Wow! Look Mom, I made a Top 10 List!

I've got to send huge air kisses to Nick Miller who included me in the #10 spot on his list of "Hottest Celebrities from the SEC" on http://www.secjunky.com/. Not only was it a huge boost to the ego, but an honor to be listed with such hotties as Kim Basinger, Ashley Judd, and of course Molly Sims!

Thanks, Nick!

Celebrate to Educate

Join me and The District Dish as we have an Education Celebration at the Willard on April 23rd from 6-9 pm to benefit the Lazarus Foundation.

As David Lazarus says "You don't have to be rich to make a difference" and by attending this fun and fab event, you will already making a difference for a few less fortunate kids. They will have a chance to go to college, get an education and have a future.

For only $100 you will enjoy an open bar, great bites to eat, musical entertainment from the master mixings of Deejay Neekola, and the chance to enter a raffle for a trip for 2 to Jamaica! Special prizes from Bloomingdales for the best dressed... and more!

*We also just got the confirmation that Kathy Leutner, the Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister model will be attending 'Celebrate to Educate' - you won't want to miss it! Click here to purchase tickets!

The District Dish - Paradise Springs Winery

On today's new webisode of The District Dish, Pamela, Chandler and I (Ebong was out this week)are introducing you to Kirk Wiles and Paradise Springs Winery, DC's closest winery - located in Fairfax County, VA.

Fashion for Paws 2009

Two huge events in the same night! Whether you went to Fashion for Paws or Artini Saturday night, you had an amazing time... yes, DC is big enough for two majors in the same night! But I was covering for DC Magazine and K Street Kate TV, so you found me at the Italian Embassy cheering on several friends as they strutted down the runway - with dogs!

Michael Saylor again generously served as this year's presenting sponsor with great eats coming from Teatro Goldoni. Those with table accomodations also got to try the new Cavalli vodka. I'm not a vodka girl, but I heard it was smooth.

For video coverage of the fashion show, check out K Street Kate TV all day for looping footage. (After today, I'll insert it within the usual channel line-up.)

No barks or bites at this year's FFP. All of the dogs and models behaved themselves on the runway...well, mostly! And the Washington Humane Society EXCEEDED its fundraising goal. Congrats to Tara de Nicolas and all of the fundraising models!!

Earth Hour TONIGHT!

When the lights go out tonight between 8:30 and 9:30, don't run to check your fuse boxes. Light some candles or enjoy time by an early Spring fire and know that you are doing your part for the environment... if only for an hour.

The World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour is TONIGHT in more than 2,000 cities. Tens of millions of people around the world will be turning out the lights and taking action on energy conservation and solutions to climate change. Can you imagine, in New York City, even Times Square will be observing the blackout!?

In DC, many city buildings and local establishments are participating, including Smithsonian Castle, City Hall, the Convention Center, National Cathedral, the Chinatown Arch, among dozens of others. And you can take advantage of some special celebrations! The Fairmont Hotel is offering a special organic cocktail menu tonight in honor of Earth Hour, or go by Chi Cha or Kitchen for a special Organic Cucumber mojito - $5 for each cocktail sold will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund.

For a complete picture of DC’s participation, please visit www.EarthHourUS.org/WashingtonDC.

Polaris Project needs... your vote!

It's a tough economic time - especially for the charities.

The Polaris Project wrote in to ask me, not for $$, but for my vote - which I was happy to give! It was a simple click. Maybe you could click to combat DC trafficking, too?

The Polaris Project is in 2nd place to win additional funds for the Washington, DC Trafficking Intervention Program. By making it to 1st place the organization will win $5,000 to put toward critical services for victims of human trafficking, including food, clothing, shelter, mental health services, legal services, and job skills training. Click here to cast your vote and put the Polaris Project in 1st place!

Or, even if Polaris isn't your top pick to win these funds, visit the Washington Women's Foundation website to choose which charity you feel deserves much needed funding and assistance. Your click makes a difference!

The District Dish: Tea Party Movement

On today's new webisode of The District Dish, Chandler Ramelli of the Don't Go Movement tells us about the Tea Parties that no major network will cover - but you'll see it first here!

Also NEW! The District Dish merchandise is available!

Britney Spears and The Circus

MUCHOS GRACIAS to Morgan Ortagus and Jonathan Weinberger for taking me to last night's Britney Spears Circus concert. Funny that just two days after Ringling Bros. took down their BigTop, another Circus moved right in!

The opening act was none other than the Pussycat Dolls, who are just as entertaining as Britney, but without as wide a repertoire. Interestingly, they remade a version of the 'Slumdog Millionaire Jai Ho' song, which was wildly popular.

Britney seemed more reserved in the earlier part of the concert, perhaps saving her energy for some later dance numbers to include 'Toxic' and 'Womanizer.' The costumes were as sparkly and over the top as expected. The show on stage was even more mesmerizing. The audience could barely concentrate on dancing and singing along -we were all too busy trying to figure out how she and the magicians pulled off those magic tricks!

Watch K Street Kate TV (also embedded on K Street Kate) for a montage video of the concert event.

*Thanks for the comment correction! Until last week, I hadn't seen Slumdog Millionaire, and it certainly sounded like 'Joy Hope' to me! Maybe just a joyful, hopeful song? I know all of us are happy to know the real title. Thanks!

Nationals' Female Host Auditions

Saturday, March 21st, the Nationals hosted auditions for a potential female announcer to join Clint as he makes the home games exciting for fans.

With my parents in tow (they finally came in from Georgia to see how I was living it up up here!), I decided to give it a try. Clint is a true fan favorite, so it's hard to beat his enthusiasm, but I sure did try. Little did I know, the audition was heard throughout the stadium and shown up on the HUGE jumboscreen. My parents got a show... and I got some great audition experience.

Best part of the day? We got to walk on the field to get to the audition. I was tempted to run the bases, but my high heels were holding me back. Check in regularly to see if I got it!
(Image courtesy of the Washington Nationals.)

Bracket Check-Up

So... some picks are better than others.

Get Ready for an EXPLOSION!

For the filming of a TV pilot, there will be a simulated EXPLOSION onWednesday, March 25 between 9:30 a.m. and noon near the Key Bridge in the District.

CBS Paramount television is filming a pilot titled "Washington Field." This is a new television series about the elite Washington field office of the FBI and a team of special agents called together for only the most interesting cases. Sounds cool, huh?

So is this! Be prepared for a 20 to 30 foot fireball that will last for about two 2 minutes... but don't go running for cover! The Department of Homeland Security and D.C. Police and Fire departments have been notified, along with the Washington Airports Authority. The explosion will take place on the Potomac River just north of the Key Bridge and Jack's Boathouse (K / Water Street, NW under the Whitehurst Freeway). In the scene to be filmed, there will be six sculling boats on the Potomac River - and one of them won't make it!

Special prize to anyone who can get footage of the explosion for K Street Kate TV! E-mail video and contact info to kate@kstreetkate.net

LTL: Permanent Contraception


Today on Let's Talk Live I'm joined by Dr. Kevin Scott Smith of Howard University Medical Center and Dr. Nicole Ray (patient) to talk about non-invasive methods of permanent contraception.

Bracket Challenge



Click on my bracket above to view larger.

I didn't join any pools this year - largely because I wasn't confident enough in my picks to gamble my lunch money - but it's always fun to play, so check back after every round and I'll update you on how I'm doing.

My favorite team, the Kentucky Wildcats, didn't even make it to the dancefloor this year, so I'll give extra cheering enthusiam for the "hometown teams" Maryland and American... and put my final hopes on North Carolina, because (as I have it mapped out anyway) anybody that can beat Duke is alright by me!

Friends & Family Opening of Policy

The neighborhood was in need of a place like this.

Last night we were invited to check out Policy, the new restaurant and nightspot near 14th and U Streets NW. It was an impromptu affair - the place had just received its liquor license - so the party was on!

Downstairs decor is retro diner, but upstairs is more playful - or chaotic. Chandelier lighting in all shapes and sizes, some covered with lampshades... graffiti covered walls... psychedelic lounge furniture coverings... As one friend said to me, it's perfect for "Policy" because it's a mesh of concepts and sporadic ideas thrown together - like political policy!
We can't fully judge the place on its Friends and Family opening, but we have to give it two thumbs up for serving cocktails in pint glasses and announcing plans to allow seating in all lounge spaces without a minimum or bottle charge.
The crowd was great - especially for impromptu - and I know Policy has good future potential, if for no other reason than the location. My favorite brunch spot, St. Ex, is just across the street!
(Top image: Lydia Arshadi and I in our favorite of the lounge spots. Below: Ambiance.)

District Sample Sale Photo Booth

Tonight's District Sample Sale was a huge success - for the shoppers, the 22 or so boutiques that sold their merchandise, and the charity (Kid Power) which raised funds and awareness of their great work with area children.

I found two great bargains and didn't have to stand in line for Georgetown cupcakes, so I'd call that a fantastic night! My shopping was done at Sugar and We One You Too, but I saw such cute clothing, shoes, and accessories at every shop space.

The two floors of space kept traffic to a minimum - or the least possible with hundreds of savvy sisters trying to outshop each other! The food this year was great. DJ Seyhan was wonderful as always...

For more of the action on the District Sample Sale, check out my video posting of the event on K Street Kate TV.

Amazing Race Try-Outs

REALITY TV OPPORTUNITY!

If you're good enough to get around the Capital City, you might want to take your map mastery to a new level... Try outs for Amazing Race 15 will be held in Baltimore this Saturday, March 21st.

Where: Harley Davidson/Buell of Baltimore, 8845 Pulaski Highway, Baltimore, MD 21237 Time: 10AM - 4PM

You'll need an application, which can be downloaded off the CBS website.
Good luck and safe travels!

O'Angie's Birthday

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Angie Goff who celebrated with friends last night at the Bourbon Steak bar in the Four Seasons.


This half Irish gal was born on St. Patrick's Day and just happens to love the color green. Most of her friends accomodated with their wardrobe... like John Michael at right.

There were special St. Patty's cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake (thanks, Laura Carlson!) and lots of well wishers singing happy birthday. If only the place hadn't been so dark, you would be watching a video of Andy Baldwin singing Angie a Happy Birthday serenade.

Hope your St. Patrick's Day was just as festive..and that you found your four leaf clover :)

LTL: West Institute

Today on Let's Talk Live I'm at the office of Dr. Tina West at the West Institute. Patient Beth goes under the syringe for a non-invasive facelift right before our eyes!

New "Dish" is UP!


A new webisode of The District Dish published today!

Check out Kadrieka Maiden of Style & Image Network PR telling us about what it's like to do PR in the city... and what goes into putting together an awesome gift bag.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

More than 50,000 people will all gather on the National Mall in Washington D.C. on June 6 to take a stand in the global movement to end breast cancer forever. Each year, up to 75 percent of the Komen Global Race's net income stays in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to fund local screening, treatment and education programs for the medically underserved. The remaining dollars support the Global Promise Fund, a program of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which is dedicated to reaching underserved people in areas where breast cancer mortality rates are the highest.

This year, I joined the Board of the Global Komen race for the Cure, and will be walking here locally with Team Madison. I've committed to raise a measly $125. Help me beat that! With your help, there's no limit on how much we can raise and the impact we can make.

Why should you help?? More importantly, why shouldn't you? Without a cure, an estimated 25 million people around the world will be diagnosed with breast cancer - and 10 million could die - over the next 25 years. This is our opportunity to do something about it! I know you've heard this before, but together, we can :)

Let's get started today. To register, go to http://www.globalraceforthecure.org/. You can join me and Team Madison! Or, if you are unable to walk or run with us on the Mall on Race Day, please consider registering to Sleep In for the Cure. OR simply show your support by making a tax-deductible donation to my personal fundraising page.

No matter how you get involved, the important thing is that you are joining us in the global movement to end breast cancer. Thanks for making that impact.

Deacon Does DC Launch Party

Stopped by Tattoo Friday afternoon for a happy hour party to congratulate McLean Robbins on the "launch" of her blog, Deacon Does DC. It's been around a while, but I think this means she plans to ramp up the writing!

I met McLean late last year, just before she had me do some scavenger hunting around the inaugural for her Frugal Fashionista column on Washingtonian.com.

The party had door prizes galore and lots of great girlfriends (and guy friends) giving "Deacon" some well-deserved high-fives.

I'm sure Deacon Does DC is going to be a great success - and look forward to reading about Deacon's adventures. (Deacon wasn't at the party... Deacon is her dog!)

(Images - Top: Me and "Mom" Robbins! Right: two ladies enjoying Tattoo's rings and chicken fingers. Left: McLean (second from left) enjoys the night with her best girlfriends.)

Fashion for Paws @ L2

Hope you didn't miss Thursday night's Fashion for Paws fundraiser at L2! Earlier in the evening, Amit Anand and Amanda Little hosted a party for the same cause at sweet spot CoCo Sala.. then L2 members had friends and supporters to the lounge to raise money for the Humane Society.
The best part of the night was watching everyone make way for Baxter as he held court over the crowd. Priority for the pooch!
The runways models have just a few weeks left to accomplish their fundraising goals, so give your bucks to Baxter... or any of the beauties prancing the catwalk.

Birthday Continuations

A huge thank you to Tara De Nicolas (and the entire dinner group tonight at Leopold's) for the extended birthday celebration, the round of Happy Birthday singing in the restaurant, and the decadent cake!!

I'm honored by all of the celebrations. Thank you to everyone who has helped me to pass such an incredible year and to those who will help make this one equally (or more!) special.

Tara - you're a sweetheart!

Owner's Suite for the Final Four

Wanna watch the Final 4... but don't have tix? Come join us in the "Owner's Suite" at Hudson Restaurant & Lounge!

Click the image above for a closer look at your Varsity Hosts and event information and make plans to join us on 4/4 for the Final Four. We'll have eight LCD screens giving you all the action with surround sound. And more! Try out the Emperor Vodka bar ice luge...

Tip off is at 5:oo pm.

A portion of the proceeds to benefit our good friend Philippe Cousteau's cause, EarthEcho International.

Buuuz.com's message in a bottle

As Facebook continues to fight battles relating to privacy and terms of use, new social sites are stepping in to create their own niche in this new culture of communication. One such site – BUUUZ.com – just launched simultaneously in the United States and China. Just over a month old, BUUUZ has already created one, a buzz that is!

I caught up with Alain Villenave, CEO and Founder of the new site. You might think social media entrepreneurs would be rather hi-tech, but instead of a traditional interview, he wanted to send me a message in a bottle…

Read the full story here.

Triple Threat Repeat!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who came out last night to Darlington House to enjoy our birthday - Victoria Michael, Sarah Rosenwinkel and I had an amazing time celebrating with you!

Super snaps are awarded to Darlington House for everything they did for us all night - from the hors d'oeuvres to the cupcakes... and the cocktails named after us. I drank two Kateinis and recommended them to friends all night long!

To all the friends who came, I hope you had as much fun as we did! Victoria and Sarah - this party is always a blast - I love you both. And Victoria, thanks for everything you always do to make this party one of the best of the year!

Look forward to the Triple Threat Three-peat!

Left: I was super excited when Mike Wilbon showed up... I've been asking him to be a guest on The District Dish and he may just have to oblige the birthday girl!


Right: The birthday girls take a few minutes from hosting to relax with some of our favorite guys - including newly engaged Norman Jemal!



Left: Morgan Ortagus and Teri Galvez stopped by from other events and brought their pageant smiles to celebrate my big day with me.








Right: With new friend Jack O'Neill. So much fun!

Thanks for making my birthday special.
xo



Triple Threat Repeat

The Triple Threat Repeat (another birthday collaboration with myself, Victoria Michael and Sarah Rosenwinkel is tonight at the Darlington House. Apps and cocktails from 7-10. After 10 comes the DJ!

Thanks in advance to all who come to celebrate my belated birthday!

LTL: Denim Bar

Today on Let's Talk Live, I talked with Jeff Scott who manages and buys for the Denim Bar. Click here to see Jeff serving me some jeans.

Online Auction (Punch and Adeler's Jewelers)

Told you so... It's ALL going online!

Adeler's Jewelers and Pamela's Punch have joined forces in an online auction to benefit the Washington Humane Society, culminating at the fashion for paws charity event. The Punch created a splash page where you can go and look at the items anytime via a Tile/link located in the Punch Bowl. Then send all bids (via email) directly to Pamela's Punch at pamela@pamelaspunch.com. **Bids must be made in increments of $50.

Looking forward to see who will win at the big event on March 28th. Pretty much every friend I have is modeling in the show... so if you're not, come out and cheer for them with me!

NOTE: FINAL BIDS MUST BE IN BY THE DAY OF FASHION FOR PAWS NOON, SATURDAY MARCH 28TH.

Monday is District Dish Taping Night!

Monday night we filmed all three webisode's for this week's The District Dish at Hudson Restaurant and Lounge. On Wednesday, get excited to learn the in's and out's of Twitter with social media "experimentalist" Mark Drapeau. Friday, check back to see why the District Sample Sale is DC's most fashionable charitable event with co-Founder Mary Amons. And if you've been thinking about a career in PR, next Monday, sinPR's Kadrieka Maiden will give you the pros and cons.

Jolie Films 'Salt' in DC

Thanks to Jo C for sending pics of her friend's adventures with Angelina this morning on the set of 'Salt' being filmed in the District over the past few days. Apparently Ms. Jolie used a Red Cross conference room for some quick changes.

Sources say she's extremely beautiful and supremely nice... but perhaps a bit too skinny... and it seems she likes her Starbucks as much as the next 'Joe'. But let's hope it's a wig and that Angie didn't let anyone ruin her gorgeous brunette hair!

Birthday Pics!

Blowing out the birthday candles on my "cake" souffle at Bourbon Steak:

My Annes and Annies! Annie Van Meter, Anne Lee and I at L2:

Thanks for making it a special birthday, Rodrigo!:

Thanks for the Birthday Wishes!

I've made it a tradition to celebrate my birthday with two other beautiful ladies, Victoria Michael and Sarah Rosenwinkel (which we will be doing this Wednesday at Darlington House for the Triple Threat!) but couldn't pass up the opportunity to enjoy some ME TIME for the actual big day. And we couldn't have ordered up any better weather!

Thanks to all of you who sent well wishes throughout the day yesterday - my Facebook wall is truly sporting some birthday love! - and another big hug to those who found me out at L2 last night.

I had a warm and wonderful day. And I'm looking forward to another fabulous year!
xo

Unveiling Sweet Charity

Tuesday night's unveiling of the new Sweet Charity dress (the mascot to the Des Alpes Fashion Show benefitting Heart of America). A night of appreciation for the supporters was held at the Swiss Ambassador's residence, where the designers of the top five dresses in a competition to design the new gown were recognized.

I'm wearing the top design, but it will be bigger, better, and sweeter on May 11th for the actual show. Imagine more macaroons, more chocolate pieces and hearts, bigger blown sugar in my hair and on my wrists...yep, that's all sugary sweetness I'm wearing!

Congrats to the students of West Potomac Academy Fashion Design, and thanks to "Miss Francois" for the picture!

Kids in the Kitchen

Come join my Junior League of Washington friends as we host an event to promote nutritional literacy with GW Hospital. It's free and fun for the kids!

The District Dish - #2


We've responded to your comments and are trying out a new format for The District Dish - tell us what you think! Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, visit http://www.thedistrictdish.com/ for a ten minute webisode of District news, current events, and musings from the hosts. New webisode up now! Check it out!

Washingtonian Blogger Beat

Emily Leaman of the Washingtonian profiled me this week for her Blogger Beat column. Fun questions and seriously thought-provoking questions like: Your pick for a pageant win: Marion Barry or Jim Graham?

You can see my answers and read the post here.

My way of warming your heart...

I'm supposing they will let you show the coupon on your mobile phone as easily as printing it off - it's greener ;) A little econ stimulus from me and Jamba Juice to get your month and your morning off to a great start!

A Bronx Tale

Saturday night I treated myself to a theatrical night out at the Warner Theatre (my first time!). I went to see, 'A Bronx Tale' - originally a film, now a touring one man play about a young man growing up in the Bronx with two father figures: one a hard working Sicilian, one a mafia man.

Chazz Palminteri wrote the original screenplay and now stars in the show as "C" (and every other character). He based the main character, Calogero, on himself, and the story is partially the story of his childhood.

One man, alone on stage, for an hour and forty-five minutes with no intermission. What would you expect? Well, it was amazing! And I highly recommend to anyone who needs a night of culture and enlightenment... but I'm not sure I would take the kids.

(Palminteri photo republished from the Washington Post by Joan Marcus.)
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