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Energie Goods: Apparel for the Active Northern Virginian Lifestyle

In 2016, Amie Dodd founded Énergie Goods with the ideal that people today are living with the mindset of dressing for work, fitness and play.  Her pop up shops, are all around Northern Virginia and provide apparel to people who are looking to go from their day to day tasks to whatever their fitness commitments of the day might be.

Ami Dodd decided to create a brand that provides athleisure clothing and products that are made by small companies and are of the highest quality.  Énergie Goods philosophy is that they are a brand  that unites people and communities through authentic connections and only carries products from small companies of high quality and standards. Companies that understand your needs and how transformative it is to feel great in your own skin. These products were hand selected to support and inspire you.”

Inside Ami’s pop up shop at the Reston Station Metro, a wide range of clothing for women, men, and children are available to support the active lifestyle shared by so many who live, work and play in Northern Virginia.  Currently, Énergie Goods is available online and at six pop up shops around Northern Virginia: Urban Pop at Reston Station, BE, Wishing Tree at One Loudoun, BeFit NOVA, Wheel House Mind Body Spirit, and Play Well Nook.

Ami’s passion for health and fitness as well as her high energy levels inspired her to create a brand that worked well with her active lifestyle as well as support a community and culture that wants to be able to move.  She says, “I love that when I wear Energie products, I am free to go to work, run errands, and then get my workout in whenever I am able to because I am already in athletic clothing.”

The path that lead Ami to Énergie Goods was an unexpected one.  She was attending medical school and teaching yoga when her father passed away due to health related problems.  For Ami, it was an eye opener and she began to examine the direction she wanted her own life to go in.   She became more and more active with teaching yoga and was a customer of the many women owned brands that Énergie Goods now represents.  Her role as a business owner though came naturally to her; both of her parents had owned and operated their own businesses so entrepreneurship is a lifestyle that she was familiar with.   Eventually yoga lead Ami to becoming a fitness clothing expert and for Ami that meant shopping ethically.

Ami continues to add products to the Énergie Goods brand as well as pop up shop locations.  “I love knowing that I am helping support other small business owners by sharing their products with my customers.”

To contact Ami and visit her Énergie Goods pop-up shops, visit https://www.energiegoods.com/faq-contact-ambassador-program




All of the Style of the Virginia Fall Races

All of the style of the Virginia Fall Races, shot by our Editor-in-Chief and Photographer Jessica Monte

Reston’s Used Book Shop: Where Books and People Meet

Reston’s Used Book Shop is the place “Where Books and People Meet.” Reston’s Used Book Shop on Lake Anne Plaza, which is has been operating as a community resource and business for close to 40 years, is everything that the avid reader looks for in a bookshop.   The bookshelves are packed with new titles, hard to find titles and historic books.  Inside the shop you’ll find a welcoming children’s section with comfy sofas for community readings, book clubs and gatherings.

Currently, Susan Burwell and her husband Bud own and operate Reston’s Used Book Shop, purchasing it in 1999 from its original owners Sue Schram and Sue Wensell.    When the Burwells purchased Reston Used Book Shop, they expanded to create the cozy reading rooms and add space for more additional inventory.

Readers who are looking for a literary community will be inspired by the approach that the Reston Used Book Shop (RUBS) offers; instead of asking all Club Members to read the same book and discuss it during Book Club nights, RUBS Book Club members bring whatever they are reading or have read to share and discuss with others. At each meeting RUBS passes around a list of the books discussed and posts it to their Bulletin Board which is available to view in the Reston Used Book Shop.

Reston Used Book Shop is located at:
1623 Washington Plaza
Lake Anne Plaza
Reston, Virginia 20190

Be sure to pick up a copy of Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine the next time you stop by the Reston Used Book Shop.  You might just find one of our editors inside reading a book.


Lake Anne Coffee House: Locally Roasted & Locally Sourced

Great news! You can enjoy a delicious locally roasted cup of coffee at the Lake Anne Coffee House in Reston and read the Summer/Fall issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living. The shop’s walls are adorned with art by locals and the owners are dedicated to a low carbon footprint. If you’re in the mood for lunch and wine, there is a wine bar upstairs with a gorgeous fire place to sit and chat beside.  No matter what mood you are in, Lake Anne Coffee House doesn’t disappoint.   Grab a bite to eat and settle in to get some work done or relax, or grab a coffee and take a stroll around Lake Anne.  It’s definitely one of the sweet spots in Northern Virginia.

Lake Anne Village Center | 1612 Washington Plaza N | Reston, VA 20190
Monday through Saturday, 8 AM – 10 PM, Sunday 8 AM -8 PM

Rouge Boutique: An Oasis in Historic Leesburg

Rouge Boutique and Spa provides an oasis in the center of Historic Leesburg.  Anita, the owner of Rouge, not only creates custom perfumes, lotions and body sprays but offers an array of products that are hard to find elsewhere.   Rouge Spa provides products that satisfy the health and beauty routines for women and men, also offers a number of treatments to calm and soothe their clientele, including facials and massage, and body treatments.  For men, Rouge Boutique and Spa provides a fine shaving collection, shaving soap and splashes.  Anita loves to help her male customers find the right products and when we recently sat down with gallery owner Jim Sisley he share that he loves Anita’s products for his shaving and skincare regimen.   Also available at Rouge right now are candles, soaps and soy soaps for the fall season (we think this makes for a great gift option!), shower mists and bath salts to clear up sinuses, bubble baths as well as bath fizzes with special Dead Sea Salt, creamy sugar scrub and body butters, travel cases for beauty on the go, room diffusers which set the tone for your home and work space, as well as the popular skincare line by Mario Badescu.







Rouge Spa is located at

17 South King Street Leesburg VA 20175

703 779 3700

Hours of operation:

Tuesday – Saturday
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

12 to 5 p.m.

As told to Jessica Monte by Anita Henry

Photos by Jessica Monte


Wegman’s Sushi Fest

One weekend only! Experience the excitement of Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji Fish Market


Street Style at Northern Virginia’s Hot Fall Festivals

As Summer 2017  comes to an end (this year in October), we are back on the streets to capture the last street style fashion for the season. Our last stop for street style summer looks was at Northern Virginia’s wide range of Fall Festivals, which was a little baffling but we’ll take the good weather.  Keep in mind that fall fairs and festivals are a great way to stock up on local apparel, jewelry, hats, and other fine accessories. – check it out and let us know what you think on the comment box below.

Think Pink and Be Stylish for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   The pink ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness.  Pink ribbons, and the color pink in general, identify the wearer as expressing moral support for women with breast cancer.   There are so many stylish options for wearing pink in the month of October; and yet, stylish men and women everywhere, including those who reside in Northern Virginia, understand that being there for someone who is battling breast cancer is the classiest way to be supportive.   Consider the following tips provided to NVSL by the Step Sisters,  a Northern Virginian organization that has been fighting breast cancer since 2005, when a small group of neighbors joined together to raise funds for research.

Supporting a friend through breast cancer.

A woman has a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime. So what are the chances that someone in your circle of friends will receive this life-changing diagnosis?

Here are 8 tips to help you reach out to a friend :

1. Give her a ride. Cancer is exhausting, but so is the treatment. Finding a ride to appointments is often a major concern for breast cancer patients.

2. Feed her and her family. But ask first. She may not need or want to eat certain foods right now. In some cases, stocking her pantry with groceries may be better.

3. Listen. Let her cry and vent. She doesn’t always need you to answer. There isn’t always an answer. Just listen.

4. Normality. While her world has been turned upside down, she still wants the best for her family. Can you help with the kids? Does her caregiver need some time off?

5. The little things. Run the vacuum. Mow the lawn. Wash a load of laundry. Walk the dog. They all add up.

6. Sit with her. Breast cancer often means lots of appointments, lots of waiting. Ask if she’d like company in the waiting room.

7. Check in, and give her space. It’s a fine balance and every woman is different. Even if your friend does not want company, a card or text from time to time may give her the encouragement she needs.

8. Stick with her. Don’t assume that if she looks well that she really is. Don’t assume that when she has completed treatment that she doesn’t still need someone. See her through.

 About the Step Sisters 

In 2014, members Ashley Campolattaro and Angela Fuentes, took The Step Sisters in a new direction. After repeatedly seeing the impact the disease had on patients and their families, they decided to dedicate their mission to assisting patients throughout treatment.  Supporting patients as they battle the disease is a different, yet vital approach to fighting breast cancer.

Throughout our history, we have seen neighbors, friends and family members diagnosed with the disease. We believe that no patient should have to stop or even delay her treatment due to her personal circumstances. Further, no patient should feel that she is fighting breast cancer alone.

Article by Aimee Taylor

Photo by  Miguel Á. Padriñán



Tastemakers Club: Gena and Zach Casagrande

GENA & ZACH CASAGRANDE, owners of Northern Virginia Orthodontics in Ashburn and Reston are two of the most generous and stylish people you’ll meet in Northern Virginia.

A Northern Virginia native, Dr. Zach Casagrande attended Sunrise Valley Elementary School and South Lakes High School in Reston. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, magna cum laude, from the Medical College of Virginia (MCV)and later earned a Masters of Science and an orthodontic degree from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Casagrande received grants from Pfizer for work. He remains part of the MCV community as a professor in the Department of Orthodontics.

Gena is a Parent Liason at a Loudoun County Public School and is passionate about design.   When you walk through the offices of Northern Virginia Orthodontics, you will admire Gena’s interior design work and the modern and welcoming atmosphere she created.


MANTRA: G: Wear what you are feeling, and don’t be afraid to be bold. Z: Comfort, comfort, comfort.​

STAPLE WARDROBE: G: I do often find myself in athletic wear, but when I am “actually” dressing, I definitely like to mix it up and let my clothing reflect my mood. Z: I tend to mix it up…I don’t get too crazy, but not afraid to wear anything I think looks and feels good.

FAVORITE PART OF GETTING DRESSED: G: Carbon 38  for athletic wear…a funky pair of workout tights and a tank.  On other days, I also love a romper and easy sandals. Z: Travis Mathew—both for work and weekend, as well as a local brand In the Buff,  https://inthebuffapparel.com/ Lululemon for comfort and workouts.

SHOES SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDSG: Christian Dior heels, and Hoka Clifton running shoes. Z: Big fan of AirMax  and anything 80’s retro.  And I love color.  On the dressier side I’ll do ZeroGrand from Cole Haan.  It’s actually a Nike sole on a dress shoe…comes in all flavors.  Those are great for seeing patients and being on my feet all day.  For dressier times, Salvatore Ferragamos.

KEEP CALM AND CARRY A FAB HANDBAG:   G: Hamm itt bags.  My friends got me one 10 years ago and the bag still never fails to disappoint. Z: Travis Mathew backpack  everywhere….work, baseball games, beach….it actually doubles as a cooler.  Pretty unreal.

SKIN SOLUTION: G: I love Skinceuticals products because they make my face feel better and I feel like I am doing something good for my skin.  I also just discovered Milk Makeup…their holographic stick is so fun! Z: Keil’s facial fuel (10)….the best.  SPF 15 and has caffeine in it to wake your face up! HAAAA!

To keep reading about Gena and Zach Casagrande and how they’re influencing style and community across Northern Virginia, check out the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style and Living.

As told to Jessica Monte

This article originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living

Tastemakers Club: Mark Metzger

MARK METZGER, owner of Highcliffe Clothiers, Middleburg 2005 World Carp Fishing Champion, Team USA.

Mark Metzger started Highcliffe Clothier back in 1995 with a specialty in custom fitting clothing for women and men.  His expertise is understanding the shirt and how it should fit.  “I’ve been making shirts for men since 1983.  I consider myself a shirt expert. I’ve measured thousands of men all across the country.   Tactile feel is very important to me as it is my customers.  Second to the fact that things fit well.”   His goal as a clothier is to provide his clientele with elegance.  “Fashion comes and goes.  There are fashion victims but no victims of elegance.”

The name of the store, Highcliffe, is inspired by Highcliffe Castle on the border of Dorset and Hampshire in England.  When selecting the name of his shop, he wanted a name that called to mind the finest of men’s clothing in England found on Savile Row.  When Mark’s father purchased a clock that was in the foyer of Highcliffe Castle, the name was set for what would become his passion for the next 30 years.

Highcliffe Clothier specializes in custom measured clothing for women and men that is elegant, functional, and comfortable.

Mark’s everyday style

MANTRA: Fashion comes and goes, elegance is always in.  There are no elegance vicitims.  Fashion victims, yes.

staple wardrobe: Being in the country rather than Washington, D.C. or New York City, I now dress more casual, (Chrysalis Chatsworth Field Coat Whipcord).  It’s in sync with how many men dress for work,  (Wiley Brothers belt).  I wear a tie everyday but I do wear jeans from time to time.  My style is all over the place.  But I always try to dress with elegance in mind.

FAVORITE PART OF GETTING DRESSED: I’ve been making shirts for men since 1983.  I consider myself a shirt expert. I’ve measured thousands of men all across the country.  My favorite shirt is an orange graph check pinpoint button down oxford.  Oxford shirts, while less dressy than others, get nicer with age,  (Musto Aiden Long Sleeve Oxford Shirt).  They get nice and soft.  Tactile feel is very important to me as it is to my customers.

TROTS AROUND TOWN IN: I prefer Alden shoes.  It is the premier shoe made of genuine shell cordovan, an equine leather made from the fibrous flat muscle beneath the hide on the rump of the horse.  It’s a world class material for shoes.

To keep reading about Mark Metzger and how he’s influencing style across Northern Virginia, check out the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style and Living.

As told to Jessica Monte

This article originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living

Tastemakers Club: Silas Redd

“Everyone owns something that makes them feel good.” Understanding this all too well, Purcellville based vintage merchandiser and owner of Nostalgia Vintage Clothing and Antique Furniture,  Silas Redd has created a must visit shop for apparel and home goods in Northern Virginia. “I want to steer clients to select flattering pieces that remind them of another time,” he says.  The name of the store, Nostalgia, came to him because it is the very feeling he hopes to create when patrons visit his store.  That said, even though the clothing and furniture on display through the store may bring the past to mind, Redd emphasizes that his merchandise is wearable and livable.  “We don’t carry costume-y pieces.”  He emphasizes, “My customers understand quality and they don’t mind wearing a unique piece to stand out.”   In a previous life, Silas styled Richmond socialites while studying Fashion Merchandising at Virginia Commonwealth University.  He later worked in retail doing visual merchandising for West Elm, Brooks Brothers and Macy’s.   A walk through Nostalgia is something like a walk through a museum, with each piece carefully on display with a story to tell.   He does accept vintage consignment.

SILAS’ everyday style

MANTRA: Everyone deserves to look good.  Sometimes people feel that fashion is not something they deserve or is accessible to them.  Everyone should feel like fashion is within their reach.

STAPLE WARDROBE: I call my style punched up prep.  I like buttoned up oxford with crazy patterns.  I like fun and bright bowties, cool patterns, and stripes.

VINTAGE OR NEW: I buy both vintage and new bow ties.  I really love Brooks Brothers’ ties and they have a good finish and tie really really well.

OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO: Personally, I really like Cole Haan shoes and Johnsten Murphy. They have a storied history with leather and footwear–they know what they’re doing. .. classic but also punched up . . . traditional with punched up laces and leather.

To keep reading about Silas Redd and how he’s bringing style to Northern Virginia, check out the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style and Living.

As told to Jessica Monte


This article originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living

Farmers Markets in Northern Virginia

Saturdays at the farmers markets in Northern Virginia continue to offer quite the bounty. And if you were enthusiastic about berries this year, we hope you are taking the time to freeze some to enjoy the rest of the season TIP: to keep berries from sticking together in the freezer, freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet before bagging.

Northern Virginia is home to many farmers who produce both berries and beets, as well as apiaries that produce beautiful, golden honey. Thanks to the mix of protein rich dairy and the fiber of beets and blueberries, this smoothie is incredibly satisfying and filling. While there are no NoVA banana producers, we couldn’t help but add this essential smoothie ingredient to the mix for an extra creamy consistency.


• 1/2 cup Greek/strained yogurt (we recommend Blue Ridge Dairy)

• 2 teaspoons honey

• 1 small beet, cooked and peeled

• 1 cup frozen blueberries

• 1/2 frozen banana

• 1/4-1/2 cup milk (as needed)

Photos and content by Carlene Thomas RDN, LD

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist



This article originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living

Poolside in Northern Virginia

Kennedy and Carter at the Pool Terrace.

The inspiration for our pool came from modern home and architectural magazines.  I wanted minimalist design with clean lines, but also a pool to compliment the surrounding nature. To achieve this, I worked with Joe Gwiz of Lewis Aquatech for a pool design that used natural colors and tones.




This article excerpt originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living

Morven Park: Beautiful Landscape and Rich with History

Set on 1,000 acres in Leesburg, Virginia, Morven Park is an estate both rich with history, eventing, and gorgeous landscapes.  Morven Park is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places as a Virginia Historic Landmark.

The stories of those who lived at the estate are told when you visit the beautiful and eclectic Davis Mansion and take a stroll through the Museum of Hounds and Hunting.  Westmoreland Davis, one time Governor of Virginia, invested a great deal to encouragw farming in Northern Virginia.    In fact, Davis purchased the influential Southern Planter magazine in 1912 and published it until his death. Davis ran Morven Park farm as a model of efficiency and productivity and shared what he learned with other farmers.    His wife Marguerite Inman Davis, daughter of a wealthy New York cotton broker, designed the gorgeous  Colonial Revival boxwood gardens.  Surrounded by four-foot-high brick wall and wrought-iron gates, the gardens contain not only boxwood but also magnolias, hollies, and a variety of flowering trees. A reflecting pool and the brick mausoleum, the final resting place of Governor and Mrs. Davis, are tucked within this historic garden.



This article excerpt originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living

Harold’s Barber Shop: Bringing Style to Northern Virginia

Harold is a master barber with, what seems to be, endless hustle and skill.  I’ve observed him numerous times over the years “remembering” to eat lunch at the 2:00 – 3:00 pm time range while having been consistently turning over his chair, every customer pleased with the results.

And no, I don’t mind hanging out in this barber shop to wait for my turn in his chair.  The conversation is ongoing and there are always familiar faces at Harold’s.

Harold’s Barbershop is an authentic urban barbershop, welcoming to all who walk through the door.  The Northern Virginia region is diverse and Harold and his team of Kay, Dominique, and Calvin have fully embraced the diversity in their clientele.  They even joke, “If you have hair on your head, we can cut it.”  Every barber on the team has skill and at one time or another each one has done a bang up job cutting my hair.

Harold Westbrook mans chair one, this is his shop after all, but it’s also so he can personally greet everyone who comes through the door.  He gives walk-in clients a heads up on the order of who’s next and if anyone has a standing appointment with a particular barber that may alter the order.  There are TVs, water, magazines, and candy for the kids.  What you won’t find at Harold’s Barbershop is foul language, bad vibes, mean mugs and hate.  At its core, it’s a barbershop and the real draw is the on point cut, the conversation, and the humor.

Harold’s Barber Shop

22034 Shaw Road

Sterling, Virginia 20164

Text by Chris Little

Photo by Jessica Monte


This article excerpt originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living

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