Fashionista Baille Benemelis shares her style philosophy, tips and more

She’s the regional director of Fashion Group International of Greater Washington, DC, and has the style to prove it.

baille benemelis standing in a boutique
Baille Benemelis (Photo by Robert Merhaut)

If you’re looking for a fashion authority in the DMV, Baille Benemelis is one of your best bets. The Falls Church resident is the regional director of Fashion Group International of Greater Washington, DC, an organization that provides professional development and networking opportunities for those in the fashion and beauty industry. It’s a must-join for anyone working in the industry. Benemelis will be toasting the holiday season—dressed impeccably, no doubt—this month when FGIDC hosts its annual holiday party. Tickets are available for anyone with a passion for fashion. Here, Benemelis shares her own favorite fashion finds and the NoVA hot spots she loves.

thayers witch hazel facial toner
Photo by Robert Merhaut

Witching Hour
Thayers Witch Hazel Facial Toner is hands down my No. 1 skin care product. I use it in the morning to cleanse my skin, during the day to refresh and at night as toner. My skin has never been healthier since adopting this product into my everyday routine.”

karl lagerfeld chevron quilted black bag
Photo by Robert Merhaut

In the Bag
“A woman should always have a ladylike bag that can go from day to evening effortlessly. This Karl Lagerfeld chevron quilted bag is a classic that will never go out of style.”

cherry crumb pie by mom's apple pie company
Photo courtesy of Mom’s Apple Pie Company

Holiday Must
“I love a visit to Mom’s Apple Pie Company [in Loudoun] for its apple and cherry-crumb pies. They are a must for family holiday dinners!

sophie blake gold and black ring
Photo by Robert Merhaut

On Edge
“I love jewelry with a bit of an edge and this ring from Sophie Blake hits the mark for me. With jeans and a T-shirt or a simple dress, it adds character to any outfit.

Style Philosophy
“Experiment. Experiment. Experiment. It’s never too late to reinvent your signature style. Never be afraid to take risks.”

french manicure on hand with rainbow painted nails
Photo courtesy of Nothing in Between Studio

Nailed It
Nothing in Between Studio is a nail bar and organic spa in Falls Church. They always have me leaving with Instagram-worthy nails.”

mauve lipstick by Wander Beauty
Photo by Robert Merhaut

All Who Wander
“I always have a mauve lipstick in my bag. This one by Wander Beauty is my go-to color that’s just a bit deeper than my natural lip color, so it goes with everything and is entirely seasonless.”

This post originally appeared in our December 2019 issue. For more style content, subscribe to our weekly Shopping newsletter.

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