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NWR: A Toy for Blog Readers!

I thought I would share a new toy that I found since I’m guessing if you read this blog, you read others!  I have over 100 subscriptions in my Google Reader, but I just found something new called Feedly.  It’s based on Google Reader, Twitter and Firefox, and integrates everything together.

Your need to be a Firefox user (but why wouldn’t you be), and install the Feedly plugin.  But then it will automatically pull your subscriptions from Google Reader so it is ready to go!

First Lady Fashion

Like most of America, I was glued to my TV yesterday watching inauguration coverage.  As an event planner, I love the pomp and circumstance surrounding inauguration day – the ceremonies, the traditions, the parade, the balls.  And on this historic day, I wanted to say I was watching.  But let’s face it, what I really wanted to see was Michelle Obama’s outfits.

I have always admired Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for both her sense of style and her wisdom.  No one knew how to dress better than Jackie.  And now, we have a stunning, young, modern First Lady once again.  I am excited to see how Michelle Obama’s style translates into American fashion over the next four (and hopefully, eight) years and beyond.

Mrs. Obama’s dress for the swearing-in ceremony was a beautiful shade of yellow, a sheath style with matching coat designed by Isabel Toledo, was not only stylish but practical.  The designer took extra measures to ensure the First Lady would be warm during her extended time in the chilly Washington air.  And she certainly stood out in the sea of red, blue and black that more conservation political types are known for.

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The First Lady’s stunning white asymetrical gown was the highlight of the balls last night.  Even President Obama remarked, “How good-looking is my wife?” as the couple entered the Neighborhood Ball.  The President looked equally dashing in his notch-collar tuxedo and white bow tie.  Mrs. Obama’s gown was designed by Jason Wu, a 26-year-old designer who has only shown collections since 2006.  What an honor!

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How do you think First Lady fashion will translate into bridal fashion?  Share your thoughts here!

(photos from the Associated Press)

Getting Into the Holiday Spirit!

This is a Christmas picture of the First Coast Weddings and Events team. As Heather had posted below, we all had a fantastic night first attending the Sharon Batten Bridal Fashion Show, followed by dinner at Urban Flats in Ponte Vedra. We were all getting into the Christmas spirit!

The Team

Sweet 16 With A Cause

As I was reading the local news on FirstCoastNews.com on my Blackberry this morning, I came across this article that made me happy, and I wanted to share it.

YULEE, FL — It’s sweet 16 for Kelsey Morgan. The party is planned and the theme is in place.

“It’s classy in pink, my favorite color is pink,” says Morgan.

Decorations are ready.

“You have to have the right pink, you can’t have the light pink, it’s got to be the dark pink,” says Kelsey’s grandmother, Claudia Morgan.

The cause is an important one.

“Well, I really didn’t want a big party so I figured if I was going to do one I’d rather do something with it,” says Kelsey Morgan.

She is. She’s asking all of her 150 plus guests to donate to the First Coast Cancer Foundation instead of giving presents. This party may be in Kelsey’s name, but it’s dedicated to those in her family fighting cancer. Her grandmother was diagnosed in February.

“She watched that MTV on those spoiled 16 year olds having those big parties and she said I don’t want anything like that, I want my party to be for somebody else, not for me,” says Claudia Morgan.

Cancer also took the life of Kelsey’s great-grandmother.

“We know she can’t cure cancer but we hope one day it can be cured, and what money we raised we feel like every little donation will help,” says Claudia Morgan.

It’s help that this 16 year old wants to give, hoping that whatever she collects will go a long way.

“People our age are told they can’t make a difference, and we can so, that’s what I want to tell them,” says Morgan.

Kelsey Morgan is in the 10th grade at Yulee High School. She hopes to be a neonatal nurse when she is older.

Donations can be made to the First Coast Cancer Foundation through First Coast Oncology.

For more information call Director Jennifer Maggiore at 904-742-2916 or go to their website at www.firstcoastoncology.com.

©2008 First Coast News. All rights reserved.

Get Out and Vote!

As I’m sitting here planning my day a sense of dread comes over me.  I begin to wonder when I am going to make it to the polls.  What’s the best time to beat the crowds?  For a fleeting moment I think, “Ugh, I’m not even going to bother.” “I don’t have time for this.” “What if I’m there for two hours?”

I snap out of it with this following thought, “Women before me fought for over 70 years to win the right to vote; and I’m going to whine over an hour or two.” So I’m heading out, and whether it takes me 5 minutes or 5 hours I will be casting my vote in gratitude and pride.