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Get Your Holiday Gifts and Wrap Them Too

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

 Sophie Blake and Erika Schrieber pop-up

Photo courtesy of Angela Bobo.


Holiday Gift Ideas from NoVA Designers
Local designers Sophie Blake and Erika Schrieber unveiled their combined jewelry and clothing pop-up shop November 24 in the Mosaic District. Both aesthetics blend seamlessly for a look that emphasizes their preference for well-made, minimalist pieces with an edge. For the next six months customers can see some of their favorite pieces from the online shops in person and pick up one of the signature candles sold exclusively in the store.

Winter Music Series
Visit Tysons Galleria to get your dose of festive music to put you in the holiday spirit. On select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays people visiting the mall can enjoy holiday opera singers, Latin American pianists and guitar duo performances during the next couple weeks. Visit the website to learn more about these events.

Extended Boutique Hours in Alexandria
While the holidays are a time to relax and enjoy spending time with family and friends, finding that perfect gift takes time. Luckily boutiques in Old Town Alexandria are extending their store hours to make your shopping experience easier staring November 29. Stores such as Bishop Boutique, Coco Blanca and lou lou are just some of the places participating. Visit the website to get more details and view holiday shopping hours.

Holiday Gift Wrapping Services
Good news for all you last minute shoppers. Visit JCPenney at Springfield Town Center to get your gifts wrapped just in time for the holidays starting Black Friday. While this is the season of giving, finding the right gift for your loved ones isn’t easy, so getting your gifts wrapped is one less thing to worry about. Here’s the website for more details.


NoVA Christmas Movie Round-Up

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Photo courtesy of The Bees Knees Daily, Flickr

Photo courtesy of The Bees Knees Daily, Flickr

By Michael Balderston

The Christmas season is officially upon us now and with it the chance to re-watch your favorite Christmas movies to get you in the spirit. But you don’t have to be satisfied with watching them just on your TV. You can experience many holiday classics as they were meant to be seen, on the big screen.

 Get the full list of special Christmas screenings and where you can find them with our Christmas movie round up below.

Alamo Draft House – 20575 Easthampton Plaza, Ashburn, 20147

-       Scrooged – Dec. 1

-       Die Hard – Dec. 4 & Dec. 6

-       Home Alone Dec. 9 & Dec. 10

-       Christmas Evil – Dec. 13

-       Elf – Dec. 14 & Dec. 16

-       Love Actually – Dec. 15 & Dec. 18

-       A Christmas Story – Dec. 17, Dec. 20 & Dec. 23

-       National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – Dec. 21

-       Polar Express – Dec. 22, Dec. 23 & Dec. 24

-       It’s a Wonderful life – Dec. 22 & Dec. 24


AMC Hoffman Center 22 – 206 Swamp Fox Road, Alexandria, 22314

-       A Christmas Carol (1938)/Christmas in Connecticut (Double Feature) – 12/7

-       White Christmas – 12/14 & 12/15


Angelika Film Center – 2911 District Ave., Fairfax, 22031

-       Home Alone – Dec. 6

-       The Nutcracker – Boloshi Ballet – Dec. 21

-       It’s a Wonderful Life – Dec. 21


Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse – 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, 22204

-       Christmas Movie Festival – Dec. 14

o    Scrooged

o    How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

o    A Charlie Brown Christmas

o    A Christmas Story

o    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

o    Elf

-       It’s a Wonderful Life – Dec. 20, Dec. 21, Dec. 22 & Dec. 23


Bow Tie Reston Town Center 11 – 11940 Market St., Reston, 20190

-       White Christmas – Dec. 6 & Dec. 7

-       Holiday Inn – Dec. 13 & Dec. 14

-       It’s a Wonderful Life – Dec. 20 – Dec. 21


Cobb Village 12 – 1600 Village Market Blvd. SE, Leesburg, 20175

-       A Christmas Carol (1938)/Christmas in Connecticut (Double Feature) – Dec. 7

-       White Christmas – Dec. 14 & Dec. 15


Rave Cinemas Fairfax Corner 14 – 11900 Palace Way, Fairfax, 22030

-       The Polar Express – Nov. 30

-       A Christmas Carol (1938)/Christmas in Connecticut (Double Feature) – Dec. 7

-       It’s a Wonderful Life – Dec. 19


Regal Ballston Common Stadium 12 – 671 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, 22203

-       A Christmas Carol (1938)/Christmas in Connecticut (Double Feature) – Dec. 7

-       White Christmas – Dec. 14 & Dec. 15


Regal Cinemas Fredericksburg 14 – 3301 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, 22401

-       A Christmas Carol (1938)/Christmas in Connecticut (Double Feature) – Dec. 7

-       White Christmas – Dec. 14 & Dec. 15


Regal Potomac Yard 16 – 3575 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Alexandria, 22305

-       A Christmas Carol (1938)/Christmas in Connecticut (Double Feature) – Dec. 7

-       White Christmas – Dec. 14 & Dec. 15

Shopping Made Easy With These 31 Black Friday Sales

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Here’s the list of the best Black Friday deals you won’t want to miss:

Photo Courtesy of Polyvore

Photo Courtesy of Polyvore



ASOS- Get Up to 70 percent off daily finds and sale items

Guess- Get Up to 50 percent off sale items and winter favorites

Moda Operandi- 50 percent off gift items

Express- Up to 70 percent off clearance items

Lacoste- Get up to 50 percent off select styles

OTTE- Additional 40 percent off sale items

Bauble Bar- 15 percent off two items, 25 percent off three items and 35 percent off four items

L.K. Bennett- Enjoy 30 percent off fall items

Loeffler Randall- Get 30 percent off pre-fall and fall shoes and handbags

H&M- First 100 in-store customers enjoy deals starting at $4.95 and up

Banana Republic- Enjoy 40 percent off in-store deals

Lulu & Georgia- Spend $250, get 20 percent off with code PUMPKINPIE20, spend $500 and get 25 percent off with code PUMPKINPIE25, or spend $1,000 and get 30 percent off with code PUMPKINPIE30

Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th- Take an extra 40 percent off your purchase online and in-store with code Gobble and take an extra 50 percent off of outerwear

Rebecca Taylor- 30 percent off sale items and sale dresses

Lulu Frost- 25 percent off of everything

Old Navy- entire store 50 percent off through Black Friday

Reef- 25 percent off of everything

Shopbop-Enter a code at checkout (which will be published the day the sale goes live) for 15 percent off if you spend $250, 20 percent off if you spend $500 and 25 percent off if you spend $1,000

BCBGMAXAZRIA- 50 percent off holiday must-have items

Gossypia- 20 percent off all products not including sale items

Fibre Space- From 6 to 8a.m. 30 percent off the entire store, 8 to10 a.m. 20 percent off the entire store, 10a.m. to 6p.m. 10 percent off the entire store

Macy’s- 30-50 percent off Lucky Brand, Kensie, RACHEL Rachel Roy and more on November 28

Joie- 25 percent off site wide through November 26 through December 1

Theory- 40 percent off select items

House of Harlow- 25 percent off RTW items from November 28 through December 1

Current/Elliot- 25 percent off site wide from November 26 through December 1

Seychelles- Up to 30 percent off select items from November 27 to December 1

Piperlime- 25 percent off site wide until November 28 with code IHEARTNYC

Intermix- Extra 30 percent off sale items from November 27 through December 1

Undeniable Boutique- 20 percent off the entire store Black Friday weekend, online shoppers use code #UB3 to get the discount at checkout

Siqin – 50% off purchase through November 30. 

Prepare for Black Friday With These Shopping Apps

Posted by Editorial / Friday, November 21st, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Some people live for the thrill of waking up early on the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday. On the other hand, many people want to avoid the chaos and stress of standing in long lines and crowds. Getting a great deal on that pair of shoes or jeans you want is great, but at what cost? If you’re preparing to score some major deals, then take a look at these shopping apps. They’ll help you prioritize your fashion wish lists, alert you on deals and more.

Photo courtesy of Polyvore

Photo courtesy of Polyvore


PS Dept.
Available for iPhones and iPads, PS Dept. helps last minute shoppers ease their shopping concerns. This app allows users to ask experts questions about their favorite fashion items found at luxury companies. Retailers such as Theory, Helmut Lang and Moda Operandi are just a few of the brands available to buy from. It works by first asking an expert from a participating store if that store carries a product and then that expert finds the item. They send you photos of available options. All that’s left to do is purchase the items from the store via text straight from the app (PS Dept. stores your credit card information). The participating stores also offer free shipping and returns. Simple enough, right? Black Friday might have met it’s match.

RightBuy Shopping App
Download RightBuy straight from the app store. Users select their favorite stores and are instantly shown the latest deals. This is helpful for people who want to get an early start on holiday deals. If you don’t want to be in the mix of Black Friday shoppers, then use this app and you won’t feel like you missed out on any of the best bargains.

TGI Black Friday App
This app offers deals on the latest products from select fashion brands, electronics and sporting goods. Users can customize lists for the products they want while staying organized. Having a plan when going shopping on Black Friday is important especially if you want to get the deals you’ve been waiting for. You can download this app on iPhones, iPads and Android devices.


No Shave November is No Problem For Stubble & ‘Stache

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, November 20th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

A man’s skincare routine is very personal especially when it’s “No Shave November.” Local Northern Virginia brand Stubble & ‘Stache takes care of any concerns the men in your life might have while growing out their beards. Northern Virginia Magazine caught up with Nicholas Karnaze, founder of Stubble & ‘Stache, on what sets his brand apart from other men’s skincare products on the market and how his company came to be.

Photo Courtesy of Stubble & 'Stache

Photo Courtesy of Stubble & ‘Stache


Based in Alexandria, Stubble & ‘Stache not only helps men maintain their beards, but these products also help support veterans. Karnaze wanted his company to include a philanthropic element so 15 percent of the profits go to organizations that help veterans who are dealing with the mental wounds of war.  Karnaze is a U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations combat veteran. The idea for his company occurred to him while he was growing out his beard for his friend’s funeral. He created this brand in honor of his friend Justin Hansen, who died in Afghanistan.

Photo Courtesy of Nicholas Karnaze

Photo Courtesy of Nicholas Karnaze

Finding the right products for growing out a beard are important since itch and irritation are part of the early process for most men. Stubble & ‘Stache uses products that are multifunctional. For example, the “Face Moisturizer and Beard Conditioner” pulls double duty while keeping men’s skin moisturized and their beards conditioned and looking good. Karnaze jokes that the brand’s identity is loosely defined as “James Bond meets the most interesting man in the world.” Innovation is a key priority for Stubble & ‘Stache since they focus on using natural ingredients, such as aloe and chamomile, while creating products that are effective and safe.

No Shave November is an exciting time for men because they can fully embrace the rugged-yet-refined look with their beards. Stubble & ‘Stache helps men do just that. Visit their website here to view the products for yourself.

Photo Courtesy of Stubble & 'Stache

Photo Courtesy of Stubble & ‘Stache

Q&A: Aerin Lauder On Creating Makeup for the Modern Woman

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

By Cate Jensen

Photo Courtesy of AERIN Beauty

Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom


Aerin Lauder needs no introduction. A beauty mogul all on her own, the fact that she is the granddaughter of Estée Lauder seems to be only one small part of this businesswoman’s identity, who has launched an entire brand with her namesake and personality. With the release of her new makeup line, ESSENTIALS, the effortlessness continues with simple and sumptuous makeup for the beauty-hungry yet busy modern woman, which includes Lauder herself. Northern Virginia Magazine got to catch up with her at Nordstrom’s Fall Beauty Trend Event this past weekend for tips on how to keep looking your makeup looking fresh on-the-go, the one item to never leave home without and the perfect winter scent. 

How do you think your ESSENTIALS makeup line reflects the modern woman? 

It is all about effortless style, the whole brand. The beauty, home, accessories – it is really about edit and focus, and style made simple. ESSENTIALS is a weekend palette, a weekday palette, a lip conditioner, the bronzer and the compact foundation – items that you can’t live without. If you notice that even with the lip colors, we do two lipsticks, two lip glosses so it really becomes very focused in beauty, while still feeling special but a bit more simplified.

There was this wonderful time I walked to school with my slippers on and I didn’t even realize. I was trying to get the dogs, the kids, breakfast and everything organized. I think women now are busy than ever. Working, they have children, families, careers, travel—they are doing so much.

What is the one thing you would never leave the house without, in terms of makeup?

Probably lip conditioner. The Rose Lip Conditioner is one our best selling products. I put it on all day long, before I go to bed at night, in the morning. It really is the essential product.

Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom

AERIN “Rose Lip Conditioner” $28; Photo courtesy of Nordstrom


Which is great considering how cold out it is getting.

Our skin and body cream is great for this time of year too. It is a rose-scented cream so for this time of year when it is so cold and dry – just putting that on will hydrate, but also smell pretty.

Your whole line seems to have a lot of floral influences to it.

There is a lot of feminine sensibility to the whole line. Whether it is the furniture, the fabric, the lighting, the beauty. The fragrances were inspired by nature, flowers, gold.

Is that coming from your own personal preference?

It has always been something I have loved. The fragrances in the makeup products are [a] flower infusion, so there is a metawood, peony, rose scent that just feels super feminine and special.

How often would you say a woman should refresh her makeup bag?

I think 2 or 3 times a year. I think it is great in the fall, the spring, summer. Sometimes in the holidays I think it is fun to update a fragrance – where something more spicy and wintry.

What is your pick for the holidays?

I think Amber Musk is a great fragrance for the holidays. Amber, coconut and warmth for the holidays – like you are sitting by the fire.


Aerin 'Weekday' Palette $70;; photo courtesy of

Aerin ‘Weekday’ Palette $70; Photo courtesy of

Add Some Sparkle to Your Wardrobe for the Holidays

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

The holiday season is fast approaching with Thanksgiving right around the corner. This leaves the question of what to wear to family dinners, parties and other events? We’ve got the solution. Holiday fashion is synonymous with fancy dresses and sparkly jewelry. However, this year skip the typical necklace and choose pieces that already have lots of embellishments. Take a look at these unique choices that will be sure to leave a lasting impression.

Eight Items to Keep You Cozy This Winter

Posted by Editorial / Monday, November 17th, 2014

by Danielle Harvey

When winter finally hits, most people’s main concern is staying warm. Knitwear is a big trend for winter and the more items the better. The round-up below shows you everything from jewelry and clutches to robe coats and ponchos, which all have taken on the knitwear influence. Since it’s impossible to avoid the dreaded cold, layer on these pieces to add some warmth and style to your daily looks.

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-Harvey


Item details: Robe Coat, Clutch, Burgundy Hat, Necklace, Knit Leggings, Knit Zip Pouch, Poncho and Ski Cap

Mark Those Calendars: Upcoming Beauty and Shopping Events

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Photo Courtesy of The Fashionably Broke

Photo Courtesy of The Fashionably Broke


Broadway on the Beltway

Bloomingdale’s at Tysons Corner is putting on a beauty production you won’t want to miss. Join in on the action November 13 from 6p.m. to 9p.m. and experience this season’s latest products and beauty trends. Over 20 beauty brands are playing their part in the event with various Broadway themes. For example, MAC will take on “CATS” and show guests how to create the perfect cat-eye look. Visit the website to learn more about the event and RSVP by calling 703-556-4581.

Fall Beauty Trend Event

Makeup lovers should head to Nordstrom at the Tysons Corner Center in McLean on November 15 for the store’s fall Beauty Trend Event. While tickets are $20, customers can use that amount towards a beauty purchase made during the event (over $20), which begins at 8 a.m. and runs until 7 p.m. Attendees will find out about the latest trends  in beauty during a runway show, along with one on one consultations full of tips and do-it-yourself ideas. To reserve your spot, call or stop by the beauty department. Each guest will receive an exclusive tote from Nordstrom for attending.

Smashbox at Nordstrom

Join the bloggers behind The Fashionably Broke, Natalie and Erika, for a fun beauty event at Nordstrom Pentagon City. If you’re still unsure of what holiday beauty look will work for you then head over to the Smashbox Cosmetics counter in Nordstrom for some tips and tricks on November 19 at 7p.m. Guests will enjoy treats and a gift from Smashbox while learning how to master the cat-eye and bold lip. Aleah Rae Dorsey, Smashbox resident artist, will be able to answer questions and provide feedback on how to always nail those beauty looks. Space is limited so RSVP here . There is a $10 reservation fee which will be refunded upon arrival at the event.

MM.LaFleur Pop-Up

The fashion brand MM.LaFleur is bringing a pop-up shop to D.C. from November 15-23. If you want to get an early start on holiday shopping, join the label on November 19 from 6-8p.m. at the District Architecture Center. District Sample Sale is hosting the shopping event, where 10 percent of the proceeds will go to the 2015 District Sample Sale charity, the DC Diaper Bank. Guests can RSVP and learn more here.

Anniversary Celebration at Salon Nordine

Salon Nordine & Day Spa is celebrating its first anniversary at the Mosaic location in Fairfax. On November 20 from 1-4p.m., guests will receive complimentary blow-outs, polish changes, express massages and other services. Appointments are first come, first serve. Just use this email to book your appointment and you’ll be ready for those beauty touch-ups.

The Chic Workout Gear You Won’t Be Able to Miss

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Thanks to daylight savings time, options for exercising outside at the end of the day are limited. But that’s no excuse to just skip working out altogether. Companies such as Athleta and Lululemon created activewear with reflective details so people will be visible at night while going for a run. Safety concerns are taken care of with these reflective products and they’re equally just as fashionable. Browse the round-up of reflective gear below to add to your wish lists. 


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