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NoVA Insider’s Guide for Shopping

The local boutiques you must check out in Mosaic, Old Town Alexandria and beyond.

TSALT
TSALT / Photo by Robert Merhaut

The local boutiques you must check out:

Mosaic
Sophie Blake + Erika Schrieber
A haven for local independent brands, this Mosaic staple features jewelry and apparel collections from the namesake designers as well as a rotating number of beauty and accessory lines. Currently, customers can find knits from DeNada, fragrance from Nomaterra, makeup from Finding Ferdinand and candles from Ovando.

Take 5 Boutique
If you are searching for a unique piece or for eventwear, Take 5 should be your first stop. The boutique specializes in runway-ready apparel and accessories from European designers such as Tara Jarmon, Roman and Vincetta, and each piece is elegant and modern in an on-trend print or color.

Arielle Shoshana
Customers flock to the area’s only niche fragrance shop to stock up on artisan brands such as Maison Francis Kurkdjian, CB I Hate Perfume, Lubin, L’Artisan Parfumeur and more. Owner Arielle Weinberg is incredibly knowledgeable about the origin and notes of each perfume to ensure that you leave with the perfect pick.

Old Town Alexandria
TSALT
Customized, figure-flattering fit is the focus here. TSALT offers an in-house line designed by owner Tamara Saltonstall that can be altered free of charge. If one-of-a-kind is what you’re after, custom pieces can be created in the studio upstairs by appointment. Complementary apparel and accessory lines are also available.

The Shoe Hive
At one of the neighborhood’s oldest fashion boutiques, you can browse a curated collection of shoes from well-known brands like Stuart Weitzman and Vince and smaller lines like AGL and Freda Salvador. Although accessories are also offered, the location recently opened a sister store, The Hive, specializing in luxury clothing.

Bishop Boutique
This boutique is a one-stop shop for trendy footwear, accessories and a few apparel options located right in the heart of King Street. Step into selections from Loeffler Randall, Matt Bernson and L.K. Bennett or try on their collection of Loren Hope baubles.

Hysteria
In search of elevated everyday wear? This boutique has been offering quality casual and weekend items since 1999. With everything from soft sweaters and flirty tops to denim, jumpsuits and dresses, there is a piece for any personal style at an affordable price point.

She’s Unique
Known for carrying a small selection of U.S.-based independent jewelry designers, She’s Unique is the best place to pick up everyday jewelry. With a focus on minimalism and the ability to wear pieces together as a collection, the store is like an Instagram feed brought to life.

3 Sisters
College students who have recently relocated to the area will fall in love with 3 Sisters. With most items under $100, the store is jam-packed with of-the-moment items in bright colors and prints. If you are a fan of Forever 21 or H&M, this local fave deserves a visit.

Lucky Knot
Also from the owners of 3 Sisters, Lucky Knot is prep paradise for men and women of all ages. Customers can find T-shirts from Simply Southern, home goods in Lilly Pulitzer prints, apparel from Southern Tide and Sail to Sable and shoes from Jack Rogers.

Bellacara
Old Town’s only locally owned beauty boutique carries over 50 beauty and skincare brands that range from niche to well-known. From Tocca fragrances and Lipstick Queen lip colors to skincare from Kiehl’s and Mario Badescu, this is a great place to stock up on quality personal care items.

Coco Blanca
Stepping into this store is like walking into a beach house decorated by your chicest friend. Inspired by the neutral color palette of a “coconut by the sea,” this boutique on the waterfront offers home goods and apparel in various shades of white, tan and turquoise.

Current Boutique
Current is the best place to score consigned designer pieces from Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg and more at incredibly reasonable prices. The boutique also sells a curated collection of new clothing at the front of the store. Consignors can also use a credit toward purchasing items within the boutique.

Duchess M
Specializing in daytime to eveningwear, Duchess M offers cocktail dresses, work and weekend clothing from brands such as Nanette Lepore, Milly and more. While you may be familiar with the brands, you are still guaranteed to find something unexpected and exciting.

Periwinkle
This boutique makes sure to appeal to any price point by combining two store concepts under one roof. The Periwinkle section of the store consists of higher-end items from AG jeans, Bailey 44, Sanctuary, Shoshanna and more. The Pink Armoire section consists of items under $100 that range from preppy to trendy.

Mint Condition
Luxury brands can be astronomically expensive, but no one can deny the quality. Mint Condition gives you the chance shop items from brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton at a price point that won’t break the bank.

Olive and Lena
Olive and Lena / Photo by Robert Merhaut

Centreville
Olive and Lena
Just because you are in Centreville doesn’t mean that you can’t have access to high fashion. This sleek boutique specializes in Korean street style, with each item brought over on bimonthly buying trips. There’s only one item per style, so you can be assured that no one in the area will be rocking your look.

Fredericksburg
Ladyburg
Specializing in handcrafted products, Ladyburg is a mecca for the all-natural skincare-lover. Soaps, bath bombs, sugar scrubs, lotions and more stock the store from wall to wall. And don’t forget about the soy wax candles in delicious scents like Coriander and Tonka. If you reside inside of the Beltway
, visit the Old Town location.

Middleburg
Duchessa
Although the customer base is geared toward women 30 and over, anyone can find quality, professional-looking apparel here. Brands such as Sarah Campbell, Rafinalla and more will help you look sleek and chic. Men can stop into the brother store, Richard Allen Clothing, for suits, sportswear and outdoor items.

Who to follow on social media
@fashionablybroke: NoVA-based bloggers for outfit and decor inspo, event coverage and more.

(October 2016 Insider’s Guide)

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