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WEDNESDAY

Now that the holidays are upon us, do you find yourself wondering what to do with all that extra ribbon lying around your house/apartment/one-room hovel? Well, hang on to your nutcrackers, ladies, because Cynthia Rowley and Ilene Rosenzweig have a sleighload of sassy ideas for you. The authors of Swell: A Girl’s Guide to the Good Life and Home Swell Home: Designing Your Dream Pad now offer Swell Holiday, and it’s a veritable ode to the festive cincture. But tucked between the bow-making instructions and practical ribbon-wearing suggestions are sections such as “Regifts of the Magi” (tips for fashionably passing off your old crap) and “Dress for Succexxx”: “If you’re a suit girl, you don’t want to look like you’ve just walked out of the bored room. Wear one with nothing underneath.” Ho, ho, ho, indeed! Tack your “My Sugarplums Are the Reason for the Season” rhinestone pin low on your lapel when Rowley and Rosenzweig speak at 7 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Hammer Auditorium, 500 17th St. NW. $20. (202) 639-1700. (Anne Marson)