Soft Surroundings – Grande Opening at Westfield Annapolis Mall

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Soft Surroundings, a leading multi-channel retailer committed to providing stylish, casual clothing with a comfort fit, the latest in beauty and skincare, jewelry and accessories, and home furnishings to women of all ages, maintains its dedication to providing an extraordinary shopping experience by announcing plans to open a Maryland location, specifically at the Westfield Annapolis Mall in Annapolis, MD. “We are so excited to expand our East Coast presence with an upcoming Soft Surroundings location in Maryland,” said Sr. Vice President of Retail Stores, Danny Boddy.

“Our Westfield Annapolis Mall location will provide women throughout Anne Arundel County and beyond the opportunity to experience what we are all about. We offer beautiful apparel, luxurious bedding, curated furniture from around the world and beauty solutions – all hand chosen for today’s busy woman. Our passion for customer service and the integrity of our brand gives us the ability to share our story and hopefully make our customers’ lives a little more fulfilled and enjoyable.” The Westfield Annapolis Mall location is part of an eleven store expansion for 2015.


The new location will not only feature the popular merchandise found in the Soft Surroundings catalogs and website, but will also offer customers a variety of unique, store-exclusive merchandise to further enhance their shopping experience. An all-day Grand Opening Event will be held at the store on Friday, November 20th. About Soft Surroundings: Headquartered in St. Louis, MO, Soft Surroundings is an upscale lifestyle brand and retailer of women’s apparel, home, and beauty products. Releasing its first catalog in 1999, Soft Surroundings has been dedicated to making women look and feel their best ever since.

Having experienced record growth in its online and catalog channels, Soft Surroundings opened its first retail location in St. Louis, MO in November of 2005, followed by additional stores in Hartford, CT; Kansas City, MO; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; San Antonio, TX; Houston, TX; Dallas, TX; Boston, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta, GA; Richmond, VA; Fairfax, VA; Madison, WI; Paramus, NJ; Bridgewater, NJ; Memphis, TN; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Cleveland, OH; Tucson, AZ; Scottsdale, AZ; and Chandler, AZ. Soft Surroundings is continuing to expand its retail division nationally to meet the needs of its many devoted customers.

Spa Week: Holiday Gift and Wellness Idea

Give the Gift of Wellness this holiday season. The new gift card by Spa Week, Spa & Wellness BLACK, is the only spa and wellness card you will ever need, making a perfect gift for everyone on your list. It is accepted at over 8,000 spa and wellness locations across North America and may be used any time of the year without expiration. Special perks of this card include thousands of spas and hundreds of treatments to choose from, the ability to load in any amount from $10-$500, and the ability to use the card in multiple locations on as many visits as you choose. Visitors to can conveniently purchase Spa & Wellness BLACK, to be shipped in a gift box with a personal message anywhere in the United States.  Recipients will have the freedom to choose from thousands of locations and services, all while knowing that you have their long-term health, balance and happiness in mind. Visit to see the numerous spa and wellness locations that accept Spa & Wellness BLACK.


“Spa Week encourages a healthy lifestyle and inspires people to pursue ways of living fuller lives,” says Spa Week Founder, Cheryl Reid.  “Consumers are seeking better ways to take care of themselves, taking responsibility towards maintaining good health and making important lifestyle changes.”

With Spa & Wellness BLACK people can choose to access spa and wellness services, medical grade treatments, holistic services and cosmetic treatments, such as: massages, facials, yoga, pilates, nutrition classes, acupuncture, chiropractic sessions and more. Premier brands across the US that accept Spa & Wellness BLACK include: Waldorf Astoria, Four Seasons, Rosewood Hotels, The Peninsula, The Trump Soho, Jurlique Soho, Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, L’Institut Sothy’s and Fresh (LVMH).

In addition to Spa & Wellness BLACK, if you want instant gratification on, you can send an e-gift card to someone’s inbox immediately or at your requested date with a holiday themed background design. If you are looking for a corporate gift idea visit to learn about the unlimited uses of the corporate gift that offers something for everyone.




About Spa Week Media Group, Ltd.

Spa Week Media Group, Ltd. is the leading health, beauty and wellness marketing company across North America. Through its website, millions of consumers from coast to coast benefit from an abundance of resources necessary to experience a healthier, well-rounded lifestyle, 365 days a year.  Spa Week was created and founded by Cheryl Reid, who hails from successful careers within the luxury spa industry and publishing spheres. Since its inception in 2004, Spa Week has continued to revolutionize the industry with the success of its biannual Spring and Fall Events with signature $50 spa services, life-changing promotions and a robust gift card program. For the past eleven years, consumers from all demographics have felt physical and mental relief and gained tools for healthier living by taking advantage of an abundance of spa and wellness treatments at an attainable price. Spa Week continues its dedication of delivering the best in health and wellness year round with its Spa & Wellness Gift Card, the premier spa gift card of choice by consumers.  Spa & Wellness BLACK is accepted at over 8,000 spa and wellness locations across North America.  In addition, you can also find select denomination cards sold in over 55,000 retail stores nationwide including Target, CVS, Rite Aid, and Sam’s Club and on

Follow us on Facebook at Spa Week, on Twitter @SpaWeek and on Instagram @SpaWeek.  Share your Spa and Wellness Memories #SWBLACK

For more information, visit or call Julie Leventhal at (212) 352-8098

Ann Taylor Holiday Season Gifts

Gift-giving can be effortless this holiday season thanks to Ann Taylor and their must-have winter collection. From cozy cardigans and stylish crossbody bags, to lush faux fur accessories, there is the perfect present (at every price point!) for all of the women in your life.

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For the perfect gift that gives back, Ann Taylor’s Limited- Edition Elephant Charm Jewelry Collection donates 50% of the purchase price of each item sold to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Below, please find a selection of ideas for gift-guide consideration

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Style Loft Boutique – Layered Lady Top and Jeans Review

Transitional clothing, what does that mean? Wearing a garment that’s meant for one season but incorporating that particular item into your current wardrobe.  Purchasing a camisole shell can be a great wardrobe staple regardless of the season. It can be worn by itself with a pair of slacks or layered underneath a cardigan.

Camisole shells also style well with delicate accessories such as studs and hoops.  Lastly, they can be worn to work, brunch, or cocktail hour.



I adore the Layered Lady Top shown above because of the shoulder fit, v-neckline, and flare at the waist.  The fabric content (silk/polyester) compliments the design of the top and color (winter white) can enhance any item bottom in my wardrobe.

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I decided to wear this top with a pair of jeans for a casual look; but can also be worn with a pencil skirt and booties!

To purchase the Layered Lady Top visit – Don’t forget to follow their social media channels below:

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Quick Style Tip –

Daytime: Wear a bra that’s the color of your skin tone.

Nighttime: Wear a black bra for a cheeky look!


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Paul Mitchell – Giving Is My Style Campaign

Christmas and Thanksgiving’s right around the corner and everyone likes to give back during this time of the year! Why not participate in a great charity; striving to raise funds for Boys and Girls Club, Waterkeeper Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation, and many more.  Paul Mitchell has taken action on social media with the Giving Is My Style Campaign.


Paul Mitchell Mission:

This holiday season, we’re celebrating our commitment to live beautifully by giving, because that’s our style. Whether that means taking steps toward sustainability, helping families in need or supporting underserved kids, Paul Mitchell® believes in doing good for people, animals and our planet. Join our global family and share why or how you give back on Instagram or Twitter with #GivingIsMyStyle, and we’ll donate $1 to one of our favorite charities on your behalf.

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Bright Pink: Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization that focuses on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. We are proud to support their mission to educate, equip and empower women of all ages to be proactive with their health. @BeBrightPink

Waterkeeper Foundation: For more than 10 years, Paul Mitchell has supported Waterkeeper Alliance in their mission to protect rivers, streams, coastlines and other major waterways around the world.@Waterkeeper

Morris Animal Foundation: Morris Animal Foundation is a global leader in supporting scientific research that advances veterinary medicine. We’re proud to support the organization’s commitment to improving the health and quality of life for dogs, cats, horses and wildlife around the world.@Morris_Animal

Grow Appalachia: In 2010, Paul Mitchell co-founder John Paul DeJoria teamed up with Berea College to establish Grow Appalachia, a non-profit initiative that helps Appalachian families plant a healthy future. Over the last few years, the organization has produced more than 1.1 million pounds of healthy, organic food for thousands of people in five states. @GrowAppalachia

Boys & Girls Club: Paul Mitchell co-founder John Paul DeJoria grew up in an underserved Los Angeles community. During his youth, the local Boys & Girls Club provided a safe place for him to socialize, learn and grow. Today, our company is proud to give back to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and their efforts to create great futures for young people.@BGCA_Clubs

Reforest’Action: Paul Mitchell Tea Tree proudly supports Reforest’Action, an environmental organization that plants trees worldwide, in the areas where they’re needed most. Join The Green Takeover and help us plant 500,000 trees by 2016.

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IG: @PaulMitchellUS

Twitter: @PaulMitchellUS

Hashtag: #GivingIsMyStyle

Join us in helping with the cause by sending an IG Message or Tweet with the featured social media handles. I’ve already started working on the initiative and asking everyone to join me!  It’s just that easy but can make a big difference this holiday season.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving 2015 in Washington DC – Delicious Dining

Restaurants throughout the nation’s capital are giving diners plenty of reasons to give thanks this holiday season by offering a cornucopia of culinary offerings to make Thanksgiving 2015 memorable.  Some have stress-free “to go” options while others offer a chance to celebrate in style with great service and no dishes or leftovers to tackle.  From classic American to Italian and Indian fare in the mix, Thanksgiving takes on an international flare for the feasting.


In anticipation of the gluttonous feast of turkey and pie that awaits this Thanksgiving, the classic Belgian French bistro Et Voila!, located at 5120 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, 20016, will host its annual “Stretch Your Belly” party.  Guests will have the opportunity to stuff their faces with unlimited Blue Bay Mussels Diablo with lobster cream, tarragon and cherry tomatoes paired with Belgian Fries and Affligem Blonde Ale, or choose the Coq au Vin with trofie pasta paired withBelgian Fries and a glass of Côtes du Rhône for an affordable $29.95 per person (tax and gratuity not included).  This special offering will be available exclusively during dinner service from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25th.  For additional information please call (202) 237-2300 and visit

Blue Duck Tavern at Park Hyatt Washington, located at 24 and M Streets, NW, 20037, will present farm-fresh options to tempt the palate.  Guests are invited to gather and celebrate as Chef de Cuisine Brad Deboy will artfully prepare holiday dishes that reflect the all-American spirit of the award winning Blue Duck Tavern with an array of tempting desserts to complete the experience.  On Thursday, November 26, Blue Duck Tavern will offer “brunch into dinner” service from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 pm.  Guests opting for the Thanksgiving, three-course holiday meal will enjoy Blue Duck Tavern’s inviting ambience.  A bountiful selection of starters will be placed throughout the open-air kitchen for guests to help themselves to their first course.  Starters will include seasonal salads, breads, meats, and cheese to be followed by a choice of plated entrées and side dishes showcasing produce from regional farms.  Seasonal desserts, on display in the Pastry Pantry, will complete the Thanksgiving feast.  The holiday menu is priced at $110 per person for adults and $55 for children between six and 12 years of age.  Children under six years of age are complimentary.  Reservations can be made by calling +1 202 419 6755 or by visiting

Those wishing to savor Blue Duck Tavern’s exceptional cuisine in their own home this Thanksgiving can call ahead and order their three-star feast to-go.  Orders must be placed by Thursday, November 12.  The star of the dinner for Blue Duck Tavern’s take-it-home Thanksgiving is a 10 to12 pound free-range roasted turkeyfrom the Earth and Eats family farm in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.  The feast will also include two freshly baked breads and four traditional sides from the restaurant’s menu.  For the sweet finale, who can resist seasonal pies which are both included in the Thanksgiving package.  This all-American feast is designed to feed six to eight and is priced at $350, plus tax.

This year, Blue Duck Tavern is offering an additional add-on item for your Thanksgiving feast – a charcuterie and cheese board priced at $95 (tax not included).  This special offering includes a selection of domestic farmstead cheeses and charcuterie items, along with homemade mustard, seasonal preserves, spiced nuts, and crispy Lavash crackers; plated by Park Hyatt Washington’s very own Cheese Specialist Sophie Slesinger on a handcrafted wooden platter.  Orders must be placed by November 12, 2015 at 11 p.m., with pick-up available in the Pastry Pantry on November 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or on November 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  To place an order, one must visit and be sure to specify the date and time of pick-up.

Cleveland Park hot spot, Ardeo+Bardeo, located at 3111 Connecticut Ave., NW, 20008, will be featuring a sumptuous three-course menu crafted by newly appointed Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden featuring some of the finest flavors of the harvest.  Menu highlightsinclude Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with orange walnut chutney and pumpkin seed oil; Shrimp & Grits, Anson Mills grits, Andouille and fennel salad; Smoked Turkey Rillette with cranberry-fig compote, pickled radish and rustic bread; Sweet Potato Gnocchi with cauliflower, sun dried tomato pesto, arugula, and truffle pecorino; Roasted Turkey Breast with pear and polenta stuffing, smoked mushrooms, confit leg and giblet gravy; Grilled Atlantic Swordfish with forbidden black rice, pumpkin puree and garam masala yogurt, as well as Slow Roasted Berkshire Pork Osso Bucco with spaghetti squash, baby root vegetables and fall bean cassouletThe dessert menu will feature classics taken to delicious new heights.  Highlights include Pumpkin and Ginger Cheesecake with pumpkin seed granola and vanilla ice cream; Chocolate Cappuccino Bar with coffee-Kahlua mousse and cinnamon anglaise, and Fall Spiced Apple Tarte with balsamic fig compote, taleggio and mascarpone ice creamThe Thanksgiving menu will be served on November 26th from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. and is priced at $45 per person and $23 for children under 10 (tax and gratuity not included).  Ardeo+Bardeo will also feature an extensive list of wines by the glass for this delicious day of gathering.  For reservations or additional information please call (202) 244-6750 or visit

Thanksgiving guests at The Bombay Club, located at 815 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 20006, will be delighted to find a variety of Thanksgiving Day specials in addition to the full a la carte menu.  Executive Chef Nilesh Singhvi is preparing festive specials for the occasion including the Achari Turkey Tikka marinated with yogurt, garlic, pickled spices grilled in a tandoor oven and served with cranberry chutney, Brussels sprouts foogath, and sweet potato bharta for $20.50.  For dessert, The Bombay Club is serving a PumpkinBrûléewith hazelnut tart & cranberry semifreddo for$9.  The Thanksgiving menu is offered from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  The Bombay Club offers valet parking for $8.  For reservations or additional information please call (202) 659-3727 or visit

Just across the street at sister restaurant, The Oval Room, located at 800 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 20006, newly appointed Executive Chef John Melfi is preparing a three-course holiday menu offered from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., priced at $55 per person, excluding gratuity and tax.  Serving up flavors of the season in an innovative fashion, Chef Melfi will feature a menu that includes Foie Gras “Crème Brulée” with chestnut, sage, maple, puffed rice and plum jam; Fairytale Pumpkin Squash Panna Cotta with braised chestnuts, cranberry emulsion and crispy sage; Yellowfin Tuna Crudo with crispy sweet potato, blackberry, cornbread croutons and maple emulsion, as well asBlack Pepper Cavatelli with crispy bacon, cranberries, chestnuts, thyme and Winter truffleMain courses include Red Bourbon Turkey with oyster stuffing, Brussels sprouts, cranberry chutney and giblet gravy; Duck Breast with cornbread pudding, heirloom carrots, snow peas, pepitas and cider gastrique; Pan Seared Scallops with parsnip purée, wild watercress, Asian pear and preserved lemon vinaigrette, as well as Acquerello Risotto with toasted alba hazelnuts, compressed apples, dried cherries and PecorinoTo complete the meal, dessert options include Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Pudding with pepitas, brown butter gelato and a cranberry emulsion; Fallen Chocolate “Soufflé” with raspberry meringues and coffee panna cotta, and theHoneycrisp Apple Tart with cinnamon gelato, feuilletine tuile and rum caramelValet parking is available at The Oval Room for $8.  For reservations, please call (202) 463-8700 or visit

The newly renovated power dining spot, 701 Restaurant, located at 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, 20004, will be dishing up a classic Thanksgiving feast with a three-course, prix fixe holiday menu available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.  This special meal is priced at $49 per person, and $24.50 for children 12 and under, excluding tax and gratuity.  Executive Chef Benjamin Lambert will be preparing a variety of starters such as Roasted Beet Salad with caramelized labneh, pecans and pomegranate vinaigrette; Jonah Crab with kuri squash, cashews and grapefruit;Squash soup with ricotta, pumpkinseed oil and nasturtium ice cream, as well as Holiday Meatballs with fregula, almond, cranberry and gravy.  For the main course guests can opt for the Turkey Duo with sweet potato puree, stuffing, cranberry jam and gravy; Grilled Pork Loin with plum jam, potato polenta and piperade; Roasted Salmon with butternut squash puree, trumpet mushroom and blueberry kosho, or the Cauliflower Shawarma with sesame hummus, yogurt and lavash.  For the perfect ending, there is Chocolate Crémeux withmango whipped cream and fresh berries; Pumpkin Piewith cranberry sauce and cinnamon ice cream; Pecan Pie with marshmallow, sweet potato ganache and maple syrup,and Crème Brûlée with raspberries, praline cake and raspberry sorbet.  Creating the perfect ambience, 701’s live jazz duo of piano and bass will be performing during Thanksgiving service.  Valet parking is available for $8.  For more information and reservations please call (202) 393-0701 or visit

1789 Restaurant, located in the historic Federal townhouse at 1226 36th Street, NW, 20007, will showcase a classic three-course Thanksgiving dinner in addition to its seasonal a la carte menu on Thursday, November 26th.  Executive Chef Samuel Kim’s three-course menu, priced at $55 per person (tax and gratuity not included), begins with a choice ofRoasted Beet Salad with rainbow beets, endive, candied walnuts, goat cheese, Meyer lemon confit and sherry vinaigrette or Butternut Squash Soup with pomegranate beurre noisette, rye croutons and fried sage. Traditional Turkey with roasted breast, confit leg, sausage-sage stuffing, pomme purée, cranberry sauce, mélange roasted vegetables and pan dripping gravy is the featured main course.  Restaurant-goers can complete their meal with a selection of desserts prepared by Pastry Chef Lauren Petri. Highlights of Chef Kim’s seasonal a la carte menu include farm fresh dishes such as D’anjou Pear Salad with frisée, radicchio, bacon lardons, candied Fresno peppers, feta and Kalamata olive vinaigrette; Fried Oysters with celeriac puree, champagne-crème fraîche foam and hackleback caviar;Bucatini Cacio e Pepe with shallots, mignonette pepper, Parmesan, coddled egg and white truffles; Nantucket BayScallop Crudo with apple soubise, French breakfast radishes, Meyer lemons, pickled fennel and celery hearts; Maple Glazed Ham with braised collard greens, vanilla turnip puree, roasted pineapple, turnips and Cognac-cherry pork jus;Rack of Lamb with spiced yogurt, eggplant caviar, rainbow Swiss chard, baby carrots and natural lamb jus; Scottish Salmon with spinach, fennel soubise and roasted fennel; as well as 35-Day Dry Aged New York Strip, a 12oz portion with bone marrow grits, horseradish cream, shallot and cipollini onion confit, new potatoes and Bordelaise.  1789 Restaurant will be open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 26th.  Dishes are priced from $14 to $47.  For reservations, please call (202) 965-1789. For more information visit:

Macon Bistro & Larder, the French and Southern-inspired bistro in Chevy Chase, located at 5520 Connecticut Ave., NW, 20015, will offer traditional fixings for purchase out of the Larder this Thanksgiving.  Macon Bistro’s culinary team, led by Executive Chef Daniel Singhofen and Chef De Cuisine Jenna Pool, will prepare classic side dishes to spice up any Thanksgiving feast.  Sides include: Stuffing; Cranberry Sauce; Casserole; Mac & Cheese; Collard Greens, and Sweet Potato or Buttermilk Biscuits, available in servings of four, eight or twelveDinner packages are priced at $100 for four servings of all six side dishes, $150 for eight servings, and $200 for twelve servings.  Additionally, Pastry Chef Jameela Hassa has prepared two nine-inch pies that will be available for purchase: Sweet Potato and Apple-Brandied Raisin Pies, priced at $45 each.  Food orders can be made daily through November 20th and all pick-ups will be scheduled for November 24th-25th from 12 Noon to 5 p.m.  For more information, please call (202) 248-7807, or

In Old Town, Alexandria, The Majestic Cafe, located at 911 King Street, 22314, is offering up delicious specials which will be available in addition to their regular a la carte menu this Thanksgiving.  The menu at The Majestic, prepared by Corporate Executive Chef Graham Duncan and Executive Chef Lisa Marie Frantz, features classic dishes with a Southern twist, with a big emphasis on what’s local and in season.  Specials that will be available this holiday include Whiskey Barrel Smoked Fields of Athenry Farm Tom Turkey with cranberry and roasted chestnut bread pudding; Pan Braised Escarole with fried garlic and Virginia wildflower honey; Papa Weaver’s Maple Brined Berkshire Pork Chop with sweet potato puree and braised savoy cabbage with Virginia ham and green apples; Farro & Toasted Almond Pilaf with baked kabocha squash casserole and Brussels sprout leaves with cream and hard cider.  For dessert, guests can opt for theCinnamon Red Hot Apple Cobbler with local apples, cinnamon Red Hots and whipped crème fraîche.  Specials are priced from $22 to $27 each.  The Majestic will be serving from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 26th.  For more information please call (703) 837 – 9117 or visit

nopa Kitchen + Bar, Ashok Bajaj’s American brasserie located at 800 F Street, NW, 20004, is offering a few festive specials in addition to its a la carte menu this Thanksgiving.  Prepared by Executive Chef Matt Kuhn, standouts includeRoasted Heritage Turkey Breast Roulade with grain mustard potato puree, farro & oyster mushroom stuffing and cranberry-sausage jus; Beef Coulotte Steak “Frites” with red vein-spinach, crispy fingerlings and horseradish-red wine crème fraiche;Grilled Moulard Duck Breast with tatsoi, brown butter squash puree, crackling crumble and roasted fig jus, as well asGrilled Roseda Farms NY Strip withwinter truffle-celery root puree, compressed caviar, sunny quail egg, rainbow chard and lobster jusTo complete the meal on a sweet note, seasonal dessert offerings includeMaple-Cider Doughnuts with candied Benton’s bacon and house-made honey crisp apple sauce; Pumpkin Mousse Napoleon with gingersnap cookie and tiger stripe fig brûlée, as well as Rosemary Scented Apple Streusel with cider caramel sauce and bourbon-cinnamon ice creamThe Thanksgiving menu will be available from 11 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 26th.  For reservations or more information, please call (202) 347-4667 or visit the website

Met Bethesda, located at 7101 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, MD, 20817, on the mezzanine level of Westfield Montgomery, is offering two festive specials in addition to its a la carte menu this Thanksgiving.  Prepared by Chef de CuisineAndrew Kern, the Salt Crusted Red Snapper with herb scented roasted baby potatoes and broccolini, serves two people and is priced at $35.  For the perfect pairing, guests can enjoy a Limoncello Pomegranate Prosecco priced at $14.  The Met will be serving these holiday specials during lunch and dinner service from 11:30 AM to 10 PM on November 13th-14th and 20th-21st, as well as December 11th-12th and 18th-19th.  For reservations or additional information, please call (301) 767-1900 or visit 

 Rasika West End, located at 1190 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, 20037, is offering a special Thanksgiving dish in addition to the a la carte menu.  Prepared by Group Executive Chef Vikram Sunderam, guests can enjoy the flavorfulTurkey Kofta Biryani, spiced turkey dumpling cooked in a sealed pot with aromatic basmati rice, flavored with stone flower and star anise, and served with butternut squash kootu, broccoli poriyal and cranberry raitaThe featured turkey entrée is priced at $20, excluding tax and gratuity.  The complete a la carte menu is also available on Thanksgiving Day.  Rasika West End will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Valet parking is available exclusively during dinner service for $8.  For reservations or additional information please call (202) 466-2500 or visit

At its sister four-star restaurant, Rasika Penn Quarter, located at 633 D Street, NW, 20004, is offering an exotic Thanksgiving addition to its a la carte menu.  Prepared by Group Executive Chef Vikram Sunderam, guests can enjoy the flavorful Turkey Mussalam, charbroiled turkey breast simmered in a sauce made of cashew nuts, saffron, screw pine essence and cranberry purée, served with smoked butternut squash, broccoli amchor and saffron rice.  The special turkey dish is priced at $20, excluding gratuity and tax.  The complete a la carte menu is also available on Thanksgiving Day.  Rasika Penn Quarter will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Valet parking is available exclusively during dinner service for $8.  For reservations or additional information please call (202) 637-1222 or visit

Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca, located at 1100 New York Ave, NW, 20005, (entrance on 12th and H Streets side) will be offering an authentic Italian twist on Thanksgiving.  The prix fixe menu is priced at $50 per person, excluding gratuity and tax, and will be served from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.  Executive Chef Jake Addeo’s tempting starters include Frico, traditional Friulian Montasio cheese crisp with roasted sweet dumpling squash, prosciutto cotto and arugula; Carpaccio, big eye tuna with crab roe aioli, preserved lemon, chives and olio primo; Pinzimonio, local seasonal farm vegetables with fennel cream, lemon emulsion and herb salad, as well as Ostriche, crispy Well Fleet oysters withcreamed spinach and black truffle aioliEntrées include Tocchino alla Porchetta, roasted herb and spice stuffed turkey with fennel pollen mustard and Italian plum jam; Panzott, butternut squash filled ravioli with roasted chestnut brown butter and crumbled Brutti Ma Buoni, as well asSpigola, pan roasted rockfish with baccala mantecato, salt roasted sweet potatoes and crispy kale.Tempting dessert options include Zucca, ginger cake with Hubbard squash mousse, candied ginger and milk gelato; Torta, red delicious apple tarte tatin with candied walnuts and a cider reduction, or the Budino,robiolina custard with mocha syrup, amaretti cookie and zabaglione gelato.  Valet parking is available for $8.  For reservations or more information call (202) 216-9550 or visit

Situated in the newly developed Southwest Waterfront, Station 4, located at 1101 4th Street, SW, 20024, will be offering a special four-course, prix fixe menu this Thanksgiving.  The prix fixe menu is priced at $40 per person, excluding gratuity and tax and will be served from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday, November 26th.  Executive Chef Orlando Amaro’s tempting menu starts with an amuse of Pork Belly with pickled cucumber, red sorrel and yuzu vinaigrette, followed by a choice of starters such as Beet Salad with goat cheese, pistachios, frisee and cumin vinaigrette; Cream of Butternut Squash Soup with truffle essence and micro chive; Crab Tartar with avocado, cucumber, lemon aioli, chive oil and wasabi foam.  Main courses include Lobster Ravioli, homemade ravioli with tomato butter and dill; Beef Tenderloin, seared Angus beef with bone marrow sauce, potatoes au gratin and asparagus, as well as Butternut Squash Risotto, farro risotto with Pecorino cheese and Brussels sprouts.  For dessert, guests can enjoy tempting treats such as Double Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart with black currant puree and French vanilla ice cream; White Chocolate Bread Puddingwith salted caramel gelato, or Homemade Gelato Trio (Chef’s Choice).  For reservations, or additional information call(202) 488-0987 or visit

Lupo Verde, located in the bustling 14th Street corridor at 1401 T Street, NW, 20009, is offering a few festive specials in addition to its a la carte menu this Thanksgiving. Prepared by Chef de Cuisine Domenico Apollaro, the menu at Lupo Verde showcases authentic, rustic, Italian fare with standouts such as Zuppa di Castagne, chestnut soup with onion puree, squash chips and raisin walnut croutons; Tortellini al Tacchino, house-made tortellini stuffed with turkey ragù and buffalo ricotta in smoked bacon consommè, and Tacchino Inaspettato with turkey stuffed with seasonal vegetables, pork sausage, and pears, baked beneath cabbage.  Thanksgiving specials range in price from $12 to $26.  For a sweet finish guests can take pleasure in Torta di Melee Gelato alla Zucca, cinnamon and brandy apple pie served with butternut squash gelato, priced at $12The Thanksgiving menu is offered from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday, November 26th.  For reservations, or additional information call (202) 827-4752 or visit

Located across Lafayette Square from the White House at 800 16th Street, NW, 20006, the historic Hay-Adams offers guests Washington’s most prestigious address with views overlooking the White House, Lafayette Square and St. John’s Church, the “Church of the Presidents.”   On Thursday, November 26, the Top of the Hay will offer a holiday buffet with two seatings available at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Guests can anticipate contemporary American cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Peter Schaffrath and Senior Executive Sous Chef Jaime Montes de Oca, in addition to attentive service in a stately, elegant setting. Menu standouts include Carved Free Range Heritage Whole Turkey with fresh sage and celery stuffing, sautéed Brussels sprouts with caramelized onions and bacon, sweet potatoes and golden Yukon mashed potatoes rosemary gravy, and pear and cranberry chutney; Pan Seared Potato Gnocchi with fall vegetables; Vitello Tonnato, seared veal tenderloin and tuna with lemon and caper sauce; Compressed Watermelon Salad with tomatoes and yellow beets; Waldorf Salad, iceberg wedges with granny smith, red delicious apples, walnuts and Waldorf dressing,as well as Portobello Mushroom Raviolis with porcini sauce.  For dessert guests can enjoy a vast selection of sweet treats created by Pastry Chef Josh Short.  Highlights include the Persimmon White Chocolate Bread Pudding; Apple Sour Cream Crumble Pie; Spiced Cranberry Poached Pears; Butterscotch Pecan Cake; “Sugar Pie” Pumpkin Squares, as well as Maple, Pumpkin, and Vanilla Bean Crème BrûléeAdditionally diners will receive complimentary house Champagne or house wine with their meal.  The Hay Adams’ Thanksgiving feast is priced at $110 per adult and $55 for children 12 and under.  For reservations, or additional information call (202) 638-6600 or

Legal Sea Foods is urging dinners to take a step back in time to the first Thanksgiving, when people were said to have dined on shellfish and fish.  The restaurant will offer its full menu for traditionalists as well as a Turkey Dinner with sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash and cranberry sauce that is priced at $21.95 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) and $7.95 for children 12 and under.  The Thanksgiving menu, in addition to Legal’s fresh signature seafood menu, is available at three Legal Sea Foods locations in the Washington area.  The hours on Thursday, November 26 are the following: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 704 7th Street NW, Washington, DC, (202) 347-0007; 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tyson’s Galleria in McLean, VA (703) 827-8900; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, VA (571) 551-5988.  For a complete list of locations please visit:

Ann Taylor – Luxe Winter Coats

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As colder weather approaches, Ann Taylor has your go-to winter coats to stay warm, in style and elevate your everyday look. Meet falling temperatures with head-turning outerwear trends, such as a wrap tie coat, luxe collar coat, faux fur topper or brushed double breasted coat.

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Budget Friendly Beauty Stocking Stuffers – Holiday Gift Guide

When it comes to selecting the perfect stocking stuffers for friends and family this holiday season, skin care and beauty solutions are always a safe.  Consider products from Retinol Skincare, MoodMatcher and Altchek MD. With all of their products priced under $30, these budget friendly buys are perfect for every price point.

  • Retinol Skincare – an affordable range of multi-benefit products formulated to improve skin texture through exfoliation, while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • MoodMatcher – lipsticks and glosses that are smudge-proof, fade-proof and kiss-proof, as well as hydrating and vitamin enriched
  • Altchek MD – preventive and corrective skin care products that are formulated to reduce the visible signs of aging

Gifts Under $30

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Altchek MD Starter Kit Anti-Aging Starter Kit ($25)

This starter kit contains the four key products in the Doctor’s skincare regimen:

  • Daily Exfoliating Cleanser (2fl oz / 60 mL)
  • Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 (0.5oz / 15 g)
  • Glycolic Renewal Pads (15 Treatment pads)
  • Night Treatment Restorative Serum (.5fl oz / 15 mL)

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Retinol Anti-Aging Facial Oil (1oz – $26.00)

Retinol Anti-Aging Facial Oil delivers an ultra-light, non-greasy facial oil that utilizes nine rich essential oils plus Vitamins A, C and Argan Oil (Vitamin E) to promote anti-oxidant protection and multiply the effectiveness of daily skincare regimens. This facial oil infuses African Marula Oil and Sea Buckhorn’s Omega 7 & 9 Fatty Acids to hydrate and protect skin and supply key nutrients to combat wrinkles, dryness and loss of elasticity.


Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Facial Serum For Men (1fl oz – $22.00)

Anti-Wrinkle Serum is an effective Retinol formula that focuses on giving you a youthful appearance by targeting the visible signs of aging. Helps to soothe razor burn when applied after shaving.

  • Exfoliates and smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improves the appearance of firmness and tone
  • Moisturizes to improve skin texture and clarity

Gifts Under $20


Retinol Anti-Aging Starter Kit ($20)

The Anti-Aging Starter Kit contains smaller versions of 3 of our skincare products to help you become familiar with our Retinol-based skincare line:

  • Anti-Aging Cream Cleanser (2fl oz / 60 mL)
  • Night Cream (0.7 oz / 20 g)
  • Anti-Wrinkle Facial Serum (0.5fl oz / 15 mL)


Eye Gel Pads (10 pairs – $20.00)

Eye Gel Pads help reduce the appearance of fine lines and puffiness while hydrating the sensitive and fragile skin under the eyes. It is a perfect treatment before a night out.

  • Immediately refreshes and revitalizes fatigued eyes
  • Retinol Palmitate helps renew and improve skin’s resilience
  • Smoothes to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles


Doctor’s Skin Remedy (1.7oz – $14.00)

A multi-purpose cream that protects, softens, soothes and calms the skin—perfect for combatting winter dryness and chapped skin.

  • Soothes, calms and helps relieve minor skin irritations
  • Softens rough or dry skin on hands, feet or cuticles
  • Relieves chapped or burned lips
  • Helps minor sunburn and calms dry, irritated or sun-exposed skin


Retinol Daily Moisturizer For Men (1.7oz – $20.00)

Multi-action, non-greasy Daily Moisturizer reduces the signs of aging while improving skin texture, firmness and tone. Retinol (Vitamin A) works to renew skin and smooth the appearance of fine lines while it improves firmness, so your skin looks healthier and more youthful. Your skin will appear more hydrated and feel protected.

  • Exfoliates and smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Moisturizes and helps to improve texture, clarity and tone


Retinol After Shave Balm (2.4oz – $12.00)

Retinol Men’s After Shave Balm’s dual action formula works as a lightweight moisturizer and a calming aftershave, restoring hydration as it soothes irritation and razor burn. Enriched with Vitamins A, C & E, Allantoin, Provitamin B5 and Green Tea Extract, it softens your skin and helps reduce the visible signs of aging.

  • Hydrates and nourishes
  • Calms skin and reduces post–shaving irritation
  • Revitalizes skin and promotes a healthy look
  • Protects against environmental aggressors such as climate, wind and pollution


Gifts Under $10


Moodmatcher Twist Sticks – ($8.00)

A collection of 6 vivid, hi-definition long-wear lipsticks with 12 hour staying power. The lipsticks react with your lips to create the perfect shade that matches your vibe.

Moodmatcher Moodgloss – ($10.00)

A collection of youthful, long-wear glosses that change according to individual body chemistry and temperature for a personalized pink shade. The glosses are enriched with soothing Aloe Vera and moisturizing Vitamin E.


Retinol Anti-Aging Cleansing Towelettes (30 Towelettes – $8.00)

Gently cleanse, tone, and remove make-up and impurities trapped within pores. Dual-action cleansing towelettes blend Retinol & Vitamin E, Ginseng, Green Tea, and Aloe Vera to carefully resurface skin texture, lift away dead skin cells, and restore pH balance, for softer, smoother, and more radiant skin.


Altchek MD – Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF30 (1.5oz – $10.00)

Vitamin C Ester, Panthenol, Vitamin E

Improves the texture, moisture and luminosity of your skin as it targets fine lines and wrinkles. Sunscreen protects against the damaging effects of UVA/UVB rays. Preventive anti-oxidants shield against environmental stressors replenishing and smoothing the skin.


Altchek MD – Daily Exfoliating Cleanser (2 oz – $5.00)

Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Vitamin C, Calendula Extract

Cleanses as it treats blocked pores, impurities, dullness, uneven texture and tone. Micro-polish particles reveal clean, smooth skin that is radiant and ready for the next step in the regimen.


PANDORA x Junior League of Baltimore Charity Event

Join PANDORA Jewelry at Towson Town Center to shop for a cause and preview PANDORA’s new holiday collection on Thursday, November 5, from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Consumers are invited to celebrate the wonderful philanthropic work of PANDORA.

PANDORA Towson Town Center has teamed up with the Junior League of Baltimore, Inc. to support their mission in promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

From the purchases made during the event, the store will donate 10 percent of all proceeds directly to the organization who supports local causes including Kids in the Kitchen, Dress for Success, My Sister’s Place, Govans Elementary, One Love Foundation and Movable Feast.

All guests are welcome, no RSVP is required. Light fare and refreshments provided by La Cakerie will be served, and a raffle to win a $250 shopping spree at PANDORA Towson Town Center, will take place. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary calligraphy station for personalized holiday gift tags.

WHAT:  PANDORA Shop for a Cause Event with The Junior League of Baltimore



WHERE:  PANDORA Towson Town Center  825 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, Md. 21204

WHEN:  Thursday, November 5, 2015 – 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. EST


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World-renowned for its hand-finished and contemporary jewelry at affordable prices, PANDORA designs, manufactures and markets jewelry made from high-quality materials. Designed to inspire women to embrace the self-creator within, PANDORA is a partner in helping to explore and craft a unique personal story to complement any style, every day. PANDORA’s unique and detailed designs combining traditional craftsmanship with modern technology are sold in more than 90 countries across six continents through approximately 9,500 points of sale, including more than 1,500 concept stores. Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, PANDORA is publicly listed on the NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen stock exchange. Self-creators are encouraged to express and share their curated PANDORA jewelry inspiration with hashtag #ArtOfYou on their social channels and shop the collections at  Connect with us and join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


The Junior League of Baltimore, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Baltimore, Inc. reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.

The Junior League of Baltimore Inc. values the power of voluntarism, the diverse community in which we live, the talents, commitment, and contribution of our members, and our history of community impact and involvement.