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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Wedding Dress of the Week

Antique lace adornments over an ivory silk satin gown with a sweet heart neckline. This glamourous gown is pure romance. It is both simple and enticing in construction while giving a nod to tradition. $5,800, by Amalia Carrera, 201-348-4500. Veil, $165, by Jennifer Leigh, 360-714-0992. Glass pearl and crystal pendant choker, $315; glass pearl and seed bead link bracelet, $500, both by Miriam Haskell, 713-629-9990.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Bill and Hillary... Ike and Tina?

"Bill and Hillary Clinton are like the Ike and Tina Turner of politics. They don't do things nice and easy. They always do them nice and rough."

-Political Commentator on CNN's Anderson Cooper

(I thought this was a great, hilarious quote)

Serena Williams' Provacative Pose on Ebony Magazine Cover

Let me first say that I love Serena Williams and her body. She is beautiful and the epitome of the brick house diva. However, I do not love the editor who chose this picture as the one to grace the cover of Ebony Magazine. Come on now, I'm sure they shot her head on, sitting, and in a host of other positions. Why choose the one with her back side propped forward?! It's not that she doesn't look fantastic. She does. It's just that it reminds me of another crass XXL magazine cover (booty before face) and it seems like a ploy by Ebony to sell more at the news stands. There is a more sophisticated way to show off a curvaceous, athletic black woman's body. The wild sexualization of Black women, especially by Black publications, is ubiquitous and I'm disappointed at Ebony Magazine for further exploiting such an image. Feel free to disagree.

Flyness and funk

SPOTLIGHT: Diana Ross, Take Me Higher, Japan, 1998

The Intrigue of a Woody Oriental

Morning Divas,

Why does it always rain when I return to New Haven? It's like rolling back the tape on a sad movie, coming back to the same rainy scene. I'm spending the weekend with a friend and time I stepped off the train it seems like the clouds inflated at once and began to perforate. This morning my alarm was nature. Water rushed to the ground like marbles, bounced, and scattered beneath the cold gusts of air. The sound was quite pleasant. It sounded just like those rain makers. The sight, not so much.

I will tell you what was pleasant; the scent of Samsara by House of Guerlain against my slumbering body. Of course by morning it had politely nestled into my sheets, pillow, and blanket as well. I love waking up to a great perfume. I just bought Samsara yesterday but I knew I'd love it. First of all it is by Guerlain, perfume diety. Secondly, it's a bold woody oriental and I've decided that this is the category of perfume that best expresses me.

What is a woody oriental? This simply means that traditional and fragrant oriental flowers such as jasmine, rose, and bergamot blend with heavy, more pungent, even masculine woody base notes like cedar, patchouli and oakmoss. The result is a provocative scent that is both mysterious, and sensual. These are complex, intellectual scents that open rather oddly, mystifying the nose, and over time they take on a warm, deep, and sexual nature. It's a journey in scent best for the woman who holds that a little mystery goes a long way and the woman who practices a slow seduction rather than a quick thrill. Other remarkable fragrances of this type include Prada by Prada, Hanae Mori's Butterfly, Omnia by Bulgari, Black Orchid by Tom Ford, and Calvin Klein's Obsession (love it).

Today the market is flooded with sexy spicy oriental and florientals (Armani Code, Magnetism by Escada, etc.) but I think it's quite nice to stand out in the crowd and to catch the unsuspecting nose by surprise. Many of the better woody orientals are really before our time, such as Mitsouko (which means 'mystery' in Japanese) which was created by Guerlain in the twenties. While this fragrance type isn't for every woman, if you're looking to switch it up from sweet and spicy, to bold and mysterious perhaps, try one of these next time you hit the perfume counter. It might become your new thing.

flyness and funk


Thursday, June 5, 2008

Reflections on the Obama nomination

Good evening divas,

I'm so happy to be back! Finally, I received my freedom papers from Yale University, and I'm laying low for the moment, trying to catch up on some much needed sleep and sanity. During my hiatus however, I decided that FFD needs some spice (as it already has then sugar). So I will be featuring a mini-broadcast every few days as a visual extension of my written blog. I'd ideally like for this to be interactive so if you have a topic or particular question that you'd like me to address, please send to the offical FFD email address:

My first webcast is a reflection on Sen. Obama's victory. "Is America ready for a Black president?" This question is becoming a bit redundant. I believe that perhaps not all of America is ready, but enough Americans are. And we are definitely over due for a GOOD president that can repair the American reputation abroad and the enact solutons for the economic, health care, and energy crisises at home.

Flyness and funk


PS: I apologize in advance, the audio at the very end is problematic.