virginia Arrisueño produces each season with her label DeNada. Each piece is handcrafted in Arrisueño’s home country Peru and is influenced by her Latin upbringing with a focus on intricate patterns and practicality. With the release today of the brand’s A/W  ‘14 collection we spoke with Arrisueño about her creative process, what to expect with the new collection and why her designs are the perfect fit for your fall looks.

Virginia Arrisueño creator of Denada Designs; photo courtesy of Denada Designs

Virginia Arrisueño creator of DeNada; photo courtesy of DeNada

Q: Can you describe the creative process? How many times a year do you travel to Peru to produce the pieces?

 My creative process begins in my workspace. We have a showroom that is located in Washington, D.C. Listening to a lot of instrumental music, I’ll start to sketch. Once I feel that I have a good design concept, I’ll start to experiment with textures and different stitches

DeNada Oversized Collared Shawl AW14; photo courtesy of DeNada

DeNada Oversized Collared Shawl AW14; photo courtesy of DeNada

on my knitting machine or with my knitting needles. And from there, I’ll start to create patterns. The whole process is very personal. And the only people who get to see my sketches or samples are either my husband or my sister.

 Once I have my samples made, I’ll travel to Peru to work with a group of artisans, who I have been working with for years. I travel to Peru one to two times a year, and am very fortunate to have this opportunity. I love the culture, and to see my extended family yearly is wonderful.


Q: Why did you decide to incorporate colors like charteuse, mauve and slate into your AW14 collection?

 I like to joke around and say that I am a complete Gemini when it comes to designing. One season, I will design a very focused collection, and then the following year I will create a collection that is the complete opposite. Last year, I created a collection of bulky knits in a color palette that included somber shades of olive, gray, red, and black. And this year, my collection is on the lighter side and in brighter and bolder colors. This year is also the first year I got to create custom colors for my collection. With that freedom, I definitely went for my gut feeling and chose colors that I always loved and wanted to incorporate into my designs.


Q: Fall fashion is upon us. What is the best way to wear one of your scarves this season?

 Colder temperatures calls for layering, and scarves are great accessories to accent any outfit, plus keep you warm. The majority of our scarves are designed to be worn in more than one way, giving our customers options on how to wear them with their fall wardrobe. For example, indoors our infinity scarves can be worn simply draped around the shoulder or when outdoors, double wrapped around the neck for a much warmer and cozier feel.


 Q: Any plans of expanding your knitwear line to include sweaters and other pieces of clothing?

 Definitely! We’re always looking to expand our collection. This year, we decided to include shrugs and wraps along with our scarves, hats, and gloves.


 Q: Where are your designs sold locally?

 Locally, we are sold at Redeem, located at 1810 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009. Our showroom, located at 52 O Street NW is also opened to the public, by appointment only.

DeNada Hooded Mauve Infinity Scarf; photo courtesy of DeNada

DeNada Hooded Mauve Infinity Scarf; photo courtesy of DeNada


To view the full collection, head over to the website.


Hungry For Linkage: Pig Roast + Historic Manassas Restaurant Week + Good Year for Virginia Apples

Posted by Editorial / Friday, September 19th, 2014

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By Susannah Black

River Bend Bistro hosts Port City Brewing Company’s first pig roast on Sunday: a whole hog from Serenity Farms in Maryland will serve as the main course along with side dishes like balsamic-braised swiss chard, applesauce, corn on the cob and fried pig ears. ($45/pp) [Port City]

Historic Manassas Restaurant Week begins this Sunday, with such restaurants as Malones, City Square Cafe and Carmello’s participating. [Historic Manassas Restaurant Alliance]

Society Fair and TNT on Columbia Pike are expected to close its doors for business by the end of this month. [ARLnow].

Eat BBQ and drink Mad Fox Brewing Company’s Keller Kolsch, Defender APA, Stir About Oatmeal and Saison on Saturday at the Beer Bourbon BBQ Festival  in McLean. [Mad Fox]

Experience an authentic German food buffet, drink beer by not-yet-opened Portner Brewhouse and play board games in Alexandria today at Okto-Board-Fest. [Portner Brewhouse]

Stephens City apple farmer Dudley Rinker says that despite this summer’s “dry spell,” apple pickers can expect “a fairly large crop for 2014.” [NVDaily].

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