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Thursday Plans: The 13th-Annual Toast to Fashion

Posted by Carten Cordell / Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Invite to The Campagna Center's Toast to Fashion

(PHOTO: The Campagna Center)

Hello there, shoppers!

Spring has sprung, and it’s time to fully embrace spring fashion. What great timing for the 13th-annual Toast to Fashion benefiting The Campagna Center, to take place at Alexandria’s Belle Haven Country Club this Thursday, March 22, from 6:30-10 p.m.

The annual can’t-miss event features a fashion show, marketplace, raffle and cocktail reception with 100 percent of proceeds supporting The Campagna Center’s programs, all which benefit area youths in myriad ways. That’s from early childhood education to tutoring and enrichment programs for elementary and high school kids, including T.C. Williams’ Building Better Futures program, as well as a new adult literacy program, New Neighbors.

ABC7′s Britt McHenry will emcee the fundraiser for the second year in a row, makeup will be provided by Bellacara, and model’s spray tans will be provided by Bronzed Berry. 

Participating vendors in the marketplace:

Francesca Joy
Top It Off
Shop Mamie
Bronzed Berry
The Clarke Collection
Oh My Darling
Pink and Brown
The Dressed Up Nut
J.Ryan Jewelry
Mija Jewelry
Queen Bee Designs
Rachelle Celline
Toka & Chris
Haute Papier

Participating stores in the fashion show:
J.Ryan Jewelry
Queen Bee
Rachelle Celline
Top it off
Francesca Joy
Pink and Brown
Apple Seed
J McLaughlin
Monday’s Child
Purple Goose
The Shoe Hive
Pink Palm
Bishop Boutique
Gossip on 23rd
Shop Zoe
Oh My Darling 
Shop Mamie
Sherman Pickey
Lemon Lime

Tickets will be $60 at the door. Say hello to Northern Virginia Magazine at the event; we’re proud sponsors along with Volkswagen Group of America, Queen Bee Designs, Rich Rosenthal Brincefield Manitta Dzubin & Kroeger and Storm King Strategies.

Happy shopping!

–Natalie Kaar

Sure Things: Cetaphil DERMACONTROL Oil Control Foam Wash

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, March 19th, 2012

Use this new oil-control foam wash with Cetaphil's DERMACONTROL Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 (Photo: Cetaphil)

Hello there, shoppers!

With the summer-like weather we’ve been blessed with lately, not to mention the fact that tomorrow is the first official day of spring, signs everywhere are suggesting we switch up our skin care routines. And that doesn’t mean change moisturizers and, voila, shine-free, blemish-free, supple skin! It all starts with cleansing. And leave it to dermatologist- and beauty enthusiast-loved Cetaphil to come up with a new oil-control face wash that hits the mark: Cetaphil DERMACONTROL Oil Control Face Wash.

First, who doesn’t love a foaming face wash? With a few pumps of this stuff, expect lots of suds — and, unlike many cleansers for oily and acne-prone skin, a noticeable lack of stinging. This may make you think the stuff isn’t strong enough to deep clean and help prevent pimples and shine. Guess again. I’ve been using the wash in the mornings, and even after long walks with my toddler strapped on my back in nearly 80-degree weather, am still shine-free. And, trust me, my T-zone typically gives me all sorts of trouble. 

That brings up another fine point about this new winner from Cetaphil. Even though it works to prevent excess oil from building up in pores, it does’t dry out the parts of the face that typically aren’t as oily, such as the cheeks.

The foam wash was designed to prepare for Cetaphil DERAMACONTROl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30. I’ve been using the wash with Cetaphil’s Daily Moisturizer SPF 15, and it has still done wonders for my skin.

And at roughly $12, the price isn’t bad either. Here’s just wishing face washes for acne-prone skin will someday smell really nice, but that may be asking for too much. At least the Cetaphil DERMACONTROL Oil Control Foam Wash doesn’t have much if a smell at all as opposed to a very chemical scent.

Happy shopping!

–Natalie Kaar

DVF for babyGap, GapKids Bouncing in and out of Stores

Posted by Carten Cordell / Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Hello there, shoppers!

The wait is over. Well, for some. DVF’s lovely line of spring rompers, dresses, onesies, swimsuits and more for the small set debuted online today, and many sizes and selections are already sold out. That means, mamas, if you want the iconic prints for your kiddos, better act fast and high-tail it to your nearest mall. Or log on to eBay later.

If you don’t make it there in time, at least the store is packed with plenty of other to-die-for selections. Too many.

Good luck!

–Natalie Kaar

PS. In brighter news, Gap’s sister brand Athleta is opening a store at Reston Town Center soon, according to Reston Patch.

Hump Day Shopping Headlines

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Spring stunners at Old Town's Diva (Photo:

Hello there, shoppers!

Heading out to happy hour tonight — imbibing alfresco, anyone? — and wanting to prepare for what are sure to be tonight’s hottest topics? When it comes to the shopping world, here’s the news, mad and marvelous, you need to know now.

First, last night brought the highly anticipated premiere of NBC’s “Fashion Star,” hosted by Elle Macpherson and starring Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos as mentors to designers given the opportunity to present their creations to buyers from Macy’s, Saks and H&M. Buyer-chosen items are made available for purchase online the night of the show and in select stores the next day. And like any good reality TV competition, especially one involving fashion, there were moments that left everyone in awe. (Word to the wise: Don’t mess with Jessica Simpson.) But the real shock came when Saks announced the price of a clever zip-away-overlay skirt designed by Orly Shani: a whopping $350 for a skirt that many, myself included, predicted would be purchased by H&M instead. At any  rate, guess there wasn’t too much sticker shock. The skirt is already sold out. Same goes for the teal dress H&M purchased; the winning men’s jacket, however, is still available. As for the designs picked up by Macy’s last night, better news: As of 10 a.m. today, all three are still available. 

This morning brings an alert from the FDA about beauty products that could be poisonous — a warning about skin lighteners and anti-aging products that may contain mercury. Also in FDA news: a discussion of “Spanx Syndrome.” Yes, those Spanx. The article suggests they could be doing harm to your system as they help you look svelte. 

Tomorrow, March 15, is a huge day for fashionable mom shoppers: DVF for GapKids finally hits stores!

We’re just over a month away from the Alberta Ferretti Impulse collection at Macy’s. There’s a special preview in the April issue of InStyle–amazing!

And did you see the fashionista-approved deals on Specialicious this week? How about major discounts at Misguided Angels in Ashburn and Diva in Old Town Alexandria?!

Happy shopping!

–Natalie Kaar


Stellar Weather, Stellar Shops, Stellar Sales

Posted by Carten Cordell / Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

One of the spring Undeniable Boutique stunners (Photo:

Hello there, shoppers! As if this week were calling for improvement with all of this amazing weather, local shops are offering all kinds of can’t-miss deals on marvelous spring merchandise.

A few examples:

Today, Imperfections (1210 King St.) in Old Town Alexandria is offering 15 percent off all garden accessories. Similarly in Old Town, Arts Afire is offering 10 percent off Majolica pots. That is to those of you who receive the Old Town Boutique District emails.

But there are even more deals to delight you along those cobbled streets this week: The Little Monogram shop is offering 25 percent off Embellish Your Story products throughout the month; this weekend spring fever is heading to Treat where you can save up to 30 percent Friday through Sunday; and Vintage Mirage is having a moving sale (the store is moving to a new Old Town location soon) with 15 percent off all regular-priced jewelry and accessories plus 20 percent off all clothing. 

In search of baubles and live/work further to the west? Undeniable Boutique at Fairfax Corner is hosting a Stella & Dot trunk show tomorrow, March 14, starting at 2 p.m. And we’ve already seen some of their amazing new apparel in stock

Happy shopping!

–Natalie Kaar


Versace Showcases Eternal Style at Tysons Soiree

Posted by Carten Cordell / Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The house of Versace is a main draw at Fashion Week events the world over season after season, which makes Donatella Versace one busy designer. Not to mention Versace’s collaboration with H&M. SWAG was fortunate enough to score an up-close look at the line’s highly celebrated style last Thursday. Versace and Details Magazine hosted an exclusive cocktail shopping event at Tysons Galleria celebrating the Versace Spring/Summer 2012 Collection and supporting the Many Hats Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the conditions for youths worldwide, giving them the opportunity to wear many hats in life.

Guests, including members of the press, local designers and loyal Northern Virginia clientele, enjoyed beverages, hors d’oeurves and a male fashion show of Versace’s Spring/Summer Collection. 

The event was hosted by Pirooz Sarshar, a NoVA native, Lake Braddock High School graduate and president of, a site dedicated to educating men on their lifestyle needs through engaging content, expert education and products. The host himself wore a zebra-printed suit jacket and patent sneakers from the Versace Spring/Summer Collection. The men’s collection showcased clean lines, fitted suits and double-vent jackets. It emphasized textured statement pieces—animal-printed suit jackets, basket-weaved loafers—to give extra pizzazz with the mixture of clean solids.    

From local designers to savvy shoppers, the night emphasized personal style and tailored clothing. Hugh & Crye designer Pranav Vora says, “Like the Versace line, our company tailors to fit every individual versus the mass-branded everyday wear shirt. Hugh & Crye has a new sizing system for lean and athletic men, tailoring dress shirts to fit every build. For host Sarshar, it’s all about confidence. “It doesn’t matter what you wear, it’s how you wear it.” This statement alone was the key message of the entire night.    

Along with the fashion show, guests received a promotional discount for shopping store-wide and the opportunity to donate to the Many Hats Institute. Many Hats’ founder, Fabian Kos, describes the charity’s lean operations: “There is no staff or overhead because all the funds generated [are] given back to the foundation’s programs.” A polo event is also planned to raise additional funds and awareness for the Many Hats Institute. 

We can all learn from the event that style is eternal. Time to dress your best and walk with confidence! 


(Photos courtesy of Amol Pandit)

Happy shopping!

– Jolleen Tran


Spring Spa Week 2012 Is Almost Here

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, March 12th, 2012

Good news, shoppers!

Check with the spa for information on tipping policies. Spa Week recommends tipping 15-20 percent on the original cost of the spa treatment.

It’s time to pamper yourself because Spring 2012 Spa Week is only 35 days away. Spa Week is a nationwide event, but there’s a list of nearby NoVA locations offering discounted prices on some popular treatments. Listed treatments are $50 each during April 16-22. But heed my advice, appointments go quickly!

It’s free and simple to join There is no charge to become a member of the site and as one you can receive promotional notifications and helpful information on all-things-spa throughout the year. Once a member, search the city you are interested in and find the spa and service you desire. You must contact the spa directly to book an appointment.

It’s just that simple. So act fast to book the overdue leisure time that you so richly deserve.

 –Hilary Adleberg

Fun Finds: RingStix

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, March 12th, 2012

Hello there, shoppers!

While springing forward may have taken a little spring out of your step, SWAG’s guessing this week’s weather forecast has you bouncing off the walls with anticipation. That is if you’ve had time to come down from yesterday’s cloudless sky and mild temps. Glorious!

Fact is there is no amount of pollen to keep an active Northern Virginian indoors when Mother Nature is otherwise being one sweet mama. So it’s definitely time to overhaul the ol’ lawn games arsenal. Ready for a real winner? While corn hole isn’t going anywhere, how about throwing some swords into the situation?

Enter RingStix, a new lawn game ($49.99-$34.99) “for ages 10-100,” featuring “stix,” or swords, that are used to toss rings back and forth. The company claims you can hurl the rings 50 yards, and still manage with up to 25 mph winds. Simple? yes. Guaranteed to bring laughs? Yes. Floatable? Yes. Glow-in-the-dark options? Yes. Really, can one ask for more of a lawn/pool game? Well, maybe a beverage holster … but it looks like you won’t mind not having one. 


Have fun!

–Natalie Kaar

Style Report: Marvelous Maxis

Posted by Carten Cordell / Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Hello there, shoppers!

Winter has done us a solid once again. Today NoVA is to embrace 70-degree weather and plenty of sunshine! Then there’s the whole having to work thing. Time for some retail therapy because those lunch breaks just aren’t long enough.

May SWAG suggest focusing on a spring/summer trend that keeps coming back time and time again for its California boho coolness? You’ve guessed it: maxi dresses, and leave it to Fairfax Corner’s Undeniable Boutique with its undeniable appeal for sending us stunners that really kill it in that category.

Fresh off Facebook, a peek at some of the natty newness at the always-tempting store:

Perfect for outdoor spring/summer soirees that call for apparel that’s a step above casual but certainly not stuffy.

Wendy Floral Printed Jersey Maxi Dress by Yumi of London, $122 (Photo:


Goddess material.

blue floral halter maxi (photo:

Edlin Flower Print Maxi Dress by Yumi of London, $102 (Photo:

Think the pleasure you get from rainbow sherbet but no calories, no carbs and tons of compliments. Wear this, and expect to smile all day.

rainbow stripe maxi (Photo:

Makayla Stripe Print Maxi Dress by Uttam Boutique, $108 (Photo:

Sometimes a tricky hue to pull off, but on the right skin tone you can bank on this beauty hitting it out of the park. Shop owner Alicia Russman refers to this dress as a “must-see, must-own” item.

pale yellow embellished maxi (Photo:

Janae Embellished Maxi Dress by Yumi of London, $115 (Photo:

And these lovelies are only the beginning of Undeniable Boutique’s enviable array. Russman says she must have around 15 maxi styles on the racks right now.

This just in, another pretty to grab up pronto — a strapless stunner.

Floral Maxi Dress by Glam, $90 (Photo: Alicia Russman)

Floral Maxi Dress by Glam, $90 (Photo: Alicia Russman)

Happy shopping!

–Natalie Kaar 


Fun Finds: DaddyScrubs

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

DaddyScrub's classic simple navy scrubs, $44.95 (photo:

DaddyScrub's classic simple navy scrubs, $44.95 (photo:

Hello there, shoppers!

Though it takes two to make a baby, one half of the parental duo is often overlooked come baby shower time: the dad. Should you wish to correct that, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to the fatherly gift line that has Hollywood (Kevin James, Jeremy Sisto, Gilles Marini, Cash Warren, Joey Lawrence, Antonio Sabato Jr.,  Ian Ziering, John Roberts, Sarah Drew, etc.) abuzz: DaddyScrubs

While the line features scrubs with “I’m the Daddy” emblazoned on them (which “Grey’s Anatomy” star Drew’s main man sported), that’s just the beginning of the DaddyScrubs inventory. There are coffee cups and travel mugs, T-shirts, hoodies and hats, tote bags, boxers and more that doting dads of all shapes, sizes and self-consciousness levels should dig.

There are also gifts sets that will really have him covered like DaddySwag, $79.95, featuring scrubs, a T-shirt, coffee mug, hat, stickers and pens.

Let’s hear it for the boys!

Happy shopping!

–Natalie Kaar



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