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Editor´s Letter

All You Need is Love...

Nancy Reynolds Bagley

There I was sitting in Maté in Georgetown kicking off 2006 surrounded by our Washington Life extended family, and it dawned on me: I love my job! Where else can one collaborate with Washington’s finest political, social, media, business, entertainment and lifestyle minds while at the same time sampling divine sushi and Matétinis...And that’s when it really hit me (no, not the martinis), but the true source of my lovely epiphany: People. Pick up a magazine, flip through the pages, save it on the nightstand, read it in the bathtub, what have you, and the thread that binds a great publication is not the binding itself, but it¹s the people...and at WL we get to meet and cover Washington’s finest.

Speaking of love...this issue is filled with it! From beautiful Lower Lavey, County Caven in Ireland to Santa Fe, to right here in our backyard, WL was privileged to be invited to the weddings of Chris Murray and Carlotta Hester, Toby Constantine and Julia Moffett, Henry Von Eichel and Monika Apponyi, and Angela McGlowan and John Venners and the Malek family celebrated two weddings: Michelle Malek Dupont wed Christopher Olson in Sante Fe, while her brother Fred W. Malek married Britlian Gorse in Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown.

If you happen to be thinking about taking the big step into marriage, not to worry, our Wedding Spectacular is filled with bridal fashions from Saks Jandel, Neiman Marcus, Vera Wang, Tiffany and many others (Special thanks to The Four Seasons for providing the perfect backdrop for our fashion shoot.)You can also peruse our Wedding Hot List and search for local wedding photographers, stylists, venues and more.

The Young & The Guest List 2006 special feature takes note of many emerging leaders and social players in Washington but don’t mistake “young” for “green”...those listed are at the leading edges of our city’s revitalization.

As fellow Washingtonians were busy falling in love, we were busy swooning over some of our residents amazing Aspen retreats. A warm thank you to those who graciously opened up their homes and hearts to us: Stuart and Wilma Bernstein, Mel and Suellen Estrin, A. Huda and Samia Farouki, Bill and Anne Nitze, and from the Aspen Institute, Walter Isaacson. Their beautiful residences had us all wanting to hop the next private charter jet Telluride Flight to Colorado.

For something a little closer to home, be sure to check our Calendar of Events and Ten To Do and kick off the New Year by getting out there and having fun . . . which is exactly what we did as we invited our readers and helped support the opening of the new Cartier store at The Collection at Chevy Chase, a fundraiser for So Much Comfort at Ann Hand, and other events with The Choral Arts Society of Washington, The Renwick Gallery, The Washington Ballet, and Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation. Mark your calendar for future WL-sponsored events: The Washington National Mid-Opera Gala on February 11, and the Best Friends Foundation Gala and Corcoran 1869 Spring Gala both on March 4th.

We were also on the scene at fashion shows for Escada, Ducati and Kai Milla, who BET Chairman Debra Lee interviewed this month for our Fashion Section (Debra, congratulations on your promotion).

Our Media Spotlight section is filled with lots of tasty tid-bits this month. For Dine & Dish, we take an Italian spin on media gossip as Craig Crawford, Harry Jaffe, John McCaslin, Danielle Decker-Jones and Chuck Conconi digest access to the White House, media sourcing, and pasta from Teatro Goldoni. And as part of our expanded coverage, we also feast on the latest from the arts, philanthropy, entertainment and literature world with WL’s-insider coverage of the 28th Annual Kennedy Center Honors and literary contributions from Willee Lewis and Leslie Cockburn of Penn Faulkner and Bitsey Folger’s interview with Albert Beveridge on his recently published book.

In our ever expanding Real Estate and Design section you’ll read about the latest trends driving the city’s continuing property boom. For those in the market, you won’t want to miss our Real Estate Roundtable with developers Michael Dubick, Jim Abdo and John Mason.

On a side note, we are happy to announce the addition of Managing Editor Michael Clements to the WL team. Michael brings reams of publication experience from Hong Kong and Los Angeles (along with a few guitars and paint brushes).

Lastly, we hope that it’s been a little easier for you who do not subscribe or receive home delivery to find WL now that we can be found throughout the city at Whole Foods, Faber newsstands at the airport and train stations, Books-a-Million and more. Check out www.washingtonlife.com to sign up for the Digital Edition and for a complete list of locations where you can purchase WL. So, spread the love and tell your friends to pick up a copy or subscribe today! Wishing everyone a lovely 2006,

Nancy Reynolds Bagley

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