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A Valentine’s Day Outfit Guide From First Dates to Fiancés

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

By Taylor Ness

Valentine’s Day can either be dreaded or celebrated, and we hope you take part in the latter. There can be a lot of pressure over what gift you’re giving, what restaurant you’re going to and most importantly who you’re spending it with. So we decided to make your plate a little lighter by finding the perfect outfit for any occasion.  

Add a splash of holiday color to your outfit with red or pink accessories, but be careful not to look like a day after Valentine’s Day clearance rack. Whether your plans are a last minute set-up or a booked babysitter months in advance, we’ve got the perfect style guide for you.

Wearers beware… chocolate and red wine do stain.


First Date

first date


First Date set created by Taylor Ness on Polyvore.

White top
$68 –

J Brand black legging
$1,355 -

Zara ankle boots
$60 –

Sophie Hulme black purse
$699 –

Topshop necklace
$30 –


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Scent of the Month: Tocca ‘Brigitte’ Eau de Parfum Spray

Posted by Angela Bobo / Friday, January 24th, 2014


Courtesy of Sephora

I believe that I am not fully dressed in the mornings without a quick spritz of perfume. In fact, I enjoy a good fragrance so much that I have given myself a personal rule of never wearing the same scent twice. There are so many options out there why limit myself to one ‘signature scent.’

Because of this, I sniff and spray almost any perfume I can get my hands on, which led me to test Tocca ‘Brigitte’ ($68/ 1.7 oz) during a random trip to pick up mascara. Inspired by the carefree, yet glamorous, lifestyle of Brigitte Bardot the fragrance combines notes of ginger, papaya, iris, white musk and Moroccan rose for a mix that comes off powerful yet sweet.

Initially the scent is warm and somewhat sugary, which is probably the result of a secret note of the Italian pastry ‘Pannetone.’ After some wear, the fragrance fades into a floral with hints of sandalwood and saffron that creates a complex and balanced composition eventually ending in a final crisp, clean note. This scent is perfect for the office or a date night because it is sophisticated and strong, but not too overpowering.

Brigitte is a part of a collection of fine fragrances by Tocca inspired by women throughout history, including Cleopatra and Grace Kelly, and can be purchased at Sephora or local favorite Bellacara. -Angela Bobo

(January 2014)

Accessory Advisory: Script Necklaces

Posted by Angela Bobo / Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Love Script Necklace

Courtesy of Angela Bobo

Many designers took the phrase “put it in writing” literally this season, as statement necklaces acquired new meaning by displaying actual vocabulary. Fashion lovers clamored to get their hands on Lanvin’s giant script necklaces that boasted words such as “cool” and “beyond.”

But, we have found the perfect piece right in our very own backyard at Old Town’s one-of-a-kind jewelry shop She’s Unique [703-836-8863]. Owned by the super stylish Katya Ananieva (of SpicyCandyDC) and her mother Sabila, the boutique has a diverse mix of classic and modern pieces that can suit women of all ages and styles.

With a price point of $49.95, the sterling silver script necklace with gold plating featured is both affordable and on-trend.

Book it to King Street today to grab this, and other amazing pieces from luxe designers like Jennifer Zeuner, and prove that making a statement can be oh-so-glam.

—Angela Bobo (January 2014)

Q&A: BryanBoy

Posted by Angela Bobo / Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Bryan Boy

Courtesy of Cassandra Sturos

This past October, Tysons Galleria celebrated ‘25 Years of Luxury‘ with a variety of incredible events and special appearances from the Washington Ballet, Fox Five Morning News Anchor Allison Seymour, PR powerhouse Aliza Licht and superblogger Bryanboy.

We had the chance to briefly chat with the latter, who was featured in Vogue’s ‘Power’ issue and has collaborated on collections with the top luxury brands, about his favorite trends to try in the New Year and the future of blogs.

Q: What is the one standout fashion trend in the New Year that you are most looking forward to wearing?
A: Flashback to the 90s! Spring 2014 is all about an homage to the 90s—clean, minimal looks, preferably in pastels.

Q: What changes would you like to see on fashion blogs
to offer a fresher perspective for 2014?
A: It’s not so much about a fresher perspective, but consistency. What I always look for at blogs is the ability of a blogger to transport a reader like myself to a different place. I love blogs that make me dream.

-Angela Bobo (January 2014)

Shopping Simplified:

Posted by Lynn Norusis / Thursday, January 9th, 2014


Courtesy of Frank & Oak


Women get all the fun when it comes to online shopping. Not anymore. As our men start to dress with a dapper look (thank you Ryan Gossling) sites have cropped up giving them collections of fine-tailored, on-trend pieces. takes the curating one step further with a membership program showcasing a monthly capsule of their own designs at ridiculously low prices.

 Join, for free, The Hunt Club and every month pick three pieces from recommended pieces (based on your self-described style) which will be sent to you for free try-on services. Hunt Club members also get free shipping and returns and 8 percent credit for ever purchase made. /  —Lynn Norusis
(January 2014)

Gift of the Day: Last Minute Affordable Jewelry

Posted by Editorial / Monday, December 23rd, 2013

If you have been experiencing the holiday season that I have, sometimes the shopping gods can deal an unfair hand that results in cancelled orders, mind-numbing lines and busy schedules. Now the big day is looming and you still have to grab some last-minute gifts for acquaintances that are guaranteed to cross your path over the next couple of days.

Nothing says ‘happy holidays’ quite like a nice piece of jewelry and these affordable designer picks from Bloomingdale’s will wow any lucky lady no matter what her style may be. Just print this out and head to your nearest location today to finish off your list in one easy, breezy trip!


Simple and Sophisticated

T Tahari Spike Bracelet $48; photo courtesy of



Glam Goddess

Michael Kors Pave Hinge Bracelet with Padlock $125; photo courtesy of



Trendsetting Teen

Marc by Marc Jacobs Jelly Bow Bangle $58; photo courtesy of


Happy Shopping!


-Angela Bobo

Gift of the Day: Coco Blanca’s Perfect Pick

Posted by Editorial / Friday, December 20th, 2013

Photo courtesy of Spotted MP.

White Porcelain & Gold Glazed Bowl ($24.95).


Shop local this holiday season and give the hard-working hostess a beautiful gift for the home courtesy of Coco Blanca. At an affordable price point, these luxe white porcelain and gold-glazed bowls are the perfect statement piece for any table setting. If you are interested in other fabulous local finds head over to the Extraordinary Alexandria Gift Guide to get everything you need from beauty bets to standout stocking stuffers and more!

Happy Shopping!

-Angela Bobo





Events to Keep on Your Radar This Week

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

By Angela Bobo

Photo courtesy of Lord & Taylor.

The 12 Days of Christmas scenario just became a reality thanks to Lord and Taylor’s ‘12 Days of Gifting’ event. From December 17-24, the first 50 customers to find presents hidden in select stores can enjoy the free gift. Each day will bring a new gift, so there are plenty of chances to win. Follow along with Lord & Taylor on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find specific locations, which will be announced daily.

Join Lorien Spa in Alexandria for ‘Spa Night’ every Wednesday and Thursday from 4-8 p.m. for luxurious deals. Enjoy 20 percent off of all treatments plus complimentary sparkling wine. Also for the month of December, book two or more 50 or 80-minute services Sunday-Friday and receive 35 percent off of services this month. Visit the website for more details.

Have a boy’s night out courtesy of Hysteria Boutique! This Thursday, December 19 guys can head over to ‘Men’s Shopping Night’ from 6-9 p.m. In addition to holiday shopping, customers will enjoy discounts, complimentary gift wrapping, catering courtesy of Virtue and beer, wine and bourbon.

This week only head over to 529 Kids Consign for massive holiday savings.  The more you buy the more you save! Starting as low as $25 to over $150, you can save between 5 and 30 percent on gifts for the kiddies and moms-to-be!


Gift of the Day: Fitbit Force

Posted by Editorial / Monday, December 16th, 2013

Photo courtesy of

Getting in shape, or staying in shape, just got a lot easier thanks to this sleek wristband. There are tons of fitness bands on the market, but the Fitbit Force seems to reign supreme with a fashionable lightweight design and tons of health oriented features. It measures everything from calories burned and distance traveled to the length and quality of your sleep. A digital LED display displays shares information easily, and when synced with an iPhone 4S can even display incoming calls. Gift this to your favorite fitness fanatic and help them stay healthy in the New Year. Visit the Fitbit website for complete details or also head to your local Best Buy to scratch this off of your holiday list!

Happy Shopping!

-Angela Bobo

Fab Finds: Cold-Weather Workout Gear

Posted by Lynn Norusis / Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Exercising is tough enough, let alone having to deal with the dropping temperatures. Donning these pieces will make outdoor exercise comfortable and chic.

Once your geared up hit one of NoVA’s great trails, and don’t forget to check out some expert tips if you’re just getting started.

Photo courtesy Saucony / Women’s Sonic ViZiPro Jacket; $110

Wind and water resistant, this jacket features USB rechargeable built-in lighting on the left front and across the back for visibility in low-light conditions, along with 3M™ reflective fabric inserts on front, back and sleeves.

Photo courtesy Under Armour / Women's UA Authentic ColdGear Fitted Tights; $49.99

These yoga-inspired tights with waistband hidden key pocket features UA Compression to keep muscles engaged and ColdGear® fabric to keep legs warm. 

Photo courtesy The North Face / Women's Isotherm Long-Sleeve Shirt; $90

This merino wool blend hybrid shirt provides lightweight warmth and breathability thanks to wicking FlashDry™ fibers around the sides, down the center back and under the arms.

Photo courtesy Lululemon / Run With Me Ear Warmer; $26

Coming in multiple colors, these reversible ear warmers, made with cozy Rulu™ fabric, have all-around reflectivity and four-way stretch that still does the job of holding your hair in place.

Photo courtesy Lululemon / Run With Me Gloves; $28

A match made in running heaven, these soft, slim-fitting are also tech-friendly with fingertips engineered with X-STATIC® – The Silver Fiber®.

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