November 27, 2009

Oprah's Primetime Special: Christmas at the White House



via The Live Feed:
The network has announced "Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special," which includes an interview with the president, a conversation with the First Couple and tour of the White House. The special will also go behind-the-scenes as staffers prepare the White House for the holiday season.

The special marks the first time Winfrey has interviewed Obama since he took office. "Christmas at the White House" will air Sunday, Dec. 13, at 10 p.m.

Winfrey, who has never endorsed a presidential candidate before, was a strong supporter of Obama during his presidential campaign, stumping for him in key states.

She attended Obama’s victory rally in Chicago last November and the president’s inauguration in January but has not been politically involved since the election and recently interviewed former Alaska governor and Obama rival Sarah Palin.

Winfrey also didn’t attend the high-profile first White House state dinner Tuesday night, but her close friend Gayle King did.

While she reigns in daytime with her talk show, Winfrey has rarely hosted primetime specials, most notably her 1993 interview with Michael Jackson at his estate. Oprah recently announced she will end her syndicated talk show in 2011 and focus on launching her cable network, OWN.

November 25, 2009

President Obama's Official Turkey Pardon [VIDEO]

Did You See First Lady Michelle O. in Naeem Khan? Wow.



First state dinner: President Obama and First Lady Michelle O. posed for the cameras with guests of honor, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur before last night's reception at the White House. Michelle O. wore a beautiful strapless column dress by Naeem Khan and it was gorgeous on her (shout out to Michelle O's "unofficial stylist" Ikram Goldman). I thought the dress choice was excellent. Indian-American designer Naeem Khan should really start preparing for the onslaught and frenzy that will certainly come from the first lady looking a complete knockout in his dress.
[photo via Reuters]

November 24, 2009

Jennifer Hudson Headling the Obama's State Dinner...



via Talking Points Memo:
It'll be a dreamy entertainment lineup for the first state dinner of the Obama White House: singer Jennifer Hudson is set to perform Tuesday night November 24th.

Hudson, who won an Academy Award for her role in the movie "Dreamgirls," is part of a larger lineup that also includes Indian performers, according to an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the dinner won't be announced until later in the day.

The dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (MAHN'-moh-hahn SING)is being held in a tent on the South Lawn of the White House to allow the Obamas to invite hundreds more guests than could squeeze into the East Room, which tops out at 140 people.

The dinner is the hottest ticket in town.

See First Lady Michelle O. welcoming their State Dinner guests here.
Some history on White House State Dinners.
What will Michelle O. Wear to the Obama State Dinner?

November 18, 2009

Hip Holiday Gift Idea: Salon Perfect Hair Coloring Brush..



What a neat product idea! A brush that dispenses hair color, without the mess... I don't color my hair, but I do rinse it on occasion, and it's a messy task, even with gloves. I'm seriously considering one of these, and it would be a great holiday gift for the person who colors their hair on your list. The product info below:

Say "Good Bye" to expensive hair salons that charge a fortune to change your hair color! Now you can dye your hair at home fast, safe and easily. Just fill this unique brush with your color of choice, turn on and presto. The color control system distributes color with precision and ease. You'll be amazed just how fast and easy it is. Professional results at home in half the time. Takes 2 "AA" batteries.


November 17, 2009

My DIY Cropped Knit Jumpsuit...



If you follow me on twitter, then you know I've been wanting to attempt to sew a jumpsuit for a little while now. Nevermind the fact that I wasn't even feeling the trend a year ago, fast forward to now and here I am having made my own jumpsuit prototype. And I have to tell you, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. I've had design/sewing ideas in my head before that ended up not turning out so hot (i.e., disaster) so it's always gratifying when whatever it is you had in mind to create turns out to be a success.



I made my jumpsuit from two patterns that I re-drafted using a brown ribbed stretch double knit fabric that I'd literally had since I left design school back in 1999. That makes 10 whole years that I've held on to this fabric. This should give you some idea on the type of fabric hoarder I am. This fabric has been in boxes, in our garage, on the floor, so I made sure to machine wash it before I even put it on my table.



Overall, I'm happy with the look of it, I'd love to have it reproduced, and with a few minor tweaks, I'd definitely do it again.

Hip Christmas Gift Idea: New Orleans Saints Stadium Scarf



The New Orleans Saints have been winning ya'll! So naturally, I was too excited when I found this knit black and gold Saints Stadium Scarf on sale at Amazon.com. What a fabulous gift idea for any Saints fan! A great deal for Christmas.


November 16, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award

I was recently gifted with the Kreativ Blogger award by DWJ from The Art of Accessories (thanks DWJ!) So when a blogger receives the Kreativ Blogger award they have to:

1. List 7 things that you don’t already know about me.
2. Name 7 other blogs to receive this award.
3. Leave a comment on each of the blogs I nominated
4. Thank the person who gave you the award.

So first, the 7 things you may not know about me:

1. I like to eat ice. A LOT. My husband seems to think I'm addicted to it, but I could stop eating it whenever I wanted. I could! I just don't want to.

2. I've been represented by a local talent agency for the last 10 years and I've been hired to do some crazy, funny things. For instance, I was hired before to be a live dress mannequin at a local dress shop. I had 3 dresses for the day and after changing into each outfit, I would get into the window and "pose" as a mannequin trying not to move or laugh as people would walk by looking and wondering whether or not I was real.

3. Piggy backing on #2, the most recent job my talent agency got for me was a shoot for a Casino/Hotel/RV Park in Lake Charles, Louisiana. It was a 4 day shoot, and it was my highest paying job to date. Here's a pic of me from that shoot. And here's another, lol.

4. I've owned a guitar since I was 12 years old. I really wanna learn to play it, but right now the only thing I know how to play on it is the hook from "Otherside" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. And I can only play it with ONE FINGER.

5. Piggybacking on #4, I won all kinds of statewide and regional piano competitions in High School. Stopped playing regularly when I got to college. Now the only thing that I can play consistently on the piano is "Up on the Housetop" by Alvin and the Chipmunks. So, yeah... if you don't use it, you'll definitely LOSE IT.

6. Growing up, people frequently questioned my ethnicity. They would just assume I was Asian or that I had an Asian parent. I don't. And I'm not. Why I appeared Asian to so many people used to be a mystery to me, but I guess I can see it more now on myself and on my mom a little even though we're all African American.

7. I'm one of those people who loathe outdated, antiquated "fashion rules" And some people still follow these ridiculous rules like they read them in the BIBLE and they're part of the Ten Commandments or something. You can't wear white after Labor Day! Hate it. Don't mix brown and black or black and navy! Hate it. Women shouldn't wear mini skirts after they turn 35! Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. Some fashion rules are made to be BROKEN and I say if you're confident enough in who you are and how you look with what you have on, then what does it matter really, what anyone else thinks? Who gon check you boo? lol.

The 7 other bloggers that I’m passing this Award on to are 7 bloggers that I like for different and various reasons:

55 Secret Street {@55SecretStreet on Twitter}
Style It {@StyleIt on Twitter}
Rural Glamour {@RuralGlamour on Twitter}
Fashion. Style. Beauty {@FashionStBeauty on Twitter}
Swagger Style {@TheStyleMaster on Twitter}
Ferohhhsh.com {@Coutortured on Twitter}
Polished Image {@PolishedImage on Twitter}

I've commented on their blogs or DM'd to alert them of this post and nomination. Looking forward to learning a few more unknown tidbits about them! And thanks again DWJ for nominating me! It was fun :)

Chanel

November 11, 2009

Happy Veterans Day... [LINKS]

So grateful to our nation’s military service members, both active duty and veterans, for their dedication, courage, accomplishments and sacrifices to protect our everyday freedoms.



Applebee's is offering a FREE entree to our Veterans and Active Duty Military November 11, 2009 to show their gratitude for your honorable service. More details on their website.


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In honor of Veteran’s Day, November 11th, the public is invited to visit national parks and forests for free.

Veterans Day honor, FREE download at amazon.com– Amazon.com is offering a free sample of 12 songs from The Bands and Ensembles of the United States Armed Forces. Click HERE for the free sample.

Veterans Day sale at Macy's includes FREE shipping with $99 purchase. Promo code: VETSDAY.

November 10, 2009

Glamour Mag's 2009 Women of the Year Red Carpet Event

Celebs gathered for the 2009 Women of the Year Honors hosted by Glamour Magazine at Carnegie Hall on November 9, 2009 in New York City and a few celebs brought out the BIG glamour guns...



Rihanna wearing Stephané Rolland Spring 2009 Couture.



Serena Williams has been stellar on the red carpet the last few times I've seen her. This red number pops on her and I'm loving her new hair.



Iman wearing Jason Wu from his Spring 2010 line.



Stylist to the stars June Ambrose in a super cute embellished mini dress that I would totally wear.



Actress Kerry Washington wearing Fendi from the Spring 2010 line.



Liya Kebede in Stella McCartney Resort (2010). Liya's waistline is insane, but I've never known her not to be super thin. She's a part of my blog header so it's safe to say she's one of my faves.



Love Amy Poehler, but this cocktail dress is matronly on her. Everytime I see her on the red carpet, she dresses WAY older than what she is IMO and that's unfortunate because we're the same age, and I honestly can't see myself wearing this dress right now.



Designer Stella McCartney. I think she looks cute here. Love the dress, jacket and shoes. Stella and I are the same age too and her entire ensemble is ME ALL DAY. Fabulous.

VOTE For Who You Want to See on the Victoria's Secret Runway

Click the pic below to meet the 10 model search finalists, watch the videos from Angel Boot Camp, and vote for your favorite model finalist at VSAllAccess.com! First round of voting ends November 10, 2009 at 8PM EST.

November 9, 2009

Rent the Runway: Rent Designer Duds Like You Rent Movies



By Jenna Wortham via NYTimes

For many women, a $1,000 dress is something they admire in the pages of a glossy magazine or see draped on the frame of a celebrity — not an item hanging in their closet.

But a nascent Web site called Rent the Runway is hoping to make high-end fashions much more accessible and almost as easy as renting a movie from Netflix.

The mail-order service, which finishes the testing phase on Monday, allows women to rent dresses from notable fashion designers like Diane Von Furstenberg, Hervé Léger and Proenza Schouler for roughly one-tenth of what they would cost to buy in a retail store.

The rentals run $50 to $200 for a four-night loan and are shipped directly to the customer’s doorstep. After wearing the dress, she puts it into a prepaid envelope and drops it in the mail. Dry cleaning is included in the price, but damage insurance costs $5, and in the case of outright destruction of the dress, the renter is responsible for the full retail price.


Interesting. Continue reading this article here.

It's Official: Halle Berry Doesn't Age.



Halle Berry attended the March of Dimes 4th Annual Celebration of Babies on November 7, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California looking the same as she did 10 years ago. I'm beginning to wonder whether or not she's human. I kid, I kid... she looks FABULOUS though. I need to start using whatever she's using NOW so that I can look this great when I'm over 40 :)


November 5, 2009

Umm.. Mel B? That's a SHIRT, Not a Dress, Just FYI.



Producer Stephen Belafonte and singer Melanie Brown (wearing a short black SHIRT) the AFI FEST 2009 Screening Of The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 4, 2009 in Hollywood, California.

November 4, 2009

Hip Look of the Day: Thandie Newton



Thandie Newton arrived at the "2012" Premiere on November 3, 2009 in Los Angeles, California looking chic and polished. From her blowout, to her red lips to her black and white strapless Prabal Gurung cocktail dress, I thought her entire look was perfection. Well played Thandie Newton. Well played.

November 3, 2009

Me, My Hair and I: A Rags to Healthy Hair Story.


Me and my hair, facing the camera...

I'm the first to admit that I've tangled, torn up, ripped out, cut off, over-processed and not taken very good care of my hair in the past. And some of everything has been in it. Sun-in, permanent hair color, Kool-aid, semi-permanent hair color, rinses... ok, about the hair rinse, I still do that because I was starting to see grays, but a rinse is way less taxing on my hair than say permanent color. I've also had a myriad of hair styles. I've been super short, both by choice and against my will. I've worn weaves, I've had a "get-it-girl" remember those? You might have to be from New Orleans or the South to even know what that is. I've worn micro-braids, "dookie braids" and I do have a visual of myself wearing that dookie braid style looking like the "braided up pimp" himself, Mystikal, but you will never see that visual of me on this blog. EVER. It was the 90's!



Honestly, I really recently in the last few years just started to try and take better care of my hair. I had an episode a few years back where I had too many chemical treatments in my hair too close together and my hair suddenly came out in CLUMPS in my sink. Devastation is too mild a word to describe that whole hair loss situation. Then after that, wearing too many pony tails broke my hair off in the back to where the sides of my hair had length, but the very back of my hair was severely broken and short. THEN pulling my hair too tight in the front broke my hair along my hairline. It was like I couldn't win! So about 6 years ago, I cut my hair just under my ears in length to start over and try to grow it back healthy. I wanted to blog about it because I get asked a lot (lately) about what I'm doing to my hair [to make it grow] so I figured I'd put it in a blog post. And please keep in mind that this is what I've done for my hair. I don't want anyone to feel like I'm preaching at them to change their personal hair routine. Just letting you know what's worked for me, got it? Now, ready to hear it? Well here it goes:

One book that I read that made me shift the way I dealt with my hair is the book below. Ultra Black Hair Growth II. Now I realize that it sounds super cheesy to read a whole book on hair growth, but I'm telling you, I remember treating my hair differently after reading this book. I can't say that I still follow everything that she talks about in this book, but I still subscribe to a good bit of it. The book is not exactly a new edition, I actually ended up checking it out of my local library and reading it, but I added the link for you below if you wanna check it out for yourself.



Ok, onto my hair steps. First, I stopped doing chemical treatments on my own hair (relaxers) and started leaving that to a professional. For the last 4-5 years I've had my relaxers done at a salon. I get my hair relaxed 3-4 times a year which comes out to about quarterly and that's been my entire frequency of getting relaxers for the last 3-4 years. I've had the same hair stylist for the last 14 years outside of the 2 years I attended school in Los Angeles. And she and I only recently, like within the last couple years stopped arguing and fighting (about my hair). Thank God for small breakthroughs :)



Next is the heat factor, I've weened myself off heat so now I use it very minimally. The most heat I've done to my hair in the last few years has been under a dryer with a wet set, a deep condition or silk wrap. Blow dryers, curling irons and flat irons I hardly mess with at all. I keep a set of heated rollers that I got from Target and I use those on occasion, it's a much milder heat and much easier on my hair.

I wrap my hair nightly, and I try to do a deep condition every time I wash it. A protein conditioner is good, I also like Neutrogena's Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Mask. I've been using it ever since I saw it on Nichelle's blog, 55 Secret Street back in 2008. Love it. Absolutely does the trick on my hair. I've included the link to it on Amazon.com if you want to check it out for yourself below.



Now onto my hair grooming steps. I've literally had one "go to" hair grooming product since 2007 and that's Carol's Daughter Healthy Hair Butter. Shout out to Nichelle at 55 Secret Street again for posting on it because that's where I learned about it. I even purchased my very first jar of it from the Carol's Daughter flagship store in Harlem back in '07. Now when I tell you that my hair LOVES this stuff, I'm seriously not kidding. And the fragrance? Heavenly.



As far as trimming goes, I usually do it myself or when I can't see what I'm doing, my husband Ron has gotten pretty doggone good at it. I also like to take a Biotin supplement which is a B vitamin, B7 to be exact. Biotin has been known to support strong nails and healthy hair. Now If you've seen pics of me with my hands in the frame (my nails are seriously SHOT), then you know that I'm not using Biotin for my nails, lol. Biotin is a complete hair supplement for me.

Well that's about it. To summarize, I don't do at home chemical treatments, I rarely use heat, I try to limit wearing my hair in a ponytail or pulling it back off my hairline too tight, I do regular deep conditions, I make sure it's well hydrated and properly moisturized, I trim it regularly, I wrap it before I go to sleep and try to wear it in the loosest styles possible so it can "breathe."

Now look. I'm not claiming to have the most beautiful, glorious, most luxurious head of hair in the world with this blog post. That's not what I'm doing here. Again, I'm just telling you what has worked for me going from raggedy, torn up, unhealthy hair just a few years ago to a pretty healthy head of hair currently (the pics you see above were taken October 2009 just after my birthday). What I've tried to do is lay out my own personal hair routine for whomever's interested, and if I wasn't as thorough you'd like, then that's what the comment section is for. Please ask away if you like, and I'll do my best to answer anything I may have left out. And thanks so much for reading all of this! Until next time...

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