Insider’s Guide: Kim Putens shares her favorite hidden gems

The Alexandria resident and owner of Bloomers is finding truth in the less-is-more philosophy.

Kim Putens
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Kim Putens, Alexandria resident and owner of Bloomers, is finding truth in the less-is-more philosophy. The former management consultant and co-founder of both the beauty shop Bellacara and the Old Town Boutique District is happy to take life at a slightly slower place, investing energy in her shop and enjoying family time.

Her Store

The whole concept of Bloomers is I wanted to offer a fun and unique place for women to come and buy their everyday undergarments.

Favorite Underwear

The Fleur’t Boyshort is by far my favorite. And Natori’s Bliss Girl Briefs. I work out all the time, so I’m always in workout clothes. Hanky Panky has a no-show: the Bare Boyshort.

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I love Del Ray Café; it’s my favorite. And it’s casual, but it’s so good. This place [Misha’s in Alexandria]—I’ve been next to these guys for 17-plus years, and they are amazing. They’re so good to me, and their coffee and their tea is amazing.

Photo courtesy of Orange Theory

Orange Theory’s been my thing right now. I love Alexandria Kettlebell. And I do matboxing at Pilates ProWorks.

Old Town bag
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Old Town Favorites

The Bishop Boutique. She’s got great shoes. I just bought some beautiful stuff for my husband, who loves to do cocktails, from The Hour.

Skin Care

[Purederm eye] patches—they’re hydrating collagen. I love them. I found them a couple years ago, and I can’t live without them. Aveeno has this brand of moisturizer that has this soothing, calming something.

(July 2017)

eye mask
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