Wednesday, January 28, 2009

First Lady Michelle Obama Insulted By Black Artists

The Boston GlobeThe backlash on Michelle Obama for her inaugural outfits continues-- and it is harsh!

The Black Artists Association (BAA) isn't pleased with the new First Lady. They are angry she didn't wear a Black designer outfit to the Inauguration.

The Huffington Post reports, "The group is publicly chiding the First Lady for not wearing an African-American designer during any of the inaugural festivities. On inauguration day, Obama wore Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo, and at night she wore a gown by Taiwan-born designer Jason Wu."

The BAA has since reportedly received death threats for their disapproval of Mrs. Obama.

Harsh!! So much for a peaceful celebration.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Inaugural Poem Is Inspiring

Poet Elizabeth Alexander read a poem at President Barack Obama's inauguration that really gave me a lot of think about. I felt like her art really captured the business of life yet the song of the day that lives in the background waiting to be embraced. Here is the text of the poem:

“Praise Song for the Day,” written and recited by Elizabeth Alexander

Each day we go about our business,
walking past each other, catching each other’s
eyes or not, about to speak or speaking.

All about us is noise. All about us is
noise and bramble, thorn and din, each
one of our ancestors on our tongues.

Someone is stitching up a hem, darning
a hole in a uniform, patching a tire,
repairing the things in need of repair.

Someone is trying to make music somewhere,
with a pair of wooden spoons on an oil drum,
with cello, boom box, harmonica, voice.

A woman and her son wait for the bus.
A farmer considers the changing sky.
A teacher says, Take out your pencils. Begin.

We encounter each other in words, words
spiny or smooth, whispered or declaimed,
words to consider, reconsider.

We cross dirt roads and highways that mark
the will of some one and then others, who said
I need to see what’s on the other side.

I know there’s something better down the road.
We need to find a place where we are safe.
We walk into that which we cannot yet see.

Say it plain: that many have died for this day.
Sing the names of the dead who brought us here,
who laid the train tracks, raised the bridges,

picked the cotton and the lettuce, built
brick by brick the glittering edifices
they would then keep clean and work inside of.

Praise song for struggle, praise song for the day.
Praise song for every hand-lettered sign,
the figuring-it-out at kitchen tables.

Some live by love thy neighbor as thyself,
others by first do no harm or take no more
than you need
. What if the mightiest word is love?

Love beyond marital, filial, national,
love that casts a widening pool of light,
love with no need to pre-empt grievance.

In today’s sharp sparkle, this winter air,
any thing can be made, any sentence begun.
On the brink, on the brim, on the cusp,

praise song for walking forward in that light.


The video can be watched from YouTube here. It's very meditative and calming.

Monday, January 19, 2009

I Love The Stylin' HP Mini Clutch Laptop

I have been wanting one of these for forever now! It is so so so so so cute. Engineered by a fashion diva/smartie pants, I'm sure. Check it out.

This is the HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Clutch Laptop- a mix of fashion and technology. I absolutely love the idea!

The HP Mini Clutch is only 2.45 pounds heavy, 10.1 inches wide, and 1 inch thin! WOW. I can't get over it. You can buy one directly from HP with cute matching scarf and tote bag.


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More About Me

About me: I'm just your regular 20-something-year-old wanting to do something new. The blog will contain thoughts and interests I have, covering a wide range of topics: musings, fashion, politics, opinions, beauty, social issues, style, family life, sales and deals, books, and fun.

I want to see if blogging can really pay off. Can a young female be successful in her blogs, ranging from giveaways to politics to beauty to human rights?

I want to see if blogging can really pay off, and I don't just mean monetarily. I love to write and I have many interests. I want to try blogging full-time to fulfill something that I've always wanted to try. I also want to see if it's possible to make money. I'll be open and honest with you about my findings. I know a lot of moms and other female bloggers are working very hard to find out the same thing right now. I hope we can find success in doing what we love!

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Mom blogs are cool!

I've been exploring the world of Mom blogs lately. I'm not a Mom (not yet) but how fun would it be to stay home and blog about it? I'm surprised pretty constantly by the dedication and energy of these mothers!

For example, one Mom whose cute and ever-updated blog is called Secret Agent Josephine, threw her daughter a green birthday party. Here were the snacks:



I hope I can be that cute someday!!!

Miche Bag Is Every Handbag

Wow, I just saw an infomercial that I actually liked! That made me laugh, but seriously... I was addicted! It's called the Miche Bag. It's a basic black handbag that transforms into any style you want by adding a shell to the outside.

Never empty your purse again-- simply change the outside to match your outfit of the day! The basic black purse becomes much, much more when you add a shell:



Wow, fun! The basic purse costs $34.99 and each shell is $24.99. Looks like a lot of fun to me. I might just buy my first as-seen-on-TV product, oh oh!

Anyone Try Desktop Post Office from Stamps.com?

Over the weekend I got a free CD mailing from not AOL, but Stamps.com. It includes an offer for $45 in free postage and the software to make and print postage on the computer. I'm wondering if anyone has given it a try? Looks fun!



It even claims to have good postage discounts you can't get at home.

Template Love!

I gotta thank Pannasmontata-templates.net for this kickin' template! :) Until I figure out how to get a hip lil' personalized cartoon template, this is awesome!

Topics I'm Interested In

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You'll Never Be Ready

You'll never be ready for what you want to do... why put it off any longer? This blog is all about 2009 and something new for me.