Tis The Season

For Party-Ready Updos

PicMonkey Collage.party hair So many fabulous events to attend, so little time for hair. Thanks to our go-to style experts at Salon Emage in Old Town Warrenton, looking your best during this time of parties and New Year debuts will be a breeze. They’re sharing great tips and tricks for perfect holiday hair. (of course, you can opt to bypass the advice and ditch the DIY. Just make your way to Salon Emage, relax and emerge party ready).

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First up, the low messy bun. Easy to achieve and an especially good look for those of us with NO time to spare (bonus: it looks best if your hair is not freshly washed) Perfect! The natural oil in your hair will actually make this look even better. Use some dry shampoo to add texture/ Dry Texturizing Spray by Orbe is a great choice. Back comb a ponytail, then twist loose hair around into a bun. Cover your ponytail holder by wrapping loose hair around it, and securing it with bobby pins. Perfection is not required for this look! It is fresh, fun and done.

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Braids are also a wonderful option for making a statement. Add some drama with a deep side part, plunging into a braid. Smoothing hair out with a flat iron first always adds sophistication to the simple braid. Or, for a less formal more carefree look, pull out some loose pieces of hair to frame your face. Add hair pins or clips for a formal yet holiday inspired look. For longer hair, tucking the braid at the nape of the neck and pinning to create a faux updo is always an elegant option. Try Superfine Hair Spray by Oribe to set your braid in place, in order to achieve elegance all night long.

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Another fun look – Gatsby! No one knew how to party like Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald. For a 20’s inspired look recently brought back to popularity by the film version of the Great American Novel, “The Great Gatsby”, prep short hair with a styling gel. Rock Hard by Oribe is a fantastic option. Prep mid length and long hair with a super hold mousse for that extra security. Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse by Oribe is guaranteed to work well.  Hot roller and curling irons will help you achieve the status of the charmed Daisy Buchanan. Be sure to let your curls cool before seperating them into the iconic wave style of the Roaring 20’s. Try Superfine Strong Hair Spray by Oribe to assure your locks stay in place.  If you have neither to time nor the talent to achieve such a look, pull your hair back, keeping it very low and sleek. Add decorative pins, antique clips, or brooches to enhance this timeless look.

  PicMonkey Collage.waves And last but not least, waves are always a beautiful look, whether they be short, long, or side swept.  Prep your hair with a volumizing spray or mousse. Both Maximista Thickening Spray and Surfcomber Tousled Texture Mousse both by Pribe are great options. For a side swept look, start with a deep side part. For shorter hair, use a curling iron or a flat iron horizontally, and for midlength and long hair, use a curling iron or flat iron and create vertical curls. Separate your waves gently with your fingers. Add a little glamour by pulling one side back with a decorative clip. Waves are a lovely holiday style for any length of hair.

Of course the sure-proof way to ensure perfect hair for your next holiday soiree (and all year long), is to leave it to the experts. Plan for at least an hour of great conversation, much needed pampering and of course a statement-making do (they also do beautiful makeup). Call, make an appointment and see for yourself why we’re addicted to the hair, makeup and spa services available at Salon Emage.

Be sure to tell them SCOUT sent you.

Salon Emage

51 East Lee Street

Warrenton, Virginia



*images found on Pinterest and provided by Salon Emage


December Loves

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold,

everything is softer and more beautiful.”

- Norman Vincent Peale

With so much to love about this time of year, it was no easy task to narrow our picks to just seven things. Our Virginia countryside is alive with the sparkle, romance, and goodwill of the season. We celebrate all that is magical about this time of year and resolve to give, live and be merry local this holiday.


1. Holiday Sparkle // Everyone needs a little sparkle in their holiday. Let these Tory Burch flats make your holiday shine. Tully Rector, Middleburg, Virginia. 540.687.5858

2. Bold Reds // We love the bold reds of the season. This gorgeous Sara Campbell top is at Duchessa of Middleburg (and in my closet). Duchessa of Middlburg, Virginia. 540.687.8898

3. Giving Back // When we give to those in need we receive the real gift of the season. Find a worthy cause and give of your tides and service. A few local causes to consider…

The Outpost has already gifted $15,000 to the Seven Loaves Food Pantry by donating all proceeds generated by their back room sale to this important cause. The back room sale contributions will continue through December 23rd, with all proceeds of the next two weeks being donated to another worthy nonprofit – Piedmont Environmental Council.

The Whole Ox in The Plains will be gifting the meat of a whole cow to Fauquier F.I.S.H (For Immediate Sympathetic Help) food bank this January. If you would like to support their efforts, you can make a donation now through December 31st.

4. Christmas Cookies // One of this mother’s favorite holiday traditions is the baking of Santa’s cookies. We just let the flour fly, the sprinkles pour and the giggles fill our home with Christmas joy. Click here for our quick and easy recipe (the mess is optional). Or, for perfect cookies every time (and, I typically grab a few just incase our attempts completely fail), skip the kitchen and drive straight to the Locke Store, Boyce, VA. 540.837.1275

5. Vintage Christmas // The holiday’s are filled with tradition and memories of Christmas’ past. These gorgeous vintage ornaments capture all the nostalgia of the season. Just love them! Scouted at Ekster Antiques, Hamilton, Virginia they are my favorite find this holiday! Beautiful trimming the tree, cradled in greens or displayed in clusters about your home. Ekster’s next weekend sale is December 20 and 21st! 540.454.2944

6. Santa // He’s been busy! Making his way through the procession of several area parades, via horseback, wagon, firetruck, vintage or sports car. If you missed his many debuts, not to worry, he’s settled in now at GumDrop Square in Old Town Warrenton through December 19th. His elves are on hand to help your little one’s shop for you in the GumDrop Workshop (no gift over $2 and they wrap it too), and the streets are alive with holiday cheer including, carolers,  a live nativity, merchant open houses, and horse drawn hayrides.

7. Holiday Photos // So many wonderful memories to cherish. We wish you many! Take time to capture a few and hold them close for many holidays to come.

Wishing you a very merry, local and happy holiday!

Tell them SCOUT sent you!


Holiday Party Pics

TSG Hunt Country Toasts The Season at Red Fox Inn

DSCF1236 The best perk of this amazing job of mine is the people! With every edition of our little brag book to Hunt Country, we are introduced to and inspired by some of the most talented and dedicated entrepreneurs and artisans in the country. In thanks for all they do to make our area so very exceptional, we wanted to ring in the holidays with a little TSG Hunt Country cheer…

DSCF1227 Last week, we gathered our TSG HC family for a true Hunt Country Christmas celebration! I may be a bit bias, but for me there is nothing more beautiful than Middleburg during the holidays. And, The Red Fox Inn & Tavern (the crown jewel of our enchanting little town) is at it’s most charming this time of year. Established in 1728, this quaint, historical landmark (and the pride and joy of Middleburg) was the perfect space for our holiday soiree.

DSCF1269 And, The Red Fox Inn and Tavern’s, Matilda Reuter and Middleburg Events Studio’s, Becky Armstrong, were obviously the perfect team to orchestrate this flawless holiday memory for all in attendance. (Full Disclosure: I did nothing. This event-planning, dream duo is responsible for every decadent detail you are about to read about)…

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Of course, great food and festive sprits go best with good friends. We were very honored to have so many of our TSG Hunt Country family (present and future) join in the celebration. Special thanks to those of you who let me interrupt the merriment long enough to grab a few pics. (Left: Darrin Mollett, Beverly Equestrian Center, top right: artists, Antonia Walker and Ekster Antiques, Caroline Verschoor,  bottom right: Amanda Luhowiak and Andrew Napier, The Whole Ox).

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ZXwI3zwQcIXxOJGkd77o4qwOsbb7GOHjYf0VYhINh70 Finally, a huge THANK YOU to Middleburg Common Grounds for helping us spread a little, LOCALLY-brewed, warm tidings to our guests.

DSCF1229 I can’t speak for all, but this party guest left with a visions of persimmons dancing in her head – and a much needed, kick-start of holiday cheer. Thank you The Red Fox Inn and Tavern, Middleburg Events Studio, Middleburg Common Grounds,  and all of you who joined in the fun – it was a truly fabulous evening with friends and a cherished holiday memory for years to come.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2015!!




Hunt Country Holiday Tradition

Christmas In Middleburg


It is the most wonderful time of the year, and nowhere does tradition and wonderment come to life with more splendor than Christmas in Middleburg. This December 6th, Middleburg will once again host their glittering, glorious Christmas event. There are 85 entries in the Christmas parade – each a refection of what locals love most about their tradition-rich, colorful, animal loving Middleburg. The parade will begin at 2pm but you will want to be “parade-ready” by by 11 – that’s when The Hunt Review will come through town with their hounds. TIP: Parking and shuttle service is available at Salamander Resort & Spa and Mickie Gordon Park and will be your best bet for making the review on time.

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In addition to the parade the day’s events also include hayrides, breakfast with Santa and the ever-so-anticipated, Spirits of Middleburg  (or as it is sometimes called – the wine crawl). Held from 3-6pm Spirits of Middleburg always proves an eventful time, complete with great food, good wine – and regular Santa sightings throughout the utterly charming and festive streets of Middleburg.

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By all means bring the kids (even the four-legged kind), there is something for all! The Community Center will host a craft fair that is sure to delight. The Methodist Church will have hot chocolate (always a wintertime favorite). Find Breakfast with Santa at the Middleburg Charter School and hayrides will depart from the Pink Box on Madison Street!! Couple all this with the fabulous shopping, delish eats, fine vineyards and must-see sights of Middleburg and you have a perfect weekend all wrapped up! Tip: this is a popular event, so you will want to travel light (all you really need is your TSG Hunt Country). Better yet stay in town for the whole weekend and experience “Christmas in Middleburg” at your leisure.


The Salamander Resort and Spa is a quick walk from all the activities and they’ll have everything you need to get your Christmas on,  including,”grab and go lunches,” family wreath making, and a tree top zip tour (you can jingle all the way). For the grand finale, Salamander will be host to the Hunt Country Christmas Ball. An elegant affair complete with dinner, dessert, dancing – and the perfect conclusion to a truly magical day!

Whether you come for the day or spend the weekend, bring the whole family and enJOY! Organizers of the event said it best when they likened the spirit of the day to the words of Charles Dickens’ in his much beloved work, A Christmas Carol…

Bring your joy and share it. Give your joy and leave it for others. Take some joy away with you and spread it around. That will begin your Christmas season, in love, leading to the peace of Christmas as well, and maybe we’ll all find ourselves saying, ‘I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.’” – Charles Dickens


Here’s to a very Happy Holiday in Hunt Country & be sure to tell the SCOUT sent you…


TSG Hunt Country Holiday Shopping Guide


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Of course these are just a few of our favorite things…

Hunt Country, Virginia is filled with charming local boutiques, world-class dining, vineyards and luxury retreats. Our galleries host to the original work of many talented local artists. Our butcher shops, coffee shops and mercantiles sourced by local farms and artisans of all things delicious. There are endless ways to SHOP SMALL and GIVE WELL this holiday in Hunt Country.

This Saturday is Small Business Saturday. We hope our guide inspires you to further SUPPORT, LIVE, LOVE and SHOP LOCAL this holiday season. You can find even more great LOCAL gift ideas in the 2014 TSG Gift Guide – a collection of beautifully curated items from locally owned TSG businesses across the country.

Happy Holidays…and be sure to tell them SCOUT sent you!








































Your Carriage Awaits

Virginia Driving Derby Series at Belle Grey Farm

Competitive driving continues to increase in popularity on the world equestrian scene. The elegance, tradition, and charged competition, has many competitor and spectator completely enthralled.

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Belle Grey Farm is braced and ready to introduce you to – or help you to hone your skills in – this thrilling interchange of rider, carriage and horse. This weekend and again on December 6th Belle Grey Farm will proudly host the 2014 Virginia Driving Derby Series. Experience the grace of precision and pace, accuracy through the cones and thrill of navigation through course obstacles. The series offers the perfect introduction to competitive driving for both participants and spectators – and is a splendid opportunity to experience first hand why this is the fastest growing equine sport in the world!

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Belle Grey Farm

November 22, 2014, 9:30am – 3pm

December 6, 2014, 9:30am – 3pm

The Virginia Driving Derby Series is an opportunity, under informal conditions, to drive obstacles in the style of indoor driving competitions or scurries. Competition will take place in enclosed outdoor arena with synthetic footing. The show will host a Novice and an Open Division. Six ribbons will be awarded to each class (pony, horse, and multiple) in both divisions and a series end and reserve champion will be awarded in each division. Cost is $30/Derby. Admission is free and open to the public.

Whether you plan to take the reins or enjoy the excitement from the stands, the Virginia Driving Derby Series is sure to offer a perfect weekend retreat in hunt country.

Belle Grey Farm

21440 Belle Grey Lane

Upperville, Virginia