This weekend all eyes were on Michelle Obama. On Saturday, April 27th the 2013 White House Correspondents Dinner took place in D.C. and the event was start studded and filled with amazing fashion choices. Of course our very fashionable first lady gave us life in the style department, opting to wear a black cap sleeve gown from American Fashion Designer Monique Lhuillier.
Though Michelle’s look was photographed from the waistline up we know the gown is amazing from the high neckline with beaded embellishment and lace detailing. Monique Lhuillier is also very well know for her red carpet attire, dressing A list divas like Nicki Minaj, Sarah Michelle, Padma Lakshmi and Naomie Harris to name a few.
FLOTUS paired this look with her famous bangs and her stunning smile. She even received a little shout out from a very happy designer via twitter for rocking one of her garments:
“I am honored @MichelleObama is wearing me to the White House correspondence dinner tonight !! She looks amazing!!! xx Monique” - Monique Lhuillier
Monique Lhuillier joins a host of other designers like Jason Wu, Alexander McQueen, Thom Browne, Tracy Reese and Michael Kors who have dressed Michelle Obama for important appearances in the past.
Image Courtesy: Huffington Post, NYMag.com
Divas what do we think about Michelle Obama’s White House Correspondence Dinner gown choice. Are we happy she didn’t wear another Jason Wu piece or should she have stuck to her go to designer for her ensemble that night. Are we ready to see Michelle do something different with her hair or are you team bangs. Sound off below!
Since Beyonce’s Life is But a Dream documentary hit the airwaves in February, I’ve been wondering what other celebrity documentaries would also give a better understanding. Documentaries give watchers a more realistic look into the lives of people, of thoughts behind ideas, and facts about topics viewers may not have come across otherwise. Below is a list of researched documentaries worth watching. Some are about celebrities, others about social issues and culture. All are available on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, and/or iTunes. Get into it!
During the 1980s and 90s, the Fort Greene area of Brooklyn was booming with talent. The black arts movement was underway with filmmaker Spike Lee, comedian Chris Rock, actress Rosie Perez, among other artists creating a community and paving their ways in the art world. Brooklyn Boheme tells the story of these creators.
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy
The film chronicles the story of Black comedy, its roots, nature, and what social and political stances inform it. From minstrels and ‘Amos ‘n Andy’ to ‘In Living Color’ and the Original Kings of Comedy, it is all discussed. There is commentary from established comedians and clips from different periods of significance in comedy.
Harvest of Shame
The documentary was produced by CBS in 1960 as a part of a series by broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow. In Harvest of Shame, Murrow exposed the plight of America’s farm workers. It is interesting to see some of the issues of farm workers today mirroring that of those over 50 years ago. (Full Documentary)
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
Through the lens of Swedish filmmakers, viewers get a look at the Black Power Movement. In clips Huey P. Newton, Angela Davis, and Stokely Carmichael talk about what the movement means. There is also commentary by Erykah Badu and Harry Belafonte, among others.
Elmo is an icon, but not many people know who is behind the puppet and makes him come to life. Kevin Clash is that man. In Being Elmo, Clash’s story is told. Viewers will learn how he got to where he is now and created the persona of Elmo.
Jean-Michael Basquiat: The Radiant Child
At the age of 27, the artist Jean-Michael Basquiat left the earth. In this film, Tamra Davis brings an unreleased interview of the charismatic and controversial artist. The rise and fall of Basquiat is seen in the film, giving viewers a better understanding of the man behind the paintings.
A Man’s Story
Celebrated menswear designer Ozwald Boateng gives a look into is life as a designer, tailor to Hollywood’s A-list, superstar, and family man. A Man’s Story goes to the very heart of what Boateng has spent an entire career trying to distil: “what it is to be a man.”
Where I’m From: Jay-Z Barclays Center Documentary
The Barclays Center is Brooklyn’s baby, in a sense. It’s only right that the borough’s own, Jay-Z, performs there. In Where I’m From, Jay-Z takes viewers on a behind the scene journey of preparing for opening concerts at the arena. (Full Documentary)
Also recommended: Fade to Black
A mixture of original interviews, archival footage, and photographs shed light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson. Looking at the film may allow viewers to gain a better understanding of the professional boxer.
Which documentaries will you be checking out? Have any recommendations?
Samsung Galaxy S4 – Unpacked, Hands Free and Hands On (Video)
Want to see the new Samsung Galaxy S4? The official Samsung Galaxy S4 global event was held Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall (alongside a live-streamed event in Times Square) and the critics have spoken.. there’s a new standard of smartphones in town and it’s the Samsung Galaxy S4. We got a first look at the device and you can check out many of the new features in action below.
The new Samsung Galaxy S4 has a streamlined design, boasts a larger screen than the S3 and will be available in late April. It also has a bevy of new features that are both useful for everyday work and play. Interested? You should be. We’ll have more details on the new Samsung Galaxy device in the coming days.
“There’s so much momentum behind the Galaxy S franchise that Samsung could have put out nearly anything and have a hit on its hands.” - Roger Cheng / CNET
Are you interested in getting the new Samsung Galaxy S4? Which new features would you want to try out first?
BET has done it again with their ninth annual fashion event, Rip The Runway, filmed Wednesday night at the historic Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC! With a sexy venue, two stunning hosts, and a variety of new and popular performers, BET had the perfect recipe for another successful year for Rip The Runway! Following a performance at the Super Bowl and taking over the awards scene with appearances at the Grammy Awards and the Academy Awards, superstar Kelly Rowland brought her fashion sense and rising sex appeal to Rip The Runway. Co-host and “Real Husbands of Hollywood” star Boris Kodjoe, added the muscles and just as much sex appeal to bring this year’s show to another level of sexy.
Boris not only brought his muscles and sexiness, but he also premiered his clothing line, Alfa Male, on the Rip The Runway stage. (This will be his second attempt at a successful line of clothing after he and his younger brother released Ziami in Germany back in 2003 and did a soft release in Atlanta in 2008. You can find more on his clothing line here www.worldofalfa.com).
BET Rip The Runway Red Carpet Arrivals:
It’s been an incredible 2013 for Jason Wu thus far. Just last month, he debuted his retail-friendly line, Miss Wu, exclusively for Nordstrom on Jan. 7. (already worn by First Lady Michelle Obama) inspired by chic girls with their boyfriends in the 1960’s and beyond. It’ only makes sense, during New York Fashion Week, Wu’s back at it again. While reports circulated concerns of sparsely attended shows due to the affects of NEMO blizzard - Jason Wu packed a full house! At one of the most anticipated shows at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, revealing the Jason Wu Fall Winter 2013 collection, Wu wowed fashionistas worldwide again.
The collection “Extreme Femininity” included stark white, black, fur, snakeskin, fire engine red and a piercing shot of violet, the silhouettes included exaggerated shoulders in fur shrugs and trench coats, pleated maxi and mini skirts, and a lot of sheer fabric.
“It’s all about the embodiment of a woman—powerful, sensual, sexy, glamorous,” said Jason Wu as he unveiled his looks board backstage before his show. “I wanted to project beauty—beautiful clothes and beautiful women.” But as Wu added, “with every hard edge there’s softness.”
His 2013 take on evening wear puts a new spin on the peplum trend, incorporating it into tuxedo pants instead of skirts or tops.
Ostrich feathers incorporated into 2 dresses, definitely wowed us all especially the winter white one!
Cocktail dresses and tops will get us all ready for the 2014 Gala season with Grecian inspiration. Will it long before Jason creates another custom fit for our First Lady inspired by this collection? We can hardly bare the suspense to see what other amazing work Jason will unveil this year!
Check out our favorite looks from The Jason Wu Fall Winter 2013 Collection below!
Haven’t figured out where you’re celebrating the Big Game? If you’re not in New Orleans, chances are you’re hosting a Super Bowl party or even better, making plans to go to out to watch the big game. Did you know there are some apps that can make your Super Bowl Sunday easy as pie? From party invites, creating & sharing snack lists and more, we’ve listed some of the top apps you can use to enjoy a smooth Super Bowl Sunday below…
Social Network Apps
These apps help you get the word across; manage meeting times and locations.
Google + (Google Plus)
Are you planning a big party? Want to fill everyone in? Want to do a little more than Facebook event invites? Try Google hangout; for that you will need the Google+ App. I know what you’re thinking! Google+?! Well, let me inform you that it Google + (Google Plus) has outranked Twitter to be the second largest social network after Facebook with 343 million active users. With Google hangout, having group video chats is easy and stress free. Anyone that has an Android phone has a GMail account (it’s necessary for setup, apps, etc.). Getting together and setting things up is fun and easy with Google Hangout, so get that Google+ app installed and running.
Apple App Store (iOS) – Google +
Android Google Play – Google +
If you’re like me; you probably have a Facebook, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, Flickr, and Foursquare. No matter how great your phone is; multi-tasking can become quiet the chore when updating, checking in and tagging. Make it easier with HootSuite. You can manage different social media profiles and go crazy with the updates.
HootSuite App Download
The Official Team App
Apple App Store (iOS) – San Francisco 49ers App
Android Google Play – San Francisco 49ers App
Android and Apple - Baltimore Ravens App
Wings and Things
We all know that wings, chips and beer are a major part of the festivities. If you want to take a different spin on things and create different party dishes. Try these apps:
Apple App Store - Fooducate App
Guides and Updates
Super Bowl XVLII Guide
Android Google Play= Super Bowl Guide
Apple App Store - Super Bowl Guide
ESPN Score Center
Most sports fanatics already have this on their devices. It helps keep track of your favorite teams. It’s a must have for updates and staying in the loop
Android Google Play= ESPN Score Center
Apple App Store - ESPN Score Center
Don’t want to hear a commentators perspective? SB Nation is the app for you. You get coverage from over 300 blogs from a fans perspective. Stay updated with the latest updates and breaking news in the sports world.
Android Google Play Only= SB Nation App
This weekend has been momentous for the US citizens and for fashionistas across the nation. Hundreds of thousands packed National Mall to watch as Barack Obama was sworn in for a 2nd term as the Leader of the Free World. The rest who could not be there in person sat in front of their TV screen wide-eyed as he delivered a great speech. Most importantly, eyes focused at Michelle’s new bangs and her Inauguration Weekend fashions.
As the First Lady of The United States, all eyes are on you during the Inauguration weekend and Michelle Obama did not disappoint. Whether it’s kicking off the weekend for a makeover project at Burrville Elementary School in a simple blue and black printed sweater, cotton pants, and riding boots to stain bookshelves or it’s glomming it up in Michael Kors, it’s official our FLOTUS knows fashion.
Michelle and her daughters Sasha and Malia later attended the 2013 Kids’ Inaugural Concert on Saturday evening, held at the Washington Convention Center to celebrate military families. Keeping it simple again, she wore black fitted pants and a white Alexander McQueen Victorian bustle piquet shirt from the Resort 2011 collection. She styled with a fabulous bejeweled belt and red kitten heels.
As President Obama was officially sworn in for his 2nd and final term on January 20, 2013 the First Lady held her family Bible for her husband rocking a royal blue dress with a tapered waist and A-line skirt made of what looked like a silky material with a jacquard pattern by designer Reed Krakoff. She topped the dress with a same-color knit bolero-style cardigan with three-quarters-length sleeves.
Being the fab repeat rocker that she is, she started the 2nd term of her being First Lady with sequin Michael Kors dress that she was seen wearing back in 2009 now. The difference between 2013 and 2009 is these fab bags that she just had cut in for her 49 birthday this past Thursday.
As her husband was sworn in at National Mall she chose a navy silk jacquard coat and dress from designer Thom Browne. The coat was paired with a statement belt and kitten heel pumps both from J. Crew. She later changed from the kitten heels into black leather and suede knee-high boots from Reed Krakoff. It’s admirable that she continues to pair high in brands with more affordable brands to complete glam looks.
For the Inaugural Ball, Michelle again chose to wear a Jason Wu creation: a long halter-neck ruby chiffon custom gown with velvet details and an armful of sparkly bangles. She wore Jimmy Choo shoes, and a ring by Kimberly McDonald.
What were your favorite FLOTUS fashion looks of this Inauguration weekend? What did you think of her looks?
Following President Obama’s Inaugural Ceremony and Parade, BET and Centric Networks celebrated in style at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery with dazzling celebs, style influencers, community leaders, and media personalities from across the globe. Live performances included Bell Biv Devoe, Doug E. Fresh, and MC Lyte. It was clear from the reflections on the red carpet that stars from Hollywood to DC heard the President’s message of diversity, equality and inclusion loud and clear.
Having been in DC for the President’s first Inauguration in 2009, Access Hollywood Weekend Anchor Shaun Robinson found this time to be just as thrilling as the last. She was in awe “this incredible man, who has such a wonderful vision for our country,” gets another chance to continue his legacy. She spoke of being inspired by the President’s words of personal responsibility and making sure that we don’t have a glass ceiling.
NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous remarked that Black women and men, as well as white trade unions, turned out in record numbers—defying expectations—to re-elect Barack Obama. Now he says, it’s time that people of color “internalize that we have the ability to determine who is President and we have the ability to determine the direction for this country.” Both MC Lyte and Tatyana Ali felt the same way. MC Lyte calls on us to be “participatory in the outcomes that affect us” and Tatyana wants young women to realize how powerful we truly are.
She explained, “Our lives are political. Politics is human interaction. Politics actually works properly when we all get involved, when we’re all included.” Tatyana urges young women to stay engaged and to speak out because we can be a voice to change the minds and perspectives of the people around us. Awurama Simpson, Miss Universe Ghana (2010), and Sandra Nyanchoka, Finalist on America’s Next Top Model (Cycle 12) work with young women globally to promote education and inner beauty. They want for young women to not be afraid to go after their dreams. “Education can take you anywhere and makes anyone who they want to become in life, and makes their dreams possible,” says Simpson.
Actors Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker, founders of Sophie’s Voice Foundation, a charitable organization serving children and adults affected by the birth defect spina bifida, believe that “it’s important to dispel the myths around Obamacare” during this second term, “for people to really know what the President is offering and what has been put in place to protect and care for people and their families.” Happy parents to two young children, they hope that other families can take the spirit of empowerment, encouragement, and having our destiny in our own hands into the next four years.
Echoing those thoughts was quintessential authority on all matters of beauty and style, Ms. Mikki Taylor. She held the First Lady up as an example that “we don’t have to hope for change, we can be it.” It’s time, she said, for us to “step on stage and own the spot!”
Tis the season to be jolly and express your Holiday spirit on your phalanges (Challenge the Phalange! I hope you said this for it to rhyme…) We searched the web far and wide, also known as google, for some of the best holiday, all holidays this season, DIY (do it yourself) nail art! Even if you have less than ten nails, which is common these days, these designs are sure to get you great compliments and set the perfect mood for holiday cheer:-) Feel free to emulate or get inspired to create your own.
Did you say “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”? Even if snow doesn’t fall this year, you can guarantee a white christmas with NailArt101.com featured snowflakes tutorial! take a look!
Not to offend anyone but where my jews at?! Representing for the Hanukkah Holiday msnlving.com featured this bloggers creative celebration titled “Hanukkah Nails”. Using silver striping paint, accented with white and black paint on top of a royal blue this is a sure way to express your holiday cheer.
Habari Ghani! Whats the news! Does anyone celebrate Kwanzaa?! Surprisingly there were few designs for this National African American holiday, ironic enough the one found featured on Bee Polished blog was designed on an Euro-American hand, but no judgement! This just leaves alot to the imagination! You can just grab you a red, black and green polish and paint accordingly or give this candle design topped on a gold paint a try!
Elegant and soft, this nail look was featured on Allure.com’s top 6 holiday nail looks. We love this idea for both nightlife and professional events. Did someone mention the New Year’s eve celebration?! Check out this great look!
Nothing gives creative nail art better than bedazzled jewels and stones. Try this bubble nail look featured by Truly Madly Beauty blog. Notice the beautiful discrete glitter base that accents the jewels. Nail Glue is a great adhesive for your extras and don’t forget to seal with a clear top coat!
So challenge the phalange (you should definitely had read this to rhyme by now!)
Merry Chirstmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah Happy New Years and Happy You!
Have some nail art suggestions of your own? Share and comment below!
Chanel a/w 2012
While the ear cuff trend is certainly not new, it has made a huge comeback in 2012. Below are a few styles that you can wear day or night. Whether you want a understated look or are planning to make a statement, their are plenty of options to choose from.
Going for bold, yet ethereal try this oversized style at ASOS.com, $14. 07.
If you want something a little more sweet and demure head over to Etsy where an abundance of charming ear cuffs live. Like these made to order ‘Love ear’ cuffs by MaggieMadeWithLove, $16.50.
The LitterSF ear frame, now $48.00 can increase the temperature of any outfit lacking oomph!
And if you want to treat yourself to something extra special this season, pick up these gold plated, Swarovski embellished cuffs by CA & LOU, $431.67 available at Colette.