Posts Tagged ‘TBD shopping’

Splash into Summer at Lou Lou With Blogger Kate Julian

Posted by Carten Cordell / Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Discounts on fab accessories plus free sushi and sweets? Much better than lemonade. (Photo:

Discounts on fab accessories plus free sushi and sweets? Much better than lemonade. (Photo:

When life hands a man lemons, he may make lemonade, but ladies handed lemons head to Lou Lou. When life hands Kate Julian lemons, however, she pays it forward, writing a blog called Then, Life Gave Me Lemons and gearing up with Lou Lou to sweeten the pot for everyone.

Thursday, May 31, from 6-8 p.m., join Julian — whose beauty expertise will soon be shared in our mag monthly — for an exclusive one-night-only 10-percent discount at Lou Lou Alexandria (132 King St.) along with free sushi from Flying Fish and bite-sized decadent desserts from Treats by Erica.

It doesn’t get much sweeter than that! Register for the free event now.

Then again, did you hear about the fashionable, SWAG-filled event we’re sponsoring at The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City this Thursday?

Happy shopping!

–Natalie Kaar

TOMS Meets the Latest Technology

Posted by Carten Cordell / Thursday, May 17th, 2012

OK, if you’re having trouble keeping your mind on work, stop reading. But if you’re looking for a fun new way to try TOMS sunglasses on, read on and get ready to play!

TOMS has added virtual try-on capabilities on its website; all you need to join the fun is your face and a webcam.

You can even move all around, and the glasses stay on your face.

A screenshot of my fun:

Happy shopping! Remember One for One; buy a pair of shades, a pair goes to a child in need.

–Natalie Kaar

Sure Things: Bumble & bumble’s Bb Styling Lotion

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

If you regularly flatiron your hair, this is a must-add for your hair product arsenal. (Photo courtesy of Natalie Kaar)

If you regularly flatiron your hair, this could become your new best friend. (Photo courtesy of Natalie Kaar)

Overachievers can be annoying. That is if they’re your siblings or something. But you’ve got to respect them. And when it comes to overachievers in hair products, I’d argue they just about deserve salutes.

Exhibit A of the latter: Bumble & bumble’s Bb Styling Lotion ($25 for 8 fl oz), one of the beauty biz’s longstanding all stars.

The product is meant for hair of all types, but it’s especially well suited for frequently styled, chemically treated or otherwise fragile strands. Let’s face it, in the summer, doesn’t that just about sum up all of our majorly in-need-of-maintenance manes?

What it does: After having saturated towel-dried hair with it before blowdrying in sections, or having applied a few sprays of it to dry hair prior to heat styling (a frequent flatiron user, this is what I do, applying three sprays — one to each side, one to the back of hair), Bumble & bumble’s Bb Styling Lotion adds body, control and sleekness while leaving the hair feeling incredibly soft (has built-in moisturizers) with natural movement. Translation: no stickiness, no weighing down the ‘do, no fly-aways. Totally dreamy.

All that for $25? I’d pay far more — but don’t tell Bumble.

I know you may be thinking “A lotion that doesn’t weigh down the ‘do?” Trust me, I was very skeptical myself, but use it once before flatironing, and I’m betting you’ll quickly become a believer.

Happy shopping — and styling!

–Natalie Kaar 

The Sale Smackdown

Posted by Carten Cordell / Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Current Elliott Polka Dot Stiletto Crops, were $218, now $99.95 during the Anthropologie Spring Clearance Sale! (Photo:

Current/Elliott Polka Dot Stiletto Crops, were $218, now $99.95 during the Anthropologie Spring Clearance Sale! (Photo:

Rainy commutes can really get you down. Wouldn’t you know the retail world has just what ‘s needed to help you re-energize. Deal. After. Deal. It’s as if the stores are all in a race to outdo one another.

A few of the many sensational sales begging for attention today and for a long time coming:

First, four very sweet words: Anthropologie spring clearance sale.

Assuming you’re not caught up on all things Anthro all day, you may also want to explore some shoe sales, and ASOS (for a limited time, score 20 percent off summer styles) and Endless (nab 20 percent off select orders of $100 or more with code “FRIENDS2″ through May 17) are at your beckon call.

Spring beauty on the brain? Bargains abound in this fine category as well. For starters, you can claim a 20-percent discount on Stila cosmetics through the end of May with the code “20OFF.” Bath & Body Works is also offering 20 percent off, plus free shipping on orders of $50 or more, today only with the code “TWENTY50.” And a 15-percent discount is being offered at Skinstore through May 21 with the code “MAY15.”

Of course NoVA’s swimsuit season is just shy of a week away. Time to really whip that bod into shape. And Curves-Falls Church is answering the call. Ladies, if you’re a non-member of Curves score a free 30-day membership by visiting the fitness center this week in celebration of National Women’s Health Week.

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Justin Timberlake’s Newest Designing Gig Making Homes Gorgeous

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, May 14th, 2012

Justin Timberlake helped make the boy band *NSYNC beyond famous, brought sexy back all on his own, co-founded what has become a renowned denim and lifestyle apparel brand in William Rast and has starred in some of the funniest skits to ever be performed on SNL

Wishing you could emulate just a bit of the multitalented star’s iconic style? Now you can bring a little Timberlake into your abode. The star has teamed up with esteemed Hollywood stylist/interior designer Estee Stanley in designing and curating the luxury home collection HOMEMINT.


(Timberlake and Stanley welcome shoppers to  HOMEMINT. Video: YouTube)

The really cool thing about the HOMEMINT website is that it offers a free, quick style quiz that helps narrow down the amazing items to those that you should be most interested in — gotta love filtering — with new selections highlighted monthly. The site also offers memberships for $9.99 a month, the benefits of said membership being early access to new designs, discounted pricing. But you don’t have to be a member to buy from the collection. 

No surprise to me, my top match after taking the quiz was a pillow, and I do love it. Another hand-picked pick I prefer is the Moroccan basket.

And you thought Pinterest was addictive?!

Happy shopping! Bag up some beauties!

–Natalie Kaar 

Mother’s Day Guide: Beautiful Bouquets

Posted by Carten Cordell / Thursday, May 10th, 2012

You may think flowers are so done when it comes to gift giving at Mother’s Day, but we personally don’t know many, make that any, moms who don’t just love some beautiful buds. And while time may be tight, with the special day to celebrate Mom coming up in just three days, you can still fulfill online orders without breaking the bank. 

For instance …

FTD is full of gorgeous bouquets, like this sophisticated bundle, just $49.99 including the vase (plus shipping), with delivery still available on Saturday. All bouquets on the site are currently discounted 25 percent.

Fabled Beauty Bouquet (Photo:



Another favorite at FTD, this Deep Emotions bouquet by Better Homes & Gardens comes with a free vase plus a free one-year subscription to the magazine. Various sizes range from just $39.99 to $74.99 plus shipping.

FTD Deep Emotions Bouquet (Photo:



It’s also lovely to receive flowers that will last long after the holiday, like this gorgeous Celebration Orchid, with two sizes available from $89.99 to $99.99 plus shipping, from; save $20 with the code RMN20.

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TREAT’s Moving Sale

Posted by Carten Cordell / Thursday, May 10th, 2012

During TREAT's moving sale, save an extra 50 percent on final sale stunners like this red BB Dakota garland pleated dress, a steal at $52.50 before the additional savings. (Photo:


Earlier this week we filled you in on the sad news that Old Town’s beloved TREAT is packing up and moving soon to San Fran as owner Jennifer Donahue relocates to the Bay area with her family.

But you know the drill, when one door closes, another window is opened. TREAT’s moving sale is in full effect! Through May 26, score an extra 30 percent off new spring and summer sales (online, use “30OFF”) and an extra 50 percent off Final Sale red-lined items (online, use code “50OFF”).

For example, you can save an extra 50 percent on the red BB Dakota garland pleated dress to the right, a total steal at $52.50 before the additional savings.

Talk about the definition of bittersweet parting.

Happy shopping!

–Natalie Kaar

Maternity Fashion Show Aims to End Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Fashionable Expectant Mother (Photo: Medina)

(Photo: Medina)

According to The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS), each year there are as many babies (40,000) born with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) as there are new cases of autism. And FASD occurs more often than Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, spina bifida and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) combined.

The good news: FASD is 100-percent preventable if women are educated about the risks of consuming alcohol while pregnant and avoid the risks.

“I went to the doctor at 32 weeks because I was experiencing contractions with pain, and the attending resident, who was also pregnant, told me that a glass of wine might help me relax,” says Katia Delrahim-Howlett, a member of the event planning committee whose Ph.D. studies focused on FASD before she became involved with NOFAS. “Because of my studies, this type of comment is not as harmful to me as it could be to a woman who does not have all the facts about FASD, and the risks associated with just one drink during pregnancy.”

While incidences of FASD are prevalent and facts about it not as widely known as what NOFAS would hope, federal funds to spread awareness as well as prevent and treat FASD are declining. Working to change the conversation about the sticky subject of FASD and maintain the support that’s necessary to stop it, NOFAS is looking to engage expecting mothers in new ways.

Says Kate Boyce Reeder, NOFAS board chair, “We are stepping up outreach on many levels and engaging women to become more involved in FASD prevention by focusing on the hopeful goal we all desire: the birth of happy babies.” One fun new way comes in the form of a “Smart Moms, Healthy Babies” fashion show on May 20.

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Say It Ain’t So: TREAT to Go

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, May 7th, 2012

TREAT, home to lovelies like this Aryn K. tribal print dress, $132 ($165 retail), will be sorely missed on the NoVA shopping scene. (Photo:

TREAT, with affordable lovelies like this Aryn K. dress, $132 ($165 retail), will be sorely missed in NoVA. (Photo:

A store closing always stings for its loyal customers. And with news this morning of Old Town Alexandria’s own sample sale shop, our beloved TREAT, packing up and moving to San Francisco this summer, no doubt many tears were shed among NoVA shoppers.

While this TREAT customer is thrilled for store owner Jennifer Donahue, who will be relocating to the Bay area this summer with her family, to continue her dream on the West Coast, the OTBD is certainly losing a gem unlike any other.

The St. Asaph store is to close at the end of May. Fortunately, TREAT’s website will stay up in the transition, so we can still shop the store’s amazing, affordable apparel online.

And another bright spot in all of this comes in the form of a Moving Sale to start this week. Donahue promises details on those deals this Wednesday.

To TREAT’s continued success!

–Natalie Kaar

Troop Support Leads to Savings at The Dandelion Patch

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, May 7th, 2012

(Photo: Dryfhout)

(Photo: Dryfhout)

We all have our troops to thank for our freedom, but all too often we fail to show them our appreciation. This month The Dandelion Patch, along with A Million Thanks, is working to rectify this situation, and doing so in a way that’s right up any shopper’s alley.

All five locations of The Dandelion Patch are accepting letters for our troops through May 28, and for each letter a customer writes, he or she will receive 20 percent off one full-priced item (promotion excludes custom orders, Troll Beads; outlet letters receive savings at other Patch stores).

The Dandelion Patch is even picking up the postage. What’s more, the always-helpful Patchettes will go so far as to provide the paper to anyone who wants to write a letter in-store.

A few things to keep in mind:  The stores are asking for letters, or kids’ drawings with parental note, only — no envelopes. Also, all correspondence must be patriotic and positive.

Happy shopping — and letter writing! Let’s help The Dandelion Patch surpass its goal of sending 3,000 letters to our troops by July 4.

–Natalie Kaar

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