Lips & Brows with the OGs

I’ve got a funny story to tell you about when I was at a styling event with Rosana of DC Style Factory back in the spring. It goes like this:


Rosana: Elizabeth, how long have you been in business?

Elizabeth: Almost 15 years.

Rosana: Wow, you are the OG.

Elizabeth: I know I am the old girl of retail.


Chris Kidd and Rosana simultaneously burst out into laughter.


Chris Kidd: That isn’t what it means, Elizabeth; it means Original Gangster.

Elizabeth: Yes then I am the original OG.

Chris: Elizabeth you don’t say “original” before. That is part of it!


So the point of this story, however, is that I am actually not the original OG or even the OG. That would be Angela of Bellacara. Many stores have come and gone in Old Town since we opened our doors, but Bellacara really was one of the first. Our stores have worked together on events together since the beginning,

We decided this fall we wanted to collectively celebrate our favorite season under one roof, so Angela is packing up part of her store and setting up shop at The Shoe Hive.

As a makeup novice, I have always thought the two things that make the biggest difference in a woman’s appearance are lips and eyebrows. So Angela, along with two very talented makeup artists (editor’s note: get to know them here), are going to show us all how it is done. I went in early to learn some of the tricks of the trade. Besides transforming my brows, I picked the best new lipstick! I am usually a gloss person and this is kind of a hybrid lipstick/gloss.


Come shop our one-time collaboration/combination or just stop in for advice and a drink. Space is limited, so click HERE to sign up. We will each have discounts and great gift bags with some of our favorite fashion fix-its and makeup solutions.


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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

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