Posts Tagged ‘S.W.A.G.’

Sure Things: The Reliable Eyeliner

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, September 11th, 2013


The secret to a bold eye with staying power. Photo courtesy of

Every now and then I’d purchase a new eyeliner for myself and was disappointed to find how much it smudged–even shortly after I had just applied it. Of the all the eyeliners I’ve owned over the years, L’Oréal’s Infallible Eyeliner has been the most reliable. This product lasts up to 16 hours, has waterproof resistancy and so far has proven to be smudge-free! Try out my ideal eyeliner by shopping online or visiting your local drugstore


Happy Shopping!

~Lucie Silvano

Etsy Adoration: Button Up for Fall

Posted by Carten Cordell / Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Don’t let the size of these buttons scare you! As seen on the Etsy shop, Behind My Picket Fence, their purpose is to encase you in this lovely, soft scarf composed of lambs wool and smooth acrylic. Available in an array of bold colors, this Boston Harbor scarf will not disappoint. Pair it with a casual top, skinny denim and chic boots or formalize this piece with a fall dress or skirt. Here are just a few of our favorites…

The Original Boston Harbor Scarf, $74 (Photo Courtesy of Behind My Picket Fence/Etsy)

 Wear it in the classic cream color….

The Original Boston Harbor Scarf-Cream, $74 (Photo Courtesy of Behind My Picket Fence/Etsy)


…or this eye-catching purple

The Original Boston Harbor Scarf-Eggplant, $74 (Photo Coutesy of Behind My Picket Fence/Etsy)


Happy Shopping!

~Lucie Silvano

Closet Crushes: Rihanna & River Island

Posted by Carten Cordell / Friday, September 6th, 2013

Magnificent Monochrome Set by luciesilvano


One of the must-have pieces on my list for this coming fall is a monochrome print. Luckily U.K  brand River Island has teamed up with singer and renaissance-vixen, Rihanna, for a collaboration that has enough pieces to more than satisfy my new trend craving.  The collection features prints in unexpected silhouttes modeled after the star’s signature street style. Check out some of my favorite picks from the collection and similar items below:

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Sales and News: The Dandelion Patch’s Unbeatable Closing Sale and the Neiman Marcus Blog Makeover

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Photo Courtesy of The Dandelion Patch

When it comes to buying gifts, picking the appropriate card can be tricky, but when a stationary boutique such as The Dandelion Patch exists, all of a sudden purchasing the card becomes one of the easiest–and most fun–aspects of gift-giving. The Leesburg location is closing, but take advantage while doors remain open because starting this month, you can save 25-40% on all items in the store. Next month, you can save 60%! Don’t miss out on these exclusive deals and head to Leesburg!

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Shopping Simplified:–Shopping for the 21st Century

Posted by Carten Cordell / Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

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So much of our shopping involves the internet and with all the e-mails we receive, it’s difficult to keep track of the ones we actually need…like ones from our favorite retailers! Thankfully, can help. This startup company based in Silicon Valley is an email provider for the exceptionally devoted shopper. offers a separate email account for the sole purpose of shopping, ranging from automatic notifications to organizing other email accounts on Yahoo, Google or Hotmail.  The company’s features include moving retail-oriented emails from say your Gmail account to your new Shopilly account. embodies fashion in that it is current; they send you reminders on those time-sensitive coupons, sales and exclusive deals. Hesitate no longer and make shopping a breeze! Sign up for an account today.

Happy Shopping!

~Lucie Silvano

Get Your Local Perspective on Style and More

Posted by Carten Cordell / Friday, August 16th, 2013

Photo courtesy of Kara Manos

Attention all fearless fashionistas! One member among you will be providing Northern Virginia with the fiercest local trends. Starting this week, Kara Manos, the D.C. local behind the beauty and lifestyle blog Politics of Pretty, will be highlighting major shopping events, restaurant openings and other hot happenings at Tysons Galleria on the country-wide lifestyle blog Fearless Fashionista.  

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Shopping Simplified: Shoptopia as Your New Shopping Buddy

Posted by Carten Cordell / Friday, August 16th, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Shoptopia

Sometimes when you’re ready to hit the mall looking for a new pair of shoes or jeans,  you call up your best friend to go out with you. Her schedule doesn’t work out with yours, but you still need a shopping buddy. Cue in Shoptopia. Although the mobile shopping app won’t be able to tell you if those stilettos are fit more for a night out on the town instead of the office, it can serve as the perfect “shopping companion” for your trip.

With both an online and mobile component, shoppers can read up on the latest trends, find items tailored to their interests and “like” deals and products that will sync with the app. Take it with you on your mobile device to search for stores, deals and specific products near you. You can even click on a store  for directions. Download Shoptopia today for a shopping buddy whose schedule will always match up with yours.

Happy Shopping!

- Kristy Ju 

The Desire to Feel Inspired

Sometimes it isn’t enough to look through mainstream furniture magazines or walk through the dining ware section of department stores. Instead, with so many interior designers and stylists now providing their advice through the blogsphere, we have different unique perspectives that provide the inspiration we need to spice up our homes and closets at our fingertips. For ideas on investing in beautifully decorated homes, whether vintage or modern-chic, here are a few online destinations to get your brains stirring up a creative storm.

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Cosmetic Crushes: 3 Different Looks with Naked Eyeshadow Palette

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Kim Giammaria has made her mark in professional makeup artistry over the past 21 years. Her services have been featured in “People,” “Sports Illustrated,” and “The Knot” since she founded Beauty Mark in 1992. Whether you’re getting photo-ready for a wedding or just looking for a basic makeup lesson, Giammaria will help you get the perfect look for any occasion. 

Photo Courtesy of Kim Giammaria

She says of her makeup technique, “When I work with people, I take a few moments to talk to them and get a feel for what they want to feel and portray, in terms of the look we will achieve together. I hope to make them feel beautiful and comfortable.” 

The seasoned makeup artist shares with us how we too can feel beautiful and comfortable in three looks using Urban Decay’s “Naked” Palette:

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Put a Ring on It: Get the Celeb Look for Less

Posted by Carten Cordell / Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

With the press always pointing out trends from photos of our favorite celebrities, there’s no doubt that the items they target can be way out of our price range. Instead of wasting time wishing you had the bucks to buy that bling, find an affordable alternative.

One of the biggest jewelry fads right now are big statement rings. Those big necklaces can take eyes off your outfit and earrings can be just as big of a pain. So with a nice fashion piece on your finger, you can easily wave away the struggles and show off some real gems.

Since 2004, Eve’s Addiction has impressed customers with excellent service and affordable celebrity-inspired pieces. First providing beautiful pieces made of sterling silver, Eve’s now creates elegant and trendy jewelry made from other metals such as titanium and plated rose gold. Find Kate Middleton’s beautiful engagement ring or a monogram design inspired by several stars rocking the trend. Whatever you are looking for, Eve’s Addiction is here to prove that you too can look red carpet fabulous, and all you have to do is put a ring on it. 

Celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and Lucy Hale are completing their looks with name rings. Without being too flashy, this ring style is classic and can go with any outfit. It is a perfect gift for a daughter on their birthday or a well-appreciated anniversary gift.

Jennifer Aniston Style Gold Vermeil Name Ring, $119 (Photo courtesy of Eve's Addiction)

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