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Hitting the road to catch the best music festivals in the country

The wonderful, new stylized design.

How to make the most of a home remodeling project

To salute the season, we offer a trio of low alcohol content cocktails, based upon fortified wine and named for famous pirates









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12 | DETAILS Umbrellas to keep you dry through spring 13 | JOHN’S FAVORITES The Virginia Gold Cup, National Mall and Medium Rare are a few of this month’s highlights 16 | DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT Shining the light on Margaret Carter 17 | CULTURE Celebrating Queen and Bowie with the Washington Ballet and exploring Pasargadae at the Sackler


18 | DESIGN NEWS Thomas Moser debuts new chair design 26 | CALENDAR Upcoming events in Washington D.C. 27 | DC FUN FACTS The United States Botanic Gardens edition 30 | FOODIE Jump into spring with recipes for fantastic Avocado Soup, Meyer Lemon Gnocchi, Blood Orange and Red Onion Salad and GF Chocolate-Chili Cupcakes

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32 | HEALTH & WELLNESS 4 steps to breaking up with sugar! 34 | STYLIST Outfitting everyone in the hottest spring fashion trends 36 | MONEY & FINANCE Setting financial planning goals and sticking with your plans 38 | REAL ESTATE John Eric’s real estate highlights 40 | BUZZ The news that all of Washington is talking about. 41 | DIPLOMACY Icelandic violinist Laufey Sigurðardóttir, an evening of desert and dance at the French embassy and the Chinese ambassador meets BeiBei 42 | BLACK BOOK Keep this list of the world’s most exotic ice cream stands in your back pocket for some tasty treats




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CONTRIBUTORS CHARLES M. TAPPAN, JR. Before joining Republic National Distributing Company LLC, Charles worked in finance, as a broker on Wall Street and as an equity trader. He decided to make the leap into the Hospitality industry in 2011 while looking for the fountain of youth, and since then he has worked as a bartender at some of the best hotels and restaurants in Washington, DC, including Blue Duck Tavern at Park Hyatt and the Jose Andreas Think Food Group. Not only is he a member of the US Bartender’s Guild and DC Craft Guild, but he is highly decorated in the mixology community. MARC SCHLIEFER has been in the financial planning business since 1978, when he joined Equity Planning Institute, Inc. He became President of Equity Planning Institute, Inc. in 1996. With over 33 years of practicing financial planning, Marc has worked mainly on individual financial planning and counsels clients on all aspects of their financial life. SHERRY MOELLER co-founder and principal of MoKi Media, was a previous editor in chief of Capitol File magazine/Niche Media covering politicians, celebrities, fashion, travel, hospitality and lifestyle in Washington, DC and around the country. She now specializes in public relations for interior design, architecture and hospitality clients, among other luxury brands. JOAQUIN “JOCKO” FAJARDO has been in the Capitol area for over 12 years. Jocko was educated at the London Cordon Bleu and The Culinary Institute of America. Working in the homes of celebrities, politicians, CEO’s and American elite, Jocko combines a flair for the creative in his cooking. “I live for fresh, delicious, colorful and hearty cooking.



DAVID BROWN became a pioneer of design in some of DC and Virginia’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods. As an executive with Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton & Valentino, he has been fortunate to travel extensively across the United States and Europe through his work. David’s eclectic style and appreciation for architecture is reflected in his work thanks to his unique cultural perspective gained through his travels.


DR. TATIANA H. IRVIN is a natural “energy intuitive” and Holistic Life Coach serving her clients in private practice for over 20 years, utilizing empowering and reflective coaching techniques, foundational wellness principles and Energy Balancing tools at Nurturing Hands and Dr. Tatiana Irvin Coaching, LLC. Tatiana holds a Masters Degree in Metaphysical Science, Energy Leadership certification from iPEC, Medical Intuitive Certification and various supporting certificates in energy and health balancing modalities. She has a PhD in Philosophy focusing on Holistic Life Coaching and is authoring a book addressing the more profound aspects and stories of her work. Tatiana is a public speaker, teacher of Energy Leadership workshops and founder of the holistic professionals network, Heal the Healer.

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Each year, close to one million people visit our spectacular city to behold Mother Nature’s stunning display of pink. For Washingtonians, the cherry blossoms, those delicate and beautiful flowers, usher in spring. It’s the season that brings warm weather, sunshine and numerous events throughout the area. For the spring issue of John Eric Home, we highlight the best of the season.

Spring brings a renewed sense of purpose and a time we all do some

cleaning – both literally and figuratively. It’s the time to open the windows, air out the house, discard the remnants of winter and begin those spring projects. If you’ve been thinking of a remodel, open up the pages of our cover story, an article on how to make the most of a remodeling project. Or, make sure not to miss “Home Trends” and read about stylized design. We all know the expression “April Showers Bring May Flowers” and our “Details” piece focuses on different takes on the average umbrella. After choosing your new brellie, turn to our “Stylist” section to discover the latest in spring fashion. Once outfitted for the season, take on Washington and open up the pages of our “Calendar,” “Culture” and “Diplomacy” sections to choose one of the myriad events popping up in the city. Or, head down to the US Botanic Garden which is highlighted in our “Fun Facts” section. Nothing says spring like the countless floral designs on display. If you are in the mood for a road trip – make it a season of music festivals and read our “Destinations” piece to plan your trip. To round off the day, indulge in one of the fantastic spring recipes in both our “Foodie” and “Mixology” sections. Ice cream is always a fun treat, regardless of the season. In “Black Book,” we have hunted down some of the most exotic ice creams the world has to offer. For those more concerned with sugar and its impact on our health, don’t miss this issue’s “Health and Wellness” feature, where we focus on the impact of sugar and how to “break up” with the sweet. Finally, in “Money and Finance,” learn how to set financial goals and stick to them. So welcome to Spring and welcome to the spring issue of John Eric Home. I hope that you enjoy the read. Enjoy,

John Eric John Eric Publisher, Principal and Realtor

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Music 2016


In the winter it’s too cold – in the summer it’s too hot – but in the spring – yes, the spring – when a favorite song plays on the radio (or hits your ipod rotation) – it is the perfect time to slide down the windows, open up the sunroof and belt out lyrics while cruising down highways and byways. Whether it’s pop or rock, country or jazz, indie or punk, classical or alternative, in the United States we have a plethora of amazing musical artists and genres. Likewise, we have an extraordinary range of music festivals that kick off in the spring. This month, John Eric Home is taking a road trip, traveling around the country and uncovering the hottest musical fetes.



Heading west, we travel to one of the most notable and well-known music festivals on the calendar. The Coachella Music Festival, which takes place every year in the desert of Indio, California, draws thousands of fans and dozens of acts each April for this two-weekend event. It is the traditional kickoff to the summer festival season as the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles migrates east to hear both the biggest names in music as well as those artists on the rise. This year, artists such as A$AP Rocky, Cold War Kids, Ellie Goulding, IBEYI, Maceo Plex, Matt & Kim, Of Monsters and Men, Sia and DJ Koze hit the stages and entertain the masses. Leaving the desert, we venture south to catch bayou blues at the world-renowned New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Nearly half a million people attend this festival that hosts twelve stages of virtually every style of music. During the event, in the Louisiana Folklife Village, master artisans and tradition-bearers create cultural treasures by using generationsold techniques. Cajun musicians meticulously handcraft accordions while traditions of southeast Louisiana, from Mardi Gras float making to boat-building, are on display. This year, Beck and the Red Hot Chili Peppers headline and artists like Stevie Wonder, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Van Morrison, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Flo Rida,

Maxwell, Janelle Monáe, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Aaron Neville, Better Than Ezra, and the Rebirth Brass Band (among dozens of others) will keep the party in full tilt as the audiences L’aissez les bons temps roulez. After our fill of gumbo, we drive west again to a state that is ripe with music and to a city that has become one of the most important musical centers of the country. The Levitation 2016 Festival, held in Austin, Texas, celebrates alternative, indie and rock and draws thousands of fans each year. Levitation, formally the Austin Psych Fest was founded in 2008. Over the years, this independent festival has grown from a small word-of-mouth event to an internationally acclaimed, full weekend event that attracts attendees from all over the world. This year artists such as Animal Collective, Bayonne, Black Mountain, Caribou, Flying Lotus, King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard, La Mecanica Popular, Royal Trux and The Murlocs will all take the stage. Donning a new set of cowboy boots, we are on the music trail again – this time heading to Manchester, Tennessee, and one of the most popular festivals of the year. An event, now a full-fledged anchor of the summer season draws over 100,000 people each year. The Bonnaroo Music Festival, held in early June, is attended by devotees of alternative, electronic, hip hop,

pop and rock genres. Over the last decade, no other US music festival has captured the spirit of large greenfield gatherings like the ‘Roo and this year will be no different. Pearl Jam, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Death Cab for Cutie, CHVRCHES, Miguel, Chris Stapleton, Sam Hunt, The Bluegrass Situation Superjam featuring Ed Helms and Friends, Third Eye Blind, X Ambassadors, along with the newest crop of growing artists guarantees it. For our last festival, we leave the green of Tennessee and head into one of America’s metropolises - The Governors Ball Music Festival. New York City struggled for years to land a proper mega-festival and finally found the perfect partner with The Governor’s Ball. Taking place on the Hudson River on Randall’s Island, festival fans can settle back and enjoy the show with the unforgettable NYC skyline as the backdrop. This year, acts like Bat for Lashes, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Christine and the Queens, De La Soul, Eagles of Death Metal, Kanye West, The Killers, The London Souls, The Strokes and Whilk and Misky are scheduled to entertain for hours and hours. Once we are finished with the Governor’s Ball, it is a quick dash back to Washington on Interstate 95. Our road trip has come to an end but a whole new Itunes downloading session has begun.

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BrellieS BELLA UMBRELLA CUSTOM HANDMADE RED & YELLOW PINWHEEL PAGODA UMBRELLAS This hand sewn, pinwheel pagoda umbrella is Bella Umbrellas’ custom signature design. The fabric is SPF 50 as well as waterproof, making this a versatile sun and rain protective accessory. With its curved down shape and all steel ribs, it’s impossible for it to invert even in the strongest of winds. Price: $188.00



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BLUNT XS UMBRELLA Every BLUNT umbrella features patented BLUNT Tips that form an integral part of its unique Radial Tensioning System (RTS). A system that redirects, transfers and distributes the effort used in opening the umbrella throughout its entire canopy surface. It has been proven in winds up to 53 mph. Price: $69.99

TOTES® CLEAR BUBBLE UMBRELLA This talking luggage scale from Taylor gives an accurate reading in seconds. The scale folds up, so you can take it with you to weigh your luggage before you head home too. The backlit LCD screen is easy to read, or you can just listen to the scale speak the weight. Available at Target.

John’s Favorites

VIRGINIA GOLD CUP A spring tradition happens every year in The Plains, Virginia. This year will be the 91st running of the Gold Cup. If you are attending a corporate tent, tailgating with friends or just attending on your own, you won’t be sorry. Pony up the money and enjoy Member’s Hill.

NATIONAL MALL The National Mall is a jewel in the middle of our city. You can truly make a day of it by visiting many of the museums and the Memorials and the US Capitol. Make sure you have a great pair of walking shoes and a bottle of water and go for it! Day tripping in our own city is a must this spring.

MEDIUM RARE I’m a steak lover, I must admit. Friends and colleagues have raved about Medium Rare. I tried it and they were right. The restaurant only serves a prix fix menu and but they do some of the best Steak Frites in the city. It’s well worth a trip. Oh, and the desserts are awesome (and amazing.) There are two locations in DC, Cleveland Park and Capitol Hill

ANNAPOLIS One of the coolest cities in America, Annapolis is less than an hour’s drive from DC and home to the US Naval Academy, the best crab cakes around and amazing shops and restaurants. It’s truly one of my favorite weekend getaways.

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Home Trends



by David Brown

2016 is in full swing and the trends in home design and décor are creating many exciting new design perspectives. Whether you are looking to update a space, buy, build, or sell your home, the possibilities are endless. All the unique design influences available this season will make your home a special eclectic retreat. Mexican Midcentury Modernism is inspiring designer and decorators across the nation with its unique juxtaposition of mixed materials such as exotic woods, stone, and wrought iron. If midcentury modern design doesn’t appeal to you, perhaps the Scandinavia influence will be your favorite? This unique use of clean lines paired with minimalistic elements and light tone wood will open up any space. Thanks to the Millennials, we are also seeing a surge from the American Industrial Chic movement. This design uniquely utilizes distressed metals, wood and leather to create a warm and cozy coffee house feel. The use of neutral color tones adds sophistication and cohesiveness to any space. And, of course, we can’t forget the continuation of the blue trend. The great thing about blue is you really can’t get it wrong - lighter or darker, it’s your call and it works fabulously!



Furniture design has been impacted significantly in 2016 by the introduction of the 2015-rounded edged i-Phone. Upholstered furniture pieces have beautiful curves and radial edges that soften hard material like wrought iron and steel. Black metal is not only playing a major role in both furniture design for occasional tables, headboards and chairs, but also with bathroom fixtures and flatware. When blended with wood and glass, this understated metal takes on a new look. Wallpaper this season is lux when accented with gold or copper. Rugs are once again adding warmth to many design spaces; select from nubby wool, natural just or sisal. Lastly, you will also see an emphasis on the use of unique artisan pieces and accessories. It is finally “on trend” to pepper your home with items you picked up in your travels. These special pieces should tell a story and make your space a one-of-a-kind like you and your family. As homeowners spend more time at home in 2016, the kitchen continues to be the heart of the home. Investing in the kitchen and bathroom is one of the wisest ways to increase the value of your home. Here are the latest kitchen and bathroom trends to consider that are making an appearance in this year.

KITCHENS: • Black stainless steel appliances are making a big comeback while stainless steel remains popular with more traditionally designed kitchens. • Upgraded niche appliances are adding a little luxury to the kitchen with the addition of steamer ovens, warming drawers and induction cooktops. • Two-tone kitchen cabinets are the apparent winner in new kitchens. Designers are keeping the upper cabinets white or neutral for a clean, timeless feel. • Deep kitchen drawers are being installed in the latest modern cabinetry. Deep drawers are now replacing lower kitchen cabinets doors. These drawers provide organization for any shape or size of dish, pan or utensil. • Unique backsplash and countertop pairings are being used in spaces with same tone kitchen cabinets. Instead of playing it safe with white subway tiles, designers are considering different combinations such as a brick backsplash with a concrete countertop or a bright colored tile backsplash accented by a butcher block countertop. • The use of oversized kitchen islands is providing additional workspace for homeowners. Designers are adding deep storage drawers, prep sink, butcher block and additional seating for the family. • Barely there kitchens are popping up everywhere. As kitchen layouts become more open, spatial identifiers like walls of cabinetry and full-size appliances fade away, leaving behind airy, fluid spaces that serve multiple functions while looking barely there. • Lastly, designers everywhere are mixing several modern materials, finishes and colors. Butcher-block countertops, Carrera marble baking stations, wood cabinets and stainless appliances all come together to create a sophisticated and eclectic look.

BATHROOMS: • The 2016 bathroom has begun to feel more like a living space. Ornate chandeliers, graphic wall covering and furniture-like pieces transform sterile spaces into eclectic ones that feel like home. • Bathrooms wall coverings are dramatic. Wallpapers are printed with dazzling prints, texture, custom wood and stone graphics. • Statement mirrors are adorning the walls taking the place of medicine cabinets. Ornate and vintage frames or large chunky reclaimed wood frames add contrast to the smooth reflection of the mirror. • Large to extra large format tiles are making appearances throughout mega bathrooms. Each tile ranges from 12x24 stretching upwards to 31x71. • Geometric tiles continue to add dimension to a small space. Graphic designs introduce unexpected and unique styles. Designers are pairing these tiles with a neutral accent like marble in the bathroom and introduce a more modern and sleek design. • Encaustic tiles are also making an appearance. These intricate patterned tiles get their coloring from different types of clay rather that glaze. These tiles can be used to create beautiful showers and focal points. • Iron and blackened steel bathroom hardware is utilized to create an industrial chic influence. The trends and choices are endless in 2016. The eclectic use of materials and design styles can quickly create a space that you will look forward to sharing with your family. Whether you add in artisan pieces or change up your back splash, you can make a significant impact in your home. Following these trends is the key to success in the year ahead.

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Designer Spotlight

MARGARET CARTER Margaret Carter approaches design in a highly professional, yet personal manner. Her vivid life, natural talent, distinctive style and ability to intuitively read her clients has made Margaret a successful interior designer for more than 15 years. Growing up in both Connecticut and London, Carter acquired a sense of design from an early age. As a young girl in Connecticut, she went on weekend antique excursions with her parents. As a teenager in London, she developed a sense of minimalist style and a passion for the historic preservation of Chelsea style homes. Elements of both of these locales are blended seamlessly in Margaret’s signature style: a contemporary marriage of space, light and color. Combining her design intuition with her experience in long-term customer service, she began professionally designing homes in Telluride, CO, as principal of Carter Home Collection. After a successful decade of design, Margaret has now come back to her roots on the East Coast.



Since most of her training has come from working in the field, Margaret has developed very practical knowledge of the industry. She takes a hands-on approach to design that manifests itself in her close client relationships and financial openness. Her clients can see how much they’re saving through her, which allows everyone to comfortably and openly communicate about the financials of the project.

Culture HEART OF AN EMPIRE: HERZFELD’S DISCOVERY OF PASARGADAE Located in the dasht-i murghab, or “plain of the water bird,” in southwestern Iran, Pasargadae was the first capital of the ancient Achaemenid Persian Empire (circa 540 BCE) and the last resting place of Cyrus the Great. Impressed with its ruins, German archaeologist Ernst Herzfeld (1879–1948) briefly surveyed the site for the first time in 1905. Having completed his PhD thesis on Pasargadae in 1907, he returned in 1923 and 1928 to conduct more extensive excavations. The result was the first map of the site and the identification of its major extant structures. Featuring selections from the Freer|Sackler Archives’ rich holdings of Herzfeld’s drawings, notes, and photographs—among the world’s largest collections of archival materials on Pasargadae—this exhibition illuminates one of the most important sites of the ancient world.

Bowie and Queen The Washington Ballet May 4 – May 15, 2016 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Heart of an Empire: Herzfeld’s Discovery of Pasargadae February 13 – July 31, 2016 Arthur M. Sackler Gallery The Sackler Gallery is hosting an e xtraordinary exhibit on Pasargadae.

BOWIE AND QUEEN THE WASHINGTON BALLET Bowie is enigmatic. Queen is killer. This performance promises an evening of entertainment that combines the artistry and beauty of dance with the power of innovative popular rock icons. Trey McIntyre has electrified the ballet world by breaking the boundaries of contemporary ballet just as Freddie Mercury and Queen pushed the limits of musical performance. This virtuosic and wildly popular piece features both tap dance and ballet while contributing a new dimension to the familiar and beloved music of Freddie Mercury and Queen. Edwaard Liang choreographs a celebration of dance set to selections of music composed by Gabriel Gaffney Smith intermixed with selections from rock legend David Bowie. Liang explores the irresistible energy that attracts people to dance using music from the quieter phases of David Bowie’s career with an arc that culminates in his spirited “Dancing In the Street” duet with Mick Jagger. APR | MAY | JUN 2016 17

Design News

THOS. MOSER Unveils New Chair Design During Five-City Book Tour

The Tom Moser-designed Auburn Chair debuts during Spring 2016 Legacy in Wood showroom events

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Thos. Moser, Handmade American Furniture, recently announced the unveiling of the newest Tom Moser-designed piece, the Auburn Chair, during Tom’s five-city Thos. Moser showroom book tour for his fifth book, Legacy in Wood, beginning April 2 in New York City and ending May 14 in San Francisco. The new Auburn Chair, named for the Maine location of the Thos. Moser workshop, was inspired by a simple cafeteria chair made of steel and plastic that Tom and his wife Mary spotted on a ferry from Maine to Nova Scotia. The Auburn Chair, along with his Harpswell Chair, is now among Tom’s all-time favorites. Of note, the Harpswell Chair has the distinction of being select seating during two papal visits –Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 while at the White House and Pope Francis in 2015 while in Philadelphia during his first visit to the US. The Auburn Chair’s curved back supports the lumbar in two directions at once, a geometric detail called an anticlastic curve – like a potato chip. “Whether from my sense of responsibility,

my curiosity or perhaps closer to the truth, from my creative stubbornness in my 81st year, I find myself still drawn to the workbench,” says Tom Moser, the latest result being the Auburn Chair. The new chair will be revealed in the company’s annual spring catalog and featured during Tom’s five-city Thos. Moser showroom book tour for Legacy in Wood, which includes the first stop in New York City on Saturday, April 2 at the new showroom location at 1015 Madison Avenue and then onto Boston at the newly renovated 19 Arlington Street showroom on Saturday, April 9. On Sunday, April 10, Tom will be in Freeport, Maine and on Saturday, April 23, Tom will be in the new Washington, DC showroom in Georgetown. The final stop will be on Saturday, May 14 at the Thos. Moser San Francisco showroom. In cherry or walnut and as a chair or stool, Tom Moser says of the Auburn Chair, “I believe I have achieved my most comfortable solid wood chair yet.” Learn more at


Left: The new custom built-in dry bar with wine storage acts as a focal point for an existing entry bisecting the open space and now defining the family room from the dining area. Below: A custom 8’ island with storage anchors the kitchen and provides space for buffet-style dining. Other key elements include 4” x 8” subway tiles in the kitchen, a votive-like frosted glass fixture in the dining area that complements the kitchen’s pendants, and blue-gray focal points blending all the rooms together.



Tips from Wentworth, Inc. for getting what you want when embarking on a major renovation


any factors come into play when embarking on a home renovation including budget, time constraints, whether to stay in the home during renovations or relocate short term, and, probably one of the more challenging efforts from the contractor’s perspective is permitting. And many homes, including townhomes and single-family homes in the Washington, DC region, also have a community HOA that must approve proposed renovations as well.

Above: Also consider shape and proportion when connecting spaces such as the rectangular furniture-like kitchen island that echoes the shape of the walnut dining table.



The first step for homeowners is deciding what renovations are essential for your home and what will have the greatest impact on your quality of life. Is it a kitchen remodel? If so, will other areas of the home also need renovations to complement the new kitchen? What about dated baths? All renovations increase the value of a home, but kitchens and baths are among the most beneficial.

A recent example of a Wentworth project is a 1980’s townhome in Rock Creek Park, which highlights some of the challenges homeowners and contractors face when embarking on a home remodeling project. In this case, the homeowners loved the woodland views in their newly purchased home, but didn’t like the compartmentalized and dated rooms that didn’t suit their modern informal family living. Once you decide what room or rooms you want to remodel, you then have to think about what you want to accomplish. Do you need more family space? Do you like the open room concept? Or, do you want some formal spaces with delineation between rooms?

WHO TO WORK WITH The second step is finding the right firm. Design-build firms such as Wentworth, Inc., provide architectural, design and building services under one roof. This is often the best option so you have one point of contact throughout the process along with licensed professionals who will see the job through from beginning to end.


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For the Rock Creek family – a young couple with children - the solution for their townhome remodel came down to gutting several interior spaces to create an open living-dining-kitchen plan that took advantage of the forested surroundings and enhanced the natural light. The generous space, measuring 17’ x 37’ with 9’ ceilings, was ideal as the clean canvas for the new modern updates. While the family wanted an open concept, it was still important to blend each space together. For instance, a new custom built-in dry bar with wine storage now acts as a focal point for an existing entry that bisects the open space and defines the family room from the dining area. Consider architectural elements to clearly define spaces. In this home, framed openings outline the kitchen, dining room, dry bar and family areas while also allowing informal modern living. The rhythm of the openings acts as an organizational system for design choices including the color palette, lighting and furniture selections, all of which provide aesthetic consistency throughout the remodeled rooms. Color is another important element that makes a major statement. Here, the dining area features an accent wall in a dark gray-blue which complements the wood tones of the furniture and art, as well as connects thematically to the kitchen and dry bar through the use of color. Think about custom and unique pieces to set the spaces apart. For instance, the 8’ island with storage anchors the kitchen and provides a spot for buffet-style dining. Large scale 4” x 8” subway tiles were placed in a zigzag pattern for a fresh, updated take on a more traditional material, while a votive-like frosted glass fixture in the dining area and pendants reminiscent of hurricane lamps in the kitchen provide understated yet ample lighting.

Each of the remodeled areas in this project features a blue-gray focal point. For the kitchen, dark gray countertops at the perimeter and the blue-gray island cabinetry ground the white space. The dining area features a painted accent wall. Between the dining and family rooms, the dark gray dry bar (in the same paint color as the island) acts as a focal point for a side entry. And, in the family room itself, large windows welcome in the blue-gray woodland sky. To continue the design concept expressed in the lighting and color choices, the design-build team closely considered shape and proportion. The rectangular, furniture-like kitchen island is echoed by a bespoke walnut dining table of similar proportions. Rectilinear forms repeat throughout the space, in everything from the choice of subway tile to the cabinet fronts to the proportions of the framed openings.



THE SOLUTION Originally, the overly large existing rooms were closed off from each other and not conducive to informal family life. A too-big, inefficient kitchen took up more space than required and isolated itself away from the rest of the first floor. The design-build team reorganized the space to provide more storage in a smaller footprint and removed unnecessary walls to open up the space to provide light and woodland views throughout. Key elements to a successful remodeling project include deciding early on what your remodeling goals are and finding the best firm to accomplish them. This Wentworth project has just won the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Contractor of the Year (CotY), Metro DC Chapter Grand Award. For more information about Wentworth, Inc., visit

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Calendar DC’s Upcoming Parties, Concerts, Celebrations and Events INTERNATIONAL PILLOW FIGHT DAY April 2, 2016, 2 p.m. Location: National Mall, Washington Monument Grounds

NATIONAL ASIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL May 21, 2016 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between 3rd & 6th Streets

On International Pillow Fight Day, massive pillow fights breakout in cities around the world. In Washington, it will take place on the National Mall. It is free and open to the public. Organizers ask participants not to bring down pillows. SOUTHWEST WATERFRONT FIREWORKS FESTIVAL Saturday, April 9, 2016 Entertainment begins at 1:00 p.m. Fireworks at 8:30 p.m. The Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival is one of the highlights of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year boasts more than eight hours of family-friendly entertainment and concludes with the fireworks show on a floating stage over the historic Washington channel. The event is held rain or shine. Best viewing is at the Southwest Waterfront promenade or from East Potomac Park. BETHESDA LITERARY FESTIVAL April 15 - 17, 2015 Friday 7 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m. - p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Each spring Downtown Bethesda hosts the annual Bethesda Literary Festival featuring local and national authors, journalists and poets, essay, short story and poetry contests, and children’s events. All events are free and are held throughout downtown Bethesda’s hotels, bookstores and community centers. 26


GEORGETOWN’S FRENCH MARKET April 29-30, 2016 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Georgetown’s Annual French Market returns to the charming Book Hill neighborhood on upper Wisconsin Ave., between P Street and Reservoir Road, NW features fashion, French fare, quaint home and antique shops, galleries and live music. GREEN FESTIVAL May 6-8, 2016 Washington Convention Center - 801 Mount Vernon Place NW The Green Festival is a consumer show in Washington, DC focusing on sustainability education and green products and services. More than 300 exhibitors will showcase a wide range of products, services and resources in all things earth-friendly – from organic food, fashion, health, children’s toys and pet care to eco-travel, energy and transportation. Three days of activities, workshops and special presentations educate the public on healthy lifestyle choices, including The Green Kids Zone, where youngsters can enjoy recycled crafts and educational exhibits, culinary workshops featuring delicious vegetarian cuisine, a robust schedule of yoga classes, an organic food court and beer and wine garden. VIRGINIA GOLD CUP May 7, 2016 The Plains 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. The Virginia Gold Cup is one of the nation’s largest steeplechase races featuring some of the finest horses in the world competing over hurdles, timber and on the flat. The event is held every year on the first Saturday in May (the same day as the Kentucky Derby) and enjoys a spectacular setting in the heart of Virginia horse country with the Blue Ridge Mountains serving as the backdrop.

The National Asian Heritage Festival-Fiesta Asia is a street fair held in Washington, DC in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The event showcases Asian art and culture with a wide array of activities including live performances by musicians, vocalists and performance artists, Pan-Asian cuisine, martial arts and lion dance demonstrations, a multicultural marketplace, cultural displays and interactive activities. NATIONAL CAPITAL BARBEQUE BATTLE June 25-26, 2016 Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC between 9th & 14th Streets The National Capital Barbecue Battle is an annual competition between top BBQ restaurants from the Washington, DC area and around the country. If you love barbecue, you’ll love the food samples, cooking demonstrations, interactive displays and children’s activities at this sizzling summer festival. The nation’s best barbecue teams cook-off for over $40,000 in cash and prizes in two major contests.

DC Fun Facts


he idea of establishing a botanic garden in Washington, D.C., was first suggested in 1816 by the Columbian Institute and was then widely supported by the Washington Botanical Society, which was established in 1817.


The U.S. Botanic Garden is the oldest continually operating botanic garden in the United States and houses thousands of species of plant life.


In 1820, President James Monroe set aside 5 acres for a “national greenhouse� where plants and seeds could be cultivated and then their seeds distributed to other parts of the Union. Plants and seeds were imported from as far away as China and Brazil. By 1824, more than 458 plants were flourishing at the site.


Today, the U.S. Botanic Garden maintains more than 12,000 accessions, comprising about 65,000 plants for exhibition, study, conservation and exchange with other institutions.

4. The U.S. Botanic Garden serves as a rescue center for plants confiscated at U.S. borders in cooperation with CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.


The U.S. Botanic Garden features major flower shows created throughout the year: The Summer Terrace Display, The Annual Chrysanthemum Show, The Annual Poinsettia Show, and The Annual Spring Flower Show.




TAKANOBU’S TONIC Glassware: Lowball Glass Method: In the bottom of a lowball glass slightly muddle/press 3-4 Thai Basil leaves and then fill with crushed ice. Combine rest of ingredients into a mixing glass and stir 30-40 times. Strain over crushed ice and garnish with a basil sprig and 3-4 dashes of cherry bitters for aromatics. Ingredients: 1 oz. Lillet Rose 1 oz. Plum Wine .5 oz. Absolut ELYX 1.5 oz. Grapefruit Soda 3-4 leaves Thai Basil Crushed ice Garnish: Cherry Bitters and Thai Basil Sprig At the beginning of every spring, Washington celebrates one if it’s most famous events, the Sakura, or Cherry Blossom. The Takanobu’s Tonic celebrates the American Sakura by drawing flavors from all over the world. The semi-sweet and semi-dry, crisp, floral tone of the Lillet Rose sets a building block that reminds the palate of the cherry blossom themselves. Upon the Lillet, Japanese Plum wine and Absolut ELYX add a charming bouquet with lemon, orange, plums, sweet wine, and a hint of vanilla. The Thai Basil and Grapefruit Soda finish out the cocktail with a brisk clean finish, evocative of an evening in front of the waves. The vivacious aromatics of the basil and bitters garnish add fragrance to the flavor. This spring, celebrate the coming cherry blossom season with a tonic praiseworthy of a toast by Lord Takanobu himself.

Before Sangria, there was Sangaree, a staple in the days of the West Indies. This Caribbean classic usually consisted of wine, or fortified wine, and some fruit flavorings. Here that heritage is taken forth and put into a rich yet refreshing summertime cocktail. The Lillet Rouge provides the body and the base of the cocktail with sweet and floral notes, yet with the same strong body of a blended red wine. Paired with that are the darker notes of blackberries and bitters, combined with a touch of sugar and citrus and, of course, fortification from a uniquely vibrant cognac, Martell. This cocktail takes its name from the famous French pirates, the Brothers Lafitte, Jean and Pierre. The Lafitte brothers operated out of New Orleans and the Caribbean and definitely were never ones to shy away from a refreshing salute after a great haul!

A BONNY SANGRIA Glassware: Rocks Glass Method: Combine ingredients into a glass container, keep refrigerated, and let sit overnight. Add ice, strain as needed over ice into rocks glass, garnish, serve and enjoy! *note 1 serving will be around 4-5 oz. Use 1 orange and 1 lemon sliced into wheels for every 5-6 servings. Ingredients: 1.5 part Lillet Blanc 1 part Peach Juice .5 part Plymouth Navy Strength Gin .5 part Apricot Brandy Orange Slices Lemon Slices Garnish: Raspberry

LAFITTE SANGAREE Glassware: Nick and Nora Glass Method: Add Blackberries to a shaker and slightly muddle. Combine rest of ingredients and ice – Shake to a low 13 count and strain into a chilled Nick and Nora (or similar cordial) glass. Garnish serve and enjoy! *Note: to eliminate undesired fruit pieces, strain the drink through a fine mesh strainer Ingredients: 2 oz. Lillet Rouge 1 oz. Martell Cognac .25 oz. Simple Syrup .25 oz. Lemon Juice 2 Black Berries 2 Dashes Bitters Garnish: Blackberry Skewer

Anne Bonny was one of the most feared pirates on the high seas during the Golden Age of Piracy in the early 1700’s. In her honor, this light hearted sangria sets the tone as perfect refreshment on a summer day. The Lillet Blanc takes place of a traditional white wine. The addition of citrus liqueur to French blended wine allows the Lillet to bring forth a delicious crispness. The robust citrus and mineral flavors combine to create a decadent texture. To build the next layer of flavor, scintillating summer stone fruit notes of peach and apricot make the perfect pillars to build an enchanting libation. Finally, the Plymouth Navy Strength Gin adds the edge. The crisp juniper and cardamom, combined with the higher ABV, make for a powerful backbone to add dryness and balance indicative of any well-made cocktail. Soaking the orange and lemon slices help to enhance the citrus flavors of the Lillet and Plymouth gin and add a brightness that mimics a sunny day, perfect for a drink.

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MEYER LEMON GNOCCHI SERVINGS: 4-6 1 pound baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks 3 large egg yolks Finely grated zest of 2 lemons, preferably Meyer lemons 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces and chilled 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Salt Snipped chives, for garnish In a medium saucepan, cover the potatoes and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately high heat until the potatoes are tender, about 8 minutes. Drain the potatoes, then return them to the pan; shake over moderately high heat until dry. Working over a large rimmed baking sheet, rice the hot potatoes in an even layer. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the lemon zest, 1 teaspoon of olive oil and the salt and pour over the potatoes. Sprinkle the flour over the potatoes and stir gently just until a dough forms. Gently roll the dough into four 1/2-inch-thick ropes. Using a sharp knife, cut each rope into 1/2-inch pieces. Roll each piece against the tines of a fork to make ridges. Transfer the gnocchi to the baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. In a small saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a simmer. Remove from the heat and whisk in the stick of butter, a few pieces at a time, until the sauce is creamy. Warm the sauce on low heat if necessary. Stir in the lemon juice and season with salt. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the gnocchi until they rise to the surface, then cook them for 1 minute longer. Gently drain the gnocchi, toss with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and transfer to a baking sheet until cool. In a large nonstick skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add half of the gnocchi and cook in a single layer over high heat until browned on the bottom, 2 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and gnocchi. Reheat the sauce; pour it over the gnocchi and fold gently with a rubber spatula until they are evenly coated. Transfer to a platter and garnish with the chives. Serve.

In a bowl, toss the red onion with the vinegar and season with Maldon salt and white pepper. Let stand at room temperature until softened, 15 minutes. Drain. Meanwhile, using a sharp knife, peel the oranges, removing all of the bitter white pith. Thinly slice the oranges crosswise, removing any pits. Arrange the oranges on a platter and scatter the red onion on top. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with Maldon salt and white pepper. Garnish with the basil and serve.

GLUTEN-FREE CHOCOLATE CHILI CAKES SERVINGS: 12 2 cups full-fat plain probiotic yogurt 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 pound Medjool dates, pitted 5 ounces cooked beets, chopped (2 cups) 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1/2 teaspoon tamari (optional) 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon cayenne Pinch of sea salt 3 large eggs Grated dark chocolate and crushed red pepper, for garnish Line a sieve with cheesecloth and place it over a bowl. Add the yogurt, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours to drain until thick. Transfer the yogurt to a medium bowl and stir in the honey and 1/2 teaspoon of the vanilla; refrigerate. Preheat the oven to 350째. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. In a food processor, combine the dates, beets, butter, tamari (if using), baking soda and the remaining 1 tablespoon of vanilla and puree until smooth. Scrape down the side of the bowl. Add the cocoa powder, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and eggs and puree until well blended and smooth. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups and bake for about 30 minutes, until a cake tester inserted in the center of a cake comes out clean. Transfer the cakes to a rack to cool completely, then refrigerate them until cold, at least 3 hours or overnight. Peel the paper liners off the cakes. Dollop the yogurt frosting on top of the cakes; garnish with grated chocolate and crushed red pepper. Serve cold.

BLOOD ORANGE AND RED ONION SALAD SERVINGS: 4 1/4 small red onion, very thinly sliced 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar Maldon salt and freshly ground white pepper 4 blood oranges 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons torn basil leaves APR | MAY | JUN 2016


Health & Wellness

Sweet & Toxic REALTIONSHIP by Dr. Tatiana H. Irvin & Jeanine Finelli

Do you dream of the day when you can change your relationship status to “single” and kick the toxic sweet talker to the curb? Are the highs too high and do the lows leave you feeling miserable and asking yourself why did I even go there…again? Do you wind up justifying this toxic relationship because the make up munchies are so…. delicious?



Americans are currently consuming approximately 3 plus pounds of sugar per week (according to WHO –World Health Organization)! This is a mind- blowing statistic, especially since most people never stop to realize, or care to know just how much of the legal drug they are ingesting. Health guidelines also recommend that we consume less than the equivalent in a can of soda per day. How much is that? A typical can of has 30-40 grams of the drug. The guideline is actually about 25 grams or less per day. So what does that look like it terms of food? Medium apple.....................................................................15 grams 2 tbs coffee creamer .........................................................10 grams ½ cup tomato sauce...............................................................7 grams “healthy smoothie” from the smoothie shop............... 30-50 grams Flavored coffee drink at the drive –through................. 15-30 grams Ok Sweetie, do you see where I am going with this? The list doesn’t even include the actual cakes, cookies, and candies we have, nor does it include things that immediately turn to sugar in our bodies. Things like refined food, pasta, breads (even most “healthy” ones), mac-n-cheese, rice, wine, and crackers are all drugs to be used recreationally. Weddings, vacations, holidays and celebrations are all perfect landscapes for a little more indulgence. But, let’s get a grip on reality, shall we? Out of 365 days a year, maybe 20-30 days are centered around these joyous moments. Heck, I’ll even give you one full month! It definitely puts it in perspective, no? I write from experience because I know the power of being swept off your feet and the chemical reactions that take place in the brain when you are being wooed by this toxic love. It will only leave you feeling inadequate and void of self worth. Fear not! Read on for 4 ways to kick this toxic relationship to the curb. 1.

“Keeping a food journal is so fun!”…said no one…ever! Stay with me here because this is a valuable tool in identifying where you are kicking butt, and where your butt is being kicked! We always think we eat less and exercise more than we do, so go ahead and write it down. For 2 weeks write down every cookie, carrot and casserole… every glass of water, glass wine and cup of joe. Here is where your power is and, it’s two fold – you will be less inclined to grab another cookie if you have to write it down (SCORE!) and you will know just how much you are consuming. It is so empowering when you are able to connect things like boredom, stress, social circles and hormones to your cravings. One tip…keep it private…no critics necessary.

2. Just stop bringing Mr./Mrs. Right now into your home! Talk about temptation! Even willpower won’t stand a chance when the biological and ravenous cravings kick in! So, begin with purchasing less and, not only your waistline, but your wallet with thank you. Got sugar addicted kids? They will learn by your example and perhaps a new rule can come into play here. They can have a small treat after they enjoy a bowl of berries, an avocado with lemon and sea salt, or a handful of walnuts or almonds. Afterwards, they can enjoy a smaller portion size of a dessert or treat. An attitude of If you eat this, then

you can have that seems to work, but stay patient here. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is beating the Sugar Blues. 3. We are always told that breakfast should be the biggest meal of the day. I disagree with this…unless of course you are going outside at 5 am and plowing your fields or hitting the gym at 6 am for a 2000 calorie burning workout! For most of us, what we need is a complete breakfast…not necessary large. So what makes a breakfast complete? I once heard Dr. Oz say he had a “5 Rule” – 5 grams of protein or more, 5 grams of fiber or more and 5 grams of sugar or less. Steel cut oats with nuts and berries, avocado with eggs, whole grain toast with almond butter or a good quality protein smoothie are fantastic choices. By fueling your body with nourishment like this, you are managing your sugar cravings for the rest of the day as you stabilize your insulin spikes. On another note, most people who exercise in the morning prefer to eat after their workout, and this is actually best for the body so it can worry about burning calories and not digesting food at the same time. Not to mention 80 percent of our energy goes towards digesting food. Does the term “Food Coma” sound familiar? 4. This tip can be a toughie for some, especially since we are social beings and don’t live in bubbles. We have jobs, families, social lives and friends that all pull us in different directions. When you and the girls get together, do you fall into the treat trap or the wine well? Does your coworker pop a bag of buttery pop corn and munch away right next to you until you cave and grab a handful? When you go out with the guys, does the beer, fries, and chips and salsa seem to just disappear? Here is the deal – in order to make a consistent healthy shift in your behavior, you may have to either stay home more, take the crew to a restaurant with better options, or hang out with a different crowd. I see it all of the time…even people with the best intentions tend to get derailed when around certain company. Speak up to your friends because chances are they will support you and try to kick sugar to the curb too. It takes a village to raise not only a child- but all of us, so go out there and build your village! Quitting a toxic relationship really requires that you fall in love…with yourself, so much that you are willing to go through the fire, proclaim your worth to the world, and never ever settle for less than a life that feels good to be living. Whether it’s a toxic marriage or sugar that has you feeling depressed and unworthy, tomorrow is a new day. A day filled with hope and opportunity. What do you want? Go out there and get it, gorgeous!

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Victorian 2.0 Let the ruffles, puffy sleeves and flowers run wild – this spring, expect to see a wide variety of Victorian throwback couture. Designers from J.W. Anderson to Simone Rocha marched models down runways donning fluttery looks.



Off-the-Shoulder Casual Everyone from Givenchy to Derek Lam to ADEAM styled the “X Marks the Spot” look. Long dresses, short dresses and blouses sporting the modern neck-clasped design took over the runways for the season.

Don’t Forget the White Shirt! Spring is ushering in a new look for the traditional white shirt. From the classic Oxford to the traditional tee, crisp and clean is where it is at – as designed by 3.1 Philip Lim, Monse and Zac Posen.

Robe You In As evidenced by the current #robelife hashtag campaign, robes are big right now. This season, designers are taking advantage of the movement. From silk to poplin to cotton, designers like Givenchy, Public School and Thakoon have comfortably settled in with the look.

Strike! Top designers such as Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Dries Van Noten and Canali have taken to task the old fashioned bowling shirt and tapered trousers. They have reinvented a look with the freshness of 2016 looking for lucky strikes.

Bringing Isadora Duncan to a Man Near You Once the territory of rock stars and poets, long scarves made their appearances time and again on spring runways. Everyone from Yves Saint Laurent to Burberry to Emporio Armani have given it their go on this new accessory for men.

Always Love the Pinstripes Pinstripes have always been fashionable. Now, designers such as Haider Ackermann, Agi & Sam and Comme des Garçons Homme Plus have upped the ante. These aren’t the pinstripes of the Mad Men era. These suits are big, bold, and anything but business-y.

Asia Bound Men’s fashion has finally caught up to women’s when it comes to the allure of Asia. This season, top names looked to China and Japan, exploring their rich tapestries of design. Dolce and Gabbana, J.W. Andersen and Louis Vuitton sent looks down the runway fit for emperors.

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Money & Finance

SETTING FINANCIAL PLANING GOALS AND STICKING WITH YOUR PLANS by Marc Schliefer One of the best things that you can do for yourself and your family is to set up financial goals and strategies. These goals help you see the big picture because you will have short term, intermediate term and long term financial goals. By having a plan and goals, the short term gyrations of the markets will not bother you as much. You can develop the plan by yourself or by working with a financial planning professional. CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERS are skilled at working with individuals in developing retirement strategies, education strategies and also work with you on specific goals, such as buying a bigger house or a vacation home. The past year has been a challenging year with the stock market, commodities market and emerging markets. Bank interest rates have been very low also. It is easy to react to this volatile market if you do not have a financial plan and strategy. If you do have a strategy, you will not let the short term movements of the market drive you in and out of the markets. The first step in this process is to list your current assets and liabilities and also see how much you are adding to savings, retirement and investments each year. Then, you and your family should meet and discuss what your financial goals are. The goals can include education goals for yourself and your children, retirement targets which will include when you want to retire and what retirement looks like for you and your family. Other goals are to see what major purchases you want to make or if you want to make charitable contributions for legacy planning. Additional goals may include starting a business for you or your children.

Once you have this together, it would be good to meet with a Certified Financial Planner™. They will help you in developing a financial strategy specifically for you and your family. They will help you determine how much you should save each year and how much of a return you should expect on your investments and savings. They can even run what is called the Monte Carlo simulation, a program that will run thousands of scenarios and predict the likelihood of success for your goals. If your likelihood of success is close to 100%, that will show that you are on the right path. If it is below 80%, you’ll have to either add to your savings and investment portfolio or lower your goals. When you develop a plan, it helps you ride out short term market drops and gyrations. It gives you a roadmap to follow and helps you avoid taking actions that could possibly hurt you and derail the goals of your financial plan. If you have a strategy that you can measure and update, it helps you avoid over reacting to short term movements in the markets. We always recommend updating your plan as your financial situation changes and as you develop new goals. If there is a job change that has an increase in income or decrease in income, it would be a good time to update your plan. If you have more children or want to help out your grandchildren, it would be important to update your plan. If you need to help out your parents, it is another time to update your plan. If you inherit money or get another windfall, it is a good time to update your plan. The key to having a plan is that It keeps you on target, even if the target changes. It gives you something bigger to work with and prevents you from overreacting to market changes out of your control. It also can give you a family index number. A family index number is a number that you need to earn in order to work towards your goals. This keeps you from chasing returns from the S&P, the NASDAQ or the Dow. You will have a percentage to shoot for that can help develop an asset mix that works for you. The best way to have a successful plan is to have a process developed specifically for you and your family. A process is much more important than any financial product. The process will determine what investment or product mix will be better. If you do not have a financial plan now, you should look at developing one and follow the process to keep you on target for your goals. Once you have accumulated assets and are preparing for retirement, you need to shift from an asset accumulation phase to an asset decumulation strategy. This will determine how to live on the assets and income sources that you have amassed during your lifetime. The decumulation phase takes on a different approach than accumulation phase. My next article will focus on this strategy. ** Many financial planners including myself have questionnaires that help you put this information together. I am happy to send you a questionnaire, please email me at Many people find this very helpful in putting their present situation together. It is good to have this first step together before you meet with a financial planner that will make your sessions more clear and productive. Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through CWM, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor. LPL Financial is under separate ownership from any other named entity.



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Real Estate


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LINCOLN MEMORIAL SNAGAJOB Arlington, VA-based Snagajob announced a successful funding round of $100 million. The round is led by New York-based Rho Acceleration, a division of Rho Capital Partners, and is joined by Washington, DCbased NewSpring Capital and the New York-based Invus Group. According to Snagajob’s official announcement, they will use the new capital to expand their product offerings and fund future acquisitions. Snagajob features hourly paid jobs across the nation, with positions ranging from full time to seasonal in almost every industry. The company launched in 2000 and has grown to 65 million members and just under 200,000 employers. According to the company, they have nearly doubled their revenue from employers and more than doubled their mobile traffic since 2013. Snagajob serves just under a million job applications each week and has since expanded their team by 30 percent over the past two years. (



MGM RESORTS Despite months of construction left before its slated opening at the end of 2016, MGM Resorts has already settled on one of its main suppliers of décor at its casino and hotel National Harbor: Washington artists. The $1.3 billion resort will commission local sculptors, photographers and mixed-media artists, as well as some international artists, to produce works that will be placed in and around the 23-acre complex’s hotel, gaming floor, terrace, pool, and retail promenade. The commissioned pieces include a trio of 60-foot-tall stainless steel figures from 90-year-old DC sculptor John Safer and a wall-mounted interpretation of the National Harbor’s “environs” using soil from the resort’s building site by Prince George’s County sculptor and ceramicist Margaret Boozer. (Washingtonian)

WOMEN IN TECH Washington, D.C. easily outranks every other city in the U.S. as the best place for women in the tech industry, according to a new SmartAsset report. The financial software company looked at the combination of the percentage of women in tech jobs, how much they earn compared to men, their income after housing costs and the three year tech employment growth for both men and women. D.C. blew away the competition, with an overall index score of 91.98. The next closest score was 78.7. While women fill a little over a quarter of all tech jobs in the U.S., the percentage climbs to just above 40 percent in D.C. and there’s essentially no gender pay gap in D.C. tech. Additionally, D.C. has actually gone up slightly in its index score from the year before. Nearby, Baltimore did well too, coming in at number four on the list this year after Kansas City and Detroit. Arlington, Va. though is way down at 34, largely because of a much lower median wage and an astonishing 20 percent gender pay gap. Some of D.C.’s success might be a result of the many federal government technical jobs, but the city also has a lot of companies that make diversity a priority. (Arlington Now)

The National Park Service announced that the Lincoln Memorial will undergo a major renovation over the next four years, thanks largely to an $18.5 million donation by billionaire philanthropist David Rubenstein. The project is probably the biggest overhaul of the building since the structure was dedicated in 1922, officials said. The memorial, which attracts 7 million visitors a year, will remain open during the work, although parts of it may be closed off from time to time. The marblecolumned edifice, which houses the 120-ton statue of a seated and contemplative Abraham Lincoln, is one of the most elegant and hallowed memorials in the country. (WaPo)


VIOLINIST LAUFEY SIGURÐARDÓTTIR Embassy of Iceland Icelandic Ambassador’s Residence: 2443 Kalorama Road, NW May 21,2016 at 7:30 Tickets are $110. On Saturday, May 21st, Violinist Laufey Sigurðardóttir will be performing a concert to honor traditional Icelandic music. Sigurðardóttir took post-graduate studies in the United States and then received a grant from the Italian government to study in Rome. She has performed as a recitalist and a chamber musician in The Netherlands, Spain, Russia and all of the Scandinavian countries. She is now a permanent member of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, a teacher at Reykjavik Conservatory and the artistic director of a Mozart festival in Reykjavik. WINE, DESSERTS, AND DANCE SOIREE Embassy of France 4101 Reservoir Road NW Friday April 1, 2016 at 7 p.m. The French Embassy will be holding a Dance Soiree filled with delicious food, wonderful music and plenty of laughter. Some of the desserts that will be available for purchase include a decadent chocolate cake layered with chocolate cream & raspberry jam, an Almond Opera Torte with coffee and chocolate cream, mini chocolate and coffee eclairs and Petite Fruit Mousse. Dinner will not be provided but desserts and wine will be available for purchase throughout the night. Cocktail attire is requested and the event begins at 7pm.

NEWS: Embassy of China Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai Met with “Ambassador Panda” On January 7th, Ambassador Cui Tiankai had the opportunity to meet giant panda cub, Bei Bei, at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Bei Bei and his sister Bao Bao, both born in Washington, DC, have been a popular attraction at the zoo. Tiankai said that “Both of them have been very popular and have brought Chinese and American people closer together, contributing to the greater mutual understanding between our two peoples. They played the role of “Ambassador Panda”. Bei Bei, Bao Bao and his parents Tian Tian and Mei Xiang can all be found at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC.

by Katherine Eschenbach APR | MAY | JUN 2016


Black Book I scream … You scream … We all scream … For Ice Cream! With summer around the corner, now is the time to think of one of the season’s best loved treats – ice cream. While chocolate, vanilla and strawberry are perennial favorites, the world celebrates this indulgence in different and exotic ways. If you are taking flight this summer and find yourself in one of these locales, make sure that you try a scoop or two.

DEVON HOUSE, KINGSTON, JAMAICA Devon House is a masterpiece of Caribbean Victorian architecture and home to the island’s most celebrated ice-cream stand. The 27 flavors run a broad gamut from traditional pistachio to island treats like mango, coconut, and soursop. There is even an offbeat, beer-based ice cream called Devon Stout.

THE ORIGINAL CHINATOWN ICE CREAM FACTORY, NEW YORK CITY, USA Legend has it that the Chinese invented ice cream and this is on display at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. They offer black sesame, red bean and Zen butter varieties at this NYC landmark. Try dousing your dessert in lychee topping or red bean sauce.


Going since 1939, Perchè No! sells ice cream produced fresh on the premises each day. The selection varies, but favorites include honey and sesame seed, green tea and, a rich coffee crunch with pieces of chocolate.


Having ice cream on the outdoor terrace of the A’jia Hotel in Istanbul is, itself, a treat. The dessert menu includes fried vanilla ice cream, passionfruit sorbet and traditional Turkish dondurma (ice cream) made from goats’ milk.



ICE CREAM CITY, TOKYO, JAPAN Dozens of stands sell more than 300 flavors between them at Tokyo’s Ice Cream City. They offer some of the more unusual ice creams, from soy chicken and orchid root to sea-island salt and unagi (eel).