K Street Kate's Everyday Eight

Especially in light of recent economic troubles, in this New Year many of you will resolve to cut corners and save some money. Here are my eight everyday tips to spend less and enjoy more.

Read the full list here.

Inaugural Shoot With the Media Mavens

I came back to DC after Christmas excited about some new projects - one of which was a photoshoot two social media friends of mine helped set up for us with the assistance of several local "angel" businesses.

HUGE thank you to to Pamela Sorensen and Andrea Rodgers for an amazing shoot - and to Dennis Roche and his staff at Roche Salon, everyone who put up with us at the Ritz Carlton in Georgetown, Heather Guay and Bloomingdale's in Chevy Chase, Lacey Kirstein of Lacey K Shoes, Aba Kwawu of the Aba Agency, Keith Lipert Gallery, and Zaid Hamid Photography.
Here's a tease. Want to see more??

From the release:

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Washington, D.C. area businesses came together to showcase their vision of what will be worn to Inaugural events this year in an artistic photo pictorial by photographer Zaid Hamid which features three local women at the forefront of social media: Andrea Rodgers of http://www.askmissa.com/, Kate Michael of http://www.kstreetkate.com/ and Pamela Sorensen of http://www.pamelaspunch.com/. Aba Bonney Kwawu, President of the Aba Agency, a luxury marketing, public relations and special events boutique, styled the shoot with the intent to create images that represent the fresh face of fashion at this year’s Inaugural events, and to highlight each blogger’s personality. “President Barack Obama’s inauguration will not be like inaugurations of old. As he is ‘The People’s President’, we will see much variety in the types of celebrations. From the formal State Balls to the hot cocktail parties and after parties, the red carpets will look much more like that of those in Hollywood and beyond,” said Kwawu.
Kwawu selected formal and cocktail dresses from Bloomingdale’s, Chevy Chase with a variety of designers including Chetta B, BCBG, Marc Bouwer, Teri Jon and Diane von Furstenberg. Local designer Lacey Kirstein of LaceyK Shoes provided the footwear, which are available at Saks Jandel as well as online. Keith Lipert chose the jewelry for each look from his collection at Keith Lipert Gallery. “It’s very exciting that the lead taken by the incoming First Lady, Michelle Obama allows us to explore design and style in new ways,” said Keith Lipert.
“The choice in hair, makeup, jewelry, clothing, shoes and our models in the photo shoot were reflective of the newness overwhelming the Nation’s Capital. The Obama Campaign showed us the power of being contemporary and diverse, and their use of the new technologies was unprecedented,” said Dennis Roche, whose Georgetown Roche Salon offered the shoot’s hair and makeup styling.

The photos were taken at the architecturally unique Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown. The hotel’s industrial chic design incorporated the property’s historic incinerator architecture with contemporary luxury to a stunning effect. Images were taken in Executive Chef Quang Duong’s Fahrenheit restaurant, the Ritz-Carlton Suite, and made use of the spectacular height and architecture in the Round Room underneath the former smokestack.
(Pictured from left to right: Kate Michael, Andrea Rodgers, Pamela Sorensen by Zaid Hamid in the Ritz Carlton Georgetown’s smokestack room - to enlarge the image, please click on it directly)

Images from the shoot will be available on December 30, 2008. Please contact Zaid Hamid at info@zaidhamid.com

Ginger Boutique

Tonight I had the opportunity to interview Gretchen, owner of Ginger in Bethesda, for an exciting new show that will air at the beginning of January. More on the show later...

Ginger is a fabulous and sometimes funky boutique where local fashionistas can feel safe knowing they're finds are savvy and singular.

Gretchen is expecting some unique inaugural gowns to come in this week (!), but my favorite item in the store is a sure standout - a yellow bag - the "it" color for 2009.

But... about those inaugural dresses...

ConsignmentCocktails on CityShopGirl

CityShopGirl.com sends me hot deals and cool savings to my inbox every weekday. But today's Deal of the Day was super special - THANKS FOR PLUGGING ConsignmentCocktails.com!!
Take advantage of CityShopGirl's special reduced listing fee... and join me in receiving their e-mail blasts for some more amazing finds!

And a huge thank you to Pamela's Punch for posting on ConsignmentCocktails' potential as well!

Dinner at Darlington

There is no better way to ease back into life in DC post-Christmas-with-the-family than a dinner with great girlfriends.

Victoria Michael was wonderful to set up a small group at the Darlington House (you might remember it from the BvB draft party this year...) where I had never been to eat. The butternut squash tortellini was scrumptious! And the 'home for the holiday' stories were hilarious!!

Lucky us - Crazy Rick Holtzer's birthday party was just upstairs, so we didn't have far to join a big group of his well-wishers. Happy Birthday, Rick! Sorry I had to duck out early to get some rest for the big shoot tomorrow...

Merry Christmas

I braved the airports - on standby no less - to make it back to Atlanta to spend Christmas morning with my family, especially my three adorable little nephews.

Santa was good to everyone. He didn't leave lumps of coal (or even carbon credits!) in anyone's stocking :) And I'm sure the family will be eating leftovers until next week!

Here's hoping you and those special to you had a very Merry Christmas as well. Look forward to big news and more fun for K Street Kate in the New Year!

Georgetown Basketball

One of my favorite sports is college basketball... I'll either disappoint you or make your heart beat faster by telling you that I'm a Kentucky Wildcats fan. I don't know exactly why, but I'll bet it has something to do with my parents dressing me up as a Wildcats cheerleader every Halloween until I was 10...

But tonight wasn't about the Wildcats - it was about the Hoyas. Georgetown has the awesome advantage to play their games at the Verizon Center, so Anne, Marybeth Coleman, MB's Mom (Beth Coleman) and Dad (taking the picture at left) spent some time at the Phonebooth watching Georgetown beat down Florida International (76-38).

#1 lesson learned from the evening: college kids really will do anything for a free t-shirt. #2 note to self: Open Chevy Chase bank account and pose as a student so I can get sweep the $100 prize money for Chevy Chase fan of the game!!

Social-ite Media Shoot - Get Ready for This!!

Reprinted from release:
Using social media to develop followers – both actual and virtual – has been a strategy of the savvy from “Obama Girl” to Barack Obama himself. Though these strategies have been in use for some time, the Obama campaign has served to shed new light on the importance of new media applications, such as blogging, Twittering, and Plurking, to develop a base of brand support. Those in social media are excited to share in exploring the potential of these technologies with an enthusiastic community of media mavens.

Three prominent Washington influencers are also at the forefront of social - or perhaps more aptly named, social-ite – media. In much the same way as Obama, Andrea Rodgers of Ask Miss A, Kate Michael of K Street Kate, and Pamela Sorensen of Pamela's Punch hope to use social media applications to make Washington a better place, driving their followers to volunteer, fundraise, and support local businesses.

Fashion photographer Zaid Hamid, along with top hair stylist Dennis Roche, plans to create an amazing photo pictorial featuring D.C.'s Socialite Media Mavens in provocative poses embodying each socialite’s individual personal brand. "The girls are so different, yet they really compliment each other nicely," said Dennis Roche of Roche Salon, "We'll poke fun at Andrea's reputation as a diva, and probably incorporate her favorite accessory -- her dog. Pamela loves the color red and she almost always has a glass of champagne in hand, so we'll make use of props and have fun with this shoot!"

"Kate is a beauty queen, ballerina and professional model. Pamela and Andrea both have some modeling experience," said Zaid Hamid, "I feel sure that the girls are going to do great! They all have so much personality and are so animated!"

The photos will be taken at the architecturally unique Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown. The hotel's industrial chic design incorporates the property's historic incinerator architecture with contemporary luxury to a stunning effect. Images will be taken in Executive Chef Quang Duong's Fahrenheit restaurant, the Ritz-Carlton suite, and make use of the spectacular ambiance of the roaring fire in the Lobby Lounge.

Aba Bonney Kwawu, President of the Aba Agency, a luxury marketing, public relations and special events boutique will style the shoot with the intent to create shots that are over the top and highlight each socialite blogger's personality. Her styling credits will include top designers featured at Bloomingdales, accessorized by LaceyK Shoes and items from Keith Lipert Gallery.

Images from the shoot will be available on December 29, 2008. Please contact Zaid Hamid at info@zaidhamid.com.

Consider alternative gifts this Christmas

Less than 6 shopping days left until the big guy in the sleigh comes shimmy-ing down the chimney and you still haven’t crossed those most difficult-to-buy-for friends and family off your gift list? Rediscover the meaning of the season and support local, national and international causes while honoring friends and family members with alternative gifts.

Read the full story here.

Red Cross Oscar Night

Our local Red Cross Chapter was AGAIN approached by the Academy of Motion Pictures to host the only official Oscar Night party in DC next February - seems it's a yearly tradition! I am honored to serve on the host committee for the event again this year.

Last year's party at Posh was a huge success. The writer's strike ended just in time to roll out our red carpet and congratulate some of DC's own celebrated nominees. So what's new for this year?!?!

The event is already shaping up to be incredible as we welcome back WJLA's Pamela Brown to serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies at the HARD ROCK CAFE. You won't want to miss the party (or the auction with a chance to win a signed Gibson Guitar)!

Tickets are already on sale ($85 GA, $150 VIP). A HUGE thank you goes out to Michael Saylor for being the presenting sponsor of the evening!
Contact me if you are interested in helping our local Red Cross chapter to raise over $1 million through this and other special events. And be sure to watch for more information as we approach Oscar Night!

BOURBON STEAK Opens in Four Seasons

The renovations at DC’s Four Seasons hotel have had Washingtonians scratching their heads for months. What could top the recently renovated lounge or luxurious lobby? All will be revealed tomorrow. (Except that I’m revealing it TODAY!)

Read the story here.

Last Minute Christmas Party

If I didn't know those guys, I might have doubted that they really put it together at the last minute... but I do know those guys, so I'm just impressed that they pulled it together so well! Martin Corboy, Doug Dixon, Sheriff Abdalla, and others hosted their annual Last Minute Christmas Party last night... invites out on Facebook just a day or so before the event.

It's a fun time every year - McFadden's - door donations to support the CORD Foundation. I loved the DJ a little too much, as evidenced by the aerobic workout I got on the dance floor!

From this picture you'd think we were at a Memorial Day party instead of a holiday happening - but there is exactly one week until Santa's big day!

K Street Kate's HH at Tattoo

Thanks to all who came out tonight to help me raise funds to combat breast cancer and support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. What struck me most was the number of guys that came out to Tattoo to support the cause. Way to stand by those special ladies your lives, gentlemen!

At left, Mark Drapeau and his friend Katie pose with Nakeva Crouthers and me. At right, ambience shot of the bar - though I must have just missed the big screen showing one of Tattoo's awesome 80's music videos.
Left here, David Miller and Anne Lee with me as the night ended. We're still waiting on totals to find out how much was raised!
I was so pleased to have so many wonderful friends attend, but equally as impressed that experts in the field - such as the National Center for Plastic Surgery - came to support. Success on all fronts!

DoggyNetwork Commercial Filming

It was Sunday morning. Early. And I was freezing.

No, I don't have a dog, but I was pretending to walk this adorable teacup Yorkie named Tinkerbell.

DoggyNetwork.com, a new start-up, was filming it's Spring commercial.. and I was working with "doggy actors" for the first time in my life. They were taking direction as well as they could, but that didn't keep my hands from becoming big blocks of ice!

Thanks to the work of a diligent producer and a lot of piecemeal shots that will surely be fun to edit, the commercial storyline came through. Pretty soon, these guys will be in big business! Ricky - thanks for hiring me to be your "dog walker"!

*DoggyNetwork.com is (obviously) a website for the canine enthusiast. Check it out for your "Doggy on Board" signs.

From the K Street Kate Party - My New Choos!

Now I have to go somewhere warm for New Years just so I can wear them. Can't wait!!!

Celebrating the Season at the 2008 Georgetown Jingle

After watching fifteen interior designers compete to decorate the most elaborate evergreen, trimming your own holiday tree is almost too tempting!

The seasonal spirit was certainly in the air as event co-hosts Erwin Gomez, (Erwin Gomez Salon & Spa) and Ms. Cynthia Bruno celebrated the annual Georgetown Jingle.

Read the full story here.

United Way Tocqueville Celebration

Thanks to PricewaterhouseCoopers for underwriting this year's United Way of the Capital Area's Tocqueville Celebration of Appreciation. I was honored to be at the Canadian Embassy Friday evening to be celebrate with those who have given so much to the efforts of the United Way this year.

Particularly, I was proud to be there to support my great friend and mentor, Frida Burling, who was the recipient of the Toqueville Award presented at the United Nations just a few weeks ago.

And whomever had the great idea to include a copy of "Democracy in America" in each gift bag - that was awesome!
(At left, Frida congratulates another United Way supporter.)

Triple Threat Glossies

Thursday night's downpours and dropping temps didn't stop ALL THREE of DC's major glossy mags from hosting chic events all over town. Which one(s) to attend? Who could choose!

DC Modern Luxury held a benefit shopping party for the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts at Tommy Hilfiger in Georgetown. This was an important stop to the night because I'm still trying to cross TWO picky brothers off my Christmas gift list! Seems as though a lot of people were out in search of Rugby sweaters and cashmere gloves - the event pulled in a great crowd for the stormy weather.

Just up the street at Reiss (one of my very favorite stores!!) Washington Life was hosting a similar soiree. It's amazing how a DJ and a little bubbly can really wipe away the December doldrums.

No shopping, just celebrating for Capitol File. The mag threw Tattoo Bar's one year anniversary party. Yes, that's where we'll all be Tuesday for my happy hour (and then dance all night!)... so the anniversary celebration can continue!

Kathlin Argiro, Trunk Show @ Fornash

Between the efforts of DC socialites, fashionable politicians, and the newest inaugural gown craze, the District has lately been high on everyone’s Style File. One huge benefit of acknowledging our city chic is that designer trunk shows are making their way into the District – and with them comes a chance to meet the designers creating that incredible couture...

Read the full story here.

Inauguration 101 on the Web: Where and What Not to Wear

For those lucky or monetarily lucrative enough to be in town for the combination Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday/Inauguration of Obama, there is now a comprehensive clearinghouse of information on all local events and nightlife taking place during the week of January 16th-23rd: InaugurationEvents.com. And if you’re worried that someone might be sporting the same styles to some of those events as you – don’t worry. I've got you covered there, too.

Read the full story here.


I finally made it out to National Harbor to see Kooza tonight, tickets courtesy of Goldstar Events. Though the show has almost run its course in DC, the packed audience was a testament to how great Cirque du Soleil can be when it goes back to its origins: acrobatic performance and clowning as an art form.

My favorite part may be a departure from the usual crowd charmer - everyone seems to love the contortionist duet. Me, I couldn't get enough of the duet on the unicycle! What strength, agility, and true grace were required!

If you haven't made it out to see Kooza, you have just a few performances left. The Grand Chapiteau packs up on December 14th!

K Street Kate Benefit Happy Hour for Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Come out and toast with me for a great cause. We're saving the ta-tas... with Susan G. Komen for the Cure!

My First Pair of Jimmy Choos!

At last night's Choo Box party, I hosted a wonderful group of girlfriends (and some adventurous guy friends) in Chevy Chase to try on the new Jimmy Choo Cruise collection and take advantage of some spectacular deals on luxury shoes, handbags, and other accessories.

Most items in the store were 30% off, but if you could wait until Wednesday to pick up your Choos, you could score them for a stellar HALF of their original price. There was so much shopping going on!

Thanks to all of those who came out. Thanks to Famoso for providing drink and appetizer specials for those of us who stopped in after the Choo extravaganza. And a HUGE thanks to my incredible "man friend" who gave me the most wonderful present - my first pair of Jimmy Choos!
Photos courtesy of Constance Christakos.

Reminder for Monday!

Don't forget to have those toes pedicured over the weekend in anticipation of K Street Kate's Choo Box party at Jimmy Choo Monday night.

We'll 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!

RSVP by phone 240.223.1102 or email:chevychase@jimmychoo.com.

Gift bags available to the first 50 ladies in attendance.

*And to keep the celebration going, Pamela Sorensen has generously arranged to have M Cafe (just up the street!) continue our Chevy Chase chic-fest. Enjoy drink specials and an hour of free appetizers after K Street Kate's Choo Box Party!

Weekend Events to Kick-Off Your Holiday Mood

Looking for some fun this weekend to enhance your holiday cheer?

Read the full story here.

Nothing but the Truth

Last night's marathon started with a Capitol File new issue party - a movie screening of Kate Beckinsale's new movie, 'Nothing But the Truth.' It is a Valerie Plame-style flick - journalist outs the CIA agent and spends time in jail for her integrity to the source - a thought provoking one for sure! Kate acts beautifully... and was just as beautiful in person!

Despite rumors that Kobe Bryant was hanging out at Mate just up the street, we headed straight to Paper Moon for the annual Mistletoe & Cocktails holiday party put on by several bachelor buddies. Crowds, craziness, and general clinging seemed the rule of the night. I couldn't deal.

Looking for more calm with my cocktails, I followed another crew down the street (where everyone ended up anyway). Toasts and tired eyes... Hello, December!

Tuesday's Badgley Mischka show to benefit St. Jude

I posted some quick pics after the event, but you can read the entire story here.

MooJoo Ken

Ok... I'll admit that at first I thought it was a famously eclectic Chinese food restaurant. How was I to know about the cool clothes and accessories at MooJoo Ken!!? That's why we were we all heading up to U Street to check it out.

Tonight's Disco party at MooJoo Ken was really all it was advertised to be. There were go-go dancers in the window, painted models, mixed music, and diva designs. At left, models Kate and Nicky pose with nothing but painted MooJoo fashions!

But now I've learned about the line - and you should, too! I heard all about the distinct patterns of MooJoo Ken's garments, scarves, handbags and shoes. Tonight's feature was the "Filling Station," but the "Foggy Bottom" design really caught my eye as well. Everyone really wanted my favorite item in the store - the fabulous red and black bag pictured on high at right. It's high up there on the holiday wish list!
A huge thanks to Alex, one of DC's hardest designers at work, for my "Filling Station" scarf, which I am wearing next to Tiffany at left.

Sweet Sucess - Sesto Senso

YOU are the first to know!

After the paperwork was signed and the deal done... there was much rejoicing! That's right - there are new owners of Sesto Senso, that Italian restaurant in Dupont that has been serving scrumptious fare for over 15 years. And here's to 15 more...and 15 more on top of that!

New owners Said Oudghiri (Yaku), Rodrigo Garcia (L2), Osmar Nunez-Vilches (Mate), and Moe & Joe Idrissi (Bodgea, News Cafe) joined together to breathe new life into 'Sesto' - so look for exciting news surrounding this place in the coming year!

Badgely Mischka to benefit St. Jude

I want to rename December as 'Fashion Month.' Tuesday night, 15 models from THE Artist Agency walked the runway at Saks, joining Mark Badgely and James Mischka to showcase their new Cruise Collection and raise money and awareness for St. Jude's Research Hospital.

It's no secret that Badgely Mischka gowns and cocktail dresses are some of my very favorite - but this collection was affordable, too. No item in the show cost greater than $1,000. Affordable luxury!
The gowns were remarkable, and so is St. Jude - not only for the care and attention they give each of their patients, but because NO PATIENT is ever turned away for their inability to pay.

Other fashionable events this week include MooJoo Ken's Disco party thrown in conjunction with Pamela's Punch and Tu-Anh's Shop for Shelter sale and fudraiser. Check back for postings on these great events and other happenings during my 'Fashion Month.'
Thanks to Pamela Sorensen for taking runway photos and Ashley Mangen for shooting some backstage pics!

Holiday Wish List

McLean Robbins,writing for the Washingtonian, asked me what's topping my wish list for the holidays.

Check out 'All I Want for Christmas' here.
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