Grad School

This week I started grad school at the Academy of Art University. I am planning on earning a Masters of Fine Art in Fashion Merchandising. So far all has been well. I am taking three online classes. Crazy you say, why yes I already know that. I am trying to balance school, Delta Sigma Theta, guitar and photography lessons, and my own personal life. Hopefully I will be able to have free time to run this blog and have a personal life in the process. I don’t want to get twisted.

Couture Spring 2009

Tonight I bring you a sample of my favorite spring 2009 couture collections.

I fell in love with neutral colors featured by Elie Saab. The dresses were ruffled and beaded. It was a really feminine, yet strong collection. It was amazing as usual.

John Paul Gaultier’s collection was very 80’s looking. It also looked like it was inspired by architecture. It reminded me of Madonna’s “Express Yourself” video. Maybe he was using his previous work for his inspiration. Either way it was hot, and his show featured two black models, Sessilee Lopez and Jourdan Dunn. Awesome!!

John Galliano really did himself up this time. The Dior spring 2009 collection was amazing. Galliano was inspired by the old Flemish masters. You could see that right away with the detailing in the big bold sleeves and luxurious hats. He also had some New Look dresses in the mix as well. The colors were vibrant and the beading and ruffles were terrific. Even though some of the dresses looked like Lil Bo Peep, I could dig it.

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Hate it or Love it

From Drop Box

I have eczema, so I am constantly on the lookout for great body creams. Nivea Soft creme is so good. I was in Wally World the other day and decided to give it a try. It is so amazing on your lips, face, feet, hands, and just about all over your body. I LOVE IT!!! It is so creamy and soft. Nivea Soft creme has Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E in it, so you know you will be as “Refreshingly Soft” as the bottle claims you will be. Try it. I know you will like it.

Photo taken from and “enhanced” by me.

This Here Economy Sucks

Taken from The Budget Fashionista

The Budget Fashionista’s Weekly Retail Closing Report

January 23, 2009 07:00 PM

Retailers have taken a lot of hard hits lately, and while some are getting back on their feet after the holiday slump, others are, well, giving up.

The Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation, owner of DKNY, Calvin Klein, and other clothing brands, will close 175 stores; this is a big blow to the outlet malls of the country. But Van Heusen isn’t alone. Here’s a wrap-up of the latest store closures… hint: there’s a liquidation sale coming to a store near you.

Steve & Barry’s (where will Sarah Jessica Parker’s “fashion you can afford to love” line, BITTEN, go?)
Cub Libby Lu (Saks is letting go of this retailer, aimed at fashion-savvy young girls, so parents have lots of great deals to pounce on)

Others retailers closing stores…
Filene’s Basement
Ann Taylor (117 stores)
Gap Inc (85)
Foot Locker (140)
Dillard’s (26)
Sigrid Olsen (54)
Pacific Sunwear (153 demo stores)
Macy’s (11)
Fashion Bug (150)
Cache (23)

JC Penney may be scaling back soon, too.

Michelle Obama For Vogue!!!

According to WWD,

VOGUE’S OBAMA TREATMENT: Speaking of the new administration, it appears Vogue has finally landed First Lady Michelle Obama for a cover — and it could be out in the next few weeks. Thank Obama’s hairdresser for confirming the news: Frédéric Fekkai stylist Johnny Wright this week inked a deal with television production company 44 Blue, which produces reality shows such as Style Network’s “Split Ends.” The news reports on the deal said Wright “has styled the First Lady’s coif for the Democratic National Convention, her upcoming appearance on the cover of Vogue magazine and other occasions.” Really? An e-mail to Wright’s publicist went unreturned. A Vogue spokesman stayed on script about whether Michelle Obama will make a cover appearance, saying simply, “We’re very interested in working with the First Lady.”

Nevertheless, all signs point to go for Mrs. Obama’s cover turn. Photographer Annie Leibovitz, who shoots for many Condé Nast titles, including Vogue and Vanity Fair, was spotted in Washington last week leaving the Hay-Adams Hotel, where the Obamas were staying before their eventual move to the White House. And since the March Vogue’s spring fashion issue, which hits newsstands in mid-February, is one of the thickest of the year, most observers suspect that would be the most likely one to feature the new First Lady (and family). Though it isn’t known which designer Michelle Obama will adorn for the shoot, insiders suspect she may choose some looks off the rack. Being that she’s already expressed her affection for J. Crew — which she wore during the inaugural festivities — and Target, don’t be surprised if she opts for one of those.

— S.D.S.

More From D.C.

Last night I went to the Western Ball and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. They had some random band playing every now and then, but the real entertainment was Marc Anthony. His set of hot salsa songs was so good. I wanted to dance, and I don’t even like to dance. He even brought J. Lo out for a song and they were not acting like they were seperating at all. I also saw a few actors like Blair Underwood and Hayden Panittiere. The best part of the night was when Joe Biden and his wife came out to speak and dance. Then, after about 30 mins,the Army band came out on stage and the flags were brought out. The Obamas had arrived and everyone went crazy. He talked about change,not surprised, and then they danced. They are such a beautiful couple. I want a marriage as loving and caring as that. Michelle wore a dress and coat ensemble by Isabel Toledo during the day and at the balls she wore Jason Wu.

pictures from fashion pulse daily

Balls and Inaugruations

Last night I went to the South Carolina Society Ball at the Smithsonian National Museum of Air and Space. It was fun, but I was ready to go because my feet were hurting, and I knew that I would have to get up at 6 am so I could get ready for Barack!

This morning I got up around 6 am and got ready to go see Barack. Dad slept in and Mom and I left the hotel around 8:15. We only had to walk 6 blocks down the street but the line for our standing tickets was halfway down the street, it didn’t move for what seemed like days. Then we finally shuluffled, not shuffled but shuluffled, into one 15ft opening in a gate, and then we went through a huge security gate that that had 15-20 sections. Then we waited for the ceremony to began.

I thought both preachers were too long and the other stuff like Aretha and the poet lady ok, but I liked Itzhak and Yo-Yo Ma and the people who played with them. I like Obama’s speech. It was really long too, but he said things that I think needed to be said. I thought it was so sad to hear all those people booing Bush and clapping when Marine 1, the helicopter taking him away from D.C.,but I clapped too. I am glad he is gone. But on to happy things. Yay OBAMA!!! Yay OBAMA!!! I can’t believe this happened, but I have to because I was there. I saw the Obamas, the Bidens, several past presidents and vice-presidents, the snipers on the roof, the crowds. I saw it all.

Today in Washington

Today I went to the mall at Pentagon City. It is an amazing 3 to 4 story mall with many fantastic stores. Mom got a huge LAMB bag from Nordstrom. She says we are going to share it. I also went to Forever 21 and got a purse, a clutch, and HAREM PANTS?!?!?!?!? I am so excited about our purchases.Unfortunately Loves, I can’t find a picture of the purses we bought, but I got a picture of my pants.