Ending Summer With Style

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PWL_Aug14_MHAs summer comes to a close, back-to-school and fashion sales dominate my inbox and mailbox. While trying to squeeze in the last of summer, I’m supposed to be planning our fall wardrobes, with style and panache no less. However, I like to call my personal style, “deja vu:” I throw open the closet, pray something fits, and hope that it’s so far out of style that it is back in again.

Enter this month’s feature, “Fashion: Beyond the Trends” (page 4). You won’t find pictures of runway models in less-than practical garb or clothing that cost more than my car. Instead, this story by Amanda Causey takes a look at how to develop a look that suits you, along with tips for saving time and money when building your wardrobe.

One local resource for fashion guidance is Ellalyne Brayman, owner of Labella Bridal in Occoquan. In “Taking Care of Business” on page 16, Jen Rader talks to Brayman about her journey into entrepreneurship, which stretches from social work in Europe to a stint working with Vera Wang.

Of course, don’t let the fall catalogs sound an early end to summer. There’s plenty of warm weather fun to be had in Prince William. Take the family to Silver Lake Regional Park, covered in “Destinations” on page 12. Carla Christiano looks at how this 230-acre, passive recreational area came to be, and highlights this area retreat from the hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia.

Another local “getaway” is Blue Ridge Seafood, featured in “Local Flavor” on page 26. From its weathered wooden exterior to an extensive menu of fresh seafood, a trip to this Gainesville eatery is like bringing the beach to you. Without getting stuck on the Bay Bridge!

Also in this issue are Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, Good Shepherd Housing Foundation, investment advice, health news and one household’s forbidden words. Hint: don’t ever tell “Tambourines & Elephants” author DeeDee Corbitt Sauter that you are bored—especially when there are so many different ways to be #pwliving!


Rebecca Barnes

Prince William Living  Publisher


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