December 6, 2008

What does $180,000 get you? Ask Sarah Palin

Posted in celebrity, Fashion, politics tagged , , , at 4:23 am by Skybluepink

According to CNN, the GOP have now disclosed that Sarah Palin actually spent $180,000 on clothes and “styling” for herself and the family Palin, over just 9 weeks! Wow, really? $180,000 in just 9 weeks? Evidently the GOP are going to donate them to charity. I hope they didn’t pay for this little number–it looks like something she ran over with a snowmobile…

Cariboo Barbie

Cariboo Barbie


November 6, 2008

The First Family (elect) of Fashion

Posted in Fashion, Michelle Obama, politics tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 10:04 pm by Skybluepink

Tuesday was truly historic and the excitement can still be felt. Americans celebrated Obama’s victory late into the night, on streets across the country. Elated voters even crowded in front of the White House, an area which has seen a “ban” on gatherings and protests since 9-11. The ecstatic rabble cheered, sang, cried and generally let the current “resident” know that it was time to start packing!

I don’t think we need to worry too much about the Bush clan’s wardrobe as they bring out the luggage…nothing too memorable to wrinkle or rip as the front door slams behind them on the way out.

Now, the Obama’s, they are one fashionable family. I know, I know, there have been mixed reviews about the dress Michelle wore on Tuesday night but I think she looked fantastic. Not only did she wear something modern, bold and cutting edge, but she made it her own. Yes, the dress from Narciso Rodriguez (of Carolyn Bissette Kennedy wedding dress fame) is different from the runway version but that’s the whole point. Michelle Obama is not a 17 yr old Russian model (Irina Kulikova), she’s a 44 yr old woman with curves and she looked elegant and sophisticated.

 Narciso Rodriguez S/S 09Michelle Obama, Nov. 4, 2008










The new First Family looked fantastic, Malia in a Biscotti Girls red bubble dress, Sasha in a cute black outfit with an over-sized bow on the front and Mr. President Elect in the same style dark-navy suit, custom-made by Hart Schaffner Marx that he wore at the Democratic Convention, with a deep red, striped necktie.

Yes, there is a long list of expectations hanging on the shoulders of this family…but I’m looking forward to seeing what else will be hanging on their shoulders over the next 4-8 years.

November 4, 2008


Posted in Barack Obama, politics tagged , , , , , at 8:41 pm by Skybluepink

President Obama!

Yes you did!

Yes you did!

November 3, 2008

And so it begins…

Posted in Barack Obama, politics tagged , , , , , , at 11:34 pm by Skybluepink

It’s Obama in a landslide…

Dixville Notch, New Hampshire may only have 75 residents but 100% of registered voters cast their ballots…you should too

Vote Baby, Vote!

Posted in Barack Obama, politics tagged , , , at 11:24 pm by Skybluepink



To all my American friends, get out and vote! I would if I could but I can’t, so you should!

November 2, 2008

Laundry, I love doing laundry!

Posted in England, laundry, scents tagged , , , , , , , at 11:05 pm by Skybluepink

Ok, maybe this is slightly unusual and guessing from some of the other blogs I read today on the subject, I’m most certainly in the minority, but I truly love doing laundry! I love the smell of the detergent and softener, the feel of warm towels, socks and the bedding…ohhhh, freshly laundered bedding!

The smell of lemon fresh Sunlight, the warm and cuddly smell of Snuggle…oh how I love laundry! (BTW, I used to live very close to the village of Port Sunlight. It was built by the Lever Brothers (Unilever) for their factory workers and became the inspiration for the soap’s name. I remember visiting the village with my grandparents–coincidence? I think not)

The thing is, like many people, scent is powerful for me. Many memories, both positive and negative, are connected to particular scents.

Joico Ice Mist hairspray brings back a “not-so-fond” high-school memory and an image of skyscraper bangs that were as hard as concrete (…and oh so unattractive but it was the 1980’s after all!)

On the flip side, Fairy Liquid–a brand of dish soap from England–reminds me of my Nanny (maternal grandmother). My Nanny and I had a ritual. We would wash the pots and pans with Fairy Liquid, both of us wearing decorative pinnies (English slang for pinafore (apron)) from Marks and Spencer, and watch the BBC news in the kitchen. I clearly remember the cute white bottles with the baby design and of course…the smell.  

Fairy Liquid

Fairy Liquid

Sometimes the scent that can’t be described is the most vivid, the most luring…the scent of attraction…a biological response, of familiarity, sexuality…the scent of your mate. It draws you in, makes you feel safe and sexual at the same time. It’s not the smell of soap, deodorant or cologne…it’s the pure genetic scent of human chemistry.

Now, dress said mate in a freshly washed t-shirt….Ohhhh, I love laundry!

I’m back…and so is James Bond

Posted in celebrity, Fashion, Film tagged , , , , , at 4:10 pm by Skybluepink

It’s been far too long since I’ve written a post…work, life, love…

Anyway, back to it but why now? There have been so many interesting subjects to write about over the last few months but the reason I’m back today is Bond, James Bond. After an exciting morning doing dishes, vacuuming, washing the floors and dusting, I made a cuppa and turned on the telly. I’ve always loved to watch films on a rainy Sunday afternoon so I was delighted to see that one of the movie channels was playing a Bond film, From Russia with Love…one of my favourites. I think I’m a fan of this particular Bond film for sentimental reasons, it reminds me of my maternal grandfather and today would have been his birthday. My grandfather was a big James Bond fan, he resembled Sean Connery, frequently travelled to Russia on business and drank vodka!

Fashion has always played a key role in the Bond series. From Ursula Andress’s bikini in Dr. No,

and Odd-Jobs lethal bowler hat, to Roger Moore’s god-awful safari suits and Blofeld’s high-collared, big button outfits.



On Nov. 14, a new Bond film opens in North America. Quantum of Solace will be the 22nd installment in the Bond series and it’s already a fashionable departure from the preceding films. Not only is Daniel Craig the best Bond since Connery, he’ll be looking snazzier than ever in suits from the dapper-one himself, Tom Ford. Since 1995, Bond was dressed by the Italian label Brioni but now Bond will wear tuxedos and suits from Ford. I approve!

The Bond gals will also be decked out in some gorgeous outfits by Prada, which perhaps will reflect the tone of the movie…a switch from the glamorous and sexy Roberto Cavalli creations that Eva Green wore in Casino Royale.

September 3, 2008

What does one wear to shoot a gun?

Posted in Fashion, politics tagged , , at 11:19 pm by Skybluepink

I ask this honestly as I’ve never shot a gun and don’t ever plan to–I’m just curious. Maybe Sarah Palin has the answer…or not.

From the look of this outfit I’m not sure I’d take the advice of this gun-toting VP candidate. A baby blue duster? Really? Exactly what kind of image is this woman trying to project? I’m not sure which is more terrifying, the look on her face or the nasty outfit. I guess it all makes sense if she’s getting fashion ideas from this gem of a magazine…


Yes, it’s the July/August 2008 edition and yes, it includes a piece on “Bringing Guns to School”.

“Dollars and guns are no substitutes for brains and will power”  Dwight David Eisenhower

August 29, 2008

For the love of fashion and politics

Posted in celebrity, Fashion, politics, Pop culture tagged , , , , , , at 11:44 pm by Skybluepink

I don’t often buy Vanity Fair  but when I do, I find myself wondering why it doesn’t appear on my coffee table on a regular basis. I love fashion and politics, and when a magazine manages to cover both in a somewhat coherent and interesting manner I can’t help but fork over my $5.

Imagine my delight when John F. Kennedy Jr came out with George back in 1995. As a political science undergrad with a serious Vogue addiction, I instantly rushed out to purchase my copy. The cover featured Cindy Crawford dressed as George Washington. The magazine focused on news, politics, lifestyle, fashion and celebrity, and “Not politics as usual” was its tag line. If you looked closely, a tiny picture of George Washington as he appears on the US quarter could be found on every cover (a salute to Playboy perhaps?) The magazine started strong, mostly due to its rather dishy founder I’m sure, but unfortunately with Kennedy’s death and a lack of advertising sales, the magazine ended its run in 2001. 

Vanity Fair is still going strong and this month’s issue features an interview with ex-supermodel, singer and current First Lady of France–Carla Bruni. It’s an interesting article, mostly because Bruni and Sarkozy are portrayed as narcissistic barracudas who seem perfectly suited. But just how long will this love affair last?  If it lasts longer than George I’ll eat my shoes.

An afternoon at the art gallery

Posted in Art, celebrity, Pop culture tagged , , , at 10:53 pm by Skybluepink

I recently saw the Warhol exhibit at The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. It was good to see an exhibit like this in Victoria. While I’ve been to the gallery many times (the last few times for weddings), it’s been a while since they’ve had an exhibit that I really wanted to see. The exhibit had a little bit of everything, from casual sketches to the iconic images of Marilyn Monroe and the Queen. The exhibit had a strong Canadian flavour, including pieces that were shown at Expo 67 in Montreal. Curator Mary Jo Hughes wanted to show the Canadian influence in Warhol’s work. It was the Wayne Gretzky portrait that truly caught my attention. No, I’m not a hockey fan but I’ve lived in Canada long enough to understand his iconic status. I think Warhol was quite taken with the young man; Gretzky however looked shy and a tad apprehensive.


“As an artist, what I see in Wayne is great joy and energy,” said Warhol at the time. “I think it’s great when a sports star can look like a movie star.” I’m guessing Andy wasn’t a hockey fan either.

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