1 Jacket, 3 Ways

The prevalence of pink as a go-to color isn’t going to change anytime soon. We are seeing it carried through fall and winter with the same strength we’ve seen this past spring — […]

How To Wear Belts: 4 Myths, Busted

Last summer, I wrote a post on how to wear belts year-round, styled for each season, and we received lots of feedback — and questions! So when I asked Madeline to style a […]

Introducing the Courtyard Clearance Series: $25 and $50 Shoes This Weekend!

We run into the same situation every year, twice a year. Every January and July, lots of our merchandise is on sale. And since it’s a little early to get excited about all of […]

Best of the Rest: Shoe Edition

The best part of our annual summer sale (even more so than the winter sale in my opinion) is that the majority of styles you purchase can be worn that same day and […]

Best of the Rest: Clothing Edition

If you’ve followed our Stylebook posts for a while, you’re already familiar with this format. The end of a retail season rolls around, we launch a big store-wide sale, and then I write […]

The Best of the Rest: Deeper Markdowns on Accessories

It is easy during the frenzy of a big sale to miss the accessories. You hone in on the Sam Edelman flats that are now under $100 or the distressed denim by Rag […]

The Three Color Rule

Back in June of 2016, I shared with Stylebook readers my own color theory, developed over years of wearing clothes, reading and writing about clothes, and getting paid to buy clothes for others. […]

The Best Not-So-Basic Blouse

From time to time, a new customer walks into The Hive and after looking around for a few minutes she asks us what our aesthetic is. She wants to know what the thread […]

How To Wear Dresses + Sneakers

I have officially banned myself from buying another pair of sneakers for the next six months. The number of sneakers I have accumulated over the past six months is disturbing, and at some […]

How To Wear Denim Shoes

Yesterday morning a customer was enthralled with a pair of denim sandals in our store (the amazing ones in the first look below) but wasn’t quite sure how she would wear them. Since the […]

Christen’s Clothing Pop-Up in Alexandria

When my husband and I moved to the D.C. area, we landed in Alexandria by chance or divine intervention. Whichever way you choose to look at it, we’re grateful. This city and the […]

A Spring Sweaters Story

The other day, I attended a wedding and it was 90 degrees outside the church where we took photos with the bride and groom for nearly an hour. Sweat makes for some great […]


Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back. And that tribe usually includes her mom. At least in our case it does. This Mother’s Day, we […]

A Phone Phenomenon

The other night, I attended a documentary showing with a friend. Toward the end of the evening, my friend remarked how quickly I am on my phone. It comes with the territory. Much […]

Sister/Sister: The Exuma Edition

We have a thing for sister designers: Twine & Twig, Lizzie Fortunato, Veronica Beard, and now Exuma. But we didn’t realize twin sisters Deborah and Elisa were behind the Bahamian brand started in […]

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