trend tracker: tassels

There are some things that should always be on trend in our opinion. Tassels are among them. The tassel–the sister of fringe–was a big deal in 2011, then took a brief hiatus only to make its big comeback in 2014…especially on jewelry. While too many tassels bring to mind images of stuffy furniture trimmings and graduation, a tassel accent on a necklace for example can add just the right amount of playfulness to an outfit. It’s also an easy, fool-proof way to wear the trend.

A customer recently purchased this as a gift for a high school senior. Such a great idea! ($24)

A customer recently purchased this as a gift for a high school senior. Such a great idea! ($24)

Consider wearing this with a black silk blouse and blazer and dark skinny jeans for a night out. ($40)

Consider wearing this with a black silk blouse and blazer and dark skinny jeans for a night out. ($40)

A bright gold long necklace like this one pairs well with anything, but we especially love it with greys, creams and reds. ($40)

A bright gold long necklace like this one pairs well with anything, but we especially love it with greys, creams and reds. ($40)

This is all one necklace--it makes a real statement without overpowering the look. ($44)

This is all one necklace–it makes a real statement without overpowering the look. ($44)

A Special Night at Coco Blanca

So, most of you know that we work with three other fantastic stores (and two stylists) on Alexandria Stylebook. One of these contributors is the fabulous interior design store: Coco Blanca, two blocks away from The Shoe Hive. In addition to beautiful home pieces, the store is full of special gifts, beautifully made jewelry and clothes to covet. If there is one thing I love about the three women who own Coco Blanca is that they know how to party! They always have great music and a great bottle of wine on hand just in case there is a reason to celebrate. And this weekend there is a fantastic reason to celebrate: talented artist Kitty Williams is presenting a private art show at Coco Blanca and the Coco Blanca owners are bringing in Old Town’s very own (and also very talented) Charlene of Charlene’s Kitchen for a special fall tasting.

The event is free but you have to RSVP to reserve your spot. Trust me, if the Coco Blanca ladies are planning it, the event will be glamorous and a great time. Here are all the details:

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Fashion Walk: A Recap

Last night was the First Annual Fashion Walk: From Fairfax to Royal. And it was a ton of fun. Lots of work went into preparing for the event. Securing the bartender. Renting all of the equipment. Dressing the models. And of course, dressing ourselves…

via @theshoehive (us!) on instagram

via @theshoehive (us!) on instagram

I knew I would be on my feet all day so I opted for distressed denim from Hysteria, a peplum houndstooth top from Sara Campbell and my favorite little wedges by Butter, from The Shoe Hive.

The main event was of course the actual Fashion Walk at Sara Campbell…

via @alxlifestyle on twitter

via @alxlifestyle on twitter

…but Hysteria and The Shoe Hive treated our guests to cocktails and yummy small bites from Bittersweet Catering before the show as they shopped.

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via @lustlocal on twitter

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via @otboutiques on instagram

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via @shannonphotogal on instagram

For our shoppers, we provided this gift with purchase: a snakeskin-print tote!

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via @hysteriashopper on instagram

And finally, we are very grateful to all of our models for their time, fun energy and all the smiles and laughter throughout the evening! Looking forward to the event next year!

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via @shannonphotogal on instagram

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#OldTownHunt

To celebrate its anniversary, the Old Town Boutique District is holding its 7th Annual Scavenger Hunt. From this Thursday, September 18 to Saturday, September 20, visit the Old Town Boutique District stores, including The Shoe Hive! Fill up your Passport (download and print here) with all of the Boutique stamps and you will be entered for a chance to win the Grand Prize, which includes gift certificates and prizes valued at more than $,3000! Happy Hunting! #OldTownHunt

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TO PARTICIPATE:
1. Grab your passport card, and visit all participating stores over the 3-day event. If you registered, you will have a bag and passport waiting for you at the Alexandria Visitors Center at 221 King St.

The Visitors Center will be open Thursday 10-5, Friday 10-8, and Saturday 10-8.

2. Get your card stamped and pick up goodies at each store.

3. Return fully stamped card to any Boutique by the end of business Saturday.

4. You will be entered to win a Grand Prize package, including gift certificates and merchandise from all participating stores valued at more than $3,000.

5. Post photos to Instagram for a chance to win prizes from individual stores. Click here for details and a prize list.

This is what we will be giving away: Stephanie Johnson bags!

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More details here.

Fashion Walk 2014: Look No. 3

Join Hysteria, The Shoe Hive and Sara Campbell for the first Fashion Walk from Royal to Fairfax Street on Thursday, September 18. Enjoy cocktails and treats from 6 pm to 7 pm at Hysteria and The Shoe Hive. Then view all the new fall styles in a fashion presentation put on by all 3 stores at either 7:30 and 8:30 at Sara Campbell.

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Free gift with purchase (while supplies last) at all 3 stores and register to win a gift certificate from all 3 stores. Sponsored by Jessica Richardson Real Estate.

Fashion Walk 2014: Look No. 2

Join Hysteria, The Shoe Hive and Sara Campbell for the first Fashion Walk from Royal to Fairfax Street on Thursday, September 18. Enjoy cocktails and treats from 6 pm to 7 pm at Hysteria and The Shoe Hive. Then view all the new fall styles in a fashion presentation put on by all 3 stores at either 7:30 and 8:30 at Sara Campbell.

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Free gift with purchase at all 3 stores and register to win a gift certificate from all 3 stores. Sponsored by Jessica Richardson Real Estate.