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.
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