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Get Your Holiday Swagger On

December 2, 2015 Style Comments Off on Get Your Holiday Swagger On
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10 Great Do-It-Yourself Local Gifts & Stocking Stuffers

From fresh local herb swags to handy old-fashioned hardware store items to great general store finds to farm shops, western Loudoun is a veritable treasure chest of inexpensive, simple-to-sophisticated local gift-giving opportunities. Try these out for the holidays …
Herb Swag – these can be large or small; bundle up your favorite herbs, secure with wire and finish off with a ribbon – great gift for a chef.

Mason Jar Soup fix ‘ins – layer rice and beans in a small mason jar and add a festive gift tag to the top.

Locally Made Soap – the soaps are everywhere, and the “flavors” are amazing … from Lavender Lime, to Lemon Poppy, to Citrus Spice.

Vintage Tea Cup and Saucer for the Tea-lover – consignment shops are full of them. … Continue Reading

Three Ways To Fall into Fashion this Season

September 2, 2015 Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Three Ways To Fall into Fashion this Season
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By Hannah Hager

You’ll know it when you feel it. It’ll be a hazy day in late August that melts into a breezy evening and you’ll take note that sweater weather is upon us.

New York storefronts are already headlining the seasonal transition. While Labor Day weekend is the official end of summer, high-end department stores such as Bloomingdales and Lord & Taylor aren’t on the same timeline. Their store windows already boast mannequins with shearling coats and wool snoods (infinity scarves). Some trends aren’t so easy to embrace, however, such as some low-end retailers displaying diagonal zippers and exposed ankles – on men. … Continue Reading

Taking Your Sleeveless Dress from High Summer to Early Fall

August 7, 2015 Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Taking Your Sleeveless Dress from High Summer to Early Fall
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By Sarah Nearis

There is nothing easier to wear than a simple – short or long – sleeveless dress. A casual number with spaghetti straps, a linen shift that takes you from a workday into evening, a cool, belted shirtdress. Add the right sandals, flats or pumps, a dash of jewelry, and you’re set.

With temperatures soaring and the dog days of August upon us, it’s hard to imagine adding anything more to that simple hot-weather mix. But, the sleeveless dress is extremely versatile, even as cooler temperatures arrive. Here’s how to make that great little dress work for you as summer transitions into fall. … Continue Reading

Five Must-Have Spring Fashion Trends

March 4, 2015 Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Five Must-Have Spring Fashion Trends
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By Hannah Hager

“Flowers? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” You may have heard this eponymous quote from Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada that implies florals in fashion for spring are, in fact, not groundbreaking.

Designers disagree. New York Fashion Week has concluded and the designers have spoken: It’s full-on for florals. It might be hard to see the end of winter, but spring is just around the corner. It’s time to refresh your wardrobe with these five fashion trends: … Continue Reading

Make Like a Daffodil … Think Like a Bluebird

March 4, 2015 Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Make Like a Daffodil … Think Like a Bluebird

By Sarah Nearis

Designer Prabal Gurung, known for his daring yet timeless fashions, has said that the inspiration for his spring 2015 clothes is to allow women “to be caught in motion.” Another designer, Lie Sang Bong, favors fashion that celebrates the body. His spring 2015 collection will, he says, “evoke optimism.” And designer Wes Gordon, known for luxury and sophistication with a youthful edge, has said that his spring 2015 line is inspired by “the colors, atmosphere, and freshness of morning light.” … Continue Reading

Romantic Tips from the Red Carpet

February 3, 2015 Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Romantic Tips from the Red Carpet
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By Sarah Nearis

Hollywood is right in the middle of award season – the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards and the upcoming Academy Awards. In terms of fashion, this is a time of dreams and of pushing envelopes.

For many years one of the most prominent fashion themes in red carpet hair, makeup and dress has been how to weave a little romance into a woman’s look. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here are some of the little romantic touches I’ve found to be most appealing this award season.
Each is subtly and easily worked into your own personal style. As fashion icon Alexander McQueen said, “romance is more about how a woman expresses herself than the label or trend she wears.” … Continue Reading

It’s a New Year – Show No Mercy

January 6, 2015 Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on It’s a New Year – Show No Mercy
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By Sarah Nearis

It’s 2015. A time for renewal, a time to take a fresh look at that thing called “your wardrobe.”

Many women don’t see the things in their closet as a wardrobe. But, they do know how their clothes, shoes and accessories make them feel. It’s OK to miss the mark once in a while. But, they want to go for that good feeling – something on their body that allows them to enjoy the moment by making a good impression, on themselves.

So, as you begin the New Year, consider this novel idea – shop your own closet. Set aside some time took through it just like you were stepping into your own personal boutique. Select the things that work, that make you feel good, and discard the rest. … Continue Reading

Get The Frizz Atta Here

July 3, 2014 Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Get The Frizz Atta Here

– By Tony Salahi

There is a huge amount of great hair products on the market. Every now and then, though, something comes out that truly stands out from the rest. For me and my staff, that product is CEZANNE Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment. It’s a win-win product for clients and stylists. CEZANNE is for anyone who wants a long-lasting treatment that gives straighter, smoother, frizz-free hair without formaldehyde or any other dangerous ingredients. Stylists benefit from it by not being exposed to the health dangers of excessive formaldehyde usage over time.
So what is the CEZANNE Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment or CPF? CPF is a transformational, long-lasting and safe salon treatment that brings hair to its ideal condition without damaging or harmful chemicals. It reduces frizz and produces straighter, smoother, stronger, healthier, and more manageable hair. The bonus – it will last for months, depending on your hair type, hair texture, and maintenance routine. CPF is not a Japanese straightener or relaxer and will not produce perfectly straight hair. The results achieved with CPF are similar to formaldehyde-based keratin treatments, without the formaldehyde or risks. No masks – no fumes.

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Cellophane Anyone?

June 3, 2014 Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Cellophane Anyone?
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By Tony Salahi

Shiny, soft hair – we all want it, but how do we get it? Smoothing your hair cuticle is the answer. The smoother the cuticle, the more light it reflects. When a cuticle is damaged, light gets absorbed into cracks and crevices, making your hair look dull. Enter the Cellophanes, a 1970s invention by Sebastian that rocked the hair color world. Cellophane is a pure, transparent, semi-permanent color that contains no ammonia or alcohol and uses heat, not peroxide, to infuse color into the hair. The result is healthy, natural looking hair with incredible shine. Cellophanes come in many colors and clear if all you want is a glossy mane. If you have dry or coarse hair, a cellophane treatment is ideal as it seals the hair cuticle and controls frizziness. If you are a swimmer in chlorinated water, cellophanes can help to protect your hair. Expect your cellophane to last three to six months depending on how you treat your hair. Like all color services, you need to be kind to your hair to see long-term benefits. Always use sulfate and paraben-free shampoos and conditioners! … Continue Reading

Hair Color 101

April 30, 2014 Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Hair Color 101
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By Tony Salahi

Thinking of coloring your hair? You’re not alone – more than 75 percent of American women do (and plenty of men, too). It can be a very daunting decision to make if you’ve never done it before. Do you color it yourself, ask a friend to do it, or go to a salon? Permanent or semi-permanent color? Organic or ammonia-free color? What color will look best on you – platinum blond, mocha brown or auburn red? The colors are endless! … Continue Reading

Spring Is in the Hair

April 1, 2014 Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Spring Is in the Hair
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By Tony Salahi

This spring, what’s old is new.

“What’s new?” Is the first question most clients ask when they sit in any stylists chair. They expect us to know (and we do) everything from new styles, new color, new trends to new products.

This spring all over the country, we’re seeing the classics being reinvented – from big and sexy Hollywood hair to short and sassy pixie cuts. The ever popular flat-ironed, straight hair is beginning to show more volume, height and texture. This can be accomplished with braiding, crimping, curling rolling and salon products. A great product to use for volume is Hair Mill’s no nonsense mousse. … Continue Reading

Thanksgiving 2013: The Perfect Mix of Old and New

November 8, 2013 Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Thanksgiving 2013: The Perfect Mix of Old and New
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By Shirley Lyle Volberg

I love to entertain. In my world no entertaining is better than the Thanksgiving and December holidays, including Christmas.

I love the anticipation of it. The warmth of welcoming friends and family into my home. The menu planning and the list making.

I love getting lost in it. Scouring the grocery store (and the internet) for the best ingredients. Opening up my old attic boxes and trunks to revisit my favorite holiday table linens, decorations and centerpieces – and sprucing them up with fresh flowers and greens. For me it’s always fun to unearth the pumpkin shaped candles, big Italian platters and the pewter gravy boat. I hope my daughter catches the bug because she will inherit all of my finery. … Continue Reading

Baileywyck Shoppes: Off the Beaten Track, a Standout for Antique Lovers

March 6, 2012 Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Baileywyck Shoppes: Off the Beaten Track, a Standout for Antique Lovers
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By Carol Morris Dukes

Grinning like a kid in a candy shop, my first step into this antique wonderland was a lesson in self-control. I’ve seen my fair share of antique shops in my life, but this is a standout!

Baileywyck Shoppes is an antique treasure trove owned by siblings Lisa and Jim Vella and located in a 4000 square foot converted barn tucked behind Lisa’s home at Baileywyck Farm outside of Middleburg. I had passed their shop sign a million times on the back roads between hither and yon, but I never had the time to stop before. On this day, I drove past the sign at the end of Lisa’s driveway once again– but this time I stopped, turned around, and went back. I was alone—had nothing on my to-do list– and thought I’d finally check it out. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Calendar

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

3 Feb 2016

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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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