The New “It” Bag by Tory Burch: The Taylor Hobo

Every now and then something comes in we love so much we decide it warrants a little special attention. Such was the case when this embroidered hobo bag by Tory Burch arrived. We swooned, and we fawned over it, and we carried it around–reminding ourselves that our customers always get first dibs! So, this is your chance.

Tasseled, braided, and stitched: Vibrant geometric embroidery amplifies the earthy vintage style of this spacious hobo topped with braided handles. Its hold-all silhouette is crafted from colorfully detailed linen and features interior pockets and the brand’s signature logo.

Wear it with Mother jeans, an Ulla Johnson dress, or Veronica Beard jacket–it will make everything in your closet a little more summer-ready and carefree. Call 703.548.7105 for pricing or other questions.

Block Party on Cameron

When we opened The Hive, one of the things that most excited us about our new location was how neighborly our block felt. Our friends at Ivy Lane and La Cuisine and the style mavens behind Donna Lewis and Donna Lewis YogaSport are just a few steps away. There’s much more foot traffic on that corner than over by The Shoe Hive, and we take full advantage of being around the corner from our favorite lunch spot–Momo Sushi.

Well, we feel lucky to be adding one more fantastic neighbor to the mix–Home on Cameron. Located at 315 Cameron Street, Home on Cameron is the new retail and design collaboration of design veterans Susan Nelson and Todd Martz. Susan, principal of Susan Nelson Interiors, and Todd, former owner of American Eye Showroom in the Washington Design Center, have partnered to offer a curated collection of upholstered furniture, custom tables by a DC cabinetmaker, local art, couture chandeliers and lamps, colorful ceramics, and even wooden toys and dog items, as well as design services.

To celebrate Home on Cameron’s addition to the neighborhood, we are hosting a block party this Thursday with food, drinks and lots of fun! Help us give them a warm welcome by coming out and celebrating with us!

Double Trouble Trunk Show: Staff Picks

Unless you’ve been deliberately ignoring us for the past week, you probably already know we’re having two jewelry trunk shows this weekend–Lizzie Fortunato at The Hive and Twine & Twig at The Shoe Hive. We won’t go over all that again. If you’re not sure what we’re talking about, you can read about it here. So for now we’ll keep it short and sweet and just point out a few pieces available this weekend only. Here are our Staff Picks.

How to Wear: Twine and Twig

Yesterday, we showed you how we would style a few of our favorite Lizzie Fortunato pieces leading up to this weekend’s trunk show. Today, we want to do the same but with Twine and Twig. Whereas for Lizzie it all came down to matching, Twine and Twig is all about the layers!

In this first look, we took the layering idea literally…but Twine and Twig makes it easy. Many of their pieces are already made up of multiple strands–both necklaces and bracelets. We doubled up on both to get this boho-chic casual summer look perfect for an outdoor barbecue.

If layering doesn’t come naturally to you, consider getting one of Twine and Twig’s collar necklaces. They make a strong statement with rows of shells and beads just like a layered look does but they take the work out of it. We complemented the collar necklace with a neutral but textured blouse in a lightweight cotton for warmer days.

Whether you’re looking for a classic horsehair tail necklace or one of the brand’s newest layered necklaces, the selection at The Shoe Hive is extensive! Plus, all Twine and Twig (including their new scarves!) are 20% off as part of the trunk show that starts on Friday.

How to Wear: Lizzie Fortunato

The great thing about jewelry–especially as compared to clothing–is that there is no right or wrong way to wear it. Whether you like delicate pieces on their own or pile on the statements, it all comes down to self-expression. So, think of these as suggestions but know that we want to see you create your personal spin on how to wear Lizzie Fortunato jewelry!

In styling some of the pieces we have at the store, we realized that we are very much into the matchy-matchy look when it comes to the twin sisters’ designs.

In the first look, we’ve matched one of the colors in the feathered earrings to the model’s ruffled Ulla Johnson dress. Doing this brings intention to a look that is otherwise simple in its composition–dress and earrings.

In this second look, we’ve matched the earrings to the necklace. Only a few years ago, we would have told you to shy away from sets of jewelry. But when individual pieces do such a great job of holding their own, it makes an even greater style statement when they are worn together!

What pieces are you looking forward to trying on during this weekend’s Lizzie Fortunato trunk show at The Hive? How will you style them? Don’t forget: all Lizzie Fortunato designs (including bags and other accessories) will be 20% off as part of the event from Friday through Sunday.

As Seen In: Lizzie Fortunato in Harper’s Bazaar

It may have been a coincidence but we like to think it was fortuitous that our Lizzie Fortunato earrings popped up in one of Harper’s Bazaar most recent emails just a few days before our Lizzie Fortunato trunk show!

This weekend (Friday through Sunday) is your chance to score these earrings or any other Lizzie Fortunato style at a 20% discount. We should be getting in our delivery of trunk show goods today and we can’t wait to unpack it all! Sadly, it all goes back on Monday morning so don’t miss out!

Sister/Sister Trunk Shows: Lizzie Fortunato and Twine & Twig

Did you know that sisters are at the helm of both Lizzie Fortunato and Twine & Twig? It’s true! 

Twin sisters Lizzie and Kathryn Fortunato founded Lizzie Fortunato in 2008 with the intent of creating unique accessories that use unexpected materials and champion handicrafts from a breadth of places and cultures. Lizzie designs the line, while Kathryn, who got her start on Wall Street, oversees sales and operations.

A love of the rustic outdoors, combined with a great appreciation for the casual calm offered by the North Carolina coast, inspired sisters Elizabeth Stafford White and Jacquelyn Stafford Buckner, to begin designing jewelry. From there, the sisters collaborated on the launch of Twine & Twig in late 2013, creating a line of jewelry that reflects both designers’ love for natural, organic beauty, as well as their southern roots and extensive worldly travels.

We consider ourselves lucky to work with such talented young women who believe in both the importance of family and fashion. In celebration of spring and of sisters, we are hosting a double trunk show this coming weekend. You’ll find a special and expanded trunk-show-only selection of jewelry and other accessories by Lizzie Fortunato at The Hive and by Twine & Twig at The Shoe Hive. All designs by the two brands will be 20% off from Friday to Sunday only.

And since we’re recognizing the importance of family, it is perhaps good timing to note you might consider this your chance to get a head start on Mothers Day shopping!

What to Wear: On Easter

When we opened The Hive, there were certain things we anticipated and others that we did not. One of the things we did not plan for was how many of our customers would come in looking for an Easter dress (or outfit). A few weeks ago, the pickings were slim. But thanks to the arrival of Tibi, Ulla Johnson and other spring collections, we can now confidently point you toward twenty Easter-worthy looks that work for anything from a formal church service to a casual family gathering.

Set your DVR. This is worth it.

We are so excited for and proud of our friend Danielle of fibre space! This Sunday morning at 7:30AM she is going to appear on MSNBC’s Your Business, the only television show dedicated to issues affecting small business owners. Now in its tenth season, the program has profiled hundreds of small business owners and offered advice from countless business experts and investors. We can’t think of anyone more deserving of this! And thank you, Danielle, for letting us dress you!

Hunt for eggs and fabulous prizes this weekend!

The Old Town Boutique District is hosting its inaugural Easter Egg Hunt Friday, April 7 (tomorrow) through Sunday, April 9. Visit all participating boutiques and you could win one of three amazing Easter baskets, each valued at approximately $400. These baskets are filled with unconventional treats from your favorite shops including us (!!), Pacers, 529 Kids Consign, La Cuisine and Red Barn Mercantile that will be enjoyed long after the Bunny has departed for the year.

Here’s how it works:
1. Download the map, or pick one up at Pink & Brown Boutique (1129 King St.) or Fleurir Chocolates (704 Jefferson St.).
2. Visit each participating boutique and find its hidden egg.
3. Once the egg is spotted, bring your map to the counter for a stamp.
4. Write your name, email, and phone number on the back of your map.
5. Return your completed map to Pink & Brown or Fleurir Chocolates.
6. Three lucky winners will be randomly drawn.

We hope to see you on the hunt this weekend!