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This Week in DC: September 8-14

Happy Monday, loves! As summer is drawing to a (hot) close, there is still plenty of fun to be had this week. Or if you feel like just enjoying an evening at home, make sure you get your wine for the evening delivered.

Right now, alcohol-delivery service Klink is offering free delivery with the code KLINKDC. Every order over $300 comes with a personal mixologist direct to your door for an entire hour. Be the hostess with the mostest with just a couple taps on your phone. Download the app and order away!


Getting hitched? There is a massive wedding salon tonight featuring experts and vendors from all over the world. Head there for cake tastings, health and beauty makeovers, cocktails, gown previews, giveaways and goodie bags. 4 to 8 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets, and use the code “BWBDC”  to attend for a discounted rate of $15. Loews Madison Hotel, 1177 15th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Every Tuesday evening in September and October, instructors from VIDA Fitness will conduct a different workout in The Park at CityCenter (corner of 10th and I Streets N.W.) starting at 6 p.m. (weather permitting). The Toned Up Tuesdays program is free and open to the public in an effort to promote a healthy, sustainable lifestyle in the nation’s capital. Participants will receive fitness swag from CityCenter DC, City Sports, and Flo Activewear as well as healthy snacks, shakes and special offers from Protein Bar, 2Armadillos,  and Healthy Bites. Tonight, it’s 45 minutes of Fierce Funk.


Our favorite bar with a view, POV, just got a major facelift. The revamped space is reopening to the public this week, so make reservations for a mid-week cocktail overlooking the National Mall and the White House. We always thought the space was snazzy, but we’re excited to check out the new look, which is said to be inspired by Washington’s architecture and maybe a little street art, too. 515 15th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Urbana in Dupont Circle is reopening this week after an extensive makeover. The revamped space now has a new bar program, increased bar and lounge space, more Italian influences on the menu, and a modern look that stays true to Urbana’s sleek aesthetic. Now boasting a double-sided bar, drink rails and additional high-top lounge seating in the former private dining space, Urbana is debuting a bar menu to build on its reputation as a neighborhood destination, complete with an appetizing happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. 2121 P St. N.W., Washington, D.C.



I’m a big fan of short films, so I’ll be heading to this weekend’s DC Shorts Film Festival to get my fill of movies and popcorn. Friday night, the festival is kicking off its opening weekend with a party under the stars on the roofdeck at Carroll Square from 9 to 11 p.m. 975 F St. N.W., Washington, D.C. Saturday night, I’ll be at the Grand Bash at the U.S. Navy Memorial from 8 to 11 p.m. Click here to get information and tickets to both events and the films.


This Saturday, head to Georgetown for amazing food and wine. It’s the annual Taste of Georgetown festival, this year occurring at a new location on K Street NW between Wisconsin and Thomas Jefferson. More than 35 restaurants will be serving up bites, plus there will be bocce ball and live music. Get information and tickets here.


While you’re in Georgetown, stop by Blue Mercury, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary. Throughout the day, Bluemercury Georgetown will celebrate with treats all day plus complimentary makeovers, mini-facials and treatments.  In addition, the first 15 customers in each store will receive a gift from M-61, the proprietary skincare line of Bluemercury: a full sized cleanser of their choice (up to $34 value).  The company will also release their 15th Anniversary Best Sellers Collection, curated by Bluemercury CEO Marla Malcolm Beck.  The set is limited to an edition of 500 and will retail for $175.

Bluemercury's 15th Anniversary Gtown

After your Saturday activities, head to the hill for a spot of tea. Capital Teas opened on Barracks Row with giveaways, celebration and fanfare. The location has partnered with celebrity chef Carla Hall, whose pastries and packages sweets will be available beginning this fall at all of Capital Teas eight locations.  From 5-7 p.m.,  Carla Hall will be signing copies of her newest book, Carla’s Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World.  Books will be available for purchase at the event.


Brunch, of course! Chez Billy, the neighborhood French bistro in the heart of Petworth, will begin serving its democratically-designed brunch on this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Created by Executive Chef Brendan L’Etoile–and based upon a poll Chez Billy ran in concert with PoPville earlier this summer–the menu highlights traditional French fare, classic brunch items, and vegetarian options. Dishes like Brioche French toast with apple rum-raisin & pecan syrup, croque madame, sweet potato hash, made with piquillo peppers, caramelized onions, smoked paprika, poached eggs and hollandaise and Chez Billy’s famous Royale With Cheese 6 oz. burger will be available for brunch.



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