How to Refresh Your Apartment Closet for Fall

Posted on September 20, 2020 by Warren Duffie

Getting ready for a new season is always a process, one that should include cleaning out your closet. In order to prepare for the impending cooler weather, spend some time organizing your wardrobe. Follow these steps to make the process simple.

  1. Gather your materials. Before you get started, take stock of what you need. Maybe bins for your sweaters would be helpful, or perhaps a shoe organizer to hang over the back of the closet door would cut down on the chaos. Make sure you have everything on hand before the organization begins.

  2. Trim the excess. Next, sort through your clothing. Pack away anything you won’t need until spring, and donate items you don’t wear on a regular basis. A good trick to discern what is and isn’t essential in your wardrobe: turn all of your hangers in the same direction, and then when you wear something, place it back in the closet with the hanger pointing the opposite way. Then you’ll easily be able to suss out the obsolete pieces.

  3. Put together grab-and-go outfits. Now that you’ve either donated or packed away anything that won’t be an autumn essential, it should be easy to put together a few cool-weather outfits. Aim for a mix of styles so you always have something easy to throw on, regardless of the occasion—from a stroll in the park to a day at the home office. Having these outfits ready to go eliminates stress when you’re in a hurry.

  4. Organize everything else by category. Whatever doesn’t fit into your collection of fall ensembles should be stored in an organized fashion. For example, fold all sweatshirts and put them in bins next to each other. Do the same for jeans. Hang blouses or buttondowns together, corral skirts or suits in the same spot, and shuffle dresses to one side of the closet.

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Nordic Knot Is a Must-Try for Local Pretzel Lovers

Posted on September 15, 2020 by Warren Duffie

There’s no doubt that pretzels and beer are a near-perfect match. And, at Nordic Knot, that’s all the more true, thanks to their specialty malted and brewers grain doughs and their partnership with Lake Anne Brew House.  Nordic Knot’s handmade pretzels are made with a traditional Nordic dough or their specialty Brewers Grain dough. Malted barley, rye, or wheat combine to create a unique taste and, if you can’t decide between their dough options, they even offer a combined twist.

Through their partnership with Lake Anne Brew House, you can have Nordic Knot pretzels delivered to your door directly. Know a brewery with a particularly special blend? Nordic Knot will even create a custom pretzel to “match your malt.” If you’re looking to their pre-created pretzels to make your pint complete, Nordic Knot has no shortage of toppings and styles to choose from, including cinnamon sugar, everything, and salted pretzels in braids, croissants, and standard pretzel twists. Several varieties are even vegan-friendly, so you can share with friends and family who have dietary restrictions, too.

Speaking of sharing, be sure to check out their variety pack or party box if you’ve got an event in need of pretzels. If your idea of heaven is your favorite beer coupled with dozens of flavorful knots and twists, you need look no further.

Bring a Hearty Appetite to Royal Palm Restaurant in Sterling

Posted on September 8, 2020 by Warren Duffie

Royal Palm Restaurant in Sterling has newly opened, and according to the folks on Yelp, the buffet is the highlight of this Indian/Middle Eastern restaurant. Royal Palm Restaurant stocks the buffet (offered daily) with butter chicken, goat kahari, and fresh samosas, plus brings out hot naan to each hungry guest. Also, the team is taking extra precautions, including plenty of gloves, hand sanitizer, and extra cleaning between guests.

But if you’re still not ready for a buffet, or in person dining for that matter, Royal Palm Restaurant is still a great choice for authentic Middle Eastern cuisine like chicken tikka, seekh kabob, and more. Those types of dishes, along with kheer rice pudding, are perfect refrigerator staples if you want to make one big order for tasty leftovers all week.

Royal Palm Restaurant is located on Town Center Plaza in Sterling, and offers delivery from Uber Eats, Grubhub, and more.

Enjoy Reston’s Dynamic and Diverse Culture!

Posted on September 21, 2018 by

Celebrate the area’s rich medley of cultures, languages, and traditions at the 2018 Reston Multicultural Festival. You’re sure to love the diversity and community spirit!

Held Saturday, September 22, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., this dynamic event treats attendees to music, entertainment, dress, food, and cultural treasures from all over the world—located right here in Reston! Everyone is encouraged to dress in attire from their own cultural roots and share the stories gathered on the pathways of their lives.

Highlights of the Reston Multicultural Festival include a naturalization ceremony, a celebration of National Heritage Award Fellows, arts and crafts, and an “Art Mirrors” cultural exhibit. The event is free and will be held rain or shine. Learn more here.

Reston Multicultural Festival
Saturday, September 22, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lake Anne Plaza
1609 Washington Plaza
Reston, Virginia

Express your artistic passion during ChalkFest at Reston Town Center!

Posted on September 3, 2018 by

Held Saturday, September 15, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the event is open to professional artists, amateur artists, businesses, families, and kids of all ages.

ChalkFest is one of the area’s most unique and fun events, attracting a diverse, motivated audience and promoting public art in Reston. Participants are invited to show off their creativity and craft chalk drawings on Market Street, in the heart of the Reston Town Center.

The festival draws a wide range of participants and even larger group of visitors to witness their amazing talent. In 2017, over 4000 visitors participated in the festival’s programming, exceeding the expected visitor goals for the festival.

ChalkFest is free and will be held rain or shine. Learn more at

Participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s!

Posted on September 20, 2016 by

Want to have fun while supporting a worthy cause? Come out to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the Reston Town Center on Sunday, September 25!

Scheduled from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., this popular event will raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. The length of the walk will be up to two miles around the Town Center, and it will be a family-, stroller-, and pet-friendly celebration! Highlights will include free parking, refreshments, face painting for the kids, mascots entertaining the crowd, and individual and group photos.

Registration for the walk is free. Donations are tax-deductible. To learn more, call 703-359-4440, email, or visit

Sample Fine Vino at the Virginia Wine Festival!

Posted on September 16, 2016 by

Vino lovers, rejoice! It’s once again time for the Virginia Wine Festival!

Held September 17-18, at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, the festival showcases vintages from more than 60 area wineries. Indulge in tastings of your favorite varietal, or expand your palate by trying a new type of wine. Pair your choice with one of many delicious food items – including freshly shucked oysters from Virginia’s Chesapeake regions. Enjoy live music or attend seminars whose topics include wine-and-food pairing, wine history, or planning a tour of Virginia’s wineries.

So come out and raise your glass to fine wine, gourmet cuisine, and new friends! Learn more at

Virginia Wine Festival

September 17-18

Tasting admission: $40

Non-tasting admission: $18 (designated drivers get free non-alcoholic beverages all day)

Bull Run Regional Park

7700 Bull Run Drive

Centreville, Virginia

Get Your Fitness On at Reston Fit Club!

Posted on September 1, 2016 by

Looking for a heart-pounding way to get your fitness routine for the week started? Come out to Reston Fit Club every Sunday through September 25!

Presented by Athleta and the Reston Town Center, Fit Club is held Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Pavilion. Test your mettle in a variety of fitness class, including yoga, dance, self-defense, cardio, and core strength. To learn more, call (703) 668-0256 or visit See you there!

Come Out for the New Belgium Brewing Clips Beer & Film Tour!

Posted on September 10, 2015 by

(Photo: New Belgium Brewing Company/Facebook)

You can’t beat this trifecta – superb beer, cool movies, and an excellent cause. Indulge in all three at the New Belgium Brewing Clips Beer & Film Tour, which is stopping by the Reston Town Center on Thursday, September 10, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The concept is simple. New Belgium serves a tempting variety of its most popular brews and most unusual flavor concoctions – while you enjoy fun contests and inspiring short films created by the brewery’s fans. The most rewarding aspect is that 100 percent of beer sales will benefit Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, which seeks to improve local cycling conditions. Who knew grabbing some suds could be so enriching?

So bring a blanket or lawn chair and support the Reston community by drinking beer and watching movies! Admission is free and the event will be held on Market Street. Click here for more information.

Breakfast on the Go

Posted on September 7, 2015 by


Grab Breakfast on the Go at The Avant!

After a long weekend, we know how hard it can be to get up in the morning and head back to work. That’s why The Avant will be having Breakfast on the Go! Members of our leasing team will be at the main exit points of The Avant and the parking garage with breakfast bags for our residents. This a small way we can show our residents just how much we care.
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