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A quick browse through her Instagram feed shows why. By Caroline Cunningham
Image courtesy Monling Lee.

In the past few weeks, J. Crew's Instagram followers may have spotted a DC local in the feed. Monling Lee, who was a 2014 Washingtonian Style Setter, has made multiple appearances before the brand's 858,000 followers. The collaboration shouldn't come as a shock, considering that Lee told Washingtonian in her Style Setters interview that J. Crew's creative director Jenna Lyons is one of her fashion icons and wore J. Crew shoes to the photoshoot.

Lee, an architect, was approached by J. Crew after they spotted her bright, geometric Instagram profile—and her over 80,000 followers—with snaps taken in front of colorful buildings all over the District. "They reached out to me just after the new year and asked me to plan several looks choosing at least five accessories from their spring collection," says Lee. Using the hashtag "#accessoryfix," she's highlighted J. Crew's Parker crossbody bag, suede d'Orsay flats, and uptown tote, showing off the brand's bold color blocking aesthetic for spring.

Take a look at some of the photos J. Crew has been snagging from Lee's feed, then check out their post on their spring collection.

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Posted at 06:34 PM/ET, 03/04/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Washington's first from the French salon line. By Caroline Cunningham
Images courtesy Caudalie.

Amidst a flurry of high-end retail openings at CityCenter DC, French Vinotherapie skincare line Caudalie is schedule to open its first area retail boutique and spa in late March.

The family-run salon line was launched 20 years ago by Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas on Mathilde's family vineyard in Bordeaux, France, and with the opening of the CityCenter location, they will own a total of 20 retail and spa locations worldwide.

The CityCenter 787-square-foot spa was designed by the founders themselves, and it will include a Beauty Barrel Bar for in-and-out quickie facials, scrubs, and massages, as well as a complete line up of Caudalie's signature Vinothereapie--treatments using spring water and elements of vines and grapes--services, such as the skintone-correcting Vinoperfect Radiance Facial or the anti-aging Premier Cru Facial.

Caudalie Boutique and Spa will be located at 953 Palmer Alley NW. Take a peek inside in the renderings below.

Posted at 12:55 PM/ET, 03/04/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
And other stylish happenings this weekend. By Angie Hilsman

Wine tasting and book signing with fashion photographer Nigel Barker

Enjoy both fashion and wine in a celebration of author and photographer Nigel Barker’s new book, Models of Influence. Barker, known for his work on America’s Next Top Model and The Face, will be available to sign your copy, while you indulge in small-production wines from around the world. Purchase the book with a complimentary wine tasting ($42.30) or a ticket for wine tasting only ($10) from Eventbrite. Space is limited. DCanter, 545 Eighth St., SE. Saturday, February 28, 1 to 4 PM.

Button up with Hugh & Crye

Stop by Logan Circle pop-up location to shop the personalized selection of local shirtmakers Hugh & Crye. Browse gentlemen’s dress shirts, blazers, ties, and even vintage accessories while the brand awaits the opening of its Navy Yard location. RSVP via Eventbrite. West Elm, 1728 14th St., NW. Friday, February 27, through Sunday, March 1, noon to 6 PM.

Sip and shop at the official launch of Shopaholic City

Online women’s boutique Shopaholic City hosts the official launch of its website with refreshments, music, and lightly worn designer and vintage pieces. Preview the consignment store’s spring and summer collection and purchase must-have items. RSVP for the free event. Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd., SE. Sunday, March 1, 3 to 6 PM.

Posted at 11:24 AM/ET, 02/27/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Love Claire Underwood’s look? It’s yours for the buying.  By Caroline Cunningham

If Washington’s bars seem somewhat emptier on Friday night than usual, there’s likely a good reason: Everyone is at home binge-watching season three of House of Cards. The Netflix original series, which will be released on Friday, has become an image of DC fashion, particularly through the character of Claire Underwood, with her black sheath dresses, five-inch heels, and always classy accessories.

Claire’s power look is one that many a Washington woman would like to find in her own wardrobe. That’s why websites like LookLive offer the option for viewers to “shop while you watch,” purchasing the exact pieces seen onscreen—or, if you can’t afford Claire’s $1,300 Yves Saint Laurent handbag, buy similar and “bargain” options from retailers such as Zara, Joe Fresh, and Ann Taylor.

LookLive announced on Wednesday that it will add the full season three wardrobe to its online stock right after airtime on Friday, adding to the portion of season two apparel already available. So enjoy the binge watching, and make sure you’ve got two laptops handy: one for streaming, another for shopping.

Posted at 10:29 AM/ET, 02/26/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
These wardrobe staples can be surprisingly tricky. DC Style Factory's Rosana Vollmerhausen shares how to nail the fit. By Caroline Cunningham
Image courtesy of DC Style Factory.

For Washington’s professional women, skirts are a wardrobe essential. But according to DC Style Factory founder Rosana Vollmerhausen, who spends her days auditing and filling the closets of men and women in the District, skirts also tend to be “the redheaded stepchild of any woman’s wardrobe.” That’s why Vollmerhausen has teamed up with Betsy Garcete of Zophia, a handmade “power skirt” company based in DC, to offer a skirt styling workshop on March 12.

As Vollmerhausen prepares for the workshop, Shop Around checked in to get her tips on what women should look for when buying and styling skirts.

1. Have your bases covered. “The classic skirts I have been putting in my clients’ closets are a black power pencil skirt in a fun texture like leather or faux leather, a neutral knee-length A-line skirt in a ponte fabric that skims your curves instead of hugs them like the pencil, and a three-season wool-blend pencil skirt in a color or easy-to-match pattern.”

2. Professional doesn’t have to mean boring. “An animal-print pencil skirt with a silky cream blouse, black blazer, and pumps still maintains that classic look, but the animal print adds interest. I also always try to put in clients' closets pencil skirts that are not black, but a rich red or teal or an interesting pattern to mix things up.”

3. You can make any skirt style work for your body type.

Petite frames: “You want your midi skirts to hit a bit below your knee but not go all the way to your calf, which will start to look a little sister-wife. You can wear maxis, but stick with a solid maxi instead of any bold prints that can overwhelm a petite frame, and always make sure the hemline is just so your toes peek out at the bottom.”

Curvier types: “You can wear pencil skirts. For wide hips, just wear with a top or jacket that hits at your hip, which will minimize and balance your curves. If you’re fuller around the middle, pair your pencil skirt with a wrap top, a cute jacket, or blouse that can be left untucked, and add a scarf or necklace to draw attention up.”

4. Stay on-trend. “Remember the statement necklace? Well, it’s all about the statement skirt this season. Whether wrapped, asymmetrical, embellished, or emblazoned with bold prints, these skirts are a great way to mix up your wardrobe."

5. If you go big, go home. One of the biggest mistakes women make is buying skirts that are too large. “Nothing off the rack is going to fit your body exactly the way it should. My clients will most often leave pencil skirts hanging below their waistline, which throws off your proportions so that your torso looks longer than your legs.”

Skirting the Issue. Betsy Fisher 1224 Connecticut Ave., NW. March 12, 5:30 to 8 PM.

Posted at 01:15 PM/ET, 02/25/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Marla Malcolm Beck’s products will soon be made available to 95 million households. By Caroline Cunningham
Image courtesy of Bluemercury.

Starting Wednesday, Bluemercury CEO Marla Malcolm Beck’s skin-care line will be made available to 95 million households via HSN. Beck created M-61 in 2010 in response to feedback from consumers looking for skin-care products made without any parabens, artificial fragrances, or sulfates.

HSN’s 24/7 curated retail channel will give M-61 a much bigger platform for the product. “With HSN, we will be able to reach an entirely new audience of women who are savvy about their beauty products, and know a great value when they see it,” said Beck in a press release.

In celebration of the launch, M-61 is also releasing brand new sets featuring the Hydraboost Eye, a cream that aims to reduce eye puffiness and fine lines; the Perfect Cleanse, a cleanser with mandarin orange and grapefruit; and the Hydraboost Cream and Serum moisturizers.

Posted at 04:04 PM/ET, 02/24/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
These business partners favor color coordination and pops of neon so they're easy to spot at packed events. By Caroline Cunningham
All photographs by Andrew Propp.

Who: Laura Ritchie, 31, and Megan Pollard, 34

Principal designers, Events in the City

What we do: “Our day-to-day work life is flexible and jam-packed all at the same time. We can be sitting behind a desk for eight hours answering e-mails, doing research, making calls, and requesting contracts—or we could be out on the town driving between site visits and lunch meetings, and then getting dolled up for a networking event. The majority of our events are held on the weekends, and they can be ten-plus-hour days with little downtime. Saturdays are our Mondays, and Mondays are our Mondays too!”

Our work style: “Having personal style that makes us feel confident and that represents us both as individuals and as a company is über-important. Megan has a boho-vintage twist to her classic separates, and she isn't afraid of a red lip or a good hat. Laura opts for more daring and wild patterned pieces mixed in with a great blazer and a statement necklace. Knowing that we will be photographed together or even looked at as a pair, its important to not match but at least complement each other. If one of us is in neon, the other might do a neutral with a neon accent. If one of us is doing a bright lip, the other may stray away from it that night.”

In our closet: “Being on our feet a lot has also made us major shoe hoarders. It’s not uncommon for us to start an event in slip-on metallic Vans, change to high heels for the ceremony and reception, and then end the night in hightop sneakers. I’ve even worn a bride's emerald green Louboutins because she was eyeing my black Ash sneakers and I could tell she was in major pain. Anything to make our clients happy!”

Meeting a Client

"We want to remain true to ourselves and comfortable while we are whipping up clever ideas and running between meetings with clients. Jeans, a great sweater, fun shoes, and a pop element like a statement necklace or big scarf totally do the trick here in DC."

Laura (left) wears a J.Crew sweater and statement necklace, Gap maternity jeans, and Urban Outfitters leopard-print booties. Megan is in a Target poncho, a fur stole she bought on eBay, Gap jeans, and Zara booties.

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Posted at 10:18 AM/ET, 02/23/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
The manicure technology of the future hits Friendship Heights. By Rina Rapuano
Photograph by Chad Stebbins.

Imagine walking into a nail salon ready to roll up your pants and have a good foot soak before a pedicure—only to look around and realize something is missing: the tubs. Yet tubs are exactly what you won’t find when you walk into Varnish Lane, a new nail salon that opens today in Friendship Heights that hopes “waterless” manicures and pedicures are the wave of the future.

Varnish Lane’s mani-pedis are done without submerging any body part in a water-filled tub or bowl. Instead, a technician softens calluses and cuticles with a series of creams and sprays and by wrapping hands and feet in hot towels. Fans of the technique tout it as a healthier experience.

Lauren Dunne and her mom, Carolyn, along with a third Varnish Lane partner, Charles Stebbins, claim there’s less risk of infection when nails are done without water soaks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency have both warned consumers in the past about infectious organisms that can lurk in improperly cleaned foot spas.

Still, the salon offers other perks: iPad Minis loaded with magazines at each of the ten chairs; some 500 polishes to choose from, including high-end brands such as Dior and Chanel in addition to Essie and OPI; and free Prosecco, coffee, and tea. First-time customers fill out a questionnaire that’s kept on file, so the nail techs can check before you sit down about whether you prefer your nails to be square or oval and if you favor unscented or lavender versions of the all-natural, locally made products they use. There’s also an app that allows users to make appointments.

Manicures range from $20 to $40, pedicures $40 to $55. The most expensive include a sugar scrub and paraffin treatment.

Varnish Lane. 5236 44th St., NW; 202-506-5308.

This article appears in the February 2015 issue of Washingtonian.

Posted at 01:02 PM/ET, 02/19/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
The latest cosmetic treatments and exercise tips that can transform your trouble spots. By Karina Giglio
Photograph of woman in bathing suit by Blend Images/Alamy.

Want bigger breasts but don’t want implants? How about a tighter tummy without liposuction?

New cosmetic treatments—many of them non-surgical—mean more options than ever for men and women who aren’t completely happy with their bodies.

Here are the latest, most effective, easiest, laziest—and sometimes craziest—procedures to transform trouble spots.

A Flatter Stomach

The midsection is prone to three frustrating but common conditions: excess fat, loose skin, and stretch marks. Some ways to address them, from most to least invasive:

Most Dramatic: Tucking It In

Only one procedure—a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty—can fix all three problems common to the belly. “It’s the only proven way to address fat, saggy skin and gaps between the abdominal muscles, which contribute to that bulging look,” says Rondi Walker, a plastic surgeon in DC. “But if you’re close to your ideal weight, have good skin tone, and just have some excess abdominal fat, you can get good results with liposuction, which only addresses the fat.”

Abdominoplasty costs $4,000 to $15,000, depending on the extent of the procedure, while lipo runs $5,000 to $10,500. With lipo, expect up to four weeks of recovery time versus up to eight for a tummy tuck (which also comes with a long horizontal scar along the bikini line).

The Non-Surgical Approach

For those who have less fat to remove—or are willing to trade dramatic results for an easier, less expensive option to lipo—a new procedure called Vanquish goes one step beyond non-invasive: It never touches your body. An applicator that hovers over the skin delivers radio-frequency (RF) energy that heats fat cells to 120 degrees, killing them.

The procedure is painless and can treat a larger area than most other RF devices. If you want to target the entire abdomen instead of just love handles, this procedure can do it.

“A patient can expect up to 60 percent of fat cells destroyed after four treatments,” says Nia Banks, a plastic surgeon in Lanham. “However, people who practice light to moderate exercise and maintain a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, have the best outcome.”

Four to six treatments are recommended, one to two weeks apart, to destroy fat cells permanently. Cost: $500 to $750 a session.

The Quick Fix

Loose abdominal skin—whether from aging, pregnancy, or weight loss—can prevent even the most toned abs from looking firm.

“Skin becomes less stretchy due to the gradual loss of collagen and elastin—like a tablecloth that is too big for the table,” says Chevy Chase dermatologist Tina West. “In the past, the only option was a tummy tuck, but you’d trade loose skin for a scar from hip to hip.”

In appropriate cases, West now recommends Ultherapy, an ultrasound procedure that stimulates collagen and elastin growth for two to three months following treatment, resulting in firmer skin. It’s the only non-invasive procedure approved by the Food and Drug Administration to lift skin that’s above the eyebrows, on the neck, under the chin, and on the décolletage, although it’s commonly used on other areas as well.

There’s no downtime, and treatment typically takes 30 to 90 minutes—just one session is needed for most patients. Those with too much excess skin might not be good candidates. Cost: $1,200 and up.

Fading Stretch Marks

A stretch mark is a scar in the skin, so it can be hard to treat. Dr. Banks says that fractional-laser treatments such as Fraxel and Fractional CO2 can stimulate collagen and elastic-fiber growth to fill them in and minimize their appearance. If the marks are pink or purplish, a laser can also diminish the color, making them less noticeable. Multiple treatments are usually required. Cost: $1,500 and up.

Prefer a less invasive approach? Some doctors recommend prescription tretinoin, or Retin-A, to fade stretch marks. It’s most effective when applied to fresh marks that are still pink or red.

Perkier Breasts

Washingtonians like big titles and big houses—but not big breasts, apparently. Women here who have work done tend to skew conservative (read: smaller) when it comes to implant size. “Women want to address sagging, the silhouette, the overall look—they’re looking for rejuvenation more than just augmentation,” says Navin Singh, a plastic surgeon with offices in McLean and Chevy Chase. “It’s about shaping as opposed to stuffing.” Here are the latest options:

The New Shape of Breast Implants

The big news in implants is that fake is going natural. “A more naturally sloped look is popular right now, especially with the new, shaped implants,” says Banks.

The idea is to appear bigger and perkier without announcing that you’ve had work done. Instead of the rounder, fuller look (and added cleavage) of traditional implants, “teardrop” versions are tapered to mimic the silhouette of an actual breast. Mentor MemoryShape silicone implant has been dubbed the “gummy bear” because it’s filled with thicker gel and maintains its shape longer than traditional implants. Allergan’s Natrelle 410 implants are designed to be softer so they feel more, well, real. The surgery is very similar to what’s done for rounder counterparts, but the price is a bit higher: $6,000 and up.

Bigger Breasts Without Implants

If you want to go up only about one cup size and prefer not to have implants, fat grafting is an option. Assuming you have enough extra fat in another part of the body, a surgeon can remove it from, say, the stomach, by liposuction, and use it to plump up your breasts.

Unlike implants, fat is a natural filler, so you’re not introducing a foreign substance into the body. There’s minimal scarring, as opposed to the larger scars of traditional augmentation surgery. It also eliminates the need to replace an implant later.

“Typically, 30 to 40 percent of the fat will be safely absorbed and flushed by the body, but the rest will survive permanently,” says Dr. Singh. “If a woman likes how her breasts looked when she was pregnant or breastfeeding, this gives the same effect of filling out the bra in a more natural-looking way—and of course, the feel is soft since every woman’s breasts are typically 70 to 80 percent fat.” Cost: $6,000 to $7,000.

One-Night Boobs

If buying a sexy new dress and a cleavage-hoisting bra isn’t enough to get you through your high-school reunion or an ex’s wedding, you can essentially rent implants for the night. InstaBreast is a procedure that involves injecting the breasts with a saline solution that plumps them up the same way an implant would. Originally developed so women could figure out what size they wanted before making a surgical commitment, it’s now being chosen by some women who want a Cinderella moment—and are willing to pay $2,500.

Alas, much like Cinderella, you’ll have to watch the clock as your boobs turn into the opposite of pumpkins. “Saline absorbs very quickly, so you’re not looking at 24 hours—within an hour, your breasts will start to deflate,” says Singh, who considers the procedure a gimmick. “They’re a great choice for a supermodel who needs to get through a photo shoot, but that’s about it.”

Side effects may include bruising at the injection site and lots of trips to the ladies’ room as the saline leaves the body through urine. Stretch marks may also appear if the skin is significantly stretched.

Possible good news: The inventor of InstaBreast is said to be developing an injectable solution that will last two to three weeks.

The Exercise Option for "Lifting" Breasts

You can also perk up your breasts by doing specific weightlifting exercises that help improve posture.

Cheryl Davis, a certified personal trainer in Alexandria, recommends push-ups, pull-ups, seated cable rows, and exercises that target the lower back to give a lifted appearance. She doesn’t suggest doing chest presses on a flat bench. “If you’re doing flat-bench or decline chest presses”—in which the bench is tilted so your head is below your waist—“it’s likely to flatten the part of the breast where you’d want fullness,” says Davis.

For working the chest, she says, stick to incline bench presses. Position the top part of a weight bench at a 30-degree incline. Lie back and put your elbows at a 90-degree angle, in line with your shoulders. Press up-ward with the dumbbells—use a weight that’s challenging—and push them slightly over your head instead of straight up over your chest. Bring your hands back down, and complete three sets of 10 to 12 reps with 90 seconds of rest between each set.

Shapely Behinds

Blame Kim Kardashian. Enlarging the backside is now an increasingly requested cosmetic surgery—though there are other ways to get a lift.

Most Dramatic: No Butts About It

One way to fill out a flat or saggy posterior is a Brazilian Butt Lift. Performed on its own or with buttock implants, it provides double benefits: A surgeon removes unwanted fat from elsewhere in the body (commonly the hips, thighs, or belly) and uses that fat to smooth, shape, and elevate the derriere.

“Unless you’re very thin, you can get a lot more volume with fat transfer as opposed to implants, and the results are excellent when performed on someone with flat buttocks,” says Banks.

The procedure is lengthy—two to three hours—because the relocated fat needs to be put in drop by drop so it can survive. Expect bruising and swelling plus four to six weeks of wearing a compression garment. Cost: $8,000 to $10,000.

The Exercise Option for a Shaplier Bottom

A round, lifted rear requires targeting all three of the main glute muscles, preferably at the same time. “Squats and lunges of all kinds—using a barbell or dumbbells, wide or narrow stance, deep, partial, and plyometric—are all great for shaping the butt,” says trainer Cheryl Davis.

Her favorite lunge is a walking dumbbell lunge with a single-leg deadlift. Start by standing in a neutral position holding a dumbbell in each hand. Lunge forward with the right foot, placing most of the weight in that heel, then bend both knees until they form 90-degree angles. At the bottom of the lunge, squeeze through the glutes to return to standing, then shift the weight into the right foot, keeping the knee straight. Lift the left leg off the ground while lowering the dumbbells and torso toward the ground until the upper body is parallel to the floor. Return to standing and repeat on the other leg. Davis suggests three sets of ten reps on each leg, using a weight heavy enough to make the last two reps on each leg a challenge.

Toned Legs

Although there are still few cosmetic treatments available to sculpt legs, these are some options for thighs, knees, and calves:

Worth the Shot?

A gold standard of fat removal continues to be laser-assisted liposuction, but there’s a new—albeit controversial—injectable that’s reported to dissolve fatty bulges in the legs, stomach, hips, and back. Aqualyx contains desoxycholan acid, a bile acid similar to what the liver naturally produces to aid the digestion of fat. The substance locks onto fat-cell walls and forces the cell to release stored fatty acid, which is then metabolized by the body.

If you’re generally fit but have spots of stubborn fat, such as outer-thigh bulges, Aqualyx can be injected into these areas, often combined with a local anesthetic such as lidocaine for a more comfortable experience. The treatment is relatively painless—patients feel a warm sensation, some itching, and slight burning. Expect some swelling and redness for one to three days.

“Most people need three to five sessions, at four-week intervals, to see a change,” says Banks. “But it depends on the size of the fat deposit, and every individual will have their own response to the solution.”

Not everyone is a fan. “Because it is injected subcutaneously, Aqualyx isn’t well controlled as to how far it diffuses, and I see the potential for areas of skin depressions,” says plastic surgeon Rondi Walker.

The procedure is said to be popular in England (where it costs the equivalent of $400 to $600), but it’s just hitting the United States and is not FDA-approved.

Quick and Easy

Age, sun exposure, and years of wear and tear can cause the skin on your legs to sag.

“Ironically, the more toned and fit you are, the more the skin on the upper thighs hangs, because there’s less fat to fill it out and support it,” West says.

Ultherapy, the ultrasound procedure, was recently shown to provide significant tightening of the skin on thighs, with improvements that continue for up to six months. A recent study also showed dramatic tightening in the knee area. Cost: $2,000 to $3,500.

Fake It

The easiest way to make legs look younger? Use both a moisturizer and a bronzer—darker, hydrated legs appear firmer.

One product to try is Murad Body Firming Cream ($45), with vitamin C, soy, and shea butter. We can’t say we saw a 40-percent increase in firmness within 15 minutes of applying it (as the brand claims its studies show), but there was definitely an improvement. Maximize the effect by applying an imperfection-covering bronzer such as Lorac TANtalizer Body Bronzing Spray ($32), which offers streak-free color.

Sculpted Arms

As more celebrities sport buff arms, the number of upper-arm lifts, or brachioplasties, has risen by more than 4,000 percent since the year 2000, from around 300 to more than 15,000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. But surgery isn’t the only way to get toned arms.

The Big Fix: Clipping “Bat wings”

Upper arms are yet another area where we’d all be better off with thicker skin. Combine thin skin with age-related muscle loss—plus the fact we don’t use our triceps often during day-to-day activities—and you can develop dreaded “bat wings.”

When a large weight loss has left a lot of excess skin, you can’t get rid of that no matter how often you hit the gym. “A brachioplasty is the only way to reshape the underside of sagging upper arms due to excess skin and fat,” says Banks. The downside: The scar is noticeable—running from elbow to armpit. Cost: $5,000 to $7,700.

When arm jiggle is due more to fat than to loose skin, some physicians recommend ultrasonic or laser-assisted liposuction, which liquefies and removes excess fat—and may tighten skin by heating the tissue. Cost: $4,000 to $8,000 for both arms.

Quicker, Easier Options for Arms

For those with a mild to moderate amount of bothersome arm fat, CoolSculpting, an FDA-cleared process, freezes fat cells to eliminate them without causing damage to surrounding cells or tissue. While it reduces fatty tissue by about 20 percent, it won’t improve skin laxity. Results are visible within three weeks but most drastic after two months. Cost: $3,000 for both arms.

If the issue isn’t fat but a bit of jiggly skin, some doctors recommend Ultherapy ultrasound treatments (mentioned previously for firming loose belly skin). Radio-frequency options such as PelleFirm and Protégé Elite can also be used on arms to tighten skin; they use heat to stimulate collagen production. Ultherapy requires one treatment (at about $2,000) for both arms; the RF procedures require three to four treatments, two weeks apart ($400 to $500 each).

Fake It

For a mild, temporary skin-tightening effect available over the counter, it’s hard to beat Bliss Fatgirlslim Armcandy ($38). The product, applied with a massage applicator, includes lactic acid (which exfoliates smooth skin) and caffeine (which the company claims helps firm and tone).

The Exercise Option for Toning Arms

To sculpt arms, says personal trainer Cheryl Davis, you have to work the muscles both in front (biceps) and back (triceps). She suggests performing two exercises back to back, with no rest in between: incline bicep curls and overhead arm extensions.

Start with an incline bicep curl: Stand with your back against a wall, holding dumbbells down at your sides. Next, walk your feet forward so that only your back is against the wall and the rest of your body is at a 45-degree angle. Curl both dumbbells up, keeping your elbows and upper arms against your sides. Squeeze your biceps at the top of the movement, then return the dumbbells to the starting position. Repeat 15 times.

For the overhead arm extension, stand up straight and hold one dumbbell in both hands directly over your head. Slowly lower the dumbbell toward the back of your head, as if you’re trying to touch your shoulder blades. Return the dumbbell to the starting position, squeezing through your triceps once the dumbbell is directly overhead. Repeat 15 times. After a brief rest, perform two more sets of both exercises.

This article appears in the February 2015 issue of Washingtonian.

Posted at 08:00 AM/ET, 02/19/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
One trend they all agree on: Fringe is here to stay. By Caroline Cunningham
Photograph by Meaghan Moynahan.

Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week wraps up tomorrow, which means that for the past week, Washington has been devoid of many of its faithful style bloggers. Shop Around caught up with a few of those who made the trip up to a frigid, snowy New York to get their take on trends and collections they’re loving.

Meaghan Moynahan of District Sparkle

A couple of looks from Banana Republic’s collection. Photograph by Meaghan Moynahan.

“My favorite looks for the cooler months are always a black/gray/white palette that play with texture. This was seen a lot in different shows: Rebecca Minkoff, Noon by Noor, Lacoste, Mark and Estel, Banana (their first Fashion Week presentation ever). Fringe is also coming back in a big way. Rebecca Minkoff played with it extremely well in her fall/winter 2015 collection, and I can't wait to get my hands on one of her camel suede fringe jackets!”

Alison Coglianese of Ally Cog

A Nicholas K look on the runway. Photograph by Alison Coglianese.

“I loved Nicholas K—it speaks to my edgy side with lots of leather detailing and moody colors. Faux fur is back in a big way for fall and winter 2015. This has been a favorite of mine for the past few seasons, but now we're seeing different colors, textures, and patterns incorporated into it as well. Think the 1960s and '70s, which seemed to inspire many of the collections. You can also expect to see lots of black and white with pops of deep pinks, purples, and reds."

Sarah Philips of 52 Thursdays

Mustard monochromatic look in Ready to Fish’s runway show. Photograph by Sarah Philips.

"We saw a ton of the minimalist trend on the runways, which we are huge fans of. We also saw tons of fur jackets and stoles, pieces with '70s vibes, Victorian blouses, and over-the-knee boots. It looks like fringe is sticking around for at least one more season, as it pretty much showed up in every show. Metallic bomber jackets were huge, and monochromatic ensembles were popular yet again.”

Cheralee Lyle of Miss Lyle Style

Plenty of fringe from Sally LaPointe. Photograph by Cheralee Lyle.

“During a freezing Fashion Week, designers like Tadashi Shoji and Alice + Olivia brought some excitement and royal opulence to the tents.”

Posted at 01:34 PM/ET, 02/18/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()