Pageant Prep

All the preparations (and everything else) leave me little time to write about it! So... last week, I focused on make-up. I visited three make-up counters at the mall and asked three different experts to show me how they would do my face for the pageant. I got some very different results! Then, I went to Sephora and bought the best parts of each one.

I'm still working out with John Morris at ProFit. And still tanning. Still reading the papers. Still waiting on that swimsuit to come in... and now the search is on for the perfect personality interview outfit.

25 days!!! Don't forget - I have tickets! Are you coming to see the show?

Halloween chez Mr. Dean

As everyone knows, Halloween is a lady's chance to invent herself as something she, um, always wanted to be. Foxy firefighters, naughty nurses, and diva devils come out to play. Me, I wasn't bad... just drawn that way! I thought it would be easy to recognize the sultry sexpot, Jessica Rabbit, from Who Framed Roger Rabbit... apparently I was the only one who watched that movie?!?

Regardless, the parties this weekend were wicked! The talk of the town was Bill's Haunted Halloween Hell House (I'm giving it that name on my own) where the party lasted waaaaay longer than I did... I can't even begin to describe the debauchery - but I know you can imagine it!

Inside, outside, on the roof - hundreds of FOB's (Friends of Bill... and Sherif, Tony, Anthony, and Kos) - partied like rock stars, dancing to the band, in cages, on the pool table, and anywhere else they could make-shift a dancefloor.

Thank goodness for Sunday, a day of rest and recovery.

Just Another Sports Show

Lila and I were chosen as new female hosts of the show from a list of other well qualified applicants. Yeah! This week's show was great - in retrospect, I regret some of the confident statements I made, especially after these teams' rough performances this past weekend, but what can I say?! You have to have faith!

Watch this week's show at http://www.justanothersportsshow.com/.

The Secret Garden

Rehearsals started Friday evening for the Secret Garden at Glen Echo Park. I'm excited to be back on stage, especially as this production is shaping up to be quite an innovative interpretation of the classic children's story.

Want to come see me in the show? Here are the details!

November 10 - December 16, 2007
Saturday & Sunday 11am and 1:30 pm. . .
Weekdays: Dec 3 and 4 at 10 & 11:30 am. . .
Special Friday Evening Performances onNov 16, 30 and Dec 7 at 7pm. . .
Book Club Performance: Sunday, Dec 9, 1:30 pm
Sign Language: Sunday, December 16, 1:30 pm

Expo!


For those of you who wondered if I had an actual 9-5"ish"... I do! My parents will certainly be happy to hear that...
As part of our marketing efforts for the National Marathon next March, the Greater Washington Sports Alliance team takes turns manning running expos at races around town. Today was the Marathon Corps Marathon expo. Doesn't our booth look awesome!?

GQ Magazine's 50th Anniversary Gentlemen's Fund

Hanging out in a store full of men... shopping men... is my idea of good night! All of these men came together for a cause (well, two) at the Saks's Mens store at Mazza Gallerie last night. I was privileged to get in on the action and meet some of Washington's finest gentlemen.

The causes are two of my personal favorites that I came to love last year, the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund and The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)-Greater Washington. Both organizations focus on young students that come from socially and economically challenged circumstances for college, business, and life.

GQ brought several specials and surprises as well. Patron drink specials and free ties with purchase were only the smallest in store. How about those models in men's dress shirts and ties??

"Notes for Books" - G'town Library Benefit

Unless you've been under a rock for a year or so, you'll know that the cause I personally champion is literacy. I was so distraught when the Georgetown Library, a model library in the District, caught fire earlier this year, and my heart now warms at the area residents who are so concerned with its restoration and enhancement!

Last night the supporters of the Georgetown Library benefit gathered together for a night of incredible music at St. John's Epsicopal church with Chief Librarian Ginny Cooper, the Ambassadors of the Russian Federation, Mongolia, Ukraine, Malaysia, France and Sweden, and Georgetown's own fearless fundraiser, Frida Burling.

HanZone Productions presented donated a beautiful concert, Carnival of the Animals, which was preceeded by a musical suite and Hungarian Rhapsody number 2. Participants were urged to sponsor donations for the children's library project or adopt a painting from the Peabody Room for recovery and restoration.

Roche Salon/Shu Uemura

Did you know Mayor Adrian Fenty announced October 25th Good Hair Day in the District?

It's hard to have a good hair day in the pouring rain, but if anyone can, it's Roche Salon. Last night owner Dennis Roche teamed with Shu Uemura to raise funds for breast cancer survivors - in particular the Young Survivor's Coalition. As the Good Hair Day Celebration got underway, the rain was forgiven and forgotten.

Models dressed as geishas with elaborate hair designs floated around the spacious salon while guests noshed on savory sushi and sipped sparkling saki. Me, I opted for the plum wine.

My superficial favorite part of a party at Roche is the use of the hair washing sinks for beer coolers. But I'll also admit that I love that Dennis knows how to party for a purpose - and cancer survival is a cause close to his heart.

National Press Club


Today I was accepted for membership into the National Press Club. I wanted to join the club for its many professional development activities, awesome lectures, great location and benefits, and the credential it brings, of course!

Roche Salon Good Hair Day/ Notes for Books

There are a couple of events on tap for tomorrow that I'm excited about.

An amazing host comittee, including my wonderful friend Frida Burling has put together a benefit for our Georgetown Library tomorrow evening at St. John's Episcopal Church. "Notes for Books" will be an informal evening of music followed by a reception to benefit the D.C. Public Library Foundation.
Also, tomorrow is the Second Annual "Good Hair Day" hosted by Dennis Roche and Roche Salon.



This benefit is for the Young Survivors Coalition in honor of breast cancer survivors. Join us for fun and great causes!

I'm On-Air!

For those who have followed my audition to be one of the new female commentators on Comcast's Just Another Sports Show - I got it! Thanks for your enthusiasm as I supplement my career with on-air broadcasting!

Currently Just Another Sports Show can be seen:
Prince William County, Virginia Comcast Studio 3
7:00pm Fridays, 11:30am Saturdays, 8:00pm Sundays

Manassas, Virginia Comcast Studio 3
7:00pm Fridays, 11:30am Saturdays, 8:00pm Sundays

Reston, Virginia RCTV Channel 28
7:00pm Fridays, 11:30am Saturday

Harold Ford Engaged!

I've just heard the news that my friend, and sometimes cocktail buddy, Harold Ford is engaged!

Congratulations to Harold and Emily Threlkeld... I was a bit surprised that in the years I've known Harold he had never mentioned her, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that he has been keeping her all to himself. ???

Jenna, Harold, who's next? Washington is hearing wedding bells!

Pageant Prep

Today to prepare for the pageant I... mail ordered a swimsuit... and am keeping my fingers crossed that it's THE ONE since I'm getting down to the wire.
But my main task of the day was interview preparation. I read two newspapers and a Newsweek magazine. You never know what the judges are going to want to ask you about! I probably should get People or InTouch tomorrow.
Oh yeah, and I TANNED!

Redskins - Owners Box!

I got up Sunday morning, leaisurely read the paper, thought about gathering a group for brunch and WHAM! How quickly the day turns. All of a sudden I was on my way to the Redskins game with some of my favorite girls and Jim Kimsey.

The view from the box was incredible - what a way to watch a game! And at half time, we joined Jim (a West Point graduate) to visit some soldiers now recuperating at Walter Reed.


The game was seriously too close for comfort, but we pulled it out in the end. I think we willed that ball not to go through the uprights...

Pageant Prep

With one month to go, today's tasks were:

1) to look for the perfect swimsuit, which I did not find;
2) work out (with John!) to look good in that perfect swimsuit when I do find it;
3) try a new way to style my new haircut thanks to Selena at Erwin Gomez Salon (sorry Dennis - I still love Roche, but in the interest of beauty research and a new look, I just had to do it!);
4) choose an evening gown;
5) send a message to as many friends/fans as I could to get supporters to the pageant; and
6) TAN!!!

Remembering the Past - Preparing for the Future... The Secret Garden



As I gear up to start rehearsals (and performances!) for the Secret Garden at Glen Echo Park at the end of this year, I was thrilled to find photos of one of my last performances, the full-length ballet Giselle posted on Facebook by UGA Ballet Ensemble Artistic Director, Joan Buttram. Enjoy!


Pageant Preparations...

I am so often asked what goes into preparation for a pageant. It's hard to describe all of the details, both physical and mental, but as I started to explain for the 100th time or so the other day, I thought - why don't I describe it as happens?

So, for the next month, until the Miss DC USA pageant, check back here for updates on my progress in preparing for the pageant, interspersed with my usual happenings around the city.

If you have suggestions, as always, don't hesitate! And remember, I have tickets available for both the preliminary and final competition!

International Gold Cup



The 70th running International Gold Cup Races were held last Saturday at Great Meadow, near The Plains, VA. So many of my great friends came together to enjoy the races. Thanks to Windy for arranging the transportation and snapping some fun pictures!

Czech Embassy Fashion Show

Pictures stolen from fab photog Pat Ryan - he did tag them on Facebook so it's not exactly STEALING!



Miss DC USA Developments

Looking for tickets to the Miss DC USA pageant? I have them! Contact me for tickets to either the preliminary competition on Saturday, November 24th at 2:00 pm and/or the finals later in the evening of the 24th at 7:00 pm at the JW Marriott in downtown D.C. Preliminary tickets are $20, finals are $30.

Taste of Georgetown

Usually I get angry when streets in Georgetown are closed and traffic in my neighborhood is a nightmare. But not today - I love Taste of Georgetown!

Restaurants (and some shops) in Georgetown come together on Wisconsin Avenue between K and M Streets and offer a sample of their delights. Dina and I sampled delicious bites from Red Ginger, Mendocino, Baked & Wired, Rugby, La Chaumiere, Cafe Bonaparte and of course, our local Starbucks! We also signed up for a FlexCar membership, which I doubt we'll get to use (since we both have cars) but just seemed so unique, fun, and urban that we couldn't resist!

Not only did we fill up on awesome fare, we ran into so many people we knew out enjoying the day!

Roaring 20's with the Citizens Association of Georgetown

My first trip to the elegant Evermay, and I was dressed in the only thing in my closet which looked like it could have been worn in the 20's. (Not really, I have a flapper dress costume from the Miss D.C. 2006 opening number, but I conveniently forgot about that one!)


The Citizens Association of Georgetown was throwing a Roaring 20's community benefit. I was happy to go with friends and meet so many of my neighbors and people that make the Georgetown community as wonderful as it is, including my dear friend Frida Burling and Councilman Jack Evans.

There was a charleston dance contest, but I didn't compete. Instead, a stroll along the beautifully landscaped lawns of the estate completed the evening with our Georgetown neighbors. Then it was off to channel the 20's at... where else?... the Ritz!

Just Another Sports Show

I'm auditioning for a host position on the Comcast's Just Another Sports Show, currently broadcast in Northern VA (Loudoun County) but hoping to be picked up for syndication. You can view last night's show online at http://www.justanothersportsshow.com/.


Czech Embassy Fashion Show - Green & Blue

Remember the boutique, Green & Blue , that allowed me to be the "face" of the store when it first opened last year. Tonight, I'm in a fashion show featuring Czech designers, including Daniela Čermanová of Green & Blue at the Czech Embassy.

Check back for pictures after tonight!

Football is Taking Over My Life...

Thanks to everyone who came out to support me and Victoria in our Monday Night Football party to raise money for Alzheimer's research through the Blondes vs. Brunettes football game. The game will be November 10th - so get ready to see the Brunettes kick some Blonde butt for the 3rd year in a row!

The game got me in a fall football mood - finally. It's about time I finally made a trade on my Yahoo Fantasy draft... yes, I'm in a fantasy draft. And I have a really good team. I mean, I did almost forget to trade off Peyton Manning and would have had no QB due to his bye week (!!), but I saved myself and traded to play Brett Favre instead. I almost took Jason Campbell, but decided against it. Does that make me a traitor??

Obviously I'm really new to this fantasy fanaticism, so I agree to consider all posted suggestions.

My final football thoughts - not a fan of the new uniforms. Retro games are cool, but lets keep the wardrobe changes occasional.

Monday Night Football with the Michael Sisters


The Michael Sisters are getting together on Monday, October 8th for
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills
to raise money for the
Third Annual Blondes vs. Brunettes Flag Football Game
to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area Chapter.
8pm

at

Teatro Goldoni
1909 K Street, NW

Please rsvp to victoria@vmpublicrelations.com

Unless you have already donated, please make at least a $10 donation via Victoria's (Team Blonde) or Kate's (Team Brunette) page or pay at the door:


http://alz.kintera.org/bvb/victoriamichael-OR-http://alz.kintera.org/bvb/katemichael

All profits go to the Alzheimer's Association

Bodies... and Wax



Washington, D.C.'s own Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum opens today (10th & F Street NE)! It's a bit different than the other wax museums around the world - you can touch, see, and hear these 50 historical figures - including Presidents Bush, Kennedy, Roosevelt and other political figures, of course, but also Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry and Katie Couric... did you know she was from Virginia?

Opening weekend only, tickets are $10. After, the price raises to $25... that's $.50 per cold wax figure... hmm.


On the other side of the pond, there is a last chance to see cold bodies - the somewhat unnerving Bodies exhibit is in its last week at the Dome in Rosslyn. Enjoy!






Madison @ Intermix


The lovely ladies of the Madison got together to sip and shop at Intermix last night. It was the perfect chance for the 100 of us to enjoy time together, meet some new friends, and discover Fall fashions!

The Madison is a group of young professional women who come together for fun, friendship, and philanthropy. And we'll be recuriting new members soon - the annual membership drive starts in December!

(Annie, you look hot in this outfit - I hope you
bought it!)





Miss DC USA Developments


A HUGE Thank You to OpenBand TV for sponsoring my entry into the 2008 Miss DC USA pageant, a preliminary to the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.

The pageant will be held Saturday, November 24, 2007 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC. (No time has yet been set. Tickets are not yet available.) I hope you will come cheer for me!

If you are interested in sponsoring a portion of my competition for the Miss DC USA crown, or purchasing advertisements for the Miss DC USA program book, please contact me at kmrequests@gmail.com. As always, thank you for your support and encouragement, and check back for more details on my progress toward the pageant!

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