Behind The Scenes with Ashley Duru and Oribe

Fall is one of our favorite seasons, not just because of the gorgeous foliage and favorable weather, but more importantly for sartorial reasons.  When prepping for our fall shoot, that was photographed by the talented Noelle Turbitt, we, of course, called our girl Ashley Duru, Artistic Director at Salon Emage to make us look the part.  Salon Emage of Warrenton, Va recently launched the Oribe line, in their salon and we were so excited to excited for Ashley to use these luxurious products while styling our hair.  We asked Ashley to give us the low down on how she went about styling our hair for our shoot and more about the products she used.  Take it away Ashley!

I was inspired by several of the vintage looks Sarah and Michelle pulled for their fall fashion shoot. I wanted to create a simple yet extremely glamorous look for both of them with soft vintage waves.

Sarah’s Hair :

  • I applied Volumista and Foundation Mist to wet hair for volume, hold, and shine.
  • I then sprayed Dry Texturizing Spray all over before curling to give it a little bit more grit and hold before curling.
  • Before curling each piece, I sprayed Soft Lacquer heat styling spray to each section to protect and give hold to the curl.



Swim At Your Own Risk

IMG_4182While we were in Miami for Fashion week we had the amazing opportunity to check out the debut of Karla Colletto’s Cruise 2015 collection. This unique and creative capsule collection was the perfect collaboration with Washington D.C. based creative agency Design Army.

Karla Colletto and creative director Pum Lefebure created the Swim At Your Own Risk capsule collection. They did an absolutely amazing job capturing creative composition with a signature look featuring exquisite construction and high-quality materials.

So of course we had to check out the Design Army pool party at the Capitol Skyline Hotel August 22nd, celebrating the exclusive collection. The models were stunning, perfectly capturing a modern, witty and fresh new take on swimwear.


The two beauties in the middle are non other than the creative director of Design Army, Pum Lefebure and Kim Thornton of Karla Colletto. IMG_4185“The modern woman is daring, and never shies away from adventure. She’s fun, she’s bold, and she’s always the first to dive off the boat or chase the next big wave. To me, that confidence is sexy.” -Pum Lefebure

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Handmade rings by Stephanie Sheehan IMG_4221

Thank you Karla Colletto and Design Army for having us to your fabulous party! We can’t wait to rock the Swim At Your Own Collection soon!



Michelle and Sarah

A Trip to the Local Farmer’s Market

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Every chance I get, I try to make a trip to the local farmer’s market on Sundays. I can’t think of a better way to start any day than walking the market tents and scoping out the produce, all while supporting small businesses and local farmers.

My hubby and I really enjoy cooking together. It’s a creative outlet for us and sometimes it is the only bonding time we have with our crazy work schedules. During our visits to the farmer’s market, we find inspiration for planning our next meal while perusing all the local fruits and veggies that they have to choose from.

That night we made zucchini spaghetti with fresh, homemade tomato sauce. So tasty! If you want to try out our sauce recipe you can find it here!

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For this Farmer’s Market trip, I thought it would be fun to dress that part ;)

Wearing- Overalls: Frame; Top: Intermix (old, similar here); Bag: Mulberry (old; similar here); Shoes: Superga



Decoding Wedding Dress-Codes with Events in the City

Funny story,  last month my husband showed up to a black-tie wedding wearing a khaki linen suit.. Apparently I had forgotten to read the fine print on the bottom of the wedding invitation and he wasn’t too happy with me but after handing him a few whiskeys from the open bar, he seemed to care a lot less.  After our epic failure and having received a few similar questions from readers, we wanted to help clarify the many misunderstood wedding dress codes out there and who better to help us with this task then a wedding expert?

Meet Laura Ritchie, not only our fabulous sorority sister, but also the Founder of Events in the City. She’s the go to girl when you are looking to plan your dream wedding. Laura and her team have crafted a well deserved reputation for throwing some of the best and most creative events all over town because of their style, diverse backgrounds in fashion, film, hotels, catering, project management and their miticulous attention to detail.

Laura has seen many guests rock “creative black-tie” like a boss and more than a few wardrobe disasters in their day so we were excited when she agreed to answer a few questions for us.

 Laura helped us break down the most common and current wedding dress-codes around, so next time you are invited to celebrate nuptials… you won’t be left scratching your head or hiding in the photo booth.

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Laura Ritchie the Founder and Designer of Events in the City

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Wearing Sequin ASOS dress with husband Stuart Ritchie

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Girls Night Out with

After our whirlwind trip to Miami, we were in desperate need of a night of pampering and relaxation. The Miami heat, high heels and countless hours waiting in line for the next show took a toll on our face, back, feet and overall well being. So you can only imagine how excited we were when contacted us to try out their pet sitting services.

Their site is so easy to use and we have read nothing but positive reviews and feedback about the company and their sitters. We started by searching their site for a local host and were thrilled to have found a well reviewed sitter that lived near by to come watch our little guys while we headed to the spa.




Beyond The Runway: Miami Swim Week

We arrived in Miami early Thursday morning with great anticipation and a very packed schedule ahead of us. We wanted to take full advantage of our visit and take in all that Mercedez Benz Fashion Swim Week 2015 had to offer in the little time that we had.

As soon as we unpacked our bags we were off to the Ford Artists Beauty Suite on the Venetian Lady yacht for makeup and hair styling hosted by the ladies behind the charity Style Saves. This was much appreciated after a rough, early flight. Our Ford makeup artist and hair stylist were phenomenal and we thank them for their amazing work and help getting us ready!

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