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MTV’s Whitney Port Talks Michelle Obama & House of Cards Style

PortJust in time for White House Correspondents Weekend, Blo Blow Dry Bar (2126 P St. NW) has opened blocks from the Washington Hilton where the dinner takes place. And on Friday, former MTV reality star and fashion designer Whitney Port hosted its launch event with owner Maha Sharma.

What is Blo Blow Dry Bar? We asked ourselves the same question! Blo is North America’s original (and first!) blow dry bar. Think hair salon minus the scissors and dye, leaving you with a wash, dry, and style. Blo Dupont is the chain’s 38th location, including Miami, Austin, Russia, and the Philippines.

Naturally, FishbowlDC was in attendance, and we caught up with Port and Sharma on Michelle Obama’s fashion, looking your best on television, and what we can expect style-wise at this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner.

On House of Cards style…

Whitney Port: “Robin Wright’s character is very sophisticated and chic and I think she does amazing on that show.”

On Michelle Obama’s style…

WP: “I think she always looks so beautiful and sophisticated. I think she dresses herself appropriately for her figure and status…She always looks amazing.”

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Capitol File Welcomes New Associate Editor

moellerAs of today, Capitol File magazine has a new associate editor, Amy Moeller. Moeller was previously the social and style editor at What’s Up? magazine, a monthly luxury/lifestyle publication in Annapolis, Md. In that role she managed the entertainment and society pages as well as the style section. Moeller has also previously served as the assistant editor at Annapolis pub Taste of the Bay, the layout editor at The Gazette in Gaithersburg, and the sports editor (watch out Britt McHenry!) at a community newspaper in Anne Arundel County.

“I am thrilled to have Amy join the growing Capitol File team,” said Elizabeth Thorp, editor in chief, in an email. “Her lifestyle and luxury magazine experience, her technical editing skills, and keen eye for trend pieces makes Amy a great fit for Cap File.”
Congrats Amy!

Tina Brown, Madeleine Albright, Friends to Solve Ukraine Crisis Tonight

Powerful ladies of Washington unite!

Tina Brown is gathering together some A-list names tonight to discuss the situation in Ukraine at a “Women in the World” cocktail reception at the Fairmont Hotel. Some of the women attending include:

Anita Dunn, Cheryl Mills, Amb. Melanne Verveer of Georgetown, MSNNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Sophie L’Helias Delattre of the Center for Stategic and International Studies, Voto Latino’s Maria Teresa Kumar, Elizabeth Thorp from Capitol File, Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues Cathy Russell, Lauren Shweder Biel of DC Greens, documentarian Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, activist Humaira Bachal from Karachi, and Valerie Jarrett.

Frmr Sec. of State Madeleine Albright will be the guest of honor, and then, of course, Tina Brown will be hosting.

FishbowlDC will be attending the event as well, so we’ll keep you posted on what plan these impressive women put together to solve the world’s problems.

Cap File Hires Suzy Draddy Jacobs as Publisher

Katherine Nicholls, President and COO of Niche Media, the parent company of Capitol File magazine, announced today that The Week‘s Suzy Draddy Jacobs has been named Publisher of Capitol File. As Publisher, Jacobs will oversee all print and digital sales and marketing functions for the magazine.

Jacobs’s hire, along with that of Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Thorp last year, is meant as a show of dedication to the Capitol File brand, an inside source at Niche says. Both women bring years of experience to their jobs and will oversee an era of redoubled investment in Cap File and the DC market.

Jacobs’s predecessor, Heather Zahn left late last year after a tenure of only a few months. Zahn, a former Cap File Associate Publisher, had been promoted to replace Sarah Schaffer, who, after two years as Publisher, left to pursue other interests. Lou DeLone, an Austin-based Group Publisher for Niche Media has been advising Cap File since Zahn’s departure. He will continue to serve as an adviser to Niche Media.

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All We Want For Christmas Is…?

Let’s face it, most of you are getting coal for Christmas this year -we know we are. But we asked a bunch of local journos and politicos to pretend they weren’t so naughty this year, and tell us what they’re asking Santa for for Christmas. Here are the responses we have so far. We’ll update them as we get more!

CapFile‘s Elizabeth Thorp: “For schools not to close when there’s a micro-dusting of snow, a ticket to the Vanity Fair WHCD party and a speaking role on ‘House of Cards’ Season 3 as the ruthless but brilliant editor of Capitol File.”

TWT‘s John Solomon: “We’ve been working on this new website night and day for the last six weeks, all I want is a solid 8 hours of sleep on Christmas Eve.”

Ron Bonjean: “Hoping for waist band pants from all the Christmas goodies. Also a PS4 or Xbox One is there are any left. And a comprehensive energy policy for today’s America.”

Sara Bonjean: “A strong national defense.”

Politico‘s Patrick Gavin: “I’d take an entry into the 2014 Boston Marathon, the most difficult ticket around.”

Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston: “A new Chi hair straightener. My old one was already on its last leg when it exploded in-use in the Roll Call bathroom as I was getting ready to go out after work in September. Smoke and everything. It’s been a rough – and wavy – autumn for this reporter.”

WJLA’s Kris Van Cleave: “Noise cancelling earbuds, dinner with some of my good friends, and a pony.”

You Ask, We Answer: Cap File Edition

A reader writes in to ask:

What’s going on at the top of the Capitol File masthead? The new publisher was fired after like two months and who is this new guy? I just googled him and he left his last publishing gig after a month. Isn’t there also a new editor? What gives?

Glad you asked! Lou DeLone is currently listed as the publisher of Capitol File. DeLone is actually a group publisher for Niche Media, Cap File‘s parent company, and he consults with the company on a few of their publications -though now he is primarily working on Cap File. He came to Niche from Houstonia magazine, after a long career in publishing, which included stints at Crain’s Detroit Business and Houston Modern Luxury. At Houstonia he served as the founding publisher from September 2012 to April of 2013, he was brought on primarily to launch the first issue of the magazine, and left shortly thereafter to go to Niche.

Cap File‘s publisher before DeLone was Heather Zahn. She served for about 8 months after which she left “on perfectly amicable terms” according to current editor Elizabeth Thorp. It is true that Thorp herself is fairly new, having just joined the org back in September. You can find out more about her by reading our FishbowlDC Interview. All of this change might indeed cause a hectic situation, as our reader suggests, however Thorp says the magazine is going through something of a renaissance at the moment.

“Everyone works together very well -we are very proud of our latest holiday issue and excited about our upcoming early spring issue. And while Lou may not technically be a permanent editor, we are in no rush to change things right now. He has tons of experience, and his guidance has been invaluable.”

Hopes that answers your question!

FishbowlDC Interview with Cap File‘s Elizabeth Thorp

Elizabeth Thorp has been in DC for 21 years (she moved here when she was 10, y’all), and thought she was perfectly happy working in PR and politics (and creating the upscale travel site Poshbrood.com) till, she says, a great opportunity just fell in her lap. She’s been Editor-in-Chief of the best luxury and life-style magazine in town, Capitol File, since September and has been having a blast. Niche COO Katherine Nicholls and Capitol File Managing Editor Mandi Norwood wooed her to the job, and since then she has been hard at work bringing more depth and substance to the famously glitzy pub. Recent articles have included a piece by Jake Tapper on the Newseum’s Anchorman exhibit, and a profile of vegan, Hindu Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). We asked Mizz Thorp to answer a few questions for our latest installment of the FishbowlDC Interview. And, btw, if you wanna check out the new issue of Capitol File, click away!

Describe yourself in haiku.

Happy working mom

Too weary to produce

A fabu Haiku

You’re about to be served your last meal. What will it be? Champs and an In & Out Burger, Animal Style. Also raw cookie dough

What three words describe your editorial vision for Capitol File? Politics, Power, Philanthropy wrapped in Chanel

Who should TIME make 2013 Person of the Year? BatKid, no contest.

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? Why? Fresca – bubbly, snarky, fun, smarter than you might think.

You’re developing a signature scent. What would you call the cologne? Eau de Bethesda or Trois Filles No. 7 just because it sounds fancy, I have three girls and my birthday is on the 7th.

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Say Hello to Capitol File’s New Editor-in-Chief

Capitol File is finally announcing its new Editor-in-Chief. It’s Elizabeth Thorp. President and COO Katherine Nicholls and Editorial Director Mandi Norwood made the official announcement this morning. Others considered for the position included former Washington Life’s former executive Michael Clements, who is now the “Chief Creative Enabler” of ArtJamz, LLC and Aspen Institute’s Karen Sommer Shalett, former editor of DC Magazine.

“Capitol File is a unique combination of sophistication, urban glamour and high society,” Thorp told FishbowlDC. “As a reader and contributor since its launch 8 years ago, I am thrilled to take the helm as Editor in Chief.”

She said she definitely plans to bring new contributors on board.

Thorp brings more than 21 years of experience in public affairs and editorial to the magazine. She has contributed to HuffPost, National Geographic as well as Capitol File. She also created Poshbrood.com, an award-winning, upscale family travel website. Read more

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Quotes of the Day — the Inauguration Edition

PRIORITIES: “Obsessed with Ashley Biden’s shoes.” — BrandlinkDC’s Barbara Martin, among the organizers at the “Artists and Athletes” soireé at DC Coast Monday night.

Young girl voices what she wants from POTUS in next four years

“Um, I want him to take away the guns from other people, because for a girl like me it kind of scares me if I got killed.” — 8-year-old girl at The Dubliner bar this morning on MSNCB’s “Morning Joe.”

Flack melts down about Capitol Hill gridlock

“I’m pretty sure every cross street in DC is blocked. It’s virtually impossible to get back to Capitol Hill. No rhyme or reason.” — NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh just after midnight Tuesday morning. And three minutes later…“Someone explain to me the security decision behind devoting 6 cops to shutting down 7th & M. There is nothing around that area at all.” More: “Understand. I’m all for security. Just seems like complete overkill.” He concludes on a bipartisan note…“To be sure, also remember it taking 3 hrs to go 12 blocks in 2001 for first GWB inauguration wknd. Should leave DC :)

Other complaints…

  • “Pro Tip: no matter how bad you think the traffic is in DC..it is 100 times worse than that.” — The Cook Report‘s Amy Walter. A follower snapped at her, saying, “Amy Walter, quit whining; u don’t live in Los Angeles. Take public transporation! [sic]“
  • “Another trip to DC where I only used Uber. Simply a brilliant service.” — RedState and CNN’s Erick Erickson.
  • “I concur with what @EWErickson just said. I’ve discovered how great uber is in DC, especially considering how shitass the cabs can be here.” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray, who recently moved to Washington from Manhattan. Everyone can congratulate Rosie on finding her new apartment — it’s in the Bloomington neighborhood of D.C.
  • “Dupont Circle on Inauguration Weekend=everything I hate. SO MANY BROS, GET ME OUTTA HERE.” — National Journal political reporter Elahe Izadi. Hmmm…so many bros?
  • “Took nearly half an hour to hail a cab. Happy inauguration!” — Greenwire‘s Jessica Estepa.
  • “Heading home. DC streets closed 5 hours earlier that supposed to. #gridlock #inaug2013 (@ In An Uber w/ 3 others)” — Poshbrood travel blogger Elizabeth Thorp.
  • “You really, really want to avoid driving w/in several blocks of WH right now. Street closures taking place. 18th St near gridlock.” — Roll Call‘s Steven Dennis.

On Michelle Obama’s new bangs: “I think the bangs are fantastic.” — Vogue‘s Andre Leon Talley, on “Morning Joe” this morning in a flamboyant black fur coat.

Washington Watch and CNN’s Roland Martin on Inauguration morning.

Actress Ashley Judd strikes a pose last night in the kitchen of Atlantic Publisher David Bradley, where she hung out for a good while, chatting up HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman, Bloomberg‘s Margaret Carlson and a swell of fine, crusty Washington D.C. men with varying amounts of ear hair. (More on the swanky Downton Bradley party later…)

TV journo marvels over empty Metro car

“Its very quiet INSIDE Capitol & amazingly Metro train car I was in was empty, completely empty. 4 years ago it was packed.” — NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell at 6:08 a.m.

Journo hopes to survive inauguration sans illness

“Last week, I thought #inauguration would be a race between me and my iPhone battery. Instead, it’s a race against my own immune system.” — WaPo‘s Maura Judkis.

How to Make it All About Me?

“I’m at Capitol South Metro Station (Washington D.C., DC)” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch at 6:19 a.m.

Important Question to Ponder: “It’s okay to take DayQuil with a vodka martini right?” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak.

D.C. Celebrity Watching: “Been playing ‘I know that celebrity from that scene in that movie where he looks [adjective here] but what is his name?!’ all night. Tired.” — The Hill‘s Alexandra Jaffe.

“President was sworn in today. Mon is the ceremonial event and speech. I elected to skip the party & hoopla and not attend Mon’s event.” — Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd needs help

“Ashley pooped in Jeffrey’s bed, peed on Jeffrey’s carpet, chews his socks. If you come back & help me @cesarmillan, I’ll make you dinner :O)” — Sherri Shepherd, our new favorite Twitter obsession. Only Sherri can bring “poop” and “dinner” together into one sentence.

Party banter and — gasp — an insult for Kerry Washington.

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day: Hurricane-Cyclone Sandy Edition

“DC, take it from Coco Pebbles Chanel: it never hurts to be prepared.” — The Hill’s Howlma Kurtz, a.k.a. Judy Kurtz with accompanying picture.

Mixed feelings: “TWIITTER, I HATE YOU…. OK, I LOVE YOU” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein. NYT‘s Jonathan Weisman was less confused: “TV seems dull compared to Twitter. Reading my feed I eagerly turned on cable and … Meh.” And Assoc. Editor of The Atlantic Brian Fung slammed the medium: “Glad to know that even in the midst of a hurricane, the Internet is still capable of kicking up monstrously dumb debates. Whew.”

Dork in the Storm

“My wife just remembered we had a bunch of small airline-style bottles of booze squirreled away. #yesplease.” — MSNBC host Chris Hayes.

Morally outraged.

“Protip: Tweets that make political jokes about storm that’s killed at least five people are maybe not worth sending.” — Politico‘s Maggie Haberman.

“Twitter is great and all but it’s proving tonight why journalism with real reporting and sourcing is essential.” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent and resident Michelle Obama Fan Club Prez Amie Parnes.

“My wife gave birth to our three children at NYU. Horrifying to think of what’s going on there now. Horrifying.” — Conservative writer and professional Twitter fighter John Podhoretz, affectionately known as PodWhore.

“Has the storm past DC and we are through the worst of it? Swear I can’t tell from the coverage.” — CNN Democratic Analyst Hilary Rosen.

“Sandy has taken down Buzzfeed AND Huffington Post! The horror!” — The Times of London‘s Matt Spence. Reacting to the news, Breitbart.com‘s John Nolte remarked sarcastically, “That’s a shame.”

Powerless.

“Lights out here in McLean, Virginia” — The Daily Mail’s Toby Harnden, who will join the UK Sunday Times in January. He posted the accompanying photo.

“NoVa storm update: Power out. Water in basement. Reading Cat in the Hat to 3-year-old by flashlight.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

“Feeling stir crazy so went to neighborhood Izakaya place. Returned home to find cable + Internet down.” — The Atlantic‘s Garance Franke-Ruta.

“First electricity flicker. 4:32 p.m.” — HotAir‘s Mary Katharine Ham.

“Afraid for your power? Both the Gtown and West End Ritzs are offering $229 ‘Sandy’ rates for locals. Beats a night in the cold dark!” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff, who likes to appreciate the finer things in life such as Scotch and beautiful hotels.

“And my power just went out here in North Bethesda Maryland. It was a good run folks.” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle.

Journo upset about stew and other random complainers

“Sandy is whistling here in my neighborhood. Not as loud as a train coming through the alley or dump truck moving down the street. But loud!” — Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile.

“Afraid the storm-related low pressure is causing my stew to tenderize freakishly slowly.” — Slate economics reporter Matt Yglesias.

“Suddenly, insisting on having a top floor apartment seems like a bad idea. Sounds like debris is hitting my roof!” — The Daily Caller‘s Publicist Nicole Roeberg.

Storm Chasers

“The wind outside my window has very quickly gone from interesting to extremely troubling.” — MetroWeekly‘s Randy Shulman.

“Flying debris now showing like a fast-motion movie through my back window.” — WaPo‘s Erik Wemple.

Comic relief

“El Chucko de Schumer esta hoggingo el microphoño! Que learno to shareo!” — Miguel Bloombito, expressing the media whore tendencies of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).  If you’re not following him, you must: @ElBloombito.

Anderson Cooper is doing a phoner on CNN so I have no idea how tight his shirt is. Therefore I have no idea how bad things are.” — NBC News’ Shawna Thomas, who later claimed to borrow a variation of a joke from SNL’s Seth Meyers.

“Sexual CNN Headlines.” — NYT comm asst. Jordan Cohen with accompanying picture.

“Oh thank God, David Corn is about to give us his perspective on Sandy on Hardball. Storm coverage is complete now.” — TownHall‘s Derek Hunter.

“Watching CNN coverage of Sandy giving me PTSD. Just put on my CNN windbreaker and started interviewing neighbors w/a plastic microphone.” — former CNN anchor Miles O’Brien.

See which blogger feared the storm might make her pregnant and what advice could MSNBC Contributor Meghan McCain possibly have?

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