It’s the last week before holiday hell (we mean fun!), so use it to your full advantage, people.
We’re ladies. As such, we love jewelry. So it delighted us to learn that famous designer of gorgeous baubles Ippolita is at the Corcoran tonight at 7 p.m., to discuss the art of jewelry. Tickets, $20, here.
We encouraged our friend Brooke to get her competitive baker’s gloves on this Tuesday … It’s the Crust-Off at Pharmacy Bar, where the first 25 people to show up, pie-in-hand, can sign up to win a $100 bar tab and (more importantly, as hostess Ashley May notes), bragging rights for the best pie in the land. Expert judges, prizes, $2 PBRs, and lots of free pie! Plus, music by Soul Call Paul from 10 p.m. until close. RSVP here.
Beat the hump day blues with a cupcake from newly opened Crumbs Bake Shop at Sixth and F. They’re giving away free coffee with purchase. (The bitches were there at the opening Saturday, review to come this week!) We warn you, the cupcakes are enormous; consider getting one to share!
If cupcakes aren’t your choice of mid-week respite, head to happy hour at Dirty Martini, which just opened in Dupont at 1223 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
J.Crew’s cool cousin Madewell opens up shop in Georgetown at 1237 Wisconsin Ave. on Tuesday. On Thursday, they host a cocktail party from 7-9 p.m. If you sign up for their e-mails, you get 15% off. Discounts and cocktails? Score.
I’ve got your Friday night dinner rezzy rec right here: Rustico in Ballston. I went last weekend for dinner and the food was divine; the service top-notch. Before we waddled out, we counted that we tried seven types of cheese during the course of our dinner. Try the carrot-infused hummus or the Camembert plate to start. Share an entree or two, like the short rib, so tender you can flake it off with a fork. And don’t pass up one of their amazing pizzas. Of course, save room for dessert. The red velvet cheesecake (yes, I said red velvet cheesecake) is topped with cream and chocolate-covered pretzels. Quick! Book!
The Lanvin Collection debuts at the downtown H&M! We’ll be in line at 7 a.m., bitches. Bring your coffee, and your sparring gloves. That yellow dress is MINE. Every item in the line comes with a signature garment bag, too!
A lot of local Farmers’ Markets are closing up this weekend for winter, so get out there and stock up on those fresh veggies and flowers this weekend! The Washington Post has a great roundup (and map!) of all the local markets so you can plan your route.