About My Little Bird

We created MyLittleBird to give women living in the Washington D.C. area the latest news on what’s happening in local fashion, design, lifestyle and culture, and on the health and well-being front.  Consider us like that girlfriend you turn to who always seems to come up with the advice you need at the right time.

Because we didn’t grow up in D.C., we arrived eager to figure out and take advantage of the city’s exceptional offerings. We have now each lived and worked here for more than 25 years and our know-how’s been tested and trusted for years at some of the most reputable publications around. Retired in Rockville? An empty nester in the U Street Corridor? Or a busy lawyer on L Street? We can help you with all sorts of daily living’s little challenges whether it’s what to look for in a pair of jeans or where to take a workshop on mindfulness.

Retail maps of D.C. neighborhoods include our take on local shopping options, providing information and locations for what to see, find and buy wherever you live or visit.  Because even long-timers continue to get lost in this city, we designed the maps to help you find your way but also to support our sense of D.C. as a city of neighborhoods.

We invite you to explore the site with its maps and categories and send us comments and suggestions about what more you’d like to see us do. In the meantime, when someone asks you how you knew about something that you found on the site, tell them “My Little Bird told me.”

Our Staff

Janet Kelly


I have been covering the worlds of fashion and beauty for more than 25 years, recently as a staff writer at The Washington Post, where I offered my no-nonsense opinions for the magazine and the Style section. Prior to that, I wrote about the retail scene for Microsoft’s online city guide, Sidewalk Washington. Currently, I man the ship at MyLittleBird, along with my managing editor co-pilot Nancy McKeon.

Nancy McKeon

Managing Editor

I cut my retail teeth at New York Magazine, writing the "Best Bets" column, pointing out the newest, coolest things and places in town. In 20 years at The Washington Post, I was editor of the Food section, the Real Estate section, Travel, Sunday Business, At Home Magazine and the Sunday Magazine's special design, dining, travel and fashion issues. No, not all at the same time. I currently share editing duties with Janet Kelly at MyLittleBird.com. In my off-time, I walk my 12-year-old St. Bernard mix, Jeremiah.

Kathy Legg

Art Director

A native of West Virginia, but a resident of Washington since 1977, I came to The Washington Post after stints doing layout and design at The Trenton Times, the Palm Beach Post and the Huntington Advertiser. At The Washington Post I was a member of the News Art Department and art director for the Travel and Food sections. Since 2008 my husband and I have divided our time between Washington and the West Virginia farm we share with three goofy dogs and one resentful cat.

Mary Carpenter

Associate Editor

I have been writing and reporting on health issues for the last three decades for publications including Time Magazine, the International Herald Tribune and women’s magazines. My essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Gargoyle, Passager, Slab and Evening Street, and online at www.literarymama.com. I teach at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda and lead creative writing workshops for psychoanalysts and prisoners. I have two sons in their 20s and a cat.

Anne Kisslinger

Social Media Director

I gave up other people's schoolchildren to raise my own. Getting back into the workplace, I found a new niche in social media and for the past three years, have been connecting kids and activities through Activity Rocket, a D.C.-based website for parents.


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