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To all the contributors, partners and, most of all, you, the readers of The Georgetown Dish, THANK YOU!
We're starting our seventh year and could not have done it without you.
This list is personal so please forgive any omissions.
Ol' Blue Eyes crooning in my head so let's start with Kitty Kelley's reissuing of His Way to commemorate Sinatra's 100th birthday. Fascinating and retrospectively even braver to have first published in 1986. Another favorite Georgetown writer, Mary Louise Kelly celebrated the publication of her thriller, The Bullet, and Karin Tanabe, fresh off the presses with The Price of Inheritance, finished her third novel, out next spring.
The most poignant Georgetown story of the year was the renaming of Rose Park's tennis courts for the Peters Sisters. The whole city came out to celebrate in my backyard park. About time.
Gunther Stern, a true spirit of Georgetown, was honored, Mayor Muriel Bowser dazzled in her first 100 days, and the Grand Dame of Georgetown, Frida Burling, turned 100!
It was a very good year.
More exciting than my favorite over-priced luxury items, these well-designed tools perform actual functions. As friends will attest, I spend an inordinate amount of time and energy in search of my version of 'the best of.' Judith-tested and approved all.
Herbs de Provence $19.95
Not all herb assortments are created equal. None are as fragrant as the French-made Herbs de Provence available at Williams Sonoma. Sprinkle on roasted vegetables and in omelettes and instantly fill your home with the seductive aromas of the south of France. Better than scented candles.
Love Radius for their Cranberry dental floss and ergonomic, replaceable handle (easily switched to left-handed) toothbrushes. Recently they came out with the cutest travel version in many colors. I like clear.
Humangear GoToobs from $6.99
In the interest of taking as few beauty products on the plane as possible, I like to make my own travel sizes for shampoo and creams. These tubes are the best because they're easy to pour into, don't drip, and are easy to squeeze. Come in a variety of colors. I like clear but if you take several white creamy things, you'll want to color code them.
Not the best inkflow around, but the best designed (by Naoto Fukasawa) inexpensive ballpoint EVER. One solid piece, no separate cap, subtle embossed logo and matte black. Perfect.
Moo Business Cards under $20
Discovered this amazing oh so friendly card company a few years ago when I received the most charming sliver of a business card (Moo MiniCard) at a cocktail party. Moo's signature matte laminated card stock, variety of sizes, and ability to load 100 different images into one order (which I did with my own photographs), make them my favorite online card company.
For anyone wanting to cover a little gray between salon visits, or simply make your hair look thicker, Oribe's Airbrush Touch-Up Spray is the BEST. Luigi introduced me to this product early this year, even before it came out. Comes in four shades. Luigi Parasmo Salon and Spa carries all the other great Oribe products too.
Tanning towelettes are nothing new but thanks to Dr. Tina Alster (who wishes I'd use more of these and get less sun) for introducing me, all-time favorite self-tanning product. Says 'for the body,' but you can use on your face too. With Vitamin E, no streaking and no unpleasant fragrance. CVS carries them so easy to find all year.
Deborah Lippmann's hydrating finger mitt nail polish remover cleans all ten digits (hands or feet) without a mess. Great for travel. Comes in package of six. No more smelly flammable liquid removers.
Ol' Blue Eyes would have turned 100 Saturday. As musical tributes pour in around the country, Georgetown’s own, acclaimed journalist and best-selling author Kitty Kelley treated her legions of fans to a book signing at i Ricchi. Her 1986 New York Times bestselling unauthorized biography, His Way, was rereleased with a new afterword in honor of Frank Sinatra’s birthday.
Wherever she goes, Kelley brings her effusive warmth, lighting up the room and making all those around her feel uniquely special, whether she’s host or guest. Wednesday evening, chic in a white wool suit, Kelley hugged and laughed her way around the festively-appointed restaurant as wine flowed and appetizers passed (including mini meatballs nesting in spaghetti), a delicious homage to the celebrated singer's favorite dishes.
It's been awhile since the book's original release, and easy to forget at what personal risk Kelley published an exposé filled with personal scandal and notorious friendships, especially about such a well-loved entertainer. Her three years of research included pouring through mafia-related material and secret testimony.
In her afterword, the author reveals how invaluable it was to take along friend and photograper Stanley Tretick to interview the crooner's son. "When this book comes out, you'll say you interviewed Frank Sinatra, Jr. and he'll deny it because he'll want to live another day. No one will believe you unless you produce a picture." Sure enough, he did and she could.
A portion of the evening's proceeds benefited Reading is Fundamental.