Fall Is Here!

It’s officially the last day of summer which means I can take my cable knit sweaters, wool berets and riding boots out of the bins and put together cozy outfits for Fall.   It also means taking advantage of the festivals and events that take place in Northern VA.  Old Town Leesburg is a historic town in Loudoun County sprinkled with cute little boutiques and hidden restaurants.  Finally had a chance to go this weekend and came across an art and jewelry show nestled between the cobblestone streets.

I wore a vintage Victorian-style blouse with princess sleeves and lace yoke. I love the covered buttons on the sleeve and neckline.  I paired it with a long chiffon vest that reminds me of an original Versace print, faded jeans, maroon boots, vintage purse and round brim felt hat.  The whole look has a “colonial” feel to it, which is perfect for a walk around a town that was part of the Civil War.

Samira 1a

Samira Walking

Samira Back

I came across an artisan who hand weaves beautiful jewelry pieces from Peru for his company “Rumi Sumaq”.  I asked him if he chose the name “Rumi” after the poet, and that that is the name of my daughter. I was surprised to learn that rumi is actually a name of a Peruvian stone!





Old Town Leesburg is filled with hidden restaurants.  I saw this man smoking in front of a wine and tapas lounge and he reminded me of a civil war soldier transported into modern times

Leesburg Restaurant

This is one of many cute boutiques that can be found in Leesburg. I love the display of fashion & accessories on a Southern colonial style porch.








Mommy Make-Over

Ever since finding out I was pregnant, I avoided coloring my hair because of the chemicals.  For nine months, I let my roots grow so long that many people thought I paid money to get an “ombre” style lol.   During the pregnancy, all I wanted to do was lounge in my sweatpants, put my hair in a bun, and wear no make-up. But an owner of a blowout & beauty bar can’t do that – and so I felt the pressure to look good even if I didn’t always feel it.

Now that the twins are finally here, I’m starting to feel myself again.  Last week,  I decided to get my hair colored/highlighted – finally!  I chose Brush Strokes Salon in Herndon, VA for my mommy hair make-over. I met Mary, the salon’s owner, at a business development seminar months ago and I remember her telling me she is a hair color expert. She has been doing hair for over 30 years. I’m super picky about who colors/highlights my hair, but felt I would be in good hands given her experience, and I was right.  When I in for my appointment, I noticed the staff’s friendliness and the quaint and cozy decor of the salon.   Mary took the time to listen to what I wanted for my hair. I like it when my hair color is light, but still rich and not orange.  Nothing bothers me more than stripy, orange highlights, especially on women with olive skin tone, which I have.

Mary put in a 3 level dimensional color, sliced in a developer, and then wove in subtle highlights to frame my face.  She applied a semi-permanent toner, then gave me a square layer cut.  It is perfect for the coming season – it’s light, but still rich in color, and not so dry, brittle and dull as it was before.

After chatting with Mary, and knowing we are both salon owners whose services compliment each other, I decided to partner with her on a rewards program.  If you go to her salon and mention “SAMIRA from FLOW Blow Dry & Beauty Bar” referred you, she will give you 10% off any service!  And, if her clients come to FLOW for a blowout and mention Brush Strokes Salon at check-out, they can get 10% off their blowout! I love supporting other businesses, especially when the owners are supportive of mine.

Brush Strokes:
711 Pine St
Herndon, VA 20170

Here is the before and after!

Samira Before After


Here is what the cut/color looks like after a blowout at FLOW:


Rumi Rose

My little Rumi loves dressing up and showing her latest outfit. Hmmm…I wonder where she gets that from?   I love the vintage feel of her new hair cut, her flapper-like pose and the overall energy of this pic.

Rumi vintage

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day! Hope it’s full of giggles & smiles!


Baby Nik
Baby Zaki

Zaki Nik Labor Day 2014 2

FLOW: Grand Opening Red Carpet Party for Ashburn Location!

After a successful soft launch this summer at its second location, FLOW hosted its grand opening party on Friday, August 29th, 2014 from 7 pm – 10 pm at its One Loudoun location in Ashburn, VA. Guests received swag bags with samples & special discounts and $25 blowouts between August 29th– August 31st, at the Ashburn location, as part of the celebration.

Me getting a blowout before the big event


Sponsors of the grand opening party included One Loudoun, Real Housewives of Loudoun County, Scene 2B Seen, Suki Organics, Organic Bronzing Station, M Shakir Photography, and It Works! Body Wraps. Delicious food was served by Georgees Pizza & Grill in Fairfax.







Me on the red carpet

With the ladies of Posh Seven Magazine



Real Housewives of Loudoun County




With my sisters



FLOW is a “one stop express beauty shop”, bringing big city service and affordable luxury to Ashburn. Women come in and experience a relaxing shampoo and blow dry style for a fraction of the cost and time required to get a full cut and color. They can choose from a menu of blowout styles including the popular F.L.O.W (Flowing Locks of Winsomeness – straight with body) or the Calypso (beachy waves or glam curls) styles. Women can also enjoy beauty services such as hair treatments, make-up application, lashes, waxing, threading, express or glamour manis/pedis and express organic facials.




FLOW is also where glamour and wellness meet. The salon carries high quality organic, natural, sulphate/paraben free or chemical free products that are safe for hair in skin such as Kevin Murphy, Loma Organics, Eufora, Suki Skincare, and Zoya Polish. A keratin smoothing treatment by Cezanne is 100% formaldehyde free.


The pink & white mod/retro interior design, splashed with pops of color, is inspired by the 60’s and is designed to make women feel happy when they walk in. The Ashburn salon includes eight styling chairs, two mani/styling chairs, two threading chairs, two make-up chairs, and a private waxing/facial room. The custom built blow dry bar with overhead pendant lighting, designer white quartz counters, custom mirrors, and eight European styling chairs are complimented by state-of-the art professional blow dryers, high quality brushes/tools and organic/sulphate/paraben-free hair care products.


FLOW Blow Dry & Beauty Bar in Ashburn is located at 44719 Brimfield Dr at the One Loudoun development (ground level between Sprint and Zooe’s Kitchen), at the corner of Route 7 and Loudoun County Parkway. Appointments are recommended but walk-ins are also welcome.