Style on Capitol Hill: The Obama’s Inauguration Day Fancy

Good evening, folks!

This is a quickie because my 1st day of school is tomorrow and I have homework already, but I just HAD to write this post NOW while all my style excitement is flowwiinnggggg!

Okay, so today was a very special day as the 57th inauguration took place to swear in President Barack Obama for his 2nd term, and as history was made yet again, millions watched on to be a part of it. Today we also celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and I personally feel that his dream for equality has become more true today than it ever has before. I am humbled to be able to have witnessed such history TWICE in my lifetime, and it’s something I will remember forever and ever!

Okay, enough with the mushy stuff, let’s get to the point of my post. The styyyylllleeeeee! It’s the one thing everyone drools over, especially when it comes to the beautiful First Lady! At the private swearing-in ceremony this morning, Michelle Obama chose a blue Reed Krakoff dress with a sweater to compliment the look of simplistic sophistication. It seems that the family followed suit with the sea of blue, except for the spunky Sasha that is. Malia is wearing a dress from H&M, my kind of girl!

Inauguration 2013 swearing-in ceremony

Fast forward to the main inaugural ceremonies, and Michelle Obama dazzled in her grace in a subdued and beautifully navy structured coat by Thom Browne, which kept her warm over a dress by Thom Browne as well. Her statement belt, that she is known for wearing for a little pop, is by J.Crew and so are her shoes. The girls were super posh in their hued coats, Malia’s by J.Crew, and Sasha adorned in Kate Spade.

Michelle, Sasha, Malia Inauguration 2013

 

Michelle Obama Reed Krakoff 2013

 

Michelle Obama in Thom Browne Inauguration 2013

 

Sasha and Malia style Inauguration 2013

And last but not least, the inaugural ball! The WORLD really just wanted to know which designer Michelle Obama would choose. Many predicted that she’d choose a newer designer, or one that may not necessarily be considered a household name, but to everyone’s surprise she went with Jason Wu, again! Jason Wu designed her 2009 inaugural gown, and he sure didn’t disappoint this time either. Within minutes, phone calls were being made to figure out who designed her amazing red gown, and Jason Wu gets the credit!

Michelle Obama Jason Wu Inauguration dress 2013

 

Minutes after revealing Jason Wu as the designer of this red masterpiece, an original sketch from Jason Wu’s headquarters was released and it gave us an even more intimate look at the design details and specifics behind this lucky dress.

 

Jason Wo sketch Michelle Obama inagural dress

This gown definitely lived up to its original design details, constructed out of a mix of fluid chiffon and luxurious velvet; making use of the duchess satin belt that is reminiscent of the First Lady’s style signature. The diamond studded hand-made ring at the close of the halter was made by Kimberly McDonald and she’s wearing Jimmy Choo shoes. Stunning.

I LOVE the first family. They represent me in so many ways and I’m able to see a mirror reflection of my family in them. The Obamas have a love for one another that is contagious, warm, and sincere and so many aspire to be just like them. I can’t leave this post without a nod to my main man’s style. Obama had SO MUCH SWAG today, that I had to look away! He showed so much confidence today, as he should, and I simply loved his choice of a white bow tie at tonight’s inaugural ball as he did 4 years ago at his first inauguration. He did thaaaaaat!

Obama inauguration 2013

 

I thank God that I’m alive to see history continuously being made, spoken from our forefathers and brought to life by today’s dreamers.

 

Sincerely,

with style and humility,

 

 

 

Michelle Obama BRINGS IT on iCarly

 

Photo credit: TeenStarsWorld.com

So, I am such a big kid and watch Nickelodeon’s hit show, iCarly on the regular, but when I found out THE First Lady, Michelle  Obama, would be making a debut, I set an alarm! I’ve honestly been looking forward to this episode for weeks now, and it sure didn’t let me down! The premise of iCarly revolves around Carly, her big brother Spencer, and her two best friends. Carly and Spencer’s father is in the military, and so Spencer cares for Carly while he’s away. We all know that one of Michelle Obama’s biggest platforms is recognizing military families and showcasing how unique they are, while shining light on the hardships they often face and ways they an overcome them. Of coure this was the PERFECT show for Mrs.O to make her acting debut, and I’m sure her girls were excited, as she quoted on the show. Mrs.O was just as poised and classic as she always is, rocking a haute red pant and a classic short sleeved top with a subtle, but intricate detail, and neutral flats, you know how she does!!! She was a natural, and I’m sure I’ll watch this episode 8 more times! haha… Below is a small segment from her debut on iCarly,check your local listings of Nickelodeon to catch a repeat of the entire show (Mrs.Obama has a long segment and trust, Nickelodeon will replay the episode many times). Enjoy!

http://www.icarly.com/iframes/video.html?id=24525
p.s. Jan 17th is Michelle Obama’s birthday!!! Shine on First lady, shine on! xo
xo,
Sharontina

A ‘Commander In Chic’ Evening with Mikki Taylor

I think it’s safe to say that if you are reading this, Mikki Taylor’s name rings a bell in the fashion, beauty, or self love department of your mind. She has been a pioneer and “quintessential authority”, as she states it, of beauty and fashion for over 3 decades. Serving as ESSENCE Magazine’s Beauty and Cover Director, and now Editor-at-Large, Mrs.Taylor knows a thing or two 652,684,765,665,738 about what WE want, need, and admire about fashion, beauty and style!

It is no surprise to me that Mrs.Taylor decided to write the style, fashion, beauty, self appreciation and much more guide that is ‘Commander In Chic’, which I am now calling “the guide to it all”. Commander In Chic’s muse is none other than our First Lady, Michelle Obama, and the fact that Mrs.O is the muse says in itself that, along with Mikki Taylor’s unprecedented knowledge and advice, this book would be nothing short of greatness for ANY woman. I know that personally, I’ve been anticipating this book since the minute I found out about it! As I began seeing tweets, articles, and all sorts of announcements of what Commander In Chic would bring to us and the significance it would hold in our lives, it only made the anticipation worse…in the best possible way.

I remember back in September..ish when I found out Mikki Taylor was on Twitter via Oscar James and Sam Fine, as they basically said “yall are crazy if you don’t follow her!”…using much more endearing words of course. Since then, tweeting with Mikki Taylor has been a blast, as she has mastered “the art of tweeting”. Yes, there’s an art to it and open, genuine communication with supporters is the biggest component. When she enters my TL, it’s often a message of inspiration, a note to challenge self, a call for making a self affirmation that will take you higher in your own mindset and in others’ for that matter. It’s always about building, bettering, and BEing…and I love it. She once tweeted saying that through the support we all lend each other on Twitter and beyond, we are all like one big family! I responded by saying “Yes!..and I’m adopting you as my new Aunt Mikki with all the best fashion tips!” We all have that cool aunt that knows all the latest on fashion, is stylish, and all around fun!…sounds like Mikki Taylor to me ;-).

Upon the release of Commander In Chic, many of us patiently waited for the announcement of public book signings where we’d get a chance to finally meet Mikki Taylor and have our books graced with the signature of a legend. I decided to go to the signing that fell directly on the release date of the book, thrilled because I knew I’d get a dose of the exalted excitement from the day! After school, I started on my journey from Philadelphia, PA to NYC and as the rain poured down during the entire journey slowing traffic and my hopes of being on time, I got a little worried that I’d miss it! I arrived at Barnes & Nobles and as I walked in and asked for direction, the employee informed me that I had JUST missed the event. I was CRUSHED….simply crushed. As I made my way back toward the exit, I realized that I should probably use the ladies room before embarking on my 2 hour  journey back to Philly, and as I made my way back to the lower level, I turned the corner and ran right into….MIKKI TAYLOR! yes, I froze in place and then just smiled! I was ready with hand extended to introduce myself, but to my surprise she said “TyrasLilSis” before I could mouth a word. We chatted for a few about being happy to finally meet one another, took a FAB photo, and she signed my copy of Commander In Chic.

“Our meeting was short, but powerful!” Mikki later stated on Twitter as I expressed my thanks. Although I didn’t get to attend the actual book event, I was happy to have met Mrs.Taylor, even if it was a 5 minute one-on-one! Later in the weeks as she announced more appearances, she decided to do a contest in which the winner would be granted access to one of her private events. Anyone that knows me, knows that I CANNOT pass up a contest, even if I don’t want to win. I participated in the contest,answering all of the contest questions (hopefully all correct) and got chosen as one of the lucky winners to attend her private event! Of course I was excited, but I decided that since I got to Meet Mrs.Taylor last week, that I’d give my spot to someone else. Well, she was not trying to hear that…hahahahaha…. When she expressed that she would like me to come if I was available, that’s all I needed to hear! Last night the private event  took place at the Bobbi Brown studio, in Montclair, NJ…a night to remember!

I attended with two fellow bloggers, Stephanie and Merli, and we had a blast! We arrived early and as we anxiously awaited Mrs.Taylor’s arrival, the Bobbi Brown team showed the utter most hospitality; so warm and inviting. When Mikki Taylor walked in, the room lit up! She walked in with her cheerful smile greeting attendants, and when she spotted me she yelled with excitement, “TyrasLilSis!”…I laughed so hard, but my heart was filled knowing that she was happy to see me there. The night was filled with beauty as the Bobbi Brown team did mini makeovers on the beautiful Commander in Chic’s using some of Mrs.Taylor’s favorite nudes as discussed in the book.

After a few makeovers, Mrs.Taylor sat down to talk all things Commander In Chic!

Mikki Taylor told us about how her love for fashion and style began, her mother being a major influence, why she aims to find ways to bring women higher, why Michelle Obama was the perfect muse, and shared many of her fun, real, and quick witted Mikkiisms! It was such a powerful moment as she shared herself with us and encourage questions. After we all asked the burning questions we had, we did more getting beautified, eating, and sharing love with each other!

And of course the signing!

It was a great night, and the Bobbi Brown team was PHENOMENAL! Merli and I practically closed the studio with them from getting caught up talking about makeup, fashion, and Oscar de la Renta’s renewed license to make perfume…haha

It was a night to remember…

p.s. Mrs.Taylor came dressed to kill in black top w/ lace detail, her chic Carolina Herrera skirt, sky high patent Louboutins, and a KILLER mink vest!….I died…just a little.

Thanks for reading,
Sharontina B.