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New To You - The Chic Boutique is a luxury designer consignment boutique located in Northern Virginia. Established in 1992,  buy and sell genuine designer purses, clothing, jewelry, shoes, scarves and accessories. We believe that Fashion is Fun and just love quality and style. Shop online or in our brick and mortar store.

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Our blog offers updates, inspirations, and ideas on the latest fashion news and newest consignment arrivals. Occasionally, we go on an adventure, visit a restaurant that we enjoy or we might run into an art gallery to see the latest display of current art work. We offer a nice little mix of tidbits from A-Z. 

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Christina Novak

JUDITH LEIBER

Known globally for her bejeweled handbags and minaudieres, Judith Leiber is the leading designer in evening clutches. Adored by many for her whimsical and dreamy sensibility, Judith Leiber year after year produces a "menagerie of dogs and cats, turtles, fish and real shells, as well as tiny suitcases, books and folding fans; fruit, vegetables, and eggs. Collectors find these treasures irresistible. They are witty little sculptures, appealing objects of adornment."*


Some of Judith Leiber's endless inspiration comes from the past. An avid history buff, Judith often pulls ideas for bags from museum visits and libraries. 

 Bronze and gold crystal book clutch, 1991; Tutankhamen monkey head pill case, 1989; Buddha pill case 1987

Bronze and gold crystal book clutch, 1991; Tutankhamen monkey head pill case, 1989; Buddha pill case 1987

"A wearable, collectible art form, Judith Leiber bags are coveted by celebrities and socialites and are in the permanent collections of such museums as the Smithsonian Institution and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York."Judith Leiber, The Artful Handbag

While she does produce up to 6 new collections a year, she still has her favorites she prefers to re-introduce in new patterns and colors. Cats and eggs are among these, in varying sizes. 

"Judith Leiber never tires of designing handbags. Each new idea is a delight and each new bag triggers further variations, new directions. "Here is the leopard and pattern on an egg. Have I shown you our new Humpty Dumpty?" She tells me proudly, "Now we are doing the tomato in orange and it will be a pumpkin! We are a crazy bunch!" - Dorothy Globus, Director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute

 Sleeping cat pill case 1984, Emerald, purple and gold Egg clutch

Sleeping cat pill case 1984, Emerald, purple and gold Egg clutch

Leiber's more intricately designed clutches involve several steps, performed in several different countries. A wax mold is sculpted in the US, sent to Italy to make a brass mold, sent to England for a leather lining, then sent back to the US for the final hand painting and crystal application. 

 Beckoning cat clutch 1994, polar bear pill case, ombre pill case 

Beckoning cat clutch 1994, polar bear pill case, ombre pill case 

 

"Her incomparable handbags truly merit the appellation of museum quality. Sensuous and tatile, they ask to be picked up." - Judith Leiber: The Artful Handbag 

Rings on Her Fingers....

Christina Novak

I asked Kiersten Rolla, recent graduate from University and professional Expressionist painter what her favorite fashion accessory is.

Q.You recently graduated from University with a degree in Fine Art. Congratulations!  How are you utilizing your degree?

A. I am exploring abstract landscapes and continuing with my portraiture work which is my first artistic painting passion. My art allows me to find different ways to examine emotions from meaningful intimate moments to the feeling of awe inspired by a beautiful view.

 This is at an exhibit with one of my paintings called Unspoken Language - Rhiana, Kiersten and Christina

This is at an exhibit with one of my paintings called Unspoken Language - Rhiana, Kiersten and Christina

Q. What other artistic endeavors are you exploring?

A. I am trying my hand at jewelry making. I love big, natural stones and working with wire and leather.

Q. What is your favorite fashion accessory?

A. Rings, rings and more rings!

Q. When did you fall in love with rings?

A. When I was 16 is when I really discovered rings. I never wore much jewelry before that. I would go to the mall and poke around and one day I found this ring with a cool design and a little pearl and I just had to have it. From then on I was always looking for unique rings.

 "I picked up this Tree of Life ring at a craft fair in Shepherdstown, W.V. and I loved it because of all the small details - inside and out.

"I picked up this Tree of Life ring at a craft fair in Shepherdstown, W.V. and I loved it because of all the small details - inside and out.

Q. Do you have a favorite ring? 

A. Before I was 21 I had a malachite ring that I found in a shop in Ashville, North Carolina that I loved. I wore it all the time with everything.

Q. Have you given rings to someone as a present?

A. Not really, but I have been given special rings - (Kiersten smiles when she says this) - My parents gave me my birthstone, blue topaz, for Christmas a few years ago.  I also received another special ring recently.

 The little red one I also picked up in Shepherdstown, WV at an antique store.

The little red one I also picked up in Shepherdstown, WV at an antique store.

Q. Do you feel that you have "enough" rings?

A. Never!

 I spotted these at New To You and they had to be mine.

I spotted these at New To You and they had to be mine.

Q. Do you have a favorite designer?

A. Yes, Alexis Bittar is my favorite ring designer because his rings make such a big, bold statement.

Q. Do you have any rings that got away?

A. Oh, yes, when I was in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, I found a buffalo turquoise ring in a natural stone store. I fell in love with it but it was way too expensive for me. I used to go in to visit it but in never became mine.

Q. What is your favorite ring now?

A. My engagement ring!! I became engaged just a few weeks ago to my boyfriend of five years, Sam. 

Q. Tell me about it, please,

A. Sam designed it himself; I had no idea that he was doing it. The stones are set in platinum with engraving on the sides which is Art Deco inspired. My fiance did it all on his own, he designed it,  including the engraved decoration on the sides. We are so happy!!!


When Local Art Inspires Fashion...

Christina Novak

Artwork by Jean Sausele Knodt

Coral Top by Alice and Olivia (Size S) $45.50| Olive Slacks by Patterson J Kinkaid (Size S) $24.50| Gray and Cream Wedges by Rebecca Minkoff (Size 9) $79.50| Kate Spade Brown Clutch $55.50

Artwork by Jodi Walsh

Gray and White Dress by Kay Unger (Size 12) $89.50 |Alice and Olivia Grey Pumps (Size 9) $115.50| Grey "Mother of Pearl" Clutch $65.50

Artwork by Gian Garofalo

Multi-colored Coat by Coach (Size S) $109.50 | Multi-colored Bag by Paul Smith $395.50

Artwork by Sondra Arkin

Blue and white Stretch Dress by Anthropologie (Size S) $48.50| Black Wrap by Deletta (Size M) $22.80| Black Heels with Ribbon Bow Ties by White House/Black Market (Size 8) $43.50| Black Clutch by HOBO $52.50

Artwork by Mike Weber

 

Artwork by Mike Weber

 

Brown, Cream and Gold Top by Parker $34.00| Jeans by Mother $60.50| Woven Platform Heels by Prada $335.50| Vintage Eel Skin Clutch $28.50

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Cream Sweater by Sleeping on Snow $55.00| Cream tank by Calvin Klein $19.50| Slacks by | Shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti $160.50| Bag by Cole Haan $160.50

Artwork by Jodi Walsh

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Dress by Juicy Couture $58.50| Red trench Coat with Belt by Insight (Size 4) $43.50| Shoes by Dolce Vita $34.80| Bag by Kooba $179.50

Vivienne Westwood - Mad for Plaid

Christina

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There is something about this bag that drives me mad and it's not just that it's plaid. The vibrant color combinations are striking and yet somehow soothing to me. It reminds me  of the plaid, wool blanket my mother kept in the trunk of the car, just in case we were traveling and needed to stop for a bite. With a picnic packed, we would dine alfresco en route to visiting cousins upstate. Vivienne's color choices are a bit more radical that our trunk blanket but nonetheless I love it. The fire engine red patent adds just the perfect touch.

Have you heard about the Scout Guide? - Northern Virginia - Launch Party

Christina

The Scout Guide of Northern Virginia had it's launch party on Wednesday at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria and it was a blast. We made a lot of new friends, had fun supporting local businesses, took a few photographs and just enjoyed ourselves. If you get a chance pick up one of the new guides as there are lots of great shops and services listed. You can have your home interior designed and updated by Decorium Design of Alexandria, (www.decoriumhome.com) or seek advice on proper etiquette and your personal image by Agents in Style.  You can also plan a special event with Events in the City, (www.eventsinthecitydc.com)  which are now celebrating their one year anniversary.  If you are looking for a great floral arrangement, look no further than  The Evergreen (www.evergreenfloralgroup.com) for elegant, one of a kind creations. Planning a party and need a caterer? Go to A Thyme and Place for any occasion large or small, their menu sounds so delicious, (www.athymeandplace.com). And be sure to plan a visit to Stylish Patina (www.stylishpatina.com) for adorable home décor, furniture, chalk paint and more. The guide is filled with such a great variety of interesting and useful businesses that it makes this little entrepreneur's heart very happy. I know small businesses are the back-bone of America!!  

 

Events in the City

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Bartender

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Hermes

Christina

How do I love Hermes? Let me count the ways... I love them  because their attention to detail is so fantastic, their quality is unsurpassed, I love that they don't have different levels of quality as excellence is their standard. This sweet little enamel bracelet has riders going round and round with the occasional rider waving to the one behind  them.We also have details of three wonderful scarves designed by Badie, Faivre, and Vauzelles.

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Fun in Falls Church

Christina

Kendra and I came up with a guideline for spending a day hanging out with your friends in Falls Church. We chose a four-block area to highlight as a sample; of course, there is a lot more to Falls Church than just this small area but it's a good place to start. Supporting small business aka The Backbone of America is the way to go!! Below is a map listing store web sites, addresses and information. Come and visit us soon. Thank you.