Weekend Planner

Red Barn Mercantile is hosting their Semi-Annual Furniture Sale during the whole month of September.  Also, there are some great events coming up next week that you don’t want to miss like Style Speaks Seminar on Organizing your Closet and a silhouette artist at The Purple Goose (both require registration which is why we are including them in the weekend round-up).


September 1st – 30th | Red Barn Mercantile

During the month of September, all Cisco Brothers furniture is 25 percent off. That could mean savings of $1,000 or more on your new custom made sofa, love seat or chair! All of their Cisco Brothers’ furniture is bench made in the USA and can be customized to your specifications. Turn cramped into quaint or empty into exquisite. Take your measurements, fabric and paint swatches in and let Red Barn Mercantile’s knowledgeable staff help you design the ideal piece of custom furniture.

Tuesday, September 9th | Style Speaks Organizing Your Closet Seminar at Periwinkle

Do you feel that your closet is overflowing with items you don’t ever wear? Do you find yourself spending too much time searching for things in your wardrobe? Do you ever buy things you don’t need because you’re not sure what you already have in your closet?

Join Style Speaks with special guest, Professional Organizer, Tiffany Mensing of Space & Serenity and learn: how to decide what to keep and what to purge, strategies for making smart purchases to avoid overflow, the best way to sort and store clothing and accessories, product essentials that will keep your closet organized, and tips for maintaining organization on a daily basis. Spaces are limited. Click here to register for the event. 

Wednesday, September 10th | Purple Goose 

Silhouette artist, Erik Johnson will be appearing at Purple Goose, 2005 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA from 2 to 6 pm. Schedule your time slot here. 

Purple Goose

New Listings This Week

For more information about these listings or to schedule a showing please contact me at jessica@jessicarichardson.com or (703) 864-3438.

Fashion Walk: Work

To count down the days until the first annual Fashion Walk, a new look is being rolled out each week. This week showcases a new fall look for work.  Don’t you adore the animal print dress from Hysteria? Plus the pumps and gold chain jewelry from The Shoe Hive really complement the entire look.

Fashion Walk from Fairfax to Royal will take place on Thursday, September 18th.  Start with cocktails at The Shoe Hive and Hysteria, then make your way to Sara Campbell for one of two fashion shows (either 7:30 or 8:30pm). Both shows are the same so that you can sip and shop at your convenience at all three stores.


Weekend Planner

If you are in town for the long weekend, the Office of Historic Alexandria will be commemorating the bicentennial of Alexandria’s involvement in the War of 1812 with an event along the Potomac River including exhibits, food vendors and waterfront activities  - plus a rematch between Alexandria residents and the British Embassy.

War of 1812 flag

Curious about the history and background? Here is what the City of Alexandria’s website has to say about the significance.

“The years 2012-2015 mark the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The war, and the five-day occupation of Alexandria by British forces in 1814, had a profound effect on the town and its economy.

While war was declared in 1812, it was not until 1814 that it reached Alexandria’s shores. On August 29 Alexandrians awoke to find 138 guns of the British squadron “but a few hundred yards from the wharves, and the houses so situated at they might have been laid in ashes in a few minutes,” as described by the residents. The British promised not to destroy the town if the citizens surrendered all naval stores, shipping, and merchandise being exported. Alexandria agreed, under much scrutiny by the nation. However, it was thanks to the actions on both sides that the “Old Town” of today is still preserved. The City of Alexandria and community partners are commemorating Alexandria’s role in the war through lectures, concerts, and specialty tours, culminating in the Signature Weekend Event.”

Here is the line-up for the weekend:

Saturday, August 30
10 a.m. Wreath Laying at the Grave of Robert Allison, Jr.
Old Presbyterian Meeting House Cemetery & Columbarium, 600 Hamilton Lane, Alexandria, VA
Help honor the Veterans of the War of 1812. At its conclusion, guests will mark War of 1812 Veterans’ graves throughout the cemetery.

Noon – 6 p.m. Challenge #1: Cricket Match
Jefferson Cricket Field, Potomac Park, Washington, DC (north of 14th Street Bridge)
Team Alexandria v. Team Britain (British Defence Staff, UK Embassy)

3 – 4 p.m. US Navy Band Concert
Market Square, 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA

4:30 – 5 p.m. Honors Ceremony
Seating opens at 4:15 p.m.
Alexandria National Cemetery, 1450 Wilkes Street, Alexandria, VA
Featuring the Continental Color Guard with Fife and Drum

Sunday August 31, 2014
11 a.m. Challenge #2: Yacht Race
Old Dominion Boat Club, 1 King Street, Alexandria, VA
Team Alexandria (Old Dominion Boat Club) v. Team Britain (British Defence Staff, UK Embassy)
Take part in the start of this race!

Noon – 5 p.m. Signature Event
Waterfront Park, 1A Prince Street, Alexandria, VA
Waterfront Park will be transformed into a festival to commemorate the events that transpired on our shores 200 years ago. Meet the townspeople of 1814, enjoy boat tours of the river, listen to the USN Sea Chanters, Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and learn more about the War of 1812 through a variety of hands-on activities and information booths.

3:30 p.m. Challenge #3: Tug of War
Team Alexandria (City of Alexandria Fire Fighters,
IAFF Local 2141) v. Team Britain (British Defence Staff, UK Embassy)

4:15 p.m. Presentations and Recognition of the Cricket, Yacht Race, and Tug of War Winners

New Listings this Week

For more information about these listings or to schedule a showing please contact me at jessica@jessicarichardson.com or (703) 864-3438.

Alexandria Pet Photo Calendar Contest

pet contest banner

We all love our furry friends, so here’s your chance to show them off for a good cause. Now through September 15th you can enter your pet in the Alexandria Animals Pet Photo Calendar Contest. All pets entered will appear in the 2015 Animal Companions Calendar. Anyone can enter or vote on a favorite picture and all proceeds go to support the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter and the homeless animals that benefit from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria’s services.  The League places thousands of animals each year with permanent homes and runs Animal Control for Alexandria.

To enter and vote – visit their website at www.alexandriaanimals.org or their Facebook page www.facebook.com/alexandriaanimals.

Fashion Walk

I’m really excited to tell you about this fun event I’m sponsoring with three of the top boutiques in Old Town - The Shoe Hive, Sara Campbell and Hysteria.  Mark your calendar for September 18th.

It’s going to be a fun filled night of fashion and cocktails. From 6-7 enjoy cocktails and a special gift with purchase at The Shoe Hive and Hysteria. Then stroll around the corner to Sara Campbell for a fashion show featuring the latest fall looks from each of these boutiques.





Monday’s Must Haves: Backpacks

Who says the kids get to have all the fun? Inspired by back to school shopping here are some fun and stylish picks for the older kids (aka Mom).


Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Backpack | Shi by Journeys Stripe Backpack | Tory Burch Marion Backpack | Vans Clover Nordic Backpack | Alexander Wang Oyster Leather Prisma Backpack

Weekend Planner

Many stores are still having some fantastic sales and deals this month.  Mystique is offering $50 off repairs – so don’t leave your broken necklace in the drawer, take it in and have them fix it, polish it and bring it to life.  Also, a fun Pop-Up Shop is posting up in Del Ray where little girls can try on dresses, twirl in front of the mirror and have their picture taken.

And, for History Buffs – a new exhibit on the experiences of the Lee family in Alexandria during the War of 1812 will open at the Lee-Fendall House on Saturday.  You can enjoy the celebration at the reception and take a walking tour of the Lee family homes.



Mystique Jewelers – Fall in Love with your Jewelry again: Through the end of August

Mystique is offering $50 off any repair over $100 until August 31st.  Also, stop in to check out their “Take Me Home” Sale Case filled with beautiful jewelry at up to 50% OFF!

Del Ray Pop-Up Shop  - Sunday, August 24th 

Darling Betty, a vintage children’s boutique and Shot in the Dark Photography, will host a Rockin’ Pop-Up Shop where little girls can try on dresses, twirl in front of the mirror and have their picture taken by a professional photographer. The event is free and open to the public.

The shop will be open from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at Studio Body Logic, 2417 Mount Vernon Avenue. Dresses will be available for pre-order, purchase, and past styles will be up to 15% off. Additionally, little darlings (and dames!) will be able to have some pictures taken by Meghan Stewart that they can post on Facebook, use as a greeting card, or just have as a nice little keepsake. Light refreshments will be served, and a few lucky guests will also win door prizes including a Darling Betty Dress, mini-portrait session with Shot in the Dark, and a Pilate’s session from Studio Body Logic.

European Country Living – Overstock Sale: Through the end of August

Their Overstock Sale continues through the end of August with many items in the store marked down 25-75% off original pricing (while supplies last).  You can even receive 25% off all custom orders, including sofas, area rugs and chandeliers.

Saturday, August 23rd – Opening Reception: War of 1812 Exhibit at Lee-Fendall House

A new exhibit on the experiences of the Lee family in Alexandria during the War of 1812 will open at the Lee-Fendall House on August 23. An opening reception will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM that evening. “Their Fates Intertwined: The Lees of Alexandria in the War of 1812″ will examine the contributions of Alexandria’s citizens during the conflict that led to the writing of our national anthem through the lives of this iconic Virginia family.
Wine and light refreshments will be served. Tickets to the opening reception are $15, and are available at www.leefendallhouse.org, or by calling (703) 548-1789.

Saturday, August 23rd – Walking Tour of Lee Family Homes

This guided walking tour of Lee family homes in Historic Old Town tour will begin at 10:00 AM at the Lee-Fendall House. The tour will last 90 minutes, and will include stops outside the boyhood home of Robert E. Lee, the Lee-Fendall House, and the home of “founding father” Arthur Lee. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. Tickets for sale on museum website. $12 adults, $8 children

New Listings this Week

For more information about these listings or to schedule a showing please contact me at jessica@jessicarichardson.com or (703) 864-3438.

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