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Middleburg Sidewalk Sale Returns August 5 – 7

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August Brings Sales Galore in Middleburg: Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone, August 5 – 7

What: Middleburg, the quaint historic town nestled in Virginia’s horse country, is cleaning out its closets and storage areas and moving onto the sidewalks, August 5 – 7 for the 16th annual Summer Sidewalk Sale. The sale, sponsored by the Town of Middleburg and the Middleburg Business and Professional Association, will be held on Friday and Saturdayfrom 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday as posted by shops. Look for balloons outside participating shops and restaurants!

Where: The Town of Middleburg, Washington St., Madison St., and Federal St., Middleburg, Va. 20118         

When: The 16th Annual Middleburg Sidewalk Sale will be held August 5 – 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday as posted by shops.

Additional Information: For additional information, please contact the Middleburg Town Office at 540-687-5152.

Directions: Middleburg is located approximately 45 minutes from Washington, DC and is in close proximity to Dulles International Airport.  To get there from metropolitan Washington, take I-66 West to Route 50 West (Exit 57B) toward Winchester. Drive approximately 25 miles to Middleburg.  

On-Trend With Hunt Country Designers

On-Trend With Two Hunt Country Designers

From Trending Tenniscore Looks To Garden Inspired Loungewear

Written by Jennifer Gray

Tenniscore Looks with Recreational Habits

Based in Middleburg, Virginia, Jackie and Marlon Muller are the owners of Recreational Habits. You may remember them from our February ‘21 bridal issue cover story. If not, catch up on who they are on MiddleburgLife. com by searching “Meet Mr. and Mrs. Muller.”

Since launching their clothing line in spring ‘21, Recreational Habits has released several retro-inspired athletic wear collections with an ‘80s fitness club vibe. The clothing can be worn while playing sports or taking a stroll around town. With their newly released line of sportswear, they are crushing the now trending “tenniscore” aesthetic with ultra-preppy looks and comfortable styles. They even shot the new tennis collection locally at the Middleburg Tennis Club!

Co-owner Jackie Marlon shares more about her style and the business.

What’s your personal go-to summer style?

It’s my first season in Middleburg and it is hot-hot-hot! You will always find me in a cotton dress or our Martha cotton shirt with biker shorts underneath.

What made you start the clothing side of the business?

We were very hesitant to start the apparel side of the business since we had just come out of the fashion industry and knew how competitive and intensive it is! We tried our best to discover products that felt aligned to the editorial side of our brand, but couldn’t find anything in the market, so we thought we’d start with a small collection to see if we could fill the empty space. Thankfully, we have a great audience that loved the product and the first season was a hit!

Do you design the styles yourself?

Marlon and I work together to design the collection alongside our technical designer, Crystal, [who] I’ve known for years. We have so much fun designing each collection and digging into the RH lifestyle of each sport we’re focused on.

Where are they made?

The collection is designed between Middleburg and New York, and produced in North America and also in Asia.

Do you have plans to keep expanding the clothing business?

We are super excited to launch the men’s apparel side of the business with our greater fall ‘21 collection.

Are you sold in any shops yet? Or have any pop-ups happening?

Recreational Habits is sold at the Salamander Resort specialty shop and Matriark in Sag Harbor and will continue to expand our wholesale footprint into beautiful destination communities. Currently, we’re looking for a flagship type location for our business so we can host events, parties, and build a community around our brand.

To shop the collection, visit www.recreationalhabits.com

Garden-Inspired Loungewear with Beaumont House Design

Based in Berryville, Virginia, floral designer Julie Abrera (Beaumont House Design) has expanded her design repertoire into textiles. Inspired by both the garden and her love of travel, her cotton robes and nightgowns are soft, colorful pieces that you will reach for again and again. The fabrics are hand-printed in Jaipur, India by artisans using centuries-old techniques. Since launching her line of robes, Abrera has expanded her collection to simple nightgowns that also work as a chic beach cover-up or an easy summer shift.

We caught up with owner Julie Abrera to get the scoop…

What’s your personal go-to style for the house or garden?

Oh, this is a great question! I love mixing and matching my prints and spend most mornings in a robe/nightgown combination. My garden look is a bit more practical with Hunter boots, white a t-shirt, and jeans/shorts with a colorful bandana. At the end of the day, there is nothing more glam than slipping on a flowing kaftan with some gold bangles and sitting on the cabin porch with a glass of wine. For me, I love the idea of easy pieces that flow and make me feel pretty. This has been the idea behind the collection from the beginning, creating pieces that are easy, soft, and a joy to wear.

What made you start the clothing side of the business?

A combination of nostalgia, love of craft, and florals. I have always been a nightgown girl and fondly remember the soft cotton nighties I wore as a child. They became harder and harder to find as I grew older. On a trip to India in late 2018, I visited a studio that does handblocked prints using vegetable dyes. The technique of hand blocking fabric goes back 1,000 years, using hand-carved blocks on soft cotton. They were able to make a few nightgowns and robes for me using beautiful and colorful prints. I showed these pieces to friends and they were smitten – loving the soft cotton prints. The idea came from wanting to share these fabrics and remembering the feeling of chasing fireflies at dusk as a young girl wearing a soft nightgown.

Do you design the prints and the styles yourself?

Designing custom prints is on the horizon for 2022. The studio I work with has an extensive library of designs and we work together on creating custom colorways. I’m always drawing garden-inspired prints and have been pressing flowers from my cutting garden for inspiration. As soon as travel to India is possible, I am headed back to work on custom prints, as well as be inspired by the endless possibilities of color and fabrics.

Do you have plans to keep expanding the clothing business?

What started as a small line of robes is now expanding into nightgowns that can double as an easy and chic summer dress. I’ve added a few embroidered kaftans, channeling a 1970s poolside vibe, perfect for late summer or a winter getaway to the islands. Summer dresses are in the works for next year and perhaps a line of lounge pants with a few patterns/styles for the guys!

Are you having any pop-up shops soon?

Pop-ups are always an option and I’ll be at Lucketts Fall Market this October. ML

New patterns are arriving over the coming weeks, as well as a limited edition of hand-embroidered kaftans that should be worn poolside, sipping a gin and tonic. To shop the collection, visit beaumont-house.com/new-products.

This article first appeared in the August 2021 Issue.

Three Eye-catching Summer Looks

Three Eye-catching Summer Looks

Plus The Scoop on Shopping The Sidewalk Sales in Middleburg 

Story and photos by Jennifer Gray 

One of my favorite places to shop in Hunt Country is Chloe’s of Middleburg. They have the best trends and appeal to an extensive age range of women. It’s the kind of place I like visiting with another girlfriend. We rummage through the store, stockpiling eclectic styles, saying over and over, “Look how cute this is!” and rush off to the fitting rooms. Once there, we find ourselves crossing our fingers that we don’t like everything we’ve collected because that will probably mean we’re breaking the budget this month!

I stopped by recently to see what Chloe’s had in stock that may be suitable for three different occasions coming up on my calendar. Check out my looks (modeled by Chloe herself) on the streets of Middleburg.

BEACH OR POOL DAY

• Kaftan in a light blue and white e-kat print with dramatic fringe details
Sandals are handmade with neon colors and tiny charm dangles
Middleburg bag and blanket exclusively made by Chloe’s
The necklace is a gold locket with bee detail by Susan Shaw
Micro-bracelets by Caryn Lawn

DAYTIME PLAY

  • Short sleeve dress by La Plage in a neon e-kat print
  • Beach Birkin bag by Anca Barbu
  • Tulip flats in the camelia color are designed by Ilse Jacobsen and come in a stretchy slip-on recycled material
  • Gold coin necklace by Susan Shaw

NIGHT-OWL DINING OUT

  • Spaghetti strap maxi dress in olive green cheetah print is by Brand Bizarre
  • Custom design denim jacket made from a scarf featuring a tiger with butterflies and unique cuff and print details
  • Camera bag with hand-beaded details and removable crossbody straps by Mary Frances
  • Heels in nude by Sam Edelman
  • Necklace with skull head in gun-metal

Don’t miss Middleburg’s annual Summer Sidewalk Sale on August 6-8. The sale will be held Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday as posted by shops.

Shops with good sales include Crème de la Crème (pottery, ceramics, linens), Chloe’s of Middleburg (women’s clothing boutique) Tully Rector (shoes, clothing, accessories, and beauty products), Zest (clothing and accessories), Lou Lou Too (accessories), C.D. Rigden & Son Country Classics (men’s and women’s clothing), Moda Lookbook (women’s clothing), The Christmas Sleigh (gifts and collectibles) and many more. Emmanuel Episcopal Church will be hosting a sale featuring new and used items from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, and on Sunday from noon – 4 p.m.

At the west end, check out The Fun Shop (children’s clothing, party goods, decorative gifts), J.McLaughlin (clothing and accessories), PLAYroom (toy store), Highcliffe Clothiers (men’s and women’s clothing), and Stitch (needlepoint shop) also located on the west end of town. Le Boudoir (lingerie) and the Community Shop (consignment) are located on Madison Street. The Tack Box will be offering discounts on equestrian-related products such as riding gear and gifts.

The National Sporting Library & Museum on The Plains Road and Middleburg’s fine restaurants scattered along Washington Street and

Federal Street offers a lovely respite from bargain hunting. There are several outdoor dining and curbside pick-up options available. Restaurants in town include The Red Fox Inn (contemporary American food), Cuppa Giddy Up (coffee and tea), Scruffy’s Ice Cream Parlor, Red Horse Tavern, The Bistro at Goodstone Inn, Middleburg Common Grounds (coffee, tea, and sandwiches), Market Salamander (gourmet market and café), Middleburg Deli (sandwiches), Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery, Old Ox Brewery, Gold Cup Wine Bar, Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill, Side Saddle Café (farm market and café), Teddy’s Pizza (pizza and subs), Wild Hare Cider Pub, Upper Crust Bakery, Best Thai Kitchen, Thaiverse 2, Red Bar Sushi, and King Street Oyster Bar. ML

Visit visitmiddleburgva.com or facebook.com/MiddleburgBusiness for event updates on the sidewalk sale.

This article first appeared in the August 2021 Issue.

“Lucky 7” Charity Gala Celebrating Seven Years of Serving Individuals with Special Needs

November 19, 2018 | Courtesy of Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center

Therapeutic Riding and Education Center’s “Lucky 7” Charity Gala and Gaming benefit kicked off the celebration of their “lucky” seventh year of serving individuals with special needs with fun, food, drinks, and a little “gambling”.

The gala was held in the organizations’ barn, complete with twinkling string lights, professional gaming tables with dealers and a farm to table dinner, courtesy of Fields of Athenry Farm and RSVP Catering.A cocktail hour eased guests into the night, featuring beer from Solace Brewing Company and wines by Slater Run Vineyards, both of whom partnered with Sprout on this special anniversary event. A “Big Board”, a fresh take on a silent auction, entertained guests by featuring items to anonymously bid upon. This “interactive” auction added to the excitement and theme of the night as guests could take their pick from any auction item listed on The Big Board, ranging from designer silk scarves, spa treatments, personal chef dinners, weekend getaways and more.Executive Director, Brooke Waldron, delivered an inspiring speech about the importance of serving others through the power of horses. With not a dry eye in the house, Sprout students arrived in the arena, accompanied by their trust four-legged friends and Sprout instructors for the “Sponsor a Horse” portion of the evening. With warmth and love in their hearts, guests generously bid to sponsor a therapy horse for an entire room – resulting in ALL seventeen of the horses being sponsored!With the generous support of the event sponsors of Sue Fitzgerald and Associates, Newstead Farm, Alison Robitaille and Family, TriSept Corporation Northwest Credit Union and many others, the “Lucky 7” gala was a huge success.Event Chair, Kristin Quinn, and her committee worked to make the gala a night to remember, and their efforts did not go unnoticed, as Founder and Executive Director Brooke Waldron revealed following the charity gala that support from all those who attended raised over $300,000. Save the date for next year as it’s sure to be a “don’t want to miss event!”

 

 

A selection of hacking jackets owned by Rita Kaseman.

Foxhunting Fashions

The arrival of fall brings not only the colors of the leaves but of the fashions as well. In the world of foxhunting, fashion plays a role in both tradition and fun.

An example of attire for the formal season.

An example of attire for the formal season.

Foxhunters are beautifully “turned out,” or at least they should be. Representing their hunt in manner, mount and attire is incredibly important. While there are many specifics regarding what is appropriate for dress, ranging from the number of buttons, to whether a coat should sport square or rounded corners, here is a look at the main elements of typical foxhunting attire.

There are two parts to a hunting season and therefore two different styles of dress. Cubbing season is a pre-game, so to speak, of the formal season. Younger hounds are just starting their hunting careers, and the veterans are getting back into the swing of things. During cub season, from September to October, the dress is more universal and offers a chance for flexibility and fun with an outfit.

Traditionally, tweed coats or “hacking jackets” are worn, as well as lighter-weight coats in earth tones. Marion Maggiolo, owner of Horse Country Saddlery in Warrenton, Virginia, travels to England and Scotland every year to acquire the best of the best for her patrons. Her store offers a wide variety of equestrian products, tack, gifts, antique books, clothing and the largest selection of foxhunting attire and equipment. Having carefully chosen fabrics from select mills in the United Kingdom, Marion carries a range of coat weights to accommodate the changing seasons and temperatures in the United States. All her coats are beautifully hand cut and sewn.

A selection of hacking jackets owned by Rita Kaseman.

A selection of hacking jackets owned by Rita Kaseman.

Another bonus to owning a sharp-looking tweed is the versatility of the piece. Not only can a rider wear it in the hunt field, but when worn with slacks or a great pair of jeans, the jacket makes for a perfect outfit to attend the fall races, tailgates, and other country social events. “We are not style conscious,” says Maggiolo, who keeps her tweeds the same length in keeping with the tradition of wearing the coat in the hunt field. “Our first loyalty is to the foxhunters versus the street fashion.”

Under the coat, a person will have a dress shirt that is of the pastel family or muted colors paired with a stock or neck tie. Ordain the neck with a beautiful properly pressed
stock tie. “Putting on a stock tie is like putting on a piece of jewelry,” said Maggiolo. Secure the tie with a beautiful gold pin, and there you have it.

Custom coats available at Horse Country.

Custom coats available at Horse Country.

Tattersall vests are proper to wear under the coat during cubbing season. They act as both an additional layer for warmth and as an attractive way to tuck in the stock tie. The vest should barely peek out from under the coat, revealing a subtle pop of color and pattern. To round out the outfit, a velvet brown or black hunting style helmet, brown field boots (boots with laces), and shades of brown gloves are appropriate. Black boots are always acceptable if brown is not available.

Serious Business 

Rita Kaseman, member of the Loudoun Fairfax Hunt and the Loudoun Hunt, who is known for her impeccable dress and gleaming boots, has quite the collection of both cubbing and formal attire. In addition to her home hunts, Kaseman travels all over the county to hunt with different clubs during the year. Some hunts will require a formal dress only on the weekends and “rat catcher” during the week. “Cubbing is fun because your personality can come out with different patterns and colors,” says Kaseman. However, she adds, “There is nothing more sleek and impressive than an entire field dressed in their formal attire.”

Formal season marks the start of the time of year when hunting is at its peak, and hounds should now be hunting well, having been through their fall preseason. As far as the fashion goes, we now move from fall colors and patterns to classic, elegant and almost business-like attire. For serious foxhunters, this is the time for serious business, after all.

The hunt field moves from the warm glow of neutral tones with pops of color to an elegant show of black, navy and crimson scarlet. The huntsman is always a spectacle of timeless attire, adorned in his or her scarlet coat, white breeches (typically) and top boots. Masters, staff and gentleman members who have their colors, depending on the traditions of the particular hunt club, may also be in scarlet coats. Black and dark navy coats are always proper for both ladies and gentleman. Like the tweed, the formal coat also comes in three different weights.

Cubbing attire at The Tack Box.

Cubbing attire at The Tack Box.

If you’re not familiar with foxhunting, one thing to notice when looking at the field of horses and riders is for the colored collar on some coats. This honor means that member has earned the right to wear the colors of the hunt. Colors are awarded by the Masters to deserving members who have shown devotion to the hunt.

A white shirt, crisp stock tie that is white or cream, secured with a plain gold pin, is an appropriate combination. Over the shirt riders may have a canary vest as a second layer. Light or dark brown gloves as well as white or buff string gloves are also correct. Dress boots should be plain, black and polished!

Great Outfit For Great Sport

Berk Lee, owner of the Tack Box, in Middleburg, Virginia, has been in business since 1947. In the heart of hunt country, the Tack Box offers a generous selection of clothing, supplies and tack. Lee comes from a foxhunting family and knows exactly what a hunter, both horse and human, needs. She keeps her store well stocked with a vast array of clothing and necessities.  “Foxhunters want it today, not next week,” said Lee.  One misconception about foxhunting is that one has to be wealthy to enjoy it. As with any sport, there are expenses, but a rider doesn’t have to spend a fortune on attire to be properly outfitted. The Tack Exchange in Middleburg takes items on consignment and offers new items from the United Kingdom for sale.

Piedmont Fox Hounds huntsman Jordan Hicks in his scarlet coat for formal season.

Piedmont Fox Hounds huntsman Jordan Hicks in his scarlet coat for formal season.

There are many moving parts to preparing for a day’s hunting. If you’re new to the sport or new to the hunt club, always check with the Masters on requirements for the dress code. Most importantly, have great sport, great fun, and have a great outfit to enjoy it in!

By Erin Bozdan
Photos by Joanne Maisano

This article first appeared in the September 2018 Issue.

 

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On the Hunt… the Equestrian Marries the Gypsy

By Summer Stanley

The Equestrian Marries the Gypsy… That’s the tagline for the new fashion brand, sigAshop, which just made its debut this year. Juxtaposing country girl style with indie-rock and beach bohemian, co-founders/designers and Virginia hunt country natives, Jennifer Gray Calcagno and Brittany Hartz are bringing an edge to tradition right in our backyards – and we’re enchanted.

Earlier this summer, sigAshop celebrated the launch of their clothing label with a shopping event at Three Fox Vineyards in Delaplane on June 11. On this fiercely hot afternoon, they showcased their new collection, appropriately named “Never Ending Summer.” Customers sipped, browsed and tried on the line consisting of brightly colored, light and breezy dresses. The pieces are flowing, loose-fitted, some risky with low backs and plunging necklines, yet all with a signature image uniquely repeated in each of the patterns: horses.

“Travel inspiration is big for the brand,” Calcagno said. The name sigAshop comes from the Spanish word “siga” meaning “follow,” and both Jennifer and Brittany use this word to express a feeling of joy while following their dreams. They believe that wherever you travel, you bring a piece of that place back with you – you look back on it in a new light, and others see you differently as well. Certainly many of us can relate to wanderlust driven life experiences shaping who we are, and shaping our style.

So who’s wearing the designs? “She is a well-traveled woman in body and spirit, and ready to adorn her inner wild child. She’s looking for that standout dress she can wear to special events, like the races,” Calcagno explained.

Also true to resort-wear style, they’re versatile enough to be worn year-round. A gypsetter moves through life with an exotic, sophisticated and down-to- earth ease. This approach to wardrobe, exquisitely captured on the distant beaches of Bali, where the line is produced, translates just as carefree back home on the farm.

“The Never Ending Summer collection brings the perfect balance of our bohemian style mixed with our love of horses. It was a dream come true for us to bring these two separate worlds together into one,” Hartz said. 

In addition to the dresses are varieties of printed tunics, fringe tanks, head wraps, and other free-spirited accessories. Festival-ready jewelry and purses, handmade in Bali, are embellished with beads, feathers and tribal turquoise. Natural and beautiful, an effortless statement is created with each wear. Keep your eyes open for an expansion into home decor. Think dream catchers.

Currently, the clothing is available for purchase online, though be sure to look for sigAshop pop-up shops as they plan for select events here in Virginia’s horse country, as well as in Florida during the winter months. Visit shopsigashop.com for more boho chic redefined.

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On the Hunt… for Hats

by Summer Stanley

Time is ticking. You may only have a few days to find an Easter bonnet, but lucky for you April brings spring races just around the corner, and Virginia Gold Cup (Derby Day) follows closely in May. Triple the fun for your crown! So where can you find the sometimes dainty and sometimes show­stopping accessory that fits your personality?

Photos provided by Tops of Old Town and Forget-me-Nots

Grab a friend and pop on over to Tops of Old Town, a high fashion boutique in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. Try on an array of styles, fabrics and colors to get yourself race ready.

“Tops’ priority is customer service; we strive to make every customer excited about their purchase. Whether you are a first time hat wearer or an experienced one, Tops’ staff will ensure that you not only get a hat, but you get YOUR hat!” promises the shop owner of 29 years, Willie Mae Mitchell. They even have chapeaus for the beaus!

Check out Middleburg’s Forget­-me­-Nots to have a custom­ designed hat just for you. Patty Milligan embellishes hats using exquisite pieces such as vintage brooches, pins and feathers. Send her a picture of your dress and she’ll work with you to find the perfect hat.

“As a milliner, it is always fun having the challenge to create something original, spectacular, and well suited for my client!” Milligan says.

This is especially enticing for those of you planning to enter the “Best Bonnet” competition at the next Point-to-Point! With hats ranging from casual to dramatic, there’s something for every budget.

In addition to custom orders, Patty also has an inventory of ready-to-go hats, with a selection of them carried at Patina, an antique, jewelry and gift shop located in the heart of Middleburg.

Where to hunt:

The Fun Shop, 115 W Washington St., Middleburg, 540-687-6590; www.thefunshop.com

Patina, 103 East Federal St., Middleburg; 540-­687­-6620; patina­shop.com

Forget­-me­-Nots, Mountville Rd, Middleburg; 571­-218­-5901; facebook.com

Tops of Old Town, 2400 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria; 703­-836­-4511; topsofoldtown.com

Piccadilly LTD., 80 Main St., Warrenton; 540-­347­-5300; piccadillyltd.com

Tri­-County Feeds, Fashions, Finds, 7408 John Marshall Hwy, Marshall 540­-364­-1891; tricountyfeeds.com

Horse Country Saddlery, 60 Alexandria Pike, Warrenton; 540­-347­-3141; horsecountrylife.com

Special tip: Browse through the online store at horsecountrycarrot.com under “country clothing” to find a brilliant assortment of fascinators in every color to match your frock or tailgate theme! So while the kids are hunting eggs, you’ve got your eyes on another prize. On your mark, get set, go!

 

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