Getting Ready for the Ball: Part 5

Jayne and Jennifer's last Inauguration blog report

Inauguration 2009

Getting Ready for The Ball: Part 5

THE Day was finally here!

-Jayne Chase and Jennifer Goodkind, A Fashionable Life

The following is Jayne and Jennifer’s last installment of their Inauguration events blog for BettyConfidential. We are so excited that Jayne and Jennifer agreed to give us the inside scoop as they prepared to cover the Inauguration and all the events and balls.   

A fashionable lifeInauguration Day was surreal. We spent the day with the Monahans, our hosts during our stay in Washington, and watched the day unfold with the rest of America. But our day was also full of preparation for our evening coverage of the Inaugural Balls. Jayne and I reviewed our notes and talking points while tracking what Michelle Obama had worn, what she was wearing and what she was going to wear. Women’s Wear Daily alerts and all our PR contacts kept us informed of every First Lady fashion fact as it was revealed. 

Jayne and I began our own personal prepping and primping with a hair blowout by Eduardo, of Georgetown’s ILO Salon. The salon uses all Kerastase products, which we already loved, so we knew our hair was in good hands. My hair was done in a relaxed bun with a tousled, loose curl. Jayne’s was a soft style that looked beautiful. Lauren Ogden, our makeup artist, turned me on to some fantastic new colors! She also used a foundation–Make Up For Ever HD–that I loved because it kept the moisture locked in (it’s got a silicone base) and held up from three in the afternoon to one-thirty the next morning. Now that’s worth trying!

When we arrived at the ABC Bureau, we reviewed each time block with the New York producer and Jackie Hyland, the anchor at the New York desk. On air, we talked for two hours about Michelle Obama’s beautiful and surprising choice of an Inaugural gown by 26-year-old American designer Jason Wu, the influence of the Obamas on fashion, and so many other fun details of the Inauguration festivities. From the Lori Rodkin jewelry she donned for the Kids Ball on Monday night to the Isabel Toledo ensemble she wore as her husband took the oath of office, Michelle’s choices continued to be interesting and unpredictable. (Lori Rodkin is sold at Ikram, the high-end boutique in Chicago where Mrs. O has been a regular.)

Inauguration dressAfter wrapping up our live coverage, we hopped in a cab and headed for Club Ibiza for the Recording Industry Ball where we were meeting our producer, Jessica, and covering the red carpet activities. There we saw Rihanna, who looked gorgeous in a short, bubble skirt dress in a jewel saffron color by Jasmine Demilo. We interviewed Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Russell Simmons and Cher (who was wearing a Lorie Rodkin diamond-encrusted cross). Leonardo DiCaprio walked in with a Blackberry to his ear, presumably to avoid dealing with the press (oh well!). While we made our way back to our hosts’ home, we marveled at the crowds gathered all over town. People were all over the streets, celebrating an amazing day. The mood was happy, unified and determined to move forward with a great sense of hope. Jen and I were so grateful to a part of such a historic event and so excited for young designer Jason Wu, whose inaugural sensation, changed his life forever! We were in bed by two a.m., but only after raiding the Monahans’ fridge (after all, we hadn’t eaten all day).

Connecticut, January 21, 10:30 p.m.: Jennifer and I have finally arrived home after an eight-and-a-half-hour car ride from Washington, D.C. Exhausted and bleary eyed, we are filled with hope and inspiration from the past few days as our country begins a new era. We have loved sharing this once-in-a- lifetime experience with our fellow Bettys!

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