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A Brief Encounter with Hannah Yelland

February 5, 2014

“I gravitated to Georgetown because it has a British feel,” English stage actress Hannah Yelland told The Georgetown Dish. “Moving anywhere from where you’ve spent 33 years is difficult. Falling in love is the only reason to be away from your family and friends.”

Hannah Yelland in Kneehigh's UK tour of Brief Encounter (Photo by: Steve Tanner) Hannah Yelland in Kneehigh's UK tour of Brief Encounter

Three years ago at a chance meeting attending a friend’s wedding in Scotland, Yelland met and fell in love with her husband, Michael Bahar, a Harvard-trained lawyer from New York, who is currently General Counsel for the Minority Staff of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence here in D.C.

The Cambridge University-educated Yelland has appeared with her father, British actor, David Yelland, in a 2007/08 revival of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Her other stage work includes starring as Laura in the Broadway production of Brief Encounter, for which she was nominated for a 2011 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play.

In April 2012, she played the title and leading role in My Cousin Rachel in Dublin, after having made her Dublin debut in 2005 playing Nora in Ibsen's A Doll House. Recently she played Hermione in the critically acclaimed production of The Winter's Tale in Princeton, New Jersey and the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.

Hannah Yelland with 'Hannah' POSTES (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Hannah Yelland with 'Hannah' POSTES

The lovely 37-year old accomplished thespian, a fan of POSTES, the French postman-inspired handbags launched this week on The Dish, was wearing the ‘Hannah’ bag named for her when she sat down for this interview.

“It’s wonderful to work where I live,” says Yelland about looking forward to commuting from her Georgetown residence to reprise her role of Laura in the Kneehigh Theatre Company production taking place the Lansburgh Theatre in D.C. of Brief Encounter later this spring.  With kind words for author, Noel Coward, she continued, “At core, it's about the relationship between married people and what it's like to fall in love. If you take care of his script, it allows you to act on so many levels.  It’s a passionate and beautiful piece.”

For Brief Encounter ticket information, visit Shakespeare Theatre Company.


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EXCLUSIVE: First Look at the 2014 POSTES Collection

February 4, 2014

Amore City POSTES (Photo by: claudinesorel.com) Amore City POSTES

We first introduced you to Claudine Sorel in 2012 as she began to launch her line of designer handbags, POSTES, a chic interpretation of the traditional leather mailbag worn for more than a 100 years by members of the French postal service.

As Claudine told The Georgetown Dish, “The seductive part of these bags was their purpose. As all communication was done by mail, they carried many secret letters for professionals ... and lovers. The postman’s bag was not only strong but romantic.”

Vintage French Postman Bag (Photo by: claudinesorel.com) Vintage French Postman Bag

How fitting that the 2014 POSTES Collection, entirely handmade in New York City, comes out just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Here's a sneak peek at the new line by this multi-talented French designer who lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Mark Bloomfield and French cocker spaniel, Antoine Bloomfield. Incidentally, Antoine is also a Dish contributor.

The new POSTES Collection is characterized by its luscious, limited edition color palette of sea green, sky blue, clay and amber, as well as vivid scarlet, night black, emerald green, and saffron. All bags are offered in unique combinations of alligator, fur, lambskin and calfskin leathers.

(Photo by: claudinesorel.com)

"POSTES" is embossed on the large size (City Collection) bag, a nostalgic homage to the bag's original purpose. A smaller (Mini Collection) version is currently available in fur and alligator. Claudine's signature hardware, in polished palladium, polished gold or vintage brass, is hand-selected to harmonize with each bag's colorway.

Positano Alligator Mini POSTES  (Photo by: claudinesorel.com) Positano Alligator Mini POSTES

One of the special features of the City POSTES design is the unique way the wearer can adjust the strap length. ‘Bethesda Clips’ (yes, a nod to the Maryland suburb) are elegantly located under the shoulder straps allow the wearer to adjust the chain to be worn on the shoulder or short on the arm.

Crystal City POSTES (Photo by: claudinesorel.com) Crystal City POSTES

And now, the entire POSTES Collection, 100% made in Manhattan, is available exclusively online here.

Hannah Yelland with Hannah City POSTES (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Hannah Yelland with Hannah City POSTES

Sweet Pea City POSTES (Photo by: claudinesorel.com) Sweet Pea City POSTES


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AtlanticLIVE Asks Congress About The State of the Union

January 29, 2014

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

Following President Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday, The Atlantic and National Journal editors gathered early Wednesday morning at the Newseum for the 12th Annual State of the Union Congressional Debrief.

Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE)

National Journal Group Publisher John Fox Sullivan introduced Atlantic Media Company’s Senior Editorial Director, Ronald Brownstein, AtlanticLIVE's Editor-in-Chief, Steve Clemons, and The Atlantic’s staff writer, Molly Ball. During the hour-and-a-half session, they were joined by five invited Republican and Democratic members of Congress.

Taking turns with the Atlantic Media panel, members gave their views on the President's address and offered predictions on the country's future. Audience guests were invited to ask questions.

Joaquin Castro D-TX United States House of Representatives (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Joaquin Castro D-TX United States House of Representatives

Democratic Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal saw signs of "congressional thawing" on areas of the budget, foreign policy, flood insurance, and immigration reform. Describing the President's tone as aspirational, he emphasized the need to repair the country's aging infrastructure, and reforming health care, especially for returning military.

Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL)

Deb Fischer, Republican Senator from Nebraska, talked about the current policy of "War on Coal" alluding to the fourth proposal of the Keystone Pipeline awaiting government approval. She affirmed her support for the Farm Bill.

Texas Congressman, Democrat Joaquin Castro spoke about economic justice issues including citizenship and job retraining.

Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO)

Aaron Schock, Republican from the 18th District of Illinois, and 2nd youngest member of Congress, felt the President had "spent political capital on healthcare." Explaining that half the country is opposed to Obamacare, with the Department of Health and Human Services deciding "what's deemed adequate health insurance," he suggesting allowing for cross-state options. A big fan of "Birth to 5" early childhood programs, Schock touted the program's proven successful in Illinois. Regarding raising minimum wage for government contractors, Shock explained that would have zero impact for any current workers.

Diana DeGette, Democrat from Colorado's First District, in describing her state's "powerhouse of energy" with its natural gas, fracking, solar and wind power, empahasized the need for a comprehensive national energy policy.

John Hoeven, a pro-life Republican sentaor from North Dakota, talked about his state as the country's fastest growing and second biggest producer of oil (after Texas).

The event was sponsored by AtlanticLIVE.

With Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) (third from left) (Photo by: Judith Beermann) With Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) (third from left)


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