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My Very Favorite Things Under $30

December 17, 2015

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.

Radius TOUR folding travel toothbrush (Photo by: madebyradius.com) Radius TOUR folding travel toothbrush

Radius TOUR™ travel toothbrush $4.12

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.

Small GoToob (Photo by: humangear.com) Small GoToob

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.

Lamy Noto black ballpoint (Photo by: lamy.com) Lamy Noto black ballpoint

Lamy Noto Black Ballpoint $16

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.

The Dish Moo card (Photo by: moo.com) The Dish Moo card

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.

Oribe Airbrush Touch-Up Spray (Photo by: oribe.com) Oribe Airbrush Touch-Up Spray

Oribe Airbrush Touch-Up Spray $29

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.

L'Oreal Sublime Bronze™ Towelettes (Photo by: lorealparisusa.com) L'Oreal Sublime Bronze™ Towelettes

L'Oreal  Sublime Bronze™ Towelettes for the Body $10.99

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.

The Stripper to Go (Photo by: deborahlippmann.com) The Stripper to Go

Deborah Lippmann's The Stripper To Go $12

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.

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Kitty Kelley Rereleases 'His Way' on Frank Sinatra's 100th Birthday

December 10, 2015

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

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. 

Kitty Kelley and Peter Colasante (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Kitty Kelley and Peter Colasante

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.

Sharon Corry and Kitty Kelley (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Sharon Corry and Kitty Kelley

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Peter Johnston (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Peter Johnston


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EastBanc to Transform West End

November 1, 2015

Two EastBanc Inc. projects in the West End will transform the neighborhood with modern glass structures that include a market-rate residential and retail project behind the West End Public Library (Square 37) and an affordable nine-story apartment building on the site of the West End Firehouse (Square 50). Both projects are designed by Enrique Norten of TEN-Arquitectos.

Benjamin Sonnet of EastBanc told The Georgetown Dish, "Square 37 is in the hole now with most of the three below-grade parking levels complete. We should be out of the ground in December and substantially complete by Q1 2017. We are also in the hole with Sqaure 50, and will be at-grade in December. Completion of that project is expected by year-end 2016."

Square 50 at corner of 23rd and M Street NW (Photo by: Rendering by TEN Arquitectos and West End Residential, LLC.) Square 50 at corner of 23rd and M Street NW

Square 37 is 164 units in two separate cores (all contained within one contiguous façade) - the west core contains 71 larger units (avg 1800sf) to be sold as condominiums and the east core contains 93 smaller units (avg 1300sf) to be rental units. The finishes will be identical in each core. Sales and marketing will begin in early spring 2016. On the ground floor will be a 20,000 square foot new, state-of-the–art West End Library along with 7,500 square feet of local retail. 

Square 50 will feature a new two-story West End Fire Station, with a public Squash facility above that, and 61 units of Affordable Housing above that. Building is also 10-stories but on a much smaller footprint.  

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