Saturday, May 28, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
I remember reading her widow Detmar Blow's moving and riveting biography and wincing at passages describing Isabella Blow's insecurities about her appearance, how she created an elaborate persona through fashion, and how she described her use of it and lipstick - her signature cosmetic - to disguise what she viewed as her flaws. I identified with this theatrical strategy but I can never aspire to her aesthetic originality!!!!
Sunday, May 1, 2011
This, ladies and gentlemen, is how one exits a car.
This look absolutely mesmerized me. Although dangerously close to resembling a hard-boiled egg/Conehead/mummy, somehow she works it.
Her 1940s/50s suit jacket long skirt combos are to-die-for, in her typical monochrome. So severe and so hot hot hot!
Even international fashion icons are human, and in Spain she tripped and momentarily lost her stiletto. We still worship you, Sheikha!
For more on the Sheikha, see this article:
As I struggled to gracefully get out of a taxi schlepping a huge tote bag (Michael Kors snakeskin) and distinctly unglamorous backpack (the price I pay for ACADEMENTIA) in a tube skirt and heels, I tried my best to emulate this goddess' motion to exit her chauffeured limo. I cannot for the life of me imagine how she did this, but thank god I do Pilates so someday I will surely acquire the dexterity to rotate my hip and legs in this manner.
The Queen. I know that she is eight thousand years old and I should be merciful. But she looks like fucking PEEP!
This is an atrocity. I really cannot articulate the words because every time I look at the photo my gag reflex takes over. The beige ensemble that heightens the pallor topped with that Osiris headed to the Valley of the Dead fascinator is particularly unfortunate.
The paradigmatic tertuliana is superstar Belen Esteban, or La Esteban. Known as La Princesa del Pueblo, or the Spanish translation of Lady Diana's honorific Princess of the People, this crass, volatile and inarticulate ex-girlfriend of even crasser bullfighter Jesulin de Ubrique made a career out of being his ex girlfriend and mother of his -according to her- neglected child. Over the span of almost a decade, she has literally made millions as a hired participant in these hours-long screaming matches punctuated by obscenities and sometimes physical violence. Nothing - not children, not ghoulish descriptions of death and dying, not accusations of domestic violence, incest, robbery, prostitution not graphic descriptions of sexual encounters -is off-limits here.
Through her pregnancy, to her several plastic surgeries, illnesses, wedding and many break ups with current husband Fran, all conducted literally on air, Belen's life is a 24-7 Big Brother / telenovela in which Telecinco has made her a star of their franchise.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
I am thinking about the victims, families and survivors of the brutal terrorist attacks in Madrid on March 11, 2004.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
SOURCE: Shawkatt Raghib's twitter feed http://yfrog.com/froggy.php?username=ShawkattRaghib
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Arizona Shootings Reaction|
Yet another great commentary from Jon Stewart, who repeatedly makes more sense than the talking heads on cable news. Obama would benefit from watching this prior to his speech to the nation. But such complexities are beyond him or the news "pundits." For me the best lines were: "let's at least make troubled individuals easier to spot," which underscores the danger of tolerating extreme and violent political rhetoric and imagery in public rallies and protests, and his discussion of the need to remember the "anonymous goodness" and civic commitment to democracy of the dead and wounded.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Rep. Griffiths - "When people do that they have to realize that there are consequences to those actions."
This is an interview with Rep. Griffiths (D, Arizona) on MSNBC from March 2010. She discusses violent threats and vandalism against her and others carried out by Tea Party members. She also notes that Sarah Palin had a map on her web-site depicting her and others in gun cross-hairs. She stated that this type of violent rhetoric may "incite" extremists. Now she is in the ICU after being shot in the head this morning, along with 19 others. Among 2 dead are a 9 year old girl.
Palin removed the graphic above from her website. This is a screen shot someone posted on Twitter.
Griffiths' opponent held campaign events. SOURCE: http://www.dailykos.com/comments/2011/1/8/13371/41091/21#c21
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Modernist housing projects in ruins
We made our usual pilgrimages to the big attractions in San Juan - the biggest mall in the Caribbean, Plaza Las Americas (which thrillingly now has a farmer's market!), and Old San Juan. The former features Macy's and as my mother puts it a very "upscale" J.C. Penney's and many familiar chains from Old Navy to BCBG, Mango to L'Occitaine. It also features a mock Old San Juan colonial quarter area, and Valet parking. There I always enjoy observing the local women in skintight pants, leggings, or short skirts. The rampant epidemic of bedazzling. The vertiginous heel heights. And of course my favorite: the Puerto Rican Neutrals: animal print, patent leather, metallics, and bedazzling. Ideally, you would rock at least 2 of these at one time. For example, I wore silver and leopard print sandals with a snakeskin print tote. (Michael Kors, purchased at of course Macy's which has the convenient Valet parking). Nothing to take the edge off family trauma like retail therapy. Another kind of therapy is afforded to me by observing the physiognomies and body types of the women, which assure me about the normalcy of my own appearance given the pervasive anorexic WASP beauty ideal of the city where I live.
Although sadly, I was not able to find any of my favorite UFO related magazines featuring articles about extra-terrestrial sightings on the Island or the other-worldly origins of the Chupacabra, I did learn about a fabulous new publication, Agenda para la quinceañera. Much like Bridal magazine and the like, this one helps the spoiled tween plan her big coming out celebration. Such popular events and other elegant Island soirees are covered in our local women's magazine, IMAGEN, and are a rich source of my other favorite thing: the Island's unusual, creative and sometimes unpronounceable names.