As boutique owners, we scour trade shows, visit showrooms, vet product after product that is shipped to our doors by lines looking to be sold on our shelves…and every once in a great while we are stopped in our tracks by something we have never seen before. That’s just what happened to me when I laid eyes on Hudson + Bleecker’s Wanderluster Large Toiletry Bag.
I don’t sell many cosmetic bags. That may seem odd for a cosmetic boutique, but the reason is actually pretty simple…most don’t do the job. Every bag I have purchased over the years has left me dissatisfied. We’re talking 18 years in the business and I haven’t bought a single bag that solves my travel issues. I’ve had some that were pretty and stylish. I’ve had some that were merely functional. I have never had one bag do it all.
Why? Because most of my cosmetic bags don’t provide enough space to separate all my makeup and skincare. They don’t provide a place for my brushes that doesn’t crush the hairs on half of them. They aren’t in clear containers so I can see what I’ve put in each of the pouches. Simply put, I have never had a bag designed by a beauty junkie…until now.
The minute I saw the bag, I knew it was designed by someone in the business. I asked the sales rep about the bag and sure enough it was designed in tandem with a major beauty retailer. FINALLY! The bag has five interior compartments: one large clear square (so it can stand up) for skincare items; two smaller clear square bags for makeup items; a long cylinder for your brushes (no more crushed bristles!); and a small pouch to throw in your purse. You can pack them all in the tote or use the tote for your undergarments and use the other bags individually.
We love this bag!
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