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Georgetown University Study Shows Mindfulness Effective

February 14, 2017

Recently published in Psychiatry Research, a Georgetown psychiatrist has demonstrated learning mindfulness meditation during an eight-week course resulted in a lower stress response in people with generalized anxiety disorder. 


In contrast, an eight-week Stress Management Education course, with general tips on the importance of good nutrition, sleep habits and other wellness topics resulted in a slight rise of such biomarkers.


“Anxiety disorders affects an estimated 15 million Americans each year,” says Dr. Elizabeth A. Hoge, an associate professor in Georgetown University Medical Center’s psychiatry department who led the study. “Mindfulness meditation training is relatively inexpensive and doesn’t carry a stigma or have the side effects that many medications have. Our study suggests that mindfulness meditation may be a helpful treatment strategy for people with anxiety.”


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Coco Chanel and Lela Rose Showcase Style at 2017 Washington Winter Show

January 15, 2017

Chanel Portrait and suit gifted to Jeffie (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Chanel Portrait and suit gifted to Jeffie

"There's nothing like going to meet Coco Chanel and being told you're badly dressed." For Jeffie Pike Wesson, accompanying her mother, painter Marion Pike to meet the iconic designer in her Paris atelier in 1967, it was the start of a lifelong friendship and the unexpected gifting of a very special Chanel suit shortened expressly for her. 

Featured at this year's The Washington Winter Show (WWS), aptly themed,"The Art of Style,the loan exhibit of Marion Pike's portraits and Chanel couture fashion curated by Amy de la Haye, marked the first time this collection has been shown in North America.

Held at the Katzen Arts Center on the campus of American University, the weekend of events celebrating antiques with dealer talks, guided walks, galas and receptions, is also an annual benefit for children and families through services provided by the Bishop T. Walker School for Boys, THEARC and the Founders Board of St. John's Community Services.

The Booker T. School for Boys performs at WWS luncheon (Photo by: Judith Beermann) The Booker T. School for Boys performs at WWS luncheon

Introducing fashion designer Lela Rose Friday, WWS, Executive Director Jonathon G. Willen noted, "With 432 guests, this is the largest turnout ever for our luncheon."

After a concert by The Bishop T. Walker School for Boys, Lela Rose regaled the audience with stories of how she started, from her hometown of Dallas to the Parsons School of Design, and working with designers before launching her first bridal collection in 2006.

Lela Rose signing copies of (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Lela Rose signing copies of "Pret-a-Party"

Passionate about "the intersection of food, fashion and fun," the ebullient designer expanded her successful clothing lines with the mantra,"Eat Drink Dress Lela." Following the luncheon, Rose signed copies of her new entertaining book, Pret-a-Party.

For more information about the Washington Winter Show, visit their website here.

G. Sergeant Antiques (Photo by: Judith Beermann) G. Sergeant Antiques
Village Braider Antiques (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Village Braider Antiques
Brennan & Mouilleseaux (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Brennan & Mouilleseaux

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Dinner with Federico and Jennifer

December 27, 2016

Federico Bibi and Jennifer McIlvaine may have come from different places (he in Foligno, she in Philadelphia) but their roots are now firmly entwined and planted in the fertile Umbrian Valley. This couple is all about food and wine - with Federico managing the Terre Margaritelli vineyard and Jennifer operating a popular culinary tourism company. 

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End 2016 on a high note with and unforgettable and authentic Umbrian feast prepared by Jennifer, with a curated wine tasting compliments of Federico. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to meet the chef and winemaker, sit with them in our communal table, and eat great food paired with the perfect glass of wine.


If you have family and friends arriving in town and are looking for something special to do, make it a family affair and join Via Umbria on Friday, Dec 30th for a spectacular dinner that will end your 2016 year full of merriment and holiday cheer. 


Dinner will include 4 courses cooked by Jennifer and a curated wine tasting compliments of Federico, plus a complimentary signature GLOW cocktail of your choice.


Reservations are available online.


If you cannot make it to dinner on Friday, Jennifer and Federico will also host dinners on Dec 29, Jan 5, Jan 6, Jan 7.



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