Introducing Ambassador Otaiba of the UAE

Another hemisphere away after the Australian Embassy Polo party... at a welcome event honoring the new Ambassador from the United Arab Emerites, Mr. Yousef Mana Al Otaiba.

This was my first time at the hip and happening Halcyon House - though I know some of the biggest bashes of the year have been thrown there. (And did you know it is currently for sale?!)

Sushi on one end, peking duck on the other, Georgetown cupcakes in the middle, and DJ Seyhan's music all around introduced the Ambassador to some of Georgetown's social scene.

Spotted: Andrea Rodgers, Lana Orloff, Jen Crovato, Marybeth Coleman, Phillipe Cousteau, Tom Quinn, Ray Regan, and Joe Robert (Host).






Australian Embassy/America's Cup

With Kamila Kostolova at the America's Cup of Polo party at the Australian Embassy.

Capital City Ball


Just last night someone asked me about the Capital City Ball, so it's time I posted so no one misses out on tickets! This black tie on November 22nd (8:30pm-1:30am) will be held at the historic Washington Club to benefit the Polaris Project - which supports the fight against human trafficking.

Regular tickets are $100, or you can be a true Abolitionist at $500. (Maybe that means you get to meet Her Majesty, Queen Noor, who is Honorary Chair of the evening?!) All guests will enjoy a live band, open bar, casino games, silent auction, and scrumptious nibbles.

For complete information regarding the gala and the Polaris Project's cause, please visit http://www.capitalcityball.org/. I look forward to seeing you there!

A Renaissance of Warhol


Everyone is familiar with Andy Warhol's iconic Campbell's Soup imagery. But did you know that he was commissioned to develop an advertising campaign for Martini & Rossi Vermouth as well?

Last night's Capitol File party at the Renaissance M Street Hotel launched a new campaign for the "aperatif cocktail trend," featuring 6 limited edition cocktails (I sipped on the strong Warhol Manhattan...) but showcasing Warhol's 1950's imagery for the brand.
Some guests dressed in mod attire, some had their own photos taken in the Warhol style, but all enjoyed a great evening at the Renaissance M Street Hotel.

*It was also a night to celebrate Jayne Sandman's three years working for Capitol File/Niche Media. Just yesterday, Jayne announced that she would be moving on from the magazine to pursue other opportunities. We wish her all the best!!

Marathon Intentions


My good friend Andy Baldwin has accomplished the ultimate test of physical dedication - a marathon. So what's next? Two in a row! He may be crazy, but he's doing it for charity, running the Marine Corps last weekend and now the NYC marathon this weekend.

We can all help Lt. Baldwin raise $2000 in 24 hours for the Armory Foundation, 'Keeping Kids on Track.' Andy says, "Every little bit counts. I'll match your donation and write your name on the honorary NYC Armory Track and Field Foundation t-shirt!" Use this link to donate.

Inter-Mixing and Mingling

Here I am with Shelby Burcham, a good friend and my favorite shopgirl at Intermix in Georgetown.

Last night Intermix had Pamela Sorensen host a style event to raise funds for the Washington Ballet. Despite the onset of winter weather, some serious shopping was done!

I'm in love with Fall's casual chic sweater and boot styles, but still wondering how to ward off the cold in my cocktail attire...

Celebrating Teddy..


Teddy's Turns 150!

In honor of our favorite President - turned Nationals Rushmore - turned celebrity plush partygoer, Victoria Michael assembled a group to celebrate Teddy Roosevelt's 150th birthday at Hudson last night.

Drink specials and birthday cake enticed those of us who were there to help blow out the candles. The rest of the restaurant surely was wondering what in the world was going on... and why was there a larger than life Teddy in the house?!?!

Just some of those spotted include: Phillip Ballard, Andy Baldwin, Tommy Quinn, Kirk Wyles, Wright Sigmund, and Laura Carlson. I am, at left, with Anne Lee, photo credit Pat Ryan.

WaPo Going Out Guide

Washingtonpost.com just relaunched its City Guide as the new Going Out Guide—a go-to resource for local entertainment planning in DC. The Going Out Guide, home to the Going Out Gurus, focuses on restaurants, bars and clubs, event venues and movies... you can search it for a place to plan your fun night out!

WaPo had me put together my list of favorite restaurants, lounges, and culture spots. Check it out here.

Corcoran Fall Fete

Click above for info on last weekend's Corcoran Fall Fete on Examiner.com.

Eka's Birthday Suiting

Congrats to my good friend Ebong Eka who literally got Ravens' Terrell Suggs to wear his birthday suit. Way to make the men stylish, Ebong!

The Weather Made Me Cage-y

The miserable weather Saturday was a perfect excuse to stay in, watch movies, and lounge.

But the day got exciting when I ran into this at Blockbuster... perfectly trained, very polite, and interested in going home with me to watch Iron Man :)

*I also saw 'Body of Lies' in the theater this weekend. Worth watching - entertaining, it makes you think, and some people I know think Leonardo DiCaprio is still scrumptious.

Genius2

I love the ballet! I don't know why it has taken me so long to make it to a Washington Ballet performance.

I've seen the Kirov and other classical ballet companies at the Kennedy Center, so Friday it was time for me to get some contemporary culture.

Genius2 is the 10th Anniversary masterpiece of Artistic Director Septime Webre. It consists of 'works by renowned living choreographers at the vanguard of contemporary dance': Twyla Tharp's jazz Baker 's Dozen, Mark Morris's Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, Wheeldon 's Morphoses and Nacho Duato’s Cor Perdut.

In the future, I think I'll stick to my classics like Giselle and La Bayadere, but I'm happy to have seen what my hometown ballet has to offer. And congratulations on 10 years, Septime!

Big Birthday Thursday


Special Happy Birthday wishes go out to Evelyn Keyes and Laurent Menoud.

Evelyn's spectacular birthday party was hosted Thursday night by Edwina Rogers at her beautiful McLean home. Then it was back to Narnia and L2 to toast everyone's favorite Milano frenchman! Laurent always takes care of us most graciously, so it was high time for everyone to celebrate him in style! (Here is at hard at work, at right...)
Even Michael Jordan happened to be at the lounge to toast to another great year for Laurent!

Operation DreamSeed

It started in 2004 when one person in California chose a random soldier's name off a care package list. She sent the usual a few times - socks, underwear, gum. And though he was thankful, the soldier asked if she could send some items for the local school the next time instead. This is how Operation DreamSeed was born.

Individuals and social groups have been assembling "kits" or backpacks of school supply items for the children of Afghanistan, a contribution that helps the youth and Afghan schools to accomplish their dream. These donations of supplies and monetary support have so far helped scholars in Khandahar, at the Sayed Bacha School, at Nele Zaragak, and the Kohak School.

An event was held Thursday night in D.C., which introduced me to the effort. Even Hamid Karzai's (President of Afghanistan) brother (a champion of the cause) was in attendance to raise funds and celebrate Operation DreamSeed's success.

Check out the website for information on how you can help.

Yaku


Last night was supposed to be a non-event. And I found a spicy little place that was perfect for my mood. Little did I know, it could have been the hot new spot. But Yaku is coming into the scene in its own superbly subtle way.

If you haven't heard about it yet, you're not the only one. Although it "opened" a bit over a week ago, the restaurant/lounge in Arlington hasn't done much in the way of opening parties and introduction events. Aside from a friends and family soft opening, Yaku's entrance as the newest in the line of the Latin Concepts enterprise has largely been word of mouth.

And that's because the customers like it that way! It's a neighborhood lounge with good eats and great atmosphere that's improving every day; an urban chic experience perfect for loungy cocktails or fab fusion food.

Must haves: Cocktail start: Mango Mojito. Food: Mahi Mahi Tempura. A little birdie tells me the Noodles are fantastic, and though it may seem a little out of place with the Peruvian/Asian theme, I'd order the Fried Apple Wontons with Cinnamon ice cream to finish.

'Mixing' it up to end child hunger

Click above to read my most recent Examiner article.

K Street Kate Tees


Wish you were sporting a K Street Kate t-shirt with the crew last night? You can!

Georgetown Tees (across from the Georgetown Park Shops) on Wisconsin Ave. has committed to be my official printer! You can get your own branded tee in the store for just $15... or I have a limited quantity available on hand for those who contact me. First come, first serve!

Check back for more opportunities to wear your shirt and get some perks for your support!

Media Mavens @ The Park

What is a Media Maven?? Do you know a blogger (um...you're reading one now!), someone who develops web applications, a store that has been innovative with their internet use? These are your media mavens. Those of us who harness the power of technology for social and commercial benefit. And we're not just taking over the web... we throw great parties, too!

Last night was our Media Mavens party at The Park @14th, actually put on through the hard work of the one and only Miss Laura Carlson. Congratulations on an excellent turnout and a great time had by all! The event also served as a benefit for the Blondes vs. Brunettes football game.

If you missed the four floors of cocktails and Park's delicious specialities, what can I say? Sorry? It was a night of social media enthusiasm that caught on faster than Cheeky Geeky's twitter updates! :) I'll definitely be back to taste a real meal at the Park soon, on Cat Bynum's smart suggestion.

And a HUGE THANKS to the group of folks who supported me by wearing KStreetKate t-shirts to the event last night.

(Photos: Top left - with Dakota Fine from BrightestYoungThings.com; right - with Mark Drapeau, aka Cheeky Geeky; and David Kassir, Rodrigo Garcia and Sanaz Noorbakhsh sporting KStreetKate tees.)

Taste of the Nation

Last night at East Hall in Union Station master mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim taught me how to make a Caipiroshka. I'm a simple cocktail girl myself - if there are more than two ingredients, I get nervous - so it was quite an experience to have an award winning crafter of cocktails teaching me some tricks. And my strawberry/lime concoction turned out surprisingly drinkable!

I was there to cover Taste the Nation, events that are helping end childhood hunger in America, and was able to take part in all of the fun. Kudos to friends Peter Corbett, Peter Abrahams, and Tony Chord whom I saw there supporting the cause as well. And thanks to pr guru Jill Collins for making sure to get me a great spot at the demo table!


Check back for a link to my write-up in the Examiner.

Media Mavens

Don't miss this! Party with me and the Media Mavens tomorrow at The Park. RSVP to Laura@park14.com.

What Makes a Washingtonian? You decide!

Is it because you were born here? Your parents were born here? You have worked for the Feds for years? Or is it because you LOVE this city and want to make it your HOME?

We should all enter this contest.

DC Absentee Ballots Allowed Starting TODAY

If you are registered to vote in the District and will need to vote absentee... find out how here.

Chantal's Pirate Booty Bash

Happy Birthday again to Chantal Attias, my favorite beautiful pirate! Chantal, you left a TON of cake in the fridge at the lounge. So we took some - a huge chunk of it - and it was sooooo yummy. Thanks for the fun time and feeding of my sweet tooth ;) Here's to another year of fun!

Hollywood Vibes - LiLo, SamRo, and CMN

That's right - I showed up with the biggest man in the room to Hollywood Vibes at Lotus last night - Teddy Roosevelt! (Well, he was actually Victoria Michael's date, but I stole some spotlight.) I still don't know how we got him in the lounge... luckily Ted's flexible, and he doesn't mind bumping his head HARD!

The back VIP area was slammed early because everyone was anticipating the arrival of guest DJ Samantha Ronson and galpal Lindsay Lohan. When SamRo started turning the beats, LiLo let loose and danced. Yayaya - a girl after my own heart. Vicky and I danced, too, but Teddy was a chair dancer... go figure! That head is heavy! Or maybe he had too much Patron, a sponsor of the party.

As always, the party was for a purpose, the Children's Miracle Network, and raised funds to help that nonprofit (which never asks for payment from patients) continue its great work.

Check back for a more complete write-up in the Examiner.

Why I'm Glad I'm a Freelancer

http://gawker.com/5063338/massive-layoffs-at-niche-media

Ouch!

From what I know, my good friends over there are ok... fingers crossed!

Washington Area Women's Foundation

Thanks to Jim Epstein who allowed me to attend the WAWF annual luncheon as his guest. The event was sold out to a 1,500 crowd of wonderful and accomplished women who want to pool their influence to invest in the lives of women and girls in the region. It was also the 10th anniversary of the Foundation, so the enthusiasm in the room was particularly powerful.

The Washington Area Women's Foundation provides needed financial and other assistance for training programs and other support services in the Washington area - over $1 million every two years - which has an exponential impact on women's lives and careers.

Getting My Book Published

I missed the M Cafe Couture Pizza Party to take a Media Bistro course on book publishing last night. Four times published author, Felicia Pride, taught the course... now I just have to write my manuscript, get an agent, submit to publishing houses and sell millions! :)

Queen Bee

Click title above to see my latest Examiner article on Allison Priebe Brooks and Queen Bee! There's an awesome Trunk Show this weekend in Alexandria. See what everyone's buzzing about!

Funnies


Taste of Georgetown

Saturday afternoon at the Taste of Georgetown, an annual event featuring many of the great restaurants of Georgetown. Tickets can be purchased to taste as many of the delicious dishes as you dare. This year, I tried Tackle Box, 1789, Morton's, Bangkok Joe's, and Baked & Wired.

And congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Tom Jewsbury, whose wedding I attended Saturday night. Reception was held at the swanky City Club of Washington. Best wishes to the newlyweds for a long and happy life together!

Aloha, Elle

One of our favorite Hawaiian hotties, Elle Collver, is saying Aloha to us all as she prepares to leave for the great Down Under with her Aussie, Quinn.

Also Thursday night, Tom Spahr opened his gorgeous Water Street apartment - and Shelly Tidmore slaved over the stove to make us yummy peanut butter brownies and more! - so we could bid a fond farewell to Elle.

Sesto Senso Celebrates 15

Pictures from up to fifteen years ago, when Sesto first opened, lined the entrance to the restaurant last Thursday night. Some very familiar faces - looking considerably younger - seemed to have spent a great deal of time at this Italian eatery. And according to Seyhan... "Y'all don't understand This was the party place."

Friends and patrons old and new celebrated fifteen years of Sesto Senso (and in my case, its fabulous risotto!) and look forward to many more at Sesto, Andalu, and the group's newest.. Darlington House.

(I think, at right, Yama can't believe John Cecchi tried to immitate his plaid styles.)

It's 'A Small World' After All

We all know how Facebook has invaded our lives, and I'll be the first to admit my pleasant surprise at how this little website we started using in college to keep in touch with each other has taken off in the social media blitz. But I recently joined A Small World, too, and I've noticed some particular features that really give it a niche! ASW is invite-only... so exclusivity is one area of comparison, in addition to the more international nature of the network.

Last night, ASW members in DC congregated at L2 to meet and mingle. I left with cards and contacts after some really stimulating conversation! Have yet to see FB do something like that for me...
Maybe FB is the new conglomerate E-vite/AIM and ASW is the social replacement for LinkedIN. What do you think?

Doing Business in DC... In Spanish

Attended a celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month this morning at the Spanish Embassy, which also served as the release of the Spanish Edition of the Doing Business in DC Guidebook: Su Negocio.

A++ for economic development today - these communities are really growing!

Gin & Tonic GRAND Opening

Yeah, yeah, yeah. It's been "open" for a while. But now it has a floor and that bleach smell is gone. And there is signage outside! Yesterday, for the first (and perhaps only) time, a uniquely older clientelle enjoyed the new Gin & Tonic on Wisconsin Ave.

Capitol File magazine and (appropriately) Bombay Sapphire gin co-sponsored a Grand Opening party to introduce the new local bar and restaurant to its neighbors... the ones who hadn't already pinballed on its dancefloor.
The open bar was all Bombay Sapphire gin all the time - which was rough for this little lady -but they got creative with the mixology. By the end of the night, that dance floor was in full effect.
(I'm with my good friend Kheira at right, about to sip on some Gin & Tonic!)
Check out for my actual wrap-up post of the event here for Examiner.com.

CAG Black & White Ball

Click here to view my posting on the event for Examiner.com

CityShopGirl.com


As if my inbox isn't already full enough - I'm electing to receive more e-mails... because I can't pass up a fashionable bargain!

CityShopGirl.com is going to send me a free daily e-mail alerting me to discounts and specials at area boutiques, spas, specialty stores, and restaurants. Launch sponsors include some of my favs: Indebleu, TangySweet, Fornash, Ultra Violet Flowers, and My Sister’s Closet.

Burn After Reading

Went to see this flick last night with Anne after some yummy tapas at the new Bodega on M Street in Georgetown.

HILARIOUS! The modern story of marital troubles and ill-gotten information... and paranoia - particularly surrounding the CIA. Makes me think life could be more interesting if I worked at Hardbodies...

George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand and John Malkovich are brilliant in dark comedy.
Photo from Rottentomatoes.com

ROCKtoberfest

Michael Saylor outdoes himself every time.

Rockers, Back-Ups, Groupies, and Stage Hands (and all of us crazies who dressed up as such wishing we could party like a Rockstar) swarmed the Ritz for a Battle of the Bands face off between Dewey Beach favorites Burnt Sienna and Mr. Greengenes.



Everyone knows Mr. Greengenes is Saylor's favorite - so the voting was biased. Or maybe it's because the guy/girl ratio was about 5:1 and Mr. G's lead singer took his shirt off. Who knows!?

I should have voted for the host's fav, too, but I didn't. Burnt Sienna not only had stickers - they invited me and the girls on stage for a little 'Addicted to Love' choreography.
If you don't recognize the awesomeness of our costume - well, then you are truly not a child of the 80's - and you just don't know how 'Simply Irresistable' Marybeth Coleman, Danielle Kambic, Anne Lee, Elle Collver and I really can be.

Media Mavens


Don't miss our party at the The Park on October 21st!

Found Photo

From the National Book Festival last weekend when Tiki Barber stopped by the Junior League of Washington table in the Pavilion of States. We gave him a tiny football eraser (gift we were giving the kids) and he was like "What is this?" Priceless.

I'm an "Examiner"

I've joined the Examiner.com team as a "DC Community Examiner" - which means you can read even more of my community and events coverage!

Just posted an article about Susie Kay's birthday bash to benefit Hoop Dreams. Go on over there to check it out.

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Two Steps Back... in time last night when I went to the UGA Terry College Alum Reception. Our most recent new Dean was in town to promote the University's business programs (which I, of course, think are exemplary!) and start a new group for alum activities in the Capitol City. I was surprised at how many of my DC friends are actually Terry alum. Good times at Old Ebbitt Grill, an old stomping ground from my time on the Hill that I just don't make it to so much anymore...


And a step forward after watching the debates last night. I think most everyone agreed that Palin would undoubtedly surpass everyone's low expectations... which she did. And Biden would need to have some restraint and chivalry in his manner when debating a woman... which he did.

Some of my favorites from the night included Biden telling everyone that he spent a good deal of time in the Home Depot and Palin calling out the "Castro Brothers" as if they were Wild, Wild West Bandits. Shame we only get one VP debate - this is the stuff snarky t-shirt quotes are made of!

Prepping for Rock...

Awesome Rockstar costume idea for a party on Friday...

But you're gonna have to wait for it.

Totally. H.O.T.

Taking Off Tuesday

In case you thought I never spent a quiet night in... last night I got cozy with some sweats, a bowl of popcorn and the quintessential Disney movie.

If you weren't hanging with Lady, Tramp, Trusty, and Jacques, you probably were at the Express Night Out Launch held at the Beacon Hotel - look soon for K Street Kate to provide some fun reviews of area social spots on the new website. Or if launches aren't your thing, maybe you stopped by Tattoo for the weekly Tuesday tricks and some Pre-Chukker cocktails. In case you haven't gotten your fill, the next polo match to look foward to is the America's Cup on October 8th.
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