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United We Stand: Hollywood Invades DC For The 2013 Presidential Inauguration

January 22nd, 2013 by Lifestyle Staff

Now that President Obama has been sworn in for his second term, let’s get to the second most important part of this past weekend—the fashion! There was much pomp and circumstance in DC with some sizzling celebrity fashion to behold during the 2013 Presidential Inauguration and we have some of our favorite celebrities celebrating in the DMV below.


Helping to kick-off the National Day of Service, Angela Bassett looked sleek and stunning in all black with leather pants and jacket. She rocked a fierce short cut with auburn highlights, one of Angela’s signature hair styles.


 Continuing to share her message of a “Heart Healthy” lifestyle (signified by Go Red for Women), Star Jones rocked a simple red turtleneck and slacks with the stand out being her red faux fur coat. It’s hard to believe either of these women are in their 50’s!

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As part of his service activities, John Legend recorded a Dr. Seuss book for DC Public Schools while wearing a thick, dark charcoal cowl-neck sweater with cable-knit detailing.john-legend-iServe

Later, he and fiancé Chrissy Teigen appeared at’s Generation Now Youth Inaugural Party. Chrissy looked gorgeous in a delicately embroidered ivory sheath by Tom Ford, with sheer sleeves and simple, black ribbon tie.


Fresh off the premiere of his new movie, LuvCommon was part of the several A-list celebrities that performed. He chose a more casual look with jeans, sneaks and a tee-still well suited for the event.




Eva Longoria, hostess for the Latino Inaugural 2013: In Performance at the Kennedy Center, was stunning in Vivienne Westwood’s peach strapless ‘Bellini’ dress. Down at the Capitol for the Official 2013 Inauguration Ceremonies, she looked fashionable and sensible in black suede, over the knee boots and scarf. Eva kept warm in a haute pink leather trench from Bally Resort Pre-Spring 2013 Collection.












Beyonce and Jay-Z stepped out in style for Bey’s rendition of the National Anthem (watch here, listen here). She looked flawless in black, floor length velvet and chiffon beaded Emilio Pucci gown, luxe fur Dior coat, Lorraine Schwartz emerald jewelry (80 carat earrings, 50 carat ring) and brightly painted nails in Tangerine on the Rocks. Jay-Z looked distinguished with a fresh cut, aviator shades, and a gray tailored Tom Ford suit with a navy and baby blue lined scarf.


Looking nothing less than presidential, entertainment’s own president and first lady showed how to impress at the 2013 Inauguration.

Which celebrity do you think looked the best at the 2013 Inauguration? Tell us below…

Four More Years! Your Guide To The 2013 Presidential Inauguration

January 18th, 2013 by Lifestyle Staff

Next week Washington, D.C. will be abuzz with glitz, gowns and glamour for the 57th Presidential Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States: Barack Hussein Obama! Official swearing-in will take place on January 20, while the public ceremony and celebration will occur on Monday, January 21- which includes the singing of the Star Spangled Banner by none other than Beyoncé. Use these helpful tips below to find what you need, dress accordingly and get to the ball on time!


Stay in the know!

Find complete details using the Inaugural 2013 app. Follow event schedules, watch live feed, see other video and photos, connect socially and view up-to-date maps for the parade, ceremony, and volunteer locations.


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Need more deets than that?

Look up the Official Presidential Inaugural Committee:

Look up the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies:


Tips on getting around the District:

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Taking the Metro and walking will be your best bet to get around the District. Several roads and various facility entrances will be blocked and closed off. The iTrans DC Metro app makes navigating the train system quick and easy. View the Metro system map, plan your route, see arrival and transit times, and get service alerts.





Willing to brave parking near or in the District? Parkmobile app will be a lifesaver! Set up your account through this secure app by entering your payment information and license plate number, then enter the parking zone/meter number and you’re all set! A quick alert to your phone allows you to add more time without ever leaving the building.


Need a restroom break throughout the day?

Make a quick stop at the Smithsonian. Quite a few museums, such as Freer and Sackler Galleries and African Art and Hirshhorn Museums, will be open from 8am – 5:30pm and accessible through Independence Ave., as other entrances will be closed. The American Indian Museum and Renwick Gallery will be closed.


What to wear to the ball?

Every four years many speculate, wait and watch to see what the First Lady will wear.  Mrs. O captures the unique gowns of past First Ladies and chronicles the daily styling of FLOTUS Michelle Obama. For the modern girl, note that while fashion may change, etiquette never goes out of style. Most balls will require formal, or black tie, attire.


Well tailored, floor length gowns, rather than super short cocktail dresses are most appropriate and practical. There will be freezing temps in DC and a long gown can mask cute leg warmers, snazzy boots, and thick, opaque tights. Gloves are definitely an option that can provide an additional layer of warmth.


Walking several blocks will be unavoidable, so try an ornate pair of flats, kitten heels, or wedges to protect your feet. If heels are a must, bring a pair of foldable flats in your minaudiere clutch to change into when you head in for the night.


Looking for more fun during your time in D.C.?

Check out 365 Things to Do in DC for daily tips and download the Washington Post Going Out Guide app. Find Editor’s Picks and “Best Of” lists for restaurants, events, bars, museums, movies and much more. Updated frequently, the Going Out Guide will lead you to the best entertainment and nightlife D.C. has to offer.


Don’t get lost in the shuffle! Download these apps, dress accordingly, and get to where you need to be. Don’t miss out on anything during this once in a lifetime opportunity. After all, it is President Obama’s last inauguration, so plan it wisely!

Be Like Barack: Get Focused, Dig in and Reinvest in Your Career!

December 19th, 2012 by Lifestyle Staff version.indd

Even the President had to reapply for his job this year, indicating the perfect timing for us all to take stock of our desires for a better career moving forward. (Congratulations to President Barack Obama TIME Magazine’s 2012 Person Of The Year) Most working Americans spend roughly the same amount of time working each day as they do sleeping—even more than that if you’re an individual that holds down two jobs or pursues your passion on the side. With such a significant portion of our time spent on the daily grind, it is important to find satisfaction in the work we do. Listed below are a few things to consider that will help you move forward in your career and enjoy the satisfaction you deserve.


1. Make a list of the personal, financial, social and educational benefits your job offers you.


This list may be long or short; it could be practical (i.e.: pays my bills) or futuristic (i.e.: teaching me how to run my own business). Either way, there are daily benefits of earning a living—articulate those aspects and start being appreciative. Karma works on a positive tip too! It is always beneficial to remind yourself your work benefits other than just the monetary ones.


2. Reorganize and spruce up your work space.

Given the amount of time we spend at work, it makes sense that our environment contributes to our attitude. Here are Five Spring Cleaning Tips to Invigorate Your Workspace. Find small ways to brighten your work space and make it a place that you enjoy. Find more ideas on how to organize your home office from cupcakes to cashmere. Make it feel a little less like work, and more like you.


3. Not working at your passion? No problem. There’s still time left.

Just ask Dara Torres—at 45 she’s the oldest swimmer to have competed at the Olympics five times over (that’s a span of 24 years). Or think Iyanla Vanzant—inspirational speaker, author, and life coach. After taking a break from television for almost a decade, she’s made a strong comeback on OWN with the show, Iyanla: Fix My Life. Never give up on your passion. You may have to revise the steps you take to accomplish your dreams, but they can come true!


4. Find a mentor that can help you realize your full potential.

Mentorships can be formal or organic in the way they are developed. To avoid conflicts of interest, seek mentors that work within your field, but not at the same company. There are several specific programs that can aid you in finding one. Make sure to then ask your mentor if they have the time and commitment to serve in that specific capacity. Mentors can help with career development, networking, professional grooming and building of specialized skill sets. Remember to give back and mentor someone else once you have moved up!


5. Create a vision board to help plan for your next career move.

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A vision board can focus your aspirations and uses the laws of attraction to help you get there. Do you want to change careers? Is there a specific company you want to work for? Do you imagine working in a particular environment? Is there a target income you’d like to make?

Creating a vision board is simple, fun and easy to do. Some have even started to use Pinterest as their virtual vision board. Whichever kind you use, make sure to place it where you will see it everyday so that it will be embedded in your mind and ready to come to life!

 So remember: Prioritize, reorganize, and put one foot in front of the other. While you have the time and opportunity, take advantage of the people and technologies available to you that will not only advance your career, but also leave you feeling more satisfied.


Inspire someone else while being inspired. Tell us how you have reinvested in your career in the past or plan to do so in 2013, or share the links to your online vision boards below…

Social Media’s G.O.A.T? The Photo That Continues To Shatter Social Media Records…

November 8th, 2012 by Christen


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In late September, Media Bistro’s All Twitter blog tabulated the most popular tweets of all time – as gauged by retweets. The winner was Justin Bieber, who as of this writing had 223,376 retweets for this tweet.  President Obama shattered that record with this tweet upon the media calling Ohio for him.  After winning his second term as U.S. President, Barack Obama shared the same photo on his Facebook page that quickly became the most Liked photo ever on the social network. The picture shows the president embracing his wife Michelle with the caption: Four more years.

The image had become the most Liked photo in Facebook history: With more than 4 million likes, this Barack Obama photo is the most-liked Facebook photo of all time.


That’s yet another victory for Obama’s social-media savvy campaign team, who dominated Romney in most social media metrics.  This tweet has only skyrocketed in popularity since this victory. As of today, Obama’s tweet now has 789,780 retweets.

The 2012 ELECTIONS According To Foursquare, Instagram and More!

November 6th, 2012 by Christen

While many traditional online news sources will host live interactive maps constantly being updated with the latest election results, some are opting for more social ways of tallying up today’s votes. Check out how a few of your favorite social media platforms are sharing in the election day festivities.



Foursquare launched, which has a live map of polling place check-ins across the United States. The data can be broken down by gender and time of the vote, telling the Election Day story in a unique way. Foursquare users can also connect their account to the I Voted app, which taps into the Google Civic Information API to locate the right polling place and deliver ballot information. Fun bonus: Foursquare users who check-in to a polling place get a digital version of the “I Voted” sticker.




Instagram makes it easy to see a snapshot of polling locations, political attire and even some votes! (WARNING: Photographing / publishing prepared voter ballots is a misdemeanor in most states and could cause your vote to become VOID). Watching Election Day results come in with numbers and maps is one thing, getting a look at what’s actually happening at polling places around the country is another. Electiongrams, created by the NBC News digital team, collects Instagram images tagged with #NBCPolitics. Other brands are taking advantage of Instagram including BET Networks with #BETvote and Essence Magazine with #EssenceVotes. The goal? Tap into Instagram to show snapshots of life around America on Election Day.


Could Beyonce’s vote become void?



UStream is taking a slightly different approach by utilizing citizen journalists around the country, providing a unique and independent lens on Election Day. Ustream has also partnered with Video the Vote to use mobile phones as a tool in the fight against voter fraud and disenfranchisement.



How are you planning on discovering today’s election results? Will you be posted in front of the tv, election watch party or our celebrating someplace else?








Beyonce Rocks Obama Earrings Plus Ways To Step Up Your Political Styling Panache!

November 5th, 2012 by Christen


Beyonce’ along with hubby Jay-Z may have been seen at the Brooklyn Nets season opener this weekend rocking her famed Obama earrings, but in case you can’t get your hands on the sold out accessories, there are plenty of other ways you can style up your political support just in time for Election day!  Getting ready for an Election party tomorrow?  Check out these looks that’ll have you covered whether it’s dressing like Michelle Obama from head to toe or rocking a rocker-democratic style.




‘Just in time for Election Day,’ might be a bit of a stretch considering the dress doesn’t ship until January, but First Lady Michelle Obama’s infamous Tracy Reese frock as worn to this year’s Democratic National Convention, is now available for pre-order atAnthropologie.

The Tracy Reese ‘Colwyn’ brocade dress ($398) as it’s called, features a red brocade motif across the upper portion, and a contrasting scalloped hemline finished in a blue brocade across the bottom.



If you’re looking for a super casual look add this fun Barack Your Body tank from Urban Outfitters tank to a pair of jeans a roll out.  If you’re looking for a creative way to share your “pick” check out these cool “I pick Obama” shirts at

Just in case a little subtile accessorizing is more your taste, you can always rock these fly $42 Potus Earrings by Melody Eshani all year long! (Especially after POTUS wins his second term! #TeamObama!)
No matter if you’re an early voter or plan on hitting the polls first thing tomorrow morning, either way make sure you practice fashionable political styling tomorrow “…with liberty and justice for all!”

Presidential Debates, Social Media Spikes and The Possibility Of A Media-Lead Election…

October 22nd, 2012 by Christen

Well folks, we’re down to the final debate of this presidential election season!  The score is tied 1-1 (depending on who you ask) and the swing states are listening in to what both President Obama and Governor Romney has to say.


The last debate caused quite a stir on the social (media) scale.  From Romney’s “Binders full of women” to Obama’s Mortal Kombat ending (finish him) blow reminding Americans of Romney’s “47% of American’s feel entitled to a government handout” statement.    Check out the infographics below detailing presidential searches and more details below…





The third and final Presidential Debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will take place Monday night from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. The topic will be foreign policy and the discussion will be moderated by Bob Schieffer, host of Face The Nation on CBS. As with earlier debates, this will be 90 minutes long and we will carry the live stream on this page.

Live Stream: Available around 8pm et / 5pm pt

Air Time: Monday, October 22, 2012 @ 9pm et / 8pm ct / 7pm mt / 6pm pt

Channels: ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more including CNN Espanol and others

Moderator: Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation on CBS)

The debate will focus on foreign policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator. Subject to possible changes because of news developments, here are the topics for the October 22 debate, not necessarily to be brought up in this order:

-America’s role in the world
-Our longest war – Afghanistan and Pakistan
-Red Lines – Israel and Iran
-The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism – I
-The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism – II
-The Rise of China and Tomorrow’s World



What are you looking forward to seeing / tweeting tonight?  Do you expect anymore “zingers” from either opponent?  Can you predict the next parody account to develop out of this final debate?


Runway To Win: American Designers In Support Of President Obama

September 20th, 2012 by Fashion Staff

Have you seen the latest designers in support of President Obama recently?  Celebrity designers like Tracy ReeseRachel Zoe, Vera Wang, Tory Burch, even Supermodel Chanel Iman, Mogul Russell Simmons and Beyonce & Tina Knowles created designs exclusively in support of Obama 2012.  The exclusive designs are all apart of Obama’s Runway To Win project in support of the Obama Victory fund.  Currently available online, items such as polo shirts, canvas bags, tees, backpacks, scarves and more can be found with the ominous “O” symbol.  Check out a few of the items below and guess which designer looks you can identify…



What do you think about the collection…. Could you identify which designer created each piece?  Check out the entire collection online at

FLOTUS Michelle Obama WOWS & INSPIRES At #DNC2012

September 5th, 2012 by Christen


Reporting LIVE from the Democratic National Convention FLOTUS Michelle Obama showed her support for an All-American designer during her Tuesday night speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.

FLOTUS, 48, looked fabulous in a pink floral Tracy Reese dress and coordinating J. Crew heels — proving once again, you don’t need to shell out big designer bucks to look chic. The Detroit-born Reese’s designs have been a favorite of the First Lady’s during her four-plus years in the spotlight alongside her husband, President Barack Obama. (In May, Obama wore a sophisticated blue Tracy Reese dress for her Ebony magazine cover).

As “mom-in-chief” watching her exclaim how much she still loves & believes in President Barack Obama like never before, is a true testament to what a partnership is really about. At times, on the cusp of tears while discussing her father’s diligence in working and providing for her education, she also compared President Obama’s upbringing & stance about financial aid “…to Barack, these issues aren’t political – they’re personal…” Read more of FLOTUS speech HERE.


What was your favorite fashionable moments from FLOTUS? Did she do a great job of convincing Americans that President Obama is the right man for presidency in 2012?



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Credit: Win McNamee/Getty

Divas Do Fashion Daily: Michelle Obama Heads To 2012 Olympics In Style

July 31st, 2012 by Fashion Staff

One thing we can say for sure is that, Michelle Obama exudes her class and elegance globally. No matter what location she’s in, you can clearly see her regal nature, and know that her position must be significant (though you’d have to be living under a rock to not know our FLOTUS on site). Mrs. Obama headed to the 2012 Olympic games where she has already started attending some of the most fascinating, and coveted of the events. Everyone is just waiting for their chance to hug her or receive a handshake, including the athletes themselves.

Michelle first attended a royal event at Buckingham Palace. The event was a Pre-Opening Ceremony reception hosted by the Queen herself. When you’re a person of high stature such as our First Lady, you can wear pieces from collections before they’re available to the public. Michelle wore a 2013 J. Mendel Resort Embroidered Jacket, as well as chiffon pleated skirt from the designer as well.  She then went on to cheer in the stands(next to previous 3- Olympic title holder Dominique Dawes) for Serena Williams at the London Olympics Team USA Tennis Tournament. She rocked a Tracy Reese combo frock, with a polka dot sweater. She also attended the USA vs France game, in which the Dream Team were victorious and hugged NBA baller, Carmelo Anthony while wearing a more casual gray sweater, and khaki pant ensemble.

Michelle Obama attends Queen’s reception, at Buckingham Palace


FLOTUS Cheers in stands alongside three time Olympic title holder, Dominique Dawes


Mrs. Obama gives Carmelo Anthony a celebratory hug, after the Dream Team beat France





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