About My Little Bird

We created MyLittleBird as an eclectic urban guide to fashion, design, lifestyle and culture, and well-being. Think of us as that in-the-know girlfriend.

D.C. is where we began our venture and where our know-how’s been tested and trusted. Not to rest on our laurels, we have expanded our reach to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Rely on us to help you with life’s little challenges, the ones that seem trivial but drive you crazy–whether it’s what to look for in a pair of jeans, where to eat near a theater in Philly or where to take a workshop on mindfulness in D.C. or Pittsburgh.

We invite you to explore the site and send in your comments and suggestions. In the meantime, when someone asks how you knew about something you discovered on our 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 8-year-old Mini Saint Bernard, Bailey.

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.


Stephanie Witt Sedgwick 


Stephanie Witt Sedgwick has been writing about food and cooking for more than 20 years. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, she has combined technical knowledge with the experience of cooking and baking at home. Stephanie was the recipe editor at the Washington Post, where she developed 500+ original recipes and wrote columns on entertaining, seasonal cooking and healthy everyday eating. She lives with her husband, two teenage sons and one very furry cat in Virginia where she manages to make dinner almost every night.


Stephanie Cavanaugh


A former New Yorker who gave up a rent-controlled apartment, I’ve lived more than half my life in Washington DC, having nothing whatever to do with politics. I was once the temporary chief paginator for a major law firm, drove a truck for a remaindered-book company, peddled telex machines (very badly), ran a small business association, started a neighborhood newspaper, raised a most gorgeous child (along with a most handsome husband) and nurtured an always-budding freelance career writing about design, real estate and gardens for numerous publications, including the Washington Post, the Post’s At Home magazine, the DuPont Registry, Home & Design magazine and the Wall Street Journal’s OWN Magazine.