Posts Tagged ‘Northern Virginia’

Offset Winter Blues with a Pair of Family Activities

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

By Victoria Gaffney

 

Winter family fun

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The holidays are over, and New Year’s resolutions are only just getting underway, but that doesn’t mean you need to sit at home avoiding the cold air just beyond your doorstep. Plenty of fun activities wait for you and the kids right around the corner.

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Be the Most Stylish Couple on New Year’s Eve with These Outfits

Posted by Editorial / Friday, December 26th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Most people look forward to New Year’s Eve for obvious reasons such as celebrating with friends and having an excuse to dress up. If you and your significant other need some inspiration then look no further. Here’s three outfit ideas to get you ready to fashionably bring in the New Year.

 

 

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-Harvey

 

Outfit details: (For Her) Top, Pants, Necklace and Shoes (For Him) T-shirt, Jeans, Jacket and Shoes

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Some Not-So-Ugly Sweater Party Outfit Ideas

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

By Cate Jensen

If you have managed to avoid the typical ugly sweater parties of the season, Christmas Eve might be your last chance to party with friends surrounded in questionable attire. So you aren’t into the theme? That’s okay. Just because you might not want to be dressed up in your grandmother’s old sweater with a giant present bow on your head (bah hum bug for those who think that is a bit too harsh) doesn’t mean you should miss out on the festivities. Skip the text and pair a chunky metallic sweater with a cheeky clutch or try a funky sweatshirt – you can still be stylish while embracing the holiday spirit.

 

 Around the Christmas Tree

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Outfit details: Metallic Cable-knit SweaterEmbellished Black Mini, Christian Louboutin Pumps in Jade, Sliced Cuff Bracelet, Ho, Ho, Ho Acrylic Box Clutch

 

Do You Wann Build a Snowman?

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Outfit Details: Snowman Sweater, Silver Tory Burch Crossbody, Embellished Silver Flats, Pleated Skirt in Sky BlueSnowflake Earrings

You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch

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Outfit details: Bah Hum Bug Sweatshirt, High-Rise Black Skinny Jeans, Marc By Marc Jacobs Crossbody in Kelly Green, Chuck Taylor High-Top Sneakers

 



Last-Minute Gift Ideas Under $40

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

We’ve all fallen victim to being part of the last-minute shopping crowd. With busy work schedules and various other engagements during the holidays, it’s no wonder people might have to finish up their shopping right before spending time with their loved ones. If this sounds familiar then check out these gift ideas that are perfect for the procrastinators. Happy Shopping!

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-Harvey

 

Item details: (Clockwise order) Midi Rings, T-shirt, Headphones, Coffee Thermal Mug, Flash Tattoos, Mobile Charger (Center) Kate Spade Book



An Easy Midday Mani Is Possible Thanks to PrettyQuick

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

By Cate Jensen

Photo courtesy of PrettyQuick

Photo courtesy of PrettyQuick

Getting a mid-afternoon mani just got a whole lot easier for the women of Northern Virginia. PrettyQuick, a Chicago-based beauty app has made its way to our area, thanks to its delightful, intelligent and savvy creator Coco Meers. The app, which Meers developed at business school and perfected during a flight delay in which she didn’t know how to spend the new free time she had been given. PrettyQuick can be described as Open Table meets Uber or as she explains: it is the reservations of open table with the location space and real time nature of Uber.” With filters from “no frills” to “luxe,” a beauty-obsessed woman can get just about get anything she wants. 

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Bring in the New Year in Style

Posted by Editorial / Monday, December 22nd, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

With many of us focused on finding the perfect outfit for Christmas, another holiday is fast approaching. New Year’s Eve outfits can be tricky because you don’t want to be seen at the same party as another person in a typical sequined dress. Here’s some alternatives to be just as stylish and a little more unique:

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-Harvey

 

Outfit details: Dress, Heels, Clutch and Lipstick

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-Harvey

 

Outfit details: Top, Pants, Shoes, Bag and Lipstick

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Q&A: Doku Fashion’s Akila Hunte on Bringing Global Style to NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Friday, December 19th, 2014

By Angela Bobo

Do you have that friend that travels the world and has amassed an amazing and unique wardrobe because of it? Thanks to the founders of online retailer DOKU, that dream of a specially curated global closet can become a reality. We got the scoop from the Arlington-based co-founder Akila Hunte on why this new website is a win for the NoVA fashion scene and when you can expect a pop-up store in our area.

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion

Q: What prompted you to start this online boutique in Arlington?

I went to undergrad in D.C. along with our co-founder. After college, we moved to Arlington and really loved the area! We started traveling together and discovered so many amazing designers. However, once we returned to the states, it was really hard to place orders with the designers as a customer. Either the shipping rates were outrageous or the designers didn’t have a secure way to purchase their items. This is was the birth of DOKU.

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion

Q: How do you decide what designers to carry?

Our mission is to give emerging, indie designers a platform to retail their clothing outside of their local markets. During our recruitment efforts, we want to see that prospective designers have participated in major shows in their local market (i.e, Ghana Fashion & Design Week, Altaroma Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week, etc) and are contributing something fresh and new to fashion.  We also look at their aesthetic to determine if it would be a good fit for the various types of women that we target. Since our customers’ style runs the gamut, we make sure that every designer we bring on board will fit one of the various style persona(s). Additionally, we request samples from each designer prior to stocking their items to ensure that the finish and quality craftsmanship is present.

Q:Why do you think this site will interest the Northern Virginia shopper? 

Women in Northern Virginia are some of the most well-educated, well- travelled women in the country. As a result of their exposure to various cultural influences, a desire for access to a global closet has emerged. Who doesn’t want to be able to easily purchase a designer dress online that they saw while on traveling on business in Accra?

Q: When do you expect to host a pop-up in the area?
We will be partnering with some local bloggers to host an event in Early Spring 2015.

 

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion

photo courtesy of DOKU fashion



Holiday-Inspired Hair and Beauty Looks

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, December 18th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Change up your daily beauty routine from a more natural appearance to something a bit more glamorous for your hair and makeup for the holiday season. Take a look below at three videos to help inspire your next look for a holiday party or event.

 

The holidays are a time to incorporate your favorite metallic eye shadows and here’s how to achieve a classic look from Camila Coelho.

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Gifts Ideas for the Beauty Queen in Your Life

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

If you or someone you know is always looking for the latest beauty trend or gadget, then look no further. While some prefer makeup brushes over jewelry, these ideas are great for anyone who wants to look their best at any given moment. These gifts range from $10 to $150, so you’ll be sure to find something for anyone on your list. 

Photo Courtesy of Polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo Courtesy of Polyvore/dd-harvey

 

Details: Hair brush, Makeup brush set, Nail polish, Eyeshadow set, Lip balm, Perfume, Clarisonic set, Mascara and Eyelash curler



15 Office Party and Awkward Holiday Gatherings Gifts

Posted by Editorial / Monday, December 15th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Christmas is right around the corner, so before you start panicking, take a look below at the round-up of gifts for any situation you might find yourself in this holiday season. 

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

 

If you find youself in the situation of meeting the future in-laws, well that can be very exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. Try a more thoughtful approach for the first encounter and choose items such as fancy soaps, a breakfast gift set or wine tags. These items will help out the host during a holiday dinner or gathering and they’re great until you get more comfortable with the future in-laws.

Items: Coasters, Soaps, Breakfast set, Wine tags and Wine aerator

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

 

White elephant gift exchanges aren’t meant to be very serious. So with that in mind, here’s some ideas such as funky sticky notes, instant snow or a scented coin purse.The most important thing to remember is to have fun with it and have a good sense of humor. Plus these gifts are all under $15.

Items: Coin purse, Instant snow, Nose cups, Sticky notes and Memo roll

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

 

Buying gifts for coworkers is always a little tricky. Your best bet is to go with items that they can actully use in or out of the office. Try gifts such as a stylish USB, multipurpose coffee mug and personalized luggage tag for when they travel. 

Items: Cufflinks, Emergency kit, Coffee mug, USB and Luggage tag



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