Insider’s Guide: April Yvonne shares her top picks for beauty, style and more

As the co-chair and co-creator of the 13th annual St. Jude Heart of Fashion fundraiser, Yvonne uses her fashion sense for good. Here, she shares her advice on how to lead a stylish life.

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Centreville native April Yvonne knows a thing or two about style. The George Mason University graduate spent her early fashion career covering Fashion Week in NYC as a blogger before making the leap into full-time styling (her fashion gig was originally a side hustle while she worked at the State Department in counterterrorism). As the co-chair and co-creator of the 13th annual St. Jude Heart of Fashion fundraiser, Yvonne—whose sister died of acute myeloid leukemia at age 7—uses her fashion sense for good. This year’s event is set to be held at CityCenterDC (stay tuned for a confirmed date), where guests will view a runway presentation, followed by drinks and dancing—all in the name of fighting childhood cancers. Here, she shares some of her fashion faves.

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Great Grapes 
“The wineries in Virginia are wonderful! Barrel Oak Winery and Farm Taphouse is great for the family—even dogs are welcome!”

grey sunglasses
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Peep This
“I love my Chanel sunglasses. They look amazing, even with a white T-shirt and denim cutoffs in the summer.”

Nars pink lipgloss
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Kiss & Tell
“This NARS lip gloss in Star Love is the best color because I can wear it with or without makeup. I keep one in my car and one in my purse.”

brown purse
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In the Bag
“This Boy Chanel Handbag is by far one of my favorites because I use it all four seasons. It’s an investment piece. My daughter will inherit it one day and call it vintage.”

perfume bottle
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In the Garden
Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia is my signature fragrance. I started wearing it about a decade ago and I always get told ‘You smell so good!'”

three blue and white face products
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About Face
“I use Biologique Recherche for skin care. After I had my first child, my skin-care needs changed and these products make me look refreshed and more awake!”

monolo blanc silver shoes
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Pump it Up
“My Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Crystal pumps are a splurge-worthy item because they’re so versatile. You’d think this is a shoe just for evening, but sparkle can go beyond eveningwear.”

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

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