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It seemed like this election season lasted as long as a presidential term.  If I feel fatigued by the force of McCain and Obama’s campaigns, then I can only imagine what they are feeling right now.  But, for all of you who still want a little more presidential drama go see Oliver Stone’s W., Frost/Nixon (opens December 5) or go to the video store and pick up one of the Top 5 presidential films:
5. Air Force One (1997): Harrison Ford brings his Indiana Jones sensibility to the role of President James Marshall. Ford was voted most popular movie president in a recent online poll. Gary Oldman plays the bad guy, so that’s a big plus!

4. Dave (1993): Kevin Kline plays Dave, the man who must pose as the president of the United States when the real president falls into a coma. Of course, Dave is a better president than the actual president and is able to create excitement among the American people and with the first lady (Sigourney Weaver).

3. Head of State (2003): Chris Rock plays a man who is thrust into running for president. Bernie Mac plays Rock’s older brother, turned running mate.  These two are always hilarious and they don’t disappoint.  Plus, the film’s premise of a black man winning president might have seemed farfetched five years ago, but now it has a whole new meaning.

2. Nixon (1995):  Nixon is a president whose time in office was filled with controversy. This film looks at the man behind the controversy and tries to figure out what made him tick. As with W. many people think that Stone’s Nixon biopic is too positive a portrayal. Whatever you think about Stone’s stance, the film is incredibly acted and tells an interesting story.

1. All the President’s Men (1976): This film is not really about a president. It’s really about Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman) and how they cracked the Watergate scandal. This film is mostly about how two journalists and an informant brought down president Richard Nixon. But isn’t Watergate the most exciting part of his presidency anyway?
If you still have a politics jones, rent these hilarious political films:

Bullworth (1998): Warren Beatty is great as senator Bullworth. He is your average politician who kind of goes off the deep end and decides to run a brutally honest campaign, which includes expressing himself through rapping. Halle Berry is fantastic as his love interest and inspiration.

The Distinguished Gentleman (1992):  Eddie Murphy runs for congress and wins by coning the voters. He expects to have fun and rake in money from lobbyists, but eventually starts to care about the people in his district and what happens to them. The film is funny, sweet and does a great job making fun of the way things work in Washington D.C.

Sonja Mereu



After describing the virtues of Interview in my previous blog, I figure I should discuss my top 5 entertainment magazines.


5. People: People seem to get all the Hollywood “exclusives”. If you want to see the first published pictures of Ellen Degenres’ wedding or Brad and Angelina’s twins, People is the magazine to grab. People does not publish the embarrassing pictures and humiliating gossip that some other magazines publish, which is probably why celebrities feel comfortable selling their personal stories to it.


4. US Weekly: US Weekly is sort of like People readers’ dirty little secret. Both magazines thrive on exposing the personal lives of celebrities, but unlike People, US do not wait for celebs to tell their own stories or share their own pictures. US’s photographs all give the feeling that the photographer, and by association the reader, are spying on stars.


3. Rolling Stone: Rolling Stone provides pretty comprehensive coverage of recent album releases, tours and celebrity politics. The politics are one element that separates Stone from other music magazines. Since its inception in the late 60’s, Stone has always provided political commentary with its musical coverage. In recent years the political commentary is not always that interesting, at least not compared with when Hunter S. Thompson was their political correspondent, but it does bring a unique perspective to Stone’s articles. Even if the politics don’t do anything for you, you can skip those articles and just find out about every noteworthy album released this week.


2. Interview: I have discussed Interview at length in a previous blog, but to sum it up: Interview is always ahead of the trends, be it fashion, music, film, art, books or even just intellectual discourse. It takes me days to read one issue because the information is dense and cannot be breezed through like so many other magazines.


1. Entertainment Weekly: I have had a subscription to EW since I was 9. There are many reasons why I think it’s #1. EW provides relatively comprehensive coverage of recent Movies, TV, Music, Books, Theater and Video Games. EW’s special correspondents include Diablo Cody and Stephen King. Each week, EW provides the list of top box office grosses, top TV ratings, best selling books and top albums. I always feel informed and excited about pop culture after I read my issue of EW.

Sonja Mereu

I just discovered a new scent in which I will luxuriate this fall. Notorious by Ralph Lauren is described as:

  • a “daring new fragrance of timeless intrigue and boundless desire”, Notorious was inspired by the sexy, mysterious, self-possessed women of the golden age of film glamour, such as Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall and Faye Dunaway.*
  • “a decadent, chocolate-scented burgundy flower exclusive to Ralph Lauren Fragrances”; other notes include black currant, pink peppercorn, bergamot, white frost peonies, carnation, patchouli musk, vanilla and iris). You get the requisite fruits (along with the requisite pink pepper) in the opening, then indeterminate florals laid over a very soft cocoa and some warm musky woods. The finish is just slightly powdery.

If you would also like to luxuriate in this cocopure deluxe scent, you can purchase it online at www.sephora.com or find it in the perfume department of one of your area major department stores.

Sources: www.wwd.com, www.moodiereport.com, and Now Smell This

Keep it strictly stylish!

Yours in style,

Last night, the most anticipated season of ‘The Real Housewives Of…’ premiered on Bravo with of course- drama! This season marked the first season that had a predominantly black cast, the reason being that it is based in Atlanta. The 5 ladies were chosen from an exclusive world of pro-athlete hubbies, mega mansions and who’s who in fashion. DeShawn Snow (purple dress), NeNe Leakes (orange dress), She’ree Whitfield (yellow dress), Lisa Wu Hartwell (first one; soft pink dress) and the self-described “black girl trapped in a white girl’s body” Kim Zolciak (center; pink dress).

The newest ATL resident, DeShawn, has a house built from scratch and sees it for the first time in Episode 1, along with NBA husband, Eric Snow and their 3 kids. In order to keep everything in control and help her maintain order and organization in her house, she seeks what she calls a “dream staff”. Her dream staff will include a chef, a maid, a nanny and an estate manager.

Fashionista extraordinaire and aspiring designer, Sheree, is at the end of what she describes as “a long divorce battle” from NFL player Bob Whitfield. All she wants, she reminds the camera more than once, is a lump sum of seven figures, in order to maintain the lifestyle she has become accustomed to…. or better!

(Very) Big spender and aspiring country star, Kim, is friends with the other women, but she’s the only white woman on the show. The divorced single mother of two, is in a relationship with someone who she only referrs to as “Big Papa”. According to Kim, he is a multi-millionaire and celebrity but does not like the spotlight. “Some of my girlfriends don’t even know who he is”, she says in the first episode.

The outrageous one of the bunch, NeNe, makes it known to the world that she is a no-nonsense woman. The mother of 2 boys (8 and 18) and married for 10 years, she shows her love for family, friends and the finer things in life. And one more thing, the first episode practically surrounds the drama and mutual disdain going on between her and fellow housewife She’ree.

The over-achiever and the only hardest working housewife, Lisa, sells real estate with her own brokerage company, designs baby clothes, paints, crafts jewelry and is a self-described workout fanatic.The humble mother of a 10-month old baby girl and the wife of NFL linebacker, Ed Hartwell, seems to be the only housewife with her head screwed on tight.

This show gets 5 out of 5 stars from me. It comes on every Tuesday @ 9pm on Bravo!

To get through the day, season or year, every woman needs certain things in her make-up bag. Prepare for Fall with the Beauty Survival Kit:

MAC Fix+ $16, MAC Cosmetics

For a pick-me-up at any hour of the evening, keep M.A.C Fix+ within arm’s reach. This aqua-spritz of vitamins and minerals is infused with a skin-soothing blend of green tea, chamomile, and cucumber and the energizing scent of sugi. Your skin will drink it up, leaving your complexion radiant and refreshed.

NARS The Multiple $37, NARS Cosmetics

As a modern woman, you understand the value of multitasking. So when a beauty product that caters to eyes, cheeks, lips, and body comes along, you recognize it for the rock star it is. Enter Nars the Multiple: This cream stick with a cult following is easy to apply and adds sheer color, shimmery accents, and a gorgeous glow to any complexion.

Lancome Juicy Tubes Smoothie $18, Lancome USA

Racking up almost every Beauty Award from every magazine, it’s hard to resist the temptation of Juicy Tubes Smoothie. It comes in a flavor and shade for every mood and occasion and offers a great cover and finish. Smooth when it glides on and not too sticky, so if you want a smooth glossy finish without your hair sticking to your lips, this is the product for you.

Estee Lauder Turbo-Lash $30, Estee Lauder

This vibrating Mascara does all the dirty work, it volumizes, lengthens, curls and separates, so you don’t have to. A world wide first, Estee Lauder is maintaining it’s reputation for always reinventing mascara. The motion brush keeps lashes clump-free. So you can reapply several coats without heavy build-up, even refresh lashes during the day. A must-have for your beauty bag.

These must have items are perfect for the girl on the go, and will fit right into your new Fall wardrobe.

I know a lot of times as females, we don’t know what to do with our hair. We either walk around with it in a ponytail or just throw a hat on. Well, I have some old school inspirations for you:

The retro era has made a huge come back! The 20’s-50’s were ruled by stars such as Norma Shearer, Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, Veronica Lake, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo. They were setting the tone when it came to fashion, beauty and even talent. You will often see imitations of these stars, the most famous being Marilyn Monroe.

There are some celebrities that play with the retro look once in a while and then there are those who have established it as their personal style. The most popular being Dita Von Teese and Katy Perry, with Katy giving it her own ‘updated’ spin and Dita leaning more towards burlesque. The retro look was even the theme of the Baby Phat/KLS Fall 2008 runway show:

From red carpets to runways, the retro looks of the 1940’s and 1950’s is everywhere. Want in on the action? Whether it’s big barrel curls, deep waves or a fancy up-do, we got you. Too see ideas for different retro hair styles… Read the rest of this entry »

Newly released movie, The Women, is already being called “a classic chick flick” and “good for women of all ages”. It stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Meg Ryan and Annette Bening. Here’s the plot:

In New York City’s modern whirl of fashion and publishing, Mary Haines seems to have it all–a beautiful country home, a rich financier husband, an adorable 11-year-old daughter and a part-time career creating designs for her father’s venerable clothing company. Her best friend, Sylvie Fowler, leads another enviable life–as a happily single editor of a prominent fashion magazine, a possessor of a huge closet of designer clothes and a revered arbiter of taste and style poised on New York’s cutting edge. But when Mary’s husband enters into an affair with Crystal Allen, a sultry “spritzer girl” lurking behind the Saks Fifth Avenue perfume counter, all hell breaks loose. Mary and Sylvie’s relationship is tested to the breaking point while their tight-knit circle of friends, including mega-mommy Edie Cohen and author Alex Fisher, all start to question their own friendships and romantic relationships as well.

For all who don’t know, it is a remake of George Cukor’s 1939 film ‘The Women’ and for the record, it’s a REALLY good movie! Check out the trailer so you can draw your own opinions:

Good stuff. Make sure you check it out.