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What Sunny can expect from life as a First Dog.
Official White House photograph by Pete Souza.

Michelle Obama tweeted the announcement Monday evening that the First Family had added a new puppy to the mix, a female Portuguese water dog named Sunny. She’s intended as a companion for Bo, who Mrs. O. has said doesn’t get enough interaction with other dogs. So what can Sunny expect as a presidential pet? Check out the slideshow for a glimpse at a White House dog’s life, as told by Bo.

Posted at 12:28 PM/ET, 08/20/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
One local woman’s quest to brighten your day. By Alison Kitchens
Photograph by Lorie Shaull.

Meet DC’s tiniest resident, the Little Heart Man.

He’s the brainchild of Lorie Shaull, a government consultant by day and pipe cleaner sculptor by night. Inspired by street artists, Shaull began placing the men around the District this past summer.

You’re most likely to catch him hanging out around Dupont Circle or Capitol Hill, says Shaull, who puts her creations in places she thinks they will be easy to spot.

Her goal? Simply to make DC residents smile.

“I happened to notice someone walk by one of them once and just saw them react positively to it,” she said. “And I thought that was really sweet.”

You can see more photos of the Little Heart Man in action on Facebook.

Posted at 02:30 PM/ET, 04/05/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Reader-submitted pics of the little bit of snow that stuck yesterday. By Tanya Pai

Well, that happened. The federal government closed yesterday in anticipation of the Snowquester/Saturn storm—which turned out to be, as our own Sophie Gilbert astutely named it, a major “snoverreaction.”

Still, some of you managed to snap pictures of the snow before it completely disappeared. Check them out in the slideshow—and tell us in the comments how you spent what might have been the last “snow day” of the season.

Posted at 12:45 PM/ET, 03/07/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Show us what you saw during the storm.
A mother and daughter stop for a brief snowball fight outside the Takoma Metro station as snow began to accumulate Wednesday morning. Photograph by Chris Campbell.

Happy snow day! We hope everyone in the region stays safe and warm during  Snowquester/Saturn’s arrival to the area. Got the day off? Having an especially interesting commute? We want to see your snow photos! Send them to us at or upload them to Flickr and tag The Washingtonian. We'll post our favorites to the website!

Posted at 09:30 AM/ET, 03/06/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Music from Washington Performing Arts Society members highlighted the evening. By Washingtonian Staff
Guests pose with their Ann Taylor tote bags. Photograph by Rick Lippenholtz.

Last week Ann Taylor hosted an exclusive preview of its new store in Union Station. Guests enjoyed cocktails, Champagne, hors d'oeuvres, and music while shopping the fabulous winter collection. The evening also included special remarks from Ann Taylor PR manager Arlena Pordoy and Washingtonian fashion editor Kate Bennett, as well as a violin solo by Evelyn Song of Washington Performing Arts Society, Ann Taylor’s partner for the evening.

Posted at 12:20 PM/ET, 11/21/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Help us share what you saw when the storm rolls through the area.

We hope everyone in the region stays safe during Hurricane Sandy’s arrival to the area. While we encourage you to remain safe (maybe sing a few of Sandy’s favorites from Grease to pass the time and stay positive), we hope you’ll send us your best photos at or upload them to Flickr and tag The Washingtonian.

See also:

Hurricane Sandy Storm Photos

Posted at 09:43 AM/ET, 10/29/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
The best reader submissions to this year's photo contest. By Tanya Pai
Photograph of Oxford (left) by Katey Clark. Photograph of Lala (right) by Charise Ditalo.

If you’re even a little familiar with our website, you know there’s nothing we love more than photos of cute animals. Except, that is, for photos of cute animals in costume. We asked you to send your cutest (or funniest) photos to, and our editors chose their favorites to feature on the website. Your pet’s dignity is a small price to pay, right?

Let us know what your favorite is in the comments!

Posted at 09:30 AM/ET, 10/16/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Nearly 1,800 people came out to our biggest event of the year last night. Here's what they had to say about it. By Washingtonian Staff
The entrance to the AT&T Best of Washington party. Photograph by Washingtonian staff.

Last night, The Washingtonian celebrated the July Best of Washington issue with a party at the National Building Museum. The event featured food from more than 60 of the 100 Very Best Restaurants, cocktails, and an old-fashioned candy bar. We asked guests to tweet their thoughts, photos, and favorite parts of the event with the hashtag #bestof. Here are a few of our favorites. 

Posted at 09:20 AM/ET, 07/12/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Reader-submitted snapshots from the hottest weekend of the year.
By Washingtonian Staff
Yum—sidewalk eggs. Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock.

On Saturday, Washington officially broke its record for longest heatwave, with nine straight days of temperatures above 95. Yesterday we asked you to send us photos of how you spent the blistering weekend. Did you brave the 105-degree heat to visit the Folklife Festival? Did you stand in your air-conditioned apartment and look out the window, pointing and laughing at the sweat-soaked masses below? Or did you indulge in that time-honored tradition of attempting to fry an egg on the sidewalk? Below, a few of our favorite reader-submitted snapshots.

Photographs courtesy of Shannon Finney.

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Posted at 11:25 AM/ET, 07/09/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Belgian painter Isabelle de Borchgrave and her trompe l’oeil paper dresses were feted with a dinner by candlelight. By Carol Ross Joynt
Isabelle de Borchgrave explains the technique behind her trompe l’oeil paper dresses to guests at the opening party for her “Prêt-à-Papier” exhibition at Hillwood Museum. Photograph by Jeff Martin.

I don’t want to put a date on it, but when I was a teenager (a while back), the rage was to wear paper dresses. They were very Warholian, A-line with a white background and black designs we colored with magic markers. They cost about $14 and lasted maybe a month. 

Cut to now, and the elegant dinner party Thursday night at Hillwood Museum, where guests ogled an entirely more advanced version of the paper dress: the exquisite and elaborate designs of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave. These are paper dresses no one would dare try to wear, despite the yearning, and they are meant to last.

The exhibition, “Prêt-à-Papier” is all about eye-popping prettiness, and the al fresco dinner by candlelight to open the exhibition was exceedingly pretty, too: pretty weather, pretty tables under a white tent on the lawn at Hillwood, pretty flowers, pretty women in pretty summer dresses. The de Borchgrave creations, more than 25 in all, are arrayed in the public rooms of the mansion, which guests toured before the themed dinner of Belgian endive salad, filet mignon and salmon with Belgian frites, and pink peppermint ice cream with Belgian chocolate ganache.

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Posted at 03:00 PM/ET, 06/15/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()