Monday, April 23, 2012

Where to Shop: Fornash

Who doesn’t like accessories? Whether it is a fun pair of sunglasses, the perfect shade of lipstick, a great handbag, or a headband, simple additions can turn any outfit classic in a matter of minutes. It is no secret that style icons Jackie O., Coco Chanel, Elizabeth Taylor, and Audrey Hepburn are all known for their impeccable accessorizing. While I am by no means an icon, or think that I am a fashion guru by any means, I do share their adoration for accessorizing.

Last weekend I decided that since Spring is in the air, I needed to spice up my wardrobe. Taking a cue from the lovely ladies mentioned earlier, I was on the hunt for custom (and admittedly preppy) jewelry. It was on this hunt that I discovered Fornash, a locally owned and operated chic boutique located in the Ballston Mall in Arlington (easily accessible by the orange line).

Fornash is the brainchild of D.C. local Stephanie Fornash Kennedy. Originally starting with handbags, the boutique now includes clothing, jewelry and accessories, including custom monogrammed jewelry and gifts (insert Red White and Bourbon excitement here, I mean even my iPhone background is monogrammed). As soon as I walked in the store, I was in heaven. Brightly colored scarves, dresses, custom monogrammed products, jewelry with nautical themes, horse bit accessories, costume jewelry, headbands, ribbons, you name it, they have it for sale. Heck, even Oprah is a fan of Fornash, check out one of her favorite products, the gecko bangle.

While shopping, not only was I thrilled about everything Fornash offered, but I was highly impressed with the level of customer service I received! Despite visiting on their first day of opening in Ballston (Fornash was previously located in Georgetown) the staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They helped me order my monogrammed earrings and were very accommodating when answering questions I had about the products.
My visit ended very successfully with the purchase of monogrammed earrings, an anchor necklace and coordinating earrings (Maryland girls have a soft spot for the Naval Academy), bangles, and a headband. And I was very happy when not even a week later I got a call from Fornash to let me know my earrings were ready! (Yes, my initials are CBS like the news station. Yes, I am in love with that).

I will absolutely be visiting Fornash again in the very near future! In fact, I receive nothing but compliments (even from Nordstrom sales associates) when I wear the products. I highly recommend Fornash for anyone looking to purchase some accessories or gifts for a special lady in your life! And for all you going to Gold Cup on May 5, or if you are hosting a Derby Party, horse bit items are 20% off online, just enter BIT to receive the discount.

Oh, and I hope to see a lot of you at happy our tomorrow at Local 16. More information here:!/events/335151336543208/

Happy Shopping,

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