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I had such a lovely time at the Gold Cup on Saturday. I brought 24 friends, and we all decked out in our horse-racing finest. Thanks to delicious catering and cases of fabulous champagne, the day was a total success (and by the way, getting your own tent is definitely the way to go). I even snuck in an afternoon nap.

Hope you were able to stop by and say hello! If not, the Bitches will be out and about around D.C. this week …

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TRY

Two new spots are opening this week in D.C. On Wednesday, the owners of OYA and SEI debut their new restaurant and lounge, SAX, with a big party co-hosted by DC Magazine. The space sounds amazing; there are rumors of a 20-foot enclosed infinity stage that will host grand costumed cabaret performers, illusionists, and mimes. Besides the risqué art and performances, there will also be a menu of modern French small plates and cocktails. 734 Eleventh St. NW.

On Sunday, Georgetown’s skin gets even more perfect when Nectar Skin Bar opens its doors at 1633 Wisconsin Ave NW. The boutique will offer beauty products from lines such as Becca, LashDip, and Paul & Joe Beaute. Head there Sunday night for an opening celebration.

RACE

The Junior League of Washington is hosting its annual 5K Race to benefit Bright Beginnings, an organization dedicated to helping children of homeless families in the D.C. Metro area. Be at the starting line at 8 a.m. on Saturday at Hains Point in East Potomac Park. Male and Female overall winners will receive $100 American Express Cards, plus there will be a raffle for a one-night stay at the Mandarin Oriental. Here’s the best part: The first 200 racers to arrive will receive a one day pass from Capital Bikeshare. Register here.

PARTY

Get your Lilly Pulitzer dress out for Tickled Pink, the Fairmont’s eighth annual mother-daughter fashion show and afternoon tea benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic. This Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m., celebrity mother-daughter duos, decked in spring and summer fashions from the Pink Palm at Bethesda Row, will parade down the runway in the hotel’s Colonnade Room. The Fairmont’s executive chef Jason Dalling, will serve delicious food, along with Fairmont’s signature Metropolitan Tea blends and passed Kir Royales and Mimosas. Tickets are $75 per adult and $25 for children. RSVP at (202) 457-5019 or [email protected]

EAT

This Sunday, cook-off pros Nick Suarez and Theo Peck present the D.C. Taco Experiment, an amateur cook-off involving D.C.’s finest home chefs. Dishes will range from savory to sweet and will highlight the almighty taco in all shapes, sizes and forms. Anyone can attend, compete, and win. The winner will not only receive cash and achieve culinary glory, but will be flown to Brooklyn to compete in the National cook-off title, the super-bowl of cook-offs held at Brooklyn Brewery. All chefs will receive a Whole Foods Gift Certificate to help with costs. Sunday from noon to 3 at the Rock and Roll Hotel. Sign up here.

TOAST

Plan a happy hour at the Occidental Grill and toast its anniversary. Through the end of May, it’s bringing back 1907 menu prices, such as selected cocktails for 18 cents in the main dining room bar or patio with purchase of a bar menu item. Cocktails include Pimm’s Cup, Old Fashion and the Cherry Blossom. Happy hour is daily 3 to 7 p.m. 1475 Pennsylvania Ave.

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