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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
Protected by a magenta hard hat and fortified with a little Brie and a glass of Prosecco, it was time to check out The Design Center's (WDC) new digs.
Following the sale of its D Street, Southwest building last year, the Center found a new home downtown in the Franklin Court building at 14th and L Streets, Northwest.
Slated to occupy the second, third and fourth floors of the building, the showroom spaces boast 11-foot ceilings and abundant natural light.
"It's very central," says Scalamandre's Janelle Alexander. "We need the change. All the designers are ready for this." The New WDC plans to open in Spring of 2014.
Cardbord cutouts mark the designers' suites on the fourth floor. Also on the tour, the building's rooftop deck.
Prospective WDC tenants by floor:
Second: Holly Hunt, J. Lambeth & Company, Niermann Weeks, Fabricut, Inc., Kravet, Inc, Brunschwig & Fils, Romo, Inc., Century Furniture
Third: F. Schumacher, Patterson Flynn Martin, Osborne & Little, Doris Leslie Blau, Cowtan & Tout, American Eye, Brown Jordan, Michael Cleary, Galleria
Fourth: Stark, Holland & Sherry, Pindler & Pindler, Hines & Company, Edward Ferell & Lewis Mittman, The Robert Allen Group, Duralee Fabrics, ArcCom