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Alisha Ramos

Founder of Girls’ Night In


Awesome events: Is it December or something? Either way, we’re sippin’ on hot chocolate and cozying on up next to the fire – Winterfest at Wunder Garten begins in like 2 hours!; Ok so first dates aren’t your favorite, but what about if it’s for a good cause? Check out the DC Date Auction that’s fighting against childhood cancer; It’s time for The Wharf Christmas tree to shine. Kick off the holiday season tonight at DC’s new fave spot; Come for the tree and stay for the Holiday Boat Parade; And if dreidels and latkes are more your thing, we present you with “the most important pop-up bar of the year, nay, in history, the amazing “Chai-vy and Cohen-y” Hanukkah Bar” which kicks off tonight!; Get your steps in at Old Town’s annual Scottish Christmas Walk Parade (and see lots of dogs along the way); Stay for yet another Holiday Boat Parade while you’re at it; The first Sunday of every month is Free Community Day at National Museum of Women in the Arts.

From Alisha: Check out Brief Assembly pop-up near Union Market; I can’t wait for Solid State Books pop-up to open up on H Street. In the meantime, they’ve set up a really cute holiday pop-up shop you can check out; I haven’t been to a museum in so long, but Vermeer exhibit at the National Gallery of Art makes me want to visit soon; Because it’s the winter, it might be a great time to stock up on some lively greens in your home from Little Leaf Shop!; Take Care Shop is a new shop in Georgetown that has a ton of well-curated personal care items available; Once you’re back home, watch “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on Amazon Prime — it’s by the same director who created Gilmore Girls, so it’s got the wit, the charm, and the super-fast-paced dialogue; And then read “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng, which we’re reading for the Girls’ Night In Book Club this winter, or choose from our list of favorite new books for fall across every genre.


Flashback Friday: FamousDC presents a look back at Blunt Force and the team that set the standard for sports greatness in Washington, D.C. just over ten years ago.


Need a Christmas tree? There’s a map for that; Just don’t do this when you take it home; Here are the top 100 baby names of 2017 (spoiler alert: Donald and Vladimir are not on there); Meet the man (and to lots, hero) who deactivated Trump’s Twitter account; This mom dressed her baby up while she was napping and if you don’t think these pictures are adorable, you have no soul.

From Alisha: My top picks for DC restaurants: Red Hen (Step 1: Get their ricotta cavatellie. Step 2: Be very, very pleased), The Dabney (the coziest vibes in D.C., an always-changing seasonal menu, and delicious food) and Bresca (This is a new spot that just opened up and I was so impressed with their food and service. Sit at the bar and share the duck roast with a friend — it’s totally worth the price, and the duck fat beignets are to die for. They also have a super cute cocktail called The Bee’s Knees that comes in a literal bee-shaped cocktail glass, for all you Instagram-happy readers out there.)


Meet our Guest Editor Alisha Ramos – the young entrepreneur taking your mind off of life’s stresses and re-focusing it on everything but. The founder of Girls’ Night In prefers the simpler things and wants you to as well.


Since your team isn’t going to the Championship this year…



We spy Collin Ward being a BFD at GQR – congrats on the new K Street digs!; Lights, camera, it’s Christmas time for Lauren Zelt; Congrats Meghan McCain and Ben Domenech; Let’s hope Erin Lange returns to DC with some new tricks up her sleeve: Expelliarmus; It’s not really the holidays until Brenna Williams brings back peppermint chocolates; Anna Palmer has never been tall enough to reach the cookie jar; Daniel Swartz captured the winter wonderland whitehouse of 2017; It’s a girl! Congrats Abby Huntsman on little baby Isabel Grace; Nicole Tieman is using 21st century media to show off her crafty skills; Geoff Embler is still celebrating; Soaking up fall before it’s too late Tom Wilbur; oh wait, it’s December!; If you’re not following Doug Dixon, you’re missing out; Matt Lira, how are you doing? We miss you; BREAKING NEWS: Amos Snead went to a Jay Z concert; Elliot Berke, we have the same Uber problems; We miss you already Celia Becker, Brad Becker, Julia Williams and Ed Williams; Ashley Taylor Bronczek, we love Secretly Gifting; Adam Murphy is supporting a global ban on glitter; Jim Billimoria is awesome and we miss him; Tommy McFly, you have some Jolt Cola coming your way; We miss Mollie O’Dell; Rachel Taylor has new ski goals; What has Kristin Heather been up to?; Shout out to Karina Carlson for being an awesome human; Tell Susan Collins happy birthday today; Freddy Barnes’ Instagram trolling SEC trash talk is on point; Is this a great Instagram feed, or the greatest?; Will Rebecca Chatterjee let Neil Chaterjee run for office in Kentucky?; Washington Redskins < playoffs; Good luck to both teams playing this weekend in the SEC Championship; Where in the world will Anton Vuljaj be this time next week?; Whit Askew is feeling really good about the future of Tennessee football; Jacob Wood only does date night at the White House; Colin Shah – we know you’re reading this. When do we get to see the new office digs?; Ask John Scofield about the new drink Stanton & Greene added to the menu; Bubba Atkinson is eating impossible burgers this weekend; Congrats Eli Sinkus.

#MakingMoves by S-3 Public Affairs

S-3 Public Affairs is proud to announce the addition of veteran communicator and former Democratic leadership staffer Andrea Riccio to its growing bipartisan public affairs practice. Riccio most recently was with Porter Novelli’s public affairs and communications practice and before that, the Democratic Policy and Communications committee; From the American Public Transportation Association, Andrew Brady has joined the Association of American Railroads as assistant vice president for government affairs. Brady is also the former deputy chief of staff and legislative director for then-Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY); Leah Svoboda, most recently a senior manager for government affairs & political programs at Jeffrey J. Kimbell & Associates, has joined Boehringer Ingelheim as associate director for federal government affairs; Joining Jeffrey J. Kimbell & Associates is David Rudloff, previously with Covington & Burling; The Internet Association welcomes Senate Judiciary committee staffer Mike Lemon to its team as director of government affairs and counsel; NBC News has named both Freddie Tunnard and Elyse Perlmuter-Gumbiner as its newest White House producers; Also at NBC News, from NPR, Eric Deggans is joining NBC ad MSNBC as a contributor, where he will focus on the media industry; From the Glover Park Group, Nicole Haber is making moves to Edelman as vice president of digital for its corporate and public affairs practice; Bethany Aronhalt is heading back to the National Retail Federation as senior director for media relations. Most recently, Aronhalt was press secretary for the House Education and Workforce committee. She spent time as a media relations coordinator for the NRF in 2013; The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America adds Cassie Boehm, former communications director Rep. Time Rice (R-SC), as its new manager of advocacy communications; From Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s staff, Denzel Singletary has been named government relations manager for eBay; Layle Nelson, former senior vice president at APCO Worldwide, has joined CRAFT | Media/Digital as senior vice president of public affairs; The office of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has named House Republican Conference media affairs & events coordinator Kathryn McQuade as its new broadcast communications adviser; Protect democracy recently named Soren Dayton, formerly with Hill+Knowlton Strategies, as director of communications and policy; Roberti Global’s Ashley O’Sullivan has joined AmerisourceBergen as manager of legislation; At the RNC, Matt Dailer was recently promoted to political strategy director and Carrie Brown is now national field director; Elizabeth Decker has joined RH Strategic as a public affairs associate. She previously spent nearly five years as a legislative assistant to Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV); After seven years with Yahoo, senior national affairs reporter Liz Goodwin is joining the Boston Globe’s DC bureau as a a general assignment political reporter; Banner Public Affairs recently named senior State Department staffer Christian Whiton as a senior vice president; Most recently vice president of government relations and public affairs for Intuit, Allison Schwartz, is joining Dun & Bradstreet as global government relations leader; And finally, congratulations to Jessica Martinez, current outreach and member services coordinator for the Energy & Commerce committee, on her move to the FCC, where she will work closely with Commissioner Rosenworcel. #DoBigThings


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Famous birthday wishes to Febin Bellamy, Cathy Kades, Lauren Pratapas, Kate Shanahan, Sam Jacobson, DJ Sigworth, Alex Short, Masin Couture, Zach Lyman, Lauren Pratapas, Susan Collins, Jordan Collins, Christian Clymer (!!!!!), Brian Cohen, Greg Staley, Jaime Carroll, David Meyers, Jackie Kucinich Allen, Don Fierce, Emily Stevens and Roy Schwartz!

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May no one offend you this weekend.