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This spring, the Food and Drug Administration approved Kybella, an injectable deoxycholic-acid treatment designed to eliminate “submental fat”—known to the rest of us as a double chin (or an "at-risk chin," as Amy Schumer says in her interview on Ellen, below.)

Cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists say Kybella is easier and less invasive than liposuction or surgery, previously the only options to get rid of chin fat.

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Posted at 10:29 AM/ET, 11/17/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Sophie Blake tells you how to wear this season's bold baubles. By Caroline Cunningham
Blake's favorite shops are Redeem on 14th Street and Take 5 Boutique in the Mosaic district. She also loves local designer DeNada for winter knits. Photograph by Oriana Layendecker.

More art than accessory, Sophie Blake’s structured jewelry fits right in with the minimalist look of fall fashion. We asked the Fairfax designer—whose wares are available at the Sophie Blake store in Merrifield’s Mosaic district—how to wear the season’s architectural baubles.

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Posted at 06:00 AM/ET, 11/03/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Jewelry designer Sophie Blake's home studio, filled with gold baubles. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

1. Sarah Magid hoop earrings, $148 at

2. Dannijo “Veda” collar necklace, $245 at

3. “Sparkle Edge” bangle, $40 at Banana Republic.

4. “Sawyer” gold-tone watch, $895 at Tory Burch.

5. Pearl spike ring, $29 at

6. 14-karat gold ear cuff, $575 at

7. Crisscross cuff, $30 at South Moon Under.

8. Rebecca Minkoff “Jewelry Box” threader earrings, $48 at Nordstrom.

9. Lele Sadoughi moonstone cuff, $55 rental at

10. Matterial Fix “Incan” stud earrings, $32 at

11. Adriana Orsini “Twiggy” ring, $85 at

12. “Ophelia” ring, $85 at Sophie Blake New York (Mosaic district).

This article appears in our November 2015 issue of Washingtonian.

Posted at 01:09 PM/ET, 10/27/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Three local PR gurus share their secret stash of emergency makeup, shoes, and snacks. By Caroline Cunningham

For those who work in fashion or hospitality PR in Washington, the office-to-cocktail hour transition is something they accomplish on the daily. Days spent at the office coordinating guest lists or running around town making last-minute preparations for events may be followed by everything from hosting fashion icon Andre Leon Talley at the French Ambassador’s residence to welcoming Mayor Muriel Bowser at the new Shinola store opening to coordinating DKNY PR Girl Aliza Licht’s book signing at a fashion show.

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Posted at 12:38 PM/ET, 10/15/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Guidance on what to wear in DC as the temps start dropping. By Ryan Weisser
Julien Garman wearing an Alice+Olivia embellished jacket and feather skirt. Photograph by Jen Eun.

Going from summer to fall tends to be tricky. The weather goes back and forth between sweltering hot days and chilly mornings, and your office still feels like a walk-in freezer. Add in the fact that fashion rules are increasingly being broken, and you're left standing in front of your closet perplexed as how to put together an outfit that "works."

Julien Garman from It's Julien breaks it down for us. She goes over how to mix summer and fall color palettes, how to rock new fall trends, and how to make your pretty summer staples last through the season.

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Posted at 12:06 PM/ET, 09/16/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
7 tips for surviving July and August. By Sarah Zlotnick
Photograph by OJO Images/Alamy.

August may not deserve its bad rap—2014 saw Washington’s fewest 90-degrees-and-above days in a decade—but you wouldn’t know it from stepping outside. This final stretch of sticky summer is typically an uncomfortable, uninspiring time for workplace attire. Simplify what it takes to look polished with some easy ideas.

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Posted at 06:00 AM/ET, 07/27/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
The lifestyle and travel blogger has been to 24 countries and counting. By Caroline Cunningham

Photographs by Jeff Elkins.

Your blog,, shows you all over the globe.

The travel bug bit me a few years back when my husband was attached to a military unit in Europe. After many deployments spent apart, I was able to spend three months with him in Europe in 2013. We made it to 15 countries that summer, an experience I will hold close to my heart always.

Where else have you been?

I’ve visited 24 countries in total. I still have so many places I want to see, but Tahiti is at the top of my list.

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Posted at 08:00 AM/ET, 07/09/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Tips from fashion blogger Julien Garman on how to beat muggy summer days. By Ryan Weisser
A lightweight trench is your go-to item. Photograph by Jen Eun.

In Washington, it’s hard not to break a sweat in the summer. High humidity and hot temperatures make the heat inescapable. Add in summer rain storms, and you become a hot, sweaty mess.

To avoid fashion mishaps—sweat-stained blouses, wet feet, and ruined leather handbags—It's Julien fashion blogger Julien Garman shared her steadfast style tips to stay dry and fashionable on rainy summer days.

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Posted at 10:28 AM/ET, 06/09/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
This Chevy Chase mom knows how to mix name-brand splurges with designer steals. By Kate Bennett
Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

“Fashion makes me feel alive,” says Andrea Rinaldi, a New Jersey native, wife, and mother of two whose Chevy Chase closet could rival that of any socialite. “What woman doesn’t like to look and feel amazing?” True—but most women aren’t able to shop at boutiques with names like Dior, Chanel, Valentino, and Hermès.

“Coco Chanel once said, ‘A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous,’ ” says Rinaldi, who is married to dentist Peter Rinaldi. While she admits to indulging in splurges, one thing she isn’t buying is the notion that great looks can coexist only with big price tags. “You can dress up any outfit with a fantastic bag, gorgeous shoes, and a bunch of pearls. DC is a classy town—you need the pearls.”

Asked what she’d save if she had three minutes before her closet exploded, Rinaldi goes with some basics (“my white V-neck Hanes T-shirts and my Frame denim”) and some not-so-basics (“my Hermès Evelyne PM cross-body bag, my Dolce & Gabbana pantsuit, and all of my cashmere”).

What we admire about Renaldi is her complete ownership of her showy style. “Anyone can be fashionable in Washington,” she says. “It just takes the right ensemble.”

This article appears in our March 2015 issue of Washingtonian.

Posted at 09:00 AM/ET, 03/10/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
The two sisters love a good bargain and know where to find one. By Kate Bennett
Natalie Pinto, left, and sister Erika Pinto, right. All photographs by Jeff Elkins.

“There’s a coolness to being fashionably late, so we were like, be fashionably broke in that effortless, I-don’t-care, I-just-am spirit,” says Natalie Pinto, 27, of the theory behind the Fashionably Broke, a blog she writes with her sister, Erika, 24. “It means buy whatever—the $500 Alexander Wang jacket or the $12 T.J. Maxx T-shirt. You might not be able to buy groceries that week, but at least you’re fashionably broke.”

The sisters do love a deal—whether at discounters T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, chic budget chains such as Zara and Forever 21, or at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale. “I love the Topshop section at Nordstrom,” Natalie says. “It makes on-trend bargain shopping so much easier."

The duo—whose blog is nearly four years old—has 9,000-plus Instagram followers, who peek in to see what Natalie (whose day job is social-media marketing) and Erika (who handles sales for a start-up and is earning her master’s in special education) are wearing, coveting, and finding.

The sisters, who live in Virginia—Natalie in Falls Church, Erika in Arlington—cite the Olsen twins as inspiration. “That dumpster-chic look—so good,” says Natalie. “We mix high and low. Fashion is all of that. It’s whatever you love.”

What Natalie Is Wearing: Ted Baker blazer, $89, and Herve Leger T-shirt, $55, found at Current Boutique; Topshop wet-look leggings, $40 at Nordstrom; Via Spiga “Corene” boots, $173 from Nordstrom; faux-crocodile bag, $42 from South Moon Under.

What Erika Is Wearing: Chelsea28 sweater, $60 from Nordstrom; faux-leather skirt, $25 from Forever 21; Steve Madden booties, $80 from Nordstrom Rack; Pour la Victoire “Bijou” bag, $120 from T.J. Maxx.

Prices are what the sisters paid, often on sale or consignment; exact items may not still be available.

Get Their Look

1. “Kelly” padded skirt by Story of Lola, at Topshop ($85) 2. “Carolyn” cutout bootie by BCBGeneration, at Nordstrom ($128.95) 3. Off-the-shoulder sweater, at Forever 21 ($24.90) 4. Zodiac-sign tees, at Topshop ($50) 5. “Tina” bag by Danielle Nicole, at South Moon Under ($39.95) 6. Calf-leather skirt by Elie Tahari, at Current Boutique ($375.99, originally $1,198) 7. Leggings with leather accents, at T.J. Maxx ($29.99) 8. Hopsack peak-lapel blazer, at Gant ($595)

This article appears in the January 2015 issue of Washingtonian.

Posted at 11:13 AM/ET, 01/16/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()