Playing Dress Up

May 8th

Green chile enchiladas

Radishes add a spicy crunch


Michelle Obama has very quickly become one of my favorite women in the news. I read an article about her the other day; when they say their dinner prayer she asks each person to mention a “rose and a thorn.” You can skip the thorn part, but the rose is mandatory. I can just imagine them sitting around some fancy table talking about their day. She also said she’s very respectful not to text her husband during the workday, but that she expects him for dinner if he is in town. I’d say that’s fair. She’s also fiercely protective of her girls, which I adore.

The example

My friend Eliza and I were talking the other day (perhaps while getting pedicures and reading trashy magazines with critiques of Michelle’s fashion) when I told her how upsetting it is to me to have someone so bright and living in the White House regularly relegated to the “what to wear” column. She’s a Harvard grad, for Pete’s sake — super successful in her own right and yet we seem to speak more about her love for J.Crew than her ability to gracefully manage a Presidential campaign, with two little girls and her own handbag full of ambition no less.

Eliza pointed out that while it is sad she isn’t being interviewed about her views on issues outside of what’s in vogue, it isn’t her duty. And thanks to her stylish ways, there is less space for the Hollywood tartlets who are much less deserving of the press. I can dig that. If talking about the First Lady’s tennis shoes keeps Paris Hilton farther away from my daily headlines, so be it.

Quinoa stuffed peppers

I could also write an essay or two about how amazing I think she is for being so accomplished and seemingly taking this huge change in stride with true grace. Rather than throw herself into the middle of the cabinet, she’s instead invited her mother to live with them and made the White House a home. And my God, if you didn’t feel butterflies during their first dance, something is seriously wrong with you. Of course, this is just what I’m getting from the press, but I’d be happy to report back with a first-hand account if ever given such an opportunity.  I’m hearing her lovely husband speak next week in Tempe — or “date with Barry!!” as it says in my planner — and so I have a few fashion suggestions for Mama Obama if she gets to come along on desert adventure:

mexican pintos

This white dress, with these great ballet flats (as a fellow Amazonian, I can relate) and this amazing bag in red. Oh, the bag. Since the speech will be outside, a hat and pair of killer sunglasses will complete the look. Mrs. Obama, it is so nice to have such a lady in the White House. Thank you!



*If ever given the chance, I’d love to cook for the Obamas. Then again, I love to cook for just about everyone. This week’s gifted meals include green chile veggie enchiladas for a coworker and my version of stuffed peppers. The magazine’s photo is much prettier, but these are yummy: quinoa, green chile and pepper jack cheese stuffed peppers with pintos. Ole!

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12 Responses

  1. You are definitely more a fan of her than I am. (I think the $540 shoes was a tacky manuever, personally.) The food photos look great! (And, when this week did you have time to try these new recipes???)

  2. Juliann May 8, 2009

    I share your Michelle Obama fan-dom. I love her style and that she isn’t afraid to get down & dirty in the White House garden. But most of all for her smarts and practicality. I am headed to commencement as well next Wednesday and am looking forward to hearing President Obama speak but I do hope that I’ll be fortunate enough to hear Michelle speak one of these days!

  3. Guess a lot of us are going–well, 63,000 of us, that is, and that’s a lot. I like both Michelle and the President but I’m unfortunately certainly finding out how many people don’t when I mention I’m going next week. Oh, well, it was amazing we were able to have a Democratic governor in this state for a brief, enlightened while…even a supporter of the arts.

    The food looks yummy–I’m a vegetarian so it looks especially good.

  4. I just adore her, too..

    Sidenote: You with all the cute shoe suggestions, do you know of a comfy pair of brown flats? I am in dire need of a new pair, and they need to stand up to me standing up in them for most of the day while library-ing and student teaching..Just if you have any suggestions offhand; it’s not like a life or death thing..

    I planted nine bell pepper plants in my garden..I am looking forward to some stuffed bell pepper goodness this summer!

  5. I am envious that you are going to hear Barack speak next week! Enjoy each moment! And BTW, the stuffed peppers looked GREAT! 🙂

  6. I share your admirationd for Mrs Obama too. She looks like a grounded woman, with high standards and strong beliefs. I guess we all will see a lot from her in the next years.

  7. Ryan and I do ‘tell me your best thing’ of the day every night before we turn off the light. 🙂

  8. You can be my style consultant any time – great suggestions! =) You’ll love hearing Obama speak… he came to Springfield less than a week before the election, and Matt, my sister, and I all got to go.

  9. Wish the white dress would pull up it must have sold out. Really would like to see what is in style! Your mom must be so proud that you eat all kinds of different food. I myself don’t have a deep love relationship will veggies. We do favorite part of the day time at the dinner table. Sometimes we do not so favorite part too. If I could actually cook, I would have you over for dinner and you could join in on your favorite part of the day time.

  10. Your dinners always make me want to cook healthy stuff and eat it from the garden I don’t have 🙂

  11. Veronica May 12, 2009

    I appreciate Mrs. O. for more than her stylish clothes, but I do really enjoy that part of her personality too. Having your own style is a mark of independence and flair. I heard her speak once in 2007 and that make me decide to vote for Barack, way back then. Any man who is married to a woman like her has to be a good guy, I thought. Anyway, I love this site and thought you might too:

  12. Your recommended white dress must have been great, as it is now sold out! I envy your getting to hear Obama speak in person. As I live in England, I don’t think I’ll have that opportunity very often. Your food looks delish — what are your photography secrets? My food pictures never seem to work very well…