Thursday, June 19, 2008

Michelle Obama and the View


Yesterday I watched the View, and it happened to be the day Michelle Obama was co-hosting with the ladies. I was waiting for that day but I forgot about it for some reasons. Good thing I thought of turning the TV on while doing the chores.
So I watched as the potential next first lady swim through the sinuous waters of an hour long talk show in company of sharks but also goldfishes of the View.
Michelle Obama was as usual very articulate, poised, funny and fabulous. She answered the questions with that same candor that she is known of , and she did not engage in some fist fight with Elisabeth like the people from fox news (I hate that channel)predicted.
The more I watched her, the more I was charmed. Obama got a good woman by his side. And,everyday I am more and more drawn to that couple. I can understand why people from the other party, fear them so much that they feel the need to attack Michelle Obama. And I think it is just the beginning because this campaign is bound to get nastier.
Nevertheless, I just wanted to talk fashion, not politics.
I like watching the View because of the opinions the ladies stress everyday. They have so much to talk about. I enjoy the free chit-chat about life in general that makes me laugh out loud, or just think a bit more. However, I watch it also to check the clothes. I enjoyed pretty much everything that Elisabeth put one. I think her sense of style (or at least her stylist) is very good. When she was pregnant, she used to wear those t-shirt dresses or tunic dresses that I loved so much. I even wrote to her one day just to ask where she got them (like I could afford them?). So as a habit, even when I do not have the time to watch the show entirely, I checked the ladies'entrance just to have a glimpse of what they are putting on.
Yesterday, I mostly concentrated myself on Michelle Obama's entrance. She had this gorgeous dress from White House, Black Market (I do not know much about this brand, but I find the name a bit offensive-will discuss it later in another post). It was a sleeveless knee-length floral dress, that she garnished with a black brooch. She was gorgeous and the outfit seemed effortless. Of course the ladies complemented her and even compared her to Jackie- O. (later that day, some woman on CNN said that she was not Jackie O. I do not know if she meant that Michelle Obama was not as "efface" as Jackie O or that she was not as fashionable as she was, but that comment made me mad). Whoppie even said that Michelle Obama gives another image of the black woman on TV. And she is right. Most black women on TV are dressed like Hoochie Mamas or too conservative (do not get me started on Condie Rice). Michelle Obama is like a breeze of fresh air. She is not a size 0, she is tall, her hair is well coiffed. She may not be the most attractive woman out there but she has a certain grace to her. That is the reason why she is liked.
I do not know how the people of this country are going to vote in November, but I wish the best to the Obama camp. Michelle will make a great first lady. She already has the qualities to it.
PS: As I thought, the sales of the White House Black Market dress that Michelle Obama wore (it cost $148 by the way) skyrocketed in just a day. And my favorite shop of all: Ross, put out all its White House Black Market lookalike sleevless black and white floral print knee-length dresses. Just hilarious how the Fashion industry works?!!!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

To my Friend(Sex and the city My review)



It was a hot summer afternoon that I reunited with the girls-or shall I say the old ladies-of Sex and the City. I was alone as I had predicted it. I was late, and missed probably the first 10 minutes of the movie.
So, for two hours, I sat alone in this theatre, enjoying the reunion of these marvellous characters, while sipping on some milk chocolate and chewing on Doritos.
The movie was great in the sense that I cried a bit, laughed a bit. It was everything that I had expected but at the end of the two hours, I was hungry for more.
Was it the sure rejection of Carrie at the altar by Big? It was so obvious that he was going to run that I wanted him to die instead. It would have made things more dramatic. Although I have to say that I was happily moved by SJP performance when she learned that Big was not coming. And what a scene when she throw her bouquet at him, repeatedly heating him on the head. I have never seen her so angry and it suited her.
Was it the fact that during the entire movie, Charlotte did not have any serious problems? Well, she shit her pants in Mexico but compared to the others, she did not have much happening to her. She is happily married to her not so handsome, but oh so wonderful Harry; she is the proud Mama of Lily her Chinese adopted girl-who was adorable except when she uttered the word "sex" after listening to the ladies. Charlotte even got pregnant at her age and against all odds. I was waiting for her to face issues with her new baby, to worry that her Chinese child would not adapt to the lifestyle. Hey! I even wanted her to argue how she should raise her Lily with her husband. But there nothing, Lily was the perfect child and did not cause any issues at all.
I was also disappointed that Samantha did not even cheat on Smith. She may have spy ed and even drooled on her next door counterpart neighbor. But she limited herself to watch him shag other girls, wishing she was next. Where is the feisty Sam I loved so much?
Miranda was true to herself, cynic, lonesome and so tough on men but weak when it comes to her girlfriends.
And what is this new character of Jennifer Hudson? They wanted to attract the black audience by having a black girl on the show. But what's up with her role? She talks ghetto even though she is a bit classy. And she is not even rich. I thought she was sweet and feisty too but I expected her to be as fierce as the other ladies. I guess they did not want her part to be overpowering. Nevertheless she just reminded me of Mama, the big black woman, who lend a shoulder to cry on for Scarlet(Carry) or scowled her when she was not behaving.
Whatever I said earlier, I enjoyed the movie. I loved the costume changes (80 for Carry only, and I do not how how much for the other ladies-A sigh for my sore eyes). I cannot wait to Google all the outfits the girls wore. I already found about that intriguing pair of shoes Sam wore when she was preparing a saucy and raw surprise to Smith for Valentine's day. They were the most unusual pair of shoes I have never seen. They are gladiator style stilettos with crystal fishbone design.

They are just amazing and so out of my range(they cost about $500).
I loved the dresses, the shoes, the bags, the hats, the hair cuts, even the computer. Well, I guess designers just had to beg for their work of art to be showcased like that. Because let me tell you this, the movie was more than a movie, it was a big commercial for labels like Manolo's, Vivienne Westwood, Vera Wang, Fendi, Gucci, Luis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, Lacroix, YSL...I am exhausted just to type all these names...even vitamin water was showcased. Un-fucking-believable!!!

I will stop the complaning now to deal with the issue of the movie: FRIENDSHIP. The theme of Sex and the city was never about sex, the city of New York, fashion or finding true love. It was about friendship. It was about four women who loved each other and were there for each other no matter what: bad dates, night out, wedding, funeral, baby showers and deliveries, depression, addiction...anything you could think of. And I was reminded of that fact when I watched the movie. Those women were there for each other, like during the show. I was moved at how they flew down to Mexico just to comfort Carry. Or how Carry braced the call winter of New Year's eve to be with Miranda. I cried with them....thinking of the time when my best friend was there for me. I love her to death and she loves me back but she is not here with me to share my laughs and cries everyday like she used to. The movie reminded me of her and how I missed her so much. How I miss the days we used to seat in a crowded Starbucks in Shibuya, making plans for the future. I wanted to be a mother, a family woman (not a housewife, just a woman dedicated to family life). She wanted to be a career woman, flying from one country to another. Well, now we all got what we wanted. I am a mother and she is pursuing a career. I am not happy where I am at and I guess she could be happier. However, I still love her and she still loves me and maybe someday we will drift back in each other's lives and stick physically together for good.
Until, then I am happy I have her and I was reminded of that by watching Sex and the city. At the season-series finale Carry said this: "It is hard to find people who would love you no matter what. I was lucky enough to have found 3."
I am lucky that I have found you...

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