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borrowing from the boys

by Elizabeth, The Shoe Hive It's a trend that never goes away: menswear-inspired looks. Maybe it is the Alex P. Keaton era of my upbringing, but I have always had a heavy influence…

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q&a: go-to winter boots

Reader: I purchased the Elizabeth & James black ankle boot with the hidden wedge from The Shoe Hive last year. I wore them all the time. Two days ago, my dog got into…

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look of the day: fall essentials at kiskadee

by Darby This everyday fall look is flattering on all body types. You can switch the colors around for your best palette. I created this look from specific items we carry here at…

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look of the day: fall wedding

Dressing for a fall wedding doesn't mean you should avoid color altogether. It just means you have to focus on the right kinds of colors: jewel tones with metallic touches mixed in. Start…

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street style: sarah squire

Sarah Squire is the daughter of one of the Coco Blanca owners, Elisabeth. Sarah loves every chance she gets to come home to Alexandria, which she says is very similar to her new…

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look of the day: gallery opening

Dressing for a gallery opening is both an opportunity and a challenge. It is an opportunity to be a little more daring in your appearance, but it is always a challenge to dress…

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subtly flushed

Reader: I know I should wear blush but it always seems like I'm too "done" for daytime. How do I achieve that subtly flushed look? Angela: I love blush! It instantly perks you…

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the little black dress

It was only a matter of time before we talked about it. The one article of clothing that is every woman’s best friend – the Little Black Dress. But did you know its…

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make stripes your friend

Reader: How can I wear stripes? I've always heard they are not figure flattering. Tara: It is true that horizontal stripes worn the wrong way can add the illusion of extra weight. The…

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the sixth beauty must-have

People ask me every day at the store what my must have products are and I always tell them the same five products. Sure I get a new favorite here and there, but…

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look of the day: backstage pass

Headed to a concert or comedy club? Need to rock a little rocker chic? The key is to keep the silhouettes simple but to wear pieces that have something special about them. A…

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belts demystified

Reader: I love belts on display but never think they look right on me. What am I doing wrong? Darby: There are a few different ways to style belts. A skinny belt with…

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eye2eye: an alexandria gem

Elizabeth called me minutes after discovering that she would need bifocals for the first time. To say she was a bit traumatized would be an understatement. It didn't help that within just a…

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how to style small spaces

Reader: I love the oversized wingback chair you wrote about this past week, but I have a small space. Any tips of decorating with pieces like that when you don’t have much room…

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how to style a sheer blouse

Sheer blouses are beautiful, sexy, and can sometimes be difficult to make work with an outfit. One of my personal pet peeves is when someone just chops their body in half by wearing…

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