Author: Melissa Stewart

Born Primitive Fitness Apparel is Work Hard Wear

Photos courtesy of Born Primitive Born Primitive is much more than a brand. When enthusiasts exercise in their “apparel of the driven,” they embody a work hard, no excuses mentality that has been a secret to success for this local…

2020 Coastal Virginia Shop Local Guide

What better holiday season than 2020—this wild ride of a year—to eschew those mail-order mainstream gifts or big box store baubles in favor of shopping local for the ones you love? Imagine how much we could do for our local…

Coastal Virginia Fall Foliage Trails

Autumn is easily my favorite season to be outdoors in Coastal Virginia. A much-needed reprieve from brutal humidity combined with not-too-cold-yet temperatures and trees ablaze in bright hues makes me giddier than a quad-shot pumpkin spice latte. Our region is…

The Arts Must Go On...Virtually

Experience the Virginia International Tattoo through VAF's new Virtual Connections program. Stay-at-home orders may have you missing afternoons lingering at your favorite art museum or the excitement of experiencing a live performance on stage, but the COVID-19 quarantine doesn’t have to…

Six Easy Spring Backyard Projects to do During Quarantine

In our pre-quarantine lives, the spring season likely meant being slammed with work obligations, end-of-school events and exams, sports tournaments and more. However, now that we are sheltering in place, there are few better ways to make the best of…

Virtual Workouts to Do at Home

With all gyms and fitness centers on COVID-19 lockdown, getting in your usual workout routine might seem daunting. It’s easy to make excuses at a time like this but being dedicated to social distance doesn’t mean you should sit around…

Mint Color Scheme Adds Charm to Your Wedding Day

Berta Bridal Evening Collection bridesmaid dress style 19-64. Berta.com Whether you decide to go with a seafoam shade or select a soothing sage, a mint scheme can add vintage vibes, modern sophistication or coastal charm to your big day. This…

Wellness Wonder Woman: Kristen Crowley

Photo by James Patrick Photography For 12 years, Kristen Crowley slept an average of four to five hours a night. Her grind began at 2:45 a.m., she worked from 3:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and then spent most of the time…

10 New Restaurants to Try in Coastal Virginia

Coastal Virginia is a place flourishing with flavor, thanks in part to some exceptional eateries that opened recently. From a raw bar and tiki bar to a gem for gluten-free fare, a waterside watering hole with views aplenty and that…

2019 Community Impact Awards: Businesses Giving Back to the Community

Successful businesses are defined by much more than their annual profits, the products they sell or the services they offer. Innovative business leaders understand their organizations have a unique opportunity through philanthropy to engage with the community, contribute to the…

Tips for Top Charcuterie and Cheese Tables

Photography by Leigh Skaggs A well-done display of meats and cheeses never fails to look appealing and lure a crowd of sophisticated nibblers at the wedding cocktail hour. But we aren’t talking about a platter of cubed cheddar, some basic…

4 Perfect Wedding Proposals

When it comes to getting hitched, everyone seems to put infinite emphasis on the “big day.” But before the oft-complicated wedding planning process begins, the most romantic and long-lasting memories are usually made during the proposal, where the entire journey…

Raw Foods to Relish at Coastal Virginia Restaurants

Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Tartare, Byrd & Baldwin. Photo by Ilsy Serrano It wasn’t too long ago that the majority of local restaurants serving raw fish were attributed to sushi. Every now and then, a menu would feature exciting, uncooked offerings:…

Top Chest Straps for Fitness

These days, getting the most from your workouts means wearing a heart rate sensor that tracks your beats per minute. These devices can make you aware of when you need to push yourself harder or take a deep breath and…

CycleBar Indoor Cycling Studio in Virginia Beach

I consider myself a spinning enthusiast, spending an average of three exercise sessions per week dedicated to indoor cycling. When I can't make it to the gym for a class, I rely on my internal motivation and the bike I…

A Scenic Stroll on the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail

Photo by Peretz Partensky After being stuck inside for several dreary days, the sunshine on a recent Sunday afternoon was the impetus to gather my family, put our weekend chores aside and take some time for hikes and bikes. For this…

Battle of the Burgers: 24 Burgers Paired with Craft Beers

2018 CoVa Battle of the Burgers Champ Repeal Bourbon and Burgers. Photo by David Uhrin When you consider the standard components that make up a burger, individually, they’re not that riveting. A patty. Cheese. Lettuce. Tomato. Condiments. Two buns. But…

Amber Ox Takes Top Prize at Williamsburg Chefs Auction

Photos by Ilsy Serrano His idea came to a head with cauliflower. When Chef Troy Buckley was deciding on a dish that would wow the guests at March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, you might expect he would first ponder his…

12 New Restaurants to Try in Coastal Virginia

What an exciting time to dine in Coastal Virginia. Throughout 2018 we’ve witnessed and experienced some truly remarkable restaurants joining the local cuisine scene—from a permanent place to stuff your face with those pillowy soft Belgian waffles to a cozy…

7 Ways to Use the Color of the Year at Your Wedding

Ultra violet is the shade that reigns supreme in 2018 according to Pantone. The color of the year starts with purple and adds more blue to create a hue so full of emotion that it makes the perfect wedding day…

Artist Creates Paper Flowers that Last a Lifetime

Local artist Nevia Ortiz starts with ordinary items like cardstock, crepe paper, fabric, maps and more and turns them into gorgeous faux florals that remain keepsakes forever. Ortiz, who is self taught, has been making paper petals for three years…