Shoe Hive Sale Faves: Kristi’s Picks

Our spring and summer styles are still 30% off, so this is the second edition of a Hive employee’s top five favorite sale styles. Here are Kristi’s top picks:

– Odelia by Michael Kors
“These cage heels are sexy and the neutral color goes with any outfit.”
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– Jayne by Gentle Souls
“I am all about comfort and this Gentle Souls wedge feels like you are walking on memory foam. You get the height and style of a wedge yet the comfort of a pair of flats, it’s great!”
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– Metallic Linen Hightop by Superga
“Supergas are so versatile and easy, you can throw them on with anything. This hightop is perfect because it’s cool but the neutral color tones it down.”
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– Colleen by Sam Edelman
“I love a pointed flat, and these are the perfect rendition. They can easily take you into fall as well.”
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– Miami Snake Sandal by Bernardo
“Easy and comfortable, these are the ultimate flip flop.”
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Shoe Hive Sale Faves: Alison’s Picks

In case you hadn’t heard, it’s sale time at The Shoe Hive. Our Spring and Summer styles are now 30% off and we asked our Hive employees to tell us (and you!) their top five favorite sale styles. Here are Alison’s:

– Bleecker by Tory Burch
“This Tory sandal gives you the perfect amount of height with a stylish criss cross toe.”
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– Crowne by Bettye Muller
“I love the denim on these wedges because it really pops and makes them irresistible.”
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– Lilah Wedge by Tory Burch
“This wedge gives you enough support with the ankle wrap strap. The perfect casual wedge.”
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– Linen Lace Up by Superga
“A summer must have! This shoe is the perfect neutral and the hint of sparkle makes the look more fun.”
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– Mixed Trims Flat Sandal by Tory Burch
“The bright shades of red in this sandal scream summer to me.”
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DC Style Factory’s Corporate Style Talk at Troutman Sanders

A couple of weeks ago, Washington, DC law firm, Troutman Sanders asked Rosana of DC Style Factory to speak to its women’s group about spring trends and office style. She pulled a few favorite professional looks and styles from The Shoe Hive, Betsy Fisher and other stores for the evening cocktail-hour presentation.

From Rosana: “The group of women was full of great, fun questions. Is the pencil skirt still THE professional skirt silhouette for women? Yes. Hosiery with open-toe shoes? No. Midi skirts for petite women? Yes! We talked slouchy trousers, cigarette pants, high-waisted longer pencil skirts, scarves, pointy-toe pumps and more. And as with any DC Style Factory presentation, there was lots of laughter. Because even in the office…what you wear is supposed to make you smile, right?”

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For more information on and photos from the event, visit DC Style Factory’s blog here.

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The Shoe Hive’s summer sale has started!

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Insiders’ Tips:
1. Follow along. We announced the start of our sale on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram earlier this morning. So, if you don’t already follow us on your platform of choice, what are you waiting for? Clearly, there are benefits to doing so.
2. Sneak Peak. We have already started tagging, so if you come in later today you might get lucky.
3. Don’t wait. Shop the sale early, especially if you’re a popular size. Sale shoes move quickly!

Alexandria and its French Connection

This week Alexandria is celebrating its “French Connection” with a visit from a replica of the French Tall Ship Hermione, which brought the Marquie de Lafayette to the city with news that the French government would back the American colonies’ drive for Independence. My husband plans on taking my five-year-old son to see this ship at the Old Town Waterfront, which he says sailed all the way across the Atlantic – not bad for 18th-century technology.

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I will not be going to visit the ship – despite the fact that my son’s latest interest in learning French is too endearing for me to handle. (I mean how much better can it get to have five-year-old cutie ask you in his best Parisian accent if you’d like jambon with your croissant?) I have to confess that my disdain for historical “fun” is enough to allow me to miss this one – especially when I’m slated to visit Colonial Williamsburg later this month. I know my limits. But I am still eager to join the celebration of all things French.

I like French onion soup, French fries, and of course French fashion. In fact, I like all French luxury goods, more than those of any other nation on earth. I’d also like to make a plug for my favorite French-themed boutique in Old Town – La Cuisine. In many ways, Nancy Pollard, the owner of this great cooking store pioneered Alexandria’s great boutique district, establishing her business in the 1970s when the thought of Old Town as an upscale retail environment took more than a little vision. People literally come from all over the East Coast to shop at La Cuisine, so shouldn’t you take a trip down the street to see what you’ve been missing? Vive La France – and Vive Alexandria!

Here’s a link to a lot of the neat things happening this week to celebrate our French connection.

The Northern Neck

Many of you know that my family and I escape as often as we can to our house at the Northern Neck. So, I thought I’d share this article Brad wrote for The Local Scoop, “Hitting the Reset Button,” on what that community has come to mean to me.

“We sought a getaway home to get back to the kind of pace and clarity that had shaped our upbringing. We wanted a spot that would keep our son and then-six-year-old daughter from becoming city kids.”

I’ve posted the article below, but for an easier to read version click here.

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