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Fashion-Worthy Events Coming Up in NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, October 30th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Photo Courtesy of The Shoe Hive

Photo Courtesy of The Shoe Hive

 

Gigi New York Trunk Show

Who doesn’t need some holiday gift inspiration for family and friends? The Shoe Hive is kicking off their holiday trunk show series this weekend. Stop by October 31November 2 to shop the Gigi New York trunk show. There will be something for everyone from small leather goods and bags to monogramed phone cases. Guests will even receive 20 percent off all Gigi bags during this event. For more information about the trunk show, visit their website.

Elaine Turner Trunk Show

Bishop Boutique in Old Town Alexandria is hosting an Elaine Turner trunk show today until November 2 featuring the designer’s coveted shoes and bags. Guests can enjoy 15 percent off and a free gift with any purchase. Visit their website for more information about this event and to browse their collection.

Free Manicures at Sheehy Volkswagen

Having to wait at the car dealership for your annual tune-up or other auto related problem is never fun. That’s about to change. Head over to Sheehy Volkswagen in Springfield to receive a free manicure from 8a.m. to noon. This special promotion will take place every Tuesday through December. Visit their website to schedule your appointment and enjoy a free manicure just in time for the holiday season.

Shop Chelsea Handler’s Closet

Everyone’s favorite funny woman is partnering with Fashion Project for a good cause. You now have the opportunity to shop personally selected items from Chelsea Handler’s closet, which benefits the Tigerlily Foundation. Many women are affected by breast cancer and Tigerlily is raising money for research to find a cure. 55 percent of the proceeds from shopping Chelsea’s closet go to the Tigerlily Foundation while items are still in stock. For your chance to shop this exclusive deal, visit the Fashion Project’s website.



5 Beauty Products for the Girl on the Go

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

The morning commute to work isn’t as stress free as most of us would like. Traffic is always an issue and that means having to choose between getting an extra 10 minutes of sleep or devoting more time to your beauty routine. Those options seem a little unfair, so if you find yourself only having a few moments to get ready, check out the five best beauty essentials that can be applied even on the metro. The key is to focus on keeping your look minimal and effortless. Let’s face it, no one wants to have to dig through their makeup bag if they’re in a hurry, so take a look below at your quick and easy solution.

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-Harvey

What’s Inside Your Beauty Emergency Kit:

Tory Burch Travel Nylon Double-Zip Cosmetic Case- You’ll need a case to keep all of your beauty products organized and this option is great for the job. It has multiple compartments so you’ll be able to have access to everything in seconds.

Smashbox BB Cream with SPF- When you don’t have much time in the morning, you at least want your skin to look good. This BB cream is a great way to hydrate your skin and take care of small imperfections such as fine lines or spots. Choosing a product with sunscreen is equally important to avoid future sun damage. Try looking for sheer options so you can apply it without a mirror if necessary.

Marc Jacobs Full Cover Concealer- Concealer is the next step in your quick beauty routine.  It helps take care of those dark circles or blemishes and can also be applied without any makeup tools.

NARS Cream Blush- This type of blush is perfect for women on the go because it’s not as messy as a powder option. This product can also pull double duty if you want to use it as an eye shadow as well. Choose a more neutral peachy shade and it will add some color to give you the fresh-faced look you want to achieve.

CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara- This is a 30 second fix, but this product is one of the most important. Mascara can make even the most tired eyes look wide awake. Look for a clump free option such as this one to go on smoothly. A trick for applying on the go is to look down into a compact mirror to avoid getting mascara on your eyelids.

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm- The final product you’ll need in your beauty kit is lip balm. If you don’t have lipstick nearby, then this lip balm will give you subtle color and moisturize at the same time. Finish your routine with two swipes and you’re ready to take on the working world.



Boots Aren’t The Only Shoes to Break Out for Cooler Weather

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Everyone loves a good pair of boots– they’re a staple item every winter season. However, ditch those riding boots in favor of a different footwear trend. While your main concern is staying comfortable, take a look below at these three ideas for changing up your shoe game.

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-Harvey

 

Loafers are a prime example of easy-yet-stylish. You literally slip them on and you’re ready to go. You can wear them with jeans or dress them up with a black dress. If you’re more traditional in your style choices, then go for a plaid or leopard pair. If you’re willing to take more of a risk, then try a metallic or graphic pair. Regardless of your decision, loafers will be your new bff when it comes to shoes this season.

Details: Dog Loafer, Plaid Loafers, Leopard Loafer (Sold out, similar here), Pink Loafer and Metallic Loafer

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Beauty Vitamins? The Real Deal on Primping from the Inside-Out

Posted by Editorial / Monday, October 27th, 2014

By Angela Bobo

CVS Biotin 5,000 mg $9.99, cvs.com; Nature Made Stress B Complex Vitamin $5.49, target.com; Styling by Angela Bobo; Photography by Mike Ramm

CVS Biotin 5,000 mg $9.99, cvs.com; Nature Made Stress B Complex Vitamin $5.49, target.com; Styling by Angela Bobo; Photography by Mike Ramm

My mother constantly told us growing up that all children need “strong bones and a healthy body.” Because of this, in addition to a balanced meal, taking a multivitamin was a required step in our evening dinner-time routine. Ever the rebels, my brother and I would discreetly hide them in our napkins while we cleared our plates or toss them behind the refrigerator when our parents weren’t looking. At the time, the whole process of taking a vitamin seemed burdensome and unnecessary. So upon entering college I shunned the nutrient-packed pills and never looked back.  

Three years later, it has become my job to discover and test the tricks and top products to help NoVA residents look their best, so imagine my surprise when my inbox became filled with pitches for the perks of using magical beauty pills. Depending on the company, these products range from vitamin E-infused products with essential oils to anti-acne vitamins and specially curated vita-packs.  While they all received positive reviews, these options can be pricey. After some research, and noting commonly shared ingredients, I found a few vitamins to add to my beauty routine that could be purchased at local drugstores.

My goal was to have stronger hair and glowy skin, so I added biotin (designed to strengthen the nail beds, protect against dryness and stimulate new hair growth) and a vitamin B complex (a skin antioxidant, acne fighter and stress reducer).  Most vitamin B complex pills also add vitamin C (promotes an even skin tone and prevents wrinkles). After a month of this routine, my scalp was less dry and my hair felt smoother. The best part? Not even the tiniest of pimples has popped up within the past month. An aesthetician during my last facial even lamented that she ‘barely had anything to do.’ As with anything, it is important to consult a doctor before adding extra nutrients to your daily routine. But most importantly, this just proves that mom was right (again).

For a rundown of other vitamins with beauty benefits, read here.



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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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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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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