If You Give a Moose a Muffin

My girlfriend Julie is always making fun of me for my proclivity to allow one project to snowball into another. She always says, “Well Ang…if you give a moose a muffin…” I’m not sure the analogy from the book of the same name is completely on point, but I understand what she’s saying. But am I alone? I mean if you paint one room, the room next to it looks a little shabby doesn’t it?

Well, I guess I gave a moose a muffin when I decided to do some cleaning at Bellacara. I thought I would take advantage of the downtime at the store and do some deep cleaning. When I got to the bathroom, I looked at it and just said, no. Cleaning is not enough. I’ve always hated that bathroom but could never do anything about it. Why? Because I share water that is not on a separate system from the salon upstairs. Therefore, shutting the water off to rip out plumbing was never an option. Until that is, they were forced to close as a result of the COVID-19 regulations.



It really wasn’t a good time to spend money, but I couldn’t lose the opportunity. So, after some Craigslist finds and a contractor who had some time on his hands presented themselves, I dove in. Nothing fancy, but now it’s nice and clean. It could’ve ended there, but there was another issue. In this new era of COVID-19, I really wanted a sink on the front room floor where customers and staff could wash their hands. Exactly… the muffin needed jam.



So, now we have a brand-new sink in the front room. I’ve realized that hand washing is much easier on the hands than constant use of hand sanitizer. We used to just squirt a bit of Purell on in between customers, but now that we’re having to do that after touching almost any surface, it simply isn’t sustainable. I also want customers to know that they can wash their hands should they desire. None of us know how long this current situation will continue so I want you to know we are making accommodations to make shopping a less stressful experience.

The cleaning continues, so who knows…maybe the moose will need milk with his muffin and jam.


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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


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