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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



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Illustration by Libby Burns.

“I’m looking for something mid-century modern rustic.”



Style Ideas For Any Holiday Tradition

Posted by Editorial / Friday, December 12th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

Besides the fabulous parties and family gatherings, the holiday season is full of traditions. Whether your family loves to visit a Christmas tree farm to find the perfect tree or you always go ice skating with friends, your days are filled with holiday nostalgia. For any situation, take a look below for some style inspiration to be equally chic and comfortable.

Photo Courtesy of Polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo Courtesy of Polyvore/dd-Harvey

 

Outfit details: Hat, Jacket, Top, Jeans and Shoes

 

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Golden Globes Nominee Round-Up

Photo courtesy of Helga Esteb/Shutterstock.com

Photo courtesy of Helga Esteb/Shutterstock.com

By Michael Balderston

The Golden Globes announced their full slate of nominees for 2014 in both TV and film Thursday morning. 10 films were cited for Best Picture of the Year in two categories, Drama and Comedy/Musical, including “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Theory of Everything” and the upcoming “Into the Woods.” If you want to have the inside track on winning your Golden Globes office pool or if you just enjoy catching up on some good movies, we have compiled a complete list of where you can find all of the Golden Globe Best Picture nominees in NoVA in one place.

Check out the full list below:

Boyhood:

-          Available on iTunes and Amazon Prime

-          Available on DVD/Blu-Ray Jan. 6, 2015

Foxcatcher:

-          AMC Loews Shirlignton 7

-          Angelika Film Center Mosaic

The Imitation Game:

-          Opens Dec. 12 @ Angelika Film Center Mosaic

Selma:

-          Opens limited on Dec. 25. Opens wide on Jan. 9, 2015

The Theory of Everything:

-          AMC Potomac Mills 18

-          Bow Tie Reston Town Center 11 & BTX

-          AMC Loews Shirlington 7

-          AMC Hoffman Center 22

-          Regal Manassas Stadium 14 & IMAX

-          Regal Springfield Town Center Stadium 12

-          Regal Fox Cinemas

-          Paragon Village 12

-          UA Fairfax Towne Center 10

-          Angelika Film Center Mosaic

-          Cinema Arts Theater

-          Regal Ballston Common 12

-          Regal Countryside 20

Birdman:

-          Bow Tie Reston Town Center 11 & BTX

-          AMC Loews Shirlignton 7

-          AMC Hoffman Center 22

-          Rave Cinemas Fairfax Corner Center 14 + Xtreme

-          Regal Springfield Town Center Stadium 12

-          Paragon Village 12

-          Cinema Arts Theater

-          Angelika Film Center Mosaic

-          Regal Ballston Common 12

The Grand Budapest Hotel:

-          Available on DVD and Digital

Into the Woods:

-          Opens Dec. 25

Pride:

-          Available on Digital Dec. 23

St. Vincent:

-          AMC Potomac Mills 18

-          AMC Hoffman Center 22

-          Rave Cinemas Fairfax Corner Center 14 + Xtreme

-          Regal Kingstowne 16 & RPX

-          Cinema Arts Theater

-          Regal Ballston Common 12

-          Regal Fredericksburg  16

Get the full list of Golden Globe nominees here. The  will air live on Jan. 11, 2015 with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.



Winter Layering 101: A Step-By-Step Guide for a Stylish Cold-Weather Look

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

By Angela Bobo

When the weather outside is miserable and rainy, it’s easy to throw style to the side while we scramble to stay warm. A perfect way to stay warm without sacrificing some semblance of fashion is to deliberately layer items that can be added or removed for a cohesive yet transformable look. We show you how to layer from the bottom to the top for a chic and cozy ensemble.

Step One:

base layer

Start with a thin layer to trap warmth. Photo courtesy of polyvore.com/angienaomi

Start with a thin layer to trap in heat without making you sweat. Opt for a t-shirt with heat-trapping technology or a fun button-down to add a pop of print and texture under the next layer.

First Row: 1, 2, 3, 4|Second Row: 1, 2, 3, 4| Third Row: 1, 2, 3, 4

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Fashion-Worthy Sales and News to Get You in The Holiday Spirit

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

 

Photo Courtesy of Hilton McLean Tysons Corner

Photo Courtesy of Hilton McLean Tysons Corner

 

Small Businesses Make a Big Impact

On Thursday December 11 from 6-9 p.m, small businesses in Vienna are joining together to hold a silent auction. LiLi The First, will host the auction where the public is welcome to participate. All proceeds from the event will go to The Women’s Center. Local stores such as Culinaria Cooking School, Nail Experts Boutique Salon and Vienna Vintner are just some of the businesses donating to this cause. For more details on the event, visit the website.

Härth & Saks Fifth Avenue Event

Join Härth & Saks Fifth Avenue for a make-up class and dinner event on Saturday December 13. Guests can enjoy a day of pampering at Tysons from 2-8 p.m. Various events will take place from make-up lessons with Laura Mercier’s top make-up artists to a three-course dinner. Space is limited to 20 people, so be sure to purchase your tickets by contacting Tracy Thomas or Candice Tinner at 703-761-5200 on weekdays before 5 p.m. To learn more about this holiday event, visit the website.

Local Personal Shopping Service

If the thought of having to deal with crowds during holiday shopping hours is overwhelming, fear not. The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City is launching their own personal shopping service. People interested in this new program will be able to receive style assessments and work with a personal shopper through phone or in-person. To avoid the stress of holiday shopping, call the mall’s personal shopping service at 703-415-2401.



Spread the Light: The 7 Best Candles to Gift from Budget to Luxe

Posted by Editorial / Friday, December 5th, 2014

By Angela Bobo

As scented candle obsessives, we know that not all are created equal. Instead of grabbing any old thing that smells nice in a jar, gift wrap these tried-and-true options that deliver a comforting holiday scent with staying power. Whether you need an affordable stocking stuffer or a cult classic for the candle snob, we have the top picks for your holiday list.

 



Holiday Gifts For Your Favorite Hostess

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

By Danielle Harvey

With the holiday season upon us, it’s safe to say everyone is in the spirit of giving. If your calendar is full of parties and other festive gatherings, don’t forget about thanking the hostess. While a bottle of wine and handwritten thank you note should suffice, if you’re feeling a little more creative–take a look below at some ideas that are great for the home or have a more personal touch.

Photo Courtesy of Polyvore/dd-harvey

Photo Courtesy of Polyvore/dd-Harvey

 

Gift Details: (In Clockwise Order) Modern Pearl Gift Set, C. Wonder Ceramic Coaster Set, C. Wonder Monogram Cheese Board, Tory Burch Wine Opener, Aspen Throw Blanket, Dior 60th Anniversary Book, Lulu & Georgia Draper Plates, Lulu & Georgia Oh Joy Print (Center)



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