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This Week in DC: February 23-March 1

So many snow days! Now that Washington is a winter wonderland, make sure you’re avoiding the cabin fever by getting to this week’s great events.

Mark Your Calendars

Start your spring shopping early at all the District’s best boutiques at the annual District Sample Sale next week. All of your favorite boutiques in DC, Maryland, and Virginia bring their best at steep discounts at this all local sample sale. Each year, I manage to snag amazing pieces at big discounts from boutiques like Muleh, Ginger, Fornash and others. There are cupcakes, cocktails, complimentary blowouts, and more.  Better yet, the proceeds all go to charity, the annual function benefits the DC Diaper Bank. Buy tickets (starting at $40) here and mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 3. VIP 5:30 p.m., general 6:30 p.m.Long View Gallery, 1235 9th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


During the day, we’d recommend a blowout at Blo Blow Dry Bar in Dupont. The bouffant boutique offers a reduced rate of $30 on Monday and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Blo Dupont, 2126 P St. N.W. Washington, D.C.


Cozy up for a warm dinner at Michel Richard’s Central. Cori Sue is hitting up the classic Washington spot tonight for its winter menu and desserts. Somehow, this Washington establishment stays busy every night of the week—so be sure to make a reservation. Central, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Washington, D.C.

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Lots going on for a Tuesday ….

STK is launching a Wine Pairing Dinner Series tonight, hosted by STK Executive Chef Marc Hennessy. To debut the quarterly culinary affair, the modern steakhouse has partnered with 2014 Best of Class Chardonnay Winner, Trefethen Family Vineyards. Chef Hennessy will join Trefethen’s very own John Harrington to personally take guests through an exceptional five-course tasting experience—each dish expertly paired with wines from Trefethen’s revered portfolio. The inaugural dinner costs $125.00 per guest, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Limited seating is available. For reservations, call (202) 296-1880.

In honor of its two-year anniversary, Mari Vanna is offering a complimentary glass of champagne or house-infused vodka shot from 6:30 to 8:30 pm to patrons who stop by the restaurant Tuesday evening. At 9pm, the third floor opens to the public for a live performance by internationally recognized accordionist Peter Dranga. 1141 Connecticut Ave. N.W. Washington, D.C.

The cold, dark winter is the perfect time to move your cultural calendar inside where it’s bright and warm. Take in an intimate yet accessible evening of chamber music performed by the Opera Lafayette, a French baroque opera ensemble local to DC. Only a few tickets remain, buy yours here. Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center. Washington, D.C.


Take a midweek break by ordering in with OrderAhead, our favorite delivery app. Download it here and use the code “BWBDC” for a discount. We’d suggest picking up a bottle of wine, ordering pizza from Matchbox, and inviting a few of your best Bitches.

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Last week, Cori Sue enjoyed happy hour at Oyamel with a new gal pal followed by the latest show at Woolly Mammoth, the Penn Quarter indie theatre. The shows at Woolly are nothing if not unique—and its latest, Cherokee, was no different. The play centers around a family that renounces modern life—choosing to remain at a campground after a series of twists, turns, and comical mysteries. It’s a funny, thought-provoking play and they serve wine in the theatre. The tickets are affordable at $35. Cherokee is playing through March 8. Woolly Mammoth, 641 D St. N.W., Washington, D.C.



This afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m., DCanter will host Nigel Barker, famed fashion photographer and author, for a book signing event in honor of his newest read, Models of Influence. DCanter will offer savvy readers a ticket for a complimentary wine tasting throughout the event with the purchase of Barker’s new book. Customers only interested in sipping can purchase a $10 wine tasting ticket and join friends for the celebration. Barker’s DCanter event will serve as his third signing outside of his New York hometown. Tickets to participate in the wine tasting and purchase Nigel Barker’s book can be found here. 545 8th St. S.E. Washington, D.C.


We suggest grabbing brunch at Lavagna, which is right down the road, beforehand. The food is top notch and the bottomless is flowing. Read our review, here, and check out our Side of Style for outfit advice. 539 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.



Brides and Grooms-to-be planning to exchange vows in Washington won’t want to miss Engaged! magazine’s upcoming bridal showcase. On Sunday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., brides, grooms and anyone helping plan the big day are invited to peruse the area’s top vendors at this annual event. Guests will be shuttled between two of Washington’s top wedding venues: The Willard Intercontinental Hotel and The St. Regis Hotel. Tickets are $65 per person, get them here.

Becca and Cori Sue

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