Thursday Favorites: The Women’s Pages

Let’s start by talking about the dress. You know, THE dress, the Narciso Rodriguez dress Michelle Obama wore on election night. I seem to be alone among my friends in loving this dress. I agree with Anthony Dickey when he called it “odd and fantastic… like having a black family in the White House is odd and fantastic” on the radio show Tell Me More. Speaking of the show, I think it was the most interesting conversation about Michelle’s style I’ve heard so far.

Here’s a little more of the odd and fantastic: This joy+ride. Each issue features a poet, photographer or other creative, their original work, and an interview. I love it.

My current blog crush is Soule Mama. She knits, she crafts, she frolicks in the leaves with her three adorable children, she voted for Obama, and she’s got a bun in the oven. It’s my guilty pleasure for the dedicated city dweller.

Soule Mama’s latest project is Mama to Mama, in which readers can craft an item for families in developing countries. The first project is infant caps for babies in Haiti.

While we are enjoying the pleasures of the hearth, check out my Cookie article on heritage breed turkeys. Last year at a NECSC Thanksgiving I was reduced to tears when I discovered that the humongoid turkey was still not thoroughly cooked by dinnertime. (The cocktails people kept handing me sort of contributed to my emotional meltdown–but what’s a NECSC get-together without at least one emotional meltdown? I was just doing my part.) Anyway, this year it will be just the three of us and I’ll be roasting a much smaller bird, most likely an American Bronze. Cheers.

For something far from the domestic sphere, check out the documentary Lioness on PBS tonight. It’s a documentary about a group of female support soldiers who ended up fighting in direct ground combat with the marines in Iraq. Just watching the trailer gets me.

And now, here’s a little something for all the ladies of the world.


20 responses to “Thursday Favorites: The Women’s Pages”

  1. lane says:

    i didn’t like the dress so much. but whatever, she’s still really cool.

    isn’t it fun to have such cool people in the whitehouse? not since the kennedys i guess. and these people are WAY cooler than the kennedys.

    the conchords video is great. do yourself a favor and waste a little more time going through some of the others. anyone know if another season is coming up?

  2. I didn’t know the designer’s name was Narciso. Wonder if he also clothed Œdipa Maas.

  3. PB says:

    True confessions – I did not hate the dress although I thought is was . . . odd and fantastic . . . yes! I love when I suddenly have words to describe the mysterious. Thank you!

  4. Dave says:

    Wow, Malia is tall and looks so much like her dad in that picture. I thought the dress was great, but yes, odd and fantastic. I suspect Michelle is going to challenge many people’s expectations on a lot of things, not just fashion.

    The photos on This Joy+ride are nice.

  5. Scotty says:

    A little off track, but today the Bidens meet with the Cheneys. I hate to think of cute little Jill Biden (whom I am a little crushy over) meeting with that evil Lynne Cheney.

    Hold tight Jill! I’m commin’ to protect you!

  6. Eric Jones says:

    Lioness looks fascinating–thanks for the word about it, Adriana.

  7. amare stoudemire says:

    Jill Biden looks like a frightened Linda Evans.

    I have reservations about the cool factor of the Obamas. They are, no doubt, but that magesterial self control of his combined with their desire to not frighten people may lead them to keep things under wraps. If Stevie Wonder at the DNC in Denver was a typically nice but safe preview of things to come I doubt they’ll top the Kennedy’s for cool.

    I do love that he shoots hoops.

  8. Jeremy says:

    Speaking of Jill Biden, I couldn’t help but look up her up on a certain website that I’ve written about on this very blog.

    Hi Adriana!

  9. Jeremy says:

    Speaking to Jill Biden’s hotness, her students did give her 7 chili peppers…

  10. Ivy says:

    The Conchords are doing a second season but it will be the last as it is breaking their brains, apparently. There is another version of that same song done on roller skates which is extra hilarious and twee. Also check out their website for a funny and completely unhelpful read.

    Go the frock!

  11. Kate the Great says:

    I loved the video, Ace. I laughed when he used her leg for a gun, and you know that girl with the stripes and the red kerchief? Yeah, that’s totally me.

    I like to imagine that the much of the time taken for Obama to get to Chicago to make his speech was taken by Michelle to pick out her dress. Or to fix her hair. But it could have been the kids. Unless Michelle had it all planned out and orchestrated beforehand. Which I wouldn’t doubt at all.

  12. swells says:

    Speaking of women, if we must claim her as one . . . Jeremy just sent me this sentence from Sarah Palin in the governors’ meeting:

    Sitting here in these chairs that I’m going to be proposing but in working with these governors who again on the front lines are forced to and it’s our privileged obligation to find solutions to the
    challenges facing our own states every day being held accountable, not being just one of many just casting votes or voting present every once in a while, we don’t get away with that.

  13. Adriana says:

    Hi everyone, thanks for your comments–

    Scottie and Jeremy, you did see Jill and the other female members of the Biden family in the November Vogue, no?

    Ivy, I almost added the roller skate version of the FoTC video. I think my mother would have liked that version better. (She gave this version the thumbs down in an e-mail to me.)

    What I’m wondering is if Narciso gave Michelle the dress or if she purchased it. No one is saying, but if I were a designer I’d be plying the woman with free dresses.

    Ah Palin, thank you so much for staying in the news! I will miss you if/when you finally go away.

    She’s very fond of this particular construction, and because her grammar is so disorganized I can’t sort out what that construction is called:
    Working with these governors who…
    not being just one of many just casting votes or voting present…
    It’s kind of a gerund phrase, but not quite. Anyone?

  14. swells says:

    Um, NO ONE. She’s on her own.

  15. trixie says:

    i keep telling farrell that my prediction is she’ll have her own talk show within a year.

  16. Oh just realized that Farell Fawcett is not a she.

  17. swells says:

    He is a lovely ladyman, though.

  18. Kate the Great says:

    It’s okay, Mister Modesto. I’ve made the same mistake here on Great Whatsit.

  19. luisa says:

    The dress read very JC Pennies to me, with those horrible earrings and bad use of a cardigan. I adore the woman and want only the best for her. I’m sure she will figure it out.