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Whose Shoes: Revealed

Yesterday we held one of our famed “Whose Shoes” contests for two female media types. The photograph was taken by ABC7′s Rebecca Cooper at a recent district sale. The shoes in question belong to BrandLink’s Barbara Martin (owner of the sandals) and Poshbrood travel blogger Elizabeth Thorp (owner of the tiger print low heels).

Several readers guessed correctly, but some thought the sandals belonged to Washingtonian‘s Kate Bennett.

Now for details on the shoes.

Barbara’s sandals: “Shoes are Pucci.  I think they were $300?  I got them at the Gilt Warehouse Sale.”

Elizabeth’s Tiger print heels: “My shoes are also from GILT can you believe it? Got them online 2 years ago and they are the Kenneth Cole G series pumps (looks like a pump feels like a sneaker kind of thing…)  I believe I got them for $250? Typically they’re around $400 or $500.”

Fishbowl Summer Superlatives – THE RESULTS Part Deux

On Thursday, we began rolling out the results of our Summer Superlatives and today, you get to meet the rest of the winners. Thanks for voting.

Today’s results kicks off with the Best Dressed category. This cage match was between Politico’s Ken Vogel and Kate Nocerra, WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, RCP’s Erin McPike, and CNN’s Kate Balduan. This contest wasn’t even close. While we had a feeling Capehart would be the clear winner, he was a very distant second to Kate Balduan! Congrats, Kate. Your prize is a $1 gift card to Fashion Bug!

Moving right along, we asked you to name Washington’s Best Writer. Your choices were The Weekly Standard’s Matt Labash, The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, NJ’s Major Garrett, NYT’s Mark Leibovich, Ashley Parker and Maureen Dowd, WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty, HuffPost’s Eliot Nelson, and Washingtonian’s Luke Mullins. This one was a close one to call. It was a two-man race between Garrett and Labash, but in the end, Major Garrett came through and was voted the winner. It should be noted that today is Garrett’s birthday.

Which Washington journo is Most In Need of a Salad? We asked you to choose between Politico’s Jonathan Allen and Jonathan Martin, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, HuffPost’s Peter Cherukuri and Jason Linkins, FNC’s Bob Beckel and Bret Baier, and author and former TWTer Rich Miniter. This was another category where it wasn’t even close. The FNC team of Bob Beckel and Bret Baier were the heavy favorites and waddled walked their way to an easy victory.

Next up, we had the category that saw more votes than any other, Sexiest. Your sultry selections were AP‘s Steve Peoples, Atlantic Publisher Justin Smith, Washingtonian‘s Kate Bennett, Real Housewives of D.C.’s sassy stylist Paul Wharton, CNN’s Brianna Keilar, NBC4′s Doug Kammerer and Maynard Institute’s Richard Prince. The winner by a slim, sexy (and consenting) majority was Brianna Keilar.

On the other side of the coin, we have Who is Most In Need of a Makeover? Your choices were CQ Roll Call (the entire publication), The Daily Caller’s Matthew Boyle, TWT’s Stephen Dinan, DCRTV’s Dave Hughes and Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher. Once again, this was a two-man race between Christopher and Boyle. While Christopher just looks generally disheveled, the overall train wreck that is Matthew Boyle was voted the winner. Congrats, Matt. We hear that Paul Wharton may be available to help turn you into a beautiful swan.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Best On-Air Personality. The heavy-hitters on this list were ABC’s Jake Tapper, The Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, CBS’s Bob Schieffer and Nancy Cordes, HuffPost‘s Sam Stein, and WaPo’s Nia-Malika Henderson. At the end of the day, the experience of Schieffer couldn’t keep up with your winner, Jake Tapper!

Congratulations to all of our winners.

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Keeping Up With the Luxxerians…From L to R: GWU’s Nick Massella, Washingtonian‘s Wedding and Style Editor Kate Bennett and psychotherapist Glennon Gordon and (in royal blue dress) Sunni from WPGC 95.5′s “Sunni and the City” posing with hairstylist Luigi Parasmo at a “Botox and Locks” event this week where guests could get discounted Botox and hair services. Sunni had a haircut and styling by Luigi and her makeup done by Flami the makeup artist. Botox was offered by Dr. Ayman Hakki of Luxxery Medical Boutique.

WaPo reporter takes issue with reader

“To the lady who called to complain about my ‘incorrect’ use of ‘quotidian’ and how we have no editors here anymore….. I’m sorry I was being, as you said, ‘obstinate.’ But you’re wrong. My use solidly within ‘usual or ordinary,’ second def in Webster’s New World. That said, a reader suggested ‘humdrum,’ which is better.” — WaPo‘s Mike DeBonis.

Blogger (jokingly?) boasts of sexual prowess

“Like Gore Vidal, I had 1000 sexual encounters by the time I was 25. Of course, I was the only one in the room for most.” — Sam Husseini, who works for the Institute of Public Accuracy and blogs for Washington Stakeout.

WaPo’s Marcus question’s media’s gaffe coverage

“So I’m not against gaffe coverage — I’m against covering only gaffes, which is where campaign reporting seems to be trending. I’m not against politicians’ seizing on opponents’ gaffes — I’m against politicians who believe, or act as if they believe, that this tactic can substitute for substantive campaign discussion.” — WaPo‘s Ruth Marcus in a column today.

When a quote shouldn’t be a quote

In a “story” Tuesday, DCist’s illustrious dweeb Ben Freed writes about The Daily Caller‘s gun contest in which he or she who catches their porn hacker wins a gun. He writes, “We know what you’re thinking. Are they for fucking real?” Then he quotes a former Daily Caller staff writer who answers his dumb rhetorical question and says, “Probably.” Hardly quotable, Freed. Might want to approach the publicist, current editor or reporter. Could be helpful. And if you’re going to quote a former reporter? At least get something worthy.

Say hello to Tschida’s puppy

“Just in case anyone is wondering how puppy is doing.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida. No drama today, just cuteness.

Strange reunion in the park

“Nearly running over @jmsummers in Thomas Circle Park is definitely one of the weirder things to happen to me this year.” — CBS 12 West Palm Beach Producer Robert Kessler, referring to Politico‘s infamous campaign reporter Juana Summers. We’ve checked in with Juana to make sure she’s okay. She explained that Robert is a good friend from college. “I was walking home from work through Thomas Circle and was attempting to make it across the light even though I didn’t have the right of way,” she wrote. “I looked over and he happened to be driving the car that was waiting for me to cross.  No collision, just the oddest reunion I’ve had in a while.”

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day


Breitbart.com’s War on BuzzFeed

“If BuzzFeed Politics would just come out against the right, it would be a much better site. Seriously.” — Breitbart.com‘s John Nolte.

HuffPost reporter with broken hand pissed

“I hate everyone. I’m typing with one hand!” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley, who broke her arm while texting and walking at the same time. As we reported previously, she’ll be in a sling for six weeks.

Poor Mr. Kim: “Mr Kim, the DC liquor store owner featured in 9 News Now reports for selling booze to underage kids, was found guilty in court today.” — News Assignment Manager at WUSA9′s Bill Starks.

Slate‘s Jack Shafer: “Can’t somebody give Joe Biden a blog? I’d read it.”

Journo prays for strength amid loudmouth train rider

“Please, Lord, make her stop talking. I beg of you. Make. Her. Stop. #auralhostage #acela” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart.

Whoa! You did what? “Engrossed in my phone, literally bumped into a person coming out of Barneys @georgetowndc. Look up, it’s Jennifer Hudson. M’scuse, J-Hud.” – Washingtonian‘s Kate Bennett.

Reporter offers unusual warning

“Gird your loins, ladies and gentlemen: @JoeBiden is armed with visual aid in latest campaign speech.” — Tribune‘s Mike Memoli.

Writer fights back

“People who #hate have NO CLUE what goes on in other people’s lives beyond what you think you see. NO CLUE. To my haters YOU ARE CLUELESS!” — NBC theGrio’s Sophia Nelson, who recently had her life threatened. “Folks I am not upset with #haters they are what they are. I am disgusted by people who think they have the right to curse you out publicly.”

Reporter covering Romney tossed out of hotel

“Two very large, very serious-looking security folks just booted me from back entrance of Hyatt in midtown, where Romney is about to arrive.” — NBC News campaign embed reporter Garrett Haake.

WTF?

“Oh WTH, FYI, in case you missed it, ICYMI means ‘in case you missed it.’ — author David Limbaugh, brother of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. Thanks, David, for letting us in on that national secret.

‘Mama’s a Journo, Mama’s Borrowing’

Fab or Fug?

At David Bradley‘s pre-WHCD cocktail party Friday evening Washingtonian fashion editor Kate Bennett was seen flaunting this chunky necklace along with a matching bracelet.

Bennett told FBDC both pieces of jewelry are from Tabandeh, a designer jewelry store located in Friendship Heights. The designer is Iradj Moini. Sounds expensive.

“Mama’s a journalist; Mama’s borrowing it,” Bennet said, explaining why she doesn’t own the pieces. She also told us the bigger gems can detach to become separate broaches.

We say: fab.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“There will be sex.” — Creative Coalition member Tim Daly on what’s to come on his ABC drama, Private Practice, where he plays Pete, the doctor having marital troubles with his TV wife, Violet. Daly told us this Thursday night at the Elle/Lani Hay shindig at The Ritz, but couldn’t elaborate much on what will happen with the storyline, saying he could land himself in hot water for spilling.

Dana loves ‘Scandal’

“Hanging w/ the sweet & talented @kerrywashington Star of my new favorite show ‘scandal.’ it’s a must watch.” — CNN’s Dana Bash who attended TIME/People party last night at the St. Regis. In the TV drama, Washington plays hot shot lawyer Olivia Pope, who has an ongoing liaison with the President of the United States.

Cupp has arrived

“Touched down in DC, where I will sleep before reports from nerd prom festivities later.” — Conservative Commentator and GBTV host S.E. Cupp.

Uh Oh.

“#WHCD tomorrow, and with me stuck in DC I need to have a deodorizer handy to remove the powerful stench of pretentiousness…” — Josh Feldman, who contributes to Mediaite.

Boybander tries to flirt with Elizabeth Banks

Actress Elizabeth Banks of Hunger Games fame: “Excited to watch 30 Rock Live show tonight. Writers and cast skillz on full display.” MSNBC’s Chris Hayes: “Are you going to be in the audience?” Banks: “I will be on my couch, in my slanket, eating Girl Scout cookies.” Much to our horror, Hayes continued, “Elizabeth Banks, was hoping you’d be at 30 Rock, so I could meet you in person and fanboy out a bit.” She did not reply. Sorry, Hayes, doesn’t sound like she’s an Upper.

One of our favorite partygoers, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, showed up to a number of parties last night, namely Funny or Die. “Met Danny Strong at the #FirstAmendmentParty. My weekend’s pretty much sorted,” he wrote.

Charlize in the flesh

“Charlize Theron. Just as beautiful in person. #funnyordie.” — Washingtonian‘s Kate Bennett at Funny or Die.

The perpetual cold shoulder

“Not at all sure what Richard Kind is doing right now. He was definitely just jokingly freaking out and then on his knees “proposing.” #WHCD” — The Washington Examiner‘s gossip columnist Nikki Schwab, out and about at parties last night, commenting on Twitter on the douchebag D-lister actor, Kind, who pinched a woman’s behind at the Elle/Lani Hay dinner Thursday night. Schwab’s been rather cold to FBDC as of late. So this weekend we’re implementing an ice thermometer rating scale for just how cool she is at each party where we encounter her. For a Thursday night sighting we give her an eight ice cube rating for making a round of hellos in a line and blatantly icing us out. Remember, it was last year at this time when we (and fellow FishbowlDC readers) helped her pick out dresses for prom. My how times have changed.

Journos covering WHCD take note…

“TWILIGHT – Actor Robert Pattinson was spotted at Washington Dulles Airport this evening, look for him at the WHCD #DMV” — DC Celebrity.

Whoa! On a journo’s salary?

“10% of my income goes to the church. Period. If I see someone in need, I help. I donate 2 causes I believe in. Thats personal responsibility.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jason Howerton.

A reporter writes to FBDC late night: “OMG did you open it? I like the glittery hair stuff, the chocolate and the soy candle. ” The journo is referring to the TIME/People gift bag that we lugged out of the St. Regis along with other partygoers struggling to carry such a jumbo gym bag of gifts. NYT Washington Bureau Chief Carl Hulse was noticeably carrying two gift bags. A bystander whose name rhymes with Latt Bornic joked with him about it. To which he responded, of course I get two, we’re the NYT. Hulse added that he was, of course, joking. He was carrying the bag of goodies for a friend.

Hitting on married dinner guests: Good idea or bad idea?

“Follow @ryanngro as she live tweets me awkwardly hitting on Paul Rudd at the WHCA dinner even though he’s totally married to Diane Wiest.” — Jessica Stephens, who has worked as an editorial intern at The American Prospect.

 

 

Capitol File Editor Leaves Mag for Washingtonian

Kate Bennett signed on as editor in chief of Capitol File magazine in late 2010. She resigned last week and is now working as the Wedding and Style editor at Washingtonian magazine.

The initial tip-off came as Bennett’s Twitter changed from “KateBennett_CF” to “KateBennett_DC” late last week.

A source at Capitol File tells us no one has taken Bennett’s place yet as editor and that Bennett didn’t want a lot of people knowing about the job change so soon.

We’ve reached out to Bennett for comment and will update if she responds.

An Evening Swim in the Fishbowl

On Thursday night we welcomed upwards of 160 guests to Lost Society on U Street for a party so full of waves that some may never forget it. Journos climbed two super steep flights of stairs to reach the rooftop, which was filled with candles and drenched in rose petals. Notable guests in the crowd: Bloomberg‘s Margaret Carlson, The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson, USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich, NJ‘s Major Garrett, GOP Consultant Ron Bonjean, TWT‘s Charlie Hurt, The Weekly Standard‘s Matt Labash, ABC7′s Stephen Tschida, WaPo‘s Erik Wemple, Capitol File Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett, The Hill‘s Editor-at-Large Al Eisele and Managing Editor Bob Cusack, and CNN and former FishbowlDC Editor Matt Dornic. There are too many names to mention, but reporters, editors and publicists from the following news outlets showed up to down Belvedere Vodka cocktails and eat fish and chips, chicken waffles and bourbon s’mores: TPM, Politico, The Daily Caller, The Hill, Washington Examiner, ABC7, CNN, USA Today, HuffPost, Roll Call, NJ, Bloomberg, WaPo, TWT, Townhall.com, Thrillist, Breitbart’s Big Journalism, Yahoo! News, Washingtonian, UrbanDaddy.com, RCP, Q&A Celebrity, DCist, WaPo Express, Metro Weekly and The Times of London. FBDC favorite, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, unfortunately didn’t show — he was home with a cold. Conversation topics swung wildly from NYT Mark Leibovich‘s upcoming book on incestuous Washington, a mini-debate on male facial hair, journos doing stories on bras, stupid intern behavior, thin skinned journalists, a newsroom recently instructed to not site a publication that never sites them, The Drudge Report, The Daily Caller’s Media Matters series , the two speeds of The Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz, a hypothetical weed sale and whether “getting f–ked” is a good thing or an insult. No party is complete without Raptor Strategies’ David Bass. FBDC’s newest writers Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry were on hand to say hello to journos — well, most of them, anyhow. Peter spent the evening avoiding a certain editor whose name rhymes with Rucker Rarlson. He wasn’t the only one who feared coming face to face with Rarlson. Eddie, meanwhile, plotted his way into free vodka shots. Publicist Dannia Hakki, of Moki Media, organized the event. She has the patience of a saint.

Hollywood on the Potomac blogger and publicist Janet Donovan, who unfortunately didn’t make it into the party because she forgot her ID and the big, burly bouncer wasn’t taking chances, has a funny take on the evening here. Photo Credit: Dave Phillipich.

The Fishbowl trio: Peter, Betsy and Eddie.

Meghan, Nick, Dornic, Ballard

Carlson and Company…

Margaret Carlson and Stephen Smith

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A Soiree to Remember…

To celebrate its 5-year anniversary under President Jason Grumet, the Bipartisan Policy Center, which the NJ has called “one of Washington’s most attractive destinations for former lawmakers, Cabinet members, and others”, is hosting an “Open House” tonight. Expected media in attendance…Capitol File‘s Publisher Sarah Schaffer and Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett, Self Magazine’s D.C. Editor Marc Adelman, The Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab, Twitter’s Adam Sharp, HtuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie, Bloomberg’s Darin Ohlandt, former CNNer Kathleen Koch, TV Chef Jose Andres, CNN’s Linda Roth, Business Round table’s Kirk Monroe and Susan G. Komen’s Kiki Ryan and former TIME scribe Tim Burger.

Partying in the Great Hall

On Tuesday evening, more than 350 people attended The Atlantic and NJ’s pre-State of the Union reception at the Library of Congress’ Great Hall.  They had more than 50 members of Congress and their staff in attendance, as well as those from the worlds of media, politics, and business.  At right is Capitol File‘s Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett and Self Mag’s Marc Adelman. Photo credit: Tony Powell.

Members of Congress in attendance:
Shelley Berkley Representative (D-NV)
Gregory Berry Legislative Director (D-KY)
Roy Blunt Senator (R-MO)
John Carney Representative (D-DE)
Stephen Cohen Representative (D-TN)
James Cooper Representative (D-TN)
John Dingell Representative (D-MI)
Lloyd Doggett Representative (D-TX)
Keith Ellison Representative (D-MN)
Gene Green Representative (D-TX)
Mike Kelly Representative (R-PA)
Leonard Lance Representative (R-NJ)
James Lankford Representative (R-OK)
Zoe Lofgren Representative (D-CA)
Tim Scott Representative (D-CA)
Henry Waxman Representative (D-CA)
Max Weiss Press Secretary Rep. Lee Terry
Joe Wilson Representative (R-SC)
John Yarmuth Representative (D-KY)

Makeup/fashion Q of the week: Should a woman’s lipstick match her bright pink blazer?

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