In This Issue: May 2020
Small Town Adventures
Once dubbed the “center of the universe,” this college town enjoys its whistle-stop pedigree.
The Female Gaze
Annie Griffiths, a Reston resident who has been a contract photographer for “National Geographic” since the ’70s, knows exactly how to find meaningful stories.
The Great Walls of NoVA
Take a closer look at Northern Virginia and you’ll find brightly colored, large-scale paintings just off the beaten path. Here’s where to find them.
40 Ways to Find Your Zen
We know everyone is talking about the best ways to relax and recharge, and we are too. Here’s a lengthy list of ways to bring even more wellness and peace into your everyday life (yes, even at home).
May the Beat be With You
If gamers find themselves humming along to the soundtrack in the newest “Star Wars” video game, they have Vincent Oppido to thank.
Peace and Quiet
You won’t be able to book her an appointment on Mother’s Day this year, but you can purchase a gift card for from these great spas for future use.
Faces: Kayleigh Kim
Kayleigh Kim spends up to ﬁve hours a day practicing music. She resins her bow, raises her chin and plays her violin until her arms and mind are fatigued. But as she knows, practice pays off.
Local Author Love: Aimee Agresti
Her newest book, a romantic fiction novel, focuses on an actress in her 40s finding her spark again.
NoVA in 19
With social distancing now the norm, ‘Northern Virginia Magazine’ is bringing you a special edition of our monthly calendar. Here, 19 things you can do at home this month.
Life & Style
Insider's Guide: April Yvonne
As the co-chair and co-creator of the 13th annual St. Jude Heart of Fashion fundraiser, Yvonne uses her fashion sense for good. Here, she shares her advice on how to lead a stylish life.
We spoke with Leah Buckley, designer and founder of the Alexandria-based brand, about her inspiration behind the designs.
Flight of Fancy
Childrenswear entrepreneur Shanlee Johnson is building a new nest with her second Little Birdies boutique at Tysons Galleria.
It’s almost summer, and that means it’s time to redefine your day-to-day look. From chic workwear for the ladies to chinos for the men, these new storefronts from global retailers are here to help.
Home & Design
Even if you deem yourself “not crafty,” the hands-on location, now open in Reston, allows you to use power tools and a little creativity to bring your own project to life.
A newly built custom farmhouse in rural Nokesville becomes a young family’s forever home.
Top Real Estate Agents 2020
In our annual Best Real Estate Agents poll, we asked you, our readers, who you trust with your buying and selling needs. Find the results here.
Food & Drink
Save the Bees
We have honeybees to thank for the smooth, silky, sweet delicacy we often take for granted. But the bees—and their delicious work—are in danger. One local seventh grader is doing his best to help through his new business.
With her new CBD oil cookbook, Leesburg health guru Carlene Thomas is mixing up drinks to keep you living well.
Serving Up Help
Empathetic and enterprising chefs are feeding those in need during the coronavirus crisis.
A Willy Wonka-like kitchen in Sterling aims to take us into the future of food.
It’s hard to find moments of peace and quiet during a stressful global pandemic. Here, take a look at this beautiful photo, close your eyes and relax.