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The Evolution and Revolution of the First Lady

25 Feb

As one of the commenters at the end of this video so eloquently pointed out; “Even if you don’t like Michelle Obama, you kinda do like Michelle Obama.”

In a recent visit to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the FLOTUS unveiled some pretty hot 2013 moves in honor of her Lets Move Campaign, dubbed, “The Evolution of Mom Dancing”.  And while it does look as though Lady O is dropping it low to do The Bump with Sarah Palin, Conservatives needn’t fret; tis only a lovely Jimmy Fallon in (strikingly believable) soccer mom drag.

Regardless however of what your political proclivities are, it appears that time and time again, Mrs. Obama continues to live up to the title of coolest First Lady on the planet. Ever.  I mean really, who among us can imagine Grace Coolidge doing the Charleston or Barbara Bush serving up the Cabbage Patch?

But even as a pop-culture icon, Michelle Obama has found a way to keep her finger on the pulse of popular culture in such a way that 1) her image as a political figure is able to resonate with the masses and most importantly 2) she has been able to call to and keep  attention on her platform in a way that might not have received much traction otherwise if she were not so…well, cool.  Call it what you will, but it’s that “real” and “attainable” air that has so many of us falling a little harder for her every time we see her.


Bang! Bang! -The First Fringe

19 Feb

FLOTUSFringeIn a Skype interview for the Rachael Ray Show scheduled to air this Wednesday, Michelle Obama jokingly revealed that her show-stopping fringe banged haircut that was all the rage before, during and after President Obama’s Inauguration for his second term in office, was inspired by a midlife crisis last month at the onset of her 49th birthday…

…Okay, timeout, FLOTUS is 49?????  Clearly she needs to bottle and sell those Robinson genes ASAP!

Mrs. Obama also went on to say that she settled for the bangs because she wouldn’t be allowed to bungee jump or purchase a sports car (side-eyes my balding neighbor with the convertible who shops at Ed Hardy Online).

But seriously, if this is what I have to look forward to in the way of a midlife crisis, then bring on my 49th birthday Jesus!


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Day of Service, Not a Day Off

16 Jan

Happy MLK Jr. Day family (even to those few of you in New Hampshire and Arizona, who after all this time still grudgingly stay home from work)!

It seems as though I say it every year, but even in the face of virtually no rush hour traffic, the lack of mail delivery or the premiere parking in the company parking lot; today is not simply a day to stay home from work and catch-up on your TiVO and DVR recordings.

The observance of MLK Jr. Day is a day not only to reflect on the legacy of this memorable and outspoken civil rights leader, but it is also a day to give back to our country, our society, our communities.

You don’t know what to do or how to get started, you say?  Well, let this be an integral, each-one-teach-one moment.  Click Here to find a service project in your area to be a part of, or start a service event of your own. Oh, and remember: although we all ought to make a small sacrifice to serve our fellow man today, service is a 365 commitment.  Feel free to be a part of something great all year long!

This has been a Fanny Pack Public Service Announcement

What I’m Wearing: A Little (Brooch) Goes a Long Way

9 Nov

Because I was going to be in my second full day of software conversion training today at work, I really had to contemplate how best to combine work attire that was not only appropriate for the office but also super comfortable for the duration of my all day session .  Coupling a colorful blazer with a navy Liz Claiborne braided collar top, I opted for a severely dark pair of denims and bright pumps to pull the outfit together.  The finishing touch however, was a heavily accented brooch that brought a bit of fun, pop and sparkle to an otherwise drab ensemble.

For the last few years, brooches have made a pretty massive surge back onto the fashion scene.  No longer are they merely reserved as the primary accent for your Gran’s lacy high-necked blouses, but can now be worn by even the most fashion conscious diva in an array of styles and with an assortment of clothes combinations.

Whether exquisitely set in crystal or simply crafted as a piece of costume jewelry, a vibrant brooch can take your most modest apparel to absolutely snazzy attire, with a single *clip*.

This sea foam pearl and sequin-petal brooch was purchased at Forever 21 for less than $10.

Sassy and budget friendly; sounds like a fashion win to me!

Steve Jobs: How to Live Before You Die

6 Oct

Leader.  Tyrant.  Visionary.  Smart-aleck.  Driven.  Egomaniac.  Innovative.  Temperamental.

I am willing to bet that those who knew him, worked for him or sought to rival his success would all attest to having described Steve Jobs by one or all of these adjectives at one point or another during his reign as the trend-setting reformer of corporate culture, technology and personal computing at Apple.

In watching the news coverage shortly after Steve Jobs’ death and then listening to all of the statements from fellow businessmen, friends, admirers and even rivals about how Jobs had affected their lives, it made me realize that those personally familiar with the ambitious technology mogul didn’t have a monopoly on the effects of Jobs’ influence.  Those same defining adjectives that categorized Steve Jobs a successful leader, groundbreaking inventor, and perhaps even a flawed human at times, are all components that made him our generation’s version of Thomas Edison or Henry Ford.

On NPR this morning, I even listened to a mourner summarize how important Jobs’ legacy is globally:

In the world, there were only three important apples: Eve’s, Newton’s and Jobs’.

As a tribute to the founder and former Apple CEO who passed away after a seven year battle with pancreatic cancer, The Fanny Pack dedicates this blog post to Steven Paul Jobs and his fearless pursuit of the sort of radical thinking and ingenuity that has truly changed our world.

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Commercials That Make Me Emo

18 Sep

Every single time I see this “Chronicles of Sophie Lee as told by Daniel Lee courtesy of Google Chrome”, commercial I absolutely lose it. I’m talking goosebumps, tearing up and a plethora of ooohs and aaahs.  I guess a part of my emotional response to this advert for Gmail and all the awesome functions one can access through Google Chrome is because, for the early years of each of my children’s lives, it wasn’t just a baby album that I kept for them, but also a journal that I penned messages  in for several years.

But of course, with the various moves, an expanding family and the regular rat-race that we have all become accustom to, those memos and notes became few(er) and far(ther) between.  So, what a novel idea to re- recount the moments of their lives that made me laugh, cry and burst with pride through electronic means like this?

*Sigh* Where are my tissues?

Fanny Pack Fave: Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 2011

13 Sep

When thinking of Angola, for many, immediately images of 40o plus years of Portuguese occupation, a decades-long civil war and the worst infant mortality and life expectancy rates in the world likely come to mind.  But amongst the political and social ills plaguing this southwest-central African nation is its newly discovered former best kept secret.  No, I’m not talking about the country’s vast caches of diamonds and petroleum reserves, but its 2011 representative and very first winner of the Miss Universe Pageant, Leila Lopes.

For those who missed the NBC aired pageant last night, here is an Associated Press feature on the beauty:

SAO PAULO (AP) — Newly crowned Miss Universe Leila Lopes wants to help her native Angola further escape a history of war and impoverishment and said she plans to focus on combating HIV around the globe.

Speaking in a timid voice early Tuesday shortly after taking the crown in South America’s largest city, the 25-year-old Lopes said that “as Miss Angola I’ve already done a lot to help my people.”

“I’ve worked with various social causes. I work with poor kids,  I work in the fight against HIV.  I work to protect the elderly and I have to do everything that my country needs,” she said. “I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more.”

Responding to questions, Lopes said that she has never had cosmetic surgery of any kind and that her three tips for beauty were to get a lot of sleep, use sunblock even when it’s not sunny and to drink lots of water.  She said her smile was her best weapon in the competition.

Asked about racism in light of the fact that she’s one of the few blacks ever crowned Miss Universe, Lopes said that “any racist needs to seek help.  It’s not normal in the 21st century to think in that way.”

Lopes is Angola’s first [Miss Universe Pageant] winner.  She beat out 88 other competitors to win the title during the 60th anniversary of the world’s biggest beauty pageant.  She replaces last year’s winner, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico.

[In Monday night’s finals] she deftly handled the interview question that was asked of the remaining top five contestants.  She was questioned about what physical trait she would change if she could.

“Thank God I’m very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn’t change a thing,” Lopes said.  “I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty.  I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I intend to follow these for the rest of my life.”

Now, who doesn’t love a well-spoken, insightful and self-aware inside-out beauty?  Congrats, Leila!

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