Street Style: Zipporah Norton

Zipporah Norton and I go wayyyyy back as I have known her since her birth! That’s right, she is my awesome younger sister. I know this may seem biased, but she is not only one of the hippest and stylish people I know, but also one of the most determined and driven. I feel so honored to be able to introduce you all to a fellow Alexandrian and an amazing artist.

Zipporah graduated from James Madison University in 2017 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Drawing, Painting, and Print Making. She continued her study at the 2017 Summer Painting Intensive Program at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Zipporah has had her work featured in multiple galleries and has created a body of work that’s truly impressive. How lucky am I have such a talented sister?

Zipporah was recently juried into the Torpedo Factory as one of their visiting artists for the months of July and August – the youngest artist to be juried in…ever!! She is located in studio 316 (on the 3rd floor), but if you don’t have the chance to pop by and check out her work in person this summer you should definitely peruse her website to see what she is all about. Several of her pieces are hanging in my apartment, making me appear far more cultured than I actually am.

Zipporah is wearing the HairyStyles Tee by Unfortunate Portrait, Tripper Ankle by Mother, and the Paint Splatter Mini Madeline by Mignonne Gavigan, all from The Hive, and the Disco Glitter Mid Star by Golden Goose, available at The Shoe Hive.
Photography by Sarah Marcella Creative




How do you spend your time? I spend a majority of my time between being a barista in Pentagon city, making art at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, and making jam!

Neighborhood: Mount Vernon

How long have you lived in Alexandria? 24 years

What is your hometown? Alexandria, Virginia.

What brought you to Alexandria? Birth

What would surprise people about you? I am an introvert with extrovert tendencies!

You’re a superhero: what’s your superpower? Elastigirl, super stretch, that way I don’t have to run back in forth in my studio…

Favorite cocktail: Red wine Sangria

Last book read or movie seen: Sweet Caress, by William Boyd

Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate and selfies

Phrase you overuse: Okie dokie!

Facebook or Instagram? Instagram

Latest binge-watch: Queer Eye. YES QUEEN.

Bucket list travel destination: South Korea or Portugal

If you only could have one for the rest of your life: wine or coffee? Coffee, 100%.





Define your style in three words or less: Comfortable, layered, paint-covered

The go-to piece in your wardrobe: Frankie Cosmos baseball hat

Favorite trend ever: Fun patterned socks with rolled up jeans!

Favorite current trend: High-waisted jeans with slight flare at the bottom with a graphic tee. Interesting to see the trend going back to the early 2000s and I like it.

Beauty product you can’t live without: Dove soap

Favorite fragrance: Mom’s cooking

Heels or flats? Heels (vibrant and fun)




Favorite room in your home: Kitchen

Antiques, modern, or a mix? Quirky antiques with a splash of modern

Last item bought for your home: Sculptures of a man and a woman from an artist in Argentina

Next planned purchase: Lululemon

Favorite way to entertain: Around a fire pit with an assortment of beers and wine and of course S’mores!

Clutter-free or well lived-in? Well lived-in

Wallpaper — yes, totally modern or no, so dated: YES, let’s bring back those crazy patterns/prints. They shouldn’t just live on our clothes.





Your go-to work-out: Crossfit!

Most fun way to exercise: Kazaxe!! It is so fun to be around a group of people sweating and grooving!

Group exercise or solo: Group. It’s so encouraging and a little competition pushes you!

Fitness goal: I would really like to be able to do 150 burpees without a break.

Haven’t yet, but might be willing to try with coaching / encouragement: Kickboxing! It seems super intimidating!

Proudest fitness achievement: Consistently working out and working it into my daily life.





Favorite spot in Alexandria: Walking down King around Christmas time, seeing all the lights in the trees. It’s absolute magic.

Last purchase in Alexandria: Art Supplies in the Art League store or an iced latte from Misha’s.

Best coffee / happy hour / date night spot: Waterfront park. Grab your coffee from your favorite shop and go enjoy a chat while watching dogs play and boats float by.

Favorite charity: Habitat for Humanity

Favorite annual Alexandria event: Art Market in the Torpedo Factory



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Truly a local girl, Penelope was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Penelope graduated from James Madison University (GO DUKES!) with a degree in International Relations and is now getting her Masters in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. While she never expected to work retail, she has found a second home in her Hive and Shoe Hive family, and has discovered the shoe and clothing addiction she never thought she had. An avid traveler, if not working or going to classes, Penelope is surely on a plane to a country she has yet to see.

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  1. Avatar Juliet Tarver says:

    I love this visit with you : Zipporah and Penelope. What an interesting peek into your activities! How I would enjoy seeing them in person. You young ladies are a part of talented family that I call, “My Alexandria family.” I love you.

  2. We love this family of 4 beautiful girls.
    Thanks for sharing the story!
    So proud of the locals!

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