The Best Sun Protection Beauty Products

The thick of summer—it’s prime time for laying by the pool or beach. If you’re anything like me, you want to stay protected from the sun, but also look good while you’re soaking up some Vitamin D. In the days of Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook, you never know when you’ll be caught on camera. These are my favorite products that keep you looking good and free from sunburn.

The Big Bad Richmond, VA Holiday Shopping Events List

All the shopping happenings in and around Richmond, Virginia, you need to hit between now and the big gifting day. I’ll continue to update as I learn about more events for buying holiday gifts! Marco Style favorite events are denoted with a *. November 8-18, Tweed’s 15th Annual (choose your own day!) Holiday Open House! Choose…

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Sale Picks 2018

Love it or hate it, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are back. And whether you’re checking names off your gift list or shopping for yourself, there are a number of holiday sales to shop, both in Richmond and nationally. These are my Richmond Small Business Saturday and national Black Friday and Cyber…

Ask Marco: What to Wear On An Overnight Flight

Q: Leggings, comfy sweater, & slip on shoes (Rothy’s maybe) for an overnight international flight? Looking for comfy not dumpy. Finding the right ensemble for long airport trips can be tricky. You’ll obviously be sleeping in what you are wearing and possibly keeping it on for a while the next day. I’ve got suggestions on…

9 Must-Have Travel Products for Jet-Setters

I just did a quick count. I’ve spent over a month in hotels and AirBnBs this year. And that’s just what I could remember with my questionable calendar keeping. When you’re on the go this often, it’s important to find the right travel products. Packing needs to be quick and easy and your hotel routine…

Tips for Shopping the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale 2018

The Lilly Pulitzer After Party sale officially runs from August 28-30 online and in stores.

The Best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks 2018

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is on and open to all shoppers through August 6. But digging through all those sale items is tough. Never fear, Marco Style is here! I chose some picks you don’t want to miss. Scoop them up while you can. Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at…

What is SilkPeel Dermalinfusion and Should You Try It?

As I move deeper into my 30s, I’ve realized I need to pay more attention to wrinkle prevention. Yay. Going out late and falling asleep with my makeup on isn’t exactly the technique to preserve a youthful face. I’ve also been investigating different types of facials and aesthetic facial treatments. So, when Richmond Dermatology and…

Memorial Day Sale Picks

This is the weekend that we remember and honor those who died while serving our country. And in America, I’m not sure why, that also means lots of retail sales. You’ve got two more days to save, and I’m rounding up my personal picks. But while you’re shopping, celebrating, and spending time with your friends…

West Coast Provisions is Open

West Coast Provisions, the GreenGate Shopping Center sister restaurant to East Coast Provisions in Carytown, officially opens for dinner on Wednesday, May 9. I stopped to learn about the restaurant and sample some of Richmond’s best seafood. The Atmosphere at West Coast Provisions Like its city sister, West Coast Provisions is light with lots of…

How To Fake a Tan with Self-Tanner

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I’m just going to say it. Everyone looks better with a tan. As my mom has always said, “Tan fat looks better than pale fat any…

5 Travel Candles To Add To Your Suitcase

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I never really understood the purpose of a travel candle. I mean really, who has time to light a candle on vacation? If I’m going to…

Southern Women’s Show Preview + Ticket Giveaway

Hundreds of mini boutiques, gourmet food to sample, fashion shows, celebrity guests… sounds like the perfect ladies’ day out. And, you can find it all in one spot March 16-18 when the Southern Women’s Show returns to the Richmond Raceway Complex. This year the organizers of the show sent me a box of goodies to…

My Favorite Winter Skin Care Products Part 1: Face

Okay, we’re at that point in the year where it’s past Christmas. Spring is a ways away, and the weather seems to vacillate between deep freezes and warm weather teases. With the radiators in my Fan apartment flipping on and off, my skin is looking dry, dull and dehydrated. Here are the winter skin care…

Over-Sized Cozy Sweaters Under $50

I know, it’s a little warmer this week, but we’re still in the thick of winter when I get kind of lazy about my wardrobe. When I wake up and it’s cold and dark outside, pulling on a high maintenance outfit just sounds miserable. You know what sounds do-able? A big, cozy, over-sized sweater. Like…

New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Want to Keep

It’s 2018. To be honest with you, I’ve never really been a resolution person. With my birthday at the end of January, you won’t find me doing a dry January or some crazy month-long cleanse. I also prefer focusing on balance over extremes, leaving room to splurge, but also focusing on making smart choices in…

Easy Ways to Shimmer on New Year’s Eve

You know I love me some sequins and glitter, so of course New Year’s Eve is a favorite holiday in my book. It’s the one day of the year when it’s pretty much impossible to overdo it on the sparkle. In case you’re still debating what to wear, I’ve picked out some simple celebratory ideas…

Ask Marco: Make My Blush Dress Holiday Party Appropriate

Marco Style shows you how to make your pale, summery dress into a holiday party show stopper… #askmarco #christmaspartyoutfits #holiday2017

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals that Continue into Tuesday

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. for $7.50 on World Market’s Black Friday sale that continues through Tuesday. Didn’t feel like shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday but feeling a bit…

The Best Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday Shopping Deals

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Digging through your email, the internet, and your social media feeds for all the best after Thanksgiving shopping deals sounds like such a pain, doesn’t it?…

Vote for Richmond Product Dip-a-di-do-dah in HSN and Good Housekeeping’s American Dreams Competition

Myrf Bowery wasn’t sure exactly what would happen when she brought the tiny blurb she’d seen in Good Housekeeping magazine advertising a contest for inventors to her business partner Leah Dodge, but it sounded intriguing. Dip-a-di-do-da, their invention that covers a store-bought dip in its original container, making it look elegant without creating a dirty…

10 Products to Buy on the Sephora Fall 2017 VIB Sale

Sephora’s November VIB Sale runs from November 10-15, 2017 this year. Sephora Rouge and VIB get 20% of all purchases and Insiders get 15% off all purchases!

Urbanna Shopping Guide

  Heading to Urbanna for the oyster festival or just for a getaway from the city? This town may be tiny, but it has several boutiques you’ll certainly want to discover. And, in case you were wondering, most Urbanna shops do stay open during the Urbanna Oyster Festival. I wondered if they might close in…

Mules: The Perfect Fall Style for Lazy/Busy People

Mules are flat, they’re comfortable, and you just stick your feet in and you’re good to go. Plus, if you pick the right pair, you can really add some pizazz to your ensemble.

9 Key Pieces for Fall to Buy from Modcloth

Woohoo! Modcloth’s Friends & Family sale runs through October 15, 2017. That means you get 30 percent off any orders over $100. I scoured Modcloth and picked out nine items that will bring your look up to speed for the season.

Shopping Spotlight: Jack and Jewels/The Natty Beau in Richmond, VA

When the five Pink Palm stores in Virginia and Maryland were sold to Lilly Pulitzer in April of 2017, there was a cry heard round the region. Not only was the Pink Palm a favorite place to procure Lilly Pulitzer apparel, but it was also known around Richmond for the fabulous selection of Non-Lilly accessories.…

9 Products from Richmond, Virginia, to Ease the Transition into Fall

It’s the first official day of Fall—some of us are ready for sweaters, boots and pumpkin spice lattes and some of us (ahem, me) are lamenting the end of pool season, summer sundresses and sandals. But either way, cooler temperatures and shorter days are on their way. I’ve rounded up a few local products to…

Ask Marco: A Black Patent Envelope Clutch

My most recent question from a reader was a good one:

“What’s your go-to website for bags? I’m looking for a black patent clutch/envelope and my brain explodes every time I start looking!”

Ask Marco: What to Buy for a Bridal Shower Gift?

I recently received the following question from a reader:

“A very dear friend of mine’s daughter is getting married. She’s 35 and has lived on her own. Her bridal shower is in a couple of weeks. What is an appropriate gift at this stage in her life and how much is okay to spend?

5 Must-Have Jewelry Pieces to Update Your Summer Look

Post sponsored by Inspired Silver We’re a week into August, the last month of summer. I know, I’m sad, too. On top of lamenting the end of pool, beach and general outside fun season, you might also be feeling like your summer wardrobe is getting a little tired. But with Fall fashions rolling out it’s…

What to Wear to Diner En Blanc And Every Other White Party This Summer

Ah, the white party. Such a fun idea, but so difficult to shop for. And with Diner En Blanc, the Elby’s En Blanc a few years back, even the Faison Center’s Endless Summer Party on September 8, white attire seems to be the new party fad. If it’s an outdoor event like Diner En Blanc coming up on August 5th in Richmond, Va., a white dress sounds like the coolest option. But you don’t want to look like you’re a bride or proud graduate. The dress’s actual style and then how you style it is key.

Don’t Miss the Westhampton RVA Sidewalk Sale on July 29

  Oooooh yes, one of my favorite shopping events is coming up this weekend and, although tempting, I’m not keeping the news to myself. Here’s the scoop. Shop the Westhampton RVA Sidewalk Sale Just once a year the boutiques at Libbie, Grove and Patterson collectively host deep discounts. In past years I’ve scored designer shoes,…

UPDATED: The Shift Dress is a Summer Must-Have

If sourced appropriately, a classic shift can go from casual Sunday to business-meeting Monday with a few mix-and-match accessories. Look for an option that’s close to knee length with a figure-skimming shape that’s loose enough to allow you to eat a burger without having to suck your stomach in, but fitted enough to show that you do have a shape and are not wearing a solid-colored muumuu.

The Best Floral Maxi Dress + Modcloth First Purchase Discount

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. , $89.99, see below for a 20% discount Ah, the floral maxi dress. Such a pretty trend, but so challenging to pull off. The wrong cut…

7 Products to Buy on the Dr. Brandt Flash Sale

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Today through Sunday, June 11, Dr. Brandt is offering 40% Off Sitewide with Code FLASH40 (Regular Priced Items Only). Yes, you read that right. Dr. Frederic…

Robey’s RVA Wellness Pick-Me-Up Picks

By Robey Martin Robey Martin is a food and beverage writer in Richmond, Virginia. She is also a Marco Style accomplice: when we get together, you don’t know what will happen, but there’s a good chance bubbly will be involved. This weather makes me crazy; my sinuses are wonky due to pollen, my head is…

10 Products You Should Buy On The Sephora Spring 2017 VIB Sale

  The Sephora VIB Spring Sale starts on April 18 for VIB Rouge members and on April 19 for regular VIB members. This is the perfect opportunity to refresh your makeup routine for Spring and Summer as code ROUGESPRING gets you 15 percent off online or in stores. Here’s what you should buy: 1. Murad…

April Sip, Savor, Style Event Picks in RVA

  All the Richmond, Virginia events you need to know about this month. April 6 Addison Weeks Trunk Show Fraiche Save 15 percent on jewelry, barware, and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 7 Markets at Monroe 401 W. Broad St. Outdoor market taking place during First Fridays at the corner of Broad and…

Welcome Boketto + What is a Wellness Boutique?

When I received an invitation to a VIP hour for the grand opening of Boketto Wellness Boutique, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. Of course I’m all about some VIP shopping, but would this just be a locally owned vitamin store? Would I have any clue what in the heck anything in the store…

SUGARFIX by Baublebar at Target is Awesome

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Of course I love a high-end jewelry splurge. Whether it’s diamonds, high-end designer or a handcrafted piece by an emerging artist, I do believe in spending…

RVA Love: Valentine’s Day Shopping Events

The mall isn’t the only place where you can score a gift for your sweetheart before Valentine’s Day. There are several shopping events going on that are perfect for finding gifts for your beloved, best friend, or of course, yourself. Whether I’m in a relationship or single, I’m a firm believer in getting something special…

Tips for Transitioning from Work to Parties

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. If you’re anything like me, this is the time of year when your calendar is jam-packed. Drinks with friends, open houses, gift exchanges, family get-togethers, and…

Marco Style Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers Under $16

Great gifts under $16 for stockings, small gifts, gift baskets, and any time you want to gift a little surprise.   Body Butter Candle: Available in five scents, this candle is made with a blend of soy, shea butter, avocado and coconut oils. Light it, wait for a pool of wax to form, then blow…

Marco Style Gift Guide: Fashion & Beauty Glamazon

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. These picks will please any fashionista who loves the cutting edge and doesn’t want the exact same thing as everyone else. The cool thing about these…

Marco Style Gift Guide: Boozy Babe

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. The perfect gift for that friend who always makes the best drinks, chooses the coolest wine, or has the in on the newest brewery in town.…

Marco Style Gift Guide: The Hostess with the Mostess

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Just the right gift to bring to dinner, holiday parties, friends’ houses and more throughout season because the right gift ensures you get on every party…

Richmond Small Business Saturday Deals

Small Businesses are offering discounts both online and in-person today and through the beginning of next week. Here’s a round-up. Also, don’t forget to check out my Big Bag Holiday Shopping List for more small business events all month long. 15+ Richmond Small Business Saturday Shopping Options Rare Bird Designs is hosting a 25% off…

Marco Monthly Picks, October 2016

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. A round-up of my favorite discoveries from the past month. Bling Sneakers   Anyone who knows me knows I hate sensible shoes. So a recent work…

Art, Shopping, and Fashion Picks Through October 31

These are the events you don’t want to miss for the rest of the month. Meet Your Maker Craft + Design Preview, October 20 Visual Arts Center of Richmond Every year the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s Craft + Design show is one of my favorite shopping events. At this preview event, you can meet…

Fall Booties You Can Stand In All Day & Still Look Chic

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Cropped booties are all over the place this fall and I’m on board with the trend. The right pair of cropped, heeled booties can transition from…

Two Must-Shop Boutiques in The Shops at Stonefield in Charlottesville, Virginia

  Charlottesville’s newest shopping, dining, and living destination has plenty of chain shops that are worth a visit, ranging from Kendra Scott to Lululemon. And, if you live in the Charlottesville area, it’s easy to see why you’d choose shopping at The Shops at Stonefield. Parking is easy, everything is shiny and new, and it’s…

The Fall Fashion Accessories You Should Buy Now at Target

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Of course I always do a sweep through the clothing, accessories and shoes when I visit Target. Who doesn’t? And I usually pick up an item…

Courage for Katie and Kendra Scott Grand Opening Party

  About a two and a half years ago I was in Austin, TX, for work and I happened into a little boutique on South Congress Avenue. The selection of jewelry knocked my socks off, especially the numerous options containing Druzy, a stone I love, of course, because of its sparkly nature. I bought a…

Three Downtown Richmond Boutiques You Should Visit

Dear readers, I have an admission to make. I like to think of myself as a non-discriminatory shopper: high designer/discount store, West End/South Side, boutique/big box—my unwavering dedication to style knows no boundaries. But—and here is the big, dark secret—I’ve been leaving one area out: the downtown corridor. It’s not that I don’t believe there…

Two-Toned Eye Makeup Featuring L’Oréal Infallible Eyeshadow

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. My purposes for this article are two-fold: first I want to show you a fairly simple two-toned eye makeup look that doesn’t require an overwhelming amount…

You’re Going to Want One: Ignatius Hats

  I’ve always thought of Ignatius Hats as the Willy Wonka of Petersburg. Ignatius Creegan and Rod Givens are real-deal milliners, hand-making beautiful creations in an old-world style I have never seen anywhere else, not even at Derby-focused hat shops in Lexington, Kentucky. Their studio in Petersburg, Va., doesn’t have a storefront—instead they sell at…

Sweat-Proof Makeup Basics

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. A few weeks ago I headed to a wedding in Jamaica. As the trip came closer, I realized my makeup routine needed some help. I knew…

Summer Sales Not to Miss

All the sales you should be shopping now, both online and in Richmond, Va.

Summer Must-Have: The Crochet-Top Dress

The crochet-top dress is simple and slightly flowy, making it easy for most figures to pull off. The addition of a crocheted (or lace, or whatever strikes your fancy) top makes the dress even more flattering because it shows off a naturally slim part of your figure and draws the eye up.

Travel Beauty Bag Essentials

When it comes to my job and personal life, I’m always on the go. These days it seems like there isn’t a moment when my apartment doesn’t contain a large suitcase, carry-on or overnight bag waiting to be unpacked. And let’s not even get into the packing process. One of the most stressful parts of…

Target Picks for an Impromptu Overnight

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. The great thing about living in Richmond, Va., is its proximity to fun day-trip spots. Hop in the car, head about two hours in any direction,…

Kate Spade Sale Picks

Kate Spade is hosting a giant sale through Tuesday, featuring an additional 30 percent off the entire already-reduced sale section. This time around, the sale is big, so being the shopping BFF I am, I did some work for you. I waded through the sale and found the top items. Here are my sale picks.…

Sculptural Style: S. Tector Metals

There’s layering jewelry, there’s delicate jewelry, and then there are stand-alone pieces. Of course, I love them all, but there’s something glorious about the stand-alone. You don’t have to worry about combining pieces for the right look. You can totally transform a basic outfit with the right piece. For years now, S. Tector Metals has…

Shopping in Savannah

Savannah is an easy city to spend money in. Boutiques line many of the downtown streets and the selection doesn’t just include antiques. These are the must-shop spots I found on my visit. Satchel   If you’re considering a big Savannah purchase, you’ll want to shop the Satchel site ahead as the shop specializes in…