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Plan Your New Year’s Eve at One Loudoun!

The end of the year is quickly approaching, and while we are all excited to start fresh in 2017, there is still one more celebration left – your New Year’s Eve! Maybe you want to go out with some friends for a few cocktails, or maybe you’d rather entertain guests at home. No matter what your ideal New Year’s Eve celebration looks like, let us guide you with some suggestions that are sure to make your New Year’s Eve totally carefree!

If you’re throwing a party at home:

Some of you may be brave this year and host a New Year’s Eve shindig at your home, and hats off to you! For a successful celebration, remember to prepare accordingly, including food, decorations, and any refreshments. If you’re stumped on what food to put out, pay a visit to The Fresh Market right here at One Loudoun! With premade platters and even an online ordering service, providing yummy treats for all of your guests could not be easier. Taking the decorations up a notch this year? Be sure to stop by Great Gatherings for all of your festive tableware, décor and accessories. After all, what is New Year’s Eve without a bit of glitz and shine?

If you want to amp up your look:

At One Loudoun, adding sparkle to your New Year’s Eve look has never been easier! Pamper yourself with an amazing blowout or up-do at Flow Blow Dry Bar, some festive holiday makeup by the professionals at Evolve Salon and Spa, or opt for a relaxing massage to get rid of your holiday stresses! Our three brand new women’s boutiques also have amazing holiday inspired pieces to add that little something extra to your New Year’s Eve style! Stop by Scout and Molly’s Boutique for some edgy New Year’s Eve looks, or Boho Blanco and Boho Nation for a more casual, yet sparkly, ensemble.

If you’re going out for New Years Eve:

Loudoun County’s premier destination for nightlife is right here in One Loudoun! In addition to many popular bar and restaurant choices to ring in the New Year, some of them are even hosting New Year’s Eve parties! Check out a list of special events happening here at One Loudoun, and remember to reserve your spot before time runs out!

  • Copperwood Tavern is offering a $55 prix fixe three-course dinner with options including maple leaf duck breast, Surf and Turf, filet mignon, and more! Ticket price also includes a champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Make reservations here.
  • Matchbox One Loudoun is offering a 4-course prix-fixe menu for their New Year’s Eve celebration! Visit their website for more information: http://bit.ly/2hgkODz
  • Bar Louie is hosting a New Year’s Eve party and VIP tickets are $50. The tickets include party favors, a breakfast buffet, live entertainment, a champagne toast at midnight, and more! Visit the event on our website for more information: https://oneloudoun.com
  • World of Beer One Loudoun is hosting their own New Year’s Eve bash with music from DJ John Coulter and a champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight! More info here: https://www.facebook.com
  • Sense of Thai St. also has their own version of a New Year’s Eve celebration with DJ Snow spinning Classic Motown, Funk, Disco, R&B, and Hip Hop from 10pm-2am and a dance party to go along with it. There is no cover or dress code! Visit http://www.senseofthai.com

If you’re keeping it low key:

Sometimes a low key New Year’s Eve is just what you need after the crazy holiday season that you and your family have already experienced! For a more relaxed evening with your family, take the kids to a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, where you can immerse yourself in one of the latest movies to hit the theater. For a tasty treat afterwards, there is never a bad time for frozen custard or a shake at The Meadows Original Frozen Custard. Just be sure to warm up before going back outside!

For more things to do at One Loudoun, explore our website at oneloudoun.com!

Experience One Loudoun: Boho Blanco / Boho Nation

 

Boho Blanco and Boho Nation are the two newest boutique stores to join the One Loudoun family, and they are officially OPEN! Last week, we took a visit to these two amazing stores to get the inside scoop on what they are all about!

 

Boho Blanco and Boho Nation are two different stores, but the interior spaces are connected. As owner Rick explains, it is a way for guests to mix and match the different styles found in each shop, while still distinguishing each as their own. In these shops you can find amazing clothes, jewelry, and accessories for any occasion!

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As you can see in the photos, many of the decorations are patterned and colorful, like the tapestries and wood textured walls. The clothes and accessories are hung on rustic fixtures made of old ladders or wooden frames.

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If you are wondering the difference between the two boutiques, let us first point out the most obvious similarity, being the boho, or bohemian style. If you are not familiar with what exactly this means, bohemian style is often described as ‘unconventional’. Typically the clothes are a mixture of unique textures, colors, and patterns, which come together for a free-spirited look.

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Boho Nation at One Loudoun is only the store’s fourth location so far! This boutique is geared more towards the younger generations and many pieces represent the latest trends with a bohemian flare. In this shop, you can find pieces that have edginess to them, whether it’s a crop top or a cutout dress.

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Boho Blanco is targeted towards a more sophisticated age group, which is by no means boring! The clothes are focused around a more neutral or black and white palette, with splashes of color mixed in. Silhouettes found in Boho Blanco are flowy and flattering on many types of figures, with just the right amount of shape to create a sexy look.

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Although each shop may be geared more towards a certain age group, there are no boundaries! For example, a funky-fringed jacket in Boho Blanco was purchased by a 17 year old, and the next day by a 70 year old. In both of these shops, it’s not the clothes that make you; it’s you who makes the clothes!

We immediately noticed a few things about these eclectic boutiques while browsing and trying on some adorable outfits. The first thing was that the price point for these clothes is very affordable. In certain stores, one would maybe only purchase one item, but because the prices in both Boho stores are so reasonable, it is easy to buy a couple of amazing items without breaking the bank!

The second thing we noticed was the quality of the clothes. After speaking with the staff, we learned that all of the items are either produced in the U.S. or from fair trade brands. Each item is hand selected, and the shop only carries pieces that they believe are great quality for the price!

If you’re looking for a unique gift this holiday, or a piece for yourself that you won’t find anywhere else, stop in to Boho Nation and Boho Blanco for a fun shopping experience! Both boutiques are located on Exchange Street in One Loudoun, right next to Scout & Molly’s Boutique.

For more information on Boho Nation and Boho Blanco, follow them on Facebook or visit their website at http://www.bohonation.us/.

Experience One Loudoun: Evolve Salon and Spa

 

Our best-kept secret is finally out! Evolve Salon and Spa is One Loudoun’s premier location for all of your salon and spa needs. Located inside of The Fitness Equation, Evolve Salon and Spa opened its doors in February of this year and set the standard early on for professional and luxury salon and spa services! Recently, we took a trip to Evolve so that we could learn more about everything they have to offer, get to know the team, and experience a transformation for ourselves.

 

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Evolve Salon and Spa inside The Fitness Equation.

Sonia and Chris are the owners of Evolve – each with their own backgrounds in the field, with a combined 45+ years of experience. Sonia worked in the original salon of the Fitness Equation in Reston and free-lanced as a hair stylist for 18 years. Chris attended Graham Webb in Arlington, worked as a hair stylist for several years, and later purchased a home in Ashburn, hoping to one day open a salon at One Loudoun.

As they tell it, fate brought the two business partners together at Evolve. The name came from Sonia’s favorite idea of an “evolution” from “a little seed into a beautiful flower”. Chris suggested they shorten in to “evolve” and the rest was history!

The Color Bar at Evolve: All hair color and mixing on display for guests to see while they enjoy a coffee, hot tea, or variety of fruit enhanced water.

The Color Bar at Evolve: All hair color and mixing on display for guests to see while they enjoy a coffee, hot tea, or variety of fruit enhanced water.

The first thing to know is that guests at Evolve do not have to be a member of The Fitness Equation! Evolve offers a long list of services including hair, skin care, makeup, nail and massage services. In addition to offering a multitude of services, Evolve is an exclusive area retailer of Kérastase professional hair care products, and also offer products from IS Clinical, Aquage, Gehwol, and Wella.

The manicure, pedicure, and shampoo stations at Evolve.

The manicure, pedicure, and shampoo stations at Evolve.

While we were there, we opted for hair “transformations”, as Sonia called them, (which were certainly unforgettable) including a shampoo, cut, and style. First was the shampoo treatment, which was incredibly relaxing and unlike anything we had experienced before. The Evolve signature shampoo service included a scalp massage, hot towel treatment, and wash, all while you are lying on a shampoo bed.

Getting the Evolve signature shampoo treatment

Getting the Evolve signature shampoo treatment

As two women who do not get their hair professionally cut often, both of us desperately needed some TLC for our locks. We both had the pleasure of having master stylist and owner, Sonia, cut and style our hair.

Owners Chris and Sonia working their magic at the salon.

Owners Chris and Sonia working their magic at the salon.

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Sonia knew exactly what to do based on our hair types and explained what she was doing every step of the way, with lots of laughs exchanged in between. Sonia was also willing to listen to each of our concerns and asked us about our hair care routines.

Her years of experience and her fun and infectious energy makes you excited to be sitting in her chair. She provided tricks and tips for us throughout the styling session and chatted with us about everything from her favorite products to what we were doing over the weekend. Check out our before and after photos below!

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Visit the Evolve team at The Fitness Equation open houses (held every month), or at one of their own events. Evolve recently hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness event at their salon featuring giveaways, refreshments, and pink hair extensions, with proceeds going to the Susan G. Koman Foundation. The salon plans to host events every few months, so keep an eye out on their Facebook page!

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Owners Chris and Sonia at Evolve’s Breast Cancer Awareness Event

The low down: The stylists and the entire atmosphere at Evolve puts you at ease right away. From the relaxing shampoo and head massage to the actual cut and style, you automatically trust what they are doing. We will absolutely be back to experience their other services.

Perhaps one of the most endearing qualities about Evolve is that the staff truly is like a family and they welcome each guest in with open arms. Every single guest that walked through the door at Evolve received a warm greeting; whether it was a familiar face receiving hugs from Sonia, or a new customer getting their first salon and spa tour.

You can find the Evolve team at One Loudoun’s 4th Annual Tree Lighting giving away $10 and $20 gift cards, as well as other goodies, and talking about all of the services at Evolve. With the holidays coming up, what better gift to give than the gift of relaxation for a spa day, couples massage, or total hair transformation!

To make your appointment today, visit spaevolve.com, or call 703-723-8200 and be sure to follow Evolve on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for promotions and deals!

Eddie Merlot’s to Open in February at One Loudoun

Eddie Merlot’s is COMING SOON to One Loudoun! This unique restaurant will bring a contemporary yet elegant dining experience to One Loudoun, while serving up their prime aged beef and seafood and extensive wine list.

Eddie Merlot’s is set to open at One Loudoun in February of 2017, but in the mean time, learn more on this amazing restaurant here: Ashburn Patch: Eddie Merlot’s One Loudoun Location Set to Open in February

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(Photo Source: Eddie Merlot’s and Patch.com)

12 Characteristics of an Amazing Community

The greatness of a community cannot truly be measured by anything but how much residents love living there! With that being said, what we can do is pinpoint a few things that are common signs of a great community, with the help of a list curated by Trulia.com. As they state in this article, “You’re not just buying or renting a home – you are also becoming part of a neighborhood.” Take a look below to discover how everything on their list can be found here at One Loudoun!

Great Schools: The Loudoun County School District has been recognized as one of the top in Virginia, the 3rd best according to Niche.com. Living in One Loudoun guarantees that your children are given exceptional opportunities to learn and thrive in the classroom.

Neighborhood Association: A neighborhood association makes life for residents so much easier by organizing conveniences that would otherwise become a headache. To learn more about the One Loudoun Neighborhood Association, visit https://www.1lna.com.

Safety and security: As a close-knit neighborhood and community, we strive to provide safety and security on a regular basis for you and your family. Additionally, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is currently being built right here at One Loudoun.

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Outdoor amenities: There are many outdoor amenities available to residents of One Loudoun, just within walking distance of your home! Some of the favorite amenities include Central Park, The Plaza, nature trails, and the pool, playground, tennis courts, volleyball court and more at The Club at One Loudoun.

History: The history of Ashburn, VA is reflected by the unique landscape and historic wonders surrounding One Loudoun. Our community amphitheater, The Barn at One Loudoun, is also a historic building, dating back to the 1800’s when it belonged to Mr. Charles Harris. Harris was one of the first African-Americans to own land in the area and often hosted gatherings on his properties, which is now reflected in the gatherings hosted at The Barn.

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Access to care: Our community is centrally located near all types of businesses offering health and wellness care. One Loudoun is home to My Eye Dr., Kravitz Orthodontics, Ashburn Oral Surgery, Advanced Corrective Chiropractic, Loudoun Smile Center, and Pediatric Dentistry of One Loudoun. We are also located less than 3 miles from the nearest hospital.

Family friendly: With areas specially designed for families in mind, what better place to raise your family? Across the One Loudoun community, there are multiple playgrounds, parks, and even The Plaza has a fountain perfect for the kids to play in during the warm months. We even have our own elementary school!

Public transportation: Since One Loudoun is in close proximity to Dulles International Airport and other conveniences of Northern VA, public transportation is key. To learn more about the transportation systems in Loudoun County, click here.

Restaurants and shopping: One Loudoun is Loudoun County’s premier destination for dining and shopping! The community is continuously welcoming more shopping and dining options to our repertoire, with more coming soon, like Eddie Merlot’s, Fortessa Tableware Solutions, and Boho Nation!

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Nightlife and entertainment: There is never a shortage of fun things to do here at One Loudoun! From year-round community and neighborhood events, to the Alamo Drafthouse and other trendy bar/restaurants like Bar Louie, your day from sun up to sun down is sure to be anything but boring!

Walkability: See for yourself on our interactive site plan: you can walk everywhere in the One Loudoun community! This one of the aspects that residents love the most; you can walk from home to the store or out to dinner and not worry about driving around!

A perfect match: One Loudoun is suited to fit all types of lifestyles. Whether you are part of a young family, or looking to retire soon, there is something for everyone here in Loudoun’s New Downtown!

In case you were wondering, YES, you can purchase a brand new home right here in One Loudoun! Visit our website here to discover One Loudoun in Ashburn, VA!

Experience One Loudoun: PIND

If you’re looking for a new restaurant to try in One Loudoun, look no further than PIND – the best Indian restaurant around! When PIND opened in the Spring of 2015, we could not have been more excited to introduce our fellow Loudouners to the flavors of traditional Indian cuisine. This local hot spot is a favorite among the residents of One Loudoun, so we sent a few first-timers to experience PIND with fresh eyes (and taste buds); here is their experience!

 

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When you walk into PIND, you are overcome with the unmistakably sweet aromas of the spices and flavors found in Indian food. Near the entrance to the restaurant is fully stocked bar area that leads into the dining room with tables and booths. The restaurant’s décor is tasteful and simple, with large colorful canvases lining the walls and eclectic glass chandeliers hanging from the highest point of the ceiling.

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At first glance, the lunch menu was overwhelming (to say the least). If you are not familiar with typical Indian dishes, you may not recognize anything, but the descriptions definitely help. It also came in handy that our server was very knowledgeable about each item and was happy to help when he noticed we were having trouble deciding.

The lunch menu is divided into appetizers, entrees, specialties, and beverages, which all have a large variety to choose from. The menu incorporates chicken, seafood, lamb, and an array of vegetarian dishes, including paneer, which is a fresh cheese that often takes the place of meat in traditional Indian dishes.

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We asked what the most popular appetizer was, and our server told us that the Lasooni Gobhi is definitely the best choice. This dish consisted of crispy cauliflower florets tossed in a tomato/garlic glaze, and was absolutely delicious! The cauliflower, while glazed on the outside, managed to stay crispy on the inside for a nice crunch.

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Even more difficult than ordering our appetizer was ordering our entrees, because there are so many great options! Again, putting our trust in the hands of our very helpful server, we asked him what we should try as it was our first time visiting PIND. After asking about our likes and dislikes, he suggested the Butter Chicken and the Seafood Goan Curry dishes. We took a leap and ordered his recommendations, and boy, are we glad we did!

One thing you wouldn’t know about ordering these lunch entrees at PIND is that you get a lot more food than just the main dish! To start, you get to choose between a soup and salad, but we both opted for the salad since it sounded very refreshing.

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Out came our salads, and you can imagine our surprise and delight when there were no leafy greens. Contrary to the salads that we are used to, this salad was mostly cucumber, with some tomato, red onion, herbs, and an amazing spicy lemon dressing!

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When our main dishes came out (keep in mind, we ordered two), there were five dishes brought to our table! Yes, five dishes! The Butter Chicken, Shrimp Goan Curry, and the Chef’s side dish of the day (potatoes) all came in bowls and were smothered in an array of brightly colored sauces. The other two dishes, Naan and basmati rice, also come with any lunch entrée on this menu.

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If you have not had Naan before, it is a delicious buttery oven baked flat bread that compliments Indian food amazingly! The basmati rice is also very necessary to build your plate with the ingredients of your choice. In our opinion, the more you mix everything together, the better it tastes!

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The butter chicken was served in a mahkni sauce, which is a sweeter butter and tomato based cream sauce, while the huge shrimp were served in a savory, yet sweet, spiced coconut sauce. Sampling a bit of everything on our plates was the way to go and we piled everything on!

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After we ate as much of the delicious food as we could, we were brought two small bowls of coconut pudding. They were not too sweet and had actual shreds of coconut inside – a perfect cherry on top of a fantastic meal. We also noticed the silverware we used were from Fortessa, another business joining the One Loudoun family very soon!

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Overall, PIND was an amazing restaurant to dine at! The service was fast and friendly, and the food was to die for! This restaurant is perfect for a group of people to share, since all of the items come separate and you can build your plate as you want. Needless to say, us first-timers will definitely be back to this hidden gem at One Loudoun!

 

One Loudoun Featured in BUILDER Online’s Recap of 2016 GALA Awards!

One Loudoun was recently featured by BUILDER Online in their article, “Local Builder Wins Big in GALA Awards”, recapping an amazing night at the 2016 Great American Living Awards!
Read the original article from BuilderOnline.com below and learn more about the awards our amazing community received!

 

Original article posted October 26, 2016 on BuilderOnline.com

LOCAL BUILDER WINS BIG IN GALA AWARDS

Virginia-based Miller & Smith took several honors at the recent Great American Living Awards.

Along with large production builders such as Pulte, NVR, and Hovnanian, local firm Miller & Smith took several top honors in design and architecture at the Great American Living Awards (GALA) ceremony earlier this month.

Winners of the prestigious competition for metropolitan Washington home builders, developers, architects, sales, marketing, merchandising, and advertising professionals are known as the area’s “Best of the Best.” McLean, Va.-based Miller & Smith won awards in four design categories. Click the slide show at right to view the winning projects.

In addition, the company’s development affiliate, One Loudoun LLC, was also honored in the marketing categories of best website for master planned community, best online ad campaign, and best integrated marketing campaign for a master planned/mixed-use community.

“We’re thrilled to be honored among the best and brightest of the building industry,” says Doug Smith, Miller & Smith president. “Our team continues to bring innovative and inspired architecture and design ideas to the market and these awards symbolize our great accomplishments year after year.”

The Great American Living Awards (GALA) celebrate excellence in new home architecture, interior design and sales and marketing. The ceremony is presented annually by the Washington Metropolitan Sales & Marketing Council (WMSMC), the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA) and the Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association (MNCBIA).

Founded in 1964, Miller & Smith is active in both residential and commercial real estate. In 2015, Miller & Smith sold 86 single-family homes, 159 townhomes, and 33 condos.

6 Ways to Make the Most Out of the Fall Season at One Loudoun

 

Even though the summer has come and gone, there are still several fall activities to experience here at One Loudoun! Whether you are looking for a great outdoor activity for the whole family, just the kids, or the older crowd, here are 8 ways to make the most out of the fall season here at One Loudoun!

 

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Watch football on The Plaza – With football season in full swing and the gorgeous weather here in Ashburn, VA, it’s the perfect time to join friends and family on The Plaza at One Loudoun to watch the big game on the big screens!

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Create a fall scavenger hunt – If you’re looking for an easy afternoon activity to enjoy with your family, create a fall scavenger hunt throughout Central Park at One Loudoun! See who can find the prettiest or most unique leaves and bring them home for fall themed crafts.

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Prepare for the holiday season – It’s never too early to take advantage of the conveniences that are right here in One Loudoun to help you prepare for the holidays! Order your Thanksgiving turkey at the One Loudoun farmer’s market, or get a head start on your holiday shopping at Scout & Molly’s Boutique!

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Go apple picking or visit a winery – Because of One Loudoun’s unique location, we are in close proximity to a long list of area amenities including local Loudoun County wineries and farms. Winery tours on a crisp fall day make for the perfect adult outing, and apple picking is a great activity for the kids!

Grab some comfort food – The chilly fall air can only by soothed by a warm atmosphere and comfort food! At One Loudoun, you have so many amazing choices for some of the best dining options around. From Copperwood Tavern to Eddie Merlot’s, to all time favorites like Matchbox and Uncle Julio’s, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

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Admire the foliage in Central Park – Whether or not fall is your favorite season, you can’t deny the beautiful fall foliage that we see here in Ashburn, VA. A perfect way to enjoy the foliage is to have a picnic in Central Park or sit on a bench swing with a good book!

Want even more of everything to do here at One Loudoun? Visit our website and sign up for updates so you can stay in the know about the latest events and happenings!

 

 

Experience One Loudoun: Scout & Molly’s Boutique

Fall is back and that means it’s time to bring out the boots, jeans, and cute fall clothes! If you’re looking to update your wardrobe this season, look no further than Scout & Molly’s, new to Downtown One Loudoun! This adorable boutique offers stylish options for work or play. We stopped in to Scout & Molly’s to check it out and maybe do a little shopping ourselves!

Scout & Molly’s first opened in 2002 in Raleigh, North Carolina by Lisa Kornstein, a self-professed tomboy who discovered a love of retail while earning her master’s degree. She envisioned a place where women could feel comfortable shopping, and could find amazing clothes! Scout and Molly’s of One Loudoun is owned by Teresa Snedeker who opened her first store at Mosaic.

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Immediately upon entering Scout & Molly’s, you’re struck by a bright pink statement wall to your left, and a glowing turquoise chandelier that illuminates what you really came for- the clothes! Clothes line the walls on either side of the store, with tables sporting jewelry, sunglasses, bags, and even more clothes spaced throughout the middle of the store.

What sets Scout & Molly’s apart from other stores is their wide, unique selection of clothing and accessories. Statement necklaces are boldly displayed next to handbags and flower arrangements. Trendy leather jackets are mixed in with soft sweaters and flowy tops. Fun patterns and fabrics are mixed together with simpler, casual tops for everyday wear.

The store also carries all of your favorite brands, like House of Harlow, Sanctuary, Quay Australia, French Connection, and other amazing brands that are hand picked for each location. As you can see in the photos, all of the clothing racks are also color coordinated to make your fall wardrobe shopping that much easier!

Once you have picked out some selections to try on with the help of the boutique employees, you can head towards the back of the store to their airy fitting rooms. They also have seating throughout the store if you’re waiting for someone to try on their clothes! One of our favorite features of the store was a large statement mirror on one of their walls. It’s the perfect place to model some jewelry or handbags!

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You also can’t go wrong with the cheery and helpful associates working at the store! They are willing to answer any questions you have, check for any sizes you may need, and just chat with you about what styles and fashions they love right now.

If you’re looking for even more fashion, talk to an associate or go online to learn about a Scout & Molly’s trunk show! A trunk show is a great way to see even more styles, accessories, and jewelry in an intimate setting, such as a girl’s night, charity event, or holiday party. They’ll bring the runway to you!

We couldn’t have asked for a better, more personable shopping experience than Scout & Molly’s! Whether you’re looking for a dress for a date night or a cute top to wear to work, they have you covered. Visit Scout & Molly’s in Downtown One Loudoun today! The boutique’s hours are Monday-Saturday 12-8 and Sunday 12-6.

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