Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Fashion Commentary

I have refrained for the most part from making fashion commentary on my blog. That seems a bit odd considering the nature of it, but alas all good things must come to an end. I could not let yesterday's fashion highs and lows go by without making some comments. While some of these quotes are my own, I must give credit to my friends for most of them.

First Lady Michelle Obama:
The world had been holding its collective breath in anticipation of what she would wear on Inaguration Day. I must say Mrs. Obama did her thing in her Isabel Toledo ensemble. The color was very refreshing and suited her well. I wasn't crazy about the shoes but I loved the gloves. She is a pro at mixing high end labels with lines real people can afford.

Her Inauguration dress:

I'm still on the fence about this one. She kept it light and airy with the color and flowing design. Also a bold move with the one shoulder but it suited her frame. I guess I was expecting more of a WOW with a bold color choice. It was so so to me but give me another day and that may change. 'I have passed out from utter disgust. The dress was JUST OK. Nothing special for a First Lady.'

I asked my Husband if we will still be that much in love in 30 years. He said yes!

President Obama:

He kept it classic for both the swearing in and inaugaration balls. I loved the white on white tie and shirt he showed the world he's got rhythm. (I wish I could say the say for everyone) I would have been too through if he dipped the First Lady, but the twirls were right on.

'If there was ever any doubt..The President has shown he got SWAG!'

Sasha and Malia Obama:

I thought they both looked age appropriate. Little Miss Sasha with her pink and orange was the highlight for me. It suited her well. And I can just see Malia taking after her Mother and being a fashion icon. I wish I could have seen them in formal duds for the balls but kids do have school.

Jill Biden:
I loved her knee boots but didn't think they were appropriate for the occassion. Don't ask me why but that's just how I feel. I did LOVE her red coat though. I want one now.

Her red inauguration dress was fantastic. The color suited her, the fit was one, and it just flowed. Now if only her husband could dance we would be in business.

'Jill's people got it right. Perfect color , flawless length. Did you see how the dress flowed, looked like she was floating on air. '

Other celebrities:

Alicia Keys-I am glad to see that she is evolving into fashion in her own right but 'is Alicia moonlighting as a maid after the Ball?' I know you want to make your LBD your own but that apron was not the way to go.

Beyonce Knowles-Carter-Okay come on B or Sasha Fierce whichever you are today. I have seen you step out in some gowns that are beyond spectacular. This should have been one of those occassions. I mean really you are performing for THE PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY. Maybe you didn't want to chance upstaging the first lady but the color, the fit, everything was all wrong. And did you forget your bra? Oh my....

'Beyonce's rag was a mess too. Her roots were flat though.'

Aretha Franklin-aka Bow-retha. Enough said.

Mariah Carey Cannon-Where do I begin? With that too little dress or the fact that you should never sing 'Hero' like that again. EVER.

No I'm serious. EVER!

Mary J. Blige-If you still got it then work it. But honey you were so off key with that last note. My ears are still sore.

Jay-Z-Those glasses will never be fetch. Let it go. 'He looks like an old Jewish lawyer and that's an insult to Jewish lawyers. I'm sorry.'

Photos courtesy of AP and Reuters

Monday, January 19, 2009

Need Motivation...and heat

I haven't posted to this blog in several weeks. I'm not a bad blogger I just haven't had much to share. The weather has turned cold and the temperature in my studio space has gone south. It's right above the garage and isn't very well insulated. Trying to pin and cut with numb fingers is not a good idea. I bought a little space heater and that didn't do a thing. So I'm going in search of a larger one when I get off work in hopes that it will help. I'm going through serious withdrawls. I need to sew something! Thankfully I have been able to devote some time to my other craft of crochet. I started to develop calluses on my finger and palm but found some comfort cushions that have been a blessing to my hands.
I had hoped to finish a simple dress to wear in honor of MLK day or Obama's swearing in but alas I will just have to save it for our next date night.

Stay warm!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year

My first post of the new year! Wow 2009 is here...where does the time go? The past few weeks were busy yet filled with good times, laughter, and family.

The cruise was amazing! It was so good to get away and enjoy some sunshine and relax with the hubby. We enjoyed Cozumel the most but Grand Cayman was a close second. Jamaica not so much but that's another story.

I also needed to keep my hands busy on the cruise and I managed to finish a scarf and a hat. That was an accomplishment for me since it usually takes forever(a year) to finish a crochet project. I'll post pics eventually. I also made a hat for DH since he lost his (yet again). It was a simple black beanie but he loves it and now wants one in Cardinal Red and Steel Gray which are apparently the official colors of his alma mater MIT.

Christmas was interesting. My mom and sister spent the night and we got up around 7:30am and opened presents. Yes we are all big kids. Everyone had several gifts and were very happy with what they got. There was some fantastic surprises and I got some good pics with big ole' cheesy grins. All was quiet for a few hours and then the craziness began. There were some 25 people at our house, which included some unexpected guests. I refused to let drama invade the holiday so we kept the peace and the respective parties in separate parts of the house. I was exhausted afterwards but I got my wish-a house full of family and friends.

We hadn't really made any plans for New Year's and in the end decided to spend it at home. It may sound uneventful but it was great. Ringing in the new year in the new house was just as it should be.

We went to dinner at Ruth's Chris on Saturday for date night and it was sooo goooood. Ruth's Chris is pricey but a good place to go for atmosphere and a special occassion. There was not a single thing on my plate that was not fabulous. And dessert-OMG! They brought us the sinful chocolate cake on the house since we were celebrating my birthday late and we also ordered the apple tart cake. That thing was huge but it was so good I wanted to slap my mama. We ended up wrapping it up since we were so stuffed but finished it later that night at home.

That pretty much sums up the past few weeks for me.....

On the sewing front I am working an view A of New Look 6823 as well as view D of Mccall's 5271. After they are complete I am not sewing anything else for myself until after I finish a dress and jacket for my auntie. That should motivate me to finish something for someone else huh?

Here's to a Fantastic 2009!