Posts Tagged ‘S.W.A.G.’

Secrets to the Perfect Blowout

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, August 12th, 2013

Everyone loves dolling up their hair in fancy styles, but a simple sleek blowout can be just as chic without all the extra pins and curls. You can spend all you want at a salon to achieve this look, but what if you could get the same results at home? Thanks to Kara Manos, owner of the beauty blog Politics of Pretty, you can do so with her simple step-by-step guide.

Step One (Photo courtesy of Kara Manos)

Step 1: Post shower, comb hair with a large-tooth comb to detangle and apply a dime-size amount (or less) of hair product to help protect your tresses from the heat of the blow dryer. Personally, I love Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Crème, a 10-in-1 hair perfector and styling product that repairs, smoothes, protects, and manages frizz among other properties.  

Step Two (Photo courtesy of Kara Manos)

Step Two: Begin blow drying hair with your fingers to help suck out any moisture. Dry until hair is about 80 percent dry and slightly damp. This step will keep you from taking longer to blow dry hair and make it easier for styling.

Step Three (Photo courtesy of Kara Manos)

Step Three: Section off hair starting from the bottom layers and working your way up. This will help you focus on each layer of hair and blow dry evenly. Start at the roots and follow through to ends with a round or paddle brush. Repeat.

Step Four (Photo courtesy of Kara Manos)

Step Four: If you have bangs, brush them side to side using a paddle brush to help them take the shape of your forehead. This will prevent any awkward bends.

Step Five: Spritz roots with a dry shampoo spray to help prolong your blowout. Serge Normant Meta Revive Volumizing Dry Shampoo is my go-to for its sweet scent and volumizing ingredients.

Photo courtesy of Kara Manos

And, voila! A salon blowout at home.

Happy Styling!

- Meghan Furey

Shop Tours: Maggie Jane’s

Posted by Carten Cordell / Friday, August 9th, 2013

Before even stepping into Old Town’s newest boutique, it is obvious that the store has style and character that overflows its small cozy space. For years, Old Town has taken pride in salvaging history, and as the newest vintage store on the block, Maggie Jane’s beautifies it as well.

From its beautifully handmade sign hanging by the door to the elegant typewriters inside among other old-fashioned treasures, it is a dream that has come to life for store owner Coddy Eyre. As a girl, Eyre fell in love with all things vintage, and with help from her loving children and friends, she opened the store hoping to draw others to things that become more precious as they age.

Aside from its devotion to vintage items, Maggie Jane’s also sells other pieces that can bring instant charm to the home in any kind of style, ranging from urban chic to farmhouse rustic. The store also has exclusive collections from an assortment of designers, including CeCe Caldwell Chalk and Clay Paint which allows customers to refurbish their own furniture at home. “We will be offering classes and tutorials on using these products to transform pieces they would otherwise throw out,” says Eyre.

The boutique also sells items that make excellent gifts for people of any age, from handmade scarves and jewelry to soothing lotions.  Whatever your needs may be, Maggie Jane’s provides them in an antique and delightful atmosphere that will have some people reminisce about the past and others inspired by their findings to bring it back to life.

Happy Shopping!

- Meghan Furey


South Moon Under and Teen Vogue Collaborate for Back-to-School-Saturday

Posted by Carten Cordell / Friday, August 9th, 2013

Photo Courtesy of South Moon Under

While you are soaking in the sun during these last few weeks of summer, stop by your nearest South Moon Under this weekend to take advantage of a shopping event that will have students revved up for packing their backpacks for the first day of school. All 20 locations of South Moon Under collaborates with “Teen Vogue” for a nation-wide shopping event, Back-to-School-Saturday tomorrow, Aug. 10 until midnight. Enjoy a 20 percent off discount on your entire purchase and a free gift when you show a student ID. Be sure to also enter for a $1000 shopping spree with a personal stylist.

Vice President of Sales and Marketing of the upscale clothing retailer, Gage Lester says, “We saw this as a real opportunity to create excitement around one of the most important shopping seasons of the year,” and added, “we are excited to be able to partner with Teen Vogue to bring our customers a fun and unique event-based shopping experience.” 

Happy Shopping!

- Kristy Ju

Trend Report: Layering Bras

Posted by Carten Cordell / Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Do you ever see a shirt or dress that’s absolutely amazing but you’re certain that there’s practically no way to conceal your bra and the last thing you want to do is go out and buy a pair of stick-on alternatives or let your bra straps hang loose? Alas, the fashion world has come to a conclusion: Layering Bras.

Available in an array of colors and textures at a variety of stores, layering bras, also commonly known as bralettes and bandeaus, are the perfect solution for giving that extra necessary coverage. And, since they’re made to be gorgeous, it’s okay to see a strap or two–it’s actually becoming a trend.

So keep on scrolling and take a peek at our mini gallery and get an idea of what you’ll be adding to your e-basket or heading to the mall to pick up pronto. 


Happy Shopping!


–Rebecca Norris





Fab Finds: The Little White Fashion Truck

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

A fashion boutique on wheels that comes directly to you? Yes, pleaseThe Little White Fashion Truck has made its way to the D.C./Northern Virginia area.  It offers a 130 sq. ft. of shopping space complete with a dressing room, recess lighting, and an exact total of 860 hangers of affordable apparel and accessories ranging from $39 to 69. 

Photo Courtesy of Little White Fashion Truck

Shelley Sarmiento, previous owner and executive Vice President of White House Black Market, decided to take this business venture after a moment of inspiration while eating a grilled cheese sandwich from her favorite food truck on the streets of New York City, Sarmiento tells Refinery29. And boy, did she deliver. 

LWTF brings the same experience as a brick-mortar store directly to shoppers. Her innovative idea allows her 28 years of experience in the fashion retail industry, passion, and efforts to come full-circle. Whether you’re 15 years old, nearing 70, or forever “39,” there is surely an affordable gem you can find in the Little White Fashion Truck.

Inside the mobile fashion boutique (Photo Courtesy of Little White Fashion Truck)

Keep up with the LWFT’s Facebook page to check if their next truck stop will be in your area.

Style on,

- Kristy Ju

Style and Sentiment: an Interview with Jewelry Designer Caroline Whittington

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Caroline Whittington (photo courtesy of Amber Byrne Mahoney)

If there are two things that never goes out of style, they are simplicity and sentiment. Truth be told, if there is something in your wardrobe that you love, whether it is an extremely faded pair of jeans or a ring that has been passed down for generations, your personal attachment to that piece makes it a much easier go-to than ones you buy just to follow the present trends. For Caroline Whittington, Richmond-local and owner of giantLION jewelry, the true gems in her closet are ones that she can wear over and over again despite the typical fashion fads. Here is a Q&A on this down-to-earth designer and her simple yet distinct approach to style and her jewelry collection. 

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Sales and News: Marc Jacobs Beauty

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

As we approach the end of the summer, we often find ourselves looking for some sort of silver lining as we re-enter overloaded schedules and chillier days. Luckily for us, Marc Jacobs has announced his breakthrough cosmetic line–Marc Jacobs Beauty, which will launch in stores and online at Sephora and select Marc Jacobs stores on August 9th just in time to quench our thirst for something new and exciting.

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Karen London: Old World Classic With New World Design

Posted by Carten Cordell / Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

In a world where statement jewelry drapes around nearly every set of collarbones, ears, fingers and wrists–there’s no wonder why Karen London, a line started in 2012 with elements of woven brass and hand crafted ebony pieces, studded with mixed metals and hammered textures–has become such a sensation. 

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Rock a Painless Ponytail: Kitsch Hair Ties

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, August 5th, 2013


Kitsch Southwest Sunset, $13.99 (Photo courtesy of KITSCH)

With the updo all the rage these days, you are always tying your hair back.  But this leaves the risk of major headaches from those ugly and tight elastics needed to create these styles. That is why we are so thrilled that Kitsch has responded to our ponytail prayers by introducing the comfortable and cute hair ties.

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Closet Crushes: Ali Fedotowsky

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, August 5th, 2013

Reality star Ali Fedotowsky of Season 6 of “The Bachelorette” wows in a simple chic outfit at the premiere of Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.” Since her days in the hit ABC tv show, Fedotowsky hosts “1st Look” on NBC, an Emmy award-winning show chronicling the “best places to eat, play, and indulge” around America. Her signature style of equal parts feminine and flirty both on- and off- screen are easy to emulate for date night or a casual day of shopping.


Photo Courtesy of Helga Esteb/Shutterstock

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