Limited-edition Inauguration necklace on sale

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Women’s fashion retailer Chico’s Retail Services Inc. is celebrating the inauguration with the sale of its limited-edition Hope and Change Necklace. The necklace, available in Washington-area stores and priced at $24, features antique gold and silver charms with the words “Hope” and “Change” inscribed. It’s a fitting way to complete your inaugural ensemble.

Fast fact: Helen Taft’s 1909 white silk chiffon inaugural gown — with floral embroideries in metallic thread and rhinestones and beads — was the first inaugural gown to be donated directly by a first lady to the Smithsonian Institution. It was made by the Frances Smith Co., and its donation in 1912 helped kick-start the collection and was followed by a donation from every first lady since.

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Stephanie Green

Stephanie Green is an arts and culture reporter for The Washington Times and, with Elizabeth Glover, the co-author of Green and Glover, the paper's personalities column. Before joining The Times, Stephanie was a reporter for the Alexandria Times and a contributing writer and editor of Capitol File magazine. Her work has also appeared in Washingtonian. Stephanie worked on C-SPAN's 2006 ...

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