Today on Let's Talk Live I dished with Sharon O'Connell about a website that's will tell you all the best deals on eating out. I've got my discount card - and I'm ready to use it!

Pooch Party!

Last night's Sugar & Champagne event put on by the Washington Humane Society was crazy - I've never seen so many four legged friends in one room! I was covering for DC Magazine, so look forward to my event coverage there, but as I partied with the pooches, I thought about how adorable they all were... and what a remarkable number of people have dogs in the city!

It was a canine night out! So many breeds. So many tiny outfits. I even saw one poodle with glasses and a hat! The food, sugar sensations from just about every pastry chef in the city, was enough to keep both the pets and the people yapping. It was easier to keep away from temptation after what I'm sure I saw was a human bite into a doggie biscuit. Instead, I feasted on Hello Cupcakes.

On eye level I saw people exchanging cards. Below, I saw dogs doing their own business. (Is the Ritz planning to re-carpet that ballroom sometime soon??) It was certainly an event for the canine crew and their owners to 'mark their territory' - so few parties allow guests to bring their pets, and no one likes to leave their best friend at home.

(Thanks, C.C. for tagging me in the pictures - I can't believe I forgot my camera! Above: Rodrigo and I with Matt Lowe and Tara de Nicolas, Communications Director and Event Organizer for the Washington Humane Society. Right: Petting Sparky.)

Doggy on Board Commercial

Remember months ago when I shot that commercial for Well, after weeks in the editing studio, here it is! Visit for all your Doggy on Board gear - and tell 'em K Street Kate sent you!

Shiseido, Nars at The Oval Room

Tonight I attended a beauty event put on by Heather Freeman PR to showcase Shiseido, Nars and other Spring cosmetics collections at The Oval Room.

Here I am with the Shiseido artist who convinced me to try the Dragon red lipstick, though I was decidedly more partial to Shiseido's classic mauves and more understated nudes.

For a full posting of the event and the new Spring collections, see the Examiner article here.

Sweet Charity/Heart of America

Today I was asked to be on the Host Committee for the Heart of America Foundation's Sweet Charity event and chocolate fashion show. Of course, I accepted!

The Heart of America Foundation is a non-profit that does incredible work, closely related to my work as Miss DC 2006. Heart of America's goal is to give children everywhere the tools they need to read, succeed and make a difference.

The foundation annually hosts Sweet Charity, bringing together pastry chefs and chefs from the D.C. Metro Area's leading restaurants for a unique event that emphasizes chocolate as a metaphor for the sweetness and potential in every child. Thanks Albert Uster Imports, presenting sponsor, every dollar produced buys at least one brand new book for a child living in poverty and/or helps replenish under-resourced libraries and classrooms in the Greater Washington region.
Last year, I was honored to don the Sweet Charity costume and walk the runway as the event's mascot. I am excited to participate again, and host, this year!
Check back for more information Sweet Charity and other K Street Kate events to benefit HoA.

How contestants prepare for Miss America

Tonight a new Miss America will be crowned. Those who will watch the live telecast will spend one hour oohing and aahing over gowns, critiquing swimsuits, proclaiming all talents off-key, and wondering why the girls didn’t answer their on-stage questions better.

For you, it’s one hour.

For those 52 girls, it’s a lifetime of preparation leading up to one moment that could change their lives forever.

Official Oscar Night to benefit the Red Cross

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences probably held its breath all year – anxiously awaiting a potential repeat of the actors’ strike that threatened to cancel (or at least postpone) last year’s Oscar ceremony. But yesterday morning’s announcements allowed the Academy, and one DC non-profit, to breathe easy.

Read the full story here.

That's M.I.C.H.A.E.L - Hold onto your 'S'

A message sent via my personal website:

Dear Kate,
You are very very beautiful and sexy and I was wondering if you would mind sending me an autographed photo.
I like so much your music!
my name and address are:

I give you a big kiss.

Um.... HUH?!?!? Who knew?

Bon Voyage Whitney!

Last night at Current we noshed on some healthy sushi and said good-bye to our friend and fab personal trainer, Whitney Cole. She trained Michael Saylor into shape!
Though she said no to posting pics of herself, Gina, Shivi, Jo C and I are sending smiles that her trip to L.A. will be a safe one - and we'll have a spot to crash when we come visit Hollywood!

Inauguration Night

Thanks for tagging me in this picture, Grace Oh! It was great to celebrate inauguration night with so many friends (in addition to visiting celebrities). We'll be keeping this city fun and fabulous for the four years, so being together was the right way to set it off.

*Here, we are at the former Artefacto, now an art gallery, which hopped to the tunes of the original 'Cadillac Records' band with Jeffrey Rush until 4 am.

Meet the Madisons

Come meet us... we do fun stuff.

LTL: Preventing Heart Disease

Today on Let's Talk Live I spoke with Dr. Salim Aziz of Millenium Scan LIVE in the studio about preventing heart disease and other health issues.

Congratulations, President Obama!

I can't help myself. Today reminds me of my first run-in with then Senator Obama.

Congratulations on all you've accomplished, Barack. You've got Air Force One, Marine One, and Cadillac One. But on this list, you had to settle for #2 :)

Looking forward to four years of fun with you, Michelle, Sasha and Malia in the White House.

Inauguration Evening Events Day 3

I needed a day "off" in anticipation of the actual inaugural on Tuesday and to celebrate MLK Day! So tonight's dedicated event was a quiet dinner at Sesto Senso (across town Milano was buzzing with Cher, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Sharon Stone, Toby McGuire, and so many others...) and the Quintessentially Inaugural party at L2.

(Above I am with Makeda Saggau-Sackey, Taylor Berry, and Andrea Rodgers.)

Inauguration Evening Events Day 2

A visit to the home of the French Ambassador started the long evening - perhaps the most hectic of my inaugural schedule. The Ambassador's residence is almost an Embassy in itself, an incredible museum of furniture from Versailles (and Napolean's rug!!). With customary wine and cheese in hand, I chatted with Miss France, Alonzo Mourning, and good friend Dave Grimaldi. It was a pleasure to meet the Ambassador and thank him for welcoming us into his home.

I just missed Oprah as I hurried to make it to the Washington Post's Root Inaugural Ball. The Root is a publication headed by Editor-in-Chief Henry Louis Gates Jr., and he and Donald Graham of the Post had quite the list of celebrities in the house to view exhibits at the National Museum of American History, sip on pomegranate martinis, nosh on Ben's Chili Bowl half smokes, and get down to Biz Markie on the dancefloor. Larry King was in attendance, Tammy Haddad had her usual camcorder in hand (smart reporter!), and David "Stretch" Gregory was (of course!) the tallest and most hip on the dancefloor! Bob Woodward, Isaiah Washington, Jonathan Alter and Howard Fineman were also spotted.

To end the night, I trekked out to f.u.r. nightclub - my first time! - for the Artists Making an Impact event with Washington Life and the Impact Film Fund. It was crazy. Fur in an evening gown. WOW! But as always, Michael Romeo more than took care of us, which was exceedingly nice of him considering the crowd he was supporting last night.

Nelly was hosting, and was very nice when we met him. And even though we arrived very late, we didn't miss the Ludacris performance!! The film guys from Supersize Me were filming all over the place, and we caught up with Jeffrey Rush again (he was earlier at the Ambassador's residence) in the VIP section.

Inaugural Evening Events - Day 1

Decided that all invitations should include ATTIRE - since no one is quite sure how to dress for events this inaugural weekend. Even at a Ball, we're seeing a mix of cocktail, formal evening tuxes, and jeans (I can hardly believe that one). And that was a topic of conversation at Lyrics and Libations Saturday night at Milano.

Franco Nuschese, Jackie Kuchinich, Becca Glover and Matt Dormic invited me to the join in on the fun to benefit Horton's Kids at the super crowded scene restaurant which was also hosting a BET Awards party...and regular reservations... that evening.

At our party in the back we enjoyed Peroni and Emperor Vodka cocktails (sponsors of the evening's libations and chatted with Taylor Griffin, Moira Bagley, John Arundel, Pergrin Pervez (of Emperor Vodka ) and Ezra Weinblatt. Huge kudos to Becca Glover, especially for putting together an awesome gift bag - mine had my favorite Georgetown cupcake (chocolate with white icing!), lots of Vitamin water to help me get through the next day, and a week of activity at the Sports Club LA!

Post Milano, we partied with some serious power players at L2 for another official BET party - hosted by Debbie Lee. Samuel L. Jackson was leaving just as I walked in, but I saw Angela Bassett and Will.I.Am rocking in the DJ Booth with Dimitri. So much celebration.. and it's only Day 1!
*Images from top to bottom: I'm with Ezra Weinblatt of The Ezra Company and his girlfriend. Andrea Rodgers and I showcase our sequin sparkle. Ambiance of L2's front bay.

LTL: Rock the Scale! Inaugural Parties, No Regret

Today on Let's Talk Live I did my first live satellite interview with Karen Miller-Kovach, dietitian for Weight Watchers. She tells us how to serve healthy treats for gatherings, how to prepare meals that will keep us full, and what activities to do to stay physically fit.

The inaugural top hat tradition

“Barack Obama, I'm on my way, and I've got your hat,” says Josh Shayne, a recent graduate of NYU's film school on a self-proclaimed mission to bring back the inaugural hat.

What is the inaugural hat? According to Anya Strzemien of the Huffington Post, “Once upon a time, when men were elected to the highest office in the land...

Read the full story here.

Inaugural Walking Map

That's right. Wear the 'comfy' shoes. You're gonna get to see a lot of "downtown" Washington.

Rodrigo's Birthday

Happy Birthday, Rodrigo!

In advance of his big day, I assembled a small group of close friends at Milano to help him blow out his birthday candles before heading to L2 for another round of cocktails and cake.

A particular thank you Laurent Menoud for taking such wonderful care of us and helping me to make Rodrigo's birthday so special.

LTL: Oakville Grille & Wine Bar

Wednesday on Let's Talk Live, I spoke with Executive Chef Robert Hester about Oakville's Red, White, and Blue inaugural meal specials. Yum!

Badgely Mischka Video on Fox5

Thanks to my good friend, Will Thomas at Fox5 for sending me the link to the Saks & St. Jude Badgely Mischka runway show late last year. He was able to have such an interesting talk with the designers... How will they cope with reduced wealth for luxury items??... and you can catch me on the runway!

Preparing and pampering for the inaugural

Packing your schedule full of events can be fun and exciting, but can also do a number on your health and well-being. I’ve got the scoop on some local retailers, spas and salons that will pamper you patriotic.

Read the full story here.

Cocktails (Non-Inaugural)

After some filming work in Bethesda - be sure to watch Let's Talk Live today - it was nice to spend the evening catching up with friends and enjoying some events for local non-inaugural activities.

Roby Penn invited a few of us to a housewarming reception in his new home at the Watergate. I'm amazed at how quickly Roby decorated. I've been living in my new place months longer than Roby and I don't even have curtains yet! I also don't have any hunting trophies... but that's another story entirely.

And I was just able to catch the end of Martinis for the Mall at Teatro Goldoni where I ran into Donna Shor of Washington Life, who was dining with several lovely ladies, including Debbie Brooks (pop art handbag designer) who'll be showcasing her art, handbags and accessories on Fox today.

*Martinis for the Mall was an event to benefit a relatively new organization, The Trust for the National Mall. According to event host Lindley Thornburg, "With 25 million annual visitors and $350 million in deferred maintenance, our nation’s premier park has endured countless problems including badly damaged lawns, a sinking sea wall around the Tidal Basin, stagnant reflecting pools and inadequate signage, restrooms and food facilities. It is our hope to raise the necessary funds to return “America’s Front Yard” into the treasure it once was!"

Kate Marie's Miss America Send-Off

Tonight we wished Kate Marie Grinold, Miss DC 2008, a cheerful good luck as she prepares to pack her bags and board the plane for Vegas. The Miss America competition will run January 21-23, with the Top 15 airing live on TLC January 24th at 8:00 PM. We'll all be watching and holding our breath!
During the send-off, contestants have the opportunity to showcase their competition wardrobe and thank their many supporters. Kate Marie held her send-off at the Institute for World Politics, which was a new venue for almost all of us. She enjoyed the oohs and ahhs of the audience as she showed off two of her gowns and her talent costume and she posed for dozens of pictures. Who knows? We may have just had our picture taken with the next Miss America?!
(At top - Miss DC, four "former" Miss DCs, and the current Miss Teen DC. Above left, one of KMG's walk-on gown choices.)

LTL: Believe- The Barack Obama Story

Today on Let's Talk Live I spoke with Tom Hart of Potomac Productions about his new movie, 'Believe: The Barack Obama Story.'

Watch the full video here.

WUSA 9 Inaugural Ball Gown Modeling

I was up at 4 am Saturday morning for hair and make-up in preparation for a live studio shoot of inaugural ball gown modeling with WUSA 9 guest commentator George Worrell.

Until the inauguration, you can check out the video in the sidebar at right.

Up for Renewal

What if you used the lessons of magazines to change your life: starting over with relationships, health and career? Is your life 'Up for Renewal' like the character in Cathy Alter's newest novel?

Fans of Cathy's reads had the chance to meet her and pick up a signed copy of her book Thursday night at Ginger Boutique in Bethesda. It was my first time to meet Cathy, also a local English and Literature professor.

Thursday night also brought the great news to friend and fellow blogger, Rachel Cothran of Project Beltway, that she would be a guest commentator on CNN early next week discussing Michelle Obama's style. She shared the big break with us at the book signing.
Sounds like whether or not we're 'Up for Renewal,' those of us in DC are always up to something. Kudos Cathy and Rachel!
(At top I'm holding a copy of Cathy's book, which she is signing for a reader at left.)

Bourbon Steak Grand Opening

It's technically been open for a few short weeks now, but (had there been any) the kinks are out! Bourbon Steak, Michael Mina's famous chic steakhouse, revolutionizes the Four Seasons in Georgetown, and brings an entirely new aura to the famous first floor. Last night, Heather Freeman PR helped host its grand opening, showcasing the remarkable new decor and the FOOD!
Doesn't that little burger in front of Heather Guay (at left) look soooo tempting? We snapped this shot just seconds before we snarfed the kobe beef mini-burger down!

You can't even imagine the size of the claws on this lobster - used for decoration only last night. As much as I kept asking them to crack it and give me a mega-lobster meal, it was taken back to the kitchen at the end of the evening. Perhaps lobster bisque is on today's menu??

There was even a science club demonstration, er... cool gastronomic dessert presentation. After my mousse mint, rolled and packed at well below freezing temperatures, literally evaporated at first bite... I was ready to float away as well.
Delish, delish, delish. Second helpings are definitely in order.

NBC picks up Media Mavens' Inauguration Fashion

Click to see some newly released images of our media mavens inaugural fashions photo shoot on NBC Washington's website.

Frugal Fashionista

Today's Shop Around Blog in the Washingtonian, the Frugal Fashionista, asked me to shop for an inauguration-worthy outfit for under $200. Impossible? Not at all!
Want to find out where I snagged these great finds? Check it out here.

Getting Into, Out Of, and Around During the Inaugural...

With the Inauguration just weeks away, transportation has become a growing concern. Pre-planning is a MUST whether you are coming, going, or navigating your way through the city for all of the inaugural events.

Read the full story here.

If Only I Were Related to B. Michael...

The Examiner found one of my posts from the B. Michael show I modeled in a while back and quoted me in Yeas & Nays today. Apparently Michelle Fenty will be wearing a B. Michael to an inauguration event. Wish I were!

Big News - K Street Kate on Channel 8!!!

I told you there was big news in 2009...

Now you can watch me on Channel 8's newest show, weekdays from noon to 1 PM. Let's Talk Live, hosted by Natasha Barrett and Doug McKelway, will be a discussion of relationships, health, home décor, entertainment, and other topics along with business sponsored segments and guest hosts.

On today's inaugural show, I interviewed Gretchen Hitchner of Ginger Boutique. Check Let's Talk Live's website (and mine!) for future developments... and watch daily, even via livestreaming!

Restrictions/Street Closures Around Obama's Hotel

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) advises residents and motorists that the following street closures and parking restrictions will be put into effect to provide for security and safety around the Hay Adams Hotel during President-Elect Obama’s stay. So, pretty much, plan carefully if you are going ANYWHERE.

These closures will be in place from 1 a.m. on Sunday, January 4 until midnight on January 15:

-16th Street, NW, between I Street and H Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic and parking will be restricted.

-Connecticut Avenue, NW, between I Street and H Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic and parking will be restricted.

-H Street, NW, between 17th Street and Vermont Avenue, will be closed to vehicular traffic and parking will be restricted.

-Parking will be restricted on I Street, NW, between 14th and 17th Streets.

In addition, pedestrian access may be restricted on the streets listed above. Residents will have access to their homes and delivery trucks will be permitted to make deliveries to businesses in the area after they are cleared through security checkpoints.

Can I Go Back, Now?

I haven't even been off the plane and back in DC a couple of hours yet and I'm already missing this! No more sunny beach vacation. It's cold here!

But we have so much to look forward to over the next few weeks. The Obamas have landed and Inauguration preparations are more than well underway. Check back for some of the coolest places to be 'scene' and some of the hottest new happenings around town as we start the new year off right!

A Poetic Panorama

Think you've seen and heard it all?

The Washington, DC, Poetry Tour reveals our nation’s capital through the eyes of its great poets, including Archibald MacLeish, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Elizabeth Bishop, among many others. From the hallowed halls of the federal buildings to neighborhood side streets, the tour features poems written in and about DC, as well as photographs by poet Thomas Sayers Ellis.

Narrated by inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander and produced by the Poetry Foundation, the tour showcases archival and contemporary recordings of DC poets, scholars, and musicians, all shedding new light on DC’s historic landmarks.

It's poetry in motion.

The Gift of Recess - Revisited

Snow sacked our last attempt... but one can never get enough RECESS! Come play, party and participate by bringing a new children's book (or $5 donation) to help stock our DC Public Library. Tix here.

Happy New Year!!!

From Nassau, Bahamas... Happy 2009! Here's to making and keeping our resolutions, having much success, and fulfilling our wishes. In short - all health and happiness!
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