Michelle Obama … Giving Her the WOW Factor


“The name of the game is taking care of yourself, because you’re going

to live long enough to wish you had.”

— Grace Mirabella

That quote by Grace Mirabella is terribly prescient isn’t it? I only wish someone had told me before I didn’t take care of myself! Grace Mirabella … just a tiny notation for those who were born after say … 1980 … ARGH EEEK … will note that Mirabella was editor of Vogue Magazine after fashion icon Diana Vreeland and before “Devil Wears Prada” inspiration Anna Wintour. Mirabella also had her own fashion magazine in the 1990s called “Mirabella.” 

But I digress. 

I’ve been thinking about Michelle Obama lately and which designers would compliment her body shape, her coloring and her sense of style.

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

I know how busy she must be so I’ve taken it upon myself to help her with a list of impressive designers that will give her the WOW! factor while staying within the confines of what is considered fitting for a woman in her position … First Woman.

This is just an aside but  … why do we say First Lady anyway? I hate that reference. It sounds trite and pedestrian. Technically, Lady is a British title used originally as a courtesy title for the daughter of an earl, marquess or duke. It’s also used for the wife of a wife of a viscount, earl, marquess, baron, baronet or knight. The First Lady is not an elected position, carries no official duties and receives no salary. It’s just a title that we (read men) made up.

Anyhoo … check the blog next week as I’m going to be playing and dressing up First Lady Michelle Obama. Well someone has to do it. It might as well be me! 

Shop on!

YES WE CAN and so can Michelle Obama!


From the concession speech by John McCain to the incredible crowds all over the country, last night was pure magic. It’s the closest thing to a miracle I’ve seen in my lifetime. Transformation is upon us. I really believe that. I was so inspired by Obama’s acceptance speech … I was brought to tears several times while he was speaking last night. 

I’m feeling so much hope for the future – not just because Obama is now President Elect Obama, but because of the thousands of people across the country who voted for the first time – no matter who they voted for – and because I saw hope in the faces in the crowds last night after the decisive victory.

As a tribe it seems we have been in a depressed, fearful and deeply apprehensive place for the past 4-6 years … especially since 911. I feel that lifted last night at least for a moment in time. Reality will be upon us but it will come with a lingering sense of hope for the future.

Well, enough waxing philosophical. I love Michelle Obama … her loyalty to her husband and family, her poise, her intellect and integrity. Still, the black and red dress. So sad that she chose it. I think it was an anomaly. She isn’t known for wearing “cheap” looking clothes. All right she does shop at White House/Black Market, J Crew, H&M and other middle of the road retail outlets but … that’s where I shop. So I’ve been liking what she’s worn on the campaign trail for the most part.

And, she’s taken us back to wearing feminine yet strong clothing. That said … now she can pump up her wardrobe a bit and I’m sure she will be spending a bit more on her clothes within her personal and progressive style choices. 

Michelle, her husband and their two girls, Malia and Sasha.

Michelle, her husband and their two girls, Malia and Sasha.


But as Charlotte Observer’s Style Editor says “Self confidence is sexier than any stiletto or tight dress. And it matches everything you own.” Enough said I think.

Self confidence she has in spades. Here’s a little fashion trip down recent memory lane. 

I don’t think she did too badly with her choice of dress on the campaign trail. 

Check it out! 



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