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This Week: December 30, 2013 – January 5, 2014

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How is the end of the year? 2013 was a whirlwind, fabulous year for the Bitches and we hope it was good for you, too. We hope your holidays were fabulous and you’re excited to close out the season right—with style and pizzazz. It’s a quiet week in Washington, but we’ve made some suggestions for how you can have some fun.


Start your New Years resolution early by signing up for the VIDA Fitness Weight Loss Challenge, an intensified program that will concentrate on weight loss, physicality, nutrition, and overall wellness. The six-week program meets three times each week for an hour and includes a comprehensive nutritional component. The cost to enroll in the program is $540 for both members and non-members and kicks off January 3. There are three sessions: (1) Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 a.m., Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., (2) Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 a.m., Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., and (3) Wednesdays and Fridays at 5 p.m., Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. To sign up, please email Alexx Zamudio at [email protected]


Pop, fizz, clink, it’s time to drink! Happy New Year! If you’re still working on your New Year’s Eve plans, the Bitches recommend Washington’s largest New Year’s Eve party, Downtown Countdown! Held at the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Avenue, your ticket snags you access to unlimited premium open bars and gourmet dinner buffets all night as well as three different ballrooms full of entertainment: live music, dancing, comedy, and live acoustic karaoke! Dress is formal, creative black tie. So put on your party dress and close of 2013 in style.
Tickets are on sale now and are going fast! Purchase yours here.

If you’re looking for something a bit more low key, we’d suggest a romantic staycation for two at Capella. The luxury Georgetown hotel is offering a an all inclusive special, priced at $999, which includes: champagne and canapes in The Rye Bar, a five-course New Year’s Eve dinner at The Grill Room, live entertainment, a Taittinger champagne toast at midnight in the Rye Bar, New Year’s Eve overnight stay, breakfast for two, and late check out.  Book online and read all about Cori Sue’s recent glamtastic, romantic visit in Bitches Who Staycay.


Brunch mid week? There’s nothing better. Tomorrow, Baby Bitch Deidre brings you your New Year’s Day 2014 Brunch Guide, with the list of open restaurants serving up Bitch-approved brunches. We’re here to serve, babes.


One of my favorite DC traditions, Phillips After 5, occurs the first Thursday of every month, combining a lovely mix of people, jazz, gallery talks, modern art, and a cash bar for a memorable evening. In honor of van Gogh’s Repetitions exhibit, January’s Phillips After 5 focuses on all things Dutch: participate in Dutch language lessons, hear the musings of Dutch DJ Marvin Piqué, and catch short films by Dutch directors as well as a documentary about the Dutch dance scene. You can even become one of van Gogh’s repetitions in a photo booth inspired by the artist’s Postman painting and can look silly with complimentary #instavangogh beards! Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students, free for members. 5 p.m. The Phillips Collection. 1600 21st St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Lately, I’m loving all things Shaw. Should you need a night on the town, I’d suggest heading over to 7th Street N.W. for oysters and prosecco at Eat the Rich, craft cocktails at All Souls Bar, or beers at Right Proper Brewing Co. That’s was my itinerary last weekend and it made for a fabulous evening.


While DC is still sleeping, avoid the crowds and sneak in some ice skating followed by brunch. You could hit up the sculpture garden rink followed by brunch in Penn Quarter at Jaleo or Oyamel. Or, visit the Georgetown Waterfront rink and then check out brunch at Farmers, Fishers, and Bakers.


Brunch, of course. Lately, we’ve enjoyed Et Voila, Lavagna, Nopa Bar + Kitchen, and Palena. Or, utilize our Best & Worst 2013 and our Best Bites 2013 if you’re craving something in particular.

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