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Organize Your Clutter and Help Loudoun Families

September 7, 2016 Style Comments Off on Organize Your Clutter and Help Loudoun Families

Salvation Army Opens New Boutique
Are fabulous “wear-it-once-ies”, and things that don’t fit cluttering up your clothes closet? The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store at 10 Cardinal Park Drive in Leesburg recently found the perfect solution to help ladies organize by opening up a new “Dress of Success” boutique stocked full of designer apparel to help achieve a professional look for that next job interview or special event. Every Thursday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. women get an extra 20 percent off all pant suits, blazers and sports jackets on purchases in the boutique. Proceeds stay in Loudoun and help pay rent and utilities for families on the verge of being evicted or having their utilities turned off and also help pay the operating costs of their mobile canteen kitchen which serves meals every Saturday with the help of volunteers from area churches. For more info, please call 703-771-1060.

Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

June 1, 2016 Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!
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Sunday, June 26 is Beauticians Day, celebrating the cosmetology and other experts who keep us looking and feeling our best – whether it’s with a haircut and style, a facial, a manicure, or just some quiet and light conversation. … Continue Reading

Get Your Holiday Swagger On

December 2, 2015 Style Comments Off on Get Your Holiday Swagger On

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

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

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

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?

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

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









2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016


Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016


Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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October 2016
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September 26, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 27, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 28, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 29, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 30, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
October 3, 2016 October 4, 2016 October 5, 2016 October 6, 2016 October 7, 2016 October 8, 2016

Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
October 10, 2016 October 11, 2016 October 12, 2016

Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


October 17, 2016 October 18, 2016 October 19, 2016 October 20, 2016 October 21, 2016

Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


October 22, 2016 October 23, 2016

Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

October 24, 2016 October 25, 2016 October 26, 2016 October 27, 2016 October 28, 2016

October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

October 31, 2016 November 1, 2016 November 2, 2016 November 3, 2016 November 4, 2016 November 5, 2016

OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

November 6, 2016
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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Painted Barrel Auction Saturday, October 8

6 Oct 2016


The Auction for The Painted Barrels around Purcellville will be held on Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m at the Bush Tabernacle – 250 S. Nursery Ave. Purcellville. Thirty-Five local Loudoun County artists were given an oak wine barrel to create a Purcellville / Loudoun theme on it. Each barrel was sponsored by a local business and was displayed throughout …

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Grief and Greed


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 …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West


– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

Loudoun County Seal Color

If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall


The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana


Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016


American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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