Posts Tagged ‘Northern Virginia’

Fashion in Film: Outfit Inspiration at Your Fingertips

Posted by Editorial / Friday, October 24th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

You love fall for many reasons–pumpkin spice latte’s, apple picking with friends, cool weather and the list goes on. However, now that we’re well into this season, you’re getting bored of the same old routine. There are plenty of activities to do while it’s still not freezing outside and you should definitely take advantage of those opportunities. But what are you going to do when the weather takes a turn for the worse? That’s where these five films that have influenced the fashion industry in some way come in. Now I’m sure most of you have already seen “Clueless,” but it never hurts to revisit your favorite ’90s girl Cher every once in a while. Below is the round-up of the best films to inspire you and hopefully break up that mundane routine. All of these films are available on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

“Clueless”

The ’90s are definitely making a comeback in the fashion world. To stay current with the trends, watch Cher and her friends navigate daily life all while being stylish in their plaid outfits and mini backpacks. 

“Bill Cunningham New York”

Street style has been taken to a new level in recent years. Every fashion week, you can browse magazine website galleries of the latest trends and crazy looks seen on the streets. In this film, renowned New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham showcases the fashionable people of New York, from elites such as Anna Wintour to everyone in between. 

“Pretty in Pink”

In this film, Andie Walsh takes us back to the ’80s and all of its fashion glory. From plaid, big hair and shoulder pads to grungy looks and linen suits—”Pretty in Pink” proves fashion is supposed to be about taking risks and having fun. 

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Who can forget that classic scene where Holly Golightly is standing in front of Tiffany’s in her little black dress, pearls and cat-eye sunglasses? She made every occasion a fashionable one in this film. Next time you reach for your favorite LBD, you can thank Holly for making classic silhouettes and well-tailored pieces always appropriate.

“Mademoiselle C”

This documentary gives us a glimpse into the journey of former Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld as she starts her own magazine,CR Fashion Book, in New York. This film shows viewers her creative process and provides insight on all of the glamour and hard work happening behind the scenes in the fashion industry. 



Win Best-Dressed With These 3 Halloween Costumes

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Unless you plan on wearing your Halloween costume for more than a weekend, chances are it’s a waste of money. Instead of spending your savings on another variation of a cat costume or sexy option, consider dressing up as one of the fashion idols you look up to in the industry. The bonus is that you’ll save money and you probably already have these pieces in your closet. Here, you can check out how to dress like Anna Wintour, Jenna Lyons and the Olsen twins. This might be the closest you’ll get to being one of those style-setters, but it’s always fun to pretend even just for a little while.

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-Harvey

Trying to emulate Anna Wintour is nearly impossible. Her impressive resume and list of accomplishments are something women dream of achieving. The Editor-in-Chief of Vogue can usually be seen in a colorful patterned dress, short gemstone necklaces and her infamous black Chanel sunglasses. For your Halloween costume, take a cue from the outfit above and just add the current issue of Vogue (although you might want to spring for a blonde wig in the EIC’s signature style) for your best accessory to dress up as the most-watched woman in fashion.

Outfit details: Dress, Shoes, Necklace and Sunglasses

 

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Tailgate with Mint Juleps at the 2014 International Gold Cup

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Mint Julep

Classic Mint Julep / Photo by Kaine Gish

By Nicole Bayne

How can you go wrong with mint, sugar, ice and bourbon?

Jackson 20‘s Kaine Gish helps those attending the International Gold Cup with how to pull together a mint julep, from prepping beforehand to crushing ice a la minute

“You can bring your drink to a whole other level,” says Gish, if you can crush your ice right before making the drink. Crushed ice gives the julep an adult-snow-cone feel. Bring the ice in a cooler and have a towel to use for crushing.

If you are tailgating, don’t bother with muddling the mint.  This would originally be done per drink for maximum flavor, but Gish says preparing simple syrup beforehand is less time consuming and little mess.

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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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