It's been three long months since I last wrote in SWIILPT. It feels like a long enough gap to deserve an explanation, so here you have it: my personal life has been turned upside-down, at the exact time it seems like the whole world has gone mad. This blog is not a diary, and it's def not about politics, but there's no denying how much recent events have affected my ability to care & write about pretty things. After all, who cares? So what? For a minute there, it was hard to see any beauty at all.
That being said, in this new year, I'm determined to find the energy to care again. Style, art, and beauty are my most joyous distraction and I can't let the swirling insanity around me take that away. So here we go!
In today's post I want to take a sec & bow down to Michelle Obama, style icon. She has been a beacon in countless ways - and my focus on her highly advanced sense of style is not meant to diminish or ignore any of her other achievements (Let's Move!, Let Girls Learn, Reach Higher....I could go on). She is an icon of intellect, poise, & realness. During her time in the White House she completely altered my idea of what a First Lady could be, not only through her sartorial choices but through her truly authentic grace, and her unwillingness to be boxed into the First Lady trope: quiet, servile, polite, dainty. (Hell YES you can wear Converse and work in the garden! Hell YES you can wear a golden sparkly deep-V gown with an encrusted shawl! Hell YES you can wear white silk wide-leg pants and sneakers and dance with Ellen DeGeneres on live TV!!) I loved how she deliberately chose to wear emerging, sometimes unknown designers. I will be so deeply sad when she steps out of the role of First Lady in a couple of weeks.
Here are a few of the categories in which our First Lady schooled us all in how to be impeccable.
1. Gowns (I mean, COME ON....)