Thursday, August 27, 2015

Meet & Greet: Danielle Nicole

one of our absolute favorite bag lines Danielle Nicole,
 is the brain child of designer and philanthropist 
Danielle DiFerdinando.


she got her start and big break interning at Bergdorf Goodman. 
her talent was undeniable and obvious to buyers, 
who asked her to create a line of cosmetic bags for the store.
now the Danielle Nicole line has expanded and can be found at
 specialty retailers around the world. 
the collection attracts a following of fashion trendsetters and celebrity clientele
 in both casual & formal atmospheres.

from street style to red carpet accessories




recently named in Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 list, 
powerhouse DiFerdinando isn't slowing down anytime soon.
even with her fashionably busy schedule, she takes nothing for granted
 and is the ultimate poster girl for giving back. 
she currently serves on the Board of Associates
 for the Ronald McDonald House New York. 
she also advocates for a number of other charities through 
Danielle Nicole collaborations.



what sets this line apart? 
while she has created leather lines in the past, 
the current trend for Danielle Nicole
 is to use high quality polyurethane to create the
 look, feel, and essence of a leather bag without the price tag.
a majority of her collection retails for under $100!
it's no wonder the brand has become a 'go to' with our vegan clientele!
the line sources the best materials, hardware and finding from across the 
globe to ensure quality without using animal byproducts.
win/win situation




"Danielle Nicole handbags fuse runway inspiration and real life accessibility in a feminine, chic and contemporary way. The brand represents a fresh twist on classic styling and incorporates detailed custom hardware and exclusive materials from all around the world. "

stay tuned for fall/winter styles and the introduction 
of the newest venture from Danielle Nicole-jewelry!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Alexandria Restaurant Week

now is the perfect time to check out that restaurant
you've been dying to try! 
it's Alexandria Restaurant Week so get ready 
to explore both fine dining and casual eats in 
Old Town, the West End, and Del Ray. 

August 21 - 30, 2015, more than 60 Alexandria restaurants 
feature a $35 three-course dinner or a $35 dinner for two.
some eateries are also offering
lunch specials at $10, $15 or $20 per person in
addition to dinner specials.

stuck on what to wear in Alexandria's culinary scene? 

{LK Bennett} Alexis Navy Wedge
{Loeffler Randall} Baby Rider Fanny Pack
{Loren Hope} Siren Stud
{Printed Village} Koi Fish Scarf


{Ivanka Trump} Carra Heel in Wine
{LK Bennett} Leola Clutch
{Margaret Elizabeth} Satellite Earring in Moonstone

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some of our favorite participating restaurants include:

Cheestique

Grape Bean

 Jackson 20

Red Rocks

Majestic

Society Fair

TJ Stones

John Strongbow’s Tavern




 



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Alexandria this Fall

Extra Alex, a blog for all thing extraordinary in Alexandria,
wrote an awesome post on the
 top 10 reasons you should visit 
Old Town Alexandria this Fall season!

http://blog.visitalexandriava.com/top-10-reasons-visit-alexandria-fall/?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=postnotify&utm_id=2527&utm_title=Top+10+Reasons+to+Visit+Alexandria+This+Fall 

the list includes seasonal activities like the
 arts festival and historic homes tour,
or weekend favorites like the
 farmers market and taking a hike on the Mount Vernon trail!
enjoy the changing leaves while visiting new restaurants,
 exploring the waterfront, and creating memories 
with the whole family.

http://blog.visitalexandriava.com/top-10-reasons-visit-alexandria-fall/?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=postnotify&utm_id=2527&utm_title=Top+10+Reasons+to+Visit+Alexandria+This+Fall

our personal favorite fall activity would be reason #8,
shopping for new fashion apparel and accessories.
 the image features the 800 block of King Street-a great place to stock up 
on one of a kind pieces and designer treasures!

http://blog.visitalexandriava.com/top-10-reasons-visit-alexandria-fall/?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=postnotify&utm_id=2527&utm_title=Top+10+Reasons+to+Visit+Alexandria+This+Fall

shop bishop boutique new fall styles now


Friday, August 21, 2015

BTS NYNow Gift Show

tuesday started at {a fashionably early} 3 am.
surprisingly alert, I made my way to Union Station 
to catch a train to the epicenter of East Coast fashion, 
the Big Apple itself, NYC.

being in new york is always a little inspiring, 
and I'd be lying if I said I didn't rerun Sex in the City
banter in my head while I try to blend in with the locals.


my goal was simple.
 find amazing pieces at the NYNow Gift Show
that would blow customer minds and inspire 
a wardrobe of outfits for the upcoming seasons. 
easier said than done.
 our aim at bb is to cultivate a collection of
 unique and fashion forward pieces that make the
 purchaser feel just that. 
unique and fiercely fashionable.

check out some of the gorgeousness that you can hope to see grace
 the shelves at Bishop Boutique fall/winter 2015


favorites from La Vie Parisienne
we carry this line year round!
 call or come in for details


which crystal color is your favorite?



cozy socks for both men & women from United Legwear, 
with lines from Happy Socks and Jonathan Adler.


 chunky wool hats, scarves, and gloves from 
Nirvanna for both women and kids!


whimsical scarves from Printed Village


new color ways from Lisa August. 
all of these Italian acetate designs are made in NYC!
{we love American made products}


new to the bb party:
Sylvan Park
although we've never carried this line before, 
we thought the tailored lines, and versatility of the
 collection was worth noting.

Bonus: they pride themselves on sustainability!
all leathers used are sourced from animals already
 being consumed in the meat industry. 
they use a vegetable based tanning solution so that the pieces
 age authentically and uniquely over time. 
how cool is that?


overall mood of the day.
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let us know what you think about the pieces, 
and what you'd like to see on the shelves for fall/winter 2015!



Playing with Patterns

we're looking forward to the point in the season where 
we can start our favorite fashion practice. 
-layering-
don't be afraid to mix patterns, textures, and material weights.
keep it all in the same color family, then go wild!


Available at Bishop Boutique
{LK Bennett} Quilted Sledge Pump 
(the same silhouette worn by our lady crush Kate Middleton!)
{LK Bennett} Cara Mini Bugatti Tote

Available at Duchess M
{Joseph Ribkoff} Blazer
{Joseph Ribkoff} Checkered Pant
{Julie Brown} Snake Print Top


Thursday, August 20, 2015

#LadyBoss

blogger Pamela Sorensen of Pamela's Punch
has been highlighting the
 lady bosses of the Old Town Boutique District.
Old Town Alexandria is a small but tight knit community, 
with small business support rivaled by none.


we loved reading the series of the 
strong and empowered female boutique owners. 
we learned their inspirations, style secrets, 
and how they overcome the challenges of 
owning their own business.

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we may be a little biased, but our favorite post 
was on Bishop Boutique owner Kelly Ferenc!
as our fearless leader, Kelly stays stylish while 
balancing a growing family,
 a thriving business, and continued support of



thank you Pamela for showcasing the 
amazing women in our community!

read the full story

or catch up on the #ladyboss series at
Pamela's Punch


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Minimal Monochrome


everybody loves a black and white moment. 
when keeping colors at a minimum, go bold with texture for an
 elevated & trend conscious ensemble. 
mix suede with patent, water snake with kid leather, 
and silks with heavier weaves.
Available at Bishop Boutique
{LK Bennett} Jojo Loafer in Black
{Loeffler Randall} Junior Work Tote 

Available at Duchess M
{BCBGMaxazria} Black Button Up Top
{BCBGMaxazria} SkaterSkirt



Friday, August 14, 2015

End of Summer Suedes

the end of summer and the beginning of autumn is always 
an awkward time for your wardrobe. 
pack the tank tops away? pull out the sweaters? boots or booties?
the key to transitioning smoothly is all about layering.

as prefall collections start catching your eye, try mixing
 heavier textiles with summery, above the knee hemlines.
layer on vests and boots in the evening when it gets crisp.
 if you're 'just not ready' to unpack your cool weather wardrobe, 
try incorporating seasonal textures like 
hair calf & suede in your accessories for a {seamlessly trendy} nod to fall.


Available at Bishop Boutique
{LK Bennett} Delila Riding Boot Black
{Loeffler Randall} Medium Rider Bag {available in other colors}

Available at Duchess M
{Trina Turk} Dress
{Trina Turk} Woven Vest
{Julie Vos} Chain Link Bracelet and Necklace



Thursday, August 13, 2015

Meet & Greet: Gorjana


you've probably seen these beautiful dainty pieces on your
 favorite bloggers, celebrities, or fashion forward bestie. 
affordable, durable, and designed for fashionistas of all ages and walks of life.
we've been carrying gorjana for a few years, and are always
 blown away by the versatility of the pieces and how they have the 
ability to pull together even the 
simplest outfits & turn it into an 'ensemble'.


"gorjana & griffin is a socially conscious lifestyle company that makes
 fashionable, high quality, accessories for women and men. 
The company began in 2004, born from the
 design and business ambition of husband and wife, 
Gorjana and Griffin Reidel, whose bi-coastal residencies have 
fused a West Coast lifestyle inspiration 
with the sophistication and polish of East Coast trend into 
each design and collection" 


the collection is even inspiration to artists! 
check out these beautiful water color pieces from Inslee


new pieces arrived in store this week!




Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Trendsetter


this outfit hits multiple trend for fall 2015! 
Pantone color of the year, Marsala brings warmth and
 sophistication to a flirty shape.
joie fringe boots add height with comfort, and playful movement.
accessories with color blocking make a bold statement,
 even when the hues are muted.
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 if you're not a fan of color on color, try texture blocking! 
for example: a shoe/accessory in both black suede & black patent leather. 
the juxtaposition of texture will add
 depth but keep the overall look conservative. 
check out the lk bennett jojo to get an idea



Available at Bishop Boutique
{Danielle Nicole} Boleyn Mini Bag in Olive
{Margaret Elizabeth} Lillian Pendant in Moonstone
{Joie} Loren Bootie in Mousse

Available at Duchess M
{BCBG Maxazria} Dress
{Kacey K} Gold Cuff



Tuesday, August 11, 2015

BTS at LK Bennett and FFANY

our footwear buyers took a trip to the big apple last week 
to look at pieces for spring/sumer 2016! 
we plan ahead.

here are some of our favorite behind the scene shots
 from the LK Bennett showroom 
and from the FFANY
 footwear market.

pastels via LK Bennett- coming spring 2016

so many shoes, so little time.

do you like this mens' wear inspired look from Ilse Jacobsen?


structured heels in soft gold and pink tones from Klub Nico

--comment to let us know what y'all think!--


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Let's Do the Math

we're here to drop some knowledge.
 today's lesson is : Cost Per Wear
"the retail cost of an item / the estimated number of times that item will be worn or used"

for example: that killer pair of LK Bennett's cost $325 but you're on the hunt for a new work pump that will last you at least 10 years, do the math.
 let's err on the side of caution and say you only want to wear these
 stunners twice a week (but we both know they'll be your "go to" pair). 

2x per week for 52 weeks is 104 wears
$325/104 wears is $3.13 per wear

that is just ONE YEAR! even if you need to get your babies resoled,
 over the lifetime of the shoe, it will cost you pennies!
 INVEST PEOPLE. 
quality really does win out over quantity
would you pay less than four dollars a day to be in a pair of shoes 
that really fit, support, and look amazing on you? we would.



having a bag or shoe from the start to the end of a season is priceless
take advantage of our TAX FREE WEEKEND. 
we'll cover your sales tax, regardless of how much you spend!
 that's like getting brand new fall merchandise at a discount!