Posts Tagged ‘S.W.A.G.’

Summer Must Have: Bold Beauty Tools from Nordstrom

Posted by Editorial / Monday, June 2nd, 2014

By Helen Ray 

This summer is not about the effortless looks women usually strive for. After talking to beauty artists at a recent trend preview at Nordstrom in Pentagon City, it turns out this summer it is all about blending natural looks with bold features to create a look that will help you stand out in the summer crowds.  

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The orange lip continues to find itself as one of the hottest trends from spring that will continue to thrive in the summer. The bold lip color may look hard to pull off but East Coast Resident Artist for Smashbox, Aleah Rae Dorsey, reminds beauty goers that it’s all about the right tone.  Revisit our March post; “Try Out Spring’s Most Popular Pout” for further insight into the look. 


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What to Wear: France in Fairfax

Posted by Editorial / Friday, May 30th, 2014

By Christina Marino

For those of us who have been daydreaming about the prospect of a trip to France and a whirlwind romance here is your chance to indulge in at least one of those fantasies. The French Film Festival USA is touching down in Fairfax this Monday June 2 until June 5 at Angelika Mosaic Theater. Here is the opportunity to test out your French style right in the Mosaic District. Enjoy the first of a series of postings on ‘What to Wear’ for all your summer events. For show times and ticket information visit


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For a romantic night on the town tune in your Parisian style with this all white look. 

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‘The Politics of Fashion: D.C. Unboxed’

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

The Politics of Fashion: D.C. Unboxed

Photo courtesy of Elaine Mensah.

Many of us know the Metro-D.C. area has the potential and promise of becoming a fashion hub, and now local industry insider Elaine Mensah, creative strategist and founder of SVELTE, LLC, has explored the likelihood of our region becoming just that. A new documentary “The Politics of Fashion: D.C. Unboxed,” premiering June 3 at at Mazza Gallerie in D.C., was a two-year journey for Mensah, interviewing over 35 of the most knowledgeable local and national names to discover the city’s fate in fashion.


Elaine Mensah

Photo courtesy of Elaine Mensah.

What is it about the Metro-D.C. area fashion industry that prompted the need for a documentary?

When I started my career in fashion, I was still working at my corporate job in D.C. I was left with little to no choice but to consider moving to New York or L.A. because the fashion scene was barely emerging [here]. I founded SVELTE, LLC and focused on building a career that would contribute to the development of fashion as a business here. This film is really just an extension of that goal. … In order to truly grow the fashion business in D.C., we need to let potential investors, buyers, manufacturers, producers, consumers and enthusiasts know and understand the fashion landscape, and how real and tangible it actually is.

What’s your goal with this film?

My ultimate goal in the creation of this film is to assist in the building of a viable economic platform for the business of fashion to be conducted in D.C. The fashion industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and with the talent, resources, political capital, and retail spending power that Washington has, there is no reason why we can’t find our niche within the larger fashion community and really build a strong fashion based eco-system. So getting as many people as possible to watch the film and learn more about D.C. fashion is critical to achieving that goal.

How were you able to interview over 35 of the biggest local and national names in the fashion industry and how long did it take to complete the film?

Well there are a few people I have to thank for that [laughs]. I was pleasantly surprised by how amenable everyone was to participating. It was really a domino effect. Once the first few people signed on, and everyone realized how serious I was about the project and how professional the filming environment was, word got around and the rest followed. I will say though that Aba Kwawu of TAAPR and Shawny Burns of Sorelle Group were two of my biggest champions. As a member of Fashion Group International DC, it was great to be able to reach out to them, share my idea and garner their support in securing some of the people I interviewed. In terms of timing, the film has taken me about 2 years to make. My first interview was in May 2012.


Update: The next summer screening of the film will be June 17 at the E Street Cinema. Tickets can be purchased here

Meet the cast of D.C.'s first fashion film. Photo courtesy of Elaine Mensah.

Post-premiere, the film will be available for purchase on DVD (you can pre-order at and it will also be available via digital outlets including Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu.—Angela Bobo

Hands-On: Six Summer Shades to Buy Now

Posted by Angela Bobo / Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

If the 80 degree days are any indication, summer is quickly approaching. Back away from dense dark colors and step into the sunlight with barely-there buffs, fiery reds and modern neons. Shop our favorite polished picks below: 


Deborah Lippmann

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Video Killed the Radio Star, $18; photo courtesy of

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Find the Look for Less at the Pink Armoire

Posted by Angela Bobo / Monday, May 12th, 2014

Pink Armoire Spring Lookbook shot; photo courtesy of Alexander Finestone

A tight budget should not mean the end of a fashionable wardrobe. Periwinkle owner Elizabeth Mason recognized the need for a more affordable clothing option in NoVA, which prompted her to start the online retailer Pink Armoire. Inspired by the colorful armoire she keeps in a guest room, Mason hopes that customers will view the site as a place to get fun pieces for work and play at a great price point. “The only real difference from Periwinkle is the constant of a super low price (think $45 for fabulous blazers and $58 for a dress that could be from Shoshanna) and the fact that it is only available online,” she states. In an effort to keep prices low without the cost of a lease and employees, Mason states that she has no plans to open a storefront at this time. For now, customers can find everything from playful skirts and printed dresses to flowy tops and color-blocked sandals for under $65 on the website today.


New to NoVA: Anthom Opens in Mosaic District Today

Posted by Angela Bobo / Friday, May 9th, 2014

Anthom; 2910 District Avenue #150, Fairfax; photo courtesy of Angela Bobo

NoVA residents no longer have to wait patiently by the mailbox for online orders or battle inevitable traffic into the city to score their favorite indie brands. Local favorite online retailer Anthom opens their first store location in the Mosaic District today. Described as a physical extension of the brand, the store reflects the minimal-yet-unique aesthetic of the lines typically carried on the site. “I’m into warm modernism,” says co-founder Marshall Johnson, who also helped redesign NoVA boutique She’s Unique. “We wanted natural wood, pale pastel colors and copper.” Customers can expect to find sophisticated prints in classic shapes, monochrome silk sets and one-of-a-kind shoes and accessories. “We like wearability and practicality, but it also has to be a little different,” states co-founder Ashley Turchin.


Stylist’s Picks: Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2014

Posted by Angela Bobo / Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and with less than a week to go before the special day you may not be ready with that sentimental, amazing gift just yet. So, just in case you need a little extra help, we have tapped stylist Naina Singla of Style’n to curate a few stylish and fun items that mom will absolutely love, no matter her personality.  Click photos below to shop her perfect picks: 

The “Chic” Mom

Rebecca Minkoff Amorous Satchel $325; photo courtesy of Naina Singla

“One of my top wardrobe staples for the summer season is a white handbag. This leather satchel is neutral, and will go with everything in your Mom’s wardrobe. Its structured silhouette is a combination of edgy, versatile, and super chic. It has an optional, adjustable strap and a trio of interior compartments to keep all of the essentials organized.”  


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Go for Gold: Inspiring Looks from the Virginia Gold Cup 2014

Posted by Angela Bobo / Monday, May 5th, 2014

Local fashionistas pulled out all of the stops this weekend for the 89th Annual Virginia Gold Cup. While there were plenty of hats and spring frocks to go around, a few took the nontraditional route in printed jumpsuits, fancy fascinators and sleek suits. We teamed up with Sarah Gargagliano Phillips, one-half of the blogging duo behind the fashion and lifestyle website  Fifty-Two Thursdays, to share some of this weekend’s show-stopping style. Head over to the website to see all of the fun fashion. 

Sarah Gargagliano Phillips of Fifty-Two Thursdays; photo courtesy of Sarah Gargagliano Phillips


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Meet the Designer: Alberto Parada Comes to Mystique Jewelers

Posted by Angela Bobo / Friday, May 2nd, 2014


Head to Mystique Jewelers on Saturday for a can't-miss event; photo courtesy of Pivotal Public Relations

Celebrity moms like Jessica Alba love Alberto Parada’s gems because he focuses on sustainable fine jewelry, allowing the wearer to look and feel good when wearing his pieces. The jeweler is known for mixing quality gems and materials in creative and unique designs. If you are looking for a gift for the mom who has everything, head over to the designer’s trunk show at Mystique Jewelers this Saturday May 3 from 10:30 a.m to 5 p.m. Guests will be able to meet the designer himself, as well as score pieces that were worn by celebrity favorites like Kiernan Shipka and Kristin Connolly.


Maximum Style: The Top Three Maxis to Add to Your Closet Now

Posted by Angela Bobo / Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Maxi dresses may not be the newest kid on the block, but this season’s offerings of fresh prints and silhouettes keep the style as a must-have closet staple. Hopefully the apocalyptic downpour is behind us, so we have picked the top three options to help you transition seamlessly into the sunshine. 

White Hot:

Tracy Reese Linen Blend Burnout Maxi Dress $430; photo courtesy of


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