Kimberly Blick wears a Velvet silver sequined dress from Spring Street ($462), black patent-leather ankle boots from T.J. Maxx ($39.99), and vintage rhinestone earrings from Glad Rags ($14). Allison Hoover wears a vintage Weiss rhinestone pin from Glad Rags ($36) at the back, Lorren Bell rhinestone earrings from Pearl ($98), Dani Black violet satin strappy [...]
Job search got you quaking in your pumps and pencil skirt? We’ve all had that “showing up nude to the interview” nightmare, but to bump up your confidence and your look, consider an image consultant. After 15 years in the skincare and cosmetic business and experience as a recruiter, Bonnie Rogers (326-1115) is one such [...]
Massage therapy should make you feel better, not worse. And most of the time that’s the case. Sure, you may feel sore afterwards—because working the muscles releases toxins into your bloodstream—but “you should never be in pain during or after a massage,” says Samantha Burton of Cityspa. Soreness is one thing, but real pain [...]
It’s not easy being beautiful. Luckily, a make-up mecca has landed in our own Fashion Square Mall. Open less than two months, Sephora doesn’t boast much square footage, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in merchandise: perfume-lined walls and display upon display of concealers and foundations. It’s not Times Square, but [...]
You’ve heard of lasers being used for eye surgery and hair removal. Well, now there’s laser dentistry, a new, high-tech approach to teeth and gums aimed at reducing the dental chair squirm factor. Aesthetic Dentistry of Charlottesville (ADC) advertises the service on its website (cvillesmiles.com) as “requiring fewer shots and less anesthesia and replacing the [...]
Goodbye, dog days—hello, chill: wintertime means a slew of new nutritional challenges, with darker days, falling temperatures, and the departure of summer produce. Still, no need to pine for your zucchini. Here are four winter picks to get your immune system kicking!—Lucy Zhou Sprouts until spring: Eat right to keep your immune system happy this [...]
To vaccinate, or not to vaccinate? Not Hamlet’s dilemma, but one that’s been getting a lot of press these days with Virginia’s controversial ruling requiring that all sixth grade girls receive the Gardasil vaccine. Relatively new to the market, Gardasil protects against the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is believed to cause 70 percent of cervical [...]
Charlottesville was recently rated among the top eight best running towns by Trail Runner magazine, so it’s no surprise that local runners are already getting revved up for the upcoming marathon this spring. Co-owner of Charlottesville Running Company (and recent national champion of the USATF 50-mile race), Francesca Conte, dished her tips for all types [...]
Ladies, how many times have you purchased condoms? Research argues that you probably never have. Plannet Parenthood Vice President David Nova says that studies conducted through his organization show that most women are embarrassed to buy condoms, and that it’s generally more culturally accepted for men to be the condom-carriers. But research also shows that [...]
When is exercise actually unhealthy? A new book by onetime Charlottesville resident Peach Friedman provides one answer: Exercise is unhealthy when it strips enough weight from a young woman’s frame to alarm her family and friends. Diary of an Exercise Addict is Friedman’s memoir about the period when, as a 21-year-old, she slashed her caloric [...]
When a painter and a chef try their hands at soapmaking, is it any wonder that the results are beautiful both to see and smell? If you’d approached Emily Hunt’s table at the Nelson Farmer’s Market this summer, you’d probably have been attracted by the striking greens and yellows of her wares and seduced by [...]
So you already know that bamboo is one of the most sustainable resources on the planet. But you might be surprised to learn that panda food is making inroads in your closet. Bamboo fabric, a soft, rayon-like material made from the pulp of bamboo grass, is cropping up in clothing stores around Charlottesville. Stephanie Finn, [...]
How shall we put this gently? If bra-shopping has always been a lonely experience for you—tugging at straps in a dressing room, feeling mystified—then you should probably seek professional help. “Straps are less important than people make them out to be,” confides Abby Clarke Cook, manager at Derriere de Soie and experienced bra-fitter to women [...]
Bree Spriggs Occupation: Student Where we spotted her: UVA Grounds Style sense: Bree’s glasses and bag are from Urban Outfitters, her coat is Express, and her vintage boots are from Antics. She got her J Brand jeans and her stud earrings at Nordstrom, and her sweater at Finch. Her vintage scarf came from her mom. [...]
Scouring thrift stores and vintage boutiques can mean big style payoffs (and big savings) but let’s face it: The Salvation Army isn’t Saks, and perfect-fit pieces at Goodwill can be needles in an ill-fitting haystack. But that’s O.K., if you’re willing to think creatively. Taking clothes that are slightly off, size-wise, and having them altered [...]
Shoreline rocks, skeleton keys at the antique store, sample paint colors and exotic fruits—these are the kinds of things that inspire local jewelry designer Erin McDermott. Not that her work includes actual boulders or papayas—it’s more that shapes, colors, and patterns spark her creativity. If you get to the City Market in its earliest hours [...]
Kristen Pingry Occupation: Program assistant, Thomas Jefferson Planning Commission Where we spotted her: Downtown Style sense: Kristen’s wearing a Liz Claiborne dress, a J. Crew shirt, Maui Jim glasses, and earrings that were a gift from her stepmother. She says these shoes are one of her two most expensive pairs at around $200, though [...]
Laurel Hausler Where we spotted her: On her way to the Mudhouse to play chess Style sense: Laurel, an artist, claims to be a “Hitchcock blond with a twist.” She wears high Timberland boots, a patterned dress from Mango, and a Lucky jacket. Her bag is Free People and her white glasses are from CVS.
Iliana Tati Where we spotted her: Shopping at Feast! with her husband Style sense: Being originally from Albania, one hour from Italy, Iliana says she grew up surrounded by great fashion. She wears a Brooks Brothers blouse and Theory slacks, an Ellen Tracey belt, a Coach bag and a green beaded necklace from Banana Republic.
Wendy McCall Where we spotted her: On her way to lunch at Barracks Style sense: Wendy says she shops and buys things randomly—whatever catches her eye. Her mustard sweater is from Target and her jeans are Express. She rounds out her outfit with a lime green bag from Cha Cha’s, a pearl bangle she got [...]
Hala Matar Occupation: Filmmaker and art director Where we spotted her: UVA Grounds Style sense: Matar loves mixing eras in a “unique and vintagey” look. We love her bold pairing of a mod (vintage) mini with old Hollywoodinspired halter and big shades.
Maggie McGraw Occupation: Splendora’s Gelato manager; retail salesclerk Where we spotted her: Just off the Downtown MallStyle sense: McGraw says she draws inspiration from observing other people. Today her study in Audrey Hepburn leggings and flats stays fresh with a lingerie-inspired top from Pearl.