… Queen Latifah.
I remember watching this video as a kid and feeling absolute AWE at the waves of power coming off of this woman. I wanted her to like me. I wanted to be like her. She was tough and smart and cool and beautiful and brave. The absolute package.
As her career shifted from music to film, I was curious to see how she’d change. But Latifah has remained radiant, powerful, and true to herself throughout. She was stellar in “Chicago,” naturally, but my favorite role of hers was in “Stranger Than Fiction.” Husband Mike and I watch this film approximately every six months, and QL’s role as Penny, the editorial assistant, hits me right where I live. I can relate to the feeling of trying to impose order on a chaotic world, and simultaneously long for someone to step in to impose order on MY chaotic world. And Queen Latifah is serene and goddesslike in this role.
Like any full-figured woman working in Hollywood, Queen Latifah has had her battles with body image, dieting, surgeries, cosmetics campaigns, retouching, and that lovely lot of issues that plague all celebs. But, in my opinion, she has handled it all with remarkable aplomb. She mainly leads by example, dressing to her glorious figure instead of striving to change or mask it. I have never seen her look anything short of luminous. And, more than that, I have never seen her look miserable, ashamed, or uncomfortable in her own skin.
If you ask me, THAT is how a queen should be.
… ErinAlexandraKlym‘s gorgeous clothing designs. Yet another Etsy seller who will custom-tailor a garment to your beautiful bod for a fraction of the price you’d pay at a department store. And just LOOK at these garments:
I could easily blow an entire paycheck in this talented lady’s shop. Which one is your favorite?
… carved cinnabar. Real or fake.
This common mercury ore has been used in Chinese carved lacquerware since the Song Dynasty (or so Wikipedia tells me), but I think it looks fabulously current. I love how the intricate designs and rich red play off of other colors and textures so beautifully.
Are you a fan of cinnabar? Which piece calls your name?
… ditsy florals.
Before the Liberty of London items hit Target, I had been scouring my thrift haunts for MONTHS looking for florals to add to my spring and summer wardrobe. And I finally realized that I have very specific ideas about florals. I prefer the ditsy variety.
Both aesthetically and because it’s extremely fun to refer to a fabric print as “ditsy.”
Yes, many of these products are aimed at women younger than myself. But I think the whole age-appropriate dressing argument is far too stringent for most womens’ personal styles. Plus I believe ditsy florals can be done tastefully by us mature broads, especially in moderation.
Do you agree? Can ditsy be worn by anyone? Or do you think these prints are the exclusive domain of the 25-and-under set? Even if they’re balanced out by something more conservative or classic?