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Cheers To Hattie…

In Daily Musings on February 29, 2012 at 9:47 am

On February 29 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first black woman to win an Academy Award.  Hattie won for “Best Supporting Actress”.  At the awards that year, Hattie and her escort were seated at a segregated table for two, away from her cast mates.  This was a reminder of yet how far the industry and country had to go regarding racism.  Hattie faced a lot of criticism from the black community for playing the mammy roles and this is why I love this quote from her: “I’d rather play a maid, then be one.”  Hattie was a proud women and stood by her choices.  With all the drama surrounding “The Help” maybe we need to remember that. 

There is also some controversy as to what actually happened to Hattie’s Oscar, no one seems to be able to find it.  There is speculation that it went missing during the civil riots of the 1960’s.  Rumour has it, that her Oscar was thrown into the Potomac River in Washington, DC .  Howard University whom the Oscar was willed to, say they have no record of having received it.   What really happened to Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar? It still has not been found.  No matter what  caused its disappearance, she was still the first and acknowledged for it.  Hattie passed away of breast cancer in 1952.

Thank you Hattie for being the first and creating a path for many others.

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Like A Rockette…

In New Loves! on February 28, 2012 at 11:21 am

I don’t think I will ever stop wearing wedges, the higher the better. The wedge seems to have been around since time began, there has always been some variation of it throughout the ages.  Also, wedges provide the perfect balance and are much more comfortable to walk around in instead of a pair of stilettos.  Though I do love my stilettos  they just don’t work for me for every day wear as often, my feet can’t take it after 20+ years of wearing 4″ heels. 😉

 I just found Jeffrey Campbell’s Rockette Wedge in this gorgeous shade of blue suede at Urban Outfitters.  Jeffrey Campbell seems to be the “It” go to guy for gorgeous, well-made and unusual shoes under $200.

 

 

Available at  Urban Outfitters and other stores – $175.00

In Daily Musings on February 28, 2012 at 9:55 am

From fellow blogger “the Lookbook Philosophy” These truly are a work of art, but like she mentioned they do look painful. Enjoy!

I love the art of this shoe! Unfortunately, the longer I look at it, the more I think I can see the model’s foot swelling up and turning red! This looks quite painful and uncomfortable, but how beautiful is the wood pattern and the shape? Even the contrast of the wood and the satin ribbon is intriguing to me. Sadly, I would have to pass on the possibility of obtaining splinters with each step. Never mind the fact that a slightly uncoordinated person, such as myself, is just asking for a very public trip . . . wobble . . . wobble . . . steady . . . steady . . . wait! . . . Oh Noooooooo! . . . slow-mo drop with an accompanying  awkward roll type of catastrophe.

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The 84th Sparkle Show…

In Daily Musings on February 27, 2012 at 11:40 am

Here are my favourites from last night’s awards…. Enjoy!

 

 

Octavia Spencer Winner for "Best supporting actress" wearing Tadashi Shoji

 

Viola Davis "Best Actress Nominee" in Vera Wang - The red hair and green dress was just gorgeous on her!

 

This was the dress that did it for me!! Gwyneth Paltrow in Mr. Tom Ford

 
 

Ms. Esperanza Spalding's beautiful voice singing "What A Wonderful World" was truly breathtaking. Very talented young lady. The dress she wore on stage was so much nicer, still trying to find pic. Will post if I find it.

 

UPDATE! - Cannot find full length version of this, but it was a truly beautiful dress. Loving her statement ring!

 

This is my man right here! I don't know who he was wearing, but he was working it. - FYI: He helped score the telecast

 

Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli Couture - This pic does not really do the dress justice, but in my opinion, it was simply stunning

 

Roony Mara in Givenchy

 

Sandra's Marchesa dress hit the worst dress list, people on Twitter were evil. I loved this dress. When she walked on stage and you saw the scooped back, I thought it was gorgeous. Not every gown has to show breasts and thighs to be considered Oscar worthy.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Let’s Wiggle…

In Daily Musings on February 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Those of you who know me, know that I am a huge Mad Men fan (See my January 17 post); therefore, you already know I watch it mostly for the clothes.  Dressing was an art back then, where women looked truly feminine.  I’ve just received a flyer from Banana Republic who have jumped on the Mad Men wagon and designed a line around the show.  This is their second “Mad Men” collection.  My favourite is the “Joan dress“, which is the cream and bold floral print dresses seen below, I’ve ordered the print.  Remember ladies its bold prints for 2012.  For those of you who watch the show;  you know Joan is a true bombshell, probably a US 10/12 with her red hair and Jessica Rabbit curves to match. The  Joan Holloway character with her sultry style can truly wear a wiggle dress, she’s a woman who would still turn heads today. 

The new season starts March 25, on AMC

Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway

       

         

  

    

 

    

  The perfect shoe for this dress is: 

 
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Live, Laugh, It’s Friday!!!

In Daily Musings on February 24, 2012 at 11:54 am

Remember To Have:

Always:

… And Wear Colourfully:

Lots of prints for 2012 - Wear big bold prints this year!

 

And Most Importantly…  Put Your Best Foot Forward!

Busy day today, huge project to complete and a birthday party later on at Oya‘s, which is a Contemporary Asia-French fusion restaurant/lounge; one of my favourite places for drinks/dinner.  Check them out @ http://oyadc.com/

  

See You Later Dahhlings! 

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You Hate The President?

In Daily Musings on February 23, 2012 at 9:48 am

This morning while listening to Morning Edition on NPR, they were conducting  interviews with potential voters in Michigan.  One man said and I quote “I hate the President, if this sucker gets reelected, I’m leaving the country.  This President makes me want to leave this great nation” unquote.  The hatred and animosity I heard in this man’s voice made me stop in my tracks and say… WOW!!  It actually sent chills through me.  He was so upset Obama had been elected in the first place, he could barely contain himself.  The blatant disrespect for President Obama, is something I’ve never seen in my 20+ years in this country.  I understand there is freedom of speech and freedom of expression, where you may say what you like; but the loathing and hostility towards this particular President appears to be very personal to some.  They made fun of Bush Jr. and may have criticized other Presidents, but with President Obama, the contempt and disrespect has been taken to a whole new level.

Why?

Respect the President, until further notice he still is!

 

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I’m Just Loving…

In Daily Musings, Maylana's Dream List, New Loves! on February 22, 2012 at 10:07 am

This beautiful card my sister sent to me, congratulating me on starting my blog:

From the Fabulous Al, Thanks Luv! Yes we ONLY drink Champagne!

These fabulous Shades:

I think these are going to be my new summer shades, put the Pradas to rest for a while. Very 70's retro.

 
Yesterday, I treated myself to a new Mac Lipstick, called MAC Red, I’m into movie star reds right now and loving this one. I’m using it with MAC lipliner in Brick.  Retiring Ruby Woo for a minute. I’ll take a pic soon and let you see what it looks like.  It’s fabulous Dahhlings!
 

Such a fabulous colour!! Beware! Red lipstick is not for the faint of heart!!! Only the confident need apply!

 
This is going to be my next red lipstick, oh yes it is!!!
 

Tom Ford Lipstick in Cherry Lush - $45

 
  
These patent leather Louboutins.  Oh a girl must have her Louboutins!
 
 

Beautiful Louboutins

  
 
The new Chloe fragrance – L’Eau De Chloe
 

I quite like this. A perfect Spring fragrance - Made with 22 percent natural rose water. This could become a classic.

 
The colour of this Chanel bag:
 

Gorgeous!! Another "Dream List" item

 
 HAVE A FABULOUS WEDNESDAY!
 
 
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Black History Sirens III

In Daily Musings on February 21, 2012 at 9:38 am

Hi Darlings, I hope you all had a fabulous 3 day weekend. I certainly did.  Here is my 3rd installment of my Black History Sirens series… Enjoy!

Dorothea Towles

 

Nina Simone

 
 

Unknown Diva

 

Dorothy Heights

 

Fredi Washington

 

Aretha Franklin

 

Carmen McRae

 
 
 
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In Daily Musings on February 20, 2012 at 8:23 pm

It’s so good to see Jody back. This is a reblog from Jody Watley’s blog. Happy reading, I’ll be back tomorrow.

It’s so good to see Jody back. This is a reblog from Jody Watley’s blog. Happy reading, I’ll be back tomorrow.

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