January 30, 2019

The Best Way To Shop the Alexandria Boutique Warehouse Sale

The countdown for the biggest sale of the year has begun. Only a few days from now, a long list of merchants will be taking their goods to the Westin in Alexandria for the 15th Annual Alexandria Boutique Warehouse Sale. I know shopping the sale rack can get frustrating; the sizes can be picked over […]
February 1, 2019

The Denim You’ll Want To Wear This Spring

After having a clothing store for a bit more than two years now, I have learned a few things about women and their jeans. Most women have a very specific type of fit that they want and they really don’t want to venture far away from their favorite. I hear unfavorable opinions about boyfriend, skinny, […]
February 5, 2019

We ❤ Hearts

I must admit, I used to turn up my nose at heart things. I don’t know why, I just didn’t get it. Maybe I have just gotten softer as I’ve aged or maybe it was having kids, but for some reason I now have completely pivoted and I now have a thing for hearts. The fashion […]
February 12, 2019

“This is the shirt I’d always wished they’d make!”

In an effort to create a store that has great basics — elevated basics, we like to say — one of the lines that we (and our customers) have embraced is Frank & Eileen. Frank & Eileen is a shirt company that makes all of its clothes in the United States and only uses fine […]
February 14, 2019

Vince Arrives at The Hive

Figuring out what merchandise to carry at both boutiques is one of the many fun parts of owning a store. It can, however, be stressful. If you mess up, the brands are likely not taking unsold merchandise back. It’s high stakes decision-making. I have been in the shoe business for some time now, but clothes […]
February 18, 2019

The 5 Shoe Trends You’ll See This Spring, Plus a Sneak Peek at Styles Coming to The Shoe Hive

I must admit, I was a little nervous to send out our look book for spring. It seemed like maybe I was playing poker and showing all my cards before we started to play the hand. The reveal of  our spring lineup is always high stakes and even a little intimidating: I hope everyone likes […]
February 22, 2019

♫ Sisters, Sisters. There Were Never Such Devoted Sisters. ♫

If you know the Schell sisters, Emily Schell Jones and Evie Schell Cartwright, then you know why this costume is so perfect for them. Raised in Pullman, Washington, these two are the epitome of a close sister bond. And let me tell you, if you want a good laugh, get an invitation to hang out […]
February 26, 2019

Jumper1234, Your Spring Sweater Solution

We are always looking for new collections to add to both stores; we know that one of the reasons many of our clients shop with us is because we bring them the next, new thing before it’s the next, new thing. This time of year, I am also always looking for new pieces to brighten up my […]
March 1, 2019

The Hive’s Spring Lookbook Is Live! See the 5 Trends You’ll Want this Spring

Now it is time to unveil our second lookbook of the season: Spring 2019 at The Hive! Just like The Shoe Hive lookbook, I write and send this post with a little bit of trepidation. But I realized people want to know what is coming soon. The last few weekends at my kids’ basketball games and […]