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.
04.16.19

Boulevard: A Trunk Show for All Your Gift-Giving Needs

Do you have your spring and summer gift list ready? I know mine is unusually long. I have teacher gifts, coach gifts, high school and college graduation gifts, shower gifts, along with a […]
04.15.19
Sloane Earrings by Jenny Bird, modern brass bolt pen, STELLA RUFFLE NECK FLORAL DRESS by Tyler Boe, cloud feather earrings by Federika Padula, Skin Love Glow Glaze Stick by Becca

Our Top Picks for the Week of April 15, 2019

A classic dress in a vibrant, floral orange and hot pink feather earrings, this week’s top picks are so bright and cheery. Add a touch of gold, whether in a glow stick for […]
04.12.19

Relaunching 101: Sara’s Story

Relaunching has become a hot topic for many women who left viable careers in order to stay home with their children. All of us have the power to make the choices we feel […]
04.10.19

How To Make a World-Class Easter Basket

My mom was a class-A superhero when it came to making Easter baskets. Really, any gift basket at all. She had the Midas touch for it. And not to brag too much, but […]
04.10.19

Custom Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

As most of you already know, Tim and I have a nearly-three year old son whom we adore. He is enrolled in a sweet little pre-pre school where he gets to play with […]
04.09.19
Sara VanderGoot jumping on the bed with colorful wall behind her.

Why Spring Brings Me Hope for a Healthier World

This spring, more than ever before, I feel hopeful about the future. My own future, but more importantly the future of the world. A big part of that has to do with the […]
04.08.19
Kathryn Zajac talking about the EpiPen

What You Need To Know About Severe Allergies, Part 2

I was truly surprised by the overwhelming response I received about my first food allergies post. Thank you so much for the support, and to those of you that emailed and who are […]
04.08.19

Our Top Picks for the Week of April 8, 2019

Simple elegance and a little bit of whimsy in this week’s top picks, from the most sophisticated apron we’ve ever seen, to a stackable ring and customizable necklaces, from a slip dress that […]
04.04.19

Dine All Day To Support Spring2ACTion! Here’s Where.

It’s April 4, which means Spring2ACTion day, Wednesday, April 10, is just six days away! Spring2ACTion is an online giving day, hosted by ACT for Alexandria, created to support the non-profits doing great […]
04.02.19

Who Do You Love More, Red Barn Mercantile or Penny Post? Let Us Know During Spring2ACTion!

One of my favorite days of the year is Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s day of giving. As a former non-profit fundraiser and a current competitive person, Spring2ACTion is thrilling. I love that Alexandrians near and […]
04.01.19

Easter Goodies for All

The Shoe Hive has gotten a bit of a reputation when it comes to having, shall we say, some random things on the shelves in the back part of our store.  You never […]
03.28.19

Meet Lifestyle & Product Stylist Sara Raak

It’s safe to say that here at the Patterson Group, we are big fans of strong women who follow their dreams. We are so lucky to have a team of empowering, caring, and […]
03.28.19

Happy National Letter Writing Month!

April is National Letter Writing Month, and we are here for it! Sending mail spreads happiness. In a world of junk mail and texting, the contrast of a thoughtfully handwritten note can absolutely […]
03.27.19

An Engagement Story: Rachel & Andy

A few months ago, we created an engagement ring that has proved to be one of my favorites we have ever made. When our client first sat down with me last year to […]
03.25.19

Our Top Picks for the Week of March 25, 2019

Here are the straws we’ve been looking for! Why not use them in these sweet, ceramic mugs? Also in this week’s top picks, earrings that define elevated basics, and great new bags for […]


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