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Romantic locations around the world to get engaged.

The history of Pendelton Blankets







From jewel boxes to retreat settings, the 2017 DC Design House offers inspiration for everyone.


Celebrating the New Year with festive cocktails.


Timeless designs built to last.




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12 | DETAILS Warming up with the perfect Hot Chocolate 13 | JOHN’S FAVORITES Briannas Fine Salad Dressings, bai Antioxidant Infusion Drinks, Skinny Pop Popcorn, PaliHouse, Compass Arlington 14 | ARTS Meet Saaraliisa Ylitalo, a hot artist on the DC scene. 20 | DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT Zoë Feldman 21 | CULTURE Wild: Michael Nichols, National Geographic and Leonard Bernstein at 100, National Symphony Orchestra, The Kennedy Center


22 | DESIGN NEWS Bethany Kazaba Acquires Neighborhood Retail Group 30 | DC FUN FACTS National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden’s Skating Rink 31 | KID’S CORNER New Year New Us, creating more quality family time

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32 | CALENDAR Upcoming events in Washington D.C. 33 | SPECIAL Fun Winter activities 36 | FOODIE Cold weather Chili and Cornbread 38 | HEALTH & WELLNESS Finding the pieces to create a whole you!


40 | STYLIST 2018 Style trends seen on the runways 42 | MONEY & FINANCE Retirement planning for People Who are Within 20 years of Being Able to Retire

49 DIPLOMACY Here’s what is going on in embassy’s around Washington.

44 | REAL ESTATE John Eric’s real estate highlights

50 | BLACK BOOK Festivities for celebrating St. Patricks Day

48 | BUZZ The news that all of Washington is talking about.





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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.

Angela Casey

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.


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.


JEANINE FINELLI is a 2008 graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is the founder of Love Yourself to Health, and has a background in the pharmaceutical industry, which includes Sales and Marketing, and Assistant Project Management. She is an Executive Health Coach, a Speaker, and the published author of Love Yourself to Health...with Gusto –Toxic relationships, Toxic food, Toxic thoughts…no more! LOUISE JONES Louise Jones is a 9 year-old, fifth-grader who has been writing her whole life. She has many interests, including playing basketball, taking ballet and art classes, hanging out on Facetime with friends and studying foreign languages. She writes on issues related to kids and what she believes parents should know.



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WELCOME Happy New Year! If you’re like me, you’re happy to see 2017 go far, far away. In a world that often seems out of control, I relish moments of stability and calm. I’m an optimist by nature and it has surely been tested in this past year. However, I always look forward with optimism and hope that better days are indeed coming. It is in that spirit that I encourage you to shut the world out at least one day a week. Instead of watching the news, pick up a good book and read. Instead of perusing your phone, turn on your favorite tunes and dance around the house. It’s these small, simple steps that allow me to keep moving. Every year, many of us make New Year’s resolutions, including me. Some of us set out to shed a few pounds, make more time for family and friends, change a bad habit or two and so on and so on. In the spirit of best intentions, I thought I’d share a few of mine with you. I plan to hit the gym each morning before heading into the office. I plan to eat better. And, I plan to spend more time with family and friends. The biggest change for me in 2018 will be to find a comfortable balance between work and life. I work too much and so do the majority of Americans. When I look at my friends from around the world, they are more satisfied with life and work because they understand the importance of this balance. They work normal hours and take vacations. The aren’t controlled by email or cell phones. I say often, technology has made communicating easier, but it hasn’t made life better. I truly believe that. So, please join me in tuning out and tuning off, occasionally, in 2018. I wish everyone a New Year filled with good health, happiness, prosperity and hope. Take the time to talk to your fellow humans, extend a hand in friendship, take the time to listen to others, and get off the sidelines and join me in being the change we seek. Enjoy,

John Eric Publisher, Principal and Realtor

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THE SEASON OF LOVE Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and you’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Now a great question looms: How and where to pop The Question? The choice of locale is very important as some scenarios capture the mood better than others. If you are proposing this Valentine’s Day, here are a few great options…



Overlooking the Pitons in St. Lucia The magnificent volcanic peaks known as the Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are among the most arresting natural sights you’ll see in the Caribbean. Soaring almost 3,000 feet out of the ocean, these forest-swathed wonders can be seen from many points on St. Lucia. In many hotels, staff can set up romantic dinners overlooking this famed site. Absolutely gorgeous as the sun sets! Overlooking London at The Shard If you not only love your potential affianced but London as well, then getting a bird’s eye view over its famed rooftops and river rates in the stratosphere on the romance scale. Head to the top of The Shard for an unbeatable vista. Grab a corner of the viewing platform —be forewarned, you may not be the only suitor taking the plunge—and propose with all of London spread out below you. The View from the Shard stays open until midnight, and even has an on-site marriage proposal concierge service to tailor a unique proposal experience for couples. Overlooking Central Park Combine a view of the Columbus Circle entrance to the park with legendary chef Thomas Keller’s spectacular food and you’ve got Per Se, a Manhattan staple that perfectly suits your purpose. When you speak to a reservationist (two months in advance is

recommended), ask for a park-view table near the fireplace, and mention your plans. The restaurant is happy to help facilitate any extra romantic touches you might have in mind. The Mayan ruins in Tulum, Mexico Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula has plenty of noteworthy historic sites, but few can beat the Mayan archeological site at Tulum for sheer, high-drama beauty. (Your engagement photos are going to look great on every social media platform that you use.) Set on a grassy clifftop above an azure Caribbean Sea, the sun-baked remains of this pre-Columbian city include a dramatic castillo set prettily on the edge of a 12-meter limestone cliff. Afterward, take the winding staircase down to the postcard-perfect white-sand beach below and take your first dip together as an engaged couple. Winvian Farm, CT If your idea of romance involves not leaving the United States and features acres of bucolic woodlands for rambling, gracious New England hospitality and fine wine beside a crackling wood fire, then Winvian Farm, set in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills, has you covered. Famous for its whimsical architecture and themed cottages, this hideaway makes you feel as though a weekend has been custom-crafted just for you. The resort also offers elopement packages.

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Winter is here! How many of us crave a delicious mug of hot chocolate during this season? If you are a hot chocolate aficionado, make sure not to miss these mixes when the mercury has fallen…



1. SARABETH’S HOT CHOCOLATE PARISIENNE This all-natural mix contains only the finest semi-sweet Belgian Chocolate, Dutch Cocoa and pure white cane sugar. Just add hot milk, stir to melt the chocolate, top with whipped cream and serve. 2. COCOA SANTE GINGER CARDAMON The flavor palette of this savory hot chocolate is based on kahwah – a Middle Eastern green tea infused with aromatic spices including saffron, cardamom and cinnamon. It is both refreshing and relaxing. 3. MOONSTRUCK CHOCOLATE CLASSIC HOT COCOA MIX This classic hot cocoa made in Portland, Oregon, has a rich, creamy chocolate flavor that many reviewers describe as “velvety and wonderful.” 4. CADBURY DRINKING CHOCOLATE If you’re a fan of other Cadbury candy, then you’ll go crazy for this decadent drinking chocolate. You’ll want to get nice and cozy by the fire with a mug of this delicious hot chocolate.




1. BRIANNAS FINE SALAD DRESSINGS I just love their salad dressings. I’m truly addicted to the Real French Vinaigrette. 2. BAI ANTIOXIDANT INFUSION DRINKS I discovered these on a recent trip to Los Angeles. Love them! 3. SKINNY POP POPCORN Simple and Delicious. Even better, it’s gluten free and Non-GMO 4. PALIHOUSE Great Boutique hotel group in Los Angeles with locations in West Hollywood and Santa Monica. I recently stayed here for business. The rooms are spacious, clean, and comfortable. The best part, the hotel has a great staff along with exceptional customer service, a cool bar area and room service. 5. COMPASS ARLINGTON Our new flagship Virginia Office is open in Arlington. The Compass expansion and market domination begin in Northern Virginia. Join us!

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Saaraliisa has been working in the field of fiber for over 30 years. During much of that time, she has lived and taught abroad in Costa Rica, Japan, Peru and South Africa. While in Kyoto for five years, she fell in love with washi (handmade paper) and studied with a master papermaker. Her own work uses her handmade paper and whatever other fiber techniques she needs at the time. Over the years her work has had a strong social conscience, dealing with subjects such as abuse and victimization, secrets and body image. She visually communicates the struggle between hope and despair and the tension created from the interplay of those forces. Her newer works have echoes of these themes, but are more focused on life’s more ethereal and spiritual questions. “I persist in asking: as humans, why do we struggle, why do we care, what makes us try? I have no answers to these seemingly spiritual enigmas, and I do not seek the answers through conventionally religious means, but I continue to dissect the struggle.”

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Heritage, integrity, journeys and memories are words that describe so much about what shapes who we are and who we become. When you really think about it, these four words can ignite so many emotions and impact so many people. This really is the DNA of the American spirit. Last night was a very chilly night. It was so cold I decided to pull out one of my wonderful Pendelton blankets and snuggle up on the sofa. As I wrapped myself up in this large beautiful blanket, all I could think about was how special this blanket was to me. It has been with me over half my lifetime and it has seen so much. In many Native American communities, Pendelton blankets are associated with important events. They are given as graduation gifts, thank you gifts and commemorations of birth and death. This amazing iconic American brand has represented America, influenced home décor, created classical design and set fashion trends that have impacted almost all our lives. In the new year, Pendelton continues to thrive and impact design. Known most recently for their collaborations with Airstream, Hurley, Nike, Comme des Garçons, UGG and Shwood, it is quite evident that the fashion world has once again gone crazy for heritage, a term encompassing all things grandfatherly and artisan-stitched and Pendleton is once again leading the pack. For more than 153 years, the company has set the standard for American style. With six generations of family ownership, the company remains dedicated to its American heritage, authenticity and fabric craftsmanship. The company headquarters are in Portland, Oregon. The original plants in Pendleton, Oregon, and Washougal, Washington, are among the few woolen mills in operation in the United States today, and Pendleton woolen fabrics and blankets are still woven in these Pacific Northwest mills. In 1863, Thomas Kay, a young English weaver, headed to a region with ideal conditions for raising sheep and producing wool. This was a place with moderate weather and plentiful water - America’s newest state, Oregon. Kay soon organized Oregon’s second woolen mill in Brownsville. In 1889, Kay opened a mill in Salem, Oregon. From these humble beginnings rose a dyed-in-the-wool American success story. Thomas Kay’s eldest daughter, Fannie, learned

the mill business and assisted her father in mill operation and management. When she married retail merchant C.P. Bishop, a complementary combination of merchandising and manufacturing expertise emerged - a solid foundation for what was to become Pendleton Woolen Mills. In 1909, the Bishops opened the facility and constructed a new, more efficient mill with aid of a local bond issue. In September of that year, the first products emerged from the new finishing department and the tradition of Pendleton Woolen Mills began. From the 1909 purchase of a scouring mill at the railhead along the Oregon Trail in Pendleton, Oregon, through lean years during the Great Depression and the war years when the company produced blankets for the military, to the present time, the Bishop family has produced Indian blankets, robes and shawls which are highly prized by much of the Native American population. The production of Indian blankets resumed as the Bishops applied intuitive business concepts for quality products and distinctive styling. A study of the color and design preferences of local and Southwest Native Americans resulted in vivid colors and intricate patterns. Trade expanded from the Nez Perce nation near Pendleton to the Navajo, Hopi and Zuni nations. These Pendleton blankets were used as basic wearing apparel and as a standard of value for trading and credit among Native Americans. Car loads of blankets traveled from Pendleton, Oregon to the

Southwest tribes to be exchanged for silver jewelry, wool or other items of value. The colorful blankets were integrated into everyday and ceremonial uses; part of a dowry, weddings, gift giving, pow wows, dance prizes, naming ceremonies, funerals and memorials (sometimes blankets are packed in a coffin or a coffin is lined with a blanket to keep the loved one warm on his journey). The value of the blanket is practical from an economic standpoint. For a time, there were two things

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acquired by young people for security in case of economic hardship; a Bulova watch for a man and a good blanket for a woman; either one of which could be pawned for a fair amount of money to tide them over to better times. Rarely did the owner not return to reclaim the blanket as soon as possible. In 1912, Pendleton expanded into other areas of woolen manufacturing broadening its capability for fabric variety, including suiting fabric. Prior to Pendelton, wool shirts for men were largely utility items in the early 20th century. Drab in design and color, they were worn for warmth and protection from the elements by those who worked outdoors. In 1924, the legendary Pendleton virgin wool men’s shirt was born. Pendleton was soon making a full line of men’s virgin wool sportswear. Twenty-five years after establishing menswear, a new thread was woven and womenswear was introduced. They later responded to consumer need for non-wool garments to complement its fine woolens coordinated within the fall and winter lines. In 1972, Pendleton became a year-round sportswear resource, introducing distinctively styled, non-wool menswear and womenswear for spring and summer. The company has thrived under the direction of the Bishop family. Today, their children have assumed management roles in the company. This family thread has continued to produce Pendleton leadership with a legacy of hands-on management for six generations. Pendleton—a company that has dressed everyone from Geronimo to the Beach Boys (originally “The Pendletones”) to Lady Gaga—provides one of the best examples of an American soulful brand renaissance. A few years ago, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, the young retail geniuses behind the trendsetting Opening Ceremony boutiques, spotted Pendleton on the streets of Tokyo. Aware that the Japanese have loved quality, history, and Americana for a long time, Opening Ceremony proposed a collaboration, and then unleashed fantasia versions of Pendleton’s plaids and tribal prints. Soon Pendleton weaved new partnerships with the likes of the Nike-owned skate/surf brand Hurley, the exclusive denim company Edwin and Levi’s. Pendleton also has reworked its main line, introducing slim “vintage fit” shirts to snag younger, more urban customers. According to the Bishop family, Fashion’s endless conversation between past and present veers from earnest to ironic to nostalgic. But “heritage” also speaks to a real desire for something—anything—solid. Fashion is fleeting, but well-made things endure.



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ZOË FELDMAN Zoe has been decorating homes along the East Coast for over 10 years. An accomplished freelance writer and TV personality, Zoe has been published in several national websites and appeared on multiple television shows. Zoe was an ivillage Home and Garden expert writing pieces on decorating and entertaining and appearing as a guest “ivillage expert” on the accompanying television show, ivillage LIVE. Most notably, she has appeared as a guest decorator on NBC’s Today Show. In 2011, Zoe was presented the “Ones To Watch” award by the DC Design Center. Zoe studied design at Parsons School of Design and worked for four years as a designer for Alexa Hampton at the premiere Manhattan based design firm, Mark Hampton, Inc. Currently, Zoe Feldman Design, Inc. is decorating houses in the Washington, DC Metro area, NYC, the Hamptons and South Florida. Zoe’s design aesthetic is a modernized classicism influenced by art, fashion, architecture and, of course, each individual client. Through a series of discussions and surveys she learns the style, needs and desires of the client as well as that of the space, to create a timeless, functional and unique environment. Drawing inspiration from the traditional style reminiscent of her New York training and education with her early exposure to modern art and design, she works with clients to create a space to suit their personal needs. Her finely tuned knowledge of color, detail and function allows her to work in a range of styles to construct a signature look tailored to reflect the space in which she is working.




WILD: MICHAEL NICHOLS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC See extraordinary images of wildlife and wild places through the eyes of legendary photographer and former National Geographic magazine Editor-atLarge for Photography Michael “Nick” Nichols in this special exhibition. Visitors will travel to the remotest reaches of the globe through Nick’s stunning, evocative and technically innovative photos of our natural world. Exhibition organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Wild: Michael Nichols National Geographic Now thru January 13, 2018


Leonard Bernstein at 100 National Symphony Orchestra The Kennedy Center January 11 through January 13, 2018

The Washington-area arts community is celebrating the international centennial celebration of Leonard Bernstein at 100 — a year of of local, national and worldwide events that pay tribute to this incomparable artist whose influence and impact on arts and culture in the U.S. and around the world have transcended genres and generations. As part of this celebration, the National Symphony Orchestra is presenting: Bernstein’s “The Age of Anxiety” / Ravel’s Bolero. Yutaka Sado leads a tribute of works composed or conducted by Bernstein, with whom Sado studied conducting. The program includes Rossini’s Overture to The Thieving Magpie, Bernstein’s “The Age of Anxiety” featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini and Ravel’s Boléro.

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LEADING THE WAY IN RETAIL SPACES Bethany Kazaba Acquires Neighborhood Retail Group by Sherry Moeller

Above - Bethany Kazaba, Restaurant Brain Trust, Photo by Duane Heaton Right - Chef Yoshi Ota and Bethany Kazaba at Sushi Gakyu openng, Photo by Duane Heaton



As an influencer in Washington, DC’s commercial retail industry, Bethany Kazaba, CEO and Managing Principal at Neighborhood Retail Group (NRG), which she acquired in 2017, and her team open more than 60 new business locations annually for their clients. NRG’s portfolio includes fitness concept Cut Seven in the popular Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC, fitness facility Rebel Fit USA in Woodbridge, VA, Sushi Gakyu in Washington, DC, SugarVault Desserts in Hyattsville, MD, DC Lash Bar in Georgetown, Be Clean in Georgetown, DC, Goldfish Swim School in Falls Church, VA, INOVA Urgent Care facility in Springfield, VA, and most recently, A Beautiful Closet—one of the newest DC boutiques located at The Wharf. Kazaba received the 2017 Washington, DC SmartCEO Brava Award, recognizing female CEOs and executives who combine their entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for mentoring and giving back to their community. Kazaba also became one of five founding board members for the Restaurant Brain Trust—a collective effort by five active members of the Greater Washington, DC restaurant community to develop an educational and networking series geared for restaurateurs and their staff. Founded in 2017, the Restaurant Brain Trust’s mission is to help local restaurateurs realize their growth plans by equipping them with the educational content and professional contacts that will be integral to their success. In addition, Kazaba was unanimously voted Women in Retail Real Estate’s next DC Chapter president elect for 2017/2018, guiding and inspiring women leaders within the retail real estate industry. To see what’s new in your neighborhood, go to


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Window Shopping

A Look at 4 Design-Related Charities and 4 Trends for 2018 by Sherry Moeller

One of the trends for 2018 is nature-inspired wallpaper. Annie Elliott used natural, textured grasscloth in this Georgetown 24 JOHN ERIC livingHOME room. Photo by Angie Seckinger

Inspired design shows up in many ways – via charities led by the area’s top design talents to trends noted at the High Point Market to new fabrics, furnishings and accessories at area shops like Home on Cameron in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, home decor stores along the 14th Street corridor in Washington, DC, as well as the many showrooms within the Washington Design Center. Reflecting on 2017 and looking forward to 2018, here are some top design-related charities to check out and new trends to consider. 4 DESIGN CHARITIES Four notable design-related charities include: Room to Rebloom

Room to Rebloom,, is a nonprofit that creates healing environments for survivors of domestic violence. The Washington Design Center named Room to Rebloom its charity partner for the Second Annual Holiday Fete held in December. The fourth annual Rebloom on the Roof, the nonprofit’s main fundraiser with TV personality Will Thomas and renowned designer Barry Dixon, is scheduled for May 10, 2018.

DC Design House

DC Design House,, is an annual nonprofit showhouse that celebrated its 10th year in October 2017, raising more than $2 million in 10 years for Children’s National Health System. The all-volunteer team raised $290,000 last year during the month-long house tour featuring 20 of the area’s top designers.

This Annie Elliott-designed foyer features a few trends for 2018 including painted furniture, wallpaper and brass accents. Photo by Angie Seckinger

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Light Up The Season

Light Up The Season, led by the nonprofit Children’s Health Board,, is a new annual holiday event that was held on December 3, 2017 at Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, DC. Twenty designers were inspired by patients at the hospital to create holiday trees, mantels, wreaths and a menorah, which were also on display and for sale at the hotel for several weeks.

Farrow & Ball’s Windows by Design

The 2017 Farrow & Ball Windows by Design was the second annual partnership between Farrow & Ball,, and the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), www. Farrow & Ball invited one interior designer for each of its 16 American showrooms to create a window display that honors DIFFA’s work while also showcasing the holiday season. Annie Elliott Interiors,, was invited to design the window in the Washington, DC showroom. Elliott and her team created a winter vignette that mixed classic and contemporary using Farrow & Ball’s Ringwold wallcovering, a vintage English table and a Kelly Wearstler’s crystal lamp by Circa Lighting. The design team also hung empty gilded picture frames with nameplates of some lost to AIDS. Every time a photo of the DC window or any of the other 15 windows across the US is posted on social media with the hashtag #FaBforDIFFA from now through the end of January, Farrow & Ball will donate $1 for AIDS awareness.

4 DESIGN TRENDS With the sharing spirit in mind as well as recognizing the creative and healing effects of a warm home environment, I asked Annie Elliott to tell me her top four design trends for the new year. Nature-Inspired Wallpaper

Wallpaper will continue to gain traction in 2018, with nature-based patterns and materials becoming more popular, according to Elliott. Today’s wallpaper isn’t limited to floral patterns and geometrics. Elliott notes more natural elements in patterns, such as agate, faux bois and the tree trunks in Cole & Son’s Woods. And more wallpaper is being made of textured natural materials, such as jute, plain and printed grasscloths, as well as silk. “If you prefer neutral walls, light tone-on-tone patterns can bring such interest to a space without overwhelming it,” Elliott adds. She suggests trying Farrow & Ball’s Hegemone pattern, which comes in several neutral colorways.



Top Left: Annie Elliott Interiors designed Farrow & Ball’s Windows by Design in the Washington, DC showroom in support of Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA). Bottom Left: Beige and off white are taking the place of gray, as shown in this Annie Elliott Interiors bedroom, which also features a faux shearling rug, another trend for 2018. Photo by Michael K. Wilkinson Right: Color is back in a big way. Annie Elliott painted these built-in bookshelves in bright red. Photo by Angie Seckinger

Beige Is Back

The grays we’ve been obsessed with for the past five years are finally giving way to beiges and ivories. And not just on the walls – Elliott is seeing shades of beige on walls, rugs and furniture in the same room. “It’s a sophisticated look, but use textured upholstery and artwork to keep things interesting,” she says.

And Look For Color!

“Not everyone will be painting their living rooms bright orange, which is probably for the best, but rich, saturated colors such as olive green and red, often in velvet, are showing up on sofas and chairs,” Elliott adds. Look for more painted furniture, and it’s sophisticated, not an informal country style often associated with painted furniture. She is also seeing more color on trim. Elliott is painting her dining room woodwork, including the coffered ceiling, a glossy navy to set off the natural colored grasscloth walls. “The contrast is quite striking,” she says, “and it’s perfectly fine that the rest of the woodwork in the house is off-white.”

Faux Shearling Upholstery

Loving the comfort of faux shearling upholstery, Elliott saw a lot of it at the Fall High Point Market. Sofas from Century Furniture, pillows from Hickory White and ottomans from Lee Industries all topped her list. Bonus - though not really a trend, as Elliott says this is here to stay for a while, is the use of brass and bamboo accents, sometimes in the same piece. For 2018, be sure to check out the design-related charities in your region for inspiration, and take a look at natural wallcoverings, try beige instead of gray, and don’t be afraid to add a little color and faux shearling along the way.

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After more than 30 years of planning, the Sculpture Garden was the final element of the National Gallery complex, completed in 1999. Designed by landscape architect Laurie Olin, a circular reflecting pool and fountain form the center of its design, which is transformed into an ice-skating rink during the winter. The ice rink is open mid-November through midMarch weather permitting. Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden’s Skating Rink 30


Amid the beautifully landscaped informal garden, 17 major sculptures are on display by internationally renowned artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Mark di Suvero, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, and Tony Smith. Skating lessons are available for all ages through the Skate with U.S. program designed by the U.S. Figure Skating Association. There are six public entrances to the Sculpture Garden -- Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW, 7th Street, NW, and from the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets NW.


NEW YEAR NEW YOU by Louise Jones It’s a new year! And a new year comes with resolutions. Normally resolutions are about you, but they could be more about your family this year. I came up with a few to make you and your family happier. One resolution is not to be on your phone so much, and not ignore your kids. If parents are on their phone a lot, then kids might feel ignored and angry. They also might feel that no one is listening to them. Even though parents will have to use their phone and work on it, you can set it aside for about an hour a day. You can also put your phone away for a little bit longer on the weekends. Another thing is to make more home-cooked meals and eat together. Home-cooked meals are a lot healthier and are a good way to keep your family in touch. It doesn’t have to be every night, but you should aim for about four nights a week. At the beginning of the week at dinner you can discuss what everybody wants to eat that week. A great way to be closer and have a better relationship with your child is to spend more time with them. You can do that by playing board games and card games that they like. You can also do activities like teaching them how to sew, bake, fish, swim or play sports. Plus, parents need to follow through with promises and not put things aside. A lot of times, adults make a promise to kids and never follow-through with it. My sister recently got a new computer and my mom had to connect it to the printer. She promised her that she would do it, but she put it aside for over a month. My sister was disappointed and upset! Next, you should make a point to spend time with them and ask them how they are doing. A good time to do this is before bed. You can tuck them in or you can just pop into your child’s room and check in with them. This makes a lot of kids feel better. One great resolution is to share family stories. You can tell them stories from your childhood. Many kids enjoy hearing stories about when you were their age. You can make a family tree to get to know your family members a little bit better. Doing a DNA kit is fun and easy to use. Plus, it teaches you about where you are from. Reading together is fun for everyone in the family. By doing this everyone is enjoying the time that you are spending together. You don’t just have to read to them because as they get older and


learn how to read and get better at it they can start reading to you. When I was three my mom read me The Hobbit over the winter and I think that started my love of reading! Finally, you need to make a change of attitude. It’s not good for parents to complain to their kids because it makes the kids feel guilty or annoyed. For example, you shouldn’t complain about other parents, grandparents, work, taking kids to practices, or teachers. Now that you know a few resolutions, I hope you can have a great new year and have fun with your family!


TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW 2017 January 14-15, 2018 Saturday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Washington Convention Center At the Travel & Adventure Show, visitors can gather information on hundreds of exciting travel destinations all at one place. This is the nation’s largest active and adventure travel show, featuring a wide range of destinations around the world. The show is a one-stop-shopping bazaar with an extensive array of destination vendors offering show-only travel deals, free giveaways and actionpacked activities, plus educational seminars, cultural performances and more. The 2017 event will include an entire stage dedicated to local, regional and international culinary experiences. “LET FREEDOM RING” January 15, 2018 | 6 p.m. The Kennedy Center The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host a musical celebration featuring Gladys Knight, the Let Freedom Ring Choir and other special guests honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in a free Millennium Stage concert. Admission is free, however, tickets are required and will be distributed the day of the event in front of the Concert Hall beginning at 4:30 p.m. Attendees should enter through the Hall of Nations. Overflow seating will be available at Millennium Stage North (near Eisenhower Theater) for patrons to view a simulcast of the performance.




CUPID’S UNDIE RUN February 10, 2018 | The Park on 14th Cupid’s Undie Run is a “brief” fun run that takes place in the middle of a BIG party. That’s right: party, run (a mile-ish, at your own pace), party – all to find a cure to Neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that affects 1 in every 3,000 children born. Undies are encouraged, but maybe that’s not for everyone, maybe costumes are more your style? So whether you start a team with your friends, join a team, or run solo, just come out, have a blast, and raise some money for NF research! THE 71ST ANNUAL GEORGE WASHINGTON BIRTHNIGHT SUPPER AND BALL February 18, 2018 | Mount Vernon 6:15 p.m. Reception | 7:00 p.m. Seated Dinner Black Tie or Militray Dress This event will feature a seated dinner, music and dancing by singer Jason Paul Curtis and his Swinglab Quartet and a special cake cutting ceremony with General and Lady Washington. It will be a festive evening celebrating General Washington and his 286th Birthday. Proceeds for the event will go toward the Neighborhood Friends of Mount Vernon’s 20172018 annual projects including: restoration and replacement of historic outbuilding roofs, repairs to the estate perimeter brick wall, infrastructure and storage for Mount Vernon archives, livestock acquisition and other essential estate programs. THE NATIONAL SHAMROCKFEST March 11, 2017 | 2 - 10 p.m. RFK Stadium Festival Grounds | Rain or Shine The National ShamrockFest is Washington, DC’s Saint Patrick’s Day street festival with live music, food, drinks, roving entertainers, craft vendors, an Irish Village, carnival rides and games and much more. The ShamrockFest is the largest Saint Patrick’s Day party in the region featuring more than 30 bands and DJ’s on 5 stages. This year’s headlining bands include Gaelic Storm, Blues Traveler and Reel Big Fish.

The Francophonie Cultural Festival features four weeks of concerts, theatrical performances, films, culinary tastings, literary salons, children’s workshops, and more in Washington, DC. The Nation’s Capital will resonate with the vibrant sounds, sights and tastes of the French-speaking in the largest Francophone festival in the world. Since 2001, more than 40 countries have collaborated each year to present an array of experiences all rooted in the Francophone cultures – from Africa to the Americas to Asia to the Middle East. This year, participating countries include Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, France, Gabon, Greece, Haiti, Iran, Laos, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mali, Mauritania, Monaco, Morocco, Niger, Québec, Romania, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovenia, South Africa, Switzerland, Togo, Tunisia, and the United States. Performance Venues • La Maison Française● • Smithsonian African Art Museum • AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center • Alliance Française Washington DC • Blues Alley • Hillyer Art Space • Smithsonian’s Ripley Center • Various Embassies: Côte d’Ivoire, Luxembourg, Switzerland, France, Lithuania and the Residence of the Gabonese Embassy


Fun Winter Activities


can be a magical time, with tiny lights decorating almost every street, restaurants whipping up their heartiest dishes, and ice and snow feeding our need for outdoor activities. Here’s our list of five fun things to do in D.C. before spring rolls around:

Go ice skating outdoors. The two best rinks in D.C. are in Georgetown and at the Sculpture Garden, though there are a few others that may be closer to your neighborhood. If you’ve not skated before, lessons are available at several of the local rinks. When it’s cold outside, warm yourself up with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and some of DC’s brilliant pastries. We have a ton of wonderful local bakeries. Check out The CakeRoom, The Sweet Lobby, Patisserie Poupon, Un je ne sais Quoi and Bread Furst to indulge. Forget the pub – go on a pastry crawl!

Eat by a fire. There are a few nice restaurants and bars in D.C. that keep their fireplaces roaring for dinner during the winter months. Head over to the city’s oldest, continuously operating hotel, the Tabard Inn. If you’re looking for cozy settings, look into Iron Gate and Plume.

See “Ice!” at the Gaylord. There are 2 million pounds of ice sculptures at the Gaylord Hotel, never mind the 2 million lights that decorate the gigantic resort at night. It’s quite a sight for both young and older eyes, so think about taking your favorite kids over for a festive evening.

Get free s’mores at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown. Head to happy hour in the Ritz-Carlton lobby for cocktails and free s’mores that are served by a butler. The s’mores are served every winter evening right at 6:30 p.m. In the summer, they switch to milkshakes.

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LUXURY MORNING CALL Glassware: Chilled Cocktail Glass Method: Combine ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Ingredients: 2 oz. Absolut Elyx 1 oz. Tomato Juice .25 oz. Lemon Juice 1 pinch Black Pepper 3-4 Basil Leaf Garnish: Black Olives and Half Rim of Old Bay Salt (equal parts Old Bay and Kosher Salt) January 1st can be a tough day. Celebrating the previous year around great friends is always one of the best of times, yet the aftermath sometimes makes for a rather weary start to the New Year. This year, wake up in style with a Morning Call. Tomato juice brings protein, Vitamin C and a little bit of acidity, all the natural remedies needed to sooth a relentless “ringing” of the body. Lemon juice, pepper and the cooling effect of basil make for a powerful trio of health restoration. The use of natural juices and herbs without synthetic sweeteners, alongside a true quality vodka such as Absolut Elyx, allow for full body flavor while at the same time, light body calories. Whether resolved to start a new diet, workout regime, or just a positive outlook, a “low-cal” cocktail is a great way to fit the bill for a New Year resolution. Reach out for a Luxury Morning Call to make sure January 1 sets a precedent for the year to come!

REST EASY Glassware: Rocks Glass Method: Combine Ingredients into a Cocktail Shaker and Shake with Ice – strain over ice into a rocks glass. Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Altos Reposado .75 oz. Passion Fruit Juice .75 oz. Grapefruit Juice .5 oz. Honey Syrup Garnish: ¼ Slice Grapefruit Point

number one ordered cocktail, the Margarita. Sweet, sour, earthy, rich, yet vibrant – the Margarita is one of a kind. Natural juices of Passion Fruit and Grapefruit keep sugar content low and the elimination of unnatural sour mix keeps preservatives out of the system. Honey syrup in form of equal parts sugar and water is a perfect ingredient; lower in sugar and processed calories than simple syrup or agave nectar. The 100% blue weber agave Tequila, often gluten free and perfect for “paleo” diets, is none the less a great choice. Make 2018 a great year and keep working hard. However, when it gets tough and a cocktail is in call, Rest at Ease with a great natural Margarita style drink that will surely be a low calorie hit.

BREAKFAST RICKEY Glassware: Collins Glass Method: Combine ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Strain over ice into a collins glass – top with seltzer water and stir to integrate. Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Plymouth Gin 2 oz. Tea .5 oz. Lime Juice 1 tsp Cherry Preserve Seltzer Water Garnish: Mint Sprig As the story goes Col. Joe Rickey asked the bartender to put a little lime juice in his usual “Mornin’s Morning” and henceforth the drink that still bears his name was born. Originally made with whiskey, and eventually to become world famous with Gin, the Rickey was one of the original low-calorie refreshers. The trio of Plymouth Gin, fresh lime juice and seltzer water make the bulk of the drink. The fresh and sharp citrus perfectly balance with botanicals from the historic Plymouth Gin made even better with the refreshing addition of the no sugar seltzer. To liven the cocktail, cherry preserve and tea (green tea works great, but it can be changed per taste) add sweet, fruit, bitter, tart, and herbal tones to enhance an already delicious cocktail. At the end of the day, the Breakfast Rickey is there to ease it on back, add a little “Somethin’” to the morning, and still keep that healthy start on track. Cheers to the New Year!

By mid-season, the New Year is in its full effect, workouts and diets are starting to show their positive impact. A strong happy hour beverage doesn’t have to kill off the hard work, and that especially goes for the

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BASIC CHILI 2 pounds ground beef 2 cloves garlic, chopped One 8-ounce can tomato sauce 2 tablespoons chili powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground oregano 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed Shredded Cheddar, for serving Place the ground beef in a large pot and throw in the garlic. Cook over medium heat until browned. Drain off the excess fat, and then pour in the tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and cayenne. Stir together well, cover, and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If the mixture becomes overly dry, add 1/2 cup water at a time as needed. After an hour, add the beans and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with shredded Cheddar, chopped onions, tortilla chips and lime wedges.



During the heart of winter, who doesn’t love to warm up with comfort food? In this issue, we celebrate that notion and offer up recipes for Basic Chili and Cornbread.



6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus butter for baking dish 1 cup cornmeal 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 1/2 cups buttermilk Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8-inch baking dish. In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, buttermilk, and butter. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the cornmeal mixture and fold together until there are no dry spots (the batter will still be lumpy). Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the cornbread from the oven and let it cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.







by Jeanine Finelli



With all the tools, tricks and gadgets on the market today, it seems that we should feel more solid than ever, right? There are Apps to track and measure success in all areas of our lives and handy dandy information at our finger tips. Then, there’s all the social media blogs sharing “wisdom” ...10 things successful people do every morning before they have coffee or 18 ways to look half your age...and so on and so on. Read on to learn how to simplify the messages, learn the truth about where your power lies and own the “nuts and bolts” of your wholeness. EATING WELL. There is no escaping this piece of the puzzle because we can’t exercise away a poor diet! No amount of reps, runs, or planks will negate the fact that the food we eat makes up our heart, brain, lungs, blood, immune system, bones, and all tissue within the body. Of course, proper movement has its benefits, but they don’t override the importance of a quality diet. Your puzzle pieces for eating well are: Choosing organic / wild caught produce, fish and meats as much as possible (visit to learn more). Reducing your intake of “white” foods (breads, pasta, potatoes, chips, crackers, sugary and processed food).

LIVING WELL. This portion of the puzzle is all too often overlooked or deemed less important. However, I promise you that it’s just as critical to feeling energized and keeping disease at bay as Eating Well and Moving Well are! The Live Well pieces include things like restorative sleep. Millions worldwide suffer from poor sleep and are addicted to OTC and prescription drugs to “turn off life”. They desperately hope to feel refreshed in the morning before another day of personal and professional stress. Speaking of stress, it’s important to become sharply aware of our social circles and how they influence our choices. Is the company you keep affecting how may chips, salsa and beers you consume? Do you overindulge with some friends, and not others? Are you starving for comfort or are you actually craving nutrients. If you can learn to “detox” from negative people who rob you of joy, or just avoid the extra Halloween candy from your coworker, you will be well on your way to finding more beautiful puzzle pieces. Things like alone time, journaling, mediation, prayer, laughter, and plants that help clean the air in your home are all part of what it truly takes to Live Well. Are you ready to become whole? Visit www. to learn about our programs and check out our testimonials! The only thing required is a hunger...for change! Why not you? With love and blessings for a YOU Year.

Eliminating sugar and artificial sweeteners from your beverages. Choose water or sparkling La Croix as much as possible. MOVING WELL. Exercise and movement are critical to longevity and wellbeing but long gone are the days where it needs to be strenuous, equating to long hours in the gym. Science is finding that shorter burst of high intensity exercise can help to switch our bodies into fat burning mode, improve circulation, and even digestion. Exercise also helps our brains to feel good by releasing dopamine and serotonin...feel good chemicals. There are 5 areas of the world where people are thriving well past one hundred years old. These centenarians practice daily movement such as gardening, walking, hiking, dancing, yoga and other enjoyable activities. Activities that bring on the sweat, increased heart rate and muscle toning are necessary puzzle pieces in the complete picture of you. JAN | FEB | MAR 2018



WOMEN STYLIST So what’s new this season? Padding, protective lines and cosy knits came together on the catwalks, akin to comfort food in the kitchen. But if trends are truly heading for more and more comfort, fashion is retaining its sense of fun, its color and glamour. FOLK Mixing, contrasting and juxtaposing may first seem at odds. This season, the designers quenched their thirst for folk, mixing and matching prints and materials. DOUBLE DENIM Heading to the top of the trends list this season are total denim looks, à la Brooke Shields, circa 1984, ultra luxury and impeccably tailored for maximum everyday elegance. COSY KNITS It’s knitting but not as your grandmother knows it. A modern twist on the cosy classic where wool is broken down and reinterpreted in new and poetic ways, dabbling with fringing, sometimes stretched out or infused with a touch of Hygge, the Danish craze for comfort.

MEN STYLIST Gone are the days of flashy luxury and the sharp looks that have established themselves over the last ten years; now designers are going back to basics, returning the road and its style to the heart of their collections. This arch-influence molds the athletic trends and their normcore accents, reinstalling the banal to the height of fashion and blending polar-ready technology with high-fashion design.

PLASTIC CHIC Something a little less ordinary saw color blocking coated in plastic. Re-worked rain coats at the highest end of the style scale, dreamt up by Raf Simons at Calvin Klein, Miuccia Prada at Miu Miu and Massimo Giorgetti at Pucci.

GO TECHNICAL Moncler Gamme Bleu, Lanvin, Balenciaga, Facetasm and Cottweiler (started by Prada last season) are heading north next Winter and with their technical wardrobes of snow-ready style. RED It’s never been as present on the runway, the color scarlet sketched the outline of an ardent new modernity that nevertheless respected the rule of elegance. Head-to-toe at Dior, on knitwear at Dries van Noten and normcore at Balenciaga, it provided a burst of color that electrified the men’s wardrobe this season. SEVENTIES What did Fendi and Prada have in common? A return to the runway for the 1970’s, and, if you didn’t live through it the first time around, the furs, grandpa cardigans, vintage Alpine accent, beards and Woodstock hair made it just like being there for real. Miuccia Prada and Sylvia Venturini Fendi took sartorial memories from the peace & love years and reinvented a style decade as only the Italians can. ROCKER STYLE Fashion went back to the 1950s, as rockabilly style was parachuted into the 21st century led by Dior and Dries Van Noten, who embraced the casual rebel, free from fashion constraints.





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Retirement Planning for People Who are Within 20 years of Being Able to Retire

By Marc S. Schliefer, CFP® President and Financial Planner



When we meet with people that are getting serious about retiring within the next 20 years, we tell them there are some basic things that they should be doing to get into a good position to retire or at least be able to retire. The first thing you want to do is make sure all of your estate planning is in order. This would include having wills, living wills, powers of attorney, advanced medical directives, and trusts, if applicable. If you have some of these documents and have not reviewed them in a while, you will want to make sure that the people that are your personal representatives, have power of attorney and back up are people that are still appropriate. Some of them may not be in your life anymore; some may be incapacitated or unable to handle the tasks at hand. Being a personal representative is an important and sometimes intense job and, you want someone who can handle the details that are involved. You may have some people on your documents that you do not have a relationship anymore or who may even be deceased. Make sure that your people are up to date. In addition, you want to make sure that all of your beneficiary designations are current and that your assets will be going to those people you designated. You don’t want former spouses or other people that should not receive the assets listed as beneficiaries or as transfer on death

beneficiaries on investments and bank accounts. After you have your estate planning under control, you want to make sure that you have reviewed all of your protection strategies. These include having proper homeowners, automobile, umbrella liability, health, disability, long term care, life insurance and any other special types of insurance. You want to make sure that you have the amount of coverage that you need to protect your assets in case you are liable for someone’s injury or death or you suffer an injury or die. You want to make sure that you and or your family will be able to survive financially if a disaster strikes. Without these protections in place, you can find that it doesn’t matter how much of a return you make on your investments. You do not want to overlook having the proper amount of coverage; this can avoid having a judgement or lien going against you based on a lawsuit that could have had you covered. You also want to look at your current debt and see how much you will have in retirement. Will you still have a mortgage when you retire, car loan, credit card payments, or any other type of loans and debts? You want to get your debt payments down so that you can have a great retirement and not be worried about your debt. A financial advisor can run scenarios to show you how to pay off debt prior to retirement. It will give you peace of mind to know that your

expenses can be much lower. Next, you want to have a financial planner or accountant run financial projections to see how much you need to save and invest in order to have enough money to retire comfortably. This will enable you to set a goal on how much to set aside in order to be able to retire comfortably. You can adjust your lifestyle now to set funds aside to help you have a better retirement. If you would like to have us run retirement numbers please email me at It is always good to see if you are on the right track to be able to retire.

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RED LIGHTS The District continues to see sky-high revenue from its growing network of speed and red-light cameras — hitting about $194.1 million in fiscal 2017. The revenue is a small but significant increase from the $190 million these cameras brought in in fiscal 2016 and reflects a huge leap from about $117 million in fiscal 2015. And the camera network is increasing, from 145 in operation in fiscal 2016 to 165 in fiscal 2017, according to records obtained by the Washington Business Journal as part of a Freedom of Information Act Request. (WBJ)

The Washington Capitals made their annual visit to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital as part of the NHL’s “The Biggest Assist Happens Off the Ice” program. Team members joined patients and their families in the hospital’s Tracy’s Kids art clinic to squirt paint at a canvas, doodle around a small table, and autograph gifts including blankets, posters and Capitals Kids Club kits, which are provided by Capitals fans through the team’s Kids Club kit donation program. The Caps sported purple jerseys, part of the Hockey Fights Cancer campaign, which seeks to unite the hockey community in its efforts to raise money and awareness toward a cure. The Capitals sponsored the art clinic’s renovation. That means they bring a significant level of awareness to what the patients are going through, says Tracy Councill, program director for Tracy’s Kids. “If we can get a chance to help people know that we’re doing art therapy, and that kids with cancer are normal kids, it means a lot on a lot of levels.” (Washingtonian)

WEARABLE TECH New wearable tech applications continue to appear. Now Levi Strauss and Co., in partnership with Google, has introduced a smart version of the classic rebel sloucher: the denim jacket. Google ATAP (Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group) created a unique digital apparel platform known as Jacquard that can easily be added to clothing. Traditionally, jacquard is a embroidered textile process; the principle here is similar, but 21st-century. Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket is the first item to feature the advanced new technology. The smart jacket is like any regular denim item, meaning it’s comfortable, durable, and washable when the smart snap tag is removed. The special tag is where the smart-action enters the picture, and allows a wearer to more easily engage in common tasks like reading a text, pausing a song, or getting directions with the simple swipe or tap of the jacket sleeve. (amlu)



THE WATERGATE HOTEL The Watergate Hotel has transformed its rooftop into a winter wonderland, featuring a synthetic ice rink. The admission fee will help support a good cause. In 2015, Marc Kohn built the $35,000 rink in his Poolesville, Maryland, yard, welcoming neighbors and even strangers to use it. Because Montgomery County had ordered him to dismantle the rink in 2015, citing zoning and code violations, he found a temporary home last winter in Rockville, partnering with the Jewish Community Center there. This winter, he decided to aim high, sending emails to different D.C. hotels with rooftop bars. The Watergate quickly embraced the partnership and the concept. For the winter season, the Top of the Gate bar and lounge will serve up s’mores, stromboli and hot pretzels, plus spiked hot chocolate and other alcoholic drinks for adults. (WJLA)


EVENING AT THE EMBASSY OF BULGARIA January 19 The Embassy of Bulgaria will be hosting a night of Bulgarian food, wine, performances and a short presentation from the diplomats of the country. The event is described as “a night where you step onto foreign soil.” The buffet will feature traditional Bulgarian cuisine, featuring delicacies like eggplant dip and cheese stuffed peppers. The bar will feature rare wines the country is known for, As this wine is not easily available in the US, make sure to take advantage of this amazing opportunity! Dress is business attire and tickets are $48. The event will last from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. VALENTINES BALL AT THE EMBASSY OF ITALY February 10 Want to treat your significant other to a unique date? Valentine’s Ball will be celebrating the romance of Rome, Verona and Venice. The event will feature live ballroom dancing, a ballroom dance presentation and an exclusive Romeo and Juliet opera presentation. Romeo and Juliet is a classic love story, one that is perfect to watch before Valentine’s Day. Italian food and refreshments will be served, and, specifically, there will be a dessert buffet beginning at 8:30pm. A chocolate tasting will conclude the night of romance. Tickets are $89-$129 and will begin at 7:00 pm and last until 11:45 pm.

by Katherine Eschenbach

EMBASSY OF COSTA RICA DINNER RECEPTION AND GARDEN SOIREE March 16 On Friday, March 16, the Embassy of Costa Rica will be hosting a soiree to celebrate the beauty and culture of Costa Rica. The event will showcase the embassy’s unique garden, featuring an array of beautiful flowers. A dinner buffet will feature traditional Costa Rican food like tortilla de queso and fried platanas. Tres Leches flan and other desserts will be served following dinner. Tickets are $75 and the event will begin at 6:00 pm.

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SAINT PATRICK’S DAY Saint Patrick’s Day is nearly here and if you’re planning to spend the holiday in the Emerald Isle, there are many fun events from which to choose. Of course, Irish Dancing is famed throughout the world and there is no better place to watch a traditional show then in Ireland itself. If you happen to be in the Land of Song on St. Pat’s – or any other time – make sure not to miss one of these spectacular shows.



JOHNNIE FOX’S PUB Situated in Glencullen on top of the Dublin mountains, Johnnie Fox’s is one of Ireland’s oldest and most famous traditional Irish pubs. The “Johnnie Fox’s Hooley Experience” is famous throughout Ireland and abroad for its originality and unique atmosphere that cannot be found anywhere else. Guests are invited to a four-course meal where they can savour the various award winning seafood dishes as well as the general cuisine. The meal is followed by a live Irish music session where top acts play Irish music, ranging from traditional and folk to ballads and sing along music. CELTIC NIGHTS AT THE ARLINGTON PUB Now in its 18th season, this show runs 7 nights a week, all year round and continues to excite audiences from every corner of the world with its energy and passion. Located in the heart of Dublin city, next to the famous O’Connell Bridge overlooking the river Liffey, this show is choreographed for maximum audience participation and full family entertainment. It includes World Championship dancers and All-Ireland winning musicians showcasing some of Ireland’s ‘sean nos’ (old style) Irish dance & the famous Brush Dance. TRAD ON THE PROM Performers who have captivated audiences in extraordinary and groundbreaking productions such as ‘Riverdance’, ‘The Chieftains’ and ‘Lord of the Dance’ have gathered on one stage to present an unforgettable entertainment experience in Galway, the City of the Tribes. The music will touch your soul and the dancing will take your breath away. It’s a truly remarkable experience suitable for all ages. GLENEAGLE THE SPIRIT OF IRELAND Now celebrating 30 years touring worldwide, this was Ireland’s first National and International success story. This production in Kilarney has gone from strength-to-strength, evolving over many years to become one of the most exciting and popular cultural, dance and music products to come out of Ireland. This diverse show offers the audience a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance. The music and songs are traditional and feature some of Ireland’s most loved national instruments including the Bodhran drum.

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