BitterSweet Skye

Friday night's fundraiser for the Heart of America Foundation was a lesson learned for me regarding the DC charitable scene. I have always said that I take pride in supporting everyone's causes because I know that this will, in turn, give them the opportunity to support mine. In case you've been under a rock for 3 years (or are just beginning to visit this blog), mine is literacy.





If a person can't read, they can't complete some of the simplest tasks, like filling out a job application. If they can't get a job, they can't contribute to society in some of the simplest forms, like paying taxes. If they can't earn wages and pay taxes, then they become more of a burden on the rest of us. How do we fix this?... Go back to step one. Teach people to read, and give them the books and other tools to do it.

Last night, I held a fee free fundraiser at Skye Lounge for HOA. HOA gives children books, builds libraries at schools where populations are underserved, and even goes a step farther with character building exercises. It is one of those non-profits that speaks to my cause - and so much more. I am thrilled and honored by the turnout that we received from around the DC area, and particularly those with whom I have never spoken or even met. However, I will admit that I am disappointed in others whom I expected to reciprocate, because I have given them so much of my own time and effort.

Very special thanks go out to Morgan Ortagus and Jonathan Weinberger, Linda Krell (and thanks for being unofficial photog!), Pamela Sorensen, Drew Wise, Kevin Roots, Walid Karim and Shelby Burcham, and of course the entire HOA and Skye teams. We had a great time, raised funds and awareness for literacy and character education, and promoted the Des Alpes Fashion Show coming up on May 11th.

If nothing else, now the rest of you know the cause to which I am devoted. The next time you ask me to host a fundraiser for three legged dogs, or promote a party for orphaned sewer rats, do you expect me to jump up to help you? Maybe when pigs fly... and dogs and rats can READ.

Operation Dreamseed Profile


As a naive American kid, Christian Nielsen assumed that “middle class” shared a general definition worldwide. But his first experience with charity work in South America showed him how little Americans understand about living conditions outside of the United States and introduced him to levels of extreme poverty he could only have imagined. “The house I stayed in could literally be described as a shed...


How to get an artist to take you to dinner

The Fillmore Arts Center's annual fundraiser, 'Dinner with an Artist', is just a few weeks away. What is “Dinner with an Artist?” It is your chance to have a funky feast with the Godfather of Go-Go or to talk and twirl with a beautiful ballerina. The idea of the dinner is to create a "salon experience" for Washington's art patrons by matching the area's most eminent artists with a perfect host in a cool and intimate setting.

Read the full story here.

Luke's Wings Fashion Takes Flight


Last night at L2 Lounge in Cady's Alley, Luke's Wings took flight - with a charity fashion show to benefit the non-profit, which raises money to provide travel and accomodations to the families and loved ones of servicemen/women who are recovering at Walter Reed.

I was happy to participate as emcee as dozens of "looks" walked the red carpet for a packed house. A huge thank you to Aidah Collection for

dressing me and Queen Bee for the jewelry! Other designers and boutiques included Urban Chic, Mi Chiamo Eka, Evelyn Brooks Designs, Iky Clothing and Vintage Venom.

The most inspirational part of the evening was listening to the story of Sgt. John Moore - his family will be traveling to visit him TODAY thanks to funding by Luke's Wings. He was honestly touched by their efforts on his behalf, and vowed to help this charity himself as soon as he is able.

In case you missed it - or procrastinated to buy tickets until they were SOLD OUT - you can help the cause by visiting www.lukeswings.org.

The District Dish


It's a new project that has been in the works for a while now and is FINALLY coming to fruition! You can watch tomorrow, Wednesday as The District Dish's inaugural webisode publishes to http://www.thedistrictdish.com/.

From the media release:
"Three of the DC scene's most talked about personalities are turning the tables... and talking about DC! The District Dish is a brand new internet talk show that airs weekly via the internet on www.thedistrictdish.com. Topics include people, places, politics, parties and philanthropies - and the scoop will give even those in the know something to chew on!

The District Dish's three hosts are Ebong Eka, Kate Michael and Pamela Sorensen. Eka is a CPA and local clothing designer; Michael was Miss DC 2006, now writing for local publications and working for the DC government; and Sorensen works as an independent fundraising and marketing consultant.

All three blog... and now broadcast their views weekly, every Wednesday, on the District's only internet talk show, The District Dish." Read the full release with more details on Wednesday's show here.

Oscar Night DC

The Red Cross of the National Capital Area was one of the biggest winners last night, thanks to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (The Oscars). The charity was chosen to hold the only officially sanctioned Oscar viewing party in the DC area - and it the party got almost as much hype as Slumdog Millionaire (well, I said almost...)! Congrats to Slumdog on the big win for Best Motion Picture of the year!!

A sold out crowd in their black tie finest walked the red carpet to the event held at the Hard Rock Cafe. Emcee Pamela Brown and critic Arch Campbell from ABC7 - WJLA helped make the night... as did event hosts Pamela Sorensen and David Marra.

A Gibson guitar, signed by OAR went by live auction to my good friend John Tsaknis, raising over $1100 for the efforts of the Red Cross. Ticket sales, the silent auction, and the most generous donation of presenting sponsor Michael Saylor put the charity over the top this year... allowing it to continue to do such great work as welcoming soldiers home to this area, disaster relief efforts, blood drives, and so much more!

Above: I'm with Constance Christakos and Anna Kaliontgis. At left: With Alexandra Pryor. Dress by Jovani.

Chance for Life

I was at the City Tavern Club for the post poker party and wine tasting Saturday night. Congratulations to this year's winner of the Chance for Life Poker Tournament, who wins a seat in the qualifying rounds for the World Series of Poker: Chris Daniels!

Design S at the Swedish Embassy

Friday night, at the Embassy of Sweden, the Design S Awards were presented in collaboration with the Corcoran School of Art & Design.

Design S is Sweden's biggest design award. It singles out successful design and rewards creative solutions to problems. And this year's designs were certainly all very... modern.

The exhibit will be on view at the Embassy for five weeks showcasing all nominated submissions from the 08/09 awards.
Hope you find it a bit more interesting than
this little guy (yep, that rug is part of the exhibit!):

Above: checking out the designs with Aram Taghavi.

I was actually on the DANCE TEAM


I love how Hottie Milinda always thinks of me... Today she calls me with this great idea: USA Cheerleading! While I'm not sure I'm prepped to recreate my days of ponytails and pompoms (really it's so much more of a sport than that!), I did want to share the opportunity for try-outs with anyone else that might be interested. Sounds fun and like there could be future fame (the team was recently featured on the Rachel Ray show)!!

The USA Cheerleaders are a professional appearance/performance based promotional team, that travels the United States *and abroad* to perform at various events year round. They are a highly talented, energetic and attractive group of over 50 young men and women. And they are holding auditions next month for ALL types of performers - former NFL / NBA cheerleaders, models, former pageant queens, singers, dancers, tumblers, etc.
Could at the very least be a fun way to learn some new dance moves??

March 15th, Gold's Gym (6324 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD). Registration starts at 2:00.

Winnie's Engaged!


When I was little, everyone - even people in the grocery store - used to tell me that I looked like Winnie Cooper (Danica McKelar) on the "Wonder Years." I heard it so often that I even put the nickname on the back of my senior shirt!

Well, Winnie's all grown up now (no, I'm not talking about those pictures she took a while back) and she's engaged! The wedding is March 22nd in California to Mike Verta.

What else is she doing now?? Promoting math education.

LTL: DCJobs.com

Today I'm live in the Let's Talk Live studio with Mark Gaswirth and Jakhara Long of DCJobs.com, explaining how this site can help you find a job in this tough economy.

Miss A's p.i.n.k. Poodle Party, Plus

Last night I made sure to stop by Tattoo for Miss A's p.i.n.k. party to benefit the Washington Humane Society. Andrea is raising money to walk the runway in this year's Fashion for Paws campaign, and came away from last night's efforts with nearly a third of her goal!

Just steps away, at The Park at Fourteenth, Ne-Yo was hosting a bash with vodka sponsor Belvedere for Pandora's Art of Euphoria event. I haven't heard of anyone actually meeting (or seeing Ne-Yo) but it's fun that he's in the charity hosting mix in DC right now... and not in NYC for Fashion Week like Kanye West.



* UPDATE - Nakeva Corothers sent me this pic as proof that Ne-Yo was, in fact, in the house... er, The Park. Thanks, Nakeva!

K Street Kate Gets Scribbler Award

A huge THANK YOU to DCFab for giving me this award and allowing me to pass it on!! Part of the fun is in selecting my 5 Scribbler nominations, so let me list the rules for the future recipients of the Superior Scribbler Award:1) Pass The Award on to the five (5) most deserving bloggers.
2) Each recipient must link to the author and name of the blog from whom The Award was received.
3) Each "Superior Scribbler" must display The Award on their blog and link back to this which explains The Award.
4) Each blogger must visit this site and add their name to the Mr. Linky List. (Wow- I'm #495!)5) Each blogger must post these rules.


And now I get to pass it on! Here's my nomination for the 5 most deserving bloggers/superior scribblers:

http://thefabulousgiver.wordpress.com/ - The Fabulous Giver is a 'one-stop-blog' for readers to know about nationwide charitable giving events and opportunities. A blogger after my own heart!

http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/ - The Sartorialist is one of Time Magazine's 100 Top Design Influencers, yet still maintains it's Blogger template and grassroots feel. Best thing about it? It's global!

http://geofflivingston.com/ - I think Geoff Livingston is a lot like me. His blog is a mix of work, hobbies, events, thoughts, and general info on his life. And he's an interesting guy!

http://dctrendspot.com/ - I usually think I'm wearing/doing/eating/sponsoring something trendy... or at least acceptably trendy and chic. If I'm wrong - or right! - the TrendSpot will set me straight.

http://eavesdropdc.blogspot.com/ - Because it totally makes me laugh! I used to write quotes I heard around town... but this blogger hears some of the best. Maybe someday s/he'll be eavesdropping on me!

There you go - add to your blogrolls and happy reading!

LTL: Kemper Carpet

Today on Let's Talk Live, I'm on location, chatting with Kemper Carpet owner Tammy Titus about all of the flooring options in her local showroom.

Evelyn Brooks taps heritage, creates gems and goodworks for DC

One Christmas day when she was a child, Evelyn Brooks’ father gave her a bunch of sparkly stones to choose from and make a design. The reds and blues that caught her eye turned out to be rubies and sapphires, a jeweled first design that made Evelyn’s Christmas particularly special and even sparked her desire to start her very own business...

Read the entire story here.

St. Jude Gourmet Gala

Tonight was the St. Jude Gourmet Gala, a Mardi Gras themed evening of fantastic food for a cause that's also too good to pass up.

I was covering the event for DC Magazine, so look for my event coverage in a future issue, but just some preliminary thoughts... and a short video here to give you the goods.

video

Restaurants from all over the city (notably excepting Acadiana, as Michelle Mobley pointed out) showcased some of their signature dishes in hopes of winning the audience's choice award, which, surprisingly, went to the Ronald Reagan Center. My choice might have been for either of the shrimp and grits dishes of the evening - or the Scotch Egg from Common Wealth, which wins K Street Kate points for creativity.
Of course all of this was to benefit St. Jude's Research Hospital, a children's hospital named for the patron saint of lost causes, which aims to help all children regardless of their inability to pay. We heard from one survivor, Will Glowaski, who not only beat cancer and went on to graduate from the 6th grade with straight A's, but won the Heroes award for being a true hero through the ordeal.
(Desserts, top left. Pamela Sorensen and Jim Kimsey, event attendees, top right. K Street Kate produced video of the Gourmet Gala, center.)

Luke's Wings Takes Flight

Join me next Wednesday as I serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies for Fashion Takes Flight to support Luke's Wings, a fashion show to benefit Luke's Wings.

Local DC notables, including Tony Hudgins, Katherine Kennedy, Angie Goff, Miss DC 2008 Kate Marie Grinold, Paul Wharton, Redskins and former Redskins Cheerleaders and members of the armed services, will walk the runway in a one of a kind fashion event showcasing the spring and summer collections of Washington designers and boutiques.

Admission: $25 tax deductible donation if pre-purchased, $35 at the door.
Includes hors d'oeuvres and L2 drink specials.

Details:Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m
L2 Lounge (3307 Cady's Alley NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20007).

Designers include:26 Designs Clothing - Aidah Collection - B.Jolee Designs - Bea Couture Shoes - Bonobos - Christina Sochacki Jewelry -Dakota Martin - Evelyn Brooks – Ginger- Hu's Shoes - Lacey K Shoes - Mervis Diamond Importers - Mi Chiamo Eka - Queen Bee Designs - Rochelle Behrens Collection - Sherman Pickey - Southern Proper - Tucker Blair - Urban Chic - We One You Two - Wink Boutique – Ying Edge

*Luke's Wings is an organization dedicated to the support of service members who have been wounded in battle. Recognizing the immediate need for families to be with their loved ones at such a difficult time, Luke’s Wings provides families with the means to visit during the service member’s hospitalization and rehabilitation. By purchasing travel agency services and travel tickets for loved ones, Luke’s Wings provides an immediate and invaluable service to the families of our men and women at arms while also helping to encourage and motivate the service member’s recovery.Washington fashion takes flight as we salute our armed services and raise money to bring a little piece of home to the wounded while recuperating at military medical centers.

Aidah Collection Spokesmodel

I've been named a Spokesmodel for the Aidah Collection which means that in addition to helping to showcase this amazing local designer's pieces, I get to wear my choice of fabulous Aidah Couture to events all around town!

If you see something you like, be sure to let Aidah know you saw it on K Street Kate!

St. Michaels, MD

When I'm in need of a charming, peaceful weekend vacation (and I just happen to have a three day weekend and need to come up with a great idea for Valentine's Day...) I love Bed & Breakfasts. There is just something about the
intimacy of a residence where guests interact, sit and start the day together that makes me feel like I've really gained an experience.




And I found the perfect B&B in St. Michaels, MD - the Parsonage Inn - for the Valentine's Day/President's Day weekend. Located just across from the Maritime Museum (and the perhaps more well known Inn at Perry Cabin), the Parsonage Inn, operated by Innkeepers Bill and Char Wilhelm, was certainly the most hospitable location in town!

This is the "little town that fooled the British" - which takes its name from an Espicopal Parish established in 1677 - and we explored it from its tip at Black Walnut Point to the museum at St. Mary's Square and everything in between. But even though it was small, we didn't get a chance to see everything! Good thing St. Michaels is less than a two hour car ride from the District (and you'll get to traverse the Bay Bridge).

If you're planning to go and want a restaurant suggesion, I recommend 208 Talbot - it's right next to our Inn and has the best catfish and fried green tomatoes...

(First image: at the tip of the island, Black Walnut Point. Second image: Rodrigo and I outside the lighthouse at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.)

Sweet Skye

No cover charge!

Join us at Skye Lounge on Friday, February 27th for a party to benefit the Heart of America Foundation. We'll celebrate the end of the sweetest month and raise funds to give books and other life skills to America's sweetest asset... our youth.

Enjoy special drinks and chocolate treats courtesy of Albert Uster Imports. The Skye's the limit!

Ralph Lauren Store in Georgetown to Close

Breaking News!!!

I've just found out that the Double RL (Ralph Lauren) store in Georgetown is closing - the one where you can find unique vintage Ralph Lauren jeans, belts, vests, hats and more. The Ralph Lauren store further up Wisconsin Ave. will still carry some of this apparel, but you should take advantage of the store closing to get some great final deals.

Store closing this Saturday, February 21st!

SOMEjrGala

Friday night at the Corcoran some people ate (and danced, drank, and socialized) So Others Might Eat. It was the younger (or Junior) of two annual galas to benefit SOME, a private non-profit organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of the nation's capital.

The event sold out at over 800, filling the Corcoran's atrium and spilling up the stairs to a VIP area overlooking a crowded dancefloor (where I watched my friends Samantha Dredge and Chandler Lockhart perform with their SickFeed band). All this was in support of and to benefit renovations at Thea Bowman House, SOME's transitional housing program for formerly homeless and poor families with children.
Afterwards, groups gathered at Mie n Yu or geared up for a late night at L2 lounge.
Above right: Posing with Amy Senger, Lauren Lee, and Katie Tobin. Above left: Judy Mayka (blue) and I found an unsuspecting victim to play patriotic with us.)

Happy Valentine's Day Treat

Wishing you love and health and warmth this Valentine's Day. And for good measure, I'm giving you this treat for only $1 at Jamba Juice (click for a larger image coupon to print). Enjoy being my Valentine!

Win $5,000 for your sustainable video

We all know someone who could use $5,000.00 right now, right? If you’ve got a camcorder and a simple idea that could help save the planet, your green idea could bring the green your way. Time is running out to enter JustDoOne.org’s contest, a collection of easily actionable ideas compiled by people who know best – the sustainable living community.

Read the entire article here.

DSS Tickets On Sale NOW


Oops! Forgot to give everyone the heads up that District Sample Sale tickets went on sale yesterday! Get yours early before they sell out... which they absolutely will because ticket prices are DOWN this year (more deals to combat the recession). General Admission $40; VIP for only $100...

Confessions of a Shopaholic


When shopping just makes everything right with the world, and there is never any buyer's remorse, is that when you're a shopaholic? Maybe when you've maxed out four credit cards and you have to tell your boss the collections agent is an ex-boyfriend stalker - is that when you're a shopaholic? Or perhaps when the store mannequins start talking to you... you're either a shopaholic or insane! You'll understand when you see the movie.

Tonight I went with several good girlfriends to Mazza Gallerie for Mix 107.3's premiere of Confessions of a Shopaholic featuring Isla Fisher (my ticket courtesy of www.glamazondiaries.com). A chick-flick for sure, Shopaholic was based on a widely read novel by Sophie Kinsella, and stayed basically true to the printed word. It was young and catchy and fun - more like Legally Blonde than Devil Wears Prada.

Favorite line: "Because nobody checks up on the Finnish."
Worst costuming moment: The black and white cocktail dress worn to the ball.
Best part to look for: The dancing scene with the fan.
Overall fun factor: 3.5

Let me know what you think after Confessions of a Shopaholic opens in theaters tomorrow!

Michelle Obama's Vogue Cover

I think they could have done so much better. You can hardly see her dress! Thoughts???

Hello Dolly!




Dolly Parton spoke at the National Press Club this afternoon. Who knew there were so many country music/Dolly fans!!?! Even before I took my seat, I had people asking me my favorite line from “Steel Magnolias” and I noticed one lady had brought a Dolly doll, dressed straight out of “Nine to Five.”



LTL: Physician's Laser Center

Today on Let's Talk Live I'm out of the studio, talking to Physician's Laser Center owner/operator Morgan Gale about their range of services.

Jete Society Dance Party


Friday night was the annual Jete Society Dance Party, which brought out the younger crowd... who arguably might prefer to see themselves dancing on the dancefloor than a ballet at the Kennedy Center, yet they support the Washington Ballet nonetheless. I was covering the event for DC Magazine, so look for more coverage in a future issue.

Co-chairs Ashley Taylor and Winston Bao Lord held this year's dance party at the Russian Embassy, which had enough mystery and great vodka to make up for the ridiculously lengthy line (in freezing temps!) to gain entrance to the compound. Once inside, dancers greeted guests as they mounted the grand staircase to ballrooms of dancing, gambling, lounging, and sharing secrets.

I can't imagine I'll see as many young, beautiful girls wearing short, shiny, strapless dresses at any other event this year...though we will do our best!

Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference Expo

I spent the entire day yesterday at the Department of Employment Service Booth at the Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference Expo at the Marriott Wardman Park. The Conference, produced by The Blue Green Alliance - a collaboration of the Sierra Club and the United Steelworkers - brought over 2,000 people together for three days of seminars, expositions, and advocacy around the green job movement.

DOES' booth was part of the DC Green Street, a row of government agencies, non-profit and educational organizations and green businesses that have been instrumental in the District's greening efforts. A stroll through the DC Green Street could educate you on the District's new LED streetlights, how taking the metro or using Smart Bikes reduces your carbon footprint, and some volunteer and training programs that you could use to adapt your skills or learn new green ones! Also, you would know to use http://www.dcnetworks.org/ to look for a green job in and around the District... several are posted right now!
The DC Green Street was created (with supreme kudos to the District Department of the Environment) to educate conference participants (District and non-District residents) about all that is being done to green the Nation's capital. Want to find out more about what DC is doing? Visit www.green.dc.gov.
(Image above is from an EARLIER green jobs expo - pictures from yesterday's expo coming soon!)

Happy Birthday, Michael Saylor!

It wasn't quite my week to declare an all out "War on Productivity," yet that was the theme of Michael Saylor's mid-week birthday bash last night at the Four Seasons. Two bands (Winn Brothers and Judo Chop) played for a packed ballroom of partiers prepared to drink and dance the night away... and have so much fun that "Doctor's Notes" would be provided so revelers could call in sick and refrain from productivity on Thursday.


Though I had to be up bright and early as usual, it was a blast wishing Michael a happy, happy birthday and waging war on mid-week normalcy, cold weather doldrums...and yes, maybe just a little bit of productivity!


(Above left: Windy Shepard and Julia Karpov. Right: Girls on the dancefloor.)

Love a good sale?

Who doesn't love a good sale?

These days, with discount signs displayed in windows from J. Crew to Jimmy Choo and closeout prices ringing at all the registers, bargain buys are the surest way to make a city chic event its most successful. One DC style savant is dedicated to giving this area its fashion fix… while creating the most philanthropic designer event in the District, and passing the torch to future generations.

Read the full article here.

Wanna Be Miss DC?

The Miss District of Columbia Organization will hold auditions for the 2009 Miss District of Columbia Pageant on APRIL 18, 2009. Private Auditions will include an interview with judges and a talent presentation. Top scoring applicants will advance to the finals on July 11, 2009 at the Lincoln theatre. Winner will represent DC at the national Miss America Pageant in 2010!

An information session will be held on February 21, 2009 for all prospective contestants (not mandatory). Applications will be accepted through april 6, 2009.

For more information (including eligibility requirements), please check the website, http://www.missdc.org/. To express an interest in this year's competition, please e-mail missdcamerica@aol.com. This will put you on our contact list for future updates.

STEELing the Superbowl

Congrats to the Steelers for winning enough Superbowl rings to start adorning their second hand. However, it was not a secondhand win - what an exciting game!

The match's close calls kept all of us cheering until LAST CALL for our teams at Hudson Restaurant's Superbowl watch party last night. There was no better way to get swept up into some frantic football than sideline coaches, fan costumes, and cocktails.

(Amanda Little, Pamela Sorensen and I after the nailbiter... at left.)

Club Chukker

If you wore argyle or pearls to the City Tavern Club on Saturday night, then you fit right in with the hundreds of other fun loving 'feters' and the First Chukker polo team, which was hosting the Winn Brothers Band. A modest donation gained you entrance to the historic membership club and hours of awesome cover songs, while you helped out the First Chukker Foundation. Check a future issue of DC Magazine for my coverage and social scene pictures.

In the meantime, some dish...
Ray Regan promised he would be wearing his white riding jeans... he wasn't. William told me that he was going to get CTC to start serving Jack instead of Jim... he didn't. Tariq and Michaele Salahi said they might be able to verify rumors that a certain Australian country singer might be headlining at the America's Cup... they did!
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