Saturday, January 31, 2009

Super Socialite B Smith Featured in New York Social Diary

Super Socialite B Smith is featured in New York Social Diary showcasing her super fabulous Central Park West home. The place is incredible with beautiful artwork. Check it out for some design ideas and to support Ms. B.

She is one of my Sister Links and is as nice as she appears to be on television.

As a sidenote - I can't honestly remember the last time I saw a Black person with a feature story in New York Social Diary?

Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week's flick features journalist-extraordinaire Gwen Ifill (center) with Brad Smith, Gwen Ifill, Elizabeth Baker Keffer, and John Fox Sullivan at the home of David and Katherine Bradley in Washington, DC on Inauguration Eve.

Ms. Ifill was being honored by Microsoft and The Atlantic for her new book The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.
I heart Ms. Ifill and would have LOVED for her to have been the new host of Meet The Press.
OK, folks. I'm headed out for the weekend.
Has this been a week OR WHAT??!!
I promise to get back on a more frequent blogging grind soon.
Have a great weekend!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers Featured in Vogue

White House Social Secretary & Super Socialite Desiree Rogers is featured in the February Issue (ok, maybe the timing does coincide with Black History Month...but so what?!) of Vogue Magazine and online at

Anyhoo, I suggest that you run (and not walk) to pick up your copy!

Friday's Fabulous Flick

It goes without saying that this week's flick is one of the most talked about images in the blogosphere.

And normally, I don't place a great deal of 'color commentary' for the Friday Fabulous Flick, this image warrants a good history lesson.

The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin donned this incredible hat at President Obama's Inauguration and needless to say, some folks just don't get it.

For the uninformed -when Black women dress for special occasions and church, our Crowns (as we refer to them) are an essential part of the outfit. Hat wearing in the Black community has a legacy that stretches back to Africa and has been documented in books by Michael Cunningham and in exhibits at The Smithsonian.
It is not fodder for jokes.
So, a standing ovation and thank you Ms. Franklin for introducing the world to one of our most delightful and creative cultural expressions.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Great Day In America

No need for many words here. I'm still watching coverage of this great day in history so we'll have to catch up later.


Friday, January 16, 2009

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week’s flick featured Super Chef Marcus Samuelsson of Aquavit and Julian Niccolini at the Eleventh Annual Food Allergy Ball last month. The event was held at New York’s famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. More than $5 million was raised to benefit the Food Allergy Initiative’s research and educational activities.

Mr. Samuelsson (who has been featured on this blog) is rumored to be one of the lead candidates for Chief White House Chef. I’ll keep my ears open for more news.
Have a super weekend!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Skipping The Inauguration

Several of you have contacted me to inquiry whether or not I will be attending Inaugural Events this year – and the answer is no.

Yes, I know…it’s going to be great!

And yes, this moment is especially significant for our people.

But I can’t do mass events and over inflated hotel room rates in DC.

I’ve participated in two Presidential Inaugurations in the past and they are truly exciting. This year I received five invitations to various events not including scores of e-vites from political think tanks and Democratic party mixers, happy hours, etc.

Instead, Special Friend and I will be home (nice and warm) watching all of the events.

If you are planning to attend, please have patience, girth your loins, and plan to be in DC no later than 4AM. Wear layers and expect long waits for the public restrooms.

And for you shutterbugs, feel free to send me flicks.

Oh…I better place a disclaimer in this posting…

This public service message is not sponsored by any campaign, political party, or affiliated group.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Friday's Fabulous Flicks

Hon. Basil Paterson, Portia Paterson, guest, Dr. George Williams, Vivian Mann
Seated 2nd from left Margot Wallert, Jean Jordan and guests

Joyce Cook

Charles Mitchell, Yvonne Delaney Mitchell, Mrs. Delaney, Ernesta Procope, Kendal Reid, & guests

Dr. & Mrs. Mandeville, Richard Habersham, Michael Holmes, Jeanne Parnell, Benita Shobe , Rayton Gerald, Audrey Adams & Cecil Simpson

Standing 3rd from left Don Marshall, Hon. Helen Marshall, Earl & Virginia Arrington, & other guests

Gil McGriff, Gary Calek, Fred Edmunds Gus Jenkins seated: Ruth Clarke Carol Calek, Nellie Jenkins

Bill Haley & Linda Zango Haley, Dr. & Mrs. Valentine Burroughs

John & Vickie James

These week’s flicks were captured at The Hillbillies Holiday Event at the Davenport Club in New Rochelle, NY. The Hillbillies is a New York based social club founded in the 1930s
by people who lived on Harlem’s famed ‘Sugar Hill.’

Many thanks to Black Society Photographer Margot Jordan for sharing these great photos with me over the holidays. Several of her flicks have appeared in the New York Social Diary.

So gang, if you want your event publicized and photographed professionally, Margot is your gal.

Have a super weekend!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Making The Best Out of Bad Times

WOW…I feel so rested from the holidays – for the first time in years. I, like so many others, scaled back my activities and spending significantly in 2008 and I have to tell you…it was really fantastic.

In fact, I was on the phone last night with a dear friend and we concurred that this trend of ‘less is more’ is so delightful that we may repeat it again this year!

Now, onto today’s topic.

OK. You’re working with less money this year so you have to scale back your social activities.

Or, you planned to ramp up your Socialite thang in 2009 but you’re uncertain which direction to go.

Well good people, go back to the proverbial lab to acquire and/or brush up on some soft skills that will make you a Social Superstar.

How? And with what funds?

Well for one, skip on down to your local library branch and check out books and articles on topics of interest. Librarians tend to be very friendly folks and will lend assistance to you. Grab some lifestyle books, all of the Emily Post hits, and other reads that may help you gain some skills and knowledge that will be useful at social gatherings and events.

This is also a good time to enjoy fine dining and learn about gourmet faire. The restaurant industry is staving (no pun intended) for business. Many hot spots are having nightly specials and ‘small plates’ where you can cultivate your palate for far less than a year ago. Gourmet shops will be happy to see you. Visit one and ask all of those questions about caviar, cheeses, wine, pate, and other delights that you were always curious about.

Many cultural arts organizations are offering deeply discounted tickets that are sometimes bundled with other discounts (food, parking, etc). What a great time to go an Art Museum or to experience your local Orchestra or Opera.

And what if I live in small town that’s not as fancy as cities on the East & West Coast?

Almost everyone has either a Target or Walmart (or Carrefour for my international friends) near their home. Grab a book on hosting parties and host a great event at home. Teas, hors d'oeuvres, and wine tastings can be done very elegantly for very little money. You and your friends can rotate hosting. Make the event ‘learning exercises’ where participants swap informational tidbits about the food and beverages.

Then, when the economy rebounds (and your mailbox is bursting with invites again) you’ll be armed with great conversation points that will razzle and dazzle.

Knowledge and information is the global currency of the 21st Century – not cash and flash.

The choice is yours to make the best out of bad times.

Thursday, January 1, 2009