Because You Have a Great Life.

And we want to make sure you are in the know about the coolest things in our community to make your life even richer and fuller. From restaurant reports to first-hand notes on topics far and wide, our contributors share a wealth of ideas, funny stories, and lots of entertainment recommendations.


Sublime: the key feature of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The whole storyline is filled with uncertainty and fear, but throughout the mystical creature’s journey he finds refuge in the sublimity of the mountains. These […]

How To Celebrate Memorial Day in Quarantine

Our Memorial Day will look a little different this year, and although we will miss being out with friends on the boat or at a backyard BBQ; quarantine presents an awesome time for […]

Keeping Little Hands Busy at Home This Spring

I know that lately I’ve been looking for every possible way to teach and entertain my daughter while she’s learning from home with me. I am a big believer in the value of […]

An Engagement Story: Kirkland & Peter

One of the lessons of the pandemic has been what while life may take a slight pause during a crisis it does, inevitably, keep going. Local Alexandrians (though not for long!) Kirkland and […]

A Time to Gather Around the Table

With all the massive trips to the grocery stores and far less access to our favorite restaurants I’m finding a lot of the people in my life are turning to food, not just […]

Our Top Picks for the Week of May 18, 2020

We have your perfectly curated summertime essentials that are both cult-favorites and tested (and loved!) by our Stylebook family. First up is Celeste’s top pick which is a universally flattering summertime dress that […]

Happy Birthday Stomping Ground

This week has been a bit crazy (which seems to be the new normal) so I’m making this one short and sweet. Thank you to everyone – staff, customers, farmers, friends, and family […]

Front Porch Sessions with Sarah Marcella

Quarantine has brought about every single one of my emotions – I have laughed, I have cried, I’ve worried, I’ve over-thought, I’ve been pushed to my limit, but I have also been very […]

Our Top Picks for the Week of May 11, 2020

Right now we’re all glued to our phones, iPads, and laptops at home searching for puzzles, at home beauty secrets, pinning summer outfit trends, and ways to occupy ourselves at home. No need […]

Family Game Night by Red Barn Mercantile + Chadwicks

I adore Trae Lamond the owner of Chadwicks. He’s like the other kid brother I never knew I needed. With a positive attitude, a willingness to pitch in every time, and an easygoing manner, what’s not […]

Helpful Tools for Homeschooling Your Toddler

When the news started developing about coronavirus and how it would affect our lives, my biggest panic wasn’t for our business. It was rather in response to the prospect of schools closing and […]

Why I Keep Bees

Here’s something I bet you didn’t know. I, Penelope Norton, am a beekeeper! And not just in the sense that I “work at The Hive” – I keep actually honeybees. As a child, […]

Beautiful Flowers are in Order

If there ever were a year to celebrate Mom, this is the one. The world’s hardest job has become exponentially harder in the covid era – with so many wearing the added hats […]

A Margarita Map for Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo Alexandria Stylebook readers! Although we won’t be celebrating at our favorite local spots this year, we can still enjoy their awesome food and drinks through curbside pickup and delivery. […]

Our Top Picks for the Week of May 04, 2020

Just because we are stuck at home doesn’t mean we can’t have good style. And while we do our part to flatten the curve, check out this week’s top picks that include a […]

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