Saying Farewell In Style

Oh, how I have dreaded writing this post. As most readers know, we have a new editor of Alexandria Stylebook. Leigh is wonderful and will bring new energy and ideas to this publication. I know we are in very capable hands.

The problem is, this means we had to say farewell to Madelyn, who has been the editor for more than 4 years. I was introduced to Madelyn by Adrien Cotton of Fitness on the Run when we were all pregnant with our first kids 13 years ago. We all lived in Old Town and would walk to prenatal yoga and then, of course, to eat afterwards.

We became fast friends and of course we will remain so. The problem is, I am really going to miss working with her every day. It has been the most enjoyable professional experience I’ve ever had – and that’s saying something – and I am painfully going to miss talking to her as much as I have the last few years.

Running this publication is a ton of work. I know folks don’t want to know the behind-the-scenes details, but I am here to tell you it is an extraordinary feat to produce this 5 days a week. Yes, contributors write their own pieces and provide graphics and photos but there are about 100 steps to get from A to B. There is editing (which sometimes means diplomatically rewriting someone’s piece), graphic design, formatting, linking, fixing the web site when it crashes, finding images, posting on social media and so forth – not to mention what it takes to herd all the cats (a gentle metaphor for all of us Stylebook members). Making the calendar, meeting with potential new members, getting the content together, helping with ideas, staying up until all hours of the night because someone sent in a post late and in order to make sure the email goes out on time she is up until midnight. The editor is the only one among us who is truly always looking well down the road and keeping an eye on today’s deadlines. If she doesn’t do both jobs, the whole thing falls apart.

She treated this job as if she owned every single one of our businesses. She was passionate about making Stylebook the best it could be and making sure our loyal readers had interesting content and that the stores benefitted from the time and money they put into it.

I have always said Madelyn could run a small country, but actually she could run a large one, single-handedly. She is one of the smartest, loyal, creative, diplomatic and hard-working people I know. We are lucky she ever took this project on and she has elevated it to a new level.

It only makes sense that someone courted her back into corporate America. Dang them.

So for her one last act as Stylebook editor, I thought it would be fun to have Alicia style her for her new job. We always joke that her style has been “skater-mom” lots of sneakers and “dressy” sweatshirts.

Of course, she looks amazing and I know she will be the best dressed person in her new office.


DETAILS | Click to shop the looks

Look #1

Matteo Dickey Jacket by Veronica Beard, Tristen Blouse by Veronica Beard, Zip Back Scuba Pant by Veronica Beard, Dori in Plaid by Sam Edelman, Star Studded Orb by ASHA, Kismet Charm Large by ASHA, Beaded Chain 30 Inch by ASHA

Look #4

Chalky Drape Draped Blouse by Tibi, Anson Stretch Cropped Midrise Pant by Tibi, Hilty by Sam EdelmanBeaded Chain 30 Inch by ASHA, Ivory Bangles by ASHA

Look #5

Zane Dickey Jacket by Veronica Beard, High Waisted Looker by Mother, Harlow Hobo by Gigi, Olivier in Bottle Green Polarized by Krewe, Fortune Necklace by Lizzie Fortunato

Look #6

High Waisted Looker by Mother

Look #7

Scuba Jacket Black by Veronica Beard, Colvin Pant by Veronica Beard, Must Have 45 by Marion Parke

Look #8

Dillon Crewneck Pullover by Veronica Beard, Cormac Trouser Navy by Veronica Beard, Landry 75 by Stuart Weitzman, Harlow Hobo by Gigi, Beaded Chain 30 Inch by ASHA, Ivory Bangles by ASHA

Look #9

  • The latest from Elizabeth
I spent the first part of my career as a copy-writer who helped elected officials brag about their support for entrepreneurs. Then I decided to get off the printed page and do it myself. The Shoe Hive made a splash on the fashion scene in Washington, and was named the region’s best shoe store in its first year. Fourteen years later, I have tripled the store’s size and also opened a sister store, The Hive. At The Hive, we offer clothing lines that are sophisticated and approachable like Rag & Bone, Tibi, Raquel Allegra, Ulla Johnson and Veronica Beard. We have tried to fill our racks with clothing you will want to wear all the time, elevated basics that are worth the investment.

Heard the buzz? The Shoe Hive & The Hive are a pair of luxury boutiques in Old Town Alexandria. Featuring both big name designers like Rag & Bone and Stuart Weitzman and smaller brands like AGL and L'Agence, our unique selection and impeccable service are what set us apart.

The Shoe Hive                         The Hive
127 S. Fairfax Street               301 Cameron Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
              Alexandria, VA 22314

703.548.7105                          703.548.7110


  1. It’s a sad, sad day for the Stylebook indeed! As the technical end of the Alexandria Stylebook, I can’t tell you what an absolute joy it has been to work with Madelyn over the past 3 years. She is smart, fun and highly dedicated to everything she does. I know Leigh is going to be just as capable and dedicated, but I can’t help but to already be missing Madelyn. She has been one of the best people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with – and that’s saying something! Best of luck, Madelyn – you’re going to make your next place so much better than it was before you got there!

  2. Avatar Marybeth W Dyson says:

    It is completely fitting that this is the best styling yet! She is gorgeous and we wish her the very best.

  3. Avatar Emily O Kimm says:


  4. Avatar JUDY RYAN says:

    Having employed Madelyn when she was barely 16, and having continued to enjoy her throughout her college years during college breaks, I well know what incredible skills she brings to the workplace. After over 30 years in business, she remains on of my absolute favorite employees.
    Our serendipitous meeting in an aisle at the NYNOW show at Javit’s lead me to following and enjoying this newsletter.
    I send all good wishes to her for now and for an exciting future!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get your daily dose of all things fashion, beauty, fitness, and design. Locally sourced and locally styled!