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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!

New Arrivals: Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Theory, Burberry

Christina Novak

If you are interested in any of the items below, give us a call at (703) 533 1251 or email at info@newtoyou.net!

Max Mara sweater size S, scarf $28.50, D&G jeans size 4, Rebecca Minkoff $75.50, Kate Spade size 7 $109.50

What could be easier than tossing on a great sweater over your top and jeans to ward off the cooler fall evenings?


Burberry coat $595.50, Theory dress m $89.50, Gorski fur tote $375.50, Jenni Kayne boots size 9 1/2 $189.50

Teal velvet boots are so very sexy when paired with a sumptuous leather jacket by #BurberryBrit If you are strolling around The Plaza #CityCenter deciding whether to eat at #Fig&Olive or #Centrolina you will be cozy as can be snuggled in a cashmere dress by Theory and carrying your Gorski fur tote.


These pleather #Zara shorts are wicked fun when paired with the lattice heels by Zigi Soho and the rhinestone & sequin #Parker jacket worn backwards with the back open except for one hook. Try wearing the jacket with just a hot pink bra strap showing in the back or if you prefer a more modest effect just pop on a fitted satin tank. 

Parker jacket M $99.50, Zara faux leather shorts $19.50, Hobo leather clutch $65.50, Zigi Soho rhinestone heels 7 $45.50

You Are All Cordially Invited!!!!

Christina Novak

What better way to kick off the fall season then to celebrate fashion in style!

We, the Ladies of New To You, Inc., cordially invite you to our 1st ever September Launch Party!!! On Saturday September 12th, from 4 PM - 7 PM we will be releasing our newest additions onto the floor. We have TONS of great modern and vintage pieces to make this Fall your most fashionable yet!

There will be bubbly and sweet treats; music and fashion galore.

There is NO dress code! Come in what makes you happy and feel fabulous.

Curious as to what we have in store for you? Here are a few sneak peaks!


Don't be shy, stop on by and join us for a bit of fun.

DyNiqua Rocking Cavalli

Christina Novak

Recipe for a glamorous evening out:

Take one sultry, sexy, mermaid dress by Roberto Cavalli

Add one beautiful #ToryBurch wide cuff bracelet  

Add a smidgen of your own style - (model's own bracelets)

Add - a dash of sass

and a pinch of attitude 

Stir in the perfect venue -  such as The 37th Annual Ambassadors Ball coming up in September and voila!!! you now have the perfect recipe for a rocking, roaring, ripping good time.

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!!!


Tell your story walking!

Christina Novak

We asked fashion designer and stylist Kendra McCullough about her biggest fashion passion....

 

Q:  In fashion, what is your biggest passion?

A:  SHOES!! I like shoes.

 

Q:  Have you ever given someone shoes as a present?

A:  I haven’t but I've helped others pick them out, especially my mom and my sister.

 

Q:  Can your feet feel the difference between good quality and poor quality shoes?

A:  I think so. Good quality leather molds and fits your feet. Man-made or cheap leather stays in its place.

 

Q:  Do you have a favorite shoe?

A:  I would have to say Alexander McQueen shoes are my favorite. I love the ones made mostly before his death but I do own a couple pair from after his passing.

 

Q:  Do you remember your 1st “good” pair of shoes?

A:  Ooh!! Good question! I think my definition has gone up over the years but a few years ago Jeffrey Campbell produced a pair that was black with spikes. It was “a good kick start”!

 

Q:  How did you feel when you were wearing your Jeffrey Campbell spikes?

A:  I loved them! They were a real attention-getter. I coveted them for months. I saved and saved and finally bought them.

Q:  When did you fall in love with shoes?

A:  As a kid, even in soccer, everyone else wore black and I had neon. At seven years old I wanted high heels but my mom said “No”. I tried to make my own heels from K’nex but it didn't work.

Now I mostly wear black, white or denim clothing. I like my shoe to be the star. I truly believe that shoes make or break an outfit.

 

Q:  Do you have “enough” shoes?

A:  No! Never! I constantly find fabulous shoes that I covet.

 

Q:  What shoes would you never wear?

A:  Crocs, there are others but I will stick with Crocs.


Q:  Which shoes do you feel are indispensible in a woman’s wardrobe?

A:  I would say a neutral/nude pointed toe pump.

 

Q:  Who are your other favorite shoe designers?

A:  Jimmy Choo, Yves Saint Laurent and, I have to say again, Alexander McQueen


 

 

Q:  Do you have a shoe that “got away”?


A:  Yes, a pair of Jimmy Choo flats that was on sale. They had a pointed toe with cut-out design. They were purple tone, grey suede and they sold out just before checking out on-line. I still think about that shoe as it had the most beautiful shade of grey. I’d never seen it before or since.

 

Q:  Do you judge people by the shoes they wear?

A:  Every time!





New Arrivals + This Week's Top Picks!

Christina Novak

  Prada  "Flame" heels size 9.5 $365.50;  Cole Haan  Woven tote brand new $199.50;  Louis Vuitton  wallet $325.50

Prada "Flame" heels size 9.5 $365.50; Cole Haan Woven tote brand new $199.50; Louis Vuitton wallet $325.50

  Eileen Fisher  cashmere sweater size XS $130.50;  Citizens of Humanity  jeans size 25 $48.50;  Chloe  boots size 9 $505.50;  Philip Lim  shearling foldover clutch $265.50

Eileen Fisher cashmere sweater size XS $130.50; Citizens of Humanity jeans size 25 $48.50; Chloe boots size 9 $505.50; Philip Lim shearling foldover clutch $265.50

  Madison Marcus  dress size small $79.50;  Coach  bangle $32.50;  J Crew  bangle $19.50; gold tone bangle $16.50;  Kors  heels size 10 $89.50;  Kate Spade  clutch $55.50;  Hermes  pleated scarf $299.50

Madison Marcus dress size small $79.50; Coach bangle $32.50; J Crew bangle $19.50; gold tone bangle $16.50; Kors heels size 10 $89.50; Kate Spade clutch $55.50; Hermes pleated scarf $299.50

Bargain

Christina Novak

The fashion-savvy shopper knows where to go to find fantastic savings on clothing and accessories. Usually the person that is dedicated to shopping often is the one that finds the best deals on quality designer items. They are tirelessly taking quick peeks through the racks to find the little something, something that will make their outfit have a unique look. 

It always amazes me how much can be saved when you consignment shop. There are so many fantastic bargains available when you take the time to look. Too often people think they are shopping when they skim their eyes over the racks and the truth is that you are not actually seeing much of anything when you do that. In the malls many items are the same....ten items of the same color and style in different sizes; skimming, under those circumstances works; in consignment shopping, not so much. If you take the time you can find some really wonderful pieces for a fraction of their original cost. 

 Here we have a lovely Milly silk halter top that retails for $235.00. This pretty top is available now at New To You, Inc. for only $49.50. Now THAT'S a real bargain.

Here we have a lovely Milly silk halter top that retails for $235.00. This pretty top is available now at New To You, Inc. for only $49.50. Now THAT'S a real bargain.



Purse and purpose

Christina Novak

You are judged by the purse you carry, I know, it's a harsh world, but it's true. Purses and shoes appear to say a lot about your attention to detail as opposed to "I just threw this on". Sometimes we get so used to doing things every day that we neglect to really see ourselves and the image that is projected by our appearance. 

I am surprised when I see a purse that has a handle that literally is shredding with threads hanging off in great heaps. It looks absolutely dreadful and conveys nothing but a complete disregard of attention to detail. I know that we are all rushing about trying to accomplish so much each and every day but STOP,  take a breath look at what you are carrying around with you. Buying yourself a new handbag can be a lovely action of self-esteem. 

 

Tips for buying on consignment

Christina Novak

When New To You was featured on the NBC Today show in 2006 I was asked to come up with some shopping on consignment tips. It can be a lot of fun if you try following a few of these rules.

1. Take a friend, but never one that wears your size - unless your style is completely different. You don't want any hard feelings if you are both reaching for the same treasured item.

2. Establish a rapport with the sales associates, someone whose sense of style and taste you appreciate and they will guide you. Make sure you give some information over to the associate so they can understand your personal style and desire for the honest feedback. 

3. Sizes are inconsistent; so make sure you take a peek at the items above and below "your" size. The fit of a garment is most important to looking your best. 

4. Think out of the box. Try on things you would never think of trying on. Be brave! You just might surprise yourself when you keep an open mind by finding something that flatters you when you least expect it to. Some garments look much better on the hanger than on the body and the reverse is true too. A dress can be fantastic on the hanger but when you try it on, Oh, boy, it just looks dreadful.

5. If you have a fabulous skirt that matches nothing in your wardrobe, make sure to bring it along with you so you can create an outfit. Trying to remember a color is a bit iffy, so just take the guess work out of the problem by carrying it with you. Also, proportion is really important when wearing two items together that were not made to got with each other.

6. Trust yourself!! You know in your gut when you look great in something.

7. If you are unsure about the best shapes for your body type, we suggest you find the What Not To Wear books, originally by Trinny and Susannah, and also by Stacy and Clinton. The books are filled with wonderful advice about accentuating the positive and detracting from the negative.

8. Don't feel that you have to purchase anything. Have some fun, try things on or just window shop. You will love the variety of colors and styles available, with the added bonus of not looking like everyone else. Express yourself.

9.  Keep your lipstick on your lips and your foundation on your face. Be considerate and shield the clothing you are trying on.

10. When shopping with children, why not bring a book along for them to read? Time does not weigh so heavily on children when their minds are occupied.