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September 10, 2008



If the boutiques in Dupont and the nail salons in Georgetown felt a little empty last night, it was because of the Fall District Sample Sale, benefitting the DC Rape Crisis Center. At precisely 6:30 pm, a sixth sense for savings was triggered as hundreds of DC women swarmed the Lafayette Center.  20 upscale clothing, shoe, and jewelry vendors offered their end-of-season merchandise at bargain prices. Our reporter, who still wears hand-me-downs, went to see what the fuss was about.


No, this isn't the latest in boom-mic-chic; it's a Lifetime crew filming Blonde Charity Mafia. Like The Hills, but for DC (where our Hill is singular), this show will follow the lives of the District's up-and-comers. Our man there had to sign multiple release forms after being caught asking some burning questions on camera.


One of Lifetime's Blondes, local marketing maven Katherine Kennedy, got some help with her charity raffle from Washington Bayhawks stars Billy Glading and Chris Garrity. Even after taking a full season of hits in Major League Lacrosse, they looked a little nervous standing between the huge line of women and the racks full of bargain designer wares. Should've brought your pads.


The night's DJ, Seyhan Duru, took a break from spinning to hang with friends Coventry Burke, Roby Penn, Kendall Arney, and Tate Yost. We asked Seyhan to play our demo, but he must've misplaced it. It's the District Sample Sale's loss: our bass-pumping beat is the perfect tune to sell designer handbags to.


The sale's reach extended far beyond the Beltway: New York-based jewelry designer Mona Assemi showed off her collection. Originally from Virginia, Mona comes to every District Sample Sale.


We had to repress our fear of creepy wax sculptures Friday night to hang out with Uncorking the Cure. Madame Tussauds hosted the event that benefited breast cancer research. It took Katherine Kennedy (who we've allowed to violate our no-two-appearances-in-one-issue rule-but last time), Krista Johnson, Nicole Modica, and Cailin Monahan a couple minutes to realize the Jonas Brothers' fixed expressions were due to their inanimate state and not the strict restrictions imposed upon them by Disney.


Fox 5 anchor Holly Morris hosted the event. She is championing this cause with a personal passion: her Aunt Jean was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. "In the next 60 minutes, 24 people will get the news, 'I'm sorry, you have breast cancer,'" Holly informed us. "That's one in eight people."


Take a gander at that wax cleft chin! Arnold & Porter's Jennifer Fedder and Fierce Markets' Julie O'Meara got up close and personal to George Clooney's doppelganger. The ladies were praying for a Pinocchio-like transformation of the sculpted Clooney all night.

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