By Laura, special to the OTBD
With New Year’s resolutions and all, I’ve been upping the exercise regimen. Now with February 5th fast approaching, I realized I needed some specialized assistance. So I turned to Alexandria’s own Adrien Cotton of Fitness on the Run for some tips.
First, you ask, what’s February 5th? It is, of course, Alexandria’s annual Boutique Warehouse Sale, held at GW Masonic Temple, from 9AM-4PM. And, if you love to shop, love deals (more about this in a bit), this is the event for you. As you can imagine, this is a very popular event so I need to be ready which brings me back to Adrien.
I told Adrien of my upcoming extreme shopping event and, after stifling the laughter, this is what she advised: “Start with some jogging in place (me: which is good because I plan on being there EARLY!). Then do some walking lunges. Do some neck loosening exercises and finally stretch your arms by doing a few dozen push ups. Then you’ll be good to go! Stretch afterwards!”
So fellow shoppers beware, I am ready for the Boutique Sale and I have my eyes on the prize(s). Here’s a sneak peak of a few of the goodies:
Tory Burch boots from The Shoe Hive
I’ve been lusting after boots like these for awhile now. Originally $150, now only $30. Now you’re seeing the wisdom of my pre-sale workout. Plus The Shoe Hive has lot more Tory Burch and other styles for up to 80% off. (No, that wasn’t a typo.)
Olian Maternity Sweater Dress from Apple Seed
Okay, I’m not pregnant, but if I were, I’d be all over this one (only $76, down from $128) and the other fall and winter maternity and nursing clothes from Ripe, Maternal America, Japanese Weekend and more at 75% off. Instead, I’m going to concentrate on Apple Seed’s winter baby items (coats and matching booties, diaper bags, blankets, and gifts) discounted up to 75% off. Lots of friends with new babies.
Gold & Silver from Mystique Jewelers
Just in time for Valentine’s Day. “Honey, I know what you’re getting me!” Gorgeous 18k gold and fine sterling silver intaglio with roman antiquity scene enhancer designed in Italy. Mystique is selling the intaglio at 40% off the retail price of $450.00. Or maybe the 14k yellow gold and black pearl necklace from Lawrence Miller & Co. for $150. Or maybe both!
Folding Basket from La Cuisine
Perfect for shopping at the Old Town Farmers’ Market, on Saturdays. Regularly $39, La Cuisine is offering the baskets for $15!
Clothing from Perwinkle
Periwinkle will be offering everything for 75% off. Out of my way! I have my eyes on this CC Couture Jeweled Coat. It is available in white and black. Hmmm… decisions, decisions!
So you see I have my work cut up for me. And there are so many more stores participating including: Diva, Hysteria, Red Barn Mercantile, Stanton Gallery, Treat, Andrea D’Ambrosia, Queen Bee Designs, Top It Off, Finian’s Moon Interiors and Fornash.
Anyway, back to my workout. See you there!