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Design Legend Charlotte Moss Dazzles at Washington Winter Show

January 12, 2018

Honorary Chair of the 2018 Washington Winter Show (WWS), New York-based designer Charlotte Moss enthralled luncheon guests Friday with a talk on her masterful and luxurious garden and home design projects. Named one of the world’s Top 20 Interior Designers, Moss' 

graciousness is evident in her home interiors, her books on gardening and houses, and designs for home accessories.

Alhambra (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Alhambra

Moss shared her reflections on over 32 years of designing and how travel has influenced her. From Alhambra, where a lone tree is a whole garden, “one big beauty prominently displayed” to Versailles where “how fabulous green can be,” the designer's keen eye and appreciation for beauty accompanies her on exotic journeys.

Charlotte Moss signing books (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Charlotte Moss signing books

Regarding the charm of chinoiserie, a style she often uses in her work, and the theme of this year’s Show, Moss explained how, from an early age, she was “enthralled of the folly of it.”

Versailles (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Versailles

In her tenth book, out this April, Charlotte Moss Entertains, a peek inside her extraordinary entertaining style, “setting the table is everyday decorating,” she explained. 


Two exciting events are on the schedule for Saturday, January 13, 2018. First, at 11:00 am is the second annual Design Panel, lead this year by House Beautiful editor in chief Sophie Dow Donelson. 

Easy Chair, Unknown maker, ca 1790, Courtesy Dumbarton House (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Easy Chair, Unknown maker, ca 1790, Courtesy Dumbarton House

Later that afternoon, The Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner takes the stage to offer his take on investing today. Both events will take place at the Katzen Arts Center and are included with admission to the Show. 


Once again, proceeds will benefit the WWS’s charity partners: THEARC, Bishop John T. Walker School, and the Founders Board of St. John’s Community Services.

Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys Choir (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys Choir

The Show runs through January14th at the Katzen Arts Center.

Purchase tickets here.

Withington & Company (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Withington & Company

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2018 Toast to Georgetown

January 1, 2018

We begin our ninth year with gratitude.

Thank you for contributing to, supporting and reading The Georgetown Dish.

Wishing you a 2018 filled with love, prosperity and peace.

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Merry & Bright With Luigi & Yon-Ka

December 10, 2017

With champagne flowing, what better time to try a signature Yon-Ka Paris facial with aesthetician Valentina Montevecchi, who, along with Nadia Ouellette and Evelyn Ellis, form the experienced skin care team at Luigi Parasmo's second floor Spa.

Valentina Montevecchi (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Valentina Montevecchi

Celebrating the Spa's third year anniversary, Luigi had invited his friends in for a special day of pampering.

Full disclosure: I am a long-time client and devotee of Luigi for my hair but have never been a spa junkie. Luigi has been raving about Yon-Ka Paris since the spa opened, and so I finally had to see for myself.

It was only after the soothing, hydrating and most olfactory of experiences that I learned about the science behind this skin care line, thanks to Yon-Ka's Jill Larue and Marta O'Connor.  

Since 1954, at the heart of the French, family-owned business is what Yon-Ka calls their DNA, an exclusive formula of five essential oils: lavender, rosemary, geranium, thyme and cypress.

Jill Larue with Yon-Ka goodies (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jill Larue with Yon-Ka goodies

There’s a hint of these oils in almost every product and it’s their properties of calming, regenerating, anti-inflammatory, stimulant and decongestant that makes them work synergistically.


Spa treatments employ the Lucas sprayer, invented by French surgeon, Dr. Lucas Championniere in the late 1800’s. A very fine mist increases blood flow to the skin and facilitates deeper, micro massage.  


As Larue summed up Yon-Ka’s allure, “It’s a spa experience with results.” To that end, the brand calls on the skills of an in-house team of expert scientists: doctors of pharmacy and biology, chemical engineers, biologists and bacteriologists for regular testing.


“For Yon-Ka, each product must adapt to an essential criterion: gentle efficacy that restores the skin’s natural ability to preserve or regain its balance.” 

Luigi Parasmo Spa (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Luigi Parasmo Spa


All good.


I left the spa with a healthy, dewy glow and enough samples to do my own in-house testing. There are several Yon-Ka lines depending on skin type and age. Of course I needed their top-of-the-line ultimate “Revolutionary Anti-Aging” cellular Excellence Code line-up for mature skin.


It’s only been a couple of days, but I love the products' texture and fragrance.  I promise to report back in a couple of months. 

Felice Anniversario, Luigi!

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