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This Week: September 13-19

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Don’t be bitter that you can’t waddle to an end-of-season sample sale in Manhattan this week. Instead, hit up the District Sample Sale this Thursday, which is bound to be better anyway. It’s one of the most exciting fashion events in DC, and it only happens twice a year. For just one evening, Cady’s Alley in Georgetown will be stocked with designer clothing and shoes at deeply discounted prices. More than 20 of Washington’s stores are participating, and all proceeds go to charity. So worth it. Get deets here.

Then, wrap up your fall shopping in Alexandria’s Old Town Boutique District. Friday through Sunday, the district is making it fun by hosting a shopping scavenger hunt and giving away lots of goodies. Twenty-eight stores are participating, and they’re giving away a $2,800 shopping spree and 28 $100 gift cards. Can’t beat that. First stop for me? Definitely The Shoe Hive. Love that place. Get details and a map here.


There is such thing as free dessert … and you can get it this Wednesday. To celebrate the premiere of “Top Chef Just Desserts,” a slew of local restaurants are giving away free dessert with dinner. As if you needed another excuse to dine out at one of these fabulous places. Check out the full list here, and make your rezzies.


Are you loving this weather? Celebrate it and “Fly into Fall” this Thursday at Morso, the new Mediterranean joint in Georgetown. The proceeds from the happy hour that eve will help fund Luke’s Wings, a truly awesome organization that provides airplane tickets and travel for the families of wounded warriors. The after party will be at Eden on the Rooftop Lounge.

Tour Europe this Friday during Euro Night. More than 20 European embassies are showcasing their culture, traditions and culinary treats at the Embassy of France. Tickets are only $30, and proceeds go to help the cultural programs at the embassies. Plus, it’s open bar. Get yur tickets here.

A slew of local celebs, including Katherine Kennedy, are rolling up their sleeves and pouring drinks this Wednesday to raise money for KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now). All tips will be donated, and the best cocktail will be awarded – so go try them all out. The event will be at L2 in Georgetown; head there after work!

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