Trick or Treat with the Boo-tiques!

Attention all ghouls, goblins, super heroes, and princesses! Stop by your favorite boo-tiques on Halloween for a treat. Spend the afternoon collecting goodies and enjoying historical Old Town. Perfect for first-time trick-or-treaters and little ones who want a daytime activity. Also a great warm-up for Lee Street and your neighborhood trick-or-treating. No tricks about it! Details on all the Old Town happenings this Halloween here!


The Hive Styles: Fall Favorites

Every Tuesday, we invite a friend to come and model some of our clothing, shoes and accessories. (In this case, it’s Megan from 529 Kids Consign!) Our photographer spends a couple of hours taking shots of as many outfits and as much new product as possible to meet our social media, blog, email and Alexandria Stylebook needs. Originally, this outfit (with a few edits) was destined for a Stylebook post, and eventually it will. But in the meantime, we wanted to highlight this look for its fall functionality.


Each piece Megan is wearing can be worn in other ways for other purposes, and will contribute to the foundation of a functional fall wardrobe. The sweater by Veronica Beard is flattering on its own or layered over a button-up. Pair it with wide-leg cropped trousers for a completely different look. The booties–a favorite from Rag and Bone, are also available in black and the denim shirt can and should be worn year-round. The bag was a fun last-minute add-on but makes a great tote for women on the go. Whether you call us and have us hold one or multiple of these items for you or whether you just use this layered look as inspiration for your own fall favorites, we thought it was worthy of sharing with you!




Meet Lacey Eigel at The Hive

Hi! My name is Lacey and I am new to The Hive family! I am 22 years old and just recently moved to Alexandria from the Columbus, Ohio area to attend graduate school at The George Washington University. I am working towards getting my masters degree in forensic psychology. So yeah, I may be doing one of those cool jobs that you see on TV or I may end up working in assessment and evaluation of prisoners, mediating for child custody cases or sitting behind a desk analyzing data for the government. (Just thought I would cover that.)

Before moving to Alexandria I attended Wittenberg University in Springfield Ohio where I studied psychology, was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and played college softball. I have lived in Ohio for most of my life with my parents, younger sister and dogs. While I have never worked retail before joining The Hive I really enjoy talking to people and figured it would be a great fit! Besides work and going to school I really enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, doing anything that has to do with dogs, working out, enjoying any kind of delicious food and going anywhere that involves live music!


How long have you worked at the Hive?
I began working here in August.

Do you have any fun stories or memories from working here?
One day Elizabeth told Christen that we were going to be giving away Unicorn horns to every customer for the gift with purchase and the look on Christen’s face was horrified, and priceless. Also, any evening in the store that includes our great customers, my coworkers and wine is one to remember!

What’s your favorite thing about working here?
My co-workers are amazing. I also enjoy that every day here is different whether I am helping someone shop for a special event, or modeling all the new clothing for a blog post photo shoot , it is never a boring day!

Who’s your favorite designer that we carry?
I LOVE the Mother denim and VEDA jackets at The Hive. I am also a fan of Sam Edelman and Rag and Bone!

What’s your go-to shoe trend?
I love a good bootie! Fall shoes in general!

Are there any trends you can’t get behind?

Cropped Wide leg pants.. more power to you if you can pull them off.

What’s your favorite pair you’ve acquired while working here?

I haven’t acquired many shoes yet but I have my eye on a few. I have june jacket that I have to convince myself not to wear every day.

Coming Soon: Hart Hagerty Tassel Earrings

by Christen

Some days, I wake up with barely enough time to run out the door and am lucky if I manage to shower. Other days, I magically pull it all together and actually look the part of boutique manager. This post and outfit resulted from one of the latter. Inspired by an Instagram post I had come across the night before, I knew exactly what I wanted to wear upon waking. I had plenty of time that morning to leisurely prepare for the day, and managed to curl my hair, steam my clothes and carefully apply my makeup. It all resulted in what has become one of my favorite outfits…ever.


The benefit of having a photographer friend who lives about my place of business is that I can request a few quick photos when I feel the need to document something. I needed to document this outfit. After all, we had everything but the skirt and the earrings in store and the earrings were on order. I had the photos taken and put it on my to-do list to publish them at a later date.



The problem is that between then and now (and it’s been less than week!), we have actually sold out of the sweater. I hesitated to use the photos at all, but then it dawned on me: this post doesn’t have to be about the sweater. It can be about my favorite new red Rag and Bone loafers. Or it can be about the circle frames by Tory Burch that have sadly not yet found their forever home. Or even better? It can be about the Hart Hagerty tassel earrings (designed by my friend Hart Hagerty) that we just ordered and should arrive well in time for the holidays! Yes, that’s what it should be about!


Hart is actually the sister of a good friend (and my former boss) from South Carolina. She started by designing beautiful jackets, two of which I have owned for years and love more than a person should love garments. When she launched her collection of tassel earrings I knew I had to own them too and snatched up a red/pink pair and a pink/yellow pair. Equally enamored with them, Elizabeth asked if Hart would carry to The Shoe Hive and, well, the rest is history. They retail for only $54, come in a variety of styles and colors, and make the perfect gift–whether you’re buying for yourself or someone else!

All of the earrings are handmade and we ordered a bunch, so we’ll have to wait a few more weeks until they arrive but we will be sure to let you know when they do. And in the meantime you can start thinking of the many ways you want to wear them!


Back in Stock: Customer Favorites

With the new store has come many changes to our buying process and how we meet our customers’ needs. We know it can be frustrating when something you love is sold out in your size. To address this, we are trying to reorder notable customer favorites anywhere we are able to do so. These are just a few of the things we recently reordered in response to our customers’ requests.


1. Trance Pump by French Sole. We initially purchased this style in only black and teal, but when it came to reorder it we opted to get it in this brick color as well. $185
2. Asymmetrical Dress by Sundry. You will never want to take off this super soft long-sleeve dress once you’ve tried it on. Now back in stock in grey and black! $127
3. Slate and Wood Necklace by Tara Montgomery. After our trunk show with Tara Montgomery this weekend, we decided to hang on to a handful of the trunk show pieces that have been bestsellers for several years now. $118
4. Long-Sleeve Tees and Lots of Denim by Rag and Bone. We could have done a second email with just the tees and jeans we ordered from Rag and Bone (as well as by Citizens of Humanity and Current/Elliott)! We can’t seem to keep our denim and tees in stock, but we’re trying! Prices vary by style.
5. Yep, more of the Trance Pump! It’s just that popular–now back in black and teal as well as a cool taupe color that everyone should own! $185

The Shoe-In Show: Elizabeth and Christen Talk All Things Shoes and Business

Elizabeth and Christen were recently on the Shoe In Show podcast talking about everything from what it’s like to own/run a pair of small businesses to the biggest shoe trends this fall!

If you need a fun break in your day or simply want an inside look into how we think and the reasons behind why we do what we do, click on the image below to give it a listen. Oh, and let us know what you think of the idea of hosting a “digital fashion show!” We’re thinking it could be super cool!


This Weekend: Meet the Designer (+ a Trunk Show)

It’s that time of year! Our fall trunk show series is starting a little early with customer favorite Tara Montgomery Jewelry this weekend. You will be able to shop the designer’s Fall 2016 collection and snag a 20% discount while you’re at it–a perfect chance to get started on your holiday gift list!

Even better news? On Saturday, between 10 and 2, the designer herself will be at The Shoe Hive presenting her collection! Here’s just a taste of what will be available during the event; many of these styles will only be available this weekend and will get shipped back on Monday.


Not sure who Tara Montgomery is and why you might want to meet her? Read Elizabeth’s Alexandria Stylebook post from WAY back in 2015 when we first fell in love with this Charlottesville native and her craft!

You might recognize as the gift with purchase we gave during our grand opening weekend for The Hive!

You might recognize as the gift with purchase we gave during our grand opening weekend for The Hive!



Tara is introducing a small selection of precious jewelry for equally precious children!

Tara is introducing a small selection of precious jewelry for equally precious children!