Nov201217

Bravo announced The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump will have her own show.

The show chronicles the lives and relationships of the people who work for Lisa at SUR, while she tries to keep them focused on the “rules” of her restaurant. The glamorous restaurateur says, “the pretty young things at her restaurant are all sleeping together” which makes for tons of drama on the show.

Fans of RHOBH saw Lisa and her husband Ken Todd open the place last season. Lisa recently revealed that SUR was honored by the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Vanderpump took to Twitter to announce the news. Lisa retweeted, “RT @BravoTV New show alert! Get a glimpse of what it’s like to be on staff at @LisaVanderpump’s SUR.

Meet The Cast

Kristen Doute
Kristen started modeling and acting as a child and has been at SUR for five years, which is longer than almost anyone on staff. Kristen loves working at SUR, side-by-side with her best friends Stassi and Katie, and her boyfriend of four years, Tom Sandoval. But her propensity to insert herself where she doesn’t belong often gets her into trouble with the staff, and her boss, Lisa.

Katie Maloney
Katie is best friends with fellow servers, Stassi and Kristen, and began dating Kristen‘s friend Tom Schwartz, who is in the same circle as her co-workers. Katie is finding that SUR has become her full-time job and the center of her social life. Often pushed around by her so called “friends,” the nice girl from Utah is learning that she needs to speak up and assert herself.

Scheana Marie
Scheana still dreams of making it big in Hollywood, but unfortunately, the only name she has made for herself thus far is in the tabloids as a “home wrecker” after she famously admitted to an affair with the ex-husband of Lisa‘s close friend Brandi Glanville. As the new girl at SUR, Scheana is constantly faced with proving that she is not the same naïve girl who fell for a married man and that she has talents far beyond other’s expectations.

Tom Sandoval
Tom bartends at SUR to make ends meet as he chases his dreams working in modeling, acting, and playing guitar in a band. Tom lives with his girlfriend, fellow performer and fellow SUR employee Kristen. As their lives become more entwined, he is beginning to question why their personal and work lives need to be one and the same.

Stassi Schroeder
For the past three years Stassi has been serving at SUR while she works to become the next big thing in fashion. She has a say-anything-to-anyone-at-anytime mentality and her mouth often gets her in trouble at SUR and especially with Lisa. Two years ago Stassi moved in with her boyfriend Jax and the two have been fighting passionately and making up even more passionately ever since. Always protecting her relationship with Jax, Stassi views Scheana as a threat and labels her a “home wrecker’” to the other staff.

Jax Taylor
Jax is a working model who bartends at SUR and enjoys the freedom, easy money and carefree lifestyle he has found in Hollywood. A self-described “Peter Pan,” he and his live-in girlfriend, Stassi, often fight over his immature actions and inability move to the next level in their relationship. But if he wants to be with Stassi forever, he is going to need to make a change, and fast.

Vanderpump Rules” debuts on Monday, January 7 at 9p.m. on Bravo!

SUR Restaurant and Bar
606 North Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 289-2824

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Nov201214

Dreamgirls at Signature Theatre in Arlington

November 13, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Arlington VA

Love, Love Me Baby! The Tony Award®-Winning Musical Dreamgirls Lights Up Signature Theatre Stage.

The smash hit Broadway musical-turned-Oscar-winning motion picture Dreamgirls, captures the spirit and hope of Motown when a girl group makes it big in the 60s and 70s. In a business controlled by men, the female trio fights for recognition, fellowship and love as superstardom challenges their musical and cultural identity.

Dreamgirls begins a limited run at Arlington’s Signature Theatre on November 13. Featuring the unforgettable tunes “Dreamgirls,” “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” “One Night Only” and more. Led by local star Nova Y. Payton as big-voiced diva Effie White, the production is set to run through January 6, 2013.

A rich, glowing spectacle about the price of show-biz success, Dreamgirls sizzles with sparkling dance and R&B soul.

TICKETS

Starring Hairspray’s Nova Y. Payton as Effie.

Starring Hairspray’s Nova Y. Payton as Effie.

Sponsored by the Bernard Family Foundation with additional support from Tony Garro, MD.

Book & Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Music by Henry Krieger
Original Broadway Production Directed & Choreographed by Michael Bennett
Orchestrations by Harold Wheeler
Produced on Broadway by Michael Bennett, Robert Avian, Geffen Records & The Shubert Organization
Music Director Jon Kalbfleisch
Co-Choreographer Brianne Camp
Directed & Choreographed by Matthew Gardiner
Scenic Design Adam Koch
Costume Design Frank Labovitz
Lighting Design Chris Lee
Sound Design Matt Rowe

ABOUT SIGNATURE THEATRE
Recipient of the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award®, Signature Theatre is a non-profit professional theater company in Arlington, Virginia dedicated to producing contemporary musicals and plays, reinventing classic musicals, and developing new work. Under the leadership of Co-founder and Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and Managing Director Maggie Boland, Signature has presented 38 world premiere productions and is renowned for combining Broadway-quality productions with intimate playing spaces.

Signature Theatre

Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206

Nov201214
Angelique Vélez reviews 901's menu.

Angelique Vélez reviews 901's menu.

901′s motto is “Sexy. Sophisticated. Sharing” and Sip With Socialites agree!

Olivier Le Ru-Riboulot invited SWS to dine at 901 Restaurant and Bar‘s intimate chef’s table. 901 is Penn Quarter’s most elegant destination eatery, specializing in American-Asian cuisine. The hotspot boasts sleek and modern décor with an urban yet sophisticated ambiance.

Sip With Socialites attends Diva's Dinner at 901 Restaurant

Jana, Michele, Jamie and Eve were joined by dear friends Angelique Vélez and Vanessa Dennis.

Under the direction of notable Executive Chef, Thomas Hall, formerly of Ten Pehn, 901’s vibrant menu offers an array of internationally inspired dishes. The menu caters to DC’s international pallet.

Michele Hudson

Michele Hudson

The restaurant menu items are meant to be shared and that’s exactly what we did.

We started with these amazing appetizers which were all delicious!

Craft Beer Satays 901 lager marinated chicken & beef tips curry peanut sauce, crispy Thai basil

Craft Beer Satays 901 lager marinated chicken & beef tips curry peanut sauce, crispy Thai basil

Spinach Crisps (Vegetarian)
Thai basil, Thai chili crème, water chestnut salsa

Prince Edward Island Mussels Spicy tomato cream, basil, crispy roti

Prince Edward Island Mussels Spicy tomato cream, basil, crispy roti

Jamie and Jana look on as Angelique shares one of her amusing anecdotes.

Jamie and Jana look on as Angelique shares one of her amusing anecdotes.

These were our scrumptious entrees choices.

Citrus XO Shrimp Crispy polenta corn cake, haricot verts citrus XO sauce

Citrus XO Shrimp Crispy polenta corn cake, haricot verts citrus XO sauce

Angelique loved her Citrus XO Shrimp

Angelique loved her Citrus XO Shrimp

Jana displays her tasty Ponzu Stir-fry Noodles (Vegan) Asparagus, bell pepper, cabbage, carrots edamame, ponzu sauce, bean sprouts

Jana displays her tasty Ponzu Stir-fry Noodles (Vegan) Asparagus, bell pepper, cabbage, carrots edamame, ponzu sauce, bean sprouts

Ponzu Stir-fry Noodles (Vegan) Asparagus, bell pepper, cabbage, carrots edamame, ponzu sauce, bean sprouts

BBQ Beef Ribs Korean BBQ glaze, grilled scallions jasmine rice & napa salad

BBQ Beef Ribs Korean BBQ glaze, grilled scallions jasmine rice & napa salad

This is the side of the table that ordered dessert.

This is the side of the table that ordered dessert.

901′s delectable desserts are to die for!

"Coffee and Donuts" Donut bread pudding, coffee crème anglaise vanilla bean ice cream
Caramel and Chocolate Warm chocolate cake, ground ginger bread cinnamon tuile, caramel ice cream

Caramel and Chocolate Warm chocolate cake, ground ginger bread cinnamon tuile, caramel ice cream

Asian Pear Bread Pudding Apple cider caramel, toasted hazelnut vanilla bean ice cream

Asian Pear Bread Pudding Apple cider caramel, toasted hazelnut vanilla bean ice cream

Jamie Bowersox

Jamie Bowersox

Angelique Vélez

Angelique Vélez

One of our favorite unique touches was the light up menus. Our photographer tried to capture our amusement.

The restaurant’s drink menu compliments its mouth-watering eats, with a wide range of craft cocktails, wines and beers. 901 boosts an impressive selection of craft beer. 901′s sister restaurant, Capital City Brewing Company provides the locally brewed beers. 901 has a massive selection of pale ales and stouts.

Sip With Socialites attends Diva's Dinner at 901 Restaurant

An enormous THANK YOU to Jana Sedlakova and 901‘s General Manager Sonny Gorushanovich for coordinating the splendid affair.

901 Restaurant and Bar

901 Restaurant and Bar
901 9th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 524-4433

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Nov201211
Becky's Fund Founder Becky Lee and our Event Chair Jessica Elizabeth Tavares with Tony and Joe's owner Nick Cibel

Becky’s Fund Founder Becky Lee and our Event Chair Jessica Elizabeth Tavares with Tony and Joe’s owner Nick Cibel

I would like to thank everyone for attending Sip with Socialites Cocktail Hour to benefit Becky’s Fund.

This event was held on Thursday, October 25th at Tony and Joe’s in Georgetown. We were able to raise enough funds for a mother and her 3 boys to begin their journey into healing and hope. We raised enough funds to restore her donated vehicle.

Sip With Socialites’ October Cocktail Hour to Benefit Becky’s Fund

Sip With Socialites’ October Cocktail Hour to Benefit Becky’s Fund

This successful evening would have not been possible without everyone’s contribution. Beginning with the Tony & Joe’s Seafood Restaurant and staff, volunteers,

Sip With Socialites’ October Cocktail Hour to Benefit Becky’s Fund

Victoria Michael, Queenie Plater and Cami Mazard pictured here with the St. Kitts and Nevis’ Ambassador to the United States and ~Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Her Excellency Mrs. Jacinth Henry-Martin

Victoria Michael, Queenie Plater and Cami Mazard pictured here with the St. Kitts and Nevis’ Ambassador to the United States and ~Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Her Excellency Mrs. Jacinth Henry-Martin

Special Guests,
D.C. Councilmember At-Large Vincent Orange
St. Kitts and Nevis’ Ambassador to the United States and ~Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Her Excellency Mrs. Jacinth Henry-Martin
Miss Wyoming United States 2012 Mary David
Miss Maryland United States 2012 Lindsey Marks
America’s Miss District of Columbia 2012 Sarah Hillware

Howard Lee of epgPR, Jeanette Lee and Karina M Gutierrez

Howard Lee of epgPR, Jeanette Lee and Karina M Gutierrez

Event Chair Jessica Tavares and D.C. Councilmember At-Large Vincent Orange

Event Chair Jessica Tavares and D.C. Councilmember At-Large Vincent Orange

Yony Kifle of Keller Williams Realty and Dagmawi Gedlu of Nordstrom

Yony Kifle of Keller Williams Realty and Dagmawi Gedlu of Nordstrom

our Sponsors,
Tony and Joe’s
Salon Daniel
Monumental Sports & Entertainment
Arthur Christine in Vienna
Paul Juergensen of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Joe Arnold of Manhattan Construction

Jamie Bowersox and Jana Sedlakova

Jamie Bowersox and Jana Sedlakova

the Media,
Mickey Thompson Social Sightings
Guest of a Guest DC
The Georgetowner

 Saloumeh Amouhashem, Tabby Lutfi and Jinous Yazdani

Saloumeh Amouhashem, Tabby Lutfi and Jinous Yazdani

Sip With Socialites Michele Hudson and Haemi Chang of Arthur Christine in Vienna

Sip With Socialites Michele Hudson and Haemi Chang of Arthur Christine in Vienna

America's Miss District of Columbia 2012 Sarah Hillware, Miss Maryland United States 2012 Lindsey Marks and Miss Wyoming United States 2012 Mary David

America’s Miss District of Columbia 2012 Sarah Hillware, Miss Maryland United States 2012 Lindsey Marks and Miss Wyoming United States 2012 Mary David

and the Ladies of Sip with Socialites
Jamie Bowersox
Victoria Gaither
Michele Hudson
Cindy Kemper
Erin Lyons
Camelia C. Mazard
Victoria Michael
Jana Sedlakova
Tahera Zamanzada

Becky tells us about Becky's Fund

Becky tells us about Becky’s Fund

Jessica raffling items.

Jessica raffling items.

Ashley Yau of Trish McEvoy at Nordstrom Montgomery Mall

Ashley Yau of Trish McEvoy at Nordstrom Montgomery Mall

About Becky’s Fund
Becky’s Fund is a non-profit organization founded by Becky Lee headquartered in Washington, D.C. The organization serves victims of domestic violence and abuse.
Becky’s Fund was started in November 2006 and subsequently achieved Non-profit status in March 2007. As a college student, founder Becky Lee saw first hand the effects of domestic abuse through her work with criminal law attorneys who specialized in acquitting battered women that had been imprisoned for killing their abusers in self-defense. Through the stories of these women, she was inspired to embark on a career of her own in exposing and preventing domestic abuse. She competed on “Survivor: Cook Islands” hoping to use her exposure as a platform to draw national attention to the issue. She was second runner-up on the competitive show and used her entire prize winnings to fund a domestic violence awareness non-profit, Becky’s Fund. In addition, she aims to raise awareness to the lack of reporting of domestic violence cases in the Asian community.
DONATE

“Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this you be will blessed in all your work and in everything you put your hand to”. -Deuteronomy 15:10

Once again, thank you for raising your glass to help put a stop to domestic violence in community. We’ll see you next month. Erin Lyon‘s is November’s Event Chair.

Sip With Socialites

Yours Truly,

Jessica E. Tavares

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Nov201209

Tory Burch claims her ex-husband, Christopher Burch brazenly stole her trade secrets to establish his own brand C. Wonder.

After their official divorce, Tory and Chris are still embroiled in a bitter battle over each other’s lucrative brands.

The fashion designer filed an explosive countersuit on Tuesday, November 6th, stating that Chris Burch’s C. Wonder is a “a knockoff brand selling lower-quality products at lower prices.”

It adds that she was “aghast” when he opened his first store in SoHo last year, just blocks away from one of her outlets.

According to NY Mag, Tory had heard so much about C. Wonder’s likeness to her line that she and her company’s president, Brigitte Kleine, decided to make the trip to Soho themselves. Even after being forewarned, they were shocked. Everything seemed familiar, from the buttons on the blouses to the C logo Chris had emblazoned on all of the items, which they could tell had been created by the same company that designed their double T.

C. Wonder president Amy Shecter, a former Tory Burch executive, notes that the quantity of products the stores carry differentiates them from Tory Burch. “I mean, we have heart-shaped waffle-makers in our store,” she says. “We have pigs that are docking stations.” She starts to laugh. “They don’t have heart-shaped waffle-­makers! They don’t have pig docking stations!”

“The idea was to mix outdoor English country and a little bit of American sportswear,” Tory Burch said of the brand.

C. Wonder launched earlier this year. According to the brand’s website, it was “created to deliver brightness to every corner of life.”

Tory‘s suit filed in Delaware said Chris “copied the Tory Burch brand image, from the lacquered front doors, to store fixtures, to furnishings . . . the store was stocked with mass-market versions of the top selling Tory Burch items.”

A source previously described that the Socialite wanted to avoid the courts and she was trying to work it out with her former partner to “avoid more brand confusion.”

The source added, “She is asking him to change his concept, which includes C. Wonder’s product, the design and the boutique. It remains Tory’s intent not to litigate – she is hopeful he’ll agree to change his concept. Litigation would be the very last resort.”

However, it appears that the exes have failed to come to an agreement, and Tory‘s move comes weeks after J. Christopher Burch decided to sue her first last month for breach of contract and interference

The founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital, a venture investment and brand development firm, alleges that his ex-wife and her company have attempted to hinder the running of his own business, C. Wonder, and interfered with his attempts to sell his 28 percent stake in Tory Burch, worth $600 million.

The multi-millionaire businessman also insisted that the heiress would be nothing without him and he was the brains behind the business
.
He noted his extensive contributions to Tory Burch from his experience in start-ups and as a venture capitalist to raise $10 million from outside investors to start the company in addition to his initial investment of $2 million.

However, a number of industry insiders, including Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg are defending Tory.

Tory spoke out in her suit, stating “Chris wasted the company’s time, money and energy pursing potential factories that almost never panned out.”

She claimed he even presented a cheaper copy of her famous Reva ballet slipper, but “Chris did not even realize the copy was made of plastic, not leather.”

However Chris’s lawyer, Andrew J. Rossman, said Tory’s claims “are absolutely baseless.

Tory Burch didn’t invent the cardigan sweater or the ballet flat. And she doesn’t have a monopoly on bright colors or gold buttons. C. Wonder has the same right to these timeless and basic elements as every other brand.”

Rossman added, “‘We are pleased the court has granted our request for an expedited trial in early spring, and we look forward to refuting their claims and proving ours.”

Tory Burch started her firm with her husband of ten years, Chris, in 2004. Their marriage ended the following year. The Tory Burch company now has 82 stores worldwide.

Tory’s trial judge, Leo Strine of Delaware Chancery Court, described the case as a “drunken WASP fest” to WWD. Tory is actually Jewish.

Chris has a new girlfriend, designerMonika Chiang, for whom he has provided seed money and helped launch a namesake brand.

Vanity Fair has described their bitter feud as “one of the oddest ex-spousal relationships in New York society.”

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