Mamie Eisenhower wore Pink

Mamie Eisenhower wore Pink

The US presidential inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953 when Eisenhower’s wife Mamie Eisenhower wore a pink dress as her inaugural gown is thought to have been a key turning point to the association of pink as a color associated with girls. Mamie’s strong liking of pink led to the public association with pink being a color that “ladylike women wear.” The 1957 American musical Funny Face also played a role in cementing the color’s association with women.Mamie Eisenhower wore Pink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mamie Eisenhower in her pink inaugural gown, painted in 1953 by Thomas Stevens. (img via https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink) Continue reading

Sunny Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Sunny Santa Cruz Boardwalk

It’s a Sunny day in Santa Cruz! Mimi Berlin took a stroll and a ride under a clear blue sky.
We hope you have a nice day as well!
xoxo Mimi

This Californian amusement park has a variety of games & rides right on a mile-long stretch of sandy beach, yes it does.

The last Photo is a portrait of Pochi, the Pouch that travelled with us.

THE FLOTUS FOOTWEAR FAILURE

THE FLOTUS FOOTWEAR FAILURE

Our Day is a good day when it becomes apparent to the world how important ‘fashion’ is. So yesterday we actually had a good one; thanks to the choice of footwear by the first lady of the USA. #shoegate

FLOTUS was wearing black patent reptile leather high heels by (supposedly) Manolo Blahnik. Nothing wrong with that, she always wears them, we hear you say. Well everything is wrong with that very poor desicion because she and her husband were visiting Corpus Christi in Texas, nearby the catastrophic situation caused by hurricane Harvey.

(images via nydailynews.com / popsugar.com: Getty / JIM WATSON/independent.co.uk/glamour.com)footwearnews.com)

The pumps caused a frenzy on the internet, in fact her entire outfit became a thing of importance. The fact that she changed into another outfit in the plane didn’t came unnoticed either. You would think it is a futile thing to talk about her shoes during this disaster but it’s not. It is safe to assume that her clothes are picked out meticulously by a team of stylists, after all Melania Trump communicates more through appearance rather than speech. For a trip to a disaster area ‘they’ chose to communicate being cute before being concerned (or anything else, like being helpful for instance.) Ms Trump’s look was so out there, that it stole the news from the devastation hurricane Harvey left behind. Continue reading

Alternative Gender Status: Two Spirits

Alternative Gender Status: Two Spirits

Before Christianity hit, what is nowadays, the USA the Native Americans used to know more than two genders, they came up with about five. We feel that is such a great concept; it seems like less fuss to have more genders than only two, more accurate and even more sophisticated. All these ancient genders can be compared to todays LBGTQ (but they are a) Community and, as we all know, are not seen as actual genders like the Two Spirited persons.

Alternative Gender Status: Two Spirits

<We’wha, a Zuni Lhamana (Two-Spirit), circa 1886. (photographer unknown The Library at The College of Staten Island of the City University of New York)

We’wha (1849–1896) was a Zuni Native American from New Mexico. She was the most famous lhamana, a traditional Zuni gender role, now described as mixed-gender or Two-Spirit. Read the story of We’wha here on Wikipedia

“Two Spirits refers to a person who has both a masculine and a feminine spirit, and is used by some First Nations people to describe their sexual, gender and/or spiritual identity. As an umbrella term it may encompass same-sex attraction and a wide variety of gender variance, including people who might be described in Western culture as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, gender queer, cross-dressers or who have multiple gender identities.” (read more lgbtqhealth.ca) Continue reading

Thank You Thank You Mr Comey

Thank You Thank You Mr Comey

We at Mimi Berlin don’t do politics, but this hearing*….we just had to watch the livestream provided by the Washington Post on YouTube (Thank You) And we just had to make this short clip. Watch senator Dianne Feinstein and senator Marco Rubio of the Senate Intelligence Committee thanking Mr James Comey and the chairman
http://www.infinitelooper.com/?v=007vrW8XMxQ
Click the link below the movie to see it in a loop…that’s better, the best!

*June 2017/Former FBI Director James Comey came to testify before Congress in an open session regarding President Donald Trump’s alleged attempts to stop an investigation into White House officials and potential collusion with Russia.

Mimi Berlin tends to post more on instagram (@mimiberlin_amsterdam) these days than we do on this blog. What the heck! Let us just double post!

The Golden Age of Girl Groups

The Golden Age of Girl Groups

The 1960s are the golden age of American girl pop groups. (the ones that sing) They came in three to four girls, wearing similar outfits, and sometimes even similair hairdo’s. The names of these groups started with The. The Marvelletes, The Chiffons, The Shirelles, The Ronettes, The Velvelettes, The Cookies, The Blossoms, The Exiters, The Shangri Las, The Dixie cups, The Sweet Inspirations, The Sensations, The Angels, The Orions, The Carefrees,The Jewels, The Chantels, and much much more (we’ve read that there were about 750 girl groups at one point)


Phil Spector was a big time producer of girl groups (The Ronettes, The Blossoms,The Crystals…) so was Motown (The Supremes, The Marvelettes, The Velvettes….) 60% of the top 100 singles released by girl groups during the sixties came from Hitsville, U.S.A., as Motown was called.

Songs were written by professionals (such as Carole King, Nicolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, Neil Sedaka) who could custom fit the music and lyrics to the needs of te teenagers. Music was made (written, produced, sold, recorded, auditoned etc etc) in The Brill Building, it was the most prestigious address in New York for the music business

“Every day we squeezed into our respective cubby holes with just enough room for a piano, a bench, and maybe a chair for the lyricist if you were lucky. You’d sit there and write and you could hear someone in the next cubby hole composing a song exactly like yours. The pressure in the Brill Building was really terrific”
-Carole King Quoted in The Sociology of Rock by Simon Frith
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