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Beyond the Tidal Basin: Tour the Trees at National Arboretum

March 31, 2014

Get on board the Arboretum’s open-air tram on April 12, 2014 from 10:00 am till noon for a scenic and informative tour of the hundreds of flowering cherry trees that grace the National Arboretum’s grounds.

Horticulturist David Kidwell-Slak will share the stories of the most remarkable specimens, trees of historical significance, and the results of the Arboretum’s research program.

Stops include short walks into the research fields for close-up inspection of selected areas. Fee: $22 ($18 FONA) Registration required.

National Arboretum is located at 24th and R Streets, NE.

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Baccarat Launch Party at Contemporaria Georgetown

March 16, 2014

On Wednesday, March 26, join Deborah Kalkstein as she celebrates the launch of Baccarat and Baccarat's 250th Anniversary at Contemporaria Georgetown.

From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Baccarat manufactures the finest in crystal glassware, from timeless furniture designs to  bar and tableware and decorative lighting pieces.

Please RSVP for this special event by Saturday, March 22 at

Contemporaria is located at 3303 Cady's Alley.

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DC EXCLUSIVE: Meet Jane Pendry of Dovima Paris

March 3, 2014

"A capsule collection of understated dresses, with French workmanship and élan, in delectable Italian fabrics that you can dress up or down." Vogue US

Inspired by a 1950’s Dior model, British designer Jane Pendry chose Dovima Paris as the name for her fashion house when she launched her first line of dresses in 2011. The British-born Pendry had already spent 25 years working for luxury brands including Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and Ralph Lauren.

Showing a small line of tunic dresses and shirtdresses by private presentation by asking a few of her Paris friends to recommend five people who would appreciate her pieces, the designer invited the group to a showing of the collection at her home in the Marais. Following rave reviews, Pendry went on to offer small atelier showings in clients’ homes, and has recently brought her collection to the US.

“Timeless dresses that we can wear for a long time. Beautifully made dresses that we can slip into and run out the door knowing that we look great,” says Pendry. “The collections are very edited, but presented in a selection of colors and fabrics which gives lots of choice. My aim is really for clients to create their own look with accessories, so as that each dress becomes very personal in terms of taste and style.”

Dovima Paris by-invitation-only presentations take place twice a year. The dresses are made in France, and the fabrics come mainly from Como in Italy. Delivery takes between six to eight weeks.

This season, Dovima Paris will present her spring/summer collection in Paris, London, Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Hamburg and Munich.

Jane Pendry will be in Washington, D.C. at a private home in Cleveland Park on March 13th, 14th and 15th.  

Intereseted in a private appointment with the designer?  Send an email to

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