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Adieu frizzies, bon jour O Salon

August 7, 2011

If you’ve been going to O Salon, you already love your hair. You know that owners, Guillaume Choquet and Soner Ozbay share a vision, that great hair is more than a precision cut and fabulous styling. It’s also about impeccable service and understanding how to keep your hair healthy between visits.

One of only 200 select salons in the country to offer INOA, a breakthrough haircolor from L’Oreal, O Salon stylists condition your hair with no ammonia, no odor and cover, well ... every bit of grey on your head.

Got the summer frizzies? There’s Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy which  infuses Keratin deep into the hair cuticle, eliminating up to 95% of frizz and curl and leaving the hair smooth, shiny and luxurious. As Guillaume says, “Typically results last three to five months depending on hair type.”

Morgan Johnson with MoroccanOil restorative hair mask (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Morgan Johnson with MoroccanOil restorative hair mask

Then there’s MoroccanOil Treatment, an easy-to-use product that gives a natural, silky finish and brilliant shine without any residue. Protecting  hair from damage caused by drying or over-processing, it also helps restore over-processed and damaged hair to its natural condition.

O Salon has been part of the Georgetown neighborhood for over ten years. Visit them now at their new home on O Street and mention The Georgetown Dish to receive a free treatment with the purchase of a service.

O Salon (Photo by: Judith Beermann) O Salon

O Salon is at 3212 O Street. Tel: 202.338.9100

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Lou Lou offers sparkling bargains

July 22, 2011

Lou Lou Boutique, a family-owned jewelry business based in Middleburg, was cooking this weekend as locals and tourists alike ducked out of the sun to browse a wide range of sparkling jewelry, accessories and handbags next to The Georgetown Inn.

Designer jewelry as well as impulse options are offered at Lou Lou (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Designer jewelry as well as impulse options are offered at Lou Lou
There is something for everybody. "We carry inexpensive costume jewelry as well as high-end designers such as Kenneth Jay Lane, Lenora Dame and Mija (a local artist). Prices range from $10 to over $700.

The boutique founded by Ben Wegdam opened three months ago after openings in Middleburg and Alexandria, said Manager Jessy Torres. "We wanted to be in Georgetown first, but it took a while," she said.

The wide range of preppy to exotic designs at all price points has attracted a steady neighborhood following, with an emphasis on customer service and free gift wrapping. The boutique is already planning activities for Fashion's Night Out Sept. 18, including cocktails and a possible trunk show by a featured designer.

Lou Lou is located at 1304 Wisconsin Ave. NW, just north of N St., at (202) 333.3574.

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Jessy Torres, manager of Lou Lou near Wisconsin and N St. NW (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Jessy Torres, manager of Lou Lou near Wisconsin and N St. NW

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Council Chairman rolls over critical colleague

July 13, 2011

Council Chairman Kwame Brown exercised raw political muscle on Tuesday, showing a heretofore unknown and unseen ability to use his power over what has been an otherwise fractious collection of politicians since he became chair in January.  The Chairman led the 13-member Council to vote to strip Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells of his chairmanship of the powerful transportation committee, giving it to Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, and handing Wells the minor committee overseeing parks, recreation and planning.  
The vote was 12-to-1, with Wells in the one-person minority.
This committee shuffle was, by most accounts, at least partial payback by Chairman Brown for Wells’ aggressive investigation and negative conclusion concerning the Chairman’s request for “fully loaded” SUVs as his official vehicle. Wells prefers to take the bus, as multiple videos on his website attest. So Brown threw him under one -- an unprecedented change in committee chairmanships in the middle of a two-year Council term.
Chairman Brown is clearly a winner in the short-term – he has demonstrated control of the Council and of the District political agenda.  However, the Chairman may suffer in long-term.  He has refocused attention on himself and the ethics-related allegations of wrong-doing, including the SUV requests, the federal and D.C. investigations of his at-large reelection campaign finances and his unpaid credit card bills.  
And he has given Wells a big citywide boost in name recognition and as a victim of political intrigue.  Can Wells take advantage of this opportunity? Can the popular-in-Ward 6 councilmember take this ball and run with it?  Does Wells have, or more precisely can he develop, the political savoir-faire to become the District’s center of good government, rallying voters against a secretive, unaccountable, ethically-challenged City Council. Yesterday's 12-to-1 vote shows he has a ways to go.

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