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GEORGETOWN

BOUTIQUE

SPOTLIGHT

GOING VINTAGE WITH ANNIE CREAMCHEESE

PLUS:

5 REASONS WHY WE’RE CRUSH’N ON DC, WINING AND DINING IN THE DISTRICT, & MORE!

A Classic Piece:

Tribute to

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OUR CITYLIFE: The Top 5 Reasons We’re Diggin’ DC… Other than Obama, of course. by Leigh Johnson

THE VALUE MENU Want to get the most out of life? Features Editor, Lydia Siriprakorn, will tell you how. by Lydia Siriprakorn

Gelila Sisay Exclusive Interview “Local Stars in the Area” by Matia Johnson

Fashion

NET BUZZ: BLOG SPOTLIGHT:

Princess Dominique Does Fashion, Shoes, & All Things Beauty.

BOUTIQUE SPOTLIGHT:

Going Vintage with Annie Creamcheese. words by Avril Hunt & Matia Johnson

A CLASSIC PIECE: TRIBUTE TO THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS by Matia Johnson

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CHIC SIMPLICITY Contemporary Fashion at its best.

DOWNTOWN CRUSH’N A Trendsetting, Love Triangle.

Love, Lust & the In-Between

INSIDE LOOKING OUT What to do when Your Beau is a Homebody. by Matia Johnson

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO Chick Therapy: So Make it Easier by Amber Hurwitz

Entertainment

4 GO SEES IN THE DMV Venture out and about in our City.

WINING AND DINING IN THE DISTRICT Hot spots, restaurants, and more!

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DOLLHOUSE

Matia Johnson

Founder/Editor-in-Chief

Editor-in-Chief Assistant Leigh Johnson

Brand Assistant Jean Hilpert

Features Editor Amber Frances

West Coast Features Editor Lydia Siriprakorn

Design Director Frank Carter

Contributing Staff Writers Amber Frances, Avril Hunt, Leigh Johnson, Zena Polin, Lydia Siriprakorn

Contributing Photographers Tori Martin, Michael Phillips

Interns Jean Hilpert, Michael Phillips

Hair Stylist Brandi Campbell

Make-Up Artist Awmna Rana, Jasmine Reese

Copyright: Dollhouse Magazine, LLC, Winter 2010. The entire contents of Dollhouse Magazine are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the publisher or Editor-in-Chief.

We reserve the right to edit, rewrite, refuse, or reuse any printed material obtained in this magazine. Dollhouse is registered with the District of Columbia DCRA, and is not responsible for errors or omissions and may feature the same material on its blog site www.DollhouseDMV.com, as well as other mediums and purposes.

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letter from the editor

S o who can really define the DMV in one

word? Shall I pick fabulous? Shall I pick unique? Or shall I pick expanding? How about, I pick all of the above, and then some. To define this region (Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia), you have to live, breathe, and eat its culture. I can’t just pick one word to describe this city, because it cannot be defined or minimized to just one word. It’s “divinely multifaceted,” just like the people who reside in it.

To say that I’m excited about this issue finally launching would be an understatement. So, let’s just say that I’m ecstatic because it sounds bet- ter! Coming up with this idea back in September 2008 seems like a long time ago, but it’s really not. Back then creating mock websites for the maga- zine and coming up with an incredibly chic name (that I changed a bunch of times, but that’s just a sidebar) was just something for me to do to pass the hours. Who would have thought that all of the time and creativity would have transformed into something quite fantabulous?

The Dollhouse staff and its contributors endeavor to showcase all of the culture, the fashion,

the entertainment, the lifestyle, and oh-so-more in our city.

take over your DMV. So, in closing, I want to thank everybody who took a part in this produc- tion, from the graphic layouts to the editorial spreads, photographers, and interns, you guys are the bestest! Your support is greatly appreciated so I hope you stay along for the ride. This is merely just a taste for what is to come. So stay tuned, and thanks for being a part of the brand!

We are preparing a movement to

With Love and then some,

We are preparing a movement to With Love and then some, Matia C. Johnson Editor-in-Chief Dollhouse

Matia C. Johnson Editor-in-Chief

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DH Entertainment 4 Go Sees in the DMV National Museum of Crime and Punishment Explore the

National Museum of Crime and Punishment

Explore the technology and science behind solving crimes, dis- cover the heroes of law enforcement, and venture into the dark side of the criminal mind. Described by Good Morning America as a “must see for CSI fans,” the National Museum of Crime & Punishment includes a crime scene lab and the filming studios for America’s Most Wanted with host John Walsh. A simulated FBI shooting range, plus hundreds of interactive and artifacts per- taining to America’s favorite subjected fill the three floor, 25,000 square foot museum.

Pose Ultra Lounge Gaylord National Resort guests will be electrified at this cutting-edge, two-story lounge
Pose Ultra Lounge
Gaylord National Resort guests will be electrified
at this cutting-edge, two-story lounge that offers
dramatic vistas of the nation’s capital viewed
through 18-foot, floor to ceiling windows. The
Pose Ultra Lounge is open exclusively for Gaylord
guests. National Resort guests and convention
attendees Tuesday-Saturday nights; 9 pm-2am.
A VIP lounge, perfectly poised on the club’s sec-
ond floor/mezzanine level, overlooks the dance
floor below, and accommodates guests in ex-
travagantly upholstered reserved seating. Three
dance pods made of glass jut out from the mez-
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Gaylord National convention groups can enjoy
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www The Comedy Zone DC Come along for some of the best entertain- ment in the

The Comedy Zone DC

Come along for some of the best entertain- ment in the DC metropolis to ensure a won-

derful night out for you and your friends. There

is great food, great service, and a dazzling, breathtaking view of neighboring Virginia provinces, and distinctive Washington D.C. landmarks just across the Tidal Basin. Visit The Comedy Zone DC, located on the 14th floor in the Windows Over Washington Restaurant at the Double Tree Hotel in Crystal City, VA.

Here is the lineup: Entertainment begins on Fridays at 6:30pm and follows about the same course Saturday, with The Comedy Zone Re- vue Dinner Show, offering live jazz music while being served dinner, followed by two variety acts and the headlining comedian. The Sat- urday Uncensored show starts at 10:30pm and consist of an opening comic and more.

It’s also open for special birthdays, anniversa- ries, or bachelorette party planning, and can handle up to 500 persons. Reservations are recommended for performances and can be made online at www.TasteOurLaughter.com or by telephone at 1-866-33-LAUGH (1-866-335- 2844). Parking is included in the ticket price and is available in the self parking garage of the hotel.

The National Harbor

Welcome to the National Harbor, the premiere lifestyle destination in the D.C. Metropolitan area. The night view of the Harbor is absolutely breathtaking. Built on a scale rarely seen, it is an exciting, sprawling community that includes fine restaurants, unparalleled shopping, and lavish residences.

The property also features Gaylord National Re- sort and Convention Center, the largest hotel in the Washington, D.C. area. The National harbor brings together recreation, work, living, and en- tertainment in a way that will forever change the landscape of the urban lifestyle.

recreation, work, living, and en- tertainment in a way that will forever change the landscape of

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As I sit in a pretentious corner of Starbucks listening to my iPod and staring at my blank laptop screen, I realize that the smell of overpriced coffee and cluster of hipsters around me are not the source of inspiration I had hoped for. Instead, my hunger for inspiration has led me behind the sticky counters of a local fast food joint.

Deep fried in under-appreciation and buried under years of minimum wage, there lies an unlikely Ameri- can hero—the American fast food worker. The job is not an easy one. Each day for hours on end, they serve a rushed, ungrateful, hungry swarm of people in an excessively vibrant, multi-colored uniform, com- plete with a cap somewhat like a distant cousin of the dunce cone. Their day begins before the crack of dawn and ends well after last call when the bars clear out and the drunks are tucked away in beds other than their own. Every day they rise to witness a society constantly in motion, but in which direction?

New toys and playgrounds no longer generate fits of laughter and exhilaration. Slides and tire swings are no longer enough for thrill-seekers. We grow up and become calloused. Our threshold for joy, excite- ment, and a good rush are now higher and often too hard to reach. The childish desire to live for the enjoyment of life is replaced with “grown-up” priori- ties—a secure job, social status, financial responsibili- ties and professional obligations. Happy Meals be- come Happy Hours and we take nothing from them, except employee gossip and a bad hangover.

As adults, we stop living for the enjoyment of life because we think we have to. We live for security and stability because that’s what pays the bills. We strive to conduct our life decisions within reason so that the future is dependable, and by dependable I mean “predictable.” How can it be that we have constructed a society in which we are alive only in our youth and consequently, dead for the rest of our lives? Surely those who have struggled through less-

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than-perfect childhoods deserve a chance to feel alive as well.

We are taught to expect very little from adulthood in terms of emotional fulfillment. We are told that childhood and the college years are the best days of our lives, and that everyone hates their job. But the reality of that statement is that everyone hates their job simply because we HATE the daily grind. Everyone is following a path that isn’t working.

We expect to hate our jobs, wives, husbands and bosses, so we don’t bother seeking out what will re- ally make us happy. We end up in the same miser- able spot because we all follow the same miserable path. But we do it anyway, because it is secure and predictable. Failure to find happiness as a society is somehow more tolerable than failing to find happi- ness in an individual pursuit.

So to endure the monotony of this logical frame- work, we dream of diving in headfirst—into anything that makes us feel alive. We root for the underdog at football games because a victory against the odds is even sweeter than one that is expected. We indulge in love that doesn’t make sense. We devel- op catch phrases like “Whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” to mask crazy weekends that don’t fit in with the rest of our structured, conventional lives.

Don’t model your life after millions that have mapped it out before you. Live freely. People can ask you every day, what you’re going to do next and how you’re gearing up for the “real world.” They ask because they are worried and in fact, frightened by diving headfirst into life. Break the mold. Tell them that you are already in the real world and further preparation is not necessary. What is there to be afraid of? If there is nothing to fall back on, the only route for you to go is forward. Take a risk and dive head first into your future

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Fashion, Beauty, and all other things Extremely Beautious So what’s the name that’s on your birth

So what’s the name that’s on your birth certi cate? Linda Dominique Grosvenor. ey’ve been alling me Princess Dominique since about 2000 when

I started blogging.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in the Bronx

but I’ve lived several places includ- ing New Jersey and North Carolina

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DC? e food, night life, and the fact that

I may actually be living there soon. Imagine that, Princess Dominique in DC.

How did you begin your blog?

I started as a way to vent and share my love of fashion. It was getting on the nerves of my friends and

family, but I developed a following of people who appreciated what I loved as much as I did.

What are your hobbies? Walking on the beach, browsing bookstores and watching movies. I am a sever movie bu .

How did you come up with the name of your blog, Princess Dominique Does Fashion? And how did it get so successful? When I started my blog I used to rant about celebrities and dish on Pop culture. I stopped that when I found my true calling, fashion.

What’s your readership? What are your demographics? I people of all age ranges on my blog. It does seem like mostly women though who have gradu-

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ated from college but I welcome anyone who has a taste for the ner things in life.

Who is your muse? My muse is beauty. Anything beau-

tiful is seemingly drawn to me and

I am drawn to it.

Whose your favorite shoe designer?

I love them all. I don’t think I could choose. Right now I am seriously crushing on too many to count.

If you died tomorrow, what would you want to be buried in?

A black slimming bustier dress and

a pair of Emilio Pucci shoes

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Television, de nitely television.

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DM: So what’s the name that’s on your birth certificate?

PD: Linda Dominique Grosvenor. They’ve (people she knows) been calling me Princess Dominique since 2000 when I first started blog- ging.

DM: Where are you from originally?

PD: I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York but I’ve lived several places including New Jersey and North Carolina.

DM: What’s your favorite thing about DC?

PD: The food, nightlife, and the fact that I may actually be living there soon. Imagine that, Princess Dominique Does DC.

DM: How did you begin your blog?

PD: I started as a way to share my love of fash- ion. It was getting on the nerves of my friends and family, but I developed a following of people who really appreciated what I loved.

DM: What are your hobbies?

PD: Walking on the beach, browsing book- stores, and watching movies. I am a severe movie buff.

DM: How did you come up with the name of your blog, Princess Dominique Does Fashion?

PD: When I started my blog I used to rant about celebrities and dish on Pop culture. I stopped that when I found my true calling, which was fashion.

DM: What’s your readership like? What are your demographics?

PD: I have people of all age ranges on my blog. Mostly those who have a taste of the finer things in life.

DM: Do you have a muse?

PD: My muse is beauty. Anything beautiful is seemingly drawn to me and I am drawn to it.

DM: Who’s your favorite shoe designer?

PD: I love them all. I don’t think I could choose. Right now I am seriously crushing on too many to count.

DM: If you died tomorrow, what would you want to be buried in?

PD: A black slimming bustier dress and a pair of Emilio Pucci shoes.

DM: Where do you see yourself in five years?

PD: Television, definitely television.

For more Princess Dominique news, visit her blog at www.princessdominique.com.

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words by Avril Hunt & Matia Johnson photos courtesy of Jen Kolb from Annie Creamcheese

W ashington, DC is putting itself on the map in the fashion world. Ever since
W ashington, DC is putting itself on the map in the fashion world. Ever since
W ashington, DC is putting itself on the map in the fashion world. Ever since
W ashington, DC is putting itself on the map in the fashion world. Ever since
W ashington, DC is putting itself on the map in the fashion world. Ever since
W ashington, DC is putting itself on the map in the fashion world. Ever since
W ashington, DC is putting itself on the map in the fashion world. Ever since
W ashington, DC is putting itself on the map in the fashion world. Ever since
W ashington, DC is putting itself on the map in the fashion world. Ever since

W ashington, DC is putting itself on the map in the fashion world. Ever since

Inauguration Day last year, DC has been flooded with stars and more stars, becoming favor- ably the second Hollywood and a baby New York all mixed into one. Holding its respective title as a new trend-setting city, DC has strong aspirations to live up to its name. Now when the fashion savvy think of the latest trends in chic apparel, the metropolitan area has become a contender with other big fashion cit- ies including New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. Here in the heart of the city to give all of the true fashion addicts and shopaholics an instant fix is the trendy Georgetown bou- tique, Annie Creamcheese. In this posh, little star-studded gallery, they offer a wide selection of luxury vintage women’s apparel; from dresses, to scarves and clever accessories, all the way down to handbags. If you love vintage clothing from as early as the 1930’s until the 1990’s from designers such as Chanel, Fendi, Dior, Chloe, and Barney’s

then this is definitely the place to splurge. Annie Creamcheese truly offers a wide variety of vintage, as well as contemporary clothing at its best. The owners, Gaurett Bauman and Annie Lee, who are also hus- band and wife (and also a match- mate in Fashionista Heaven) humbly started their brand in the fall of 2001, which soon led to the opening of the first brick and mortar store in Arlington, Virginia in April 2004. Fast forward six years later, and Annie Creamcheese has officially been certified as The Number One Trendy Vintage Store in the metropolitan area! Other than the explosion of col- ors and fabrics, some may consider the best part of this unique Can- dyland to be that anyone who is a true fashion collector can schedule an appointment to sell their vintage pieces to the shop. This is not only a great way to find a true, vintage piece, but also a great way to make space in your closet for more accessories. This boutique is not only for fashion lovers, but celebri- ties frequent both the Georgetown

location, as well as the one in Las Vegas, Nevada. The boutique has managed to capture the attention of celebrities such as Katie Holmes, the Grammy-nominated Rock group, Paramore, Nicole Richie, Jessica Alba, Reality-TV star Whitney Port, Andrew Dice Clay, and the- ever-so-stylish Victoria Beckham, just to name a bunch. With such a wide variety in designer offerings and prices there is guaranteed to be something appealing for every woman who wants to make a bold statement. Annie Creamcheese has truly graced Georgetown with its pres- ence, adding a unique, funky feel of designer, contemporary vintage wears. So even though our Na- tion’s Capitol didn’t win the Fash- ionista Pageant like cities such as New York and L.A. did, it damn sure came cutting close by holding the Runner’s-Up title with this bad-ass boutique. So if you haven’t already done so, go see what all the fuss is about. Go indulge yourself in the ultimate vintage shopping excursion which is Annie Creamcheese.

vintage shopping excursion which is Annie Creamcheese. Annie Creamcheese Locations: www.anniecreamcheese.com
vintage shopping excursion which is Annie Creamcheese. Annie Creamcheese Locations: www.anniecreamcheese.com
vintage shopping excursion which is Annie Creamcheese. Annie Creamcheese Locations: www.anniecreamcheese.com
vintage shopping excursion which is Annie Creamcheese. Annie Creamcheese Locations: www.anniecreamcheese.com

Annie Creamcheese Locations: www.anniecreamcheese.com

Washington, DC Georgetown 3279 M Street, NW Washington, DC 20007 (202) 298-5555 Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday: 11am to 8pm Sunday: 12pm to 6pm

Las Vegas, Nevada The Shoppes at the Palazzo 3327 Las Vegas Blvd South #2924 Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 452-9600 Hours of Operation: Sunday-Thursday: 10am-11pm Friday-Saturday: 10am-Midnight

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PHOTOGRAPHED BY MICHAEL PHILLIPS STYLED BY JEAN HILPERT

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER : TORI MARTIN HAIR STYLIST : BRANDI CAMPBELL MUA : AWMNA RANA

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Blouse: Dainty June “Liat Blouse” in red Pants: Tule cargo Pants in grey Earrings: Red Hue Boutique Bracelets: Her own Shoes: Valentino Patent Leather

On Ashley P. (Right)

Dress: Red Hue “Saturday” Tights: Macy’s. Aqua Blue. Headband: Celina Lopez

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Blouse: Dainty June “Liat Blouse” in mustard. Skirt: Red Hue “Layered skirt” in olive green. Bracelet: Her own. Boots: Wet Seal

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On Dana S:

Sweater: Red Hue white cotton sweater vest.

Shorts: Red Hue shorts in black. Belt: Her own. Necklace: Forever 21 Ring: Her own. Shoes: Wet Seal red peep toe pumps

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On Alan M:

Shirt: Red Hue Plaid shirt for Men. Sweater: Cloth Logic Cardigan for Men. Jeans: H&M Shoes:

On Sogdiana:

Chain: Red Hue gold chain Ring: Forever 21 Pearl Earrings: Her own

Shirt: Dainty June Anchor T-shirt. Jeans:

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Opposite Page On Awmna Earrings: Macy’s. Shirt:Red Hue Military Shirt. Jeans: On Alan Shirt: Red

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On Alan

Shirt: Red Hue Radial T-Shirt Jeans: Forever 21

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On Sogdiana

Bracelet: Nordstroms Red Bangle: Red Hue

Shirt: Fawn Chain T-shirt Jeans:

Shoes: Enighma Black High Heels

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On Awmna (Far Left)

Blouse: Gentle Fawn white zipper T-shirt. Leggings: Gentle Fawn Necklace: Forever 21 Shoes: Nine West

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Wining and Dining in the District

Words by Zena Polin

T op Chef’s Spike Mendelsohn may be better known than Joe Schmo’s Tim Walsh. However, Spike’s Good Stuff Eatery doesn’t compare to Walsh’s Town Hall, a relaxed,

neighborhood tavern that’s busy seven days a week from happy hour until closing (and for weekend brunches, too.) At 8 p.m. on Thursday night, Town Hall is already busy. Thursday is, after all, the unofficial start to the weekend in D.C., and Town Hall is a favorite place for women who use it as a launching pad for a night in Georgetown. At first glance, Town Hall seems a bit too casual, but don’t let that fool you. The food is delicious, the staff friendly, and the wine list solid – with enough by the glass and by the bottle choices to please even the toughest critic. Walsh, a former owner of T.S. Muttley’s in Adams

Morgan, also knows how to make a perfect dirty martini. If you’re starting out at Town Hall and have plans for a long night ahead, choose something light, for example the brie, mussels or tuna tartar. But if you’re looking for something with a bit more substance, go for the grilled cheese and tomato soup, wings or a quesadilla. Since Town Hall is in Glover Park, less than a mile away from Georgetown on Wisconsin Avenue, it’s also a gathering place for post-barhopping. Stop by after a night on the town, and saddle up to the bar to order one of Executive Chef Paul’s Last Temptation’s: a brownie, crème brulee, or some warm crumble with vanilla ice cream. They all match perfectly with a glass of wine or an after- dinner drink. Let Walsh suggest a fun one for

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you. The midnight to last call crowd likes to make friends, with women looking for someone to buy

them a drink and men quite happily fulfilling that role.

On a cold, Friday afternoon, the premier spot to enjoy happy hour is the Georgetown Waterfront, also known as The Washington Harbor, at 3000 K Street, NW. While the service at Tony and Joe’s and Nick’s Riverside Grille won’t be the best and the drinks served in plastic cups will be pricey, there is still nothing like sitting outside and enjoying the

winter’s brisk along with some good brewsky. Agraria, also on the DC Waterfront, has an ample patio and a beautiful dining room with large windows. It’s owned by the North Dakota Farmer’s Union and is an ideal choice for a date. If you are out with a group, then take a walk to Bangkok Joe’s, which also has a patio and is busy all day and into the night when the cravings for their pomegranate martinis and squash dumplings set in. Dinner is served until 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

completed an impressive renovation. The stuffy and dull Garden Terrace Lounge has been transformed into an exciting and dynamic bar and restaurant. It was filled to capacity during Inauguration back in 2009, and the buzz still hasn’t worn off yet. Start the evening at the bar. It doesn’t matter

if you’re there for a date, with a girlfriend or even alone; the bartenders know how to treat you right. All the cocktails are made with freshly squeezed juice and mouth-burning booze. But as much fun as the bar is, ask to be seated in the main dining room for dinner. The wine sommelier helps you choose the right glass or bottle, not over or underselling,

but figuring out what you’d like with a few simple questions. While some bottles can hit the stratosphere, when it comes to pricing, affordable and lovely ones are available for under $50 (not bad, huh?). What makes the restaurant special are all the extras: a trio of duck fat fries with individual dips, rolls with truffle butter, and an amuse bouche (an hors d’oeuvre chosen by the chef). Order your

main course before you sample these delicacies, otherwise you might not want to go for the more robust food, such as the lamb, duck, or pork belly. For a real treat, and a diet blower, accompany your dinner with a side dish of truffled Mac and Cheese. As stuffed as you are at the end of the meal, and as amazing as the desserts are, you may only have room for a glass of bubbly. Then let the waiter know

“The wine sommelier helps you choose the right glass or bottle, not over or underselling, but figuring out what you’d like with a few simple questions.”

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O n the same note, the ultimate Georgetown dining experience welcomes you to Bourbon Steak Restaurant. This is not your father’s

steakhouse. Michael Mina’s gem opened in December 2008 after the Four Seasons

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you’d like to move back to the bar, and he’ll prepare

a cocktail table for you, where you can sit

and people watch or mingle until last call. After a Friday night dinner at Bourbon Steak, the only option for Saturday is to burn some calories and go out dancing. Club Lima and Hudson, both in downtown D.C., are popular choices. They turn from mild mannered restaurants into late night clubs. Lima,

at 1401 K Street, NW, is open seven nights a week until 2 a.m. and has House Nights on Saturday. Come with

a group and prepare to mingle; it’ll be hard to stay

off the dance floor. Hudson Restaurant and Lounge at 2030 M Street, NW, which welcomed US Airways pilot Captain “Sully” Sullenberger on inauguration weekend, usually has a DJ until 2 a.m. on Saturdays and keeps a late night menu going until 1:00 a.m.

T he weekend isn’t over on Sunday, so hop on the metro’s red line or drive up to Parker’s Classic American on Bethesda Avenue in Bethesda, MD. Grab a seat at the bar and

a free newspaper, or if it’s a nice day lounge on the front patio. The fun part of brunch is the make- it-yourself Bloody Mary bar with spicy sauces from all over the world. If you danced off those Friday night

calories on Saturday, then you can justify the Eggs Louis, a Southern breakfast or the Biscuits and Gravy. Otherwise, make it light with an egg white omelet and a mimosa. Parker’s is a cozy place filled with lots of regulars

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who come to see the owner, Matt Touhey. He grew up in Washington and worked at I Ricci, American Café and other restaurants before buying the place where he learned to bartend. In addition to 3 to 7 p.m. happy hour with drinks and food specials, Monday is Burger Night and attracts the most single men. Wednesday is half price wine night, and Friday and Saturday nights are known for bringing in both sexes from happy hour until last call. During football season, Sunday afternoons get particularly lively when the bar area fills with orders of spicy wings, crispy calamari and cold beer. The weekend is almost over, but not quite. When brunch is done, walk over to Bethesda Lane and the nearby streets to shop in Ginger, Little Shoebox and Luna. By the time the sun sets and Desperate Housewives is on, you’ll be comfy and cozy back home and lounging in front of the TV, ready to plan next weekend’s fun. Until then, enjoy!

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Love, Lust, & the In-Between

words by Matia Johnson

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L ooking in the mirror, you can’t help but to be- come smitten with your own reflection. You are dressed to the “T” in that cute, black mini-dress

that accentuates your divalicious curves. Your nails and hair are per- fect, to say the least. Your make- up; likened to the work of true art and beauty. You are anxiously waiting at home for that signature knock your beau always does to announce his arrival. It is a Friday night, and after

a long and draining workweek,

you are more than ready to paint the town red with some romantic frolicking. Your palms are sweat- ing in anticipation. Your knees are practically knocking as you wait for your night of exquisite social bliss to begin. Your beau knocks. You jump to your feet, open your front door, swing your body into his arms, and suddenly

realize that you knocked out of his hands, frighteningly, a Blockbuster DVD and a box of pizza. Are we staying in again? You can hear yourself shrieking inside your mind as you reluctantly kick off your heels, and the sad reality is, that you are, yet again, right. So, what is a party girl to do when her boyfriend is a home- body? The first step is considering

if the relationship is worth holding

onto. Compatibility is key. If the guy is the modern day ‘Renais- sance Man’ (i.e. great charmer, great lover, great listener, great body, you see my point) who is sporting an anti-social flaw, then

see if it’s worth overlooking. But before you make any hasty moves, think long and hard about your decision to settle. Are you re- ally ready to trade in your dancing stilettos for comfy bunny slippers?

If so, then keep playing your posi-

tion. This will give your man brag- ging rights to all his friends, claim- ing that he was the one worth

“changing for.” On the other hand, if you’re not willing to do a total military style- about face, then write a thorough description of your ‘Inside looking Out’ problem to him. Sometimes communication face to face can be intimidating, but by writing out

a list, you express your true feelings

without any holds-bars. Instead of sealing off the list in a coward- ly, envelope fashion, get up the nerve to actually sit face-to-face and discuss the issue at hand. “Most likely, the guy doesn’t know that the female dislikes stay- ing in, much less understand how important her feelings are on the matter,” says Charmaine Saun- ders, host of Australian Body Talk Column and founder/columnist of www.femail.com.au . Also, take

this opportunity to make a mental note on what he likes and things that interest him. Hopefully, he will take this as a cue to step out of the box. The key is to start off small by making a compromise; a truce if you will. Go out for pizza instead of calling in for delivery, or even catch a movie instead of taking that frequent trip to your local video rental. Meeting each other halfway is the goal you want to reach for and most importantly, brings back communication to your lovenest, since your wires were so far crossed before. Remember, a man needs to have the capacity to transform and grow with you. Diana Kirsch- ner PhD, author of “Love in 90 Days” explains, “If he’s not willing to expand his interests to mesh with yours, you’re going to out- pace him.” Thus, if the relationship is worth investing both time and attention, then these steps should work. But if not, then slide back on those sexy Manolo Blahniks, hit the nearest hottest spot, and shake it like it ain’t nobody’s business. You can’t really keep a party girl down, can you? And who knows…maybe while you’re out doing what you do best, you’ll find the real Mr. Right anyway!

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Love, Lust, & the In-Betweeen

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So Make it Easier

words by Amber Hurwitz

B reaking up is hard, but keep- ing dark is hateful,” sang David Bowie in 1973. Losing a loved one will always be difficult- whether if you’re the Dumpee or the Dumper.

Whatever the circumstances lead- ing to parting ways, accepting loss is hard. Once it becomes clear that the relationship is over there are some things you might con- sider doing and not doing in order to protect yourself from further breakage. Some of the following tips should help you

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come out of your break up feeling slightly better rather than worse.

First things first, De-program your ex’s number from your cell phone. Sounds kind of harsh but it must be done. Even if you don’t con- sider yourself prone to spontaneous emo- tional calling or drunk-dialing, delete it! If you don’t it’s like walking around with a loaded gun. In a fit of sentimental longing or loneli- ness you will reach for the trigger. You can also try tricking yourself into being supported

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by programming your best girl-friend’s number under your ex’s contact information!

Social Networking sites are a minefield of rela- tionship reminders. De-friend your ex, disable updates from them or avoid these sites like the plague until you feel able to handle the most distressing of hypothetical situations being flashed before your eyes without warning. Your curiosity is nothing compared to how unsettled you will feel after you read his wall. Abstain!

If you have access to his e-mail account, do not even go there. You wouldn’t want him reading your e-mails and violating your trust. If you do read it you are sure to find something traumatizing. You will leave his e-mail account feeling upset and unsatisfied. Resist the urge!

Allow yourself an allotted amount of time to be in your feelings so that you can appropri- ately mourn. This stage is necessary. Fully feel- ing all of the emotions you’re going through will allow you to get past them. Give yourself the privilege of justified moping for a while, but try to set a time limit. Remember that you will feel pain. At first you will be lonely and that is absolutely normal. You’re going to be okay and you are lovable! If you’ve been through this before, remember that it only gets better with time.

Try to keep in mind that your relationship is a reflection of yourself. Remember the positive aspects of it, what you’ve learned, and how it has made you stronger. Make a list of the positive and negative aspects of the relation- ship to help you sort your feelings. Focus on the ways you’ve grown and the wisdom you have gained on your path as an individual.

Try to cut down on your daydreaming and stay busy. Fantasizing about the what-ifs, why’s and how’s is the road to self-torment. When you find your mind continuously drifting to thoughts of him, imagine a red stop sign blocking you from going in that direction.

Focus on what makes you feel happy. Explore

new ways to be self-fulfilled. Just as the sea- sons change, life comes in seasons too. Instead of asking yourself “What’s wrong with me?” ask “What season is this in my life?”

Relationship Fact #1: “In it to Lose it”

A lot of couples stay in bad relation- ships because they are afraid to see what else is out there. The calm of the familiar is safer than the fear of the un- known.

Feeling angry and bitter isn’t going to bring back the happiness you once shared. Get your frustrations out onto paper so that you can rid yourself of negative energy. Write a

letter expressing how you feel. Put the letter in

a drawer instead of sending it. In a few months

when you read it you can use it as a litmus test to see how far you have come. Remember, you have to truly take the time you need to

recover properly. Don’t ever rush it.

Be gentle with yourself. If you’re feeling emo- tionally fragile, acknowledge it and surround yourself with people you genuinely trust. It’s im- portant to remain social. If you can, schedule an appointment for a massage or a manicure so that you get in some human touch-time. Hugs from family and friends are always good!

If you have the resources, plan a get-away.

Physically getting out of your present environ- ment will help you recalibrate and look at things from a new perspective. Taking a trip to

a different city or going on an adventure will

help you get out of your own head. Do some- thing you’ve always wanted to do but you’ve never had the time for. Try something which excites and empowers you.

Being in a relationship requires time and effort. Enjoy the time you now have and concen- trate on yourself. Appreciate and learn about yourself. Be glad that you have the freedom

and the power to choose who you spend your time with and who you are in a relation- ship with. Make the choice to spend time with people who energize you rather than deplete you.

Make yourself feel beautiful, happy and loved and you will be. Start a new work-out rou- tine. Go jogging to release your aggression. Nothing kick-starts a fitness plan like harness- ing pent up frustrations! Get your beauty rest. Give yourself a facial. Take bubble baths. These are all great choices on how to make yourself better, since it’s all about you now.

Listening to music forces you to feel and will put you in a new state of mind. Blast your fa- vorite albums and enjoy them. Dancing helps too! It’s hard to feel bad while you’re dancing and letting loose.

Mark a date on the calendar. One of the biggest pitfalls of breaking up is winding up in the pseudo-relationship-friend phase. Once you break up, avoid the painful limbo situa- tion by being as clear cut and decisive about what you want as possible. Discontinue giving yourself to a situation that is not redeeming for you.

Relationship Fact #3: “Accessories Only Please”

A relationship should be an accessory to your already fulfilled life. Never depend on a sig- nificant other to come in and turn your world upside down.

the time you spent together. It may help him get through the loss of you too!

If your situation is dire, set a goal of a few weeks or months to have absolutely no con- tact with your ex. It will feel drastic, but all you have to do is continue to exist and the date you marked will arrive sooner than you think. Sometimes it is necessary to simply pretend that person doesn’t exist. Feel empowered by what you’ve accomplished without a man in your life. A love-junky in withdrawal is truly the least attractive state you could ever be in.

What would you do with your time if you knew that you wouldn’t be in another relationship for the next few years? Survey says: Do every- thing you would want to do with your life, and then some!

Adoring and loving yourself first invites others to do the same. Ask yourself if you are actu- ally treating yourself the way you’d like to be treated. Remember, loving and peaceful break-ups are possible. When you truly love someone you can let them go. Open your eyes to the excitement of the present!

them go. Open your eyes to the excitement of the present! Relationship Fact #2: “Laugh Now,

Relationship Fact #2: “Laugh Now, Cry Later”

After being dumped, most people experience denial. When the truth surfaces, that’s when the tears (along with the Emotional Roller Coaster) begins.

If you do talk to your ex, keep things light and free of blame. Focus on the positive things you’ve done for yourself and for one another. Avoid rehashing why you broke up. This will get you nowhere. Let him know what you are grateful to him for. Listing things that you are grateful for will make you feel better about

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With some outfits you just can't go wrong. The little black dress, affectionately dubbed “LBD,” is proudly one of those. Hands down the most essential outfit in every woman’s wardrobe, it's versatile, classy, and chic. It’s like the perfect cherry on top of a fabulously fashionable cake, and here are the reasons why:

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Drape it with a cream or charcoal gray tur- tleneck or fitted, cropped sweater, or add

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Features

Interview

G elila Sisay really knows how to roll with the punches. She is driving the 22 miles from Woodbridge, Virginia to our Nation’s capitol, just to meet at Gallery Place,

Chinatown. She is determined to make it, disregarding the fact that she almost forgot her demo CD, had been waiting in traf- fic for 40 minutes, and accidentally rode up on an “unrecognizable object” which made her back tire begin to leak out air. On our way to the gas station in DC, 7th and Park Ave, I find myself taken aback by her calm and collective composure, despite the day’s earlier fiascoes. Instead of begging for an Oscar, crying “woe is me,” or playing the Damsel in Distress role, she is being proactive. So how does she manage to overcome the stress and keep a smile on that pretty face all at once, you might ask? “I’m a strong person. I’ve been through a

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Local Stars in the Area

lot and I’m sure there is more to come, but I’m going to keep progressing,” she says. Originally born in Ethiopia, Sisay came to the U.S. as a little “youngun,” as she affectionately puts it, with her mother, father, and two younger brothers. Currently residing in Woodbridge, she reps that VA part of the DMV. 20-year-old Ethiopian native, who is stoi- cally shy and quiet in person, makes up for it through song. With an intricate taste for music, she embodies the genre of R&B into her mind, heart, and soul. Using music as the ultimate out- let gives her the ability to share her life’s strug- gles of hardship and heartbreak. But please, don’t let those big, doe eyes fool you. She’s not quite your girl next door, but the “around the way girl” title seems to fit her much better. Wise beyond her years, Sisay proves to be a sea- soned veteran after all, undoubtedly someone to watch out for in the music industry.

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Interview Words by Matia Johnson
Interview
Words by Matia Johnson

DM: How old were you when you came to the states?

GS: I was four.

DM: Were you a shy kid?

GS: Not at all. I was a tomboy. I did a lot of inter- acting.

DM: Was it hard for you to learn English?

GS: No, because I came so young. I still speak my native language {Amaharic} though.

DM: What was it like for you growing up?

GS: Growing up, I was very socially active in school. I’ve always played basketball as a “youn- gun,” because my brothers were very athletic. I was very heavily influenced by sports, and talent shows.

DM: Do you have any nicknames?

GS: My family and friends call me ‘Lila.’

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DM: That’s cute. So how old were you when you first discovered your passion for music?

GS: I started in Kindergarten.

DM: Kindergarten?

GS: Yes, Kindergarten {Laughs}. My mom real- ized I could sing. She used to sing too when I was younger at our church {Ethiopian Orthodox}.

DM: What about the rest of your family? Does any- one else sing?

GS: My older brother sings. He is my big influence.

DM: Who is a major source of musical inspiration for you?

GS: Beyonce, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, just to name a few.

DM: Would you consider them your heroes?

GS: No {laughs, more heartily this time}, not heroes.

DM: So who is your hero then?

GS: My mother. I love how focused she is with her priorities. She has her mindset in the right place.

DM: Would you consider yourself a strong person too?

GS: I think I am, yes. We {my family} went through a lot of financial struggles growing up.

DM: You’ve got the right mindset to make it, es- pecially in an industry so hardcore. Name three things you absolutely wouldn’t do to get to the top.

GS: I absolutely wouldn’t sell my body to get what I want. I wouldn’t pay a large amount of money out to never see it again, or not know where it’s going, and I wouldn’t date a famous producer just to get to the top. It’s not worth it.

DM: Ok, sounds fair enough. Name three things you absolutely would do to get to the top.

GS: I would never give up, continue to work hard, and always stay positive.

DM: So you know with success comes the haters

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out there. How would you overcome jealousy? GS: You can always tell who is real and who is not. You can always spot the haters. I don’t let it get to me though. I just ignore it.

DM: Could you say you have a large friend/fan base?

GS: Very much so. I have my two best friends, Car- isa Carper, and Nina Getachew. They’re my loves.

DM: What about a significant other? Are you cur- rently single or hitched?

GS: I really don’t have time to do the meet and greet and the whole nine. It’s complicated {laughs}! You know how guys are. They think you’re together when you’re really not. I guess right now, I do have a boyfriend though.

DM: What kind of characteristics do you normally look for in a man?

GS: He has to be strong in religion, like I am. That’s a plus. He has to be physically attractive, but maybe that shouldn’t count.

DM: It should, go on.

GS: Well educated, and he has to know where he’s going in life.

DM: What about a tall, dark and handsome?

GS: I’m more into light skinned dudes.

DM: Oh, so you like the “pretty boys?”

GS: Just as long as they’re not prettier than me! I also have my own little thing for a darker tone every now and then.

DM: Would you consider yourself to be a club kid?

GS: Not really. I only go out when it somebody’s birthday, but when I do, it’s usually Love or Fur {two of DC’s busiest hot spots}. I can’t do it every week- end because I only have my weekends for music. Monday through Friday’s I work at a daycare (Chil- dren’s Learning Center in Woodbridge, VA) as a school teacher, while going to school full time.

DM: You’re very busy. What are you currently work- ing on with your music?

GS: Developing more songs. Every time I put down a couple of songs, I always want to put down more!

DM: Do you have a producer, or are you riding solo?

GS: My producer’s name is Mal (a.k.a. Mal Williams) and he has his own recording label, I-M {Indepen- dent Marketing} Entertainment.

DM: Do you normally write your own songs?

GS: I normally recite everything, but it’s so much that I have to keep track of it in notebooks.

DM: So you have your own diary of music like Alicia Keys?

GS: Something like that.

DM: If you weren’t a singer, what else could you see yourself doing?

GS: Right now I’m in school, but my major is unde- cided. I just can’t make my mind up, but if I had to pick something, I’d say a Fashion Designer. I love clothes.

DM: If you had your pick tomorrow, what label would you like to sign with?

GS: Bad Boy definitely. It’s legendary because of B.I.G. {Notorious B.I.G.} and Faith Evans.

DM: If you were going to give advice to someone out there trying to make it into this industry, what would you say to them?

GS: Reach for the stars. If you don’t make it today, and if you quit, you’ll never know if you would have made it tomorrow.

To keep tabs on lovely Gelila’s progress towards the music industry, check for her at www.iamlila.com. For more info on IM Entertainment and their marketing hustle, visit www.imlegacy.com.

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