Saturday, July 31, 2010

Essence Magazine Receives Heat.

It seems that Essence magazine has a big controversy brewing. Big time.

The controversy comes from the recent hiring of a white woman, Elliana Placas, as their new fashion editor.

Former fashion director at Essence, Michaela Angela Davis, exclaimed recently on her Facebook page that “It’s with a heavy heart I’ve learned Essence Magazine has engaged a white Fashion Director. I love Essence and I love fashion. I hate this news and this feeling. It hurts, literally. The fashion industry has historically been so hostile to black people – especially women. ”

The news has created a lot of heated response. Many argue that it's inappropriate for a white woman to direct a magazine for black readers. Others, including CNN blogger Sophia Nelson, argue that "Essence is setting a very positive example in the magazine industry and at one of the world's largest corporations, Time Warner, that talent not race matters."

Essence Editor-in-Chief Angela Burt Murray is sticking to her guns and defending her choice. “I got to see firsthand her creativity, her vision, the positive reader response to her work and her enthusiasm and respect for the audience and our brand. As such, I thought she’d make an excellent addition to our team. And I still do. This decision in no way diminishes my commitment to black women, our issues, our fights. I am listening and I do take the concerns to heart.”

Did Essence do the right thing by hiring Elliana Placas? What do you believe was the motivation behind this controversial choice?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Real Housewives Parody.

Oh my God, I cannot stop laughing. If you are a fan of the Real Housewives of New Jersey like I am you will definitely appreciate this. Notice how Caroline's character is played by a little boy. I am rolling.

Dream Apartment.

This just may be my dream apartment.

I love the clean, white decor with touches of pink and purple.

Yep, just may be the perfect apartment.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Love At First Sight.

I am in love with this dress. In freakin' love.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Food, Inc.

I watched Food, Inc. this weekend and was shocked and disturbed by what I saw. I'd really recommend this movie for anybody who...well, anybody! It made my trip to the grocery store today much, much different.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Weekend Recap.

What a fabulous weekend. Katie and I ventured to Oya
for a delicious three course dinner (uh-mazing sea bass spring
rolls) and the Donovan House hotel for rooftop drinks.

Overlooking McPherson Square. Er, circle?

The 4th was spent eating grilled goodies
and drinking Mai Thais and sangria.

We also fit in some wine tasting in Leesburg, including
Fabbioli Cellars which had a great Cabernet Franc.

Overall, excellent weekend. Is it Friday yet?

Drippy Love.

I am seriously loving this drippy love ring.
It's very Salvador-Dali-meets-Etsy. Big fan.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Kid on Christmas.

One of my oldest and dearest friends, Katie, is coming
to visit tomorrow. I'm like a kid on Christmas!

We only see each other a few times a year but when we do
we pick up right where we left off. It's effortless and wonderful.