Posts Tagged ‘S.W.A.G.’

Etsy Adoration: Earrings That Will Complete Your Ensemble

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

I’m a firm believer that earrings can completely make or break an outfit–but it’s more than just picking up the first pair you see–unless of course they’re your go-to faves. But, if you’re really trying to spice things up, then keep on scrolling to take a peek at some little gems found (where else?) on Etsy!

If you want your outfit to take a turn for the retro, pop these Marilyn Monroe studs by ARTWORKbyMALLORY in. Measuring .5″ in diameter, they’re the perfect size to get just enough attention!

Marilyn Monroe Stud Earrings, $10 (Photo Courtesy of ARTWORKbyMALLORY/Etsy)

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Shopping Simplified: Fortique

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Photo courtesy of FORTIQUE

It is often hard to find a party planner or an interior designer that isn’t asking for a massive paycheck in return for their services. Stephanie Olvey discovered this conflict while trying to plan a birthday bash for her sister and concluded that there had to be a way she could throw the party of her dreams and stay within her price range. As a result, she founded Fortique, an Etsy-like haven for the creative minds of the metropolitan area. This D.C.-based website provides local stylists, makeup artists, event planners, interior designers, and other artistic minds with the opportunity to offer their business to locals in the DMV area. Before a designer or event planner launches their business on the site, Stephanie goes through the details with the provider and makes sure that each member of her site is determined to assist customers with any needs they might have when requesting their help. So whether you are looking for a makeup artist for your wedding or a photographer to assist you with family photos, it is guaranteed that when using Fortique you will find the specialist that will exceed all of your expectations.  

Happy Shopping!

- Meghan Furey

Victoria Station Salon Is a One-Stop-Salon for All Your Beauty Needs

Posted by Carten Cordell / Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Welcome to Victoria Station, a full-service salon and spa located in the heart of Vienna. 

Photo Courtesy of Victoria Station Salon

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The New Girl in School: MISS WU

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, July 8th, 2013

MISS WU Leather Dress from Nordstrom, $895 (Photo courtesy of Nordstrom)


As if the Topshop exclusive collection at Nordstrom isn’t enough to check out the department store this fall, another big name is making its way through the glass doors: the one and only Jason Wu with his MISS WU Fall/Winter 2013 collection

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Sure Things: bareMinerals READY Foundation & Precision Brush

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, July 8th, 2013

Finding the one perfect foundation can prove to be difficult when we set lofty expectations. Does it provide enough coverage without looking cakey? Will it leave my skin irritated or balance out my dark spots and redness? Can the makeup last throughout the day and absorb oil? When it comes to fulfilling these wishes, bareMinerals ‘READY’ formula is quite the overachiever.

bareMinerals® 'READY' Foundation SPF 20, $29 (Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom)

Here’s why:

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Etsy’s Take on Cute Baby Buys

Posted by Carten Cordell / Friday, July 5th, 2013

“hello baby” pillow cover by iviebaby, $35 (Photo courtesy of iviebaby)

Preparing your home for a new child is certainly not as easy as reciting your ABCs, so when you have a friend or family member in that situation, you want to buy a gift that will ease their worries. Shopping on Etsy to find that special something for new parents will guarantee anyone with fun and unique ideas that will wow any anxious parents-to-be and gifts that families will want to cherish for the years to come.

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Walking on Cloud Nine: Lucite Heels for Summer

Posted by Carten Cordell / Friday, July 5th, 2013

It all started with a fairy tale of Cinderella’s lost slipper.  Centuries later, the story of the iconic glass shoes remains in our children’s storybooks, but wearing glass on our feet is still impractical. Luckily, the fashion world has delivered us a clear Lucite in heels, a shatterproof alternative to glass. The trend has made a statement during London Fashion Week’s street style and singer Beyoncé has also the rocked the look. Check out the selection of Lucite heels below for a modern-take on Cinderella’s beloved glass slippers.

Cloud Nine Heels
Created by Kristy Ju on Polyvore

Mark Your Calendars: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Is Back

Posted by Carten Cordell / Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom

It’s July, and that means Independence Day, humidity and the middle of summer–but, to the avid shoppers of the NoVA, above all else, it’s Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale. 

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Fourth of July Sales You Won’t Want to Miss!

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Light up your fireworks and sparklers in celebration of Independence Day and enjoy a round-up of sales and events this holiday weekend.

Don't miss these great sales happening this weekend! (Photo Courtesy of DigitalGenetics/Shutterstock)

Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets

Slip into your most comfortable sandals and head over to Leesburg Outlets to take advantage of extra discounts on top of the center’s savings of 25 – 65 percent every day.

Monkee’s of Fredericksburg

Take a mini road trip to downtown Fredericksburg for the boutique’s Annual Fourth of July Sale. Spring and select summer apparel, shoes and handbags are 50 percent off now through July 7.

Bishop Boutique

Head over to Old Town Alexandria and pop into Bishop Boutique to find select merchandise marked down 30 percent for the shop’s ongoing Summer Sale.

Undeniable Boutique

While in Old Town, don’t forget to stop by Undeniable Boutique to enjoy 30 percent off the Bestseller Rack, buy two, get one free on clearance racks, and a whopping 20 percent off all regular-priced shorts, denim, and pants Friday through Sunday.


Get something for your hubby, your kids, and don’t forget a small treat for yourself this weekend during Gap’s 30 percent off sale (in stores and online now through July 7).

J. Crew Factory

Buy yourself a treat (or two, or three) during J. Crew Factory’s 50 percent off all merchandise in stores and online now through July 7.


 Style on,

- Kristy Ju



Sure Things: Elemental Herbology Flower Harmonizing Mist

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Flower Harmonizing Mist from Elemental Herbology, $36 (Photo courtesy of Elemental Herbology)

In the middle of the day, everyone has their special pick-me-up. Instead of grabbing that energy bar, grab a bottle of Elemental Herbology Flower Harmonizing Mist. While it may not fill your stomach, this facial mist will wake up your pores using a pure rose damask water formula made from damask rose petals at their highest level of oil content. Once you take a spritz, experience a true awakening that hydrates and protects skin from the burning sun, damaging cold temperatures and winds, and other natural elements. Say good bye to that clogged-up feeling you experience after applying your makeup and say hello to that dewy and hydrated skin we all desire to have.

Happy Spritzing!

- Meghan Furey

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