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

Lipstick Jungle - Season 2, Episode 9 recap

Hi Darlings:

So many phrases come to mind after viewing last Friday's episode of Lipstick Jungle -a few would be Susie homemaker, ticking biological clock, lonely hearts, manipulating manager and the hand that rocks the table is the hand that rules the world ... well maybe not the last one. I sure hope this show returns next season because my list of plotlines I want to see resolved keeps growing by the episode.

I think someone forgot to tell Wendy that not only is the economy suffering but that this was the Thanksgiving episode and not the Chrismahanakwanzaka. Who decorates that much for Thanksgiving? Although I did appreciate the environmentally conscious effort to shop in a way to minimize their carbon footing, I found the streamers, pumpkins in every inch of the house, overdone arts and crafts and Fall leaves too much! She has claimed and owns the "Susie Homemaker meets Rock n Roll Mom" title. It's hers take it, Martha Stewart look out.

The Rock n Roll part comes with her outfit that was a darling black slacks and blazer with a simple white t-shirt with emblazoned/bedazzled silver cross in the front. I liked that she paired the outfit with a slicked back ponytail.

Her biggest issue this episode was surprisingly her husband's lonely hearts manager. I look at Josie's character and think of Rear Window and wonder what Jimmy Stewart would say about this successful woman with the dying dog as her only friend and no one to count on so she relies on her married client to help her on Thanksgiving. She seems too desperate, oblivious to others and me centered a combination that will probably lead to her trying to seduce him or just take him away from his family at odd hours of the day for her various crisis. What do you think? But, I have faith that Wendy's husband will stand firm in his conviction to spare his family the shame and embarrassment of an affair. Too bad he has no control over the conspiracy theorist that is his mother-in-law who is never happy or statisfied unless she leaves her scent on her daughter's life.

I am so happy for Victory because not only did she find a way to forgive Dahlia and forget her drama causing ways (thank you Rosie Perez is back!) but she also advanced in fashion from Cindi Lauper or Julia Roberts prostitute in Pretty Woman inspired accessories and colors to as close to Chanel chic as she could get. I loved the green with blue trim Chanel inspired blazer she wore with black bootcut jeans and modernized with a casual flare using a metal with beads multi-strand necklace instead of conservative pearls.

I think her sketching has improved to the point where it seems like she can do it without even looking ... wink. In designing a wedding dress for a Dahlia referred client who was more robust than she expected, she showed her compassionate side ... hmmm and so did Dahlia. But I must ask how long before they start fighting again. Either way, I hope they stay together as a duo because I liked that their drink of choice was Coquito as in Rosie adds flavor and spice to the show. Click here to find out how to make.

Nico makes me paranoid about being single and childless. I almost want to say a prayer for her and hope that she does not either drive herself to mental illness or get arrested. She needs to stay away from manipulating Megan who is the biggest user of them all! What is wrong with her? I don't understand why she does not try to have her own child with Kirby. Megan dumps the child with her for an unexpected "extended visit". Does not call to check on it and calls to say she cannot take car of the child. So, why didn't she think about this when she was sleeping with Nico's deceased husband. And, doesn't the baby have an immense trust she could probably hire a nanny. I think Kirby is within his rights to be mad at Nico because I can just see Megan reacting from a fight with her parents and when they come around in Episode 10 or 11 she will swoop back in and take the baby back leaving Nico foreseeably heart broken. (le sigh)

Hugs and besos

Friday, November 21, 2008

Dekka - Food, Parties and Black Friday Sales!

Hi Darlings:

I heard from Joshua Tiktin at Dekka boutique who informed me about the launch party event tonight, November 21st celebrating their partnership with Albus Cavus, a non-profit group that supports artists. There will be free food, drinks, clothing designers, artists, vibe, and a DJ - sounds like a party to me!

Also, Dekka is having a huge Black Friday Blowout Bash (does that sound exciting or what?) on November 28th from 9am to 9pm, for those who will actually be able to have digested their turkey and get out of the house.

And just in case you did not eat enough on Thanksgiving Day - they plan to feed you again and provide the freshest music, people, vibe, and mad discounts!

Hugs and besos.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

James Bond - Shaken and Stirred!

Hi Darlings:

Mini spoiler alert!

I keep forgetting to mention my James Bond experience. As you know I wrote about the Quantum of Solace parties in DC and I even discussed Casino Royale last year. So, being a loyal James Bond fan I decided to have brunch at Busboys and then went to see the movie with the crew - names withheld. I was not only observing the beauty that is Daniel Craig (great arse in tight pants) but also on the edge of my seat for the action as well. The movie was a nail biter. I was constantly amazed at the use of props in the fighting scenes, hold my breath hoping they survive, sinking my nails into chair and sitting back when they made it though with only a scratch. Sigh! It was fantabulous.

But, for an avid fan of double_O_7, I was disappointed. James Bond has always been the best chick lit hero - there I said it for you guys who thought it was about the action. I alway think of Bond girl purring in Octopussy. Click here for the youtube video of the original trailer and you will see what I mean. He always fights the bad guys but saves the girl and there is always a kissing scene.

Missing from this movie: The bond theme song, the martini - shaken not stirred, the romance and great kisser that was James Bond and the gadgets! Where were the gadgets - we even had gadgets in Casino Royale! And what is up with -he's drinking Vermouth with a twist of lemon.

Le sigh! If you just like action films this is the movie for you...

Hugs and besos.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Lipstick Jungle - Is it or isn't it Cancelled?

Hi Darlings:

The question of the day seems to be whether or not Lipstick Jungle has been cancelled, given the ax, thrown over the cliff, wiped off the schedule by NBC. So far I've received emails from many of you concerned that the show has not been canceled. So, where are we now?

On Monday, Entertainment Weekly broke the news that the show's producers were told that no more episodes will be ordered. From an insiders point of view this is the unofficial axing.

However, according to NY Times talk of the show's demise is premature.

Ben Silverman, the co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, said Monday that NBC will now definitely finish the 13 episodes that the network originally ordered — it has 4 more episodes to run — and may order more if the show “grows more.” The series has always been among the best-rated among high-income households, which NBC likes
According to James Hibberd at Live Feed, Brooke Shields was quoted saying

Brooke Shields told US Weekly that "Lipstick Jungle" is not canceled:
"They thought that because 'My Own Worst Enemy' has been shut down that the same thing had happened to us, and it's not true ... they're not breaking down the sets. We're still working. We still have more to do, so it's erroneously presented
that we've been canceled, thank God."

According to Hibberd,
The outcry over "Enemy" being canceled was fairly weak while the outcry
over "Lipstick" was impressively vehement (fans are mailing tubes of lipstick to
the network). Sources say "Lipstick" backers (some inside NBC) are doing a full
court press (public and private) to lobby for a pickup. Shields' comment is less
a reflection of reality than part of a concerted effort to change reality. Few of NBC's shows have received this kind of outpouring of positive fan reaction. Does it really want to cancel an underperforming show that's getting a passionate response?
Another factor is Friday's episode. Two days after the cancellation stories made the rounds, the show went up 17% in the adult demo from the week before. And the previous week's episode went up 20%. Those are big gains ... but they're big gains from small numbers. Friday had 3.6 million viewers and 1.4 rating among adults 18-49. Unless Shields is willing to work pro bono, that's still too low for a scripted drama in primetime. Internal "Lipstick" defenders note the show is gaining plenty from DVR viewing, but so did "Life" when it moved to the same slot (you may not know your show was shipped into broadcast Siberia, but your Tivo does).

So fans of the show, is this a gimmick to get the viewers/fans/your attention or are the executives of the show rethinking a decision that was in the works. What do you think?

If you are really upset you can always mail in your tube of lipstick to ...

Copied and pasted from imdb:

Post by lipstickjungleemployee 12 hours ago (Fri Nov 14 2008 13:05:42)
Lipstick Jungle Fans!!

First off, thank you so so much for your continued support and love of the show! It's because of you guys and gals that we do what we do! Now, we know that everyone here has heard some not so great news about the show this week. We aren't cancelled, but it's not looking good. The show is in need of a miracle, and we here at the show think that we've come up with it:

First Off: WATCH. THE. SHOW!!!! The most important thing that you all can do is watch the show this and every Friday. Watch it live! Watch it with friends! Talk about the show with friends! We need eyes on the show!!!

Secondly: We've heard that the powers that be at NBC want and need to see the support of our amazing fans! So we've come up with a really effective and cool idea for all of you!

Here's Jeff's address:
Jeff Zucker
30 Rockerfeller Plaza
Suite 2502-E
New York, NY 10112

Send as many tubes of lipstick as you can! And even better, send Maybelline brand (since Maybelline is a HUGE supporter of our show and it would show them as well that LJ is a show they should continue to support!)

Need an easy way to order online? Here's a link to Amazon:
Send as many as you can! Tell all of your friends! The show is in DESPERATE need of your support! Now is not the time to sit back and hope for the best!

Your Friends,
The Lipstick Jungle Team :-)

Hugs and besos!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Lipstick Jungle - Season 2, Episode 8 recap

Hi Darlings:

This episode of Lipstick Jungle had an unexpected surprise in the end that I felt in many ways went against the basic plot progression I expected. It's unfortunate that the show was canceled because now we will never know if the scenario has a possibility of changing.

I think this was definitely a skinny jeans and knee high hunting boots episode. Since the ladies spent most of the episode at a country spa, we did not see much by the way of fashion either in the clothes they were wearing or the accessories chosen. But, I did like the plaid fitted blazer Victory wore in the end...great accompaniment to the tall boots and jeans...sort of like preppy meets hunter.

Everyone except Victory at some point during the episode thought about giving up the NYC rat race for a more fulfilling life. The spa was run by a retired former boss of Nico's. Seeing her made Nico want to move away from the city or just have a country home. These thoughts definitely highlighted the age difference between her and Kirby because he loves the city and would never think about moving. Wrench meet plan and vice versa. I wonder if Griffin would move with her because their interactions at work are bordering on flirtation...if you ask me. He seems like his eyes are definitely cast in her direction.

Wendy received a job interview - unknown to her - via Nico's help. But I guess being home has gotten to her and she is mentally no longer into the 14+ hour day anymore. Good for her! In the end she decides to not accept the position. Will she go at it on her own or will she just become a housewife? I don't she her becoming an at home Martha Stewart.

As for Victory, as usual she is the eye in the center of a whirling storm. They are actually at the spa because of her and her distress over finding out that Joe wanted to marry her. Go figure! While at the spa she comes to the conclusion that she actually loves why did she kiss the contractor. Go figure the plot jumps too much in this show. In the end, the ladies get stranded in the woods and Joe had to save the day. Victory excitedly waits for him only to be met with the surprise of him saying good bye and giving her ownership of her store. Did he just do that? I think it will/would have been up to her to get him back. She is too flighty when it comes to guys and gets stuck in the moment too much - never thinking long term or the future. Hopefully she will get over the "young one" syndrome and get it together.

Hugs and besos

Monday, November 17, 2008

London Fashion

Hi Darlings:

I just received this release from Ronke at Musings of Ondo Lady. Just in case you will be in London on November 29th you should look into attending...

Celebrating style from the beautiful continent.
Kouture Afrika is an exciting extravaganza that celebrates African culture through fashion and provides a well-deserved platform for African inspired designs.

The event takes place on the 29th of November 2008 at The Barbican in London and we are expecting a capacity of 1,000 people. There will be a spectacular fashion show with music, comedy and live performances as well as an exhibition with a market place and the audience will have a chance to enter a prestigious raffle prize.

The theme for this year is 'Transitions' which looks at African design from its traditional beginnings to the more contemporary times. We take you through the transformation through the times, changes, staples, and adaptations. We also celebrate the beauty from the continent as seen through the eyes of her fashion designers.

Kouture Afrika is produced by Ra! Productions in association with Afrikan Image Ltd and one of their aims is to improve Africa 's image by tackling the constant negative media attention and showcasing the beauty, style and talent inspired from the beautiful continent.

Lekia Lee, director of Kouture Afrika says, "Kouture Afrika was formed to bring together African designers in the UK and Africa, in recognition of their creative genius and to give Africans, (people of African descent) and all lovers of African culture, a place to absorb and celebrate African style. The event is also about introducing a fresh twist to fashion in the capital which will add a new, exciting, unique and different dimension to the London fashion scene."
Sponsors for this year's show include Pride magazine, BEN TV, Nollywood Movie Channel and Eclipse restaurant and bar.

Kouture Afrika takes place on Saturday 29th November between 1pm and 6pm at The Barbican, Exhibition Hall 2, Golden Lane, London EC2.

Tickets can be booked online at

For images or more information please contact Ronke Adeyemi on 07957 696664 or

Friday, November 14, 2008

Random Links and Thoughts...

Hi Darlings:

I was trying to figure out what to write about today. Frankly, I was going to link to other fashion related articles. I actually just saw this great article in New York Times about this wife/mom/worker and her experience with Spanx, you know the modern girdle and her eventual decision to just work out. She was pondering her use of Spanx and I was into the article until she said this - "For years I didn’t even bother to weigh myself because I thought all I needed was Spanx, the same Lycra and spandex flab-management system that helped Gwyneth Paltrow hide her haunting post-pregnancy paunch."

I have decided lately that I am not sure I am into Gwyneth Paltrow or ever will be. Why? I am not sure you are aware but Gwyneth started a blog entitled GOOP where she advocates the philosophies "Make, Go, Get, Do, Be, See" and give sage advice on how she lives her life. What they heck do these terms mean? Well you have to sign up for the newsletter to find out. I was curious so I did. Some of the advice on living well is simple and should be well received but in many ways the GOOP site is purely about the mantra "My life is perfect because I am perfect. Try if you can to be like me." But, like the urge to open a fashion magazine just because the cover picture is pretty so is the urge to click open the GOOP emails. They start off with nice pastel colors.

When in the DO email she had experts who for example, said this:

Start with sleep. Sleep eight hours or more each night. Do what you have to
do to get to sleep; there are plenty of natural agents that work. Try them:
herbs (valerian), tea (chamomile), amino acids (tryptophan or hydroxy-tryptophan) and vitamins (magnesium and B6). These can be powerful sedatives and work just as well as prescription agents without the risks. Sleep plays a powerful role in determining your appetite, energy and attitude. Sleep better for two weeks before changing your diet. Then try eliminating “white” foods, those that are made with sugar, white flour and milk. If you eliminate them one at a time, start with flour, then eliminate dairy and then sugar. Sugar is easier to quit after a few weeks of no other “white” stuff. Remember high fructose corn syrup and dextrose are sugar by another name. Give yourself about two weeks to get used to each before eliminating the next one.

Exercise regularly. I know you want to but you don’t have the energy to do it. Sleep
eight hours for two weeks, then start eliminating “white” foods. After two weeks of sleeping and eating better, you’ll have the energy to exercise. Begin as you like. If you are totally out of shape, start by walking 15 minutes a day and add a minute every day for the first month. At the end of a month, you’ll be up to 45 minutes a day, which should make you ready for whatever more strenuous form of exercise you want to try. Experiment with them all to see what works best for you and stick with it.

Police your thoughts and deal with your feelings constructively. Most of the background chatter in our mind is worrying, judging, criticizing, defending and complaining. Catch yourself and create a distraction by redirecting your thoughts toward the things that you are grateful for and optimistic about.

All these are free (okay, except if you have to buy the sleepers) and all are within your ability. No professionals required. By doing them you will create a customized health plan that will surely result in you getting healthier by the day. Christian Renna, D.O. LifeSpan Medicine, 2008 Dr. Christian Renna is a nationally recognized expert in the field of contemporary preventive medicine and the founder of LifeSpan Medicine clinics.

I thought great advice. But then in SEE she says:
I've also included some of my favorite websites that everyone can take a look at
no matter where they live. The only one that is not free is Zagat, which I have an obsession with. I literally do not go out to eat until I reference it (it’s a thing I may need to get over). I love Epicurious and Chow for other foodie-related things. For off-the-beaten-track home and kitchen things, I like the Handpicked Collection and CB2, as well as Williams-Sonoma and Divertimenti. Sometimes I window shop on Net-a-Porter or Matches when my kids are asleep.
And then references places to go in Madrid, London and New York. Well Gwyneth not everyone has the ability to just pick up and go to the Chows restaurant or Madrid or New York. And frankly are you supposed to just SEE the food and not eat. Hmmm... Well anyway, I don't exactly hate the emails. Some of the advice she gives serve as reminders that you should find joy in the life you are living even though your best life means $20 instead of $1000 dinners.

Hugs and besos

Lipstick Jungle Canceled

Hi Darlings:

I guess we can say good bye Lipstick Jungle. NBC canceled the show so soon there will be no more recaps. I think they had the Lipstick Jungle on too late and it was competing with Dirty Sex Money.

I shall have to think of a replacement...stay tuned.

Hugs and besos.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Michelle and Barack Obama in DC - Will They Still Have Date Nights?

Hi Darlings:

The buzz around the impending arrival of the Obamas is deafening! I feel like we need a red carpet moment when they arrive…just because. I was sitting here thinking about them as a couple and a family. Already I get the vibe – and I am sure you do to – that they are social enough, hip, care a lot about each other and they are a hard working team, of course. But more than anything else they seem like a regular ole couple. Seriously, how many other first couples have we seen going out on dates? We do know that the Edwards go to McDonald’s for their anniversary (or they used to) and the Gores tongue kiss in public (hmm)– but we can’t look to them in this analysis because well...they are “also ran” but have never been. So, they are still just regular everyday people like us, but with more money and popularity.

Before the Obamas I don’t think I ever thought of First Couples doing anything other couples do besides holding hands. We would see them walking to Air Force 1/helicopter holding hands, walking from Air Force 1/helicopter holding hands, going on vacation to Camp David and walking to and from Air Force 1/helicopter holding hands with their children. It was beginning to look like some sort of First Couple protocol which I imagined said something like “First couples should only hold both of each other’s hand when dancing at the Inaugural Ball. When in public stand exactly one foot apart. Be sure to smile for the cameras when reporters are present. Hold one hand whenever an aircraft is present. And when you get to the top stair of said aircraft, turn to the crowd, hold one hand and both of you wave with the other hand.”

But, now I think the Obamas present an exciting new addition to DC and the Presidency. One of the first videos we have of them after Mr. Obama became the President-elect was of them going out on a date in Chicago. Fantabulous! When was the last time we saw a First couple dress up and go on a date?

I must say they are coming here to the District at the right time. DC has become more cosmopolitan in the last few years. We have lots of new restaurants that are hip and rival many in New York by way of offerings and décor. They will have many date night options and I am just curious as to whether they will keep those dates or follow the usual protocol. I hope they do the former.

UPDATE: Maybe they won't be going out on dates that much anymore afterall...:(

Hugs and besos.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Great DC Find: James Bond Quantum of Solace parties

Hi Darlings:

Can I tell you I am on pins and needles waiting for the new Bond movie "Quantum of Solace" to hit theaters this Friday on November 14th.

It also seems like the rest of Washington, DC is also "shaken not stirred" in expectation as well with all the Bond themed parties that are planned. I remember being skeptical about Daniel Craig as 007. I did not think of him as debonnaire as Pierce Brosnan or Roger Moore or Sean Connery - my three most favorite Bonds. Could he wear a tux with the same level class or order a martini in the same as a matter of fact way and fight the bad guys without looking shaken? I was not sure about the more violent, modern portrayal of the character that I've grown to love. But after seeing Casino Royale and all the great action scenes in that movie I was convinced. I hopethere will be more jump from building to building action scenes!

Either way, it will be interesting to see the current installment in the Bond series as it takes up a few hours after the end of Casino Royale so I assume we might get to see an angry and grief stricken Bond at least in the beginning. I always think when movies do this that I should rent the previous movie so its fresh in my mind before I see the current one but never do since I can never find the time. How do you prepare for sequels that flow in plot right from the previous movie?

Here is information about a few of the parties going on:


WHEN: Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 7pm

WHY: Celebrate elegant Bond chic & mingle with The Glam Crew behind Fashion Fights Poverty.
Come dress with a LICENSE TO KILL as your favorite iconic Bond, Spy or glamorous femme fatale…the Bond Girls. Are you Goldfinger or Dr. No? HoneyRider or Solitaire?
Meet the Style Savants host committee: Fashion Fights Poverty, Metromix, Pamela's Punch, Chris Belisle, Kadrieka Maiden, Michael Dumlao, Sylvie Luanghy, Lindsey Mask, Chris Thompson, Kate Michael, Chandler Ramelli, McLean Robbins, Allison Priebe Brooks, Queen Bee Designs, Leslie Sanchez, City Shop Girl, Makeda Saggau-Sackey

WHERE: THE PARK, 920 14th Street, NW

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres & food stations from 7-9pm Prizes awarded for most stylish Bond-inspired creation. This is a costume optional Party at The Park. Cocktail Attire or Black Tie are encouraged but not mandatory.


WHAT: Bond 22 Quantum of Solace “Shaken not Stirred” Party

WHEN: Saturday, November 15th

WHERE: K Street Lounge

WHY: James Bond is back in DC and Euronet International is hosting ‘Shaken not Stirred’ Party at Kstreet lounge, to celebrate James Bond’s high octane return to the silver screen in Bond 22: Quantum of Solace. Complimentary martinis for the first 50 sexy ladies, half price drink specials, Goldfinger girls, photo souvenirs, cool décor, props, movie tickets giveaways, DJ spinning famous popular dance hits and a great international crowd with lots of Bond fans.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Blog: A Diva Would Never

Hi Darlings,

It was brought to my attention that the link on the right panel to my other blog A Diva Would Never was not working. I just fixed it so click here to see what is new with the ladies in the ongoing drama when you get a chance.

Hugs and besos

Monday, November 10, 2008

Lipstick Jungle - Season 2, Episode 7 Recap

Hi Darlings:

As promised, here is the Episode 7 recap.

When we left the last episode Victory was at the center of most of the drama. It's always ironic that while the writers take Wendy and Nico to the edge of the proverbial cliff and bring them back by the end of the show, Victory can never seem to resolve her issues in time.

Victory is clueless as to why Joe is not returning her calls and no one will clue her in. This same lack of awareness prompted her lack of professionalism in her decision not to thank Joe or anyone else who helped her get her show together in episode 6. Her current goal is to get a deal designing sports wear for a tennis star (invoke Maria Sharapova). Yet, for some perplexing reason she cannot figure out how the game of tennis works and needs Joe there to help her land the deal. Why? The idea is that licensing fees bring in steady cash. In many ways, this situation worked well with the rest of the plot because it just so happens Nico is launching a sports magazine. Joe gets up the nerve to attend the event to help her and sees her up close with Tiki Barber (I think) who is teaching her to play golf. Like Joe implies earlier to Nico in does not get into situations business or otherwise to loose and this just reminds him he is looosing. With that he blows the deal with the tennis star. Victory believes he is tempermental until Ellen, Joe's secretary slips up and tells Victory that he had purchased a ring with the intent of asking her to marry him. Her eyebrows shoot up...which means more drama to come.

I am however thankful that Victory's fashion in this episode was not over the top 80's reject ensemble...think neon pink fur bag. On second thoughts she did over do it at the sports related magazine launch by wearing the white dress with diamond jewelry and fur trimmed sleeves...go figure. But the signature necklace with the floral pendants and a great soft pink and wide legged blazer look in the first scene was nice.

Nico's drama we will put under the title of weird and freaky. Kirby's mom (Roseanna Arquette) is not the typical mother that she expected. Needless to say they are wearing the same 5' red heels and with her boobs singing the "free us from bondage" song she is most definitely a great stand in for Rosie Perez as far as assets go. Kirby is weird as he tells her entirely too much about his life. What guy lets his mom into his romantic relationship on such a detailed level. Weird. In the end, I was not sure if I should gear myself up for an electra complex reveal and frankly I believe Nico was worried about that too. She can see the rival in his mom and pegs her as competitor not friend.

I only like the silver dress Nico wore to the magazine event. I loved the mini pleats at the neckline and the broader ones on the skirt section. Her fashion contribution was mainly in the way of accessories. The necklacewith the flowers that dipped down her chest in mock v-neck was great.

Wendy never seems to get that she suffocates her husband's individuality. She plays on his turf by joining as a producer and suggesting/telling him how to compose the music for the movie. Thankfully she got the hint in the end but only because she felt guilt for kissing someone else. In the end the made up and I loved the white nightgown with the pleated front. Josie Scotter (aka Vanessa Marcil) his new agent makes Wendy extremely jealous...I sense future drama.

I loved the simple makeup pairing with statement earrings and simple blue dress look Wendy wore to the party. She looks best with form fitted and simple. I tend to pay attention to her jewelry as they always seem to look like antiques.

Overall, I sense the trend of pleats and floral jewelry...hmmm.

Hugs and besos

Lipstick Jungle - Season 2, Episode 6 Recap

Hi Darlings:

This is one of two Lipstick Jungle episodes to be recapped today. So, stay tuned for the next post after this one. Today is officially Lipstick Jungle overload day!

Episode 6 could easily be titled doing the unexpected.

Most of the interesting drama is in Victory's corner as usual. She is having a opening fashion show for her store which is finally finished. Hence part of the reason why we have not seen Rodrigo. But low and behold she is having trouble getting the show together, calls him for help and he rushes over. In the meantime, Joe is realizing she is the one and wants to propose after Nico tells him Victory is single. Fascinating! Everyone but for Rosie Perez - aka Dahlia gets to help in this crisis moment that even includes a stain on the grand finale wedding dress. Go figure. Dahlia is fired! So long Rosie. Just when your outfits were getting more an more divine...the exit ruffle dress - lovely! We were not surprised at all that Victory ONLY thanked Rodrigo for his help with the store - not money bags Joe and that she kissed him in front of everyone. Of course, she and Joe would never get together half-way through the season?! The question lies as to whether they will merge at the end of Season two or whether he will be her BIG.

Wendy is getting back on the professional horse, so to speak. She has a story idea about a girl in love with a horse and wants to pitch it to Sal. Her daughter thinks it won't fly and I too think its a ridiculous idea. It does not look like her working time out has given her a creative boost. Needless to say things have changed at work. Griffin is stifling Sal's decision making powers. I find this interesting and wonder how long until Nico and Sal and others rebel against his controlling tendencies. Annoyed with the new and y ung VP who reacts like her teenage daughter to her idea, Wendy leaves. She discovers a new writer and starts her own production company...finally!

Nico has baby love when she says Charles's illegitimate child. After all these years her biological clock is ticking and she seems like she now wants a child of her own. I saw her pick up the crying baby who eventually was soothed by her touch and was thankful the mother did not have to fight to get the baby back! She also delivers momentos for the baby to have when he gets older as well as a gift. Thank goodness she is not giving more money to the woman who broke up her marriage! As for Kirby, he finally tells her he is a part time paparazzo...classy. Well at least in the end he ditches the idea of being a waiter at Victory's story opening/fashion show and eventually decides to start her own production company.

The fashion diva of this episode was actually Rosie Perez! The v-neck red dress with the full skirt and silver necklace - nice as well as the silk trench. So far, I've noticed in this and the previous episode the fascinating use of the trench coat design.

Hugs and besos.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Great DC Find: Sarah Jessica Parker Filming in the Washington Metro Area

Hi Darlings:

The women of Sex and the City have been in the news a lot lately. Most notably Sarah Jessica Parker has been seen this week filming her latest movie production for HBO in Baltimore "The Washingtonienne". SJP's is the executive producer on the project based on a book by D.C. sex blogger Jessica Cutler.

I am sure you remember the not so recent scandal about the Capitol Hill congressional staff assistant who was fired for detailing her active sexual life, including receiving money for having sex, in her blog. She is in the photo above. I actually never saw her picture before researching for this post and frankly I was expecting someone more polished. But then again she did pose for Playboy! I guess looks can be deceiving. Needless to say, I am sure those men featured in her blog are not exactly happy about this latest reincarnation of Sex and the Blogger. I guess for her they provided the trysts that keep on paying!

Here are some pics of SJP on location:

Click here to read more about the up coming pilot.

Let me know if you are able to catch a glimpse of Sarah Jessica Parker while she is here.
Hugs and besos.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Lipstick Jungle - Now on Fridays

Hi Darlings:

Because Lipstick Jungle airs on Friday at 10/9c the recaps will now be published on Mondays from now on. There were two episodes last week, so I will post the sixth episode with the seventh next Monday.

Hugs and besos

Great DC Find: Kathlin Argiro Sample Sale

Hi Darlings:

I love a sample sale and I am sure you do too! Here is an opportunity to shop and take a look at fashion once seen on TLC. Get dresses up to 75% off at the event on Friday and Saturday, November 7th and 8th at the Georgetown Visitation 1524 35th street.
Hugs and besos.

Great DC Find: Pink November Grand Opening

Hi Darlings:

So many people thought the Pink November store on 11th and U St., NW was closed. I know I did! It seems like they just up and disappeared one day. Well low and behold they moved to 15th and U St., a better location. So, show your love for unique designs and attend the opening this Saturday, November 8th at 2pm.

Hugs and besos

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

A New Era...President-Elect Barack Obama!

Hi Darlings:

I try to keep the writing on this blog politics neutral, but this phenomenal, history making, awe inspiring, pinch myself did that really just happen moment deserves all the attention in the world.
We just elected the first African-American President in the United States!! Congratulations President-Elect Barack Obama!

Many times we look back on defining moments in time - the March on Washington with Martin Luther King Jr., the signing of Declaration of Independence, the suffragists fighting for and winning the Womens' Right to Vote, the end of slavery (silence) - and think will we ever have that opportunity, such a moment or any semblance of a chance to make such a difference in the lives of people in our communities at home and around the world during our lifetime. On November 4, 2008 (TODAY!), we were given that opportunity to change the direction of history and we met this challenge head on. Together as Americans we can and have accomplished so much. People power is unbelievable and from this day on should never be taken for granted. We have now learned that we can dream about the unforeseen and wish for the seemingly unattainable and plan for beyond the first step and know that success can be ours because hopefully in all ways we will "not be judged by the color of [our] skin, but by the content of [our] character." (Martin Luther King Jr.)

"It always seems impossible until it's done." (Nelson Mandela)

Hugs and besos

Picture: CNN

Monday, November 03, 2008

Election Day Fashion Dilemma - Voting on November 4th

Hi Darlings:

For Halloween this year I dressed up as Amy Winehouse and spent some time (not a lot) thinking about this costume. I debated applying fake tattoos but decided against doing this as there was no guarantee that it would wash off as easily as I would like. So, in short I was a tattoo-less Winehouse with straight teeth. The most interesting aspect of dressing like Amy W. was not that all the costume items except the fake eyelashes were in my closet but that EVERYONE and their mother had the same idea. Go figure! Needless to say, that costume dilemma is out of the way. But then I started thinking of Election Day not because of the many election night parties but because of the emotions involved either way with the result. So I thought what would a Diva wear.

Divas like everyone else get emotional. Yes we do...we just know how to control our facial reactions. Example - you walk by a firiend and she is wearing polka dots and striped shirt. You are shocked of course, but you still walk over and give her a kiss-kiss greeting. At this point, you are being in seen in public with her but whatever she is your friend.

So I am debating wearing mascara today or not wearing mascara today since I will either be wiping away tears or shaking my head really hard in disbelief. Either way I will end the day as an emotional Diva and I have to believe that I will be wiping away tears no matter what. So, does it matter whether I wear mascara or not - NO! Because the only fashion statement that I care to make is too get up and get out and VOTE!!

Darlings - don't let fashion get in the way oof doing your duty. VOTE!

Leave a comment and let me know how it went for you.

Hugs and besos.
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