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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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Adversity to Contentment

Christina Novak

You know how sometimes things go on in your life that throw you off center? It comes upon you suddenly; one minute you are bustling along being your usual efficient self, running a million errands, working hard, enjoying friends and family and then BAM! a doctor says something like, we see a little something and need to run some tests etc. Sigh, for a period of time your life turns upside down and you lose a bit of your usual zest. 

This is what happened to one of our favorite people, Elise. As she was having a routine mammogram, Elise was told that there were some concerns and she would have to have a biopsy, and ultimately surgery and radiation. Of course, everyone rallied around and offered all the support that they could.

On her first visit to have the radiation, Elise was told to change into one of the provided gowns which were kept in a closet. Already feeling out of sorts, she was really depressed by what she saw; a stack of dull, faded looking grey gowns. Her feeling was, Good Lord, here I am having to deal with the unwelcome and frightening need for radiation and now I am supposed to put on something that is so bland and ugly that now I feel "sick, like a patient".

Elise made a decision: "I am not wearing these ugly hospital gowns anymore!"

Now, some people don't care about clothing, or style, or color but our lovely Elise does - a lot! So, being the sort of woman that she is, Elise decided to create her own gowns to wear for radiation. She had this delightful, bright, printed day dress that belonged to her mother in the 1970's and that was the inspiration for the gowns that she developed. 

 Here is the original inspiration for the Glam Gown that was her fashionable mother's tunic from the 1970's. 

Here is the original inspiration for the Glam Gown that was her fashionable mother's tunic from the 1970's. 

The Glam Gown is brilliant because it is short and easy to wear over your leggings or slacks, it gives you a waist as you can pull the grosgrain ribbon to your own comfort level, very easy to "peel" down due to the wrap style, it is also easy care,  100% cotton, washable, non-iron and most important - the Glam Gown is a mood elevator!

Oh, the Glam Gown is totally functional as you have pockets for your phone, keys and lip gloss. The fabric is not flimsy so you don't feel exposed. 

All of the gowns have been named after cancer survivors -- Jane's Power Pink, Betsy's Bold Blue, and Ruthanne's Grateful Garden. Each batch is a short run of a pattern, so once the design runs out - that's it and new colors and designs will be produced. 

They end up being the perfect gift for a friend or such that is going through a life changing event that you want to help out in some way but you just don't know what to do.  You can find these to purchase at http://www.golisey.com

 Men's Guy Gown - A longer gown for men has been made for illness such as prostate cancer, leukemia or kidney transplant  

Men's Guy Gown - A longer gown for men has been made for illness such as prostate cancer, leukemia or kidney transplant  

There is a Plus Size Glammier Gown in the works now! Also, Glamdana's, which will be marvelous head wraps, and of course, the Guy Gown which will have a D-ring belt instead of the grosgrain.

Please help to spread the word about these great gowns - as we all appear to know someone these days that is going through a traumatic event with their health and could use a pick-me-up.

Elise recently got the all clear from her doctors and is celebrating her new found health by doing her best to bring color and a positive attitude to others in need. 

These gowns would also be delightful for a daycare provider, cook, gardener, or a painter!

Southern charm and cameos

Christina Novak

I was meeting my good friend, JB, for a birthday celebration and I found that her entire ensemble was romantic and almost, other-worldly. I marveled in her ability to take different pieces, blend them together and make something so uniquely her. Every piece was purchased separately, yet auto-magically :) became an amazing cohesive outfit.

JB said that she added the button detail herself because she felt it needed just a little something else. Luckily she was able to find her box full of vintage buttons and cleverly attached a couple of them to the edge of the under slip.

Marie Antoinette, herself, would have approved  of this adorable outfit down to the ivory stocking and white, leather Mary-Jane's.

So what is missing? Jewelry, of course! Jewelry acts like the icing on a cake. One might say, "Let them eat cake!" But, I digress....JB chose to wear some very pretty cameo jewelry to be her icing on this special occasion. 

Cameo's are such beautiful works of art and I am astounded by how intricate some of them are.

We dined at Sea Pearl at The Mosaic with a group of friends and celebrated with copious amounts of white wine and good cheer. The food was delicious and we all had a marvelous time. JB helped to set the fashionable tone to the birthday celebration - I can't wait to see what she comes up with next time.

Bananas

Christina

image It's so much fun to find a new shop that doesn't look like all the other stores. I was in Providence Rhode Island a few days ago and wanted to check out a shop called Bananas. I follow Lizzy on Instagram with her moniker  theconnoisseurofcute and I was intrigued enough hunt her shop down and pop in for a visit. Well, Lizzy is adorable and so is her shop.

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Not everyone can pull off a Snow White dress but she  can. I have always loved Disney myself so it was great fun to see her dress. The rest of her store was just as cute as she and the boutique is filled with great pieces of trendy jewelry and pretty clothing. I bought myself a paper doll necklace that comes with four frocks!

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And a turquoise Nancy Drew tee shirt featuring the Case of the Twisted Candle. The next time you are in the Providence area stop into Bananas on Broadway or visit her on-line store www.shop-bananas.com

Summer Simplicity

Christina

It's hot outside and you're feeling nautical. So you want something that is simple yet fun and most important comfortable. This J. Crew navy blue and cream striped cotton dress is perfect.  With an anchor detail, as well as side zips, in case you want to wear it as a tunic instead of a dress; you will look calm and collected as well as classy.

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We also have this adorable belt with all these different,  multi-colored flags embroidered on fabric with a navy ground and double silver rings for adjusting.

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Little red ballet flats by Michael Kors add to the comfort factor and with that little splash of color.

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To put the cherry on top, I love this dolphin ring in 14k yellow gold with little tiny diamonds that makes quite a splash.

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Getting the most out of your wardrobe

Christina

74612_10151348260339731_1487872728_nSometimes we forget that by splitting up an "outfit" we can end up with countless ways to express ourselves. New looks are created by changing out the shoes for boots, the sweater for a blouse, or the pencil skirt for a pair of skinny jeans. This Burberry suit is really versatile even though you might think that the rich pink is too distinctive. A tan, black and white blouse paired with a great pair of jeans is delightfully sporty. Bring on a cream silk blouse by Tracy Reese, add a pair of beige Louboutin peep pumps with a darling Judith Lieber retro handbag and you are off to the Ritz for tea.  

 

 

Something new

Christina

I am always in such a rush in the morning trying to get out the door. I thought I would amuse myself this evening by trying to pick out an outfit to wear tomorrow. So far I have come up with my navy blue J Crew leggings with an Anthropology  blueprint shirt with little tiny flowers,  some colorful bracelets in navy and yellow to go along with a multi colored scarf that I just picked up recently at a resale shop in Pennsylvania.

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  I hardly sit down during the day so my Born flat  ankle boots will be perfect. I have friends who always prepare their ensembles the night before and they appear to do this with ease. I on the other hand never  know what is going to make me feel comfortable and therefore I choose at the last minute. The big challenge is, shall I be warm enough, as it seems no matter how many layers I put on I'm still freezing. New behavior, new tricks - let's see how I do!

Dinner with friends

Christina

I went to my friends house last night for dinner. The dinner party was right after work so I had to hustle to change and get across town in time. I threw on a pair of black wool ankle trousers and put on a Burberry t shirt that has just a little plaid at the neck along with a plaid burberry scarf. My flat leopard shoes felt perfect after wearing my boots all day. I have a fun Betsey Johnson black cross ring what a little rose on it that seemed rather quirky to complete the outfit. I felt good. It

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was great to see a couple of my old friends and make some new friends as well. We were served delicious salmon with salsa as well as spinach souffle and for dessert we had yummy chocolate lava cake. All in all it was a delightful evening.

Janis Joplin

Christina

One Night with Janis Joplin at Arena Stage is a great way to spend an evening. We went on Tuesday evening and loved the show. My friend and I dressed up late 60's with tie dye scarves, feathers in hair, a bit of fringe, denim and long beads. The lead singer, Mary Bridget Davies, channeled Janis beautifully. There was a substitute for the Blues Singer role on the night we went, a Ms. Shinnerrie Jackson, and we were not disappointed at all. She "blue" us away with her stunning, powerful voice - wow - really impressive. The blues is my favorite music so it was nothing but pleasure to hear such fabulous voices and music. We hope the show finds some backers to take it on to the next level. This show got everyone on their feet clapping and smiling. There were quite a few people that were about 10 years older than me and it made me think that these were the people that were a actual part of that fantastic era of music. They were the hippies and the radicals,  even if they may not look the part now. We were all transported back in time for a couple of hours - hitting 1930's on up - a little Aretha, Bessie Smith, etc. The show is playing through November 4th so if you get the chance GO.

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How do you get dressed?

Christina

Every day you have to do it - get dressed and put yourself out there. So how do you decide what to put on your body? I've been asking around and there are a number of ways to go about this.
Beth - She plans the night before, choosing very carefully exactly what she is going to put on in the morning according to what she has scheduled for herself the next day. Beth is not a morning person so trying to make an impact outfit would be too challenging for her in the a.m. Starting with the upper body, deciding which jacket or blouse will work, she then proceeds to figure out the skirt/slacks with shoes coming in last.
Chrissy - Picks one item out that she wants to wear that day and everything else becomes based around that one piece. She usually thinks about her choice while she takes a shower that way as soon as she's out she is ready to gather all the items. Jewelry is usually the last item chosen.
Gechi - Is rather like Chrissy; the night before she decides on the main items to be worn the next day and then makes layers in order to stay warm.
Christina - I find myself deciding a short while before I am to leave the house what I want to wear. I usually have a mantra running through my head saying, "Go, Go, Go." I find that this procedure does not always pan out too well. I often have to just say forget it and fall back on something easy and familiar. This is not to say that I look like I am half-baked, just not as adventurous as I might actually want to be. Many times I will decide that I want to project a particular image such as; rock and roll, casual sophistate, or euro-chic. When I take that route I definitely need more time to think it all out.
Patti - Always looks pulled together. She finds that putting items on the bed and carefully laying them out with their entirety is the way to go. She will change out different boots, purses, or necklaces until she has found the "perfect" ensemble. She will decide whether she will be on her feet all day or not, so shoes come first into her mind. Next, a jacket or top followed by slacks, then jewelry. The choice of a purse always is the last decision.
Kelly and Kendra - both are last minute dressers. Kelly thinks about the top first and Kendra thinks shoes first. Kelly plans out in the mind, thinking "does this go with that." Kendra is throwing on items at the last minute. Now Kendra often purchases items that are in the same color scheme and style therefore all her pieces mix and match and complement each other.
Everyone agrees that there are a few universal decisions that must be made -
* How long will I be standing or walking?
* What is the weather doing?
* Whom will I be meeting with?
We would love to hear from you if you have any input about your dressing style.