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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

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.

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.

GENA & ZACH’s EVERDAY STYLE

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

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

Edited by JESSICA MONTE.

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

Wear a Real Bow Tie

Wearing a bow tie is a way of broadcasting an
aggressive lack of concern for what other people think.

– Warren St. John

I’ve been wearing bow ties for quite a while. The first time I wore a bow tie was circa 1979 for school pictures. A good friend on the West Coast, having never owned one, asked me for the rundown so he could wear one to officiate his cousin’s wedding in August.

I told him, no matter what, he should man up, buy a real one and learn to tie it. A simple search of the Internet will provide a full spectrum of video tutorials on how to properly affix the tie.

My only two recommendations are that on your first attempt, give yourself plenty of extra “learning time,” and if it’s summer in Northern Virginia, turn down the air conditioning 5 degrees because tying your first bow tie can make you sweat.

Edited by JESSICA MONTE.  Written by CHRIS LITTLE.

Bowties by HIGHCLIFFE CLOTHIERS, Photo by JESSICA MONTE

 

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

Shop Nostalgia for Quality and Style

“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.

Mention Northern Virginia Style when you shop Nostalgia and save 10% on your next purchase.

 

142 E. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132, 540-751-8252, https://www.shopatnostalgia.com

Beard Life in Northern Virginia

Living in Northern Virginia, there’s a good chance that you know someone who wears a beard.  Chris Little, owner of Duct Doctor an indoor air quality company, has worn a beard since 2008.  Below are a few of his thoughts on wearing a beard in this day and age in Northern Virginia.

As told to Jessica Monte

NVSL: Why did you grow a beard?

CL: Growing up my father always had, and still has, a full beard.  I think it really starts there if I’m being honest with myself.  Somewhere around 2008 –  2009 I just decided I was over shaving.  I was over purchasing razors, shaving cream and over shave bumps in general.  All that together and I’ve had a beard for a while now.  My kids have only seen me a couple times without one.  I shaved it for to raise money for a charity event not too long ago and my son was coming home from his grandparents.  I remember calling his name and telling him to come into the kitchen.  The combination of fear and confusion on his face was pretty priceless when he came around the corner.

NVSL: Is your beard part of your family tradition/background?

CL: Yes, my father has always had a beard.  Prior to that, only one that I can verify, during the civil war.   Going back to our earliest family record in America is Thomas Little who arrived in the Plymouth Colony from Devon, England in 1631.  Unfortunately, he had no beard.  Weak sauce.  He was a lawyer and a constable in Marshfield, Massachusetts and apparently, they didn’t dig on beards.

NVSL: Are you friends with other men who have beards?

CL: Yes, I am.  However, I’m not sure if I’m friends with them because of the beard per se.  I just like to be around good people, beard or no beard.

NVSL: Why do you think beards are trendy right now?

CL: I think life moves in waves like the ocean.  In the 60’s it was initially more of a counter culture move.  A statement NYGoodHealth saying, “I’m dropping out of society, man.”  Then the Vietnam war, a long sustained war effort, ended and I think the 70’s gave way to beards being more accepted and mainstream.  I believe it had a lot to do with the Veterans coming home, getting out of the service and growing beards to be honest.  I know that’s when my father grew his beard and it’s been there ever since.  That coupled with rock goups and Hollywood getting in on the push.  If you do a search for 7os rock stars you might be surprised who you see rocking a beard.

So, given that story line, it could be possible that financial crisis in 2008 set the overall stage for a beards making a comeback.  I think the overall feeling across the country on main street was, “we just collectively got the short end of the stick, man.”  If you then overlay that timeline with the “wind down” of the war on terror, another long sustained war effort, under the Obama administration.  Then again look to Hollywood and you might start to see some parallels that may explain the current trend.

I remember back when I first grew a beard in 2008-2009 it seemed like it was rare to see anyone else with one around Northern Virginia.  I was more of the odd man out and most people were just curious what I did for work.  Then, in 2013 work took me out to Salt Lake City Utah for a couple months.  I remember on one of the first phone conversations I had with my wife stating that, “almost everyone out here has a beard.”  In the last couple of years, I’d say beards and facial hair are pretty common place around the region.  My cousin James grows a very disturbing mustache that screams, “take the candy and get into my creeper van”.

The original article is in the 2017 Summer/Fall Edition of Northern Virginia Style & Living.  To read more, subscribe to NVSL.

Point to Point Guide to Hats

Northern Virginia Style recently turned to easy going but iconic model Lacey Tanner to serve as muse and collaborator for its latest guide on hats for the Piedmont region’s spring horse point to point season.   Northern Virginia Style was inspired to provide a guide of hats for travelers to the region and those residents who want to spend a day in horse country.  From felt trilbys to straw fedoras and luxury baseball hats, Northern Virginia Style’s Guide to Hats for the Spring Races embraces style, fashion and comfort.

Shop for hats at Middleburg’s J. McLaughlin112 W. WASHINGTON STREET, UNIT 103Middleburg, VA 20117

Lou Lou’s Boutiques, multiple locations in Northern Virginia

Top’s of Old Town2400 Mt.Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301, (703) 836-4511

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First, let’s take a look at the Trilby – traditionally a soft felt men’s hat can now often be seen in straw, with a deeply indented crown and narrow brim often upturned at the back. On men it is often worn at the back of the head.

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Next, the Fedora, a felt or straw hat with a medium to wide brim and lengthwise crease in the crown is another great option for a sunny spring day.  The crown traditionally is shallow.

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The Akubra is an Australian brand of bush hat. Its wide brimmed styles are a distinctive part of Australian culture especially in the rural areas.

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The fascinator,  a headpiece, is a style of millinery usually worn formally as an alternative to a hat. They are almost always large and decorative and are attached to the head by an elastic band or clip. Sometimes incorporating a base to resemble a miniature hat in which case it may be called a “hatinator.”

Dana’s Tailoring

Most of us have a closet that includes a few pieces of clothing that makes us feel beautiful.  Dana of Dana’s Tailoring wants her customers to own a closet full of items that make them  feel beautiful.

Dana, pronounced “Donna,” owns a tailoring shop in Sterling, Virginia tucked into a hidden shopping center that is right off of exit 8A on the Dulles Toll Road.  The shopping center includes several great shops including Sweet Cakes Bakery, Consign Mine, and Michael Helene Salon.

She was immediately cheerful when I walked into her shop.  I explained that I needed my blazers mended and she had me put on my large blazer so that she could pin it to fit me.  Regarding the blazer missing a button she told me she could replace the button but that I needed to order an entire set so that all buttons on the coat would match.  It was easy enough to do and I actually stepped up my style with that blazer because I selected buttons that I like quite a bit more.

A week later I returned to her shop with Sasha.  We met Dana’s daughter Alexandra who she lives with in Aldie, Virginia.  Both http://www.besttramadolonlinestore.com Dana and Alexandra had shared acquaintances with Sasha in the horse world in western Loudoun.  As it turns out, we learned that Dana also repairs leather including riding and equestrian boots.  I was also thrilled to hear that it is no trouble for Dana to replace a zipper on a garment.  I’d previously believed that once a zipper was ruined, an item of clothing is done for.

Here Dana is sewing a seam onto custom curtains for a client.

Her shop is bright and spacious including a variety of machines used to create and repair different items of clothing and household goods, including leather pieces.

Reams of colorful threads line the walls of Dana’s shop.

Dana checks her work at my final fitting for my coat.

photos and editorial by Jessica Monte

If  you own items that you love but don’t wear because they do not fit you properly, you may simply need to mend the item and have it tailored for your body.  Dana can definitely help you with that, and that means you are one step closer to having a closet full of clothing that makes you feel fabulous.

23520 Overland Dr #136, Sterling, VA 20166 https://www.dana1tailoring.com

The Bespoke Tailor of Georgetown

“Bespoke means  to be spoken for,” explains Baytok of Baytok Tailoring in Georgetown. ” When a man walks out on the street wearing a bespoke suit, everyone stops and looks.  He is spoken for.  He is well dressed.”  His Georgetown studio is furnished with cherry wood and shelves displaying the heaps of silk, wool, linens and blended fabrics that Baytok works with for his masterful tailoring.   As a,bespoke tailor trained in Europe by a Saville Row master, Mr. Baytok understands the importance of fine dressing for today’s successful man.

Known for his  sharp eye for detail, Baytok measures each client multiple times, adjusts his tailoring for posture, shoulder width, then arm and leg length, waist, and then creates by hand every piece that comes out of his bespoke tailoring shop.  He ensures that his clients look their absolute best–his artistry as a clothes maker is like no other in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.    His reputation exceeds the region as businessman traveling into town from Europe seek out his shop and mastery. His designs are inspired by his clients.

He is located at 1804 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-337-4800

 

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