OUT on the Town

Guarav Singh, Mary Lesh, Alex Miguens, Osmar Nunez-Vilches, Marlena Kent-Cooke and Rodrigo Garcia with me at L2 in Georgetown.

After a scrumptious dinner at Sesto Senso, the group headed out on the town Saturday night. From beginning to end, it was a night of throwbacks... and comebacks.

Here's to kicking off a month of holiday happenings!
So true... perhaps the definition of our generation!

Mixologists talk top sips for the season

'Tis the season for celebrations. Holiday gatherings and festive meals call for cheerful atmospheres and perfect pairings. Seasonal produce from the table can, literally, set the bar.

Read the full story here.

K Street Kate's Choo Box Party

It's K Street Kate’s Choo Box Party!!!!!

Please join me on December 8th from 6pm-8pm for a fashionable fun Girlfriend Party at Jimmy Choo Chevy Chase. We'll get to search for the perfect Holiday and Inauguration accessories from Jimmy Choo and try on coveted shoes and handbags. Be one of the first in Washington to preview and shop the new Cruise 2009 Collection!

Enjoy champagne, light hors d’oeuvres and plenty of girl talk to give you a shopping experience like no other. In order to attend please RSVP by phone 240.223.1102 or email:chevychase@jimmychoo.com.

Gift bags available to the first 50 ladies in attendance. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Happy Thanksgiving!


I've got a loooong list of things (and people!) for which I am thankful. Included on that list... is YOU! Hope your holiday is a wonderful one.

Modeling Inaugural Fashions on 20/20

This afternoon with George Worrell, famed event planner in the DC area, some of the Miss DC USA contestants and I modeled inaugural fashions at Saks Jandel in Chevy Chase. Jaqueline strutted a classic red power suit that we could all imagine Michelle Obama wearing to any of the daytime inaugural events; Nicole was glamorous in an Isaac Mizrahi long cocktail ensemble, and I wore the essential evening gown (I am almost always the gown girl...)

Watch for us tonight as we air just after Barbara Walters interviews the Obamas on 20/20.

Pictures to come as well!

Found Photo

Thanks, Anne, for sending me this picture from Friday night. Great times at L2... for all the celebrations!

Happy Birthday, KK!

Who else can get Hudson restaurant to open especially for their birthday?! A Red, White and Blonde Birthday...

We celebrated Katherine Kennedy, affectionately nicknamed 'KK', in early morning style with brunch and bubbly.

A couple dozen friends came together to croon the birthday song while KK made her wish. Hoping for a successful run for the 'Blonde Charity Mafia' reality show perhaps?



Ultimate Cupcake Challenge

They say it’s the girls that are made of sugar and spice and all things nice, but a local boy sure took the cake – or cupcake – in a recent recipe challenge for the ideal cupcake creation.

Read the full story here.

A Capital Collection


Today is opening day of the 50th annual Junior League Capital Collection of Holiday Shops! A tradition in shopping you definitely don't want to miss!

I spent the morning at the Mariott Wardman Park selling Books for Bright Futures bookplates to savvy shoppers (for only $5 you can help fund our JLW literacy programs!) while I watched some of the best deals get snapped up - the early bird chomped at the worm!! In addition to simple shopping, you can attend special events, Martinis and Mistletoe and (for the Moms) Shop & Tot.

Some of my favorite booths that you'll want to check out were: Hollyberries, Ms. Chocolate, Pink Pineapple and Two Laughing Ladies.

MetroMix

Samy K for Metromix.com was at the Style Savants party... and was nice enough to include our photo in his write-up. Thanks to Metromix for sponsoring the Bond bash!

Click here for the post.

Holiday Wishes for Our Troops

Join me in participating in the American Red Cross "Holiday Mail Call" program. Last year the Red Cross reviewed and distributed over 600,000 cards to our wounded service members at hospitals around the country and overseas. This year we may reach a million!

Here are the "rules":
-Sign your card.
-Send a card, not a long letter.
-Do not include personal information such as an address or phone number.
-Do not send enclosures of any kind.
-Get your cards in before December 10th.

Here's the mailing address:
Red Cross Holiday Mail Call
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791‐5456

It may seem a bit early, but the holidays are upon us. Season's Greetings!

Style Savants @ The Park

Dressed to kill last night at The Park, a committee of stylish scenesters hosted a Bond-themed soiree. Bond girls (and plenty of potentials!) sauntered throughout Park's four floors, creating quite a stir... well, shaken not stirred - and blowing on some lucky gentlemen's dice.

Purportedly, there was a prize for the casino tables and best dressed, but I may have been having too much fun mingling to pay attention if the winners were announced. I also couldn't take my eyes off the FFP Fashion Show tape running in the background - it was my first chance to see myself in the show!

Kudos to Laura Carlson on yet another great theme event! And thanks to Lindsay Mask - GOLD hot Bond beauty - for sending me this picture at left.

WaPo Reprint of Go Out Guide


HUGE thanks to Marlene Hall who sent me this link today of the re-print of my Going Out Guide in the Washington Post (Sunday Source): http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/14/AR2008111402387.html


The original (and more complete) list was published a few weeks ago. If you've been to any of my favorite places and loved them (or didn't), let me know!

Miami!

In hopes that we might make it to see at least some glimpse of the famed Victoria's Secret fashion show in Miami last weekend, we caught an early flight down Saturday morning and spent a few quick days in the sun while DC was damp and drizzly.




While we didn't make it in to see Heidi model the 12.5 million dollar bra, we sunned a bit, enjoyed the popular Shore Club, lunched at the Delano and partied in its 'underground' Florida Room, happened upon one of the opening nights of LIV at the newly renovated Fountainbleau, tasted stone crabs at Joe's, and scooted around in a ride that made everyone stop and take pictures. What a weekend!

Midtown Lounge Opens

Friday night I also excitedly attended the "opening" of Midtown Lounge, formerly Play Lounge, in Dupont. It was supposed to be a celebration of the end of a successful year forthe First Chukker polo team, but I doubt anyone else there knew they were there for that... or even what the First Chukkers were at all.

I have to admit, I loved it!

Play Lounge, once the adult playground of Dupont, blew out with a bang earlier this Fall. Its recent purchase by the Michael Romeo Group, and subsequent closing for immediate renovation, shocked some frequent Play partiers... Read the my entire post on the opening for the Examiner here.

Fabulous Frida!

Last Friday, so many of Frida Burling's friends braved the drizzle and daunting traffic (motorcades on Friday at rush hour!!) to celebrate her selection for the United Way's Tocqueville Award. Especially at 93, Frida is one of DC's truest treasures - and a philanthropic inspiration to me every day!

Since I regrettably wouldn't be able to travel with some other of her biggest supporters and the United Way of the National Capital Area staff to see her honored at the United Nations for her seven decades of service to United Way, it was particularly special for me to share a few moments with Frida and congratulate her on this amazing recognition.

So many strong letters of recommendation were submitted to the nominating committee in hopes that they would see the obvious: that Frida is a most remarkable woman! At the celebration last week, what had to have been one of Frida's favorites was read - support for her nomination from President-elect Obama. Among the rest of the mere mortals who hope to follow in Frida's footsteps and continue doing good for the our community, my fellow Junior Leaguers (two past presidents!) Kristin Urbach and CC Christakos were there to support and celebrate.

Frida embodies one of my favorite quotes - which I used in my recommendation for her to receive this honor, "The sun shines not on us, but in us." - John Muir

Diggin' In for the Doggies

Way to go WHS! Capitol File sponsored an event to benefit the Washington Humane Society and Fashion for Paws at Tommy Hilfiger in Georgetown last night. Despite the drizzle and dreary temps, quite the crowd came out to support our favorite puppy charity princess, Tara deNicolas. (Honestly, the weather was yuck - and see below!)

What a fun night! I finally had the opportunity to meet (though we are often in the same social situations) fellow blogger, Angie Goff (at right).
We sipped and gossiped while we shopped. It's a wonder no one spilled food or cocktails on Tommy's wares by the end of the night... and we left with shopping bags and anticipation for this year's doggy style fashion event, reported to be again at the Italian Embassy.

At right: Julia Karpov, Donna Lee and I checking out some of the totally Tommy steals and deals!

Blondes vs Brunettes Tackle Alzheimer's

It is not a question of who has more fun, but rather.. who is more fierce on the field. A crowd gathered last Saturday, November 8th to see what the answer would be. And this was no powder puff! Aggressive athletes took to the turf at the 4th Annual Blondes vs. Brunettes charity football game... click for the full article.

Nueva Vida Art Show (and Sale!)

Not sure what to do next Thursday? It's a big day for buzzing about... but since I just heard this "buzz" I thought I'd pass it on...

What: Nueva Vida Art Show and Sale
When and where: 11/20/2008, 6:00-8:00PM, 4925 Loughboro Rd., NW
Why it's cool: The Ambassador of Mexico Arturo Sarukhan and Mrs. Veronica Valencia-Sarukhan are chairing this year’s event, a fundraiser to benefit Latinas with breast, cervical and ovarian cancer in the Washington metropolitan area. The reception, art exhibit and sale will feature the works of latin american artists. And of course because... you'll see me there!

Contact Paradigm Event Management, 202-332-3556, for tickets and information.

Pamela's Punch

Congratulations to my fellow blogger and great friend, Pamela Sorensen who celebrated two years of telling the city where to party, play, primp and purchase on her blog, Pamela's Punch.

Hudson (a special highlighted partner of the Punch) threw Pamela and her friends a bash to "write home about" last night - complete with yummy hors d'oeuvres and drink specials, like the ever-present-at-a-Punch-party, Pamela's Punch!

It was also a night for remembering what a great year we've had! Looking back over my posts from the year, I can't imagine we've done so much, made such a difference, and met so many people! (Above left, the Kate's... me, Katherine, and Katie. Right - Amanda Walke, Seda Atam, and Joanna Block. Below - Pamela looks radiant talking with Chris Jacobs of Girls in the Know...)

After hanging out at Hudson, we continued another tradition - the L2 afterparty! (Which was convenient because I was already headed there to celebrate Allison Katz's birthday...)








And I met Nashville Star Finalist, Fireman Tommy Stanley, with Milinda Jefferson getting ready for filming of the military's version of American Idol - Operation Rising Star. They are looking for people for their studio audience.. sounds KStreetKate and Punch-worthy!

Brunettes Win Again!

For the fourth year in a row, the Brunettes won the Blondes vs. Brunettes flag football game to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association.

Though I was pretty delirious from the early morning library project in SE, I was excited to be a part of the action yet again. Years ago, I played as a wide receiver, but since the game is no powder puff ,(!!) I've since served as a water girl/cheerleader.

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

Hart Middle Library Project

Last year, the Junior League of Washington volunteered time, funding, and resources to help Hart Middle School in Anacostia build a library. This year, we expanded the library (and moved it to a new location within the school)...

Great Saturday morning service project!

Fight Night/Knock Out Abuse

These are two of the most anticipated events of the year! For the record, Fight Night is for the men to watch boxing matches, smoke cigars, drink scotch... or whatever men do. Knock Out Abuse is a dinner and networking opportunity for DC's charitable women to connect and rally for a cause.


And then there's the afterparty. Since the men just can't stay away... they truck it over to the Ritz for some after dinner drinking and dancing.


Thursday night's combo event was fun, but here's my take in comparison to past years,scale of 1-10:

Divine attire: 5 (You knew the men were coming, right? Why weren't you ready to show off for them?)

Band: 4 (But it's pretty hard to beat a surprise performance by Lenny Kravitz...)

Attendees: 8 (On the whole, it's a classy crowd with real philanthropic intentions, the kind of party with both big names and familiar faces.)

Fun: 10 Because we havea blast wherever we are!


(Why do we have so much fun?! Because we get to take fun photos with great boxers like Michael Spinks, that's one reason why!)

Dos and Drives - Bella Bethesda


Stopped by Bella Bethesda Salon's "Cars, Curls and Cocktails" last night before heading to other events. Kudos to the salon for making such loyal customers in only its first year -and putting on such a first rate event!

Read my Examiner write-up of the party here. I love the interesting idea of pairing hairstyles to car styles.

"Night of Legends" at Velocity Five

Hut two, three – or 20,000. $20,000. That’s how much the night brought in to benefit the Good Samaritan Foundation, a charity organization launched in 1993, the vision of founders Art Monk, Charles Mann, Tim Johnson and Earnest Byner...

Click the title to read more of my latest article on Examiner.com.

Bethesda Row... Trunk Show!

Enjoy, Fashionistas!

Style Savants


Didn't make the Media Mavens event I co-hosted at The Park? Lucky for you... I'm a Style Savant, too!

Mark your calendars for November 19, when I'll again be co-hosting a Bond themed black-tie bash. Come dressed with a LICENSE TO KILL as your favorite iconic Bond, Spy or glamorous femme fatale. We'll even give away a prize for the best costume! Think you can beat me at being a Bond Girl?!

RSVPs go to Laura Carlson, laura@park14.com.

The Style Savants host committee includes: me... Fashion Fights Poverty, Metromix, Pamela's Punch, Chris Belisle, Kadrieka Maiden, Michael Dumlao, Sylvie Luanghy, Makeda Saggau-Sackey, Lindsey Mask, Chris Thompson, Chandler Ramelli, McLean Robbins, Allison Priebe Brooks, Queen Bee Designs, Leslie Sanchez, City Shop Girl

Front Page of History

Special thanks to Sonya Gavanker at the Newseum for forwarding me this video montage of yesterday's front pages.

Can't believe the WaPo completely sold out and is now offering commemorative copies!

Obama Wins the Election

In case you've been in a cave, or have been chasing someone in a cave... and hadn't yet heard the news. One, thank you for coming to K Street Kate before reading the real news (!!). Two, the election results were actually decided on election day. That day was yesterday. If you voted or you didn't, Obama still won.

One thing I know will happen that I am not looking forward to - the influx of media explaining that NOW DC will finally be a fashionable city with the Prez and First Lady being so "Camelot-like." We've been making style inroads on our own here, people, so give credit where credit is due!

Here's to four years of new fun!

The Other Side of LA...

I couldn't go to California (even for the fourth time) and not be a bit of a tourist!

In our little Nissan Z, we zipped all over town. Shopping on Rodeo and Melrose, checking out the sites from the observatory, taking in the eats and celebrity sightings at Mr. Chow's, grabbing a cocktail at the Beverly Hills hotel, and cruising down the PCH to see the coast in Malibu...



And I'm glad I took advantage, because when I got back to DC, it was time for JURY DUTY.

A True Hollywood Halloween

While I'll admit that Halloween parties in the District have come a long way, nothing beats a true Hollywood Halloween out in L.A.!

Rodrigo Garcia and I flew out to California planning to attend a charity party at the one and only Playboy Mansion... but made some quick redirections when we found out that we could attend Marilyn Manson's mega party at the Roosevelt Hotel.

It was incredible - as are all parties I've attended at the Roosevelt. Thousands of fun people, awesome costumes, rockin' music all over the ENTIRE hotel, and Marilyn Manson!
We checked out some of the nightclub scene as well, but Manson's party was the place to be this Halloween. Check it out a bit for yourself!

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