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CHIC IN THE CITY/Local Kicks Celebrates 3rd Anniversary on one Chic Rooftop

Aly Jacobs
By Aly Jacobs
Posted on Jun 24,2009
Filed Under Fashion , Local Style,
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Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks<br />ABC7 Anchor Cynne Simpson, Randy Bapst and BJolee founder Cindy Bapst at Local Kicks' 3rd Anniversary party last Friday on the Donovan House rooftop.
Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks
ABC7 Anchor Cynne Simpson, Randy Bapst and BJolee founder Cindy Bapst
at Local Kicks' 3rd Anniversary party last Friday on the Donovan
House rooftop.

I’ll be honest with you, I get a tad jealous when I watch The Hills and not only are the girls dressed to perfection, but they are enjoying their pomegranate martinis at some of the hottest rooftop pool bars.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the nightlife here, but sometimes I wish I could hop off the metro and somehow be on the West Coast, especially with this brutal summer heat.

Wouldn’t it be nice to taste the delicious mint of a Mojito while your toes are splashing in the pool of one of those cool West Hollywood hotels? Sounds unrealistic right? Think again.

Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks<br />Living like it's LA in DC. Jon Cecchi and friend Kristin Rae Irish last Friday at Local Kicks' 3rd Anniversary party on the rooftop of the Donovan House.
Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks
Living like it's LA in DC. Jon Cecchi and friend Kristin Rae Irish last
Friday at Local Kicks' 3rd Anniversary party on the rooftop of
the Donovan House.

Introducing The Donovan House hotel located on the newly revived 14th Street at Thomas Circle. This place defines Chic in the City.

And what better place to celebrate Local Kicks' 3rd Anniversary than its rooftop pool, which hosted a few of our fans from Alexandria and the District last Friday night.

"With a 2,000 percent uptick in unique users in just six months, and with our new content-sharing partnerships with NBCWashington.com and WHGMag.com, we have a lot to celebrate," Local Kicks' Editor and co-Publisher John Arundel told the more than 70 attendees. "Local news and features on the web is growing by leaps and bounds. We've come a long way."
 
Local Kicks founder and co-Publisher Shariff el-Sheikh could not make it, but among the evening's guests were Cynee Simpson, an anchor on ABC 7; Sheila and Jerry Cave, publishers of Washington Home and Garden magazine; Michael Maibach, president of the European-American Business Council; Freddie Wyatt, president of Jamestowne Entertainment;  Angela Fox, president and CEO of the Crystal City BID; David Bass, president of Raptor Strategies; Chip Rodgers of The Real Estate Roundtable; Cindy Bapst, owner-founder of BJolee Fashions, and The Scene Bisnow's Makeda Saggau-Sackey. 

Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks<br />Michael Maibach of Old Town, President of the European American Business Council, with Angie Fox, President of the Crystal City BID, last Friday.
Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks
Michael Maibach of Old Town, President of the European
American Business Council, with Angie Fox, President of the
Crystal City BID, last Friday.

This was definitely a chic crowd at a chic place.
 
My first chic moment, if you will, was when someone had to swipe a card for the elevator to take me to the roof. It was so exclusive that I felt like I was dodging the paparazzi as the doors closed.

When I stepped out of the elevator it was as if I had just landed in LA, minus the jetlag. The rooftop was dimly lit with candles and a fireplace. Ladies reclined on the sleek white beach chairs wearing summer dresses layered in vintage costume jewelry. Men leaned on the ledge drinking their beers or bourbons while overlooking the incredible view of DC. It was all so surreal.

In the center of the socializing was the striking blue pool. Reflecting off the fireplace, the pool elegantly glowed creating a soothing atmosphere. I did not want to leave. Not only was the cherry Mojito absolutely divine, but I felt relaxed.

With the breathtaking view of DC, fabulous cocktails, and a swimming pool, what more can a girl ask for? Everyone left their stressful lives on the first floor.

The Donovan House isn’t the only sleek new hotel in town. From Kimpton’s Lorien Hotel in Old Town to the brand new W opening in early July, it feels like the region has gone through a badly-needed Extreme Makeover: Hotel Edition.  

Local Kicks Editor and Co-Publisher John Arundel with guests at Friday's event at the Donovan House.
Local Kicks Editor and Co-Publisher John Arundel with guests at
Friday's event at the Donovan House.

So, escape the bright city lights for a night at The Donovan House or any of the other chic new hotels this summer and make the girls from The Hills oh so jealous!
 
Tune in to 'Aly the Fashionista' mornings on the Jack Diamond Show on Mix 107.3.

Contact her at alyson.s.jacobs@gmail.com.
 
To View a Slide Show of Local Kicks' 3rd Anniversary party, click here: http://www.flickr.com/search/show/?q=Local+Kicks+3rd+Anniversary+Party



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