Here’s one for you. Bent on Learning’s Inspire! Gala, held at Christie’s, finally took place after being rescheduled from its original Oct. 30 date due to Hurricane Sandy. Amid all of the flair of high fashion and all of the accoutrements that go along with it, Bent stayed true to its mission: bringing yoga to public schools in low-income neighborhoods; as their slogan puts it, Bent is “Where inner-city kids find inner peace.” Honorary chair of the evening was Donna Karan along with no-show Gwyneth Paltrow. Hope they raised lots of loot for this good cause. Ohm.
OK, so last week I wasn’t so keen on Beyonce, but you have to give credit where credit is due. She and Jay-Z looked to die for at the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C. A very candid photograph of the couple, in which she is wearing a floor-length Emilio Pucci dress and Christian Dior coat and Jay-Z is dressed too cool for school, looked so sweet; and just in time for Valentine’s Day. You have to love ’em. And while we’re on the subject, first lady Michelle Obama stole the show in a red Jason Wu dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, Kimberly MacDonald and Forevermark jewelry. Not everyone can wear red, but she can. Then again, Michelle looks good in anything she wears. Sigh!
Speaking of Beyonce and fast-forwarding to the Super Bowl–OK, so she was hot, but maybe a little too hot. Her moves were a little too suggestive for my taste, especially with a little 7-year-old sitting by my side. Then to top it all off, her sizzle blew out the Super Dome lights; quel dommage. I know, they say it was just a power surge, but it all makes sense to me. All of those who think the godaddy.com sexy-meets-smart commercial was yuck, raise your hands. Mine is up.
Now here is an event I’m still trying to figure out. It all took place at the Ambassadors River View at the United Nations, where an eclectic crowd gathered, and of course it was all for a good cause. The celebration was to feature the launch of Vera and the Save.Love.Give campaign. The brains behind this beauty is a free mobile phone app developed by Validas. Vera is a tool that lets wireless mobile phone users take the difference between monthly minutes used and monthly minutes saved and donate them to the Save.Love.Give campaign. All under the auspices of the Seven Bar Foundation, the organization works to “empower women through microfinance, raising them out of poverty and into business.” Saving money on mobile phone bills, Loving the “Vera app solution” and Giving the savings to a worthy philanthropic cause. It’s all a means of social consciousness, get it? Anyway, there leading the way–and she does it so well–was it-girl Hannah Bronfman, daughter of Sherry. Wow, is she gorgeous, and the outfit she was wearing, designed by Vivienne Tam, was … well, you just have to see it online and then you might believe it; my vocabulary doesn’t stretch that far. Joining Hannah was Mickalene Thomas and others too far out to mention.
It’s been brought to my attention that the months of January, February and even March with its fierce winds can be brutal on your skin. Heat from the indoors, cold from the outdoors–what’s a girl to do? Or a guy, for that matter. What I’m told is, condition your face with a do-it-yourself at-home facial. Relaxing, refreshing and easy enough, you just slather on your favorite mix, put your feet up and relax for a half hour or so. Hmmmm, what would that be like? Of the array of products that I saw, I was drawn to one of the more expensive ones, but of course. Chantecaille Jasmine & Lily Healing Mask, $79. Sounds exotic, looks rich and creamy, aahhh. However, staying within budget and maybe just a tad bit over is Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, $32. Moisture is good even if it doesn’t sound very exciting. Anyone know of anything grandma used to whip up in the kitchen (and please don’t say castor oil)?
Seems as though there are a lot of Aquarians in the house. Birthday babies include the legendary New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor, Chris Rock, Natalie Cole, Leontyne Price and Brenda Dillon Cavette. Others who would be celebrating their birthday in February, were they still alive, include Eartha Kitt, Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln, Bob Marley, Jimmy Hoffa and King Farouk.
The red carpet was rolled out for the premiere of “Makers: Women Who Make America” on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Starting off the evening were cocktails at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, followed by a screening of the documentary. Naturally, after such excitement, everyone will be hungry, so the evening ended with a buffet supper. The women’s movement is definitely one of the biggest movements to have taken place in our time, as it changed everything and touched everyone. The film is due to air this month on PBS (the station Romney wanted to cancel). As important as this is, don’t you think it should have aired during March, when women are recognized, since February is supposed to be Black History Month? I still miss when February meant all of the classic Black films and Blaxploitation movies came on; you could always find me glued to the television. What happened to that? I think it would be great if Oprah’s O Television Network would show this feature–anything besides Dr. Phil.
Next week is Mardi Gras, and the Lenten season begins. What better way to celebrate than bringing to boil a big ol’ pot of gumbo? A little bit of this and a whole lot of that will take you a long way on these cold winter days, so dig out your recipe and favorite pot, and into the kitchen we go. Remember, Lent isn’t only about giving something up for 40 days but also about reflecting on your life and your vision.
Until next week … kisses.