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Call this the year I officially became an adult, having added to my list of essential service providers an accountant, intellectual property attorney, personal trainer and transitional moving specialist. Previous list: dermatologist, hairdresser, floral designer, and dentist.
The suburban house where I grew up, and for four more decades visited weekly, is gone. Poof, not as in conflagration, but emptied of all its stuff, most of which I'd known since I could crawl. European, my parents did not practice consumerism. I learned that on my own.
Now sold, the home's previous nonagenerian owner, who early this year made an abrupt but ultimately remarkable transition to his current state of vulnerability and acceptance, is now thriving in his new assisted living apartment. While my day job as personal assistant and social director takes me there, this year more than ever before, my home is in Georgetown.
For commercial real estate, the times they are a-changin, but the residents here are always fascinating. Those whom I’m lucky enough to call friends make this the most interesting village in which I can imagine living.
In chronological order, from The Georgetown Dish, my list of the year's most Dishiest:
Next year, 'Ubering' will remain my favorite urban sport, and Sicily my new travel destination.
Wishing all those who contribute to, support and read The Georgetown Dish a most joyous holiday season and New Year!
Entering the party in a chic red wool coat, radiant and smiling broadly, she was greeted like an old friend by her host and gathering of admirers and neighbors.
It was through the tender tribute to her friend Stanley Tretick and his photographs of the Kennedy White House that Kitty Kelley and I became acquainted last year. As a lifelong and zealous Kennedy follower, Capturing Camelot offered me a nuanced appreciation for the fragile private life of the First Family, and perhaps equally illuminating, insight into the kind of friend Kelley is. So devoted a one, in fact, she recently published a second book, Let Freedom Ring, honoring Stanley Tretick’s iconic images of the March on Washington.
She’s been quoted as saying her writing is about "moving an icon out of the moonlight and into the sunlight." For 30 lucky guests, Monday evening was about getting to know this icon. In a room filled largely with Georgetowners, including Karin Tanabe, whose debut novel, The List was published earlier this year, Kitty Kelley was gracious and engaging and ever so modest. When Ada Polla, owner of the Swiss skin care line, Alchimie Forever, shyly requested Ms Kelley sign six copies of Capturing Camelot, she was genuinely flattered.
Many of the party-goers share a penchant for literary expression, regularly and generously lending their talented voices to The Georgetown Dish. Its founder, Beth Solomon, updated friends on her new position as CEO of NADCO, a lending organization for small businesses.
Champagne flutes in hands, Gwendolyn van Paasschen and Constance Chatfield-Taylor listened intently to nutritionist Katherine Tallmadge's post Thanksgiving detox tips.
While most commuted yards or blocks, the prize for most miles driven went to the Myles, Mary Holahan and Nate who made the trek from their Pittsburgh home to meet the legendary investigative journalist.
Midway through the festivities, as guests enjoyed more than a bit of bubbly and Jackie Kennedy-inspired French hors d'oeuvres from aptly named Paris Caterers, the laughter grew louder and the line between friends and fans blurred. By party's end, after the exchange of business cards and Facebook friending, the hugs commenced.
Every holiday season should begin with a toast to Kitty Kelley and The Village so many of us love to call home.
We lost The Guards, Mie N Yu, and Third Edition but we gained Tory Burch, El Centro, The Frye Company, Capitol Prague and Billy Reid, to name a few.
2013 has been a great year for showrooming, a new retail concept trending in Cady's Alley starting with Bonobos. Come in, try on, then buy online.
A handful of new pop-ups open just in time for holiday shopping.
Check out the changing landscape of commercial real estate in Georgetown:
Alex & Ani jewelry
Billy Reid clothing
Bonobos men's clothing
Britt Ryan women's clothing
Calypso St Barth coming soon
Chubbies shorts Cady's Alley holiday pop-up
Dr. Martens shoes
DSW shoes coming soon
TheFrye Company boots
Goorin Bros. hats
Lovely DC bridal
Pandora jewelry coming soon
Read Wall men's wear Cady's Alley holiday pop-up
Reebok athletic shoes
Reddz Trading consignment
Sandro women's clothing coming soon
Steven Alan clothing
Tory Burch clothing and accessories
Tuckernuck clothing Cady's Alley holiday pop-up
Victoria Road handbags & accessories Cady's Alley holiday pop-up
WINE & DINE
AGB Restaurant and Observatory Bar at The Graham Hotel
ENO wine bar
Ri Ra Irish Pub coming soon
The Grill Room & The Rye Bar in Capella Hotel
Artists Proof Gallery
Donghia coming soon