Thursday, February 26, 2009

Have a good weekend

Photo from the LIFE Archive, William Vandivert, 1943

A puppy for the Obamas

And the Portuguese Water Dog is the winner! 

Nautical jewelry

I want my boat, my oysters, and my gin and tonic already! 
Pool boy!
Actually, I just want this 18k gold plated, reproduction vintage bracelet from J.Crew for $55, so then maybe I can feel like I have a boat and a pool boy.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Gun show

I’ve definitely been watching Michelle Obama’s fashion choices. It’s hard not to when it’s constantly being analyzed. I guess that’s because it’s true how you dress says a lot about you.
Last night as President Barack Obama addressed Congress, Michelle was wearing a plum sleeveless dress. When the camera scanned up to her in the crowd, I was surprised. I myself would never have the confidence to wear a sleeveless dress while sitting amongst Congress.
I sometimes have second thoughts about wearing something sleeveless in front of my grandparents. And if I do during winter, I usually have to listen to everyone saying, “Aren’t you cold?”
I am not saying I am opposed to it. It definitely made an impression. It put a lot of focus on her arms, which are toned and muscular even. If anything it made her look strong. She takes risks, and I like it.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Red carpet wrap up

So, you already know how I feel about Penelope. Here are some other things I noticed on Sunday. Statement Jewlery. Amy Adams wore this red dress, which looked good at some angles, but I am not a fan of the black piping. The necklace by Fred Leighton, however, was a show stopper.

Heidi Klum with Seal is also wearing big jewlery. The dress is a statement of its own and I love it. It does that whole abstract look without over doing it like other dresses that night.

Angelina Jolie is simple in black. Although, did you notice the slit and the sheer fabric covering it? It is subtle, but it definitely adds a sexy edge. The jewlery is also very important here. Look at the almost opaque dangly green earrings. I loved those.

Others I loved:

Evan Rachel Wood

Frieda Pinto

Alicia Keys (stunning)

Taraji P. Henson

I was not a fan of Kate Winslet's dress, but I am a big fan of hers. I am happy she won. Which dresses did you love? Hate?

Red carpet: best supporting actress

Penelope Cruz, now Academy Award winning actress, found her red carpet dress 8 years ago. When I first saw the white vintage Pierre Balmain gown, I thought it was a little matrimonial. Taking some closer looks I really think she was able to pull it off. I even think she looked a little bit like Audrey Hepburn with the bangs, and with the dress I think she was channeling a more classic vibe. Yay for her! I am a big fan.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Happy Friday!

It is quite the happy friday, mostly because I don't have any road trips to make and no plans are set in stone. It is kind of nice to have a weekend like this every once in a while. One thing I am going to do for sure is watch the Academy Awards show. I would have to say that I kept up pretty well with all of the nominees. One movie I just saw was The Visitor, which came out in the beginning of last year. I thought it was one of the best movies I saw from last year and Richard Jenkins, who was nominated for best actor, was amazing in it. My friend Dennis and I were talking and he brought up the fact that most good movies don't come out until the end of the year because they want to be fresh in the Academy's mind when it comes time to vote. This puts us in a frenzy to see all of the good movies practically all at once. Instead of having a full year of really good movies, we get two months. It's kind of not fair. Any thoughts? Is there a better way to do this?

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Is J.Crew becoming more?

J.Crew has always been there for us, providing the classics every year with little twists along the way. It’s no surprise that Michelle Obama dons the clothing, as they seem to epitomize this Jackie Kennedy persona. Now, other famous people seem to be accepting J.Crew as their source for putting together an ensemble worthy of the most fashionable events and places, such as the red carpet. Robin Roberts from ABC's Good Morning America may wear J.Crew's Coral Halter Gown to the Academy Awards (found at J.Crew Aficionado). I love J.Crew and their styles seem to never fail. What do you think about someone wearing J.Crew on the red carpet? Will this increase in popularity give them the right to sell their clothes at much higher prices? Will they change their image to outfit this new group of consumers?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Columbus: The Short North District

The images above were taken of Collier West, a home furnishings and antique store on High Street in Columbus.
The very first thing that caught my attention was the vintage brass bath tub with specialty soaps in all different sizes, shapes, and packaging. That sold me right away and I had to buy a bar. There was an interesting array of plates that when lined up made a skeleton and other quirky things like that. The collection of interesting and beautiful chandeliers overtook the back of the store. I couldn't possibly list all of the quirky pieces I found but for some reason the miniature mounted antlers stood out to me. The upstairs had blankets, toys, and stuffed animals for a child's room.
There was also very beautiful glassware, which I just found out, by going to the Web site, is mouth blown glass. 
Everything in the store had this whimsical beauty about it. This was definitely one of my favorite stops in Columbus even though I could only afford the bar of soap. 
More on Columbus later...

I'll be back

I have decided not to make any changes. The reason I love writing on my blog is because it has no restrictions. So, my blog is going to be whatever I want it to be. I am going to return soon to talk about my travels to Columbus. Thank you for your comments and advice.

Photo found on Something Borrowed.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Perhaps a change...

Photo courtesy of Condé Nast Store.

I will be away for a while revamping The Cosmopolitan Clevelander. I may change the name, the purpose, and the focus of this blog to fill a specific niche on the Internet. Sticking with the theme of worldliness it might transform into a travel and global culture site. Please leave your feedback on this change. I want to know what you are looking for and what you liked about The Cosmopolitan Clevelander thus far. Please leave your email address in the comments section if you want me to email you when I return.

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