celebrating in style

Like most of you I spend the days after Christmas taking stock of the year. In recent years I’ve assessed the good, the bad, and the ugly. Sometimes thinking to myself for example, “Good riddance 2012…2013 will be my year!” This year I am choosing to focus on the good and forget the bad and the ugly. 2014 was great in many respects and I want to celebrate that. I made new friends, got a lot healthier, spent quality time with my family, and enjoyed work a whole lot more than ever before. This change in attitude has actually made me want to go out and celebrate this New Year’s Eve. I haven’t gone out for New Year’s Eve in at least 5 years if not more.

Stila Foil

So that brings up a whole question of what to wear and how to do my makeup. After many different wardrobe changes, I have decided on a black skinny leg tuxedo (I’m always cold so dresses didn’t seem like a good idea) with killer black patent leather heels. I am going to eschew the general rule of don’t play up both the eyes and lips at the same time. I have decided to wear the Stila Magnificent Metals eyeshadow in Comex Gold on my eyes with my Nouba Millebaci number 48 red lipstick. I think my hair will be down and sleek….but you know hair…sometimes it doesn’t play ball. I have a high pony planned if my hair won’t behave. I think I’ll keep my jewelry simple since my make-up will be dramatic.


If you are planning to head out on New Year’s try something fun and different. Wear something fabulous. Go all out with a bright new lipstick. Celebrate the year’s successes and try not to give the not so great moments too much time. The new year holds nothing, but promise.

  • The latest from Angela
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. alexandraannm says:

    yes, i, too, had some great wins for 2014 but sometimes those negative thoughts seem to get ahold of us. i’m with you to forget the bad and ugly! happy new year!

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