I love the leather stool in this picture.
I love the fabric on the bench.
One of my dear friends just purchased a home and sent me a note to see if I could recommend a good place for furniture. I quickly responded with my absolute favorite store, Kellogg Collection. It is an understatement to say I want everything they sell. One of my favorite compliments was when a friend said my house looked like Kellogg Collection! ( McLean, Baltimore, DC, Richmond)
Anyway, it got me to thinking that maybe you are thinking about making 2017 your best year ever. It is the year you finally __________________ (fill in the blank). And then I was thinking sometimes it is easy to fill in the blank but then you feel stuck because you don’t know where to begin. So, I thought it might be helpful to send over a few places I love, in the event you are in the local area and have the goal but are not quite sure how to get started on your path to redecorating, better highlights, glowing skin, a beautiful smile, cleaning your closet, getting a financial life, resetting or investing in some classic jewelry, altering some items in your closet you love…
KLS Studios. Think the best highlights ever. One of the owners, Stephanie, makes highlighting hair an art form. When she does mine, I think the secret is low and highlights. It makes my hair look rich and full. (Reston)
Chic Envy. You know I love to support women in business and I love this local consignment shop owned by a mother- daughter duo. They make it so easy to consign. Email or call to make an appt and drop off. I typically let them price everything and send me a file. I love getting a nice check in the mail each month and it helps me get rid of the items in my closet I am no longer wearing. They had have a great 2 for Tuesday option where you don’t need an appt and can just drop of two items. (Fairfax Corner)
Shoe Shoppe. Every well dressed woman and man has a good tailor and shoe repair shop. I have been using the one in Tyson’s Corner for years. In cleaning my closet I found this faux fur vest from Calypso that I love but felt it just didn’t look quite right. I decided to take it to have it shortened and what a huge difference it made! If you have a few items in your closet you love but maybe the fit just isnt quite right, see if a tailor can alter it before you decide to part with it. I am also crazy about taking care of my good shoes. I often tell the shoe repair man that “this is my favorite pair, handle with care”. He laughs and usually replies “You say that about every pair”. True. (Tysons Corner)
Centers for Plastic Surgery. Don’t be scared because of the name! This office does everything from facials, to more advanced skin care to plastic surgery. Lots of options and you are gonna love the staff.(Annandale)
Fairlington Dental. I am terrified of the dentist. I am convinced that I get escorted to the room away from the other patients in an effort to muffle my screams. I am kidding. If you are looking for a great dentist then let me tell you about mine, Dr. Michael Rogers. This guy is in “the zone” when it comes to dentistry. You can tell he loves his job because not only does he use the latest technology, (ie no more impression trays!) he can easily articulate the differences between different products and techniques and explain why he chose one over the other. I was just in there the other day to pick up my Invisalin and I noticed he went to Harvard. I said, “Dr. Rogers, I didn’t realize you went to Harvard.” and he responded, “Yes, it was a humbling experience”. Don’t you love him already? (Arlington)
Edwards & Owens Financial. Bruce Edwards has been my financial planner for about 14 years. Always solid guidance and advice. I love that I am not his richest or poorest client – I am right in the middle. I sent him a two sentence note the other day asking for advice and I got 4-6 paragraphs in response and it made me laugh because his response was so thorough and well thought out. It was also followed up with an offer for a call to discuss. He is fantastic! (Ashburn)
CrossFit Northreston This CrossFit gym is great for someone like me – a 45 year old woman who wants to be fit and in shape but isn’t training for a competition. Every work out provides several level of modifications to ensure there is an option appropriate for my skill level. (Reston)
My diamond stud earrings are one of the best investments I have ever made for a few reasons. I wear them probably 345 days a year. They are classic and classy and go with everything. I purchased them many years ago, at Charleston Alexander and have upgraded them several times. I love that you can get a great pair and then add to your investment over time. I also love Midtown Jewelers. I mentioned that I just brought in a few cameos and they were kind enough to help me get them to work with a few chains I already own. I had a custom eternity band made last year with some diamonds from my Grandmother and there was a level of difficulty because the diamond were not all the same size and they exceeded my expectations. The band is stunning. I love when I find people that I find know there craft it makes it easy for me to trust them and be able to benefit from their knowledge and talent. (Falls Church & Reston)