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CONTENTS FEBRUARY 2012 SPECIALFEATURE

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Evers & Co. Art Exhibition ............................... Ramsey Asset Managment USO event .................. Washington Ballet's Nutcracker Tea ...................... AROUNDTOWN The art of curation and a sparkling discovery ............................................................. Heroines in Technology Awards Gala.....................

Stand Up for Children Gala ..............................

OVERTHEMOONHunt Country Happenings 

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EDITOR'SLETTER ....................................

HOLLYWOODONTHEPOTOMAC ..........

WASHINGTONSOCIALDIARY Capital City Ball............................................ Choral Arts Society Gala .................................. Starlight Midatlatic's 'Taste of the Stars' Gala ......... Washington Winter Show ..................................

Kennedy Center Brunch .................................... Amanda Smith Book Party ................................ Luncheon in honor of Janet Langhart Cohen ........... The Heinz Awards .......................................... 

WL-EXCLUSIVEEVENTS Evers & Co. Art Exhibition ............................... Ramsey Asset Management USO event ................. Amanda Smith Book Party ................................ The Heinz Awards .......................................... Saks Jandel Fashion Show ...................................... 

HOMELIFE INSIDEHOMES History Renewed ..................

RENEWS Alluring Abodes .............................  SPOTLIGHTONREALESTATE Washington Fine Properties' secrets to success .................................

LIFESTYLES FASHION Take refuge from the stress of the city in a stylish oasis ...................................................  Saks Jandel Fashion Show .................................  National Museum of Catholic Art event .................  SHOPTALK Q&A with fashion designers Christian Siriano and Cushnie et Ochs ............................. TRENDREPORT resort wear for both the men and the ladies ........................................................... 

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Heroines in Technology Awards Gala.....................

Stand Up for Children Gala ..............................

National Museum of Catholic Art event ................. 

OPENHOUSE Ringing in the New Year ........... MYWASHINGTON Andrea Mitchell's favorite places ...........................................................

WL-SPONSOREDEVENTS Capital City Ball............................................ Choral Arts Society Gala .................................. Starlight Midatlantic's 'Taste of the Stars' Gala ........ Washington Winter Show .................................. Washington Ballet's Nutcracker Tea ......................

ONTHECOVERThree members of 2012's Young and the Guest List, from left: Nicole Brener-Schmitz, Alex Skatell and Britt McHenry, shot on location at The Park Hyatt Washington. Full credit details see page 30.

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here’s no question about it. Washington, D.C. is getting younger. Study after study shows that more and more Americans in their 20s and 30s are flocking to cities just like ours. In fact, a recent Brookings Institution study adds that this demographic is choosing cities like Washington not necessarily for any economic advantage, but because these urban outposts are “cool.” It’s official. Washington is cool. After all, our February Young & The Guest List story identifying the area’s young arbiters of “cool” is one of our most highly anticipated cover features each year. As in the past, this year’s list includes 40-and-under overachievers from the world’s of business, art and entertainment, philanthropy, politics, issue advocacy, food, fashion, sports and media.You’ll notice some familiar names and many who have “graduated” onto our alumni list.You’ll also notice many new names.This new class of notables breathes new life into our Y&GL, rounding out and further enhancing the depth and breadth of the list. We’ve chosen a few of these “newbies” as prime examples of Washington’s young influentials beautifully photographed by Washington’s own Dustin Lilley. These include a union powerhouse (a rare woman in a decision-making role in a male-dominated field), a political filmmaker making waves online for his political advertisements, and a fashion trailblazer, to name a few.

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We also give you a peek into resort and spring fashion with a sumptuous editorial photographed by Luis Aragon. Don’t miss our trend report for ideas on what to pack for your late-winter getaway. This issue also features our usual panoply of social engagements from the Washington Winter Antique Show’s 50th anniversary and the Choral Arts Society’s spectacular holiday gala, to the Washington Ballet’s always delightful Nutcracker Tea (featuring members of the cast), and George and Liz Stevens’ A-list Kennedy Center Honors brunch (we were dazzled by Robert De Niro!). There’s more to come in March as we look forward to Choral Arts Society’s cocktail soiree, the 25th anniversary Washington Concert Opera gala at the Russian Embassy and more.

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PRESIDENTS AND PREMIERES Celebrate our first president’s lore and legacy at Alexandria’s annual parade and festivities honoring George Washington’s Birthday . Local restaurants are expected to serve cherryinspired dishes as they vie for the top prize in the annual Cherry Food Challenge (Through Feb. 25, www.washingtonbirthday.net). Ford’s Theatre offers another glimpse of the past with the Richard Hellesen-produced, “Necessary Sacrifices,” a play that explores the relationship between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.The engrossing tale premiered last month to much fanfare and is set to play through Feb. 12. www.fords.org

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PERFECTPAIRINGS Keep your glass half full with two festivals set to wet your whistle. Sip locally sourced libations at the chic Fairfax Hotel during the opening reception of the Capital Wine Festival (Through March 28, www.capitalwinefestival.com). Later this month sample 600 selections from international vintners at The International Wine and Food Festival. Expect a craft beer garden and demonstrations by local mixologists. Feb. 10-12, www. wineandfooddc.com

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24-7 fine dining in DC Washington finally has a 24/7 fine dining destination, with the opening last month of The Hamilton, a 37,000 square foot restaurant and music hall created by Clyde ’s Restaurant Group. For a century, the landmark building at the corner of 14th & F Streets was occupied by Garfinkel’s and Border’s Books. These days The Hamilton keeps things pumping in its cabaret-style entertainment hall, featuring February perfor mances by Chubby Checker, Eddie Money and tribute shows for The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel. The artwork is visually stunning, including an entire collection of Audubon prints, artwork from artist Hunt Slonem, and oversized portraits of rock legends like Bob Marley.Where else but The Hamilton can you find a Gospel Brunch on Sundays, or Baja Fish Tacos and Proscuitto & Eggs on a grilled ciabatta at 3 am? 600 14th St. NW, www.clydes.com

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WHO’S NEXT Karti Subramanian Co-founder, Vera Solutions

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rowing up in different countries gave Karti Subramanian, 26, a unique perspective on the world. Troubled by the vast inequalities he saw around him, he majored in economics and mathematics at Amherst College with the intention of one day making a difference. That came soon enough. After spending two years as an investment banker in New York, he quit to found Grassroots Soccer, an HIV and AIDS organization in South Africa. Now he is focusing on Vera Solutions, a new social enterprise that uses the power of data to streamline, automate and transform the quality of care given to those who are most in need throughout the world.

YOU HAVE A VERY “GLOBAL” BACKGROUNDI moved around a lot growing up because my parents worked for international organizations. I went to school in Washington, D.C., Egypt and Switzerland, learned English, French and Spanish, and spoke a bit of Hindi at home. I got used to being the exotic guy.

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they do and then coming up with creative ideas to make them more effective.

GIVEMEANEXAMPLE In Africa, we are working to digitize the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s records and customize and configure software to track patients’ treatment every step of the way. It is really exciting to be able to increase the quality of their care. We’ve found a completely new way to use cool technology to monitor the effectiveness of individI GUESS THERE ARE GOOD AND BAD ual people so that NGOs can be more effective ASPECTSTOTHAT You simultaneously get and data driven. used to fitting in everywhere and nowhere. In the end it’s a huge asset. YOUANDYOURPARTNERSMANAGETO WORKINTHREEDIFFERENTCITIES WHAT MOTIVATES YOU THE MOST We operate from London, Washington and ABOUT VERA SOLUTIONS? I really like New York. We’ve only been in the same room digging in with new organizations to see what together twice.

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SWEET CHARITY The fifth annual Capital City Balll n turned into a rousing black-tie bash to help prevent human trafficking. Executive Board members John Dunford,, n Liz Sara, Bruce Fries, Marco Garcia, Michele Lebar and Tanya Lynn Sabel joined over 400 guests as they sipped cocktails to live musicc d by Biersweet, an 11-piece dance band. Over 200 lots were sold at the silent auction, including theater tickets and items previouslyy owned by Hollywood celebrities. Proceeds benefited local nonprofit groups, including the Bridge to Freedom Foundation, Courtney’s House, HIPS and WEAVE.

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SCRIBNER’SSWANSONGIn a glowing salute to its founder and artistic director Norman Scribner, a sold-out crowd packed the Concert Hall for a final holiday concert led by the famed conductor, who retires this year aer 47 years. The Choral Arts Chorus and the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra performed a stunning rendition of Bach’s “Opening Fanfare” and Handel’s emotive “Hallelujah Chorus.” A memorable performance by Russian opera singer Irina Shiskova was an additional treat. Aerward, guests retired to the Roof Terrace for a lavish gala led by co-chairs Brooke and Stephane Carnot. It included a silent auction and a Russian-inspired dinner of smoked salmon and blinis, short ribs and cabbage. The night concluded with live music and dancing just before the stroke of midnight. VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSATWWWWASHINGTONLIFECOM!

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Jacqueline Kennedy’s legacy as founder of The White House Historical Society 50 years ago with her daughter Caroline Kennedy serving as Honorary Chair, and also included lectures by former White House florist Nancy Clarke and pastry chef Roland Mesnier. Featuring the wares of 45 antiques dealers and a rare loan exhibition curated by the White House Historical Association’s Leslie B. Jones, the event was chaired by Amy Zantzinger, directed by Jonathan Willem and presented by PNC and its Regional President Michael Harreld.

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ART & COMMERCE: Art enthusiasts joined real estate experts at Evers & Co. for a “meeting of the minds” in support of area painters and mixed media artists Andrea Barnes, Robert Cole, Rosea DeBernardinis, Susan Faden, Carol Jason, Bill Jonas, Kreg D. Kelley and Marian Osher. “We want to participate and do all that we can to encourage artists by giving them a place to display their art, talk about it and sell it!” said Evers & Co. founder Donna Evers, who is planning to hold regular artful events at both her Washington and Chevy Chase offices. VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSATWWWWASHINGTONLIFECOM!

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Curator’s Office and New York-based artist Jose Vargas Suarez. Supporter Roderick von Lipsey, private wealth managing director at UBS Financial Services, arranged for the program and buffet dinner at his firm’s handsome K Street headquarters. Von Lipsey, who modestly said he’s just beginning as a collector, has an amazing history. A much-decorated Marine lieutenant colonel and aide-de-camp to Gen. Colin Powell, he was one of Time magazine’s heralded “Fifty for the Future” and a fellow at both the White House and the Council on Foreign Relations. As a Marine captain he led a daring flight into East Iraq during Desert Storm and safely brought all 35 planes back. For this act, among the dozen top service awards he earned, he shares the Distinguished Flying Cross with Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart.

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Washington Project for the Arts goes to the bank; the Hope Diamond stars in a novel BY DONNA SHOR

ALL FOR ART Jean-Michel Ross, here to address Washington

Project for the Arts (WPA) members, is a Canadian artist, collector and exhibition curator with impressive credits. He could also pass as a varsity jock able to score a basket or win a marathon. His videos and witty commentary on what it takes to curate an exhibition show that he needs all the speed and stamina he can muster. Pictures don’t just randomly hang themselves. A curator’s decisions, he pointed out, are based on aesthetic considerations and philosophical choices. Ross also believes strongly in collaborative interaction with the artists. He’s doing a stint as artist-in-residence at Brooklyn’s ISCP (International Studio and

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Curatorial Program), which is partnering with WPA in a lecture series with InfoEx. Last year, to encourage cultural dialogue, Ross began Free Pass, an online magazine in English and Spanish, with a French edition in the works. He asked the WPA crowd to submit art news and critiques, and brought “add your own photo” press passes for the takers. “Since I arrived at ISPC I’ve started two new businesses,” he said, going on to speak of pop-up art galleries which have emerged despite a real estate recession, with property owners allowing artist’s shows in their empty spaces. He’s even designed a portable blocklike sign identifying the temporary gallery. Seen: WPA chair Fred Ognibene, a collector with over 250 pieces of art; artist Patricia

We’ve told how mining heiress Evalyn Walsh McLean offered the Hope Diamond to her son John’s bride, only to have the superstitious girl turn it down. Brownie McLean, one of Palm Beach’s best-known doyennes for more than 50 years, has said she was “spooked,” because it “glowed” when she approached it. The stone, now safely at the Smithsonian, was rumored to carry an ancient curse. Now Stephen Strickland of the United Nations Foundation, who sidelines as a book publisher, has brought out a thriller that by coincidence may explain that glow. “Hope Not Lost” by Jonathan Kelly (Whodunit Press), spins a tale of the fictional theft of the famous gem.The hero proves it has been replaced by a fake when he exposes it to radiation, then turns off the light, knowing that a true blue diamond will, by phosphorescence, emit an orange-reddish light. There’s no glow. He’s proved his point, now he has to go through hair-raising adventures to get the gem back. And it looks as if he has proven Brownie’s, too.

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Christina Carter, Brooke Carnot and Kandy Stroud

Sarah Burch and Stephen Fry

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om Pratt hosted a hunt country Boxing Day “party with a purpose” inspired by the British day-afterChristmas tradition, which dates to the Victorian era when well-to-do households presented the less fortunate with a gift in a box. Dubbed as “Swing and Swoon” with 1940s and 1950s music, it benefited the Free Medical Clinic of the Northern Shenandoah Valley and Evans Home for Children. Co-hosted by the Middleburg Players, local divas Tutti Perricone, Terri Avie and Elizabeth Rice also performed. Among those at historic “Buchanan Hall” in Upperville were Barbara du Pont, Gay Estin, Elsa Rosenthal and Kit Hemion (all providing hors d’oeuvres); Mary and Arthur Ostwen, Billy Snow, Anna and Stanley Dees, Diana McNamara (widow of Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara) along with Nancy and John Abbott and Middleburg’s favorite walker, Jimmy Hatcher.

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After the New Year, as cabin fever set in, we crossed over the Potomac River and through the trees to the charming village of Millwood. This area of Clarke County has become quite fashionable, with many moving there from Washington. Danielle Kazmier, a former public affairs consultant and her fiancé, Ronald M. Bradley, recently purchased “Locksley Manor,” which listed at $4.9 million. Bradley, a government contractor, sold his business, Bradson, in 2006 to KForce for $73 million and is now an investor and philanthropist. “We fell in love with this area years ago when I was playing polo,” Kazmier says. “We’re thrilled to make it our home.” Continuing our drive, we head north through Berryville, where polo aficionados and real estate specialists Robin and George Greenhalgh have listed “Fairfield” at $2,775,000. Built circa 1768 by a first cousin of George Washington, it has been in Robin’s

family since 1830. “I cannot put into words the feelings ‘Fairfield’ evokes,” she says. The imposing two-and-a-half-story native limestone Georgian manor set on 38 acres has seven bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and eight fireplaces. Add to this several cottages, a summer cabin, smokehouse and greenhouse for a weekend getaway. And, then it’s on to Charles Town, W.Va., a 90 minute drive from Washington. Most horse people only think of its racetrack and casino, but the old section oozes charm. Named for George Washington’s younger brother, the streets honor family members: George (who once had an office here), Samuel, Lawrence and Mildred. The circa 1836 Greek Revival Jefferson County Courthouse was the scene of the trial of abolitionist John Brown. On Dec. 2, 1859, Brown was forced to ride atop his own coffin to the site of his execution, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The five-bedroom Victorian house, built in 1891 by Col. John Gibson, is a steal at $1.4 million. (Hint: it would make a fabulous bed and breakfast.) “The entrance contains Tiffany glass and several Waterford crystal chandeliers. The third floor was used by Gen. Lee right after the war,” says Janeen Marconi of 1757 Real Estate in Leesburg. Six blocks away, there’s big news at Charles Washington’s circa 1780 Classical Revival mansion, “Happy Retreat.” AcademyAward-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss has announced his Dreyfuss Initiative, a civics education program that will team with the nonprofit Friends of Happy Retreat. They will fundraise to purchase and restore the 12acre property where the first owners, Charles Washington and his wife Mildred, are buried. It is estimated to be a $2.7 million project and Dreyfuss is expected to host a number of events. Finally, word that Upperville grande dame Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, 101, the widow of banking heir and philanthropist Paul Mellon, is selling her 7,000-square-foot cedar shingled compound in the Cape Cod village of Osterville, Mass. for $28.7 million. The 26acre property along 1,000 feet of shorefront computes to $1 million per acre.

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As a human rights activist who oen travels to destinations other than the French Riviera, it was natural to ask if she is ever afraid to go to certain places. “I have fear because I’m a mother and Brad oen reminds me to be as safe as possible,” she said. “I don’t go to places unless I feel the need. I go because my children are from some of these countries. If no one had paid aention to the poor people of Vietnam or

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the public — vividly and with more presence and greater clarity,” he said. “I have always been interested in science and for 11 years did a science program on television.” On the red carpet at the ceremony, honoree Neil Diamond commented on his meteoric rise to fame at an early age: “I wrote ‘Red, Red Wine’ when I was 19 while working in a haberdash-

ery store on Long Island,” he recounted. “There were no customers. I sat behind the counter and wrote the song in a couple of hours.That was the journey of the song.” Elmo provided a few laughs in his own upbeat way, telling the audience that his bedtime was a little later that night. “It’s usually 8:30 to 9,” he said, “and I am three and a half going on 52.”

have happened to their birth parents? So, I feel a direct connection and responsibility to other people’s children as well as my own, not just my own safety.”

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BRADPITT on “In the Land of Blood and Honey”: “I’m really proud of Angelina. It’s a difficult subject maer.”

FLORENCE HENDERSONon her book “Life Is Not a Stage”: “The thing that is very rewarding about my book is that I helped a lot of people and inspired them, which was its purpose.”

JUSTINKRAEMER on the art of wine at Elisir: “Pairing wine with great cuisine is a performance art, one part intuition about your audience, two parts flavor combination, and a large dose of passion in your presentation.”

Before leaving for Sundance, 8112 Studios Executive Producer Pergrin Pervez hosted a bon voyage cocktail hour for Washington’s “The novelty “Official Creative of chipotle Ambassadors to for breakfast Sundance” at Serendipity seemed like in Georgetown. Aer that a good idea he kept us posted on all at the time. the news from Park City Now I’m via Twier. One notable reconsidering.” example: “Just ran into Elija Woods in the tortilla chips section. Perhaps he was on a quest for the one chip to rule them all at Whole Foods.”

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WORDSMITHS: Guests toasted Amanda Smith’s recent book, “Newspaper Titan: The Infamous Life and Monumental Moments of Cissy Paerson,” at Paerson’s former Dupont Circle residence. Sen. John Kerry stood amid the captivated crowd as Smith read passages about the former WashingtonTimes Herald publisher. Vicki Reggie Kennedy, wife of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, hosted the fête in honor of the irrepressible icon. “Cissy would appreciate that Washington is coming out to celebrate her one last time,” Smith said. VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSATWWWWASHINGTONLIFECOM!

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COLIN & PEYTON Noteable: Founders of a growing custom menswear shop in a town with a dearth of quality men’s fashion. Even better? The haberdashery employs a high-tech 3-D, white-light body scanner to take exact measurements. Colin’s guilty pleasure: The Hunger Games books Favorite app Spotify Little-known fact: He’s been hospitalized twice in foreign countries after encounters with wild animals Peyton’s charity/ cause: Alex’s Lemonade, in memory of his cousin Guilty pleasure: He enjoys shopping more than his wife

STEPHANIE Noteable: A key leader in the White House’s Office of Public Engagement, this former press secretary to Sen. Ken Salazar and Rep. Linda Sanchez heads the administration’s “Champions of Change” and “Community Leaders Briefing Series” — two programs that bring community DEPUTYDIRECTORWHITEHOUSE leaders to share their concerns OFFICEOFPUBLICENGAGEMENT and innovative ideas with the White House.Valencia has also worked with the Latino community, and on immigration and housing issues for the OPE. She says the biggest challenge of her job is working against the partisan political culture to bring about changes that will improve people’s lives.The best part of her job is bringing people to the White House who may not have otherwise been able to come. New Year’s resolution: Run a half marathon (she’s currently training for the Rock and Roll) Little-known fact: She was head page during former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial in the Senate

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ABEERALOTAIBA Engineer; wife of UAE Ambassador

GRANTALLEN Vice President, ABB Technology Ventures

MOIRABAGLEY Communications Director, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

YOUSEFALOTAIBA Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates

DEVENANDERSON Senior Programming Associate, National Coalition on Black Participation

LUCASRBAIANO Political Filmmaker

JAMESALEFANTIS Owner, Buck’s Fishing and Camping and Comet Ping Pong ANIELLO ALIOTO Political Director, Progress Now DAVIDALL Owner, David All Group; Publisher, Tweet Watch Report; Executive Director, AMP Summit

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ROSHANAKAMELI-TEHRANI Entrepreneur/Film Producer SAMANARBABI Executive Producer/Cocreator, Parazit! RONITAVNI Founder/Executive Director, Just Vision

Boggs LLP; Co-founder, Night Life Agency Group Inc. AARONBATALION CTO, LivingSocial

BRANDONBANKS Wide Receiver, Washington Redskins

STEPHANIEBAUCUS Vice President of Government Relations/Public Affairs, Perennial Strategy Group

KENDRABARKOFF Press Secretary to the Vice President of the U.S.

ZENOBAUCUS Senior Associate, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

NATASHABARRETT Anchor, WJLA-TV

CHADBAUMAN Director of Communications, Arena Stage

VINODABASNAYAKE International Associate, Patton

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VP Sales, Turnberry Tower ASHLEYBOALCH Miss DC 2011 CEDRICBOBO Vice President, The Carlyle Group JQUINNBRADLEE Author/Filmmaker LESLIEBRADSHAW Co-Founder, JESS3 ERICBRAVERMAN Partner, McKinsey & Co. GRETABRAWNER Journal Host and Producer, C-SPAN’s Washington

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SCENE LEADERS: 19 TRENDSETTERS IN ALL THINGS CHIC , TOP TOQUES AND EATS

WILLIAMTBRAWNERJR Washington-based Partner, PUBLIC New York City NICOLEBRENER-SCHMITZ Federal Political and Field Director, International Brotherhood of Teamsters LEEBRENNER Founding Principal, FastFWD Group; Publisher/CoFounder, Hypervocal

EVANBURFIELD Chairman/Founder, Synteractive DESMONDBUTLER Reporter, Associated Press WILLBYRNE Executive Director, Groundswell NICHOLASCAMBATA Co-Founder, 8112 Studios

PAMELABROWN Weekend Anchor, ABC7

ALEJANDRA“ALI” CAMPOVERDI Deputy Director of Hispanic Media, White House

AUSTINBRYAN Global Account Manager, Pingtone Communications

ZACHCARTER Senior Political Economy Reporter, The Huffington Post

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DAVIDCATANESE Senior National Reporter, Politico; Contributor, MSNBC

Adjunct Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Agriculture

CARMELACLENDENING Manager, Public Affairs & PAC, HP

DREWCHAFETZ CEO/Co-Founder, Love.fútbol

PETERCHERUKURI VP/General Manager, D.C. Bureau, The Huffington Post

MICHAELCOE COO/Executive Vice President, Government Relations, Hawthorn Group L.C.

GLORIACHAN Executive Director, APA Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) TERESACHANG International Campaigns Coordinator, U.S.A.S. TOBYCHAUDHURI Political Consultant KEOCHEA

GEORGECHOPIVSKYIII Vice President, Development, Simpson Housing, LP CLARABRILLEMBOURG CHOPIVSKY Associate, Foley Hoag LLP KARIMCHROBOG Producer, 18th Street Films; Founder, Tangier Pictures

ELBRIDGECOLBY Analyst, CAN JOHNCOLLERAN Office of Management and Budget, The White House TIMCONLON Artist JENCONSALVO

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NICOLE Noteable: As the federal political and field director for

the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, this 28year-old directs the union’s political and field activities around candidate and issue campaigns. Brener-Schmitz, working together with local unions, has a strong say in which congressional candidates the mighty labor group will support financially and organizationally on behalf of its 1.4 million members. With campaigns all across the country and the 24-7 nature of today’s news cycle, she is understandably busy, vetting candidates for federal office and then deciding a plan of action. “You could just never stop working,” she said. But, it’s well worth it. “Knowing that the work I do helps ensure we elect people who will stand up for working families and give them a voice on Capitol Hill” is what she loves most about her job. Favorite Washington spot: The Kennedy Center and Zara Washington: underrated: Metro. It’s clean and efficient, and Recessions’ King Kong drafts Little-known fact: This rare female voice in a male-dominated world was Miss Lewis County 2002, a local Miss America pageant

COO/Co-editor, TECH Cocktail RORYCOOPER Director of Communications, The Heritage Foundation PETERCORBETT Founder/CEO,iStrategy Labs RACHELCOTHRAN Public Relations, Corcoran Gallery of Art; Editor, ProjectBeltway.com DANIELLECRUTCHFIELD Director of Scheduling, Office of the President BENCUNIS Actor, Synetic Theatre

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MONIQUECURRIE Forward, Washington Mystics BROOKEDALEY Legal and Policy Counsel, Personal.com KATEDAMON Owner, Kaze Design LINDSEYDAVIDSON Pernod Ricard Brand Development Manager, Republic National Distributing Company BRADDAYSPRING Communications Director, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)

NICOLE BRENER-SCHMITZ FEDERALPOLITICALANDFIELD DIRECTORINTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOODOFTEAMSTERS

TARADENICOLAS Executive Director, Fashion for Paws benefiting the Washington Humane Society MICHELLEDESROSIERS Trade Development Director, Möet-Hennessy USA RENAUDDEVIELCASTEL General Manager,Veolia Environment Inc. ANAISDEVIELCASTEL Public Relations/ Fashion Consultant LAURENTDESBOIS Correspondent, France 2 Television

NICHOLEDEVOLITES President/CEO, Conversa Group

Editor, UrbanDaddy DC

RICHDINNING General Manager, Tysons Galleria

BENDUNHAM Environmental Advisor, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)

MICHAELDOVE Co-founder/Artistic Director, The Forum Theatre

JOSHEARNEST Deputy Press Secretary, The White House

MARKDRAPEAU Director of Innovative Social Engagement, Microsoft

JONEDWARDS Senior Consultant,Blue Canopy

JOSHUADUBOIS Director, White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships JEFFDUFOUR

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JULIAEISMAN New Media Communications Director, HHS EBONGEKA President, Ericorp Consulting, Inc. LISAELLMAN

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SEBASTIAN Noteable: The son of a “successful diplomat” and a “brilliant engi-

neer,” Rivera studied economics in his native Guatemala and the People’s Republic of China before settling on a successful career in mortgage banking — where his greatest pleasure is “driving through a neighborhood and realizing that many of the families are living there because I helped them finance their dream.” Washington: overrated: The cupcake wars Guilty pleasure: An enormous Saturday morning breakfast Little-known fact: He plays piano; favorite composers are Chopin and Rachmaninoff

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SEBASTIAN RIVERA SENIORLOANOFFICER POTOMACMORTGAGEGROUP

LAURENT DESBOIS CORRESPONDENT FRANCETELEVISION

Senior Counsel, Office of Legal Policy, Department of Justice RONANFARROW Special Adviser, Global Youth Issues, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton JONFAVREAU Director of Speechwriting, White House Office of Communications

KAITLYNFERRARA Marketing Manager, W Washington D.C. ADAMFRANKEL Senior Presidential Speechwriter, White House Office of Communications EDDIEFREDERICK President/Co-Founder, LivingSocial

SARAHFEINBERG Communications Strategy, Bloomberg News

DAVIDJOHNFRENKIL Energy Attorney,Van Ness Feldman Law

ABBYFENTON Director of Community Relations, WJLA/TBD TV

MATTHEWGARDINER Associate Artistic Director, Signature Theatre

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PATRICKGAVIN Staff Writer, Politico FLETCHERGILL Vice President, Montview Realty Advisors MARKGILLESPIE Artistic Manager,YOA Orchestra of the Americas

Noteable: His name is synonymous with coverage of the U.S. political scene for millions of TV viewers in France whether he’s reporting on the latest fractious presidential debate or trying — so far unsuccessfully — to get Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to speak French. Favorite Washington spot: His own place since he travels so often Charity/cause: Reporters Without Borders in honor of his colleague who was killed while covering a story Guilty pleasure: His vast sneaker collection Little-known fact: He was a junior karate champion in his native province of Brittany

NBC Washington; Blogger LORIGRAHAM Founder, Lori Graham Design ELIZAGRAY Reporter, The New Republic

FRANKGRUBER Founder/CEO, TechCocktail

JONICEGRAYTUCKER Partner, BuckleySandler

KRISTINGUITER Vice President of Communications and Marketing, Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design

SHANAGLICKFIELD Partner, Beekeeper Group

ADAMGREEN Co-Founder, Progressive Change Campaign Committee

BECCAGLOVERWATKINS Deputy Press Secretary, Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA)

MORGANGREENHOUSE Founder, The verdeHOUSE LLC

ANGIEGOFF Weekend Morning Anchor,

KATEMARIEGRINOLD Global Shaper, World Economic Forum

RYANGRIM Washington Bureau Chief, The Huffington Post

ERIKAGUTIERREZ Founder/President, epgPR, LLC CARLOSGUTIERREZJR Human Rights Activist DANNIAHAKKI

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JESSE & LESLIE Noteable: The founding duo

LAUREN HICKEY

behind JESS3, the nationally recognized digital creative agency with a roster of clients that includes Facebook, the Washington Post, Nike, C-SPAN and Google. Jesse and Leslie are the creative force behind “The Zen of Steve Jobs,” a comic book created in partnership with Forbes honoring the tech legend. His New Year’s resolution: To honor his vegan mom by working out and eating more veggies Her motto: “Always maintain grace under fire, which also happens to be a popular mid-90s TV show.”

PUBLICAFFAIRS SPECIALISTSTATE DEPARTMENT

JESSETHOMAS CO-FOUNDERJESS

LAUREN Noteable: The 24-year-old Georgetown grad is well on her way to becoming a veteran politico; she just finished a few-year stint working for Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) before joining the Secretary of State’s team. Pageturner: “There is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America,” Philip Dray A.M. Must Read: Politico’s Playbook and Morning Score

Co-Founder, MoKi Media BLAKEHALL CEO, Troopswap ROYHELU Running Back, Washington Redskins LAURENHICKEY Public Affairs Specialist, State Department FRANCISHOANG Partner, Fluet Huber + Hoang PLLC; President, MAG Defense Services LLC HAYSHOLLADAY Musician, Bluebrain

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RYANHOLLADAY Musician, Bluebrain

Director, Specialty Media/ LGBT, White House

ALEXHORNBROOK Director of Scheduling for the Vice President of the U.S.

PEYTONJENKINS Co-Founder, Alton Lane

KAMBIZHOSSEINI Host/Writer, Parazit!

KIERRAJOHNSON Executive Director, Choice USA

Human Rights Campaign; DJ

Health Information Center

SAMKASS Assistant, White House Chef; Senior Policy Advisor, Healthy Food Initiatives

CARINEKREIWIC Owner, Carine’s Bridal Atelier

CODYSTEPHENKEENAN Presidential Speechwriter

WINHUFFMAN President, Capital Club

KATHERINEKALLINIS Co-Founder, Georgetown Cupcake

COLINHUNTER Co-Owner, Alton Lane

GOLDYKAMALI Founder/CEO, FedScoop

DUNCANHUNTER Member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-Calif.)

OLIVIERKAMANDA Associate, White and Case

EZRAKLEIN Reporter/Columnist, The Washington Post

CASSIDYKARAKORN Associate Marketing Director,

ERIKKAKNUTI Communications Director,

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LINDSAYKIN Executive Director of Business Development, Luke’s Wings

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MATTHEWKROENIG Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations JACKIEKUCINICH Reporter, USA Today ANNALEFERKUHN Executive Director, Arca Foundation MARIATERESAKUMAR Founding Executive Director,Voto Latino HILDYKURYK

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ORANWABUEZE OWNERTHEDUNESLLC

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porate scenester is founder of the Dunes, a gallery and performance space that is raising the bar on cool in Columbia Heights Littleknown fact: He’s a former lawyer and investment banker who grew up wanting to be a jazz guitarist Page-turner: Lately, a lot of contracts, leases and blueprints

Finance Director, Democratic National Committee ABAKWAWU President, The ABA Agency CHRISTINALAGDAMEO Deputy Director, White House Initiatives on AAPIs SOPHIELAMONTAGNE Co-Founder, Georgetown Cupcake SARALANGE Special Events Manager, National Children’s Museum MATTLAUER Partner, Qorvis

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Communications LLC BECKYLEE Executive Director/ Founder, Becky’s Fund EDDIELEE Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement AAPI Outreach PUMLEFEBURE Co-founding Partner/Creative Director, Design Army JAKELEFEBURE CEO/Co-Founder, Design Army SVETLANALEGETIC Founder, BrightestYoungThings

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JEFFLERNER Political Director, Democratic National Committee RACHELLERNER Vice President, J Street Education Fund ALEXISLEVINE Founder, Savvy Media PAULLINDSAY Communications Director, National Republican Congressional Committee KIRSTENLODAL Co-Founder/CEO, LIFT ALLISONLONGHARDY

Artist

Democratic National Committee

RAFAELMENDESLOUREIRO Foreign Associate, Hogan & Hartson LLC

SARAHMARGON Associate Director, Center for American Progress

ANNIELOWREY Economic Policy Correspondent, The New York Times

VIOLETTAMARKELOU Photographer/Visual Artist

RUFUSLUSK Partner/Producer/Director, Cowboy Bear Ninja Productions DANAMANATOS Vice President of Operations, Edward Marc Chocalatier TOMMANATOS Senior Advisor to the Chairman,

KOURIMARSHALL Director, Obama for America Washington, D.C. LINDSAYMASK Principal, Global Vision Communications JACLYNMASON Owner, Charm Georgetown ALYSSAMASTROMONACO

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DAVID JOHN Noteable: This legal eagle is at the center of the

debate on renewable energy. He is often asked to speak at various conferences, consulted by legislators and private companies and has written extensively on cleantech and government energy financing for publications here and abroad. But it’s not all work all the time. Before law school, Frenkil pitched for a professional baseball team in Antwerp, Belgium. iPhone/ Blackberry: iPhone for this lawyer Wash-

DAVIDJOHN FRENKIL ENERGYATTORNEYVAN NESSFELDMAN

ington: underrated:

The city’s entrepreneurial community Favorite app: MapMyTracks

ARASH Noteable: is part

Deputy Chief of Staff, White House

Founder/President/CEO, McKenna & Associates

MARIKAMEYER Marika Meyer Interiors

SOMMERMATHIS Editor, Atlantic Cities

KATEMICHAEL President, K Street Kate, LLC

SETHMCCLELLAND Co-Owner, One Lounge

PARAGMEHTA Special Assistant to the Director, OFCCP, U.S. Department of Labor

AMBERMCDONALD Associate, Baker & Miller; Founder, The Kindness Collective

SPIKEMENDELSOHN Restaurateur, Good Stuff Eatery/We, the Pizza

TOMMYMCFLY DJ/Radio Host, 94.7 Fresh FM

ALICIAMENENDEZ Senior Advisor, New Democratic Network

BRITTMCHENRY Sports Reporter, WJLA-TV ABC 7 ANDREWJMCKENNA

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ELAINEMENSAH Founder and Fashion Director, SVELTE LLC;

ARASHSHIRAZI

Rag and Bone FOUNDER/PRESIDENT ambassador, part BULLITTBOOKINGS music indusAGENCY try mogul and all entrepreneur. Shirazi, who immigrated to the U.S. from Iran has risen through the ranks of the music scene as the co-founder of Bullitt agency, a D.C. and Barcelona based booking agency for djs and musicians. Page-turner? Decoded” by Jay Z and “How to Speak Money” by Ali Velshi & Christine Romans.

JEFFMILLS Executive Director of Food Service, D.C. Public Schools DIANAMINSHALL Agent, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty NAVROOPMITER CEO/Co-Founder, Gryphn LISAMORALES-HELLEBO Founder, Shopsy DAVIDMUSE

Artistic Director, Studio Theatre DEEJAYNEEKOLA DJ/Music Producer

MAGGIEO’NEILL Owner, O’Neill Studios LLC

JAREDNELSON Company Dancer, The Washington Ballet KONRADNG Asian Pacific American Program Director, Smithsonian PAULNITZE Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney, District of Maryland ANDREWNOYES Manager, Public Policy Communications, Facebook

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ORANWABUEZE Owner, The Dunes LLC

CARLOSODIO Director of Special Projects, New Organizing Institute ANNEOLAIMEY Director of Office of Business Liaison, U.S. Department of Commerce BRIANORAKPO Defensive End, Washington Redskins ALEXOVECHKIN

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AFSHIN Noteable: The seasoned traveler, lauded author of “Soul of Iran” and Middle East scholar is regarded the world over for his thoughts on geo-politics and economics. He regularly appears on CNN, NPR and the BBC. Buzz word: Arab Spring: the former Washington Post and Reuters journalist is now studying the aftermath and implication of the modern revolution. Little-known fact: “I’m too old to be on any ‘young’ list”

AFSHINMOLAVI CO-DIRECTORWORLD ECONOMYROUNDTABLE

HOLLYTHOMAS DCEDITORREFINERY

HOLLY Noteable: She’s the Washington D.C. editor of Refinery29, a global platform for discovering and celebrating personal style. She was previously a fashion and lifestyle columnist for the Washington Post for seven years. Over-achiever alert: She’s also the cofounder of Butler & Claypool, a vintage retail and design collective based in Washington Personal style: Vintage-inspired, curated and boy-meetsgirl Animal lover: She plans to adopt a retired racing greyhound (or two!) soon.

NHL Left Wing, Washington Capitals; Founder, Crazy Eights CHARLIEPARET Co-founder, Paxton Stuart LLC DANPFEIFFER Communications Director, The White House MACONPHILLIPS Director of New Media, White House Office of Communications

MICHAELLEEPOPE Author/Reporter, National Public Radio DREWPORTERFIELD Curator/Director, LongView Gallery JENPSAKI Senior VP/Managing director, Global Strategy Group

ERICHPICA President, Friends of the Earth

BENQUAYLE Member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-Ariz.)

ADAPOLLA Founder and CEO, Alchimie Forever

GAUTAMRAGHAVAN LGBT Liaison, White House Office of Public Engagement

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OSCARRAMIREZ Principal, Podesta Group STEVERESSLER Founder/President, GovLoop BENRHODES Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, White House KARENRICHARDSON Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement SEBASTIANRIVERA Senior Loan Officer, Potomac Mortgage Group JOSEPHEROBERTIII

Board of Directors, Fight for Children; Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Executive Director, Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation

NICOLERODGERS President, Role/Reboot

DJSAUL Vice President of New Ventures, iStrategyLabs

LUKERUSSERT News Correspondent, NBC/MSNBC

LEOSCHMID Editor, Thrillist

KARIMSADJADPOUR Associate, Carnegie Endowment VICTORSANCHEZ President, U.S. Student Association JAYNESANDMAN Director, BrandLinkDC MICHAELSAPIENZA

TAYLORSCHLETTE Marketing Assistant, South Moon Under AARONSCHOCK Member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-Ill.) JOHNSCHRIFFEN Reporter, WRC/NBC-4

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BRITT MCHENRY Noteable: The self-proclaimed high school nerd-turned-out-

and-about sports reporter at WJLA/ABC 7. At 25, the former D1 soccer player is poised to take M.V.P. in female sportscasting. Favorite Washington spot: The WJLA/ABC-7 suite at Nationals Park where she’ll chow down on some Ben’s Chili Bowl cheese fries and watch the game (“It’s the best view of the park.”)

LUCAS R. BAIANO

BRITT MCHENRY

Noteable: Award-winning politi-

cal wunderkind; he’s responsible for the most trafficked political YouTube videos in 2011, a year that also brought profiles of the 23-year-old in Time, Variety and Details magazines as well as the Wall Street Journal, just to name a few. Famous fan: Stephen Colbert did an eight-minute opening fanfare segment on Lucas’s work Word on the street: He’s been called the “Michael Bay of politics.”

NIKKISCHWAB Yeas & Nays Columnist, Washington Examiner

MUNASHIKAKI Correspondent, Al Arabiya

SHELDONSCOTT General Manager, Marvin

ARASHSHIRAZI Founder/President, Bullitt Bookings

RACHELSERGI Beverage Director, Jack Rose

CYNEESIMPSON Reporter, WJLA/ABC-7

RAJIVSHAH Director, USAID

NICOLESIOBAL Founder/Product Manager, New Media Strategies

NICKSHAPIRO Special Assistant to the Homeland Security Advisor RENEESHARROW Director of Public Relations, Park Hyatt Washington

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ALEXSKATELL Media Director, National Republican Senatorial Committee AMOSSNEAD Principal, Story Partners

SPORTSREPORTER WJLA-TVABC

LUCASR BAIANO POLITICALFILMMAKER

NORASOMMERKAMP Model; Guest Relations Manager, Jefferson Hotel

Sally Steponkus Interiors

D.C. Editor, Refinery29

KARTISUBRAMANIAN Co-Founder,Vera Solutions

JESSETHOMAS Founder/CEO, JESS3

DOUGLASSONDERS Co-founder, 8112 Studios; Photographer

QUBADJTALABANI Representative to the U.S., Kurdistan Regional Government

AURETATHOMOLLARI President, D&A Luxury Consulting

PAMELASORENSEN Founder, Pamela’s Punch

KATHERINETARBOX Senior Editor, Realtor Magazine

MICHAELSTEEL Press Secretary, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio)

ASHLEYTAYLOR Marketing, Sales & Operations Manager, Washington Fine Properties

SAMSTEIN Political Reporter, The Huffington Post SALLYSTEPONKUS

JOSIETAYLOR President, The Madison HOLLYTHOMAS

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JOHNTHORNLEY Lead Singer, US Royalty PAULTHORNLEY Guitarist, US Royalty ERINTHORNTON Global Policy Director, ONE SCOTTTHUMAN Anchor/Reporter, WJLA/ABC-7

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ALEX SKATELL Noteable: At 25, he’s respon-

sible for the production of all Web, video and print advertising on behalf of U.S. Senate candidates — overseeing a multimillion dollar budget. Little-known fact: He worked in construction during summer breaks in college, fully intending to enter the field after graduation Charity/cause: Susan G. Komen Foundation; he lost his mother to cancer while in high school and she was involved with SGK even before her diagnosis. Guilty pleasure: Reality TV

ALEXSKATELL MEDIADIRECTORNATIONAL REPUBLICANSENATORIAL COMMITTEE

YGL ALUMS 2012 Huma Abedin ¹ Amy Baier ¹ Greg ELLIOTTOTAH Executive Vice President, The Oxbridge Group

JONWARD Senior Political Reporter, Huffington Post

STEPHANIEVALENCIA Deputy Director, WH OPE

WILLIAM“PEPPER”WATKINS Special Projects Manager, The National Trust for Historic Preservation

OMARVARGAS Executive Director of Global Policy/Government Affairs, PepsiCo. TOMMYVIETOR Press Secretary, National Security Council AMELIAWANG Chief of Staff, Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.)

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ANDREWELLS Founder, Events by Andre Wells CHRISTINAWILKIE Staff Reporter, Huffington Post ERICAWILLIAMS Senior Strategist, Citizen Engagement Lab JESSICAWRIGHT

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Director of Scheduling, The White House URIZAKI Director, B’Tselem USA KATHARINEZALESKI Executive Producer/Head of Digital News Products, The Washington Post RYANZIMMERMAN Third Baseman, Washington Nationals

Behrman ¹ Meghan Blair ¹ Michael Bloom ¹ Robert “Bo” Blair Erinn “Ebs” Burnough ¹ Sarah Cannova ¹ John G. Cecchi Chris Cooley ¹ Alexandra Cousteau ¹ Philippe Cousteau Jr. Lindsay Czarniak ¹ Nathan Daschle ¹ Jill Daschle ¹ Raymond “Tripp” Donnelly III ¹ Amy Donnelly ¹ Ross Douthat ¹ Cate Edwards ¹ Carolina Furukrona ¹ Dean Garfield ¹ Robert “Bo” Garza ¹ Chuck Ghoorah ¹ John Goodwin ¹ Garre Graff Mae Haney Grennan ¹ Heather A. Higginboom ¹ Joseph P. Ireland III ¹ Sassy Jacobs ¹ Brian Komar ¹ Sherri Kraham Marne Levine ¹ Carrie Marrio ¹ David Marrio ¹ Maggie Michael ¹ Eduardo Morales ¹ Ross Mueller ¹ Norah O’Donnell Omar Popal ¹ Christy Schlesinger ¹ Christina Sevilla ¹ Ali Shirazinia ¹ Heath Shuler ¹ Thomas Snedeker ¹ In memory of Josh Thomas ¹ Jessy Tolkan ¹ Geoffrey Tracy ¹ Paul Wharton Amal Zaari

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TAKEREFUGEFROMTHECITY’S FRENETICPACEINASTYLISHOASIS

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NANETTE LEPORE ivory and ink cotton stripe jacket ($428) and navy and white pin point pants ($298); Periwinkle, 1557 Potomac Greens Dr., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703519-5242. TIFFANY & CO. 18-kt. gold hoop necklace with diamonds ($2,850), 18kt. yellow gold Marrakesh dome pendant ($6,000), 18-kt. yellow gold row wave ($2,900), 18-kt. yellow gold large bangle bracelet ($9,500) and 18-kt. Marrakesh bangle ($7,000); Tiffany & Co. Fairfax Square, 8045 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182, 703-893-7700.

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Opposite: MILLY black cotton swing dress ($450); Hysteria, 125 S. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-548-1615. BEVERLY FELDMAN black mesh sling-back heel with leopard bow detail ($185); Periwinkle, 1557 Potomac Greens Dr., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-519-5242. TIFFANY & CO. diamond drop hoop earrings ($5,700), 18-kt. rose gold diamond bangle ($7,900), 18-kt. white gold diamond bangle ($7,900), 18-kt. yellow gold diamond bangle ($7,900), platinum butterfly diamond necklace ($4,700), platinum dragonfly diamond necklace (price upon request) and pavé diamond lock necklace ($12,500); Tiffany & Co. Fairfax Square, 8045 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182, 703-893-7700. Above: ALEXANDER BERARDI red chiffon dress ($429); Hysteria, 125 S. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-548-1615. TIFFANY & CO. black silk pompom necklace ($550), green jade sphere silk necklace ($3,100), Frank Ghery torque micro 18-kt. white gold square hoop pavé diamond earrings ($4,250), doughnut black, red and maroon lacquer bangles (price upon request); Tiffany & Co. Fairfax Square, 8045 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182, 703-893-7700. BOURNE ELLE black suede bow bootie ($295); Periwinkle, 1557 Potomac Greens Dr., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-519-5242.

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TORY BURCH navy and crème gabardine dress (price upon request) and long heart chain necklace (price upon request) with navy and tortoise shell resin bangles (price upon request); Tory Burch Spring 2012, Tory Burch Tysons Galleria, 703-288-0786. BEVERLY FELDMAN double dip camel suede wedge heels ($198), Periwinkle, 1557 Potomac Greens Dr., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-519-5242.

This page: ELIE TAHARI long white dress ($998) and gold chain-edged cuff ($198); Elie Tahari, 571-765-3396, www. elietahari.com. TORY BURCH gold circles logo cuff ($145); Tory Burch, 703-288-0786, www.toryburch.com. POUR LA VICTOIRE “Tifara” mirrored sandals in gold ($295) and SAKS FIFTH AVENUE gold double teardrop rhinestone earrings ($160); Saks Fifth Avenue at Tysons Galleria, 703-761-0700, www.saksfifthavenue.com. Opposite: ANNE FONTAINE black neck collar ($550) and red satin flower handbag ($750); Anne Fontaine, 703-714-0509. TINY JEWEL BOX black pierced evening stone ball earrings ($1,425); Tiny Jewel Box, 1147 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202393-2747, www.tinyjewelbox. com. NAUDRI pavé cuff ($425); Saks Fifth Avenue at Tysons Galleria, 703-761-0700, www.saksfifthavenue.com.

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Kristen Rose, Cindy Jones, Amy Donnelly and Susanna Quinn

Raegan Morgan, Cynthia Vance and Joni Sandman WL EXCLUSIVE

Meg Ferguson and Mae Haney Grennan

SAKS JANDEL BRUNCH Laura Branker and Cheryl Cooper

Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie

Anna Trone, Jean -Marie Fernandez and Karen Donatelli

Stacey Lubar, Ronnie Stewart and Amy Baier

Saks Jandel | PHOTOSBYKYLESAMPERTON

Katherine VernotJonas, Kurt Newman and Christian Siriano

Toni Marx and Nina Totenberg

Richard and Ellen Vlasak with Sharlia Lee

BOUTIQUE BENEFIT: Both the fashion forward and socially conscious came out for Champagne and canapés at Saks Jandel’s annual brunch, fashion show and fund-raising event. Local favorite Christian Siriano and up-and-comers Cushnie et Ochs showcased their Spring 2012 lines on the runway while guests shopped the collections in support of Children’s National Medical Center. Hosts Cindy Jones, Amy Baier and Mae Haney Grennan welcomed the crowd and introduced newly-named hospital CEO Dr. Kurt Newman. VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSATWWWWASHINGTONLIFECOM!

Alexandria Choral Society

Scott Thuman

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CATHOLIC ART AND LIBRARY PARTY

Ed Williams, Dan Gaddy, Christina Cox and James Connelly

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Paul Wharton and Nyree Wright

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Britt McHenry and Ski Johnson

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS: Santa’s helpers decked out a vacant 19thcentury mansion in the heart of Georgetown for a holiday reception supporting the Museum of Catholic Art and the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. Museum Founder Christina Cox and Churiazzi International CEO Gordon Root decked the walls with priceless nativity art and bronzes from the Naples, Italy-based foundry. Three-time Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist Ski Johnson and the 16-member Alexandria Choral Society performed holiday favorites with Franco Nuschese contributing Italian delicacies from Café Milano and wine from his Italian vineyard. General Motors shuled VIP guests to and from the event in chauffeur-driven 2012 Escalades. Tuo era bene. VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSATWWWWASHINGTONLIFECOM!

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Shop Talk CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominees Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs and fierce phenom Christian Siriano create collections for style-conscious women. The design duo and famed former reality star spill here about teaming up for Saks Jandel’s annual charity brunch, their Spring 2012 collections and what’s next for their brands.

Christian Siriano THEREISALUXURIOUS AESTHETICTO YOURSPRING COLLECTIONWHAT WASTHEINSPIRATION? Christian Siriano: Its

about casual luxury, the type of looks that work well for the woman who’s fond of traveling in style. I imagine her echoing the things she sees from the shores of Bali, Honduras, or Belize in her wardrobe. WASTHEREAMUSE FORTHEGLAMOROUS WOMANYOU IMAGINED?CS: A great

visual inspiration for this collection was Katharine Hepburn’s wardrobe and movement in the 1955 film “Summertime.” As Jane Hudson, she arrives

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in Venice sporting chic white summer dresses, wide-leg men’s trousers, and tailored silk blouses. I hope this collection will similarly inspire any woman who wears it. My goal is, as always, to make my customer feel special when she is getting dressed. I think what is great about this collection is that there is such a mix of wearable clothing and something sophisticated for evening. YOU’VEBEENA PHILANTHROPIC PRESENCEIN WASHINGTONFOR AFEWYEARSNOW HOWDIDTHISSTART? CS: I loved showing my

collection at Saks Jandel and when they asked me to support this cause it was a wonderful opportunity to give back using what I do every day. I try to use fashion and a show or performance to raise awareness because clothing is emotional. We all feel something different when we get up, get dressed and attack the day.

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WITHSOMANY MILESTONESBEHIND YOUWHATAREYOUR PLANSFORTHENEXT SIXMONTHS? CS: I

Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs

may be opening some type of retail store in New York next year, so that could keep me busy for awhile. But we did have a wonderful year and I’m working very hard to keep my brand going. As a young designer that isn’t always easy.

WHATINSPIREDYOU TOCREATECUSHNIE ETOCHS? Carly Cushnie: We were friends first so the working relationship is the same and quite organic. It’s very much a back and forth which is a great benefit creatively.

WHATDOYOU CONSIDERYOUR“I MADEIT”MOMENT? CS: I don’t think I have

WHICHDESIGNERS DOYOUADMIRE? CC Madame Grès and Geoffrey Beene for their craftsmanship and Diane von Furstenberg and Donna Karan for empowering women through clothing and business.

had that moment yet. The brand is going to really grow in the next few years. In the works will be retail stores, bridal, more accessories, possibly more collaborations and maybe even more media and TV. I always say that being popular in the press is wonderful but the customer and retailers must be your biggest supporters. If the clothes don’t sell, nothing else matters long term.

Michelle Ochs: Our current line was inspired by the idea of playing house and traditional views of becoming a lady through youthful eyes but with a modern perspective.

WHYDOYOUTHINK YOURDESIGNS RESONATEWITH WASHINGTONIANS? MO Washington women respond to our designs because our aesthetic is very clean and very focused on the female body. It’s edgy while being sophisticated and wearable for professional and everyday life. YOURVISIONFOR THEBRAND? CCTo have grown the collection from readyto-wear to include shoes, handbags, accessories and licensees. MOWe want to create a wardrobe that our customer can build on each season with pieces that they can come back to years down the road.

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FashionForward Bright colors and prints whisk you awayy to warmer climates.

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With rolled up jeans or jazzed up with a jacket, plaid is a versatile staple on vacation.

Don’t shy away from color. Stand out with flashes of royal blue, red or orange.

PE RRY EL LI S STREETWISE Play it cool (and comfy) with laidback pieces ideal for sightseeing, should the mood strike.

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Take a hint from sports like surfing and liven up a look with well-placed neon details.

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HOME LIFE Real Estate News andOpen House I Inside a designer’s home﹐ Real Estate Forecast and My Washington

P H OTOS CO URT E SY JACO B S E N A R C H I T ECT U RE

HISTORY RENEWED DESIGNER SIMON JACOBSEN’S VISION FOR CHANGE HONORS THE PAST

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The rear view of Jacobsen’s Georgetown residence shows the glass addition and the original 1863 house on the right. The wing on the left features full-height, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors that open to a spacious garden.

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Designer and homeowner Simon Jacobsen

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ut with the old, in with the new.” It’s a sentiment that reverberates every year as the clock strikes midnight and dawn breaks on a new year. It’s also an idea that plays out in construction sites across the country owners and developers bulldoze classic buildings to make way for cookie-cutter homes or gray strip malls decorating a concrete jungle. Simon Jacobsen, designer and principal of Washington’s Jacobsen Architecture, describes the capital’s own architectural erosion in his blog, The Ruined Capitol. “It attempts to chronicle, in a drive-by shooting kind of way,Washington’s disenchantment with European-influenced building design after two world wars,” he says, “and the ‘erase and replace’ purge in the name of a persistent vision of progress.” Thank goodness for the Commission of Fine Arts, which Jacobsen notes

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The all-white room lined with “Eggcrate” bookcases (a signature element in Jacobsen Architecture designs) makes for a serene library and showcases the stainless-steel “Bob Vanasse” desk and “Gooch” coffee table, both designed by Simon Jacobsen. Museumquality lighting, via nearly invisible fixtures, unobtrusively highlight artworks.

was established in the 1960s to help ensure there was a process and some thinking before demolition. In Jacobsen’s world, a healthy respect for the old is perfectly balanced with the needs of the new, resulting in structures framed by history but re-energized with a contemporary touch. For this, the designer and his father, world-renowned architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, were recently inducted into Architectural Digest’s esteemed AD100 list of top design and architecture firms. Jacobsen’s own Georgetown residence exhibits the firm’s trademark style. An “elegant little” Greek Revival built in 1863, the house was just 15 feet wide when he purchased it and the adjoining structure. He then combined the two into one space large enough for a rambunctious modern family. His home remains true to its mid-19th-century origins but is thoroughly modern with technical features (discreet air conditioning/heating and automatic window shades) and its volume of clean,

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RIGHT: Jacobsen broke through the wall joining two small houses on Georgetown’s 28th Street NW to create his dream home. “This is an eccentric space,” he says, “and I had to be careful with what was going to go in there.” Children, parties, music, art, books, arm wrestling and tactical dart gun battles all had to feel at home.” The “Spoon Light” on the front is a Hugh Newell Jacobsen design. FAR RIGHT: Full-height glass windows with views of the trees outside make the quintessentially minimalist master bedroom the aura of a tree house getaway. Air conditioning and heat are delivered via a discreet black slot in the ceiling, while hidden mechanical shades silently darken the room at the touch of a button.

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A glowing fireplace and Joseph Albers’ vibrant “Homage to the Square” warm up a cleanly appointed dining room. The black steel, pipe and glass dining table and silver candlestick holder on the mantle are Simon Jacobsen designs.

white space. “I have long believed that acknowledging the architectural past doesn’t mean burdening the house down with a Colonial red dining room and fake toile living rooms,” he says. “Don’t be so quick to fill empty space just because it is there. Architecture isn’t about the stuff that is in it. “I believe that the success of the spaces were the result of restraint and what was not done rather than a heavyhanded invasion of a ‘Me-ism,’” Jacobsen adds. “A good house has to be able to handle all of these with equal justice. If it doesn’t, then you live in a museum to yourself.” Though the house was completed a few years ago, Jacobsen admits there’s more he would like to do, including the addition of another bedroom. But for now, his little Greek Revival continues to surprise guests. A wall intentionally placed at the front door conceals the vision to come. “One turns the corner and the parts of the whole all collide in a pure white, shiny cavernous gallery of light and space.” Every house should have a surprise, or as his father likes to say, “Every house should have a Jesus Christ.You walk in the front door and you say ‘Jesus Christ!’”

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Alluring Abodes Classic houses fetch major prices for sellers John Warner IV, Mort Kondracke and Steve Shafran BY STAC E Y G R A Z I E R P FA R R

THE DISTRICT The third most expensive Washington, D.C. listing and largest single-family residential sale for TTR Sotheby’s in 2011,  WOODLANDDRIVENW, sold for $7.7 million. Steve Shafran, a professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a former Goldman Sachs executive, sold the stone manor to an undisclosed buyer with the help of TTR Sotheby’s Tom Daley. The six-bedroom mansion was built in 1927 and sits on nearly an acre of park-like grounds. It features a dual-gated entrance, swimming pool, elegant rooms for entertaining on the main level, a gourmet kitchen, wood-paneled library and formal dining room. Nora L. Cameron sold  N STREET NW for $4.6 million with the help of Trudie Musson of Sarah M. Gorman Inc. Real Estate. Cameron shared her home with her late husband, Juan Cameron, a former editor of both Fortune and Time magazines. Past occupants of the 1850s Greek Revival-style residence include attorney and diplomat Adrian S. Fisher and journalist John Pierson, whose work at The Wall Street Journal secured his spot on President Nixon’s famed “Enemies List.” The property features columned porches, a double drawing room with multiple fireplaces, a pool and landscaped gardens. A private trust sold the longtime Georgetown home of the late insurance company founder Huntington T. “Bucky” Block and his wife Amie Willard Block for $4,150,000. THSTREETNW was also once the home of Elizabeth Bishop, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet laureate of the United States from 1949 to 1950. When Bishop lived in the five-bedroom Italianate East Village property, it was known as Bertha Looker’s Boardinghouse. Built in 1868, it

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The residence of the late Huntington and Amie Block at 1312 30th Street NW was sold by a private trust for $4,150,000.

was restored by the Blocks in the 1960s and completely renovated in 2005.The residence sits on a double lot and features 12-foot ceilings on the entry level, 11-foot ceilings on upper floors, a temperature-controlled wine cellar and mahogany-paneled library. Washington Fine Properties’ Jamie Peva was the listing agent. Washington Fine Properties’ Susie Maguire represented the buyer. Elizabeth Barnes and Craig Wisooker bought WYOMINGAVENUENW from Upscale Capital Housing LLC for $2.5 million. Barnes owns a publishing house while Wisooker is a management analyst at the Department of Energy. The historic Italianate five-bedroom Kalorama residence was built in 1908 and features a dramatic double living room with dual fireplaces, a large dining room and an eatin kitchen. The property also features a twocar garage with a staff apartment above. The listing agent was John Pruski of Cathie Gill Inc.

Sylvia Bergstrom and Marin Hagen of Coldwell Banker represented the buyers. Matthew and Season Appelget sold  LOWELLSTREETNW to Kurt Reisenberg and Jennifer Dryer for $2,190,000. Mr. Appelget is president of East End Resource Recovery, a company that owns and operates a landfill in Richmond, Va. Mr. Reisenberg is executive director of corporate finance at the Corporate Executive Board. Ms. Dryer is a yoga instructor at Flow Yoga in the District.The six-year-old Arts and Crafts-style house in Wesley Heights has six bedrooms and six baths and features a gracious foyer, great room with wood-burning fireplace, lower-level suite ideal for nanny quarters and an elevator. Greg Gaddy and Carroll Dey of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty were the listing agents while Richard Seaton and Claudia Donovan represented the buyers. John Echeverria and Carin Pratt sold  MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE NE in Capitol

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Kalorama, DC

Kalorama, DC

Foggy Bottom, DC

Michael Moore 202.262.7762

Alex Venditti 202.550.8872 Paul E. Pike 202.550.8871

Robin Waugh 703.819.8809 Lauren Herberghs 703.625.3590

Michael Rankin 202.271.3344 Maggie Shannon 202.486.4752

McLean, VA

Alexandria, VA

Baltimore, MD

Logan Circle, DC

Gloria Adams 703.356.6645

Michael Rankin 202.271.3344

Rick Leverrier 202.957.7777

Dave DeSantis 202.438.1542 Thomas Castagnola 202.297.5151

McLean, VA

Georgetown, DC

Berkley, DC

Watergate, DC

Rick Leverrier 202.957.7777

Robin Waugh 703.819.8809

Stan Kelly 202.997.1872

A perfect blend of formal elegance and casual Annapolis lifestyle. This custom built 6 BR, 5.5 bath home sits on prime 6.24 waterfront acres in Fishing Creek Farm. Features a formal LR and DR, gourmet kitchen with family room overlooking pool and pool house, separate 8 stall garage with private office, and a 2 BR, 2 bath guest house. Boasts 1,600 linear feet of perfectly wrapped shoreline, 196’ pier and 2 separate boat barns. $15,000,000.

Own a fabulous piece of Fairfax County history! The original Mackhall Home Place was erected circa 1730, in what was later to become McLean. The original house was expanded with a newer addition that has today’s amenities, including an in-ground pool, country kitchen, 6 BR and 3.5 baths. The home is surrounded by 11 acres of beautiful natural grounds and is peaceful and serene yet minutes to DC, Tysons Corner and airports. $2,600,000.

Stately all brick home located in the gated community of Evans Farm on a premium corner lot with fantastic views of Evans Pond. Located only a few blocks from downtown McLean, a short distance from Tysons Corner, and convenient to D.C., airports and Metro the home boasts 5 BR, 4.5 baths and a finished walkout lower level with an extra large storage area. $1,895,000.

Gloria Adams 703.356.6645

1920’s historic residence situated on 2 oversized lots in the heart of Kalorama. Meticulous and thoughtful 2011 renovation with a substantial addition features gracious public rooms, ideal for large scale entertaining, 8-9 BR, 8.5 baths, fully finished lower level, spectacular oversized terrace/formal gardens and 2 car garage and gated motor-court with room for an additional 8-10 vehicles. $7,995,000.

Located in Harborside, this spectacular waterfront townhouse overlooks the Potomac River and offers a private boat slip. 5 levels of elegant living custom designed by owner’s architect and designer features custom woodwork, built-ins, marble and granite finishes and custom faux painting throughout. Full floor MBR w/ luxury bath and sensational closets. Complete with an elevator that services all levels, a wonderful brick terrace and 2-car garage. $2,495,000.

Offered for the first time since 1961. This Victorian style home has been loved by the same family for the past 50 years. Meticulously maintained, this home exhibits the grace and charm of Georgetown architecture circa 1880 with original wood floors, custom moldings, 10.5’ ceilings, 6 fireplaces, mature rose garden, patio, sleeping porch, and generous room sizes waiting for an update. $1,785,000.

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A unique architectural and interior design experience fusing together the renewed 1905 structure with modern contemporary solutions. Measuring over 5,600 sf on 4-levels, this home boasts state-of-the-art amenities and luxury features, including chef’s kitchen, surround sound system, private elevator and pièce de résistance rooftop terrace. $3,190,000.

Wonderful opportunity to own a slice of Baltimore’s Historic Mt. Vernon Square. The only detached home on the block, 16 Mount Vernon Place and the adjoining carriage house/garage/apartment/studio at 17 Branch Lane is a spectacular renovation from top to bottom which incorporates the grandeur of the 1850s with the conveniences of the 21st century. One of the original Garrett owned properties. $2,450,000.

Foxhall Crescents – Architectural Design Chic with walls of windows, gourmet kitchen, 3 spacious BR, elegant baths on 3 levels, circular staircases, gleaming hardwoods, marble flooring, formal living room, dining room and library, 3 marble fireplaces and entry-level 2-car garage. Privately sited on a premium lot with terraced gardens. Minutes to the White House. $1,299,000.

Downtown, D.C. 202.234.3344

Georgetown, D.C. 202.333.1212

Apartment 801 & 806 is a spectacular renovation and redesign of a nearly 4,000 sf combined apartment. This unit offers fantastic entertaining space, an open concept floor plan with formal living, dining, family room and exceptional kitchen that all flow into one another. There are breathtaking and sweeping wrap-around views which include the Georgetown waterfront, Key Bridge and Rosslyn. $2,995,000.

This one-of-a-kind 2 BR, 3.5 bath custom corner penthouse is appointed with floor to ceiling glass that provides breathtaking views of the very best sights of DC. No detail is spared in the lavishly finished baths. Endless storage and luxurious amenities in the kitchen are available to the most high performance chef. Boasts 5 star lobby, rooftop lap pool and 3 garaged parking spaces. $2,199,000.

This truly magnificent Watergate apartment offers spectacular uninterrupted views over the Potomac River and downtown Rosslyn, VA. This sensational lateral co-op offers “Best Address” living in the heart of Washington, DC. The accommodations comprise a full service building with 24 hour front desk, doorman, maintenance and steps from historic Georgetown and the Kennedy Center of Arts. $579,000.

McLean, VA 703.319.3344

Chevy Chase, MD 301.967.3344

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a maternal grandson of arts patron Paul Mellon, is a former race car driver turned documentary director. The four-bedroom East Village Federal-style townhouse was built in 2003. The property features many upgrades and a double-sized rooftop deck. Washington Fine Properties’ Eileen McGrath was the listing agent while Former Goldman Sachs exec. Steve Shafron sold 2860 Michael Rankin of TTR Sotheby’s Woodland Drive NW for $7.7 million to an undisclosed buyer. represented the buyer. Hill North to John and Teresa Fish for $1.25 Mort Kondracke and Marguerite Sallee million. Echeverria is a professor of law at sold PSTREETNW in Georgetown for Vermont Law School and former executive $2 million. Kondracke, a well-known journalist director of the Georgetown Environmental Law and political commentator, was executive editor & Policy Institute at Georgetown University of Roll Call and co-host of “The Beltway Boys” Law Center and general counsel of the National on the Fox News Channel. He is a regular Audobon Society. Pratt was the executive contributor on “Special Report” with Bret producer of CBS News’ “Face The Nation Baier. Sallee is CEO of America’s Promise, a with Bob Schieffer” and an editor at The nonprofit working to help disadvantaged youth. Washington Post. The four-bedroom Victorian The three-bedroom Federal townhouse in the boasts four finished levels that include a top- heart of the East Village was built in 1811 and floor master suite with roof deck, double parlor, features seven fireplaces, original floors, twoformal dining room and gourmet kitchen. The car garage, and private gardens in the front 2,471-foot residence was built in 1900. Listing and back. The listing agent was Washington agent for the transaction was Coldwell Banker’s Fine Properties’ Eileen McGrath. Michael John Parker while Megan Shapiro of RE/MAX Rankin, managing director of TTR Sotheby’s International realty, was the buyer’s agent. Allegiance represented the buyer. John W. Warner IV and his wife Shannon sold OLIVESTREETNW to Alison Anne MARYLAND Stanley for $1,950,000. Mr. Warner, the son Frederick Dombo III and Michele Matan of former Virginia Senator John Warner and Dombo bought  NORTHAMPTON

STREET NW in Chevy Chase from Jane

Carey Long for $1,380,000. Mr. Dombo is a partner at the Nossaman law firm in the District. The seven-bedroom classic residence was built in 1911 and features a wraparound porch, high ceilings, bay windows and screened-in second-floor porch. The listing agent for the transaction was TTR Sotheby’s Claudia Donovan while Laura McCaffrey of Evers & Company represented the buyer. Steven Flajser soldARMATDRIVEin Bethesda for $2,010,000 with the help of Long & Foster’s Marc Fleisher. Flajser is a principal at Washington Technology Strategies, a national security and intelligence consulting firm. The seven-bedroom Colonial was built in 1994 by acclaimed builder Jeff Robins and features embassy-sized living and dining rooms, French doors, 10-foot ceilings, five fireplaces and a three-quarter-acre lot with custom pool.

VIRGINIA Gregory and Kathryn Bronstein sold    WYNFIELD WOODS DRIVE in Great Falls for $2,070,000 with the help of McEnearney Associates’ Anne DiBenedetto. Mr. Bronstein is an executive at Wells Fargo.The six-bedroom Fox Run house was built in 2005 and features both gourmet and caterer’s kitchens, a formal dining room, a living room with separate study, sun room, screened-in porch and an outdoor kitchen.

PROPERTYLINES PUTTIN’ OFF THE RITZ The chairman and CEO of Ritz Camera and its group of affiliated companies is selling his Potomac house for $6,850,000. David and Robyn Ritz are parting with  FOX MEADOWLANE in Bradley Hills. The seven-bedroom Nantucketstyle abode was built in 2002 by acclaimed architect Bruce Rich and includes a two-story English conservatory, library with nautically influenced custom mill work, gourmet kitchen with two-story ceiling, detached exercise facility and eightcar garage on three private acres. The listing agent is Long & Foster’s Marc Fleisher. SHAKESPEARESCHOLARLISTS Gail Kern Paster, director emerita

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of the Folger Shakespeare Library and the widow of lobbyist Howard Paster, has listed   LINNEAN AVENUE NW in Forest Hills for $2,395,000. The stately Colonial was built in 1940 and offers seven bedrooms, gracious entertaining spaces and a beautiful walled garden. The property is listed by Ellen Abrams and Anne-Marie Finnell of Evers & Company. PRESBYTERY SELLS  The National Capital Presbytery, an organization of the Presbyterian Church that oversees 108 churches in Maryland, Virginia and the District, is selling its Middleburg retreat facility, “Meadowkirk,” for $16 million. The 358-acre property at  DELTAFARMLANE

includes an eight-bedroom manor house (circa 1901), a newly constructed 20room inn, three cottages, a pool and several outbuildings, including a renovated stone dairy barn. SheridanMacMahon Ltd.’s Paul MacMahon is the listing agent.

Ritz Camera chairman and CEO David Ritz and his wife Robyn are selling their Nantucket-style home at 9210 Fox Meadow Lane in Potomac’s Bradley Hills for $6,850,000.

CLIFTON CASTLE ON MARKET A 27,000square-foot Clifton, Va. megamansion owned by architect Ron Hubbard and his wife, Cheryl, is on the market for $12.5 million. Hubbard formerly worked with the Department of Defense and has overseen many DoD construction projects. He is founder of C+H Associates, an architectural plan-

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ning firm. The French-inspired “Chateau in Oak Hollow” at   DOYLEROADis situated on five acres and was built in 2000. The seven-bedroom property includes an indoor pool, art gallery, threestory marble entrance, golf green, two ponds and eight-car garage. The listing agent is Jobin Realty’s Meghan Wasinger.

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From left: Washington Fine Properties’ partners Tom Anderson, Bill Moody, Marc Schappell and Dana Landry. (Photo by Joseph Allen)

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“GONE ARE THE DAYS OF ‘FOR SALE BY OWNER’ and buying based on computer-generated valuations.Today’s buyers and sellers are more cautious than ever and want to put themselves in the hands of an expert. Regardless of price range, there is an emphasis on quality in times of uncertainty.”

emphasis on quality in times of uncertainty. Because of the tightening of mortgage funds, today’s buyers are looking for homes that are fully renovated and in great condition. Real estate is often our clients’ largest single investment, so they rely heavily on the expertise and negotiating skills of their agents. WL: This is our “Young and the Guest List”

issue. What neighborhoods are becoming popular for the under-40 crowd? What trends do you see with younger home buyers? WASHINGTONLIFE You sold almost three times as many houses over $1.5 million than your closest competitor last year. How have you managed to turn the closing of a luxury home sale into what is almost a science? WASHINGTON FINE PROPERTIES It

all starts with the quality of our people. We are fortunate to have some of the most experienced and successful agents in the area who appreciate the firm’s core principles of collegiality and teamwork. Our clients know that when they list their home with any WFP agent, they get the whole firm working to accomplish their goal. This has earned us national recognition in 2011 as having achieved the highest average sales production per agent of any firm in America, as well as the highest average sales price of any firm in America. Additionally, while WFP dominates the luxury market sector, over half of our transactions are under $1 million.

WL What are the unique challenges of

selling very high-end properties such as Evermay and Halcyon House? WFP Market knowledge and position

both locally and nationally, insight relative to what makes the property worthy of its price, instilling confidence to the principals of the transaction, and agent relationships are some of the key factors that make such deals come together. Our involvement in most high-end transactions in the region gives our agents the credentials necessary to make clients feel comfortable in proceeding with a high-value purchase.

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WL Your firm has earned a stellar reputation in the Washington area. How do you account for your success, especially as a relatively smaller company?

WFP We’ve seen a surge in young people

moving to Logan Circle, American University Park and North Cleveland Park in the District; Arlington, particularly Rosslyn and Clarendon WFP The firm just celebrated its 13-year in Virginia; and Bethesda in Maryland. anniversary and achieved over $1.4 billion One of the largest trends we have recently in sales in 2011, making us the 71st largest seen is that once there is volatility in a market, firm in the United States in terms of sales clients reach out to professional advisors, and this volume. We are proud holds true for younger to be an independent people as well. They firm in the powerful utilize the Internet to Washington market gather information on and not part of one their own, but when of the conglomerate it comes time to write franchises. Our size the check, they connect provides agility and with the professionals allows us to focus on who can properly guide supporting our agents them to maximize , in fully meeting their their investment and to mortgage interest deduction clients’ needs. We’ve negotiate the best deal benefits and sellers having earned our reputation for them. realistically adjusted their by taking the high WL When is the best road in every aspect expectations, there are time to buy property of our business and unbelievable opportunities in the Washington area providing the finest within the current market.” in 2012 and why? service to buyers and sellers of homes in all WFP Contrary to the price ranges. old “spring market WLWhat real estate trends do you foresee theory,” the capital region experiences in 2012? consistent sales activity throughout the year. It’s not “what” time is best to buy your house, but WFP Gone are the days of “For Sale By rather “when” the best property and investment Owner” and buying based on computer- is available. With interest rates at all-time lows, generated valuations. Today’s buyers and sellers mortgage interest deduction benefits and sellers are more cautious than ever and want to put having realistically adjusted their expectations, themselves in the hands of an expert. there are unbelievable opportunities within the Regardless of price range, there is an current market.

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Ringing in the New Year Luxury properties sure to entice the most discerning buyers in 2012

ALDERLEY INNSBRUCKAVENUEGREATFALLSVA This Cotswold stone manor sits on five gated acres surrounded by 30-foot evergreens, just minutes from downtown Great Falls. Boasting 25,000 square feet of living space, the interior includes a gourmet kitchen, breakfast room, handsome dining and living rooms, home theater, gym, wine cellar, spa and abundant storage. The master suite features his-and-her baths and dressing rooms.There are an additional five bedrooms and five full and two half-baths as well as a guest cottage. Exterior amenities include an electronic gate, pool, lighting, generator, Virginia flagstone terraces and three-car garage with ample parking area on the circular gravel driveway.

Asking Price: $6,900,000 Listing Agent: Marc Fleisher 301-961-3180 The Fleisher Group of Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.

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Premier builder David Niroo custom built this property in a European villa design with a limestone elevation. The house contains seven bedrooms and seven full and five half-baths. Imported stone and fixtures, plaster moldings, a gourmet Habersham kitchen, an Italian-inspired, fully paneled library, home theater and outdoor pool are just a few features this residence of unparalleled design and detail has to offer.

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Located on historic Cox’s row, this Federal townhouse was built by Col. John Cox circa 1805 and is abutted on two sides by a professionally designed flagstone terrace. Recently restored to its past glory by the renowned design firm RixeyRixey Architects, the main level includes a double living room with two fireplaces, dining room with custom built-ins and a chef ’s kitchen featuring design-grade amenities. Built on a grand scale, there are six bedrooms, six full baths, three half-baths, eight fireplaces and private parking for three cars.

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Philomont, Virginia

$5,500,000

The Middleburg Christmas Tree Farm, a unique 127 acre property (four parcels) -- a turnkey operation in land use with a custom built 4,000 SF quarry stone home overlooking a 1-1/2 acre stocked lake. Nancy Itteilag 202-905-7762/ 202-363-1800 (O)

Bethesda, Maryland

$2,395,000

Sophistication and casual elegance are found in this exquisite, 2008 custom-built home. The 6-bedroom, 6-baths home’s superb gourmet kitchen with an oversized concrete island and a breakfast nook opens to the family room with a stone fireplace. Bethesda Miller 301-229-4000

Potomac, Maryland

$4,250,000

Enjoy both easy entertaining and quiet family life in this gorgeous 7BR/7+BA Colonial. Distinctive residence with grand yet gracious design. 8 fireplaces, 5-car garage. Double ovens. Shake roof. Quality throughout! Krystyna Litwin 301-299-6098/ 301-983-0060 (O)

Clifton, Virginia

$3,900,000

Incredible five-story mansion on five acres. Spectacular floor plan, luxurious appointments, 5-stop elevator, indoor lap pool, full apartment above the garage, multiple decks and gazebo. www.LILIAN.com Lilian Jorgenson 703-407-0766/ 703-790-1990 (O)

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Potomac, Maryland

$2,750,000

Extraordinary new home on a prime lot. 2 master bedroom suites. All bedrooms with private bath. Study with fireplace and French doors to covered porch. Fabulous gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances and more. Easy commute to DC, VA and airports. Parvin Navid 301-325-6401/ 240-497-1700 (O)

Wesley Heights, DC

$1,995,000

Enjoy a luxury lifestyle in this 7BR/5+BA Colonial. Remarkable home with superlative design flair. 3 fireplaces. Classic Colonial warmth and charm! Miller Spring Valley 202-362-1300

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Washington, DC

$1,900,000

If you are searching for the sublime, look no further than this luxurious 6BR/3+BA Colonial. Stunning residence providing an attractive pool and a patio. 4 fireplaces. A gorgeous ambiance and so much more! Peggy Ferris 202-438-1524/ 202-364-1300 (O)

Arlington, Virginia

$1,590,000

Both elegant and functional, this distinguished 4BR/5+BA Contempo ideally set on 0.69 acres shows off stylishly. This superlative home boasts fireplace. Spacious floorplan. A perfect ambiance and so much more! Arlington Office 703-522-0500

Potomac, Maryland

$1,549,000

Enchantment! Gorgeous 5BR/3+BA Victorian. Beautifully designed, with fireplace. Many lovely touches! Erica Lee 202-446-7699/ 202-966-1400 (O)

Sited on 2 serene acres,this stunning 5 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath Colonial boasts a 2-story foyer, 1st-floor library, master suite with fireplace and 3-car garage. Walls of windows in the kitchen and morning room offer panoramic views of the wooded landscape. Margie Halem 301-775-4196/ 301-907-7600 (O)

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Arlington, Virginia

$1,199,000

Revel in the rewarding character of this distinguished 2BR/2BA condo. A gracious lifestyle, complemented by fireplace. Airy and bright floorplan, loft. Entrancing home with exceptional design. Friendship Heights Office 202-364-5200

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Bethesda, Maryland

$1,100,000

Stunning home provides a graceful elegance. Granite Kitchen, Pantry with Laundry, large Deck off Family Room, Den/Library/Office. Membership available in Avenel’s Swim-Tennis Club and TPC Golf Course. Chevy Chase Sales 202-363-9700

Foggy Bottom, DC

$899,000

Perfection! Gorgeous 2BR/2BA condo. Inspiring unit with stunning appointments. Double ovens. Roof deck. Graceful styling and lovely comforts. Community swimming pool. Woodley Park 202-483-6300

WHOHELPEDGUIDEYOUR CAREERTHEMOST? I’ve been blessed with extraordinary mentors: Jim Snyder at Channel 9; Sid Davis, who brought me to NBC News in 1978; and of course the one and only Tim Russert, who really taught me how to cover politics.

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I broke the story that Dan Quayle was going to be on the ticket in 1988 and that John Edwards would be John Kerry’s running mate in 2004. Over the years it was fascinating to have so many exclusive interviews with Fidel Castro.

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SOMEONEYOU WANTEDTOMEET BUTNEVERDID? I’d love to question the real power in Iran, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei about his country’s nuclear intentions.

of its history and intrigue. One of the favorite “Today Show” stories I did when I covered the Hill full-time was about the Brumidi frescoes that decorate the Rotunda and other corridors on the first floor. I became intrigued by them during long stake outs, waiting for leaders to emerge from budget negotiations.

place, seeming to rise from the earth thanks to architect Maya Lin’s brilliant design. It perfectly conveys sacrifice, honor and loss.

My favorite restaurant is in that “other” Washington: the INN AT LITTLE WASHINGTON(3), because that’s where my husband and I I love to wander through DUMBARTON were married. In our neighborhood we are forOAKS and run through BATTERY KEMBLE tunate to have BLACKSALT (4) for really great, and ROCKCREEKPARKS. I trained for a mar- fresh seafood. athon along the towpath, taking the CAPITAL CRESCENT TRAIL (2) out to Bethesda — When it comes to football, there is only one enjoying the pleasure of seeing an occasional answer: “Go Skins!” I love to spend Sundays at Great Blue Heron or turtles sunning them- FEDEXFIELD (5). Like all Redskins fans, I’m looking forward to next season. selves on rocks in the Canal.

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