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Coco Blanca Plans to Close Business on Black Friday

Coco Blanca, the beloved home and fashion boutique plans to close their last store at Wildwood Shopping Center—Bethesda on November 30. After opening their first store in 2010 in National Harbor, and expanding with their second store in Old Town Alexandria, the three owners have decided it’s the right time to say goodbye to their...

Winter sale at Coco Blanca
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Get Cozy, Beat Winter

So it’s mid-January and we still have all of February and March to go. Winter can sure feel endless. Why not beat the winter blahs by adding a new, cozy sweater to your wardrobe? These are easy to throw on with jeans or leggings, but each has enough interest and detail to still feel stylish...

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Still Your Bernhardt Source, Still 40% off

As Coco Blanca plans to close doors at the end of January in Alexandria, we want to thank all our patrons for being so loyal to us. Please come visit us at our other store in Bethesda at Wildwood Shopping Center, 10241 Old Georgetown Road! We want to make sure you all know that we...

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Entertaining Essentials for Your New Year’s Celebration

New Year’s Eve is always a s special night, no matter your age or situation. Some will choose to head out on the town, while others prefer entertaining friends and family. One can’t help but think of the anticipation of a new year and wonder what it will bring. I think it is always cause...

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Think Outside the Box! 5 Creative & Stylish Ways To Wrap Gifts

One of the most touching parts of the holiday season is giving gifts to those we love most. However, wrapping all those presents can be quite the daunting task! Here are five fresh and gorgeous holiday gift wrap tips from Coco Blanca to make sure your pretty parcels are memorable! We love the look of...

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“I loved every square inch of this house …”

Alexandria, Virginia and Savannah, Georgia are two of my favorite towns. It just so happens I have a small house in each city. They are so similar in so many ways. Just like Alexandria, many of the streets in Savannah are cobblestone. Each is on a river, they have a ton of history, complete with ghost...

Shiraleah at Coco Blanca
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Shiraleah

This exceptionally beautiful collection from Shiraleah carried here at Coco Blanca is one of our favorites for fall. The brushed and cracked gold, tassel accents, and fun colors woven into classic shapes complete every look! Plus, they make gorgeous holiday gifts for everyone on your list! This stunning three-layer bracelet is made up of gold,...

The 10 best hostess gifts at Coco Blanca
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10 Perfect Hostess Gifts

It’s that time of year again to fill your gift closet with hostess gifts so you don’t have to stress about one more gift during the holidays. I have rounded up some unique and can’t-miss gifts that you can find at Coco Blanca. These adorable coasters have three sets of four concoctions for a total of 12...

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Spicy, Savory, or Seafood: 3 Stuffing Recipes To Up Your Thanksgiving Game

Hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is upon us. The family is coming over, and you have decisions to make. Go with Grandma’s stuffing, always a favorite, or maybe try something all little different this year, or maybe both? With fresh and delicious options — one seafood, one spicy, and one still on the traditional side...

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How To Host Thanksgiving: Centerpieces & Servingware

In today’s world we don’t take the time have a sit-down dinner party very often, so we forget how nice it is to dine with special friends and have meaningful conversations. Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to rectify this…plus we really need to pull out that nice china a few times a year! Here I...

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Coco Blanca Does Cashmere

We are big on beautiful cashmere at Coco Blanca, and over the years we have found many brands that have impressed us with their design, quality, and style. However, this line has stood out to us most of all for its simple luxury. Rich gray shades spun together with classic cuts and pretty accents make...

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Fall 2017 “la mode dans la rue,” Style by Coco Blanca

The idea of “street style,” or the act of capturing fashionable women going about their day in gorgeous clothes, is nothing new to the fashion industry. Fashion photographers have been trying to capture the corner of a silk scarf, the flash of a diamond hoop, and the swish of a velvet cape since photography was...

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Bernhardt IRL

I thought it would be fun to take a look at some pieces of Bernhardt furniture in real life rooms. The following pictures are how designers have placed some beautiful pieces of Bernhardt into their clients’ homes. As always, we offer Bernhardt at 40 percent off retail prices. Looking for a great desk for your office? This...

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Ponchos & Ruanas by Occasion

Fall in Virginia is my favorite season of all! The streets of Old Town Alexandria just look so beautiful dusted with golden, red, and orange leaves. For me, the best part of fall is bringing back layers in the form of sweaters, shawls, and scarves. This is what I love about ponchos and ruanas! They...

L’Indochineur jewelry at Coco Blanca
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L’Indochineur

There’s a new designer in town at Coco Blanca! This gorgeous line of jewelry and homeware in streamlined shapes and styles is expertly crafted with an East Asian flair from three primary materials: stone, horn, and lacquer. L’Indochineur is an equitable trade company, meaning these pieces are created by talented partner-craftsmen in Vietnam, and all...

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Delight in the Details at the DC Design House

There has never been a DC Design House that I didn’t like and this one is no exception. This house has so many beautiful pieces of art and furniture put together by fantastic designers. It was difficult to come up with one room that I loved the most so I have put together a list...

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Postcard from Memphis (and Graceland!)

A recent wedding took some friends and me to Oxford, Mississippi by way of Memphis. We arrived early in Memphis on Friday and left late on Sunday so decided to check out the birthplace of Rock and Roll. I love exploring a city I have never visited and this southern city of soul and character...

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Cutting Gardens, Plus Flower Arranging Tips from a Local Florist

July through September on Cape Cod is always a beautiful thing. And what a perfect place to experiment with a cutting garden! The biggest challenge is to choose flower arrangements with all-season blooms and produce a varied palette of color, shape, texture, and height. I loved photographing my flowering treasures as much as cutting and...

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Fall Porch & Patio, Elegant Edition

Entertaining on your outside porch this fall can be easy and worry-free. Light a fire, burn some candles, set the table with the Chilewich table top collection and throw some Perennials pillows and cotton throws on your outdoor seating and you have instant outdoor setting that is elegant and calm. The Chilewich collection, with their distinctive...

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Hats off to Fall!

Well, it’s official, folks! We are all in full-blown fall mode and more than ready for sweater weather! The accessory we adore for the quintessential fall day? Hats! Gorgeous felt fedoras and wide-brim floppy hats will steal the scene. They are fashionable yet classic, convenient for those not-so-perfect hair days, and warm! Trendy twists on...

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Building Blocks for Seating

I saw this very cool sectional sofa at High Point Market and haven’t forgotten about it, the concept is so fun and the look is so chic. Called Format, it’s new from Bernhardt for Fall 2017, and is designed for people who want creative seating options. @vikkileftwich Let’s say the guys are coming over to...

Fun city art at Coco Blanca
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You Are Here – Featuring City Art

It is hard to believe we are already half way through September. When kids are back in school, we start thinking about planning for the holidays and thinking of gift ideas, so when we wrote about our last show in New York, we weren’t surprised when many of you inquired about the city art featured in...

Fashion that changes with the fall leaves
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Styling Fall Pieces, from September through December

Fall spans a huge range of temperatures in the D.C. area. The key to style and comfort is having the right pieces to layer as we transition from warm to cool to downright cold, so we prepared a month-by-month guide of what to wear that will carry you through the season. Even better? Prices range...

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5 Lighting Tips To Get that Gorgeous Glow

Lighting plays a big role in the design of a room. It needs to be functional (you need to see!) but ideally it also casts a flattering glow (so you can look good in it!). Truly, lamps can make a room. Luckily Coco Blanca has started our lighting sale — through September 11th, we have...

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What Would Audrey Do?

If you’ve ever taken a peek inside Coco Blanca, you know right away we are enormous fans of the 1950s style icon, Audrey Hepburn. Her iconic photos grace every picture frame we have in the store. There are just so many things to love about her persona. She was naturally beautiful, graceful, quirky, and her...

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“The annual denim hunt we call September…”

It is a universal truth of fashion that shopping for jeans is stressful. There are so many cuts, washes, lengths, and sizes from which to choose that it can be quite intimidating to embark on the annual denim hunt we call September. Luckily, the stacks of stylish Joe’s Jeans we carry at Coco Blanca offer...

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Glimpses from the Gift Show

Needless to say buying trips are the most fun part of owning a store. We take an early train to New York on Monday, hit the Javits Center, where either the gift show or other market is held, then treat ourselves to a very nice dinner at night, and always stay at the ink 48,...

Some of our favorite cigar tables at Coco Blanca
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The 10 Best Cigar Tables

Bringing an elegant dash of style yet utterly practical, cigar tables may be the most versatile piece of furniture in a room. These tiny side tables — smaller than an end table or a nightstand — have special elements that add a little drama without overpowering a room. An elegant final touch to a space,...

Sweater Weather
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Getting Ready for Sweater Weather

There is nothing better than cozying up next to the fire in a comfortable chair, with a cup of hot tea in your hands, and a soft sweater hugging your back. That’s right…fall is almost here, and we are sure getting ahead of ourselves here at Coco Blanca. The new shipments of cotton, cashmere, and...

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New Designers: Textile + Beyond

When it comes to inspiration, there’s nothing quite like the energy generated from design school graduates showcasing their creative work under one roof. So earlier this summer I went to check out one of the most important exhibitions in the UK for emerging textile design—aptly named, “New Designers”—at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London....

Crazy for cuffs
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Crazy for Cuffs!

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – we love cuffs (cuff bracelets, that is)! They are an absolutely essential piece to add to your wardrobe, because cuffs are such an easy way to add some pizzazz to any outfit. It’s like wearing a wrist full of bracelets, but sleeker and definitely lighter!...

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Lovely in Lingerie

Sometimes, the key to perfecting the outfit is perfecting what you wear underneath, your lingerie. Breezy, summer dresses can be tacky in an instant if they are too sheer, or if your bra straps slip off your shoulders too much. We have gorgeous silk slips, comfortable bras, and light lacy shorts to make sure you...

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The Benefits of Texture, Side Table Edition

At Coco Blanca, it is no secret that we like monochromatic, tone-on-tone color schemes, so texture is important in creating contrast. Texture has the ability to add a powerful and subtle dimension to any room. It appeals to our senses both visual and tactile, thereby making the room interesting and inviting. You can add texture...

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Summer Inspired: More from Artist Martha Spak

I’ve written about the fabulous art by Martha Spak numerous times — love her work! — but we just got some new pieces in to our Bethesda store so thought I would share. Most of these pieces seem to be inspired by summer, which is just fine by me. I’d be happy to bring any of the pieces...

Scarves for fall
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How To Style Scarves this Fall

What is better than a soft, colorful scarf that you can throw on over anything? This upcoming fall season, Coco Blanca is focusing on printed scarves, worn just about any way you can imagine. With all these gorgeous options, you can bet that you’ll never catch us with a cold neck! Our first pick is...

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Coco Does…. Color?

Our trademark here at Coco Blanca is classic neutrals. We tend to stick to shades of white, beige, cream, and sometimes black. But recently we have been expanding our palette with little pops of color here and there. Here are some of the highlights… This gorgeous top is a beautiful cornflower blue with flattering bell...

Planning Ahead for Fall with Bernhardt
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Planning Ahead

So it’s mid-summer and hopefully you are vacationing or planning to take off soon!  Most of us aren’t thinking about our home decor right now. But then September rolls around and we are starting to consider what we will do for the holidays, possibly having people over.  Then we start looking at our houses and...

Hostess Gifts at Coco Blanca
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6 Great Gifts for a Great Hostess

Hopefully during the months of July and/or August you are having the chance to relax, catch up with friends, and vacation a bit. And if we are all lucky, we will be invited to a barbecue or maybe even an overnight house party last minute. Why not stock your gift closet so you are ready...

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Summer Menu: Chilled Soups + Cold Cocktails

As you already may have guessed, I love to cook and entertain! It’s been quite hot recently, so I’m looking for some relief with nice cold drinks and refreshing cold soups filling my summer menu that pair well with a summer dinner on the porch. As is appropriate for the summer, I’m definitely going to be...