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I used to think January was a bummer. It’s cold, dreary, and boring. The holidays are over, so there’s nothing festive to on the horizon. There are less social events. You’ve probably put on a few pounds, and you’re likely exhausted.

While all of that may be true, I’m kind of lovin’ January. I’ve been catching up on work, sleep, exercise, and blogging—and couldn’t be happier. I’ve gotten addicted to Downton Abbey, caught up on Mad Men, and have read a book or two. Damn, January is awesome. So, this week, we have an agenda for you. But, as can be expected, it’s a little slim on the social side.

But, you can take this relaxation time to get caught up on your grooming. Our newest partner, Nival Salon & Spa in Chevy Chase, is offering an introductory price of $100 to Bitches Who Brunch readers for their first service at the salon. This price means you get $20 off regular massages and facials, and $50 off haircuts with master stylists like Neven, who is the only stylist I’ll ever let touch my hair. He’s seriously brilliant, I’ve surprised myself that I’m sharing him with you. (You can thank me after your first appointment).

Monday

Say goodbye to a leader in Washington’s culinary and community service community circles, Robert Egger, founder of D.C. Central Kitchen. Egger is leaving to launch L.A. Kitchen. But before he goes there is a celebration in his honor at The Hamilton. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., and the tribute starts at 7:30 p.m. Live music begins at 9 p.m. Speakers include José Andrés, Bill Couper, Paul Cohn, Dan Glickman, and more. Tickets, $100. 600 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 787- 1000.

Robert Egger
Robert Egger
Wednesday

It’s half-priced wine night at one of the Bitches favorite restaurants, Policy. So, grab your girlfriends and catch up on what happened over the Holidays and what plans everyone has for the New Year. The food is phenomenal—I recommend the beet salad, french fries, and the Moroccan lentils with fried cauliflower puffs. Policy, 1904 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Thursday

Gothic Resilience, a selection of photographs from an ongoing collaboration between photographer Colin Winterbottom and Washington National Cathedral, will be on exhibit at Long View Gallery January 10–February 10, 2013. The opening party is Thursday. 5:30 p.m. RSVP recommended. More information on the Facebook invite. Longview Gallery, 1234 9th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Friday

While we think Rent the Runway is a stellar concept, for a munchkin like me, it’s important to be able to try on the dresses, particularly the full-length gowns. The answer to my prayers—and yours, if you’re attending Inaugural balls—is this Friday. Rent the Runway is hosting its first ever pop-up shop in Washington this Friday through Sunday. At the event, titled Faith in Fashion’s Future, you can try on designer dresses and accessories, get styled by Rent the Runway’s personal stylists, and place rental orders at a discounted rate. Tickets are $8 and include a 20% discount on orders placed.  Friday- Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  LivingSocial, 918 F Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Rent the Runway
Rent the Runway

Saturday

I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday than yoga, art, and brunch. Cue Yoga at the Corcoran. The day begins with a one-hour yoga class in the gallery followed by a healthy brunch of smoothies and healthy breakfast treats prepared by Todd Gray’s Muse at the Corcoran. Price per session includes yoga instruction and breakfast, as well as Gallery admission. Please bring your own yoga mat. Tickets, $20, here. 500 17th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 639-1700.

Yoga at the Corcoran
Yoga at the Corcoran

Later in the day, continue your WASP-y little Saturday with a little afternoon wine tasting. The closest vineyard to Washington D.C. proper, Paradise Springs, is celebrating its third anniversary with a day full of great specials, offerings, and live music! Specials: From 11am-12pm, free tastings and 20% off purchases. From 12- 1 p.m.  two-for-one tastings and 15% off purchases. All day long, there will be cookie-and-wine pairings with Ryno Treats with four freshly baked unique cookies with four of wines for $10 per person. Live music on the back deck from one of our favorite musical groups. 2-6 p.m. 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, Va. (703) 830-WINE.

Paradise Springs Winery
Paradise Springs Winery

Sunday

Brunch, of course. Lately, we’ve enjoyed Sixth Engine, Floriana, and Granville Moore’s (review coming this week). For more options, check out our Best & Worst Brunches of 2012.

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