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.

Cancer, Faith, and an Unlikely Friendship

The first time I learned about cancer I was in middle school. A childhood friend’s dad was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He passed away when we were freshmen in high school. I remember […]

Postcards from Cape May

My husband and I are fortunate enough to have made dear, lifelong friends while living in Italy way back in 1979, when Vin was serving as a doctor in the Air Force. We […]

The 46th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend

  The Scottish Christmas Walk Parade is right around the corner, and with it an entire weekend packed full of fun, festive events that Alexandria residents look forward to all year long! A local tradition for […]

Just. Keep. Creating. An Anniversary Ode to the Women of Alexandria

  I recently celebrated the first anniversary of owning my own business, and my-oh-my has it been a roller coaster! Photography has been in my passion for more than 10 years, when I […]

Restaurant Report: Live Oak

Because of wedding festivities, my plan to put the pots, pans, and fancy culinary tools we received as wedding gifts to good use, and our teams being extremely busy with work, I didn’t […]

Closing in on My Daughter’s January Wedding

My daughter, her fiancé, and I shared one last rendezvous together back home over the long Columbus Day weekend doing “wedding stuff” in preparation for their nuptial celebration coming up in January. Who knew […]

How We Remember

Fall and Football. For many it can be a near religious experience reminiscent of last Friday night’s awe-inspiring matchup between T.C. Williams and West Potomac for the West Po Homecoming. Rivalries are deeply […]

“Hey, Britt, How’s the Market?” Our Fall Update

Happy Fall, Alexandria! Here at Patterson Group, we had a very busy and successful spring and summer market full of fantastic clients. Our spring was definitely the stereotypical busy spring market that sweeps […]

‘Tis the Season of Pumpkin Everything and I Tried All of It! Here Are My Top 5

I am that girl when it comes to pumpkin season. I will try anything and everything pumpkin-flavored or pumpkin spice-enhanced, even though I will sometimes do so with skepticism and disbelief about the […]

Susie’s Favorite Savory Fall Soups

Fall is the perfect time of year to enjoy a nice, warm bowl of soup.  Put on a cozy sweater, light a fire, open a bottle of wine, warm some bread, and you […]

A Very Alexandria Wedding, Indeed: Part 2

Continued from our previous post…As shuttles pulled up to the stunning Patterson home on the Potomac River, we were greeted by twinkling lights in trees and a front porch stylishly arranged by Casey […]

A Very Alexandria Wedding, Indeed: Part 1

As some of you may remember from her previous “A Very Alexandria Wedding” posts, Britt and her new husband, Geoff, planned their nuptials in accordance with all things Alexandria. Those of you who […]

Fall Getaway Favorites

With a long weekend ahead of us, we asked the women of Stylebook where they’d go if they could get away this fall. From epic cheeseburgers in Charleston to cider mills “Up North” […]

Scene in Alexandria: Art on the Avenue


No More Flossing?! Wait, What?

What dentist have you visited that hasn’t flossed your teeth during a cleaning and heavily encouraged –maybe even nagged — you about flossing your teeth? Flossing, a staple for better oral and dental […]

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