Insider’s Guide: Sherrie Beckstead shares her favorite beauty products, local hot spots and more

Local jewelry expert Sherrie Beckstead doesn’t just love to accessorize. She also loves a glass of wine at The Ritz-Carlton and a trip to see a movie at the Mosaic District.

sherrie beckstead insider's guide
Photography by Robert Merhaut

As a principal at the luxe, local jeweler Liljenquist & Beckstead at Fairfax Square in Tysons, Sherrie Beckstead knows a thing or two about beautiful baubles.

Recently, the Old Town Alexandria resident launched her first line of jewelry that combines her expertise with a cause she cares about. The Lockkeepers Collection features lock- and key-themed pieces ($75-$2,495) with 50% of the sale proceeds going to the nonprofit the Trust for the National Mall, where Beckstead serves on the National Advisory Council.

This post originally appeared in our January 2020 print issue. For more profiles on Northern Virginia notables, subscribe to our newsletters.

Here, she shares some of her favorite fashion and beauty finds, plus what she loves about living in Northern Virginia.

Aventus Creed perfume
Photography by Robert Merhaut

Pretty Perfume
“I love Creed fragrances. My favorite is Aventus. It’s strong and earthy, yet feminine. I love to shop at the Creed counter at Neiman Marcus at Tysons Galleria.”

lock and key necklace rose gold with white diamonds
Photography by Robert Merhaut

Lock Up
“The 18-karat Rose Gold & White Diamond Key from my collection reminds me that we unlock our dreams, and that we are the key to the future.”

Photo courtesy of American Horticultural Society in Alexandria

Haute History
River Farm, home to the American Horticultural Society in Alexandria, is a hidden gem. It’s a beautiful historic property on the Potomac River.”

angelika film center and cafe at mosaic district in fairfax
Photo courtesy of Angelika Film Center and Café

Friday Fun
“I like Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic District for date nights. It has a great theater and fantastic food.”

glass of red and white wine
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Ritz-Carlton Cozy
“I am happy anytime I am by a fireplace. In the winter, I love to take friends to Entyse at The Ritz-Carlton and sit by the beautiful roaring fire with a great glass of wine.”

prada clutch black and pink
Photography by Robert Merhaut

Think Pink
“This Prada clutch is so timeless, yet edgy, with the bright-pink silk interior.”

Style Philosophy
“Classic with a serious dose of edgy. I dress around my jewelry.”

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