Obama’s recent nominations for the Supreme Court, Judge Sotomayor became the first Latina to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Obama’s recent nominations for the Supreme Court, Judge Sotomayor became the first Latina to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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Ladies, we’re making a come up! Hillary Clinton, Condelezza Rice, and Nancy Pelosi were only the tip of the iceberg called CHANGE that we’ve been seeing make it’s move in Washington. Now we can add two successful, educated, and powerful women to our roster of women to look up to; Sonia Sotomayor and Regina Benjamin. These two talented women have taken Washington by storm with President Obama’s recent nominations of Sotomayor for the Supreme Court and Benjamin to be Surgeon General. If both of them are confirmed by the Senate Judge Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic woman to hold a Supreme Court position while Benjamin will be the United States third African American Surgeon General, and also it’s third female holding the position. Not bad at all!

Sonia Sotomayor is a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. A native of the Bronx New York, she is of Puerto Rican decent, and graduated from Princeton University in 1976 on a full scholarship and then from Yale Law School in 1979 where she was an editor of the Yale Law Review and also the recipient of a Juris Doctorate.

After reading up and watching Judge Sotomayor over the past couple of weeks, it hasn’t been her amazing record of fairness that has quite inspired me as much as her activism for the Latino culture. As a student at Princeton she observed that there were no full time Latino professors and no Latin American curriculum, and decided to take it upon herself to approach the President of the university to discuss this flaw in Princeton’s educational foundation. After seeing no change Judge Sotomayor promptly filed a complaint with the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare citing the schools discrimination in its hiring practices. Between her complaint, speaking with the New York Times and an article penned by her for the Daily Princetonian, the school began to hire Latino professors, and the Judge established open dialouge with Princeton’s university President.

In 1998, Judge Sotomayor became the first Latina to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, one of the most demanding circuits in the country. She has participated in over 3000 panel decisions and authored roughly 400 opinions, handling difficult issues of constitutional law, to complex procedural matters, to lawsuits involving complicated business organizations.”

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Picture 1I love all aspects of design, fashion isn’t my only passion (that rhymed!), my eyes do not discriminate when it comes to what I believe is beautiful. Today by way of one of my favorite websites LOUDreams I spotted the Melbourne Theater Company’s new recital center located in Melbourne Australia.

From LOUDreams:

This, the new home for the Melbourne Theater Company, is equipped with a 500 seat drama theater as well as full backstage facilities, while using the best technology that is offered for indoor theaters.

This theater is the stuff dreams are made of. Beautifully crafted and designed to not only suit the thespians needs but also the needs of the audience. More after the jump:

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‘The September Issue’ is the highly anticipated documentary movie that takes a look behind the scene of Vogue magazine and its infamous Editor in Chief Anna Wintour. The documentary chronicles the events leading up the September 2007 issue of Vogue, September being the beginning of the fashion year. Accurately and interestingly depicted in the trailer below, not only does The September Issue gives Vogue readers and fashionistas alike the unique opportunity to see the inner workings of the popular publication, but more importantly it gives them the chance to watch the magnificence that is Anna Wintour beyond  perceptions of her behavior depicted in movies such as The Devil Wears Prada.

Directed by R.J. Cutler and recipient of the Excellence in Cinematography Award for a US Documentary ate the Sundance Film Festival in January 2008, the film takes us behind the scene of fashion weeks, on photo shoots, and in the most sacred of closed door meetings at Vogue.  Being slated as the real The Devil Wears Prada, the movie shows us exacty why Anna Wintour is “like Madonna” as designer Thakoon Panichgul says in the trailer with obvious reverence.

With appearances by Anna’s colleagues Andre Leon Talley, and super stylist Grace Coddington The September Issue is loaded with designers, models, and clothes that would put a tear in any fashionistas eyes.  R.J. Cutler hit the nail on the head with this one ladies, he offers us a privileged peek into a world many dream of but rarely ever see. I for one, can’t wait!

vintage-coke-can-designHow cool are these vintage Coke cans? My grandmother use to work for Coca Cola and when she died she gave my brother an original Coke bottle, back when  Coca Cola was all glass. It’s a beautiful artifact and shows the true workmanship that went into creating that iconic piece of advertising.

This collection of cans take me back to the 1950’s, and reminds me of Roy Lichtenstein artwork. Very pop art-esq…

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Fernando Vincente

Madrid born Fernando Vincente is a unique artist who has an especially special for mixing paintings with illustration, and has been working at his craft since the 1980’s.
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Banksy x Bristol.

June 14, 2009

Banksy vs Bristol

Banksy vs Bristol

The often illusive, pseudo anonymous, and pretty legendary street artist Banksy gives us another artistic gem in his latest exhibition at Bristol Museum in what is said to be his home town of Bristol England. BBC gives us all a look inside the art show as Banksy unveils 70 new pieces and a revamp of the Animal Shop in New York. The exhibit running from June 13, 2009 until August 31, 2009, was completely funded by the legendary artist and it’s said that he will not be selling any of the pieces.

If you won’t be able to make it to England any time soon, check out the video below of the collection, and more views after the jump.

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Trend Alert: Oxfords

June 12, 2009

The New Flat.

The New Flat.

Hand Made in California

Hand Made in California

I’ve been a fan of Oxford shoes for awhile now. Known often as a trend for men, the Oxford is slowly but surely making its way through the fashion hierarchy and onto the streets. Throughout the summer, I’m pretty sure the popular mens shoe will be popping up on women. Pair them with a flowing summer dress, cropped cigarette pants, and even cut off shorts, this trend is just another stop on the road for women to completely taking over mens wear.

After a recent visit from California shoe designer George Esquivel, the ladies at Vogue decided to create a ‘What Not to Do’ list concerning the Oxford shoe, and highlight some of their favorite Esquivel Oxfords.

Take a look at the list and a few of my favorite oxfords after the jump.

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The Award Tour.

June 5, 2009

The Award Tour by Phillip T. Annand

The Award Tour by Phillip T. Annand

There are many people that inspire me. Most of the time these individuals share only one similar quality amongst them, that being their unapologetic and constant pursuit of their dreams and the goals they make for themselves. Some are young, some are old, but one thing always remains the same: their grind.

It should be relatively known to everyone that meets me that I’m pretty much addicted to all things creative. I love sharing the discoveries I find and try my damnedest to educate the people that want to learn. Well here is someone we all should know and aspire to be like.

His name is Phillip T. Annand, and he is a college student attending New Jersey based Rutgers University. He’s not one of those college students just going to class, keg parties, and procrastinating with studying, no, what makes Phil (can I call him that?) special is that he’s basically running his own clothing line called The Award Tour straight out of his dorm room.


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Picture 27I love shoes.

I could care less about clothing, because with any outfit dumpy or otherwise, the right pair of shoes can make the clothing your wearing 10 million times more appealing. Buying the perfect pair of J Brand Jeans or saving up for a Chanel bag is a nice thought, but in my world copping a pair of those Louis Vuitton ‘Spicey’ sandals or some nice Jimmy Choo’s is way more gratifying. I’m just saying…

Often times us women bend over backwards and shell out a grotesque amount of cash for the perfect shoe. For me it begins with seeing this shoe and instantly beginning to drool. But then that salivation suddenly stops when economic times and my bank account forces me to be the adult I so desperately don’t want to act like, to take a look at that dreaded price tag. Christian Louboutin will run you about $300 to upwards of thousands of dollars for a simple pump, and those Louis shoes I’m craving have a price tag that STARTS at about $1500. Epic failure, right?! Well thanks to Madison Harding, us ladies can buy drool worthy designer shoes for a fraction of the price. SCORE!

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23cb3477-163f-4ba3-ab8a-6156b71bfa59When I was a kid, I use to have a slight obsession with playing dress up. I wasn’t girly by any means, but dress up and brushing my hair was about as girly as it got. Now, thanks to Highsnobette, I’ve found an amazing website that allows you to dress up models in a variety of awesome clothing and create a look book of all your creations. Looklet.com is my new home away from home on the internet, check out what I’ve created and then get over there and get to work…

See the full Look I created after the jump!

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