Angela and Elizabeth’s Afternoon in Old Town

A couple of weeks ago I was complaining to Elizabeth that I never seem to have time to just enjoy a walk through Old Town.  I’m either at my store working, running errands, or attending meetings.  I never seem to take the time to just enjoy the town and all the great things it has to offer.  Because of this, there are so many places new and old that I either haven’t been to at all or haven’t been to in a long while.  Elizabeth said she felt the same way, so we decided to make a day of it and share it with you — in case you haven’t had a chance to take a stroll through town lately either!


Elizabeth needed a baby shower gift so we started our day at Pink and Brown.  The window display is captivating.


The store recently moved to the 1100 block of King Street.  The new location hosts a greater selection of toys than it previously did.


I couldn’t help but play with the adorable carousel.

The store also has an impressive selection of clothing in sizes ranging from newborn through size 14.  There were so many things I wanted to buy!  Everyone I know who has a little one is getting a fabulous gift this year for their birthday.

After Elizabeth bought a few gifts we decided to head down Washington Street.  We came upon Marcela’s Yoga Boutique.


The shop plays host to a wonderful selection of yoga-inspired art, accessories, and clothing, along with handmade jewelry and yoga sculpture.


The owner, Marcela, is as beautiful as she is friendly and we are looking forward to heading back for more workout attire.



Our next stop was a cute pet shop called Ally and Indy.  Full of toys, food, leashes, and accessories this store has it all.  I don’t have any pets and even I wanted to buy some of the doggie booties they were so dang adorable.


By the time we left Ally and Indy’s, we were getting hungry.  We settled on Fontaine Caffe and Creperie since it had been a few months since I’d been there.

I think I always think of it as a creperie, but the truth is they have far more than crepes to offer.  Elizabeth and I actually both ordered the salmon luncheon special and it was delicious!  Our plates were so clean you would have thought they forgot to bring our food out when they came to clear the table.

Our strength renewed, we headed over to She’s Unique.  The store is tiny, but don’t let the size fool you.  It is brimming with jewelry at all price points.  If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, ask them to check for you.  They may just have it in one of their many storage drawers.



I fell for a pair of gold dangling earrings.  The triangular shape felt fresher than regular hoops…dare I say “unique?” Yes, a definite must have.


Having been so good with our healthy lunch selection, we felt a little dessert was in order.  Dolci Gelati sounded like just the right way to end the day.  We each selected some gelato; I had the salted caramel and Elizabeth settled on the peanut butter chocolate.


We also grabbed some coffee and since it was a beautiful day we decided to sit at the town square and enjoy all the gorgeous flowers.

A perfectly delightful day in the town we love!

Photo Credit: Sarah Marcella Photography

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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.

1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


1 Comment

  1. Susan G says:

    So much fun! Great trip around town!

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