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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


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



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

Native Barre: Building Strength in Northern Virginia

Looking for a fun workout that will leave your body toned and strong, and your mind at ease?  Then look no further than Native Barre.  When you first walk inside, the studio is zen-like with streamlined minimalism decor, fur throws and succulent potted plants.  The dance studio with ballet bars at first glance creates an atmosphere that seems to blend yoga studio with dance.  However, the carpeted floors, weighted balls, required socks, and native jump boots are a fast reminder that this is no ordinary exercise studio.

Owner Bridget Wilson developed Native Barre with the intent to help her students build a strong core, create long and lean muscles, lift the “seat,” increase flexibility, and improve posture.  Her website proclaims “Off the record, the true reason why we love Native Barre is that it’s an amazing exercise that’s made for people who hate to work out and love to have fun.”

To learn more about Native Barre and how to get started with a fun way to build strength and fitness, check out the Fall/Spring issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living.


Studio by Bridget Wilson of NATIVE BARRE, Photo by JESSICA MONTE

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

Farm to Table Smoothie

Basil is a key ingredient for summer and fall recipes as it grows in abundance this time of year. Sweet savory basil provides excellent nutrition as well. Basil is an excellent source of Vitamin K, which promotes strong bones, a healthy heart, and proper brain function. The aroma of basil helps to reduce feelings of tension and anxiousness. Cucumber, lime and chia seeds provide hydration and lime and chia are also great source of electrolytes, all very important for those hot summer and fall days.

Berry Basil Smoothie

1 cup water
1 cup almond or coconut milk
5-8 Strawberries
Handful Blueberries (about ¼ cup)
5-7 Basil Leaves (use to your liking; You
can also use 2 drops of doTerra Basil Essential Oil)
¼ Cucumber
Juice of ½ Lime
½ tsp Chia Seeds
Optional: Vanilla Protein Powder

Directions: Add liquid ingredients to your blender followed by all other ingredients. Blend on high. Add ice to taste. Any berry will taste delicious with this recipe.

Recipe by Leigh Schoener
This article originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living
Photography by Jessica Monte and Vincent Sales

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