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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. 


Tech Travel Essentials for a Weekend Getaway

Posted by Editorial / Friday, November 7th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Having a sense of adventure is just as important as being stylish. The excitement of traveling is about exploring the unknown–either in the states or abroad. However, if you find yourself in a last minute type of situation, that doesn’t leave a lot of time to prepare. Nothing is worse than having your electronic device turn off from a dead battery in the middle of an important phone call or social media update, so grab a solar charger for backup. Also remember to keep your iPad and passport covered with these stylish options. The best part is that you can carry all of these items in a trendy backpack too. Below is the round-up of these five important items to always keep on hand for spur-of-the-moment trips.


What to Wear to the 8th Annual Alexandria Film Festival

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

The Eighth Annual Alexandria Film Festival kicks off this weekend November 7-9. Don’t miss your chance to support filmmakers locally and from around the globe. The event will feature over 60 films and guests have the opportunity to interact with the people who created the movies. So if you’re already thinking of what to wear to this weekend, view the outfits below for some ideas. Keep your look understated and focus on the accessories to avoid just being another face in the crowd. You won’t regret it.

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-Harvey


Outfit details: Hat, Blouse, Scarf, Pants, Shoes, Bracelet and Clutch


Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo courtesy of polyvore/dd-Harvey


Outfit details: Dress, Boots, Lipstick and Cape

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.

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