Asian Invasian!

November 25, 2009
Last night’s event can’t be considered anything less than success for POTUS’ first State Dinner!  This much glamour hasn’t hit DC since…the inaugural balls? 
The invitation list was a veritable who’s-who of South Asian A-listers, including Deepak Chopra, Bobby Jindal, Kalpen Modi, Sanjay Gupta, Jhumpa Lahiri, Amartya Sen, Fareed Zakaria, and M Night Shyamalan.  Other guests included Colin Powell, Katie Couric, Steven Spielberg, Alfre Woodard, and Blair Underwood.  In addition to Jennifer Hudson’s vocal stylings, AR Rahman, Oscar winner for the “Slumdog Millionaire” score, also provided entertainment.

Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all? Hands down, FLOTUS! (Kamm/Getty Images)

 FLOTUS donned a gorgeous dress by Indian-American designer Naeem Khan.  The dress apparently took 40 people three weeks to custom create for the First Lady.

Is this the Oscars or the State Dinner? (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Is Katie wearing a sari??? (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

Kalpen really pulled a "Kumar" here--did someone not get the "black tie" memo? (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

We know who was there, but what did they eat?  Guest chef Marcus Samuellson prepared a mostly vegetarian meal, and used arugula, pineapple sage, fresh dill, oregano and thyme from the White House Garden.  Guests had their choice of roasted potato dumplings with tomato chutney, chick peas and okra or green curry prawns and caramelized salsify with smoked collard greens and coconut aged basmati for the main course, not to mention a bevy of dessert options.  Yum!

Beautiful! (Mandal Ngan, AFP, Getty Images)

Wow, that's TEMPORARY? (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Red Carpet meets the White House

November 24, 2009

As the White House prepares for POTUS’ first State Dinner, it’s not international relations with India and guest of honor Dr. Manmohan Singh that are of utmost concern.  The media is abuzz about who will show up and what FLOTUS is gonna wear:  Will she sport a new hairdo?  Show off her blazing guns?  Looks like the First Lady has always been a fashion plate, even as a wee lass at her 1984 senior prom. 

Va va voom! FLOTUS is scandalous with that thigh high slit! (Splash News)

Word on the street is that Jennifer Hudson will provide some American Idol-style entertainment at the gala event.  Other rumored guests: Deepak Chopra, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Bobby Jindal, and Kal Penn.  BoL can’t wait to see who else will grace the “red carpet” tonight! 

Be sure to catch the live streaming of the State Dinner tonight at 8:15 pm.

What a doll!

October 19, 2009

Jailbreak Toys recently announced their new line of Michelle dolls, which add to their already burgeoning line of POTUS dolls.  For a mere $12.99, you too can have one of these three “life-like” renditions of our FLOTUS.   In US Weekly tradition, who did it best?

The likeness is...surreal? (Jailbreak Toys)

Where are Michelle's guns? (Jailbreak Toys)

Michelle did it best! (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Michelle did it best! (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

The infamous Election Night dress (Jailbreak Toys)

The infamous Election Night dress (Jailbreak Toys)

We love ya, FLOTUS, but the doll may pull this dress off better (Getty Images)

We love ya, FLOTUS, but the doll gets our vote (Getty Images)

Michelle's appearance on The View in this dress was a fashion do! (Jailbreak Toys)

Michelle's appearance on The View in this dress was a fashion do! (Jailbreak Toys)

Michelle did it best! (Steve Fenn/ABC)

Michelle did it best! (Steve Fenn/ABC)

Isn’t she lovely?

August 6, 2009

Vanity Fair totally jumped on the lovefest bandwagon and included our FLOTUS on their 2009 Best Dressed List.  BoL totally concurs!

Smokin'! (From U.P.I. Photo/Landov)

Smokin'! (From U.P.I. Photo/Landov)

VF included the following info on the First Lady:

Residences: Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Occupation: First Lady of the United States. Age: 45. Notable Ensembles of 2009: Inauguration wardrobe; black Moschino organza top, skirt, and silk veil worn when meeting Pope Benedict XVI. Favorite Boutique: Ikram, in Chicago. Signature Wardrobe Item: Cardigan sweaters. Jewelry: Double-strand pearls. Shoe Designers: Jimmy Choo, Puma, Lanvin. Favorite Bargain-Hunting Locale: J. Crew. Causes: Education, health, and veterans’ affairs.  They somehow forgot to add “Favorite Blog: Barack of Love.”

It's only a matter of time until FLOTUS hits the "Hall of Fame" (Courtesy of Vanity Fair)

It's only a matter of time until FLOTUS becomes a Hall of Famer (Courtesy of Vanity Fair)

I’ve got the blue jean blues

July 21, 2009

Our POTUS is getting a bit of heat for his performance at the aforementioned first pitch.  Not because he couldn’t clear the plate, though.  Because of his fashion choice, particularly the jeans he wore.  Some have gone so far as to label them “mom jeans.”  Ouch!

Was Twain right?  Do clothes make the man? (Photo by Getty Images)

Was Twain right? Do clothes make the man? (Photo by Getty Images)

In an interview with Good Morning America’s Meredith Veira, Obama defended his outfit, saying the jeans were comfortable, and admitting that until a few years ago, he only owned four suits.  According to Barry, “I’m a little frumpy…  For those of you who want your president to look great in his tight jeans, I’m sorry.  I’m not the guy.”  He sweetly added that the FLOTUS looks fabulous.  Heck ya she does!

While POTUS rocks the shirtless look or formal wear, he has had his low moments.  Haven’t we all?

Safety is no accident!  (Photo by Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

Ahem, Mr. President, are those blacks socks with sneakers? (Photo by Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

Michelle Baryshnikov?

May 20, 2009

Everyone’s favorite FLOTUS hit the NY glamour-ground running Monday when she served as honorary co-chairwoman opening night at the American Ballet Theater, where she was introduced by Caroline Kennedy. 

Anyone got tickets to the gunshow? (Timothy A. Clary/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

Anyone got tickets to the gunshow? (Timothy A. Clary/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

Earlier in the day, Michelle served as ribbon cutter for the reopening of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she rubbed shoulders with the likes of Ralph Lauren, Iman, and Anna Wintour. 

(Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

(Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

(Mike Segar/Reuters)

(Mike Segar/Reuters)

A Case of Brotherly Love

May 15, 2009

A self-professed White Sox fan, Obama met with underdog World Series winners the Philadelphia Phillies at the White House today.  Ever the appropriate sports team, the Phillies (and shortstop Jimmy Rollins, in particular) gifted our POTUS with a personalized Phillies jersey.  To this Obama joked, “Can I have your ring, too?”  When it came time for photo opps, he hammed “Everyone say cheesesteak.”  (BoL just rolled its collective eyes.)

(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama compared himself to the Phillies, saying “Nobody thought I would win, either.”  We did!

Apparently J Crew isn’t “American” enough for de la Renta

April 21, 2009

Just goes to show, you can’t please everyone all the time.  Oscar de la Renta is unhappy with Michelle’s supposed “tendency” towards wearing European designers, as evidenced by the European designers she wore on her recent trip to Europe.  (This is after he complained about her wearing a sweater to Buckingham Palace.)   

Rocking the sweater (AP Photo/John Stillwell)

Rocking the sweater (AP Photo/John Stillwell)

According to WWD, de la Renta said: “Our industry right now is having a very difficult time. I think it would be great if the First Lady dressed in American styles. There are a lot of talented people here too.” 

de la Renta went on “The View” to backpeddle on his opinionated words.