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InTheCapital’s Sophie Pyle Starting New Venture

sophieWord on the street is that Sophie Pyle is leaving her journalism career. Pyle, who launched Guest of a Guest DC from nothing to a popular event coverage site in the District, joined InTheCapital seven months ago, and is now moving on to social media.

InTheCapital is a new-media company with a “community-driven platform for editorial content and discussion with a funny/satirical, smart, empowering tone” whose parent company – Streetwise Media – also operates ChicagoInno and BostInno.

According to her recently updated Twitter bio, she is managing social media programs for several boutique clients and is launching a wedding social media service called Tweet The Bride, to offer live Tweeting and Instagramming at weddings.

She is the second writer to leave InTheCapital after city news writer Anthony Sodd left two weeks ago. At the time of posting, both Pyle and Sodd are still listed as writers on the site.

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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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Women Ruled Zentan for 2014 Series Launch

10001385_748690051810766_1034168253_nLast night, POLITICO, Google and the Tory Burch Foundation kicked off the “Women Rule” series for 2014 at Zentan. The cocktail reception brought together participants from last year’s series and invited them to share their aspirations for the coming year. The event also featured Zentan’s Executive Chef Jennifer Nguyen, a contestant on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay.

The first “Women Rule” event is scheduled for late March in DC – more details are expected soon. The series will also host events in New York City and San Francisco this year, capping off with an end-of-year conference in Washington.

1904150_748690041810767_1961860382_nIn attendance: CNN’s Brianna Keilar, Gloria Borger, Erin McPikeMichelle Jaconi, and Kristen Holmes; NBC’s Betsy Fischer Martin and Kasie Hunt; MSNBC’s Karen Finney; Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus: Larry King’s producer Carrie Stevenson; WJLA’s Autria Godfrey and Jummy Olabanji; Time’s Jay Newton Small; Yahoo’s Garance Franke-Ruta; InTheCapital’s Sophie Pyle; BitchesWhoBrunch.com’s Cori Sue Morris (since it’s the weekend, wa-la, bitcheswhobrunch.com!); Emily’s List’s Marcy Stech; SKDKnickerbocker’s Jill Zuckman; Kim Oates from the House Radio-TV Gallery; Brunswick Group’s Su-Lin Nichols; the White House’s Tara McGuinness; Corcoran’s Rachel Cothran; Komen’s Kiki Ryan; Kate Bake’s Katelyn Sornik; Tracy Sefl; Gloria Dittus; and Mindy Finn.

1528463_748689968477441_335092248_nAs well as sponsors, including POLITICO’s Kim Kingsley, Lois Romano, Beth Lester Sidhu, Christine Delargy, Jessie Niewold, and Peter Cherukuri; the new head of the Tory Burch Foundation Bari Mattes (her first week in the position!); and Google’s Jesse Suskin, Sam Smith and Mistique Cano.

Photos by Rod Lamkey Jr.

Morning Chatter

In other words: SHUT UP!

“My dad always said – among many other things – when you are talking you are not learning anything.” — Sen. John Cornyn (Twitter).

Arianna wants peace in her relationships

“I love the word ‘Hoʻoponopono’: an ancient Hawaiian practice of ‘making things right’ and working through differences in relationships.” — HuffPost-AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington.

The Emotional Observer

“Oh God. So now Kerry is saying air strikes to degrade the capacity of a man gassing his people is not ‘an act of war.’ PLEASE” — Daily Beast Senior National Security Reporter Eli Lake.

Journo finds Netflix drama “idiotically unrealistic”

“OK, so I finished watching House of Cards this weekend. Most unrealistic of all the idiotically unrealistic things in it? The free-flowing traffic on North Capitol Street in the opening credits (BTW, I really hate my new commute)” — NPR Health Policy Correspondent Julie Rovner (Facebook).

Congrats!

“Moving on up…I am off to InTheCapital next week as a DC Lifestyle writer! So excited! This means a big torch passing. Meet Nicole Mills, Guest of a Guest DC’s new Managing Editor!” — Guest of a Guest D.C. Editor Sophie Pyle.

Oversharing Sherri wants Chicos to feature larger sizes

“Hey @Chicos …if you really have a line that makes you appear “slimmer” then don’t use a size 2 model…would love to see that line on a 16″ — ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:15 a.m.

Convo Among Journos and Amtrak

“Sen McCain apologizes to Theresa Heinz Kerry “for what I’m about to do to John.” #Syria”” — The Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes.

“For once, am glad I’m on Amtrak.” — conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

“We’re glad to hear it :) We appreciate you traveling with us!” — Amtrak.

 

Female Journos Flock to the Bra Whisperer

Change your bra and you change your life.

Huh?

I have no idea how WUSA 9′s Angie Goff has temporarily taken over my brain, but she has. And I owe her a heartfelt apology for writing a post on her in October of 2010 in which I ridiculed her for a story on bra shopping. Angie: I am SORRY. Please forgive me. I totally get bra shopping. Especially since I am now writing on the topic.

The truth is, I’d been blowing off the assignment for months, thinking it was frankly, frivolous and too Angie Goff (again, I’m SORRY). As I informed FishbowlMatt after, this was life altering. He was jealous. “Where’s my undergarment whisperer?” he pleaded. This is a sexist story that favors women. I had no answer for him.

Since May a bundle of Washington area female journalists and VIPs, including Goff, have been trailing out to Virginia in droves to meet Susan Nethero, a.k.a. the Bra Whisperer (pictured at right). The Intimacy story is located inside Tyson’s Corner I (across from L.L. Bean for interested parties). The Washington media list includes ABC’s Claire Shipman (wife to White House Press Sec. Jay Carney), who spent two hours with the Bra Whisperer, Washingtonian, WaPo, NBC4, Capitol File’s Kara Manos, Bloggers Sophie Pyle and K Street Kate, Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab, DC Mag’s Karen Sommer Shallett — they’ve all met her. To say Nethero is pure genius is putting it mildly. She is the Cesar Millan of bra fitters. Her clientele is impressive. She most recently outfitted the Kardashians and counts Oprah among her fans. She has appeared on her show five times, and the Queen of Talk never lets just anyone into her inner circle, much less the arena of her intimate apparel. Nethero knows intimate details: the talk show goddess so feared a wardrobe malfunction (i.e. a nipple sighting) that she had special oval jello pads sewn into all her cups. Nancy Grace should have been so lucky.

Nethero is serious about her work, but not too serious. On the day we met, she wore a sleeveless candy apple red dress that allowed a red lace bra to peek out front. She pulled the straps and the tops out to show off the pretty bra, saying it’s increasingly fashionable to let them be seen — the bras, not her breasts. “It’s a wonderful experience to have women feel comfortable with their bodies,” she said. “We believe we can change the self esteem of women across America.”

Once in the fitting room, Nethero, who manages to strip all self-consciousness from an experience like this, gets to work sizing you up. She brings in piles of bras she thinks will fit beautifully. Each one is perfection. She explains how bras should fit — likely tighter than you think. She also explains how they shouldn’t fit — loose or digging into your sides.

The only media misfit in the area is Fox5 and the publicists can’t fathom why they refuse to do a story. We’re told they were skittish about showing bras on TV. In elaborate email exchanges they could not seem to fathom what was being sold at a store named Intimacy. They turned the story down.

It’s one hot loss for the women of Fox5. The chosen ones get VIP fittings that include a private session with Nethero and a free bra and underwear set of her choice. Since May, the Washington VIP list, controlled by publicist Elizabeth Thorp who brought in Courtney Cohen to help, has included Jennifer Tapper (wife of ABC Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper), Kathleen Jenkins (wife of FNC’s Griff Jenkins) and Mary Amons (Real Housewives of D.C.). Thorp views these handpicked women and the wide variety of area journalists lured in for fittings as a “broad network of influencers who learn of Susan’s methodology and feature how the right bra can make a giant impact.”

The most common mistake among bra wearers involves the bra bands — they’re too big. “When your band goes up your back your boobs go down,” Thorp said, noting that the right bra can make a woman look 10 pounds thinner. And forget about back fat — with these bras, she noted, those days are over.

Cohen confided that after her fitting with Nethero she dumped her entire bra collection. The running joke at Al Jazeera, where Cohen flacked when the Bra Whisperer assignment came up, was: “Do not mix up the press lists!”

Guest of a Guest to Re-Launch Under Pyle

If you haven’t heard enough from Sophie Pyle, you’re in luck because the star of  “Blonde Charity Mafia,” Washington’s first reality TV bust, is back.  But this time Pyle’s playing a different role: journalist and managing editor of the society snapshot site, Guest of a Guest DC.

The website launched in the District over a year ago but it’s had more trouble finding it footing in Washington than in New York City or the Hamptons. Go figure.  But it seems that G of a G is betting big on Pyle’s ability to pull eyes to their struggling  DC satellite because they recently announced a re-launch with Pyle as ME.  To celebrate, Guest of a Guest will co-host an event with Carlos Gray, son of DC Mayor Vince Gray, and Robert Finfer, president & CEO of Integrity Capital Partners.

The invite-only fete will be held Friday, September 16, 2011 from 6:30PM – 8:30PM at 18th Street’s District Underground.

“Blonde Charity Mafia” Episodes Surface Online

For months now, I’ve prayed to the reality TV gods for just one…one measly episode of Washington’s shoulda, woulda, coulda reality series, Blonde Charity Mafia. Tonight, my prayers were answered and the gods must be crazy because they sent several episodes of the debunked show starring “it girls” Katherine Kennedy, Krista Johnson and Sophie Pyle and it’s even more amazing than I imagined. Episode one below and three more after the jump. You’re welcome.

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