Posted by Natalie Kaar / Friday, May 10th, 2013
Smooth Tootsies in Between Pedis
It’s officially sandal season, when pedicures become a near necessity instead of a mere nicety.
The problem: Weekly or bi-weekly, perhaps even monthly, pedis may not be practical. Hectic schedules aside, all that soaking and scrubbing diminishes our accounts along with our calluses. Such a scenario calls for at-home maintenance. Enter True Blue Spa’s Toe the Line Smoothing Foot Scrub [$15/4 oz at Bath & Body Works]. Squirt a dab of the powerful exfoliator, featuring walnut shells and peppermint oil as well as a super-refreshing eucalyptus fragrance, onto an acrylic foot file and buff away. Even the roughest of feet are no match for this stuff—smoothness central.
Follow up with a pampering foot cream (suggestion: Dermelect’s), and never again be embarrassed to go barefoot.
Posted by Skylar Korby / Thursday, May 9th, 2013
Getting to work in the morning with all of your necessities can be a bit of a challenge. I myself wobble into the office with arms full of a water bottle, a binder of assignments, a purse, a lunch, a gym bag, and absolutely zero finesse. Consolidating my things turns into a hilarious struggle between shoving Lean Cuisines into a satchel and hoping I screwed my water bottle cap on tightly so as to avoid soaked running shorts at the end of the day. There must be an easier way to free up my armload and make the walk to my desk a bit more graceful.
Sachi Bags could be my savior! The stylish, insulated lunch bags are roomy enough to double as a handbag and come in a variety of styles and colors. They’re definitely a step up from your everyday brown bag and give you some extra space for cash and a lip gloss. With prices ranging from $5.99-$29.99, Sachi Bags are an affordable way to keep your lunch cool while keeping your outfit looking hot (in a work-appropriate way, that is).
Grab your Sachi Bag and head out the door; you’ve got everything you need!
Posted by Skylar Korby / Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
If Kate Bosworth quit acting to dedicate all of her time to acing the latest trends and contributing overall fabulousness to the fashion world, we would completely support her decision. Yet that is not to say her acting chops are not up to par: The 30-year-old actress has received critical acclaim for her roles in 2002’s “Blue Crush,” 2003’s “Wonderland” and 2006’s “Superman Returns.”
Posted by Tasnim Eboo / Monday, May 6th, 2013
Shopping like a celeb can be a bit of a hit to your wallet, and those dollars add up much too quickly. Everyone wants to dress like a fabulous A-lister, but just how do you do so on a tight budget? The Budget Babe is about to be your new BFF.
The Budget Babe is a fashion blog that takes celeb style and reinvents it with pieces that are much more affordable. Not only can you select to search by celebrity and try the fashions of Blake Lively, Eva Mendes, Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Middleton but each day there is a new look posted for you to implement into your own style and wardrobe. Sections include beauty, deals + sales, décor, giveaways and nails—and just in case you have a question, go ahead and Ask BB herself!
For fashions not to be missed and a sure way to save some moolah, try this blog on for size! Yours truly is sure it’ll fit.
Posted by Skylar Korby / Monday, May 6th, 2013
The 3rd Annual Boutiques Give Back Charity Day is coming up!
On Saturday, May 18, this creative, small business-driven event is staged to be the largest charity collaboration in the DC Metro area, with endless charities benefiting including Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, Senior Services of Alexandria, Wright to Read, The Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne and the Alzheimer’s Association – National Capital Area.
Each of the 39 retail members of the Old Town Boutique District has either hand-picked a charity or will invite customers to pick their “charity of choice” to decide which one the store should donate sales proceeds to on this shopping day. Stores participating in Boutiques Give Back Day will donate up to 20 percent of their sales to designated charities.
Get ready to shop for a cause, and mark your calendars for May 18!
Posted by Skylar Korby / Friday, May 3rd, 2013
Steve Madden, one of the world’s hottest shoe and lifestyle brands will be holding a meet and greet tomorrow, May 4, from 2-3 p.m. at Nordstrom at Tysons Corner Center. Guests are invited to meet the footwear tycoon and pose for photos as he autographs complimentary branded tees and tote bags at the event hosted by Julissa Bermudez of the Style Network’s hit series “Empire Girls.”
A special gift will be given to every customer with the purchase of any Steve Madden product, and visitors will also have the chance to win their very own pair of Steve Madden shoes!
You definitely don’t want to miss this event, so strut your stuff to Tysons this weekend!
Posted by Tasnim Eboo / Friday, May 3rd, 2013
It’s about time to spruce up your style and choose something different! Who says you can only wear a clock on your wrist? Wearable with both casual outfits as well as night-out ensembles, adding ‘time’ pieces to your jewelry collection is unique, original and bound to have heads turning to ask, “Where did you get that?” The answer is, of course, Etsy. Etsy has a variety of clock-related items in all your favorite jewelry styles. Now you can get away with not wearing a watch, and maybe checking your ring or necklace instead of your phone!
Give yourself a little extra time, and flip this hourglass just for fun!
Posted by Skylar Korby / Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Admit it, anytime someone compliments you on your fabulous bag and asks who made it, a tiny part of you is thrilled to name a brand that they might be unfamiliar with. There’s something about owning something exclusive that makes walking into our closets every morning feel like an invite-only experience. Where can you go to ensure your style is the one everyone covets?
Anthem Wares is the answer.
The new e-commerce site makes it easy to discover desirable, hard-to-find products from independent luxury brands and artisan makers around the world. Choosing from the best of the collections, the site offers customers unique access to these brands’ select crafts.
From bags to jewelry to hair accessories, shopping with Anthem Wares ensures that you’ll always have that one piece that everyone else craves.
Posted by Tasnim Eboo / Monday, April 29th, 2013
Who knew my big debut would come so soon? Not quite, but I could call myself almost famous since I was lucky enough to snag an invite to Washington, D.C.’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner cocktail party over the weekend. In case you’re new to the area and were living in a bubble the past few days, The White House Correspondents’ Dinner, nicknamed “nerd prom” and tracing back to 1914, takes place annually in the nation’s capital. Red carpet and all, A-list celebs, political gurus and head honcho journalists buzz the scene—making it nothing less than a high-society event.
On Saturday evening stars rocked the runway in their ball gowns, up-dos, stilettos and fresh faces, pausing for the appropriate flashes here and there, and mingling among drinks and friends. I, myself, was an onlooker of the fabulous scene, catching the gorgeous looks of Katy Perry, Sophia Vergara, Hayden Panettiere, Amy Poehler and the infamous Barbara Streisand. Not only did I to get a good peek at the stunning gowns these ladies wore, but I managed to grab a few pics with some of my most serious celeb crushes!
First there was Sophia Bush. Best known for her acting in WB’s hit television show, “One Tree Hill,” she has also had roles in “John Tucker Must Die,” “The Hitcher” and “Stay Alive.” Bush was more flawless than I could imagine up close and personal, donning a white embroidered Lela Rose dress and Jimmy Choo bag. Completing her look, she had a perfect sock bun and adorable fringe bangs, and, of course—enough kindness to take a picture with star-struck me!
Next was, again, one of my personal favorites, Kate Walsh, best known for starring roles in ABC’s ”Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice.” Her perfectly pulled-back pony showed off her shoulders, on display thanks to a stunning strapless Caroline Herrera black-and-white dress, which was paired with Norman Silverman jewels. The gown’s flowered pattern worked perfectly for Walsh; she was certainly a sight to see!
If only I could have gone inside to hear President Obama speak and host-of-the-night Conan O’Brien. Maybe next time!
Happy Celeb Spotting!
Posted by Tasnim Eboo / Monday, April 29th, 2013
The signature event for May at The Village Shirlington is here! Come join in on the fun at the Hilton Garden Inn, this Thursday, May 2, from 5-10 p.m. for the book launch of “Sweet Peril“ by author Wendy Higgins. This is Higgins’ second book of the Sweet Trilogy, and the first 100 guests will receive a complementary copy of the new release and a complementary cocktail at the Great American Bar! RSVP to email@example.com.
In addition to the book signing on Thursday, Shirlie’s Girls Night Out is hosting a Make Your Own Perfume event courtesy of the Villag’s Ah Love Oil & Vinegar. Each guest makes their own perfume using extra-virgin olive oil as a base and then chooses their own scent to be added into it. There is a $10 reservation fee, which includes a vial of the custom scent. Who doesn’t want to make a perfume that fits them perfectly? Come out from 5-9 p.m, and don’t only enjoy being a perfumer for a day but a 20-percent discount on one bottle of olive oil. Register at villageatshirlington.com.
But that’s not all that’s in store for this very special Thirsty Thursday. On the same night you also won’t want to miss out on other fabulous promotions and events from participating locations like CakeLove, Hardwood Artisans and Periwinkle!