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This Week in DC: January 5-11

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Welcome to 2015, kittens. We hope that the return to your offices was not too painstaking and you’re acclimating well to the new year. Take it one day at a time—before you know it, it’ll be Saturday and time for brunch.

Monday

It’s with heavy hearts that we bring you bad news: industry takeover night is ending. For the past few years, The first Monday of each month, Graffiato turns over the stoves to chef friends and mixologists to help co-host industry night on the first Monday of each month. Starting at 10 p.m., guest chefs serve serve complimentary late night snacks, and the bar offers drink specials, including some libations from guest mixologists. Open to the public, the event charges a $10 cash cover with 50% donated to charity. A $10 cash-only cover charge is requested at the door, and 50% is donated to a different charity benefactor each month. Tonight, it’s Fit to Fight by MIC. 10 p.m., 707 6th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Tuesday

There’s 100% chance of snow tomorrow. So, we’ll be indoors snuggling, watching Downton Abbey, and eating delicious comfort food. Thanks to a new, user-friendly app, Order Ahead, we won’t have to leave the couch. Order Ahead delivers from some of our favorite spots—Commissary, Cava, Shake Shack, Rasika. On Sunday, we ordered brunch for dinner from GBD Chicken & Doughnuts via Order Ahead. It was a perfect night of chicken biscuits, maple bacon doughnuts, more doughnuts and more chicken. So do yourself a favor, stay in and order ahead. Use the code “BWBDC” for $5 off. And, if you order brunch, tweet at the Bitches #bringmebrunch.

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Wednesday

Are you hoping to get your finances on track in 2015? Aren’t we all. For some, it may be time to bring in the professionals. LearnVest.com, an award-winning financial planning company on a mission to empower people to take control of their money, is hosting an event this evening.  LearnVest founder and CEO Alexa von Tobel will be on hand to talk to guest about what it means to have a financial plan and, more importantly, she will share her ideas on how to motivate yourself to put that plan into action. Wine and snacks will be served and attendees can expect to participate in exercises that will help each individual figure out their One Number budget, identify their money blind spots and set achievable goals. 6:30- 9 p.m., 1776, 1133 15th St. NW., Washington, D.C.

Thursday

Like supporting local musicians? Head to 9:30 Club for its Songwriter Series.  The evening features artists Justin Trawick, The Sweater Set, Margot MacDonald, Lauren Calve, Shane Gamble, Jason Masi, Bryan Russo, Cash & Earle and Jamie McLean (of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band). Tickets, $15. 815 V St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

As always, we’d suggest boozy milkshakes next door at Satellite Room beforehand.

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Friday

Why not plan a relaxing beauty night with your girlfriends? We love the nail saloon, a high-end mani/pedi spot that serves wine, champagne, and Cosmopolish cocktails while you’re being pampered. Manicures are $32 and pedicures are $48, beverages are complimentary.  nail saloon, 1508 14th St. N.W., 2nd Floor, Washington, D.C.

Saturday

I spent this past Saturday at Aura Spa, welcoming 2015 in calm, peaceful bliss. My aesthetician, Leslie, is a miracle at facials and waxing; and the massage therapist worked out all my aches and pains from marathon training. We recommend the Metropole and U Street locations of Aura Spa, within all Vida Fitness locations.

Sunday

Brunch, Bitches. Lately, we’ve loved True Food Kitchen for a healthy brunch, Second State for great cocktails, and Medium Rare for affordable, delicious steak frites and bottomless beverages.

Plan your entire year using our 2014 Best & Worst Brunches and Best Bites.

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