Saturday, December 13, 2008

Taking A Break...

Hi Darlings:

I am taking a break from Diva Bugs for a few months while I finish a writing project I have been working on for the past year. Don't despair...when we return the site will be more divine and with a new focus.

I will however still post my weekly Monday episodes on

Thank you for following the blog and for your continued support.

Hugs and besos.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Michelle Obama and the Inauguration Dress Dilemma

Hi Darlings:

Who wants to have the entire world weighing on what they plan to wear for the big night? It's like getting married and having the 70 year old store owner telling you what you should wear before even meeting you or knowing your likes and dislikes. Womens Wear Daily discussed Michelle Obama's inauguration wear suggestions from various designers. Click here to read the article.

(Isaac Mizrahi great option and I loved that he included suggestions for her daughters Malia and Sasha)

When I saw some of the suggestions of what Michelle Obama should wear to the inauguration my eyebrows shot to my hairline. I thought my pet peeve while applying for colleges. If I received an application in the mail that spelled my name wrong I would toss it to the side unopened unless it was a school I REALLY wanted to attend. Some of the drawings, which were considered one-of-a-kind designs for HER don't even look physically like her. Its like interviewing for a job and getting the name of the company wrong!

My Favs:

(Kai Milla: This dress looks divine! If Michelle O does not want can I have!)
(Monique Lhuillier: Fantastic! Feminine takes her height into consideration, shows off the arms, and the gathering details soften the look.)

The others:
(Rodarte: Hmmm....aliens...what is going on here?)
(Zac Posen: I'm surprised that this is not more flattering. Maybe he needs more time.)
(Chado Ralph Rucci - this is great art and would look better hanging on one of my walls)
(Karl Lagerfeld is definitely channeling more Jackie O than Michelle O in more ways than one.)

(Badgley Mischka - This would work well in the 80's. With the mermaid design such as this mingling in a crowd of too many would be difficult.) (Christian Lacroix: Fierce but how more divine would the dress be without the cape)
(Betsey Johnson got the descriptors right and even Michelle's signature brooch but the color/design is so flashy I don't thing Michelle would go there. And I would balk if she did! This one is a no go.)

Fashion Group International Holiday Party

Hi Darlings:

I had such a great time at the Fashion Group International holiday party this year. It's always nice to meet and mingle with fashion minded folks. I tried to take more posed pictures but it was hard with so many people. Here are the shots I was able to obtain. Enjoy!

Carroll Thomas (in red)

April Reddick

UPDATE: Here are some more lovely pics from Tu Anh of the Tu-Anh boutique.

Barbara Kalin (right)
Linda Erkiletian of T.H.E. Artists Agency (center)

Ricky Johnson, Mia Collins, Lynda Campbell, Tu Anh

Tu Anh and Ricky Johnson

Hugs and besos.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Urban Style Diva of the Week

Hi Darlings:

This weeks Urban Style Diva is Hope Thomas. Hope has a unique way of putting together an outfit that stands out in the crowd. Her satin combo was funky and fun. I loved the pairing of the purple jacket to give the skirt a more casual look. Versatility indeed.
Hugs and besos

Shop for Shelter Event in Alexandria

Hi Darlings:

I attended the shop for shelter event last Wednesday in Alexandria. It was a fabulous event featuring local boutiques, artists and designers. Here are some pictures from this event.

Tu-Anh boutique

Lara of L~Shandi


Hugs and besos.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Lipstick Jungle - Season 2, Episode 10 recap

Hi Darlings:

Yes, Lipstick Jungle was back last Friday after a one-week hiatus and I am hoping no buzz is good buzz in regards to whether the show will be cancelled after this season.

This episode was sort of the palm to the forehead "D-uh" episode. Most of the plot I and more than likely you have probably guessed would happen.

Let's start with Nico - obviously the title of the episode "Bye Bye Baby" reflected on her storyline. Crazy Megan's parents came for the baby. They mentioned that she is leaving school and they are taking her and the baby back to Indiana. So much for the huge trust fund Nico gave baby Charlie and the tough exterior she pretended to have before. I felt sorry for Nico because she is facing an issue many professional women go through ... they run in the proverbial rat race and look up at 40 with no kids or daddy prospects, which leads us to Kirby. I was not surprised Nico lost the baby - we all knew she did not have a legal leg to stand on but I did not think 'bye bye baby' would also mean bye bye Kirby. Frankly, Nico needs him and so do we ... every chick/girlie show needs at least ONE cute leading man. Wendy's hubbie Shane and Sal aren't quite there yet. What do you think? But, now that Nico has figured she wants a baby NOW Kirby was definitely not the right fit...he is essentially a kid himself.

Wendy seems to always find herself in some sort of ethical conundrum. This time she literally made a deal with a devil "aka Steven" to get her movie made. Steven resorts to whatever it takes including tarnishing reputations just to get the green light on a movie. I just think in the end Wendy with be deceived by him again and will not get any credit for what could be a successful movie. I hope she had him sign an agreement. Her husband wants to be the breadwinner and he wants her a former movie exec to stay home, get fat and have more babies. Can he stop! She is obviously able to balance both work and the kids. His "man-esteem" is really low. They need to find a way for him to feel more secure in their relationship and so he can be happy and they can focus on saving their daughter from her potential of becoming a statistic.

Victory always come out on top. She encourages Wendy's teenager daughter to participate in a potental statutory rape situation and Wendy gives her permission to be her daughter's confidante. She needs to get a new client and Wendy makes phone call and she is in the door. It's good to be Victory...if the name fits...

As for outfits, hmmm...why did the episode start with Wendy wearing a not so cute scarf indoors...weird. But, she did redeem her fashion sense later on by wearing a puffed sleeved lambswool leather jacket. Nico had on another schiff but this time its was sort of patchworked and purple which was not a conservative choice by any means. And lastly, Victory's necklaces were cute. She wore a necklace with her signature roses in the end and also paired a malachite beaded necklace with ivory pearl earrings...great combo.

That's all for this week.

Hugs and besos.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

New Find: Mrs. O

Hi Darlings:

Do you know about Mrs. O's direct accessory link to Jackie O? Ever wonder where Michelle Obama purchased her brooches or where she shops in Chicago well take a look at the website Mrs. O. This is a great site about everything Michelle the original Diva in Chief. Check it out...

Hugs and besos.


Monday, December 01, 2008

Urban Style Diva of the Week

Hi Darlings:

Traci Robinson is our Urban Style Diva of the Week! I saw Traci, who is one-third of the design trio MissyKlectic recently at an event on U. St., NW in Washington, DC and thought her hair looked fabulous - absolutely diva divine. Actually her entire ensemble was lovely and I should have taken a full-bodied shot time.
But her hair was sort of old Hollywood inspired with hundreds (it seemed) of tightly coiled curls carefully and artistically attached to each other into a unique one-of-a-kind urban look. This is why she is our Urban Style Diva of the Week!

Hugs and Besos

James Bond Made Me Cut Her Bangs

Hi Darlings:

My sister saw the Quantum of Solace the latest James Bond movie and afterwards came home and asked me to cut her bangs! To say I was hesistant would be an understatement. I wouldn't even dare cut my own hair much less my bangs. As a matter of fact, the only thing I dare to do with my hair is style it after someone else blows it dry and of course washes it. I said no at first BUT I was sure after noticing how my own hair stylist cut my bangs last year that I knew exactly how it should be done. After all, I spend many Saturday hours at the hair salon, enough to make me a semi-expert on the styling of other people's hair. I have observed the way the stylists at the salon always keep a piece to the last cut section to guide in cutting the next. I knew from personal experience what the favorable length of the bangs should be. And most importantly I sew and create jewelry by either thinking up a design concept or recreating a piece similar to one I've seen before, so I convinced myself that I should give it a go. I grabbed the scissors and a rat tail comb and started cutting one-eighth of an inch at a time until I was satisfied. After the first snip she started sweating bullets and actually jumped up. That would have been my reaction too if the shoe were on the other foot. But with half of her bangs cut and work the next day as well as a fear of cutting her bangs herself, my sister had no choice but to stick it out with me.
Frankly, I think I did a good job if I do say so myself! I just don't know if we will be as lucky if she has the same urge next time.

Hugs and besos.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sales, Events and Everything else...

Hi Darlings:

Here are some more sales...Happy shopping!

What: Farinelli’s

Why: Current/Elliott, Paige Denim, and Rag & Bone with progressive discounts starting at 50 percent Friday morning.
When: Arlington, Fri., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. Reston, Fri., 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: 2839 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington (703-647-9856); 11874 Market St., Reston (571-926-9478).

What: My Sister’s Closet
Why: Fifty percent off the entire store, including Autumn Cashmere, Tulle, and Citizens of Humanity.
When: Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 111 Church St., ste. 203, Vienna (703-255-4760).

What: Nana
Why: Draw tickets to win 10, 15, and 20 percent off Hobo bags, Preloved, Dagg and Stacey, and all other merch. An iPod Nano is also up for grabs.
When: Fri., noon-7 p.m.
Where: 1528 U St. NW, b/t 15th & 16th Sts. (202-667-6955).

What: Dekka
Why: Tea and cookies in the morning and margaritas until closing with up to half off goods by Holland Cox, Yosoy Fashion, and others.
When: Fri., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: 1338 U St. NW, b/t 13th & 14th Sts., 2nd flr. (202-986-1370).

What: Harriet Kassman
Why: Up to 60 percent off gown samples, including Reem Acra, Badgley Mischka, and Romona Keveza.
When: Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.Where: Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, b/t 43rd & 44th Sts., 2nd flr. (202-363-1870).

What: Ginger
Why: Arrive early for progressive storewide discounts on lines including Tevrow+Chase, Min Young Lee, and Linda Loudermilk.
When: Fri., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 7114 Bethesda Ln., Bethesda (301-664-9242).

What: Urban Chic
Why: Thirty to 50 percent off everything in-store (DVF, Catherine Malandrino, Love Quotes) and online (Shoshanna, Trina Turk, White + Warren).
When: Georgetown, Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. Bethesda, Fri., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1626 Wisconsin Ave., b/t Reservoir Rd. & Q St. (202-338-5398); 7126 Bethesda Ln., Bethesda (301-657-0290).

What: Horse Boutique
Why: Thirty percent off all merch, including Tibi, Karen Zambos, and Adam Lippes, with an additional 10 percent off outerwear.
When: Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 175 West St., Annapolis (410-626-9726).

What: Vastu
Why: An art show with artists including Colin Winterbottom and Brian Petro in studio and 25 percent off all accessories.
When: Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 1829 14th St. NW, b/t S & T Sts. (202-234-8344).

Hugs and besos.

Great DC Find: DC Tax Holiday!

Hi Darlings:

DC Sales Tax Holiday starts tomorrow November 28, 2008 to midnight Sunday, December 7, 2008! What a wonderful way to start off the holiday season!

Why wait for Thanksgiving leftovers just eat what you can today to get fuel for tomorrow so you can get your holiday shopping out of the way for less? Remember the Sales Tax Holiday grants an exemption from the 5.75 percent sales tax for clothing, shoes and accessory items!

Hugs and besos.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi Darlings:

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful day with friends and family and get lots of rest for tomorrow! Cause if you are not at work I am sure you will be out shopping...

-Hugs and besos

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sales, Events and Everything Else...

Hi Darlings:

Dekka is having sales of up to 50% on Black is ever more delightful when there is a deal involved.

Don't we all just enjoying shopping more when it's for a cause! If you have a moment on Wednesday, December 3rd you should check out...the "Shop For Shelter" event in Alexandria at the Westin on 400 Courthouse Sq. from 6 to 9:30pm.

Festive frocks indeed! What a marvelous combination of silk and structure waiting for your marching orders at Pink November...

Come meet Tim Gunn!

Don't forget to bring the fierceness!
On December 12, Tim Gunn, Halo DC and the GWFCC will come together to support Out for Work.

Out for Work is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, preparing and empowering Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally college students for the workplace. Their goal is simple: ensure that the next class of LGBTA students can transition into Washington's workforce in a safe and productive way.

Ticket Pricing is below, and you should note that Out for Work is a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization and 100% of all proceeds raised will benefit Out for Work. Tickets can only be purchased here. As we receive more details we will update you all accordingly.

Limited space available
$100 per Guest; $700 for group of 10

$50 per Guest; $350.00 per group of 10

Cannot attend/
Donation only:
$50; $100

MTV in DC - Be The Change Inauguration Ball

MTV will host the Be the Change Inaugural Ball on January 20th at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington in honor of President-Elect Barack Obama.
And, for the fabulous attendees and those not there, the event will be televised live across MTV and even on its website. The night will feature several celebrities and government officials.
Several lucky individuals will also be invited to the event based on their demonstrated volunteerism.

Let the good times role! I can't believe there will be about 3 million visitors to the city for the Inauguration.

Hugs and besos

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Urban Style Diva of the Week

Hi Darlings:

We are starting a new trend at Diva Bugs, by naming the Urban Style Diva of the Week. The Urban Style Diva will be someone with a different take on a typical fashion/style idea. Sort of like a style savant...they had the vision to put THAT outfit together. So, look out for me at events with my l'il ole camera and maybe you too can be Urban Style Diva of the week.

This week's Urban Style Diva is Valentina Huber of Kamari Silver. I saw her delightful scarf at the Dekka event and had to take a picture.

Hugs and besos.

Dekka Event

Hi Darlings:

My friend D and I decided to attend the Dekka event on Friday.

(l to r: Amy Martin, Luciana Tiktin of Yo Soy Fashion and Moni Jeffries of Missy Klectic)
It was well attended event and the shopping was fantabulous! I hope you are able to stop by the boutique to look see what holiday gifts and just personal goodies you can find.

Hugs and besos

Monday, November 24, 2008

Lipstick Jungle Episode 9 Inspired Look

Hi Darlings:

In Episode 9, I really enjoyed seeing Victory's and Dahlia's earrings. They were gold, delicate and in the shape of a leaf or flowers. Just a simple statement that worked well with pulled back hair when the blooming flower version is worn or with the hair down when the leaf is chosen. I found a few budget conscious options that work equally well. Here is what I found:

1.) Gold Polished Orbit Dropped Earrings: Overstock at $62.99

2.) Kipepeo Gold Leaf Earrings: Fashion Bliss at $37.00

3.) Dagger Metal Earrings: Forever 21 at $4.80

Hugs and besos
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