First Lady Style Watch
Word has gotten out from publicists and fashion news authority Women’s Wear Daily that first lady Michelle Obama has endorsed yet another one of Barbara Tfank’s ladylike designs for a heavily monitored public appearance. It is said to be the fifth time that the first lady has donned a Barbara Tfank frock. She wore the ravishing outfit at a meet-and-greet in Gainesville, Fla., for a young girls’ after-school program called Girls’ Place on September 17.
“A friend, who Tfank had shown the unusual fabric to, spotted the dress on C-SPAN and called the designer to tell her the news,” reported WWD.
According to our perhaps inaccurate tally, this means that Ms. Obama has worn Tfank to more public appearances than any other high-end American fashion designer, which leads us to ask: Is Barbara Tfank Ms. Obama’s new designer of choice? Has Ms. Tfank overtaken the feminine and playful aesthetic of Jason Wu?
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD
It may be a favored sport of retirees (it’s right up there with bridge and watching Wheel of Fortune), but Gowanus residents are worried that plans to build a bar with regulation-size shuffleboard courts will bring rowdy, inebriated crowds to their neighborhood, The Brooklyn Paper reports.
On Sunday afternoon, Brian Cashman, general manager of the New York Yankees, stood by the dugout at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa watching the team take batting practice prior to a spring training matchup against the Detroit Tigers. A pair of dark glasses shielded Mr. Cashman’s eyes from the bright Florida rays, but his mostly bald crown was exposed. A man walked up to Mr. Cashman and gave him a warm greeting.
“What’s cooking?” the man asked.
“My head,” Mr. Cashman replied tersely.
The 44-year-old GM has plenty of reasons to feel the heat aside from the temperatures in Tampa, which topped 80 degrees nearly every day this month. Mr. Cashman spent much of the offseason dealing with a sex scandal that saw photos of his alleged pajama pants make the blog headlines and found him in court facing an alleged mistress he claims stalked and harassed him.
It should be no surprise that the congressman appearing alongside Donald Trump in Florida this weekend is: Allen West.
When asked during his campaign last year what question he would ask Obama, West said, “What passport did you use to go to Pakistan in 1981? That tells me everything about him.”
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Everybody knows the secret to the city’s bagels and pizza is the water, which why when the foolish among us depart for places like Boca and LA, the one thing they never stop kvetching about is the lack of good carbs. Well, Steven Fassberg of Palm Beach though he hit on the perfect solution, creating Read More
This Old House
Behold this chart, assembled by the Washington Post, which depicts the heaviest concentration of American foreclosure activity.
The Las Vegas area is a gleaming red pockmark hanging from the southern tip of Nevada.
More frightening, the entire state of Florida has been transformed into a swollen, infected, blood orange appendage protruding into the Read More
An alleged gangster helped launder ill-gotten money for Scott Rothstein, the Florida lawyer who in December of 2009 turned himself in and in January copped to charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to launder money in connection with a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme he ran, Bloomberg reports.
Roberto Settineri on Wednesday pleaded guilty to a charge of money laundering conspiracy and got a 50-year Read More
The alleged architect of an $880-million Ponzi scheme may have copped to the charge, The Associated Press reports.
According to prosecutors, Nevin Shapiro, the man behind already suspicious-sounding Capitol Investments USA, bilked more than 60 investors using the technique pioneered by Charles Ponzi in 1920 and perfected by Bernie Madoff through the 1990s and Read More
The more we learn about the BP oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the more we ought to question the basic assumptions that led us here. Like the explosion of the housing bubble that ruptured the world economy, this human and environmental tragedy resulted from a system that encourages reckless profiteering Read More
Texas and Florida will gain on New York and Chicago in commercial real estate job growth in 2009, according to a new report (PDF) from Cornell University and SelectLeaders.com.
Texas is neck-and-neck with New York, trailing by only one percent in commercial real estate job postings, reflecting the underlying strength of the Texas markets Read More