Thursday, April 26, 2012

It's not you, it's me...

Of course Blogger would update their interface the minute I decide to give my site a lift...

Well, COSMOpolitique fans, I hate to say it but the time has come to give myself a make-over. Thus, I have decided to go all out and rebuild the site after refining some things. If you're still with me, and I hope you are, I'd like to introduce you to your new best friend. 


I am so thrilled to be sharing with you once again. I will be closing the COSMOpolitique Facebook fan page at the end of the week but be sure to check out Little Black Blog BOSTON and 'like' it while you're there!

As always, you can find me on Twitter by following @NESSessCITY, Tumblr, and on my new WordPress site: Little Black Blog BOSTON.

Hope to hear from you soon!
xo, Vanessa

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Social Media, Jobs & You: How To "Follow" the Trend

Keep calm and tweet on!
So you're about to graduate or are still looking for that "dream job" and you need an edge. Your resume could use some beefing up but you can't justify adding "Facebook creeper" to your "Skills" section. Just when you thought that your blogging rants were perhaps a waste of time, think media just might be your ticket to paradise, or at least employment.

Over the past few weeks we've been pretty busy at the office. Our data entry skills have been refined and our perky 9 a.m. phone greetings have been perfected. With our morning joe in hand, everything is going swimmingly, until there's a social media gaffe and we start wishing that everyone was as savvy as we pretend to be. 

With that, we can only predict (with side of wishful thinking), how successful you'll be after you pick up "Blogger for Dummies", but its becoming increasingly clear that social media is the way of the future. You may not realize it, but your ability to access your world through virtual means might actually pay off someday. Especially if you know how to do it right. Here are a few of our favorite tips from the blogosphere that can enhance your social media game:

1.) Do something socially constructive. (The Black Collegian): Don't be afraid to kill your time on the unemployment line by volunteering. Community service speaks to non-profits and start-ups that need malleable individuals who do good. By taking advantage and getting involved in your community, you're building material to blog or tweet about that builds your resume for you!

2.) Identify the tools to suit your needs. (PR Daily): Be aware of the platforms you use and their intended purposes. Many social media environments can be manipulated to serve in a variety of ways but be weary of posting status updates on professional sites like LinkedIn the way you would on Twitter. 

3.) Keep close tabs on your pages. (Business News Daily): Nothing is worse than losing control of your pages. Keep the number of profiles you manage to a responsible minimum and update them regularly. Information (especially pictures) that are outdated, discredit the owner's ability to successfully coordinate multiple tasks and ultimately speaks to your organization. Also, watch the comments of your followers. Crude or offensive remarks might turn your page into a red flag for potential employers.

4.) Know how you compare. (The Huffington Post): When it comes to real-life acquaintances, it's always better to believe in quality over quantity. Over the internet however, the number of friends or followers is what distinguishes successful users from their lackluster counterparts. Figure out what other people like you are doing or posting to gain traffic to their sites and follow their lead. Imitation is the finest form of flattery,  right?

If this looks overwhelming,
welcome to the big leagues!
5.) Leverage your network. (Forbes): If you're connect to a Blogspot account of someone who works in an industry you're trying to break into, ask them for advice. Facebook messages are another good way to reach out to people you admire. Don't forget to keep it professional and to not take it personally if you don't get a response. Advertising that you're actively job searching and have particular skills will also put you on employers' radar so joining LinkedIn professional groups is another good way to activate friends who can keep an eye out for you. 

6.) Maintain a smart online profile. ( Kegstands might have been cool when you were involved in Greek life but now you're actively engaged in a job search and you'd rather be safely on your feet than with your life (literally) turned upside down. If you take pride in being successful, its probably time to untag and delete those pictures that aren't so flattering to your character. 

7.) Network wisely. (The Black Collegian): The best jobs are not always advertised in newspapers. This means that activating fellow majors in your alumni association, people who are career liaisons or college professors is a an integral part of your professional "attack plan". The more people who know you and can speak on your behalf to potential employers, the better!

8.) See yourself as an editor of your own suite of magazine. (The Guardian): We love our Tumblr, Twitter, Wordpress, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts as much as the next crop of social media mavens but there is a time and a place for everything and you can see the difference if you've found us on other platforms. Before you experiment with a new account, or think of re-purposing an old one, consider the functionality of the site and how you can make it work for you. If your Flickr is filled with vacation pictures then maybe its time to set the settings to private so that your future CEO isn't scrolling through pictures of you in a bikini (or worse, with a Spring Break sunburn)!

9.) Start a website/ blog. (Mashable Business): Take our advice and get passionate about something. For us, its a little bit of everything but there's a method to our madness. We don't average just under 700 hits a month for lack of trying so figure out what it is that makes you tick and get writing! The upside to this tip is that writing skills are invaluable and the more articulate you are about your passions, the more intriguing you become .

10.) Use your name as your brand, especially in e-mail. ( It was cute in middle school but isn't going to be eye-catching quite the same way a pink scented resume might be (see Legally Blonde). Keeping names consistent on your resume makes things easy and memorable for whoever is reading it. Also, if playing basketball isn't part of your desired job description, we suggest keeping any reference to a username including the word "hoopz" off the document as well.

Now that we've written the check-list, grab your favorite pen and start crossing out these steps. And don't forget to let us know how it works out for you! 
Good luck!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

2012: The Year of Kony

The time to make a difference is now.
"Right now, there are more people on Facebook than there were on the planet 200 years ago."
This opening line of "KONY 2012", the newest campaign from the Invisible Children Inc. acknowledges the quantity of life across the globe. As the thirty minute video progresses, experiences ranging from first sounds to the dissemination of political uprisings capture what it is to be engaged in society.

If you've watched this video, or any footage from Invisible Children, you already know that its not only the quantity of life that should be of great interest but the quality. In Uganda (and other states where the Lord's Resistance Army, known as the L.R.A., has crossed borders to spread their terrorism), Joseph Kony, a rebel guerrilla leader and number nine on the world's Top 10 Most Wanted fugitives, is running rampant. His extremist ideals are rooted in the Christian Ten Commandments and his campaign involves strategies including murder, mutilation, rape and cannibalism.

What's wrong with this picture?
Thanks to Invisible Children, the time to "do more than just watch"has come. The mission of three young filmmakers in 2003 has exploded into a global movement. College campuses across the United States have witnessed the atrocities committed by Joseph Kony and his followers, including (but not limited to) his practices involving the forceful recruitment of child soldiers. Nine years ago, Bobby Bailey, Laren Poole and Jason Russell "stumbled" upon this war and have since created Invisible Children Inc. as a non-profit and informative resource to educate others and work to stop Joseph Kony through various media outlets.

As of today (March 8, 2012), the "Kony 2012" video has over 12.1 million views on Viemo and 37 million on YouTube. Along with a viral sweeping on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, celebrities such as Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Christina Milian and Nicki Minaj have endorsed the campaign. The message of this campaign, during a presidential election year that has been known for differing and controversial issues is that the eradication of the L.R.A. and its crimes is "something we can all agree on".

Joseph Kony: He can run but he can't hide.
This film was first posted on March 5th. 
If its message can grab the attention of almost 50 million people (a number equal to the total populations of such countries as South Korea or South Africa), what kind of impact will it have on the actions of those people? 

As global citizens, we are obligated to do our part in taking a stand in crimes against humanity. 
There are many ways to be involved in this movement to save the lives of innocent Ugandans and to contribute to the preventative measures being taken to alleviate this crisis globally. Along with the links included below, COSMOpolitique urges you to contact legislators and members of Congress and encourage them to be active participants in this war against Kony. 

This is the year for change at home and abroad.

Watch the video: "KONY 2012"

What will you do to help?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fashion In Flight: Aviator Glasses

"Any of you boys seen a fashionista around here?"
Your winter wardrobe has become repetitive and dull. Your winter boots need a coat of polish. 
Your go-to A-line is more safe than spunky. 
You've hit that mid-winter fashion crisis.

Never fear! Spring is on the way!

For some, it's about time to book those mid-winter vacations to someplace warm...and for others, its at least time to pretend you're beach-ready. While it's still a little early for the seasonal investment of high-lights in your tresses, here's a fashion staple that can take you to new heights as you wait for the temperature to rise: aviators.

Taking another cue from our dear Nina Garcia, the aviator-style is an "eternally and universally fashionable shade that instantly brings out that cool factor".

Available in a variety of shades and styles, Nina says that "the classic aviator is the Ray Ban". She suggests staying away from too much shine so save your money and shy away from overly reflective lenses and shiny rims. 

The One Hundred even recommends that "the rims should be in a matte tone of silver or gold" if you want your shades to look authentic.
But don't just take it from us. Celebs have taken this accessory to new heights from films to street-wear. Here's are just some examples of this piece's rise to fame:
"Keep it as close to the original design as possible.
Michael Kors and Ralph lauren do it very well."-TOH

  • Madonna 
  • Kate Hudson, Almost Famous
  • Marlon Brando
  • Paul McCartney
  • Tom Cruise, Top Gun
  • Steve McQueen
  • Lauren Hutton
  • Brad Pitt, Fight Club
  • Jim Morrison
  • Ringo Starr
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Aviator
  • Steven Tyler
  • Jack Nicholson
Even if you're kicking around "in your oldest jeans or with your newest tailored YSL jacket", aviators will make you "look equally up-to-the-minute". 

Whether in the air or with groupie-flair, how do you rock this look? Send your street style pics to, comment below with links to your gallery or post pics to our fan page! Maybe  we'll feature you in an up-coming post!

Until then, keep reading!
And don't forget to follow us @citygrlthoughts

Monday, February 20, 2012

How To: Have A (Real) Girl's Night

This wasn't the only thing that
made my Valentine's Day great!
After college, there are many times when the term "penny pinching" is a gross overstatement. True friends will remind you that you only live once. Even truer friends will ask you to be their Valentine's Day date and enthusiastically encourage you to indulge yourself. 

That's what I have my friend Megan for. 

With our S.O.V.S.' elsewhere on the planet, Megan and I organized for ourselves what would be the ultimate Valentine's Day...just for the two of us. We settled on sushi as our main event and selected the Back Bay locale known as Basho Japanese Brasserie. I coordinated our reservations and we settled on an 8:45 seating. Normally this would be unpleasantly late for me to be eating, but I knew Megan and I would pass the time with good conversation and some sort of adventure.

Megan, like me, enjoys a healthy tasting of beer every once in a while so it only seemed natural that we whet our appetites with some beverages at Boston Beer Works following our long days at the office. Megan met me at the Brookline Avenue location just a after 7 p.m. and we chose to sit at the bar. After we settled in, Megan informed me of a mini-sampling option they offer so that we could try a few different beers at once. When the bartender came to take our order, we instructed her to pick her three favorites from the menu and include the milk chocolate stout they were featuring. Once our "micro"-brews arrived, we began exploring the flavors of  Bunker Hill blueberry ale, Landsdowne lager, Patriot pilsner and the milk chocolate stout. Pretty soon, we were lost in conversation and our beverages but ordered one round of full-sized beers before we crossed Yawkey Way where our dinner awaited us.

This is my valentine with our sampling of beers, from light to dark!
Once inside Basho, we waited a mere five minutes to be seated. The lighting was dim with a pastel glow and Megan and I were seated towards the front of the restaurant by the windows which was both intimate and cozy. By this point, we were starving so everything on the menu enticed us. We settled on appetizers of gyoza and vegetable tempura (which we varied between sweet potato, avocado and cauliflower). Megan chose a Philadelphia roll as her dinner and I eagerly ordered my favorite, Spicy Tuna. Our cocktails came quickly which was excellent because I had been craving a lychee martini for some time. The service was friendly and attentive to clearing excess dishes. Even our dessert, a tart creme brûlée, was briskly whipped up and delivered to our table.
My favorite sushi roll thus far: Spicy Tuna.
Like any good date, we lost track of time and were likely laughing and smiling our way out of Basho sometime after 11. Pleased we had only spent about $50 each on the entire evening, we made a vow to try and repeat a girl's night tradition very soon! 
Basho's interior: Day light.
Did you spend Valentine's Day with someone other than your significant other? Tell us all about it! 
We'd love some recommendations and date ideas! Comment below, 'like' us on Facebook or find us on Twitter @citygrlthoughts

Can't wait to hear your ideas!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Everything I Need to Know I Learned...On Pinterest

Ruining a productive work day. One "pin" at a time.
If you're anything like me, you've probably become very familiar with the term "pinning". 
No, it's not a derivation on Charlie Sheen's obnoxious denial of a mid-life crisis or a newfangled way to play a childhood birthday game. 
"Pinning", in this day and age is a sensation sweeping the masses; a new social media outlet for people who have countless hours to tag pictures and videos of things that intrigue them. 

The first step is acceptance.
For all you members of "Pinners Anonymous" out there, this  page is all too familiar...
A few months ago when a then-newly engaged friend of mine had posted some of her wedding ideas on Facebook, I remember thinking, "what a pointless yet interesting way to create a wish list!" and so the journey began. I applied for an account and within a few days was exploring the site and the catalog of images that were included. But that was a few months ago. Now, Pinterest has everything from pictures of dream destinations to inspirational quotes to funny e-cards. My sister, who is a social media hermit (with the exception of a fairly witty Twitter account), has been receiving a daily text message including a snapshot of a funny thing I find on the site. She doesn't seem to be enjoying it as much as the rest of the female population but if one thing's for certain, Pinterest is growing in fans with or without her.

Just one of the many fun ideas you can use when (and if) Mr. Right pops the question.
Aside from all the useless things on Pinterest, I've found that I can create "boards" of ideas that interest me that are simultaneously informative. To prove this, I will share some of the things my pins have taught me (organized by their corresponding board titles). Maybe it will inspire you to get an account, follow me and spend an unnecessary amount of time "re-pinning" what you see.

Aesthet-tips: To create wavy hair- Mix a teaspoon of salts, a few drops of olive (or jojoba) oil and 1/4 cup of water in a spritz bottle and mist on damp hair.

a girl can dream: Wedding wish jar- Have guests slip small handwritten notes and thoughts for the bride and groom in a large glass jar. Newlyweds can read the notes post nuptials!

Barbie mansion: Organization ideas- Use empty Altoid tins to store small items by name in your junk drawer.

"Cool" Box: Laundry Cheat Sheet-To remove antiperspirant/ deodorant marks from clothes, combine half a teaspoon of dish detergent (or castile soap), a few drops of white vinegar and a half cup of water. Press into the stain with a rag. Flush with water and blot. 

Entertain me: Fun fact-Part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

Fab&fit: Reasons why you should drink green tea; It is an excellent source of antioxidants, it helps protect your liver from alcohol and it burns fat and enables you to exercise longer. 

inspiration"For what it's worth, it's never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you are proud of. And if you find that you're not, I hope that you have the strength to start all over again."

sweets&treats: Cloud Parfait- Blue Jell-O + Cool-Whip

And there's plenty more where that came from! Sign-up for Pinterest using your Facebook account and follow me, NESSessCITY, for more housewares inspiration, wish list ideas, and much more!

Are you already on Pinterest? Still trying to understand the hype? Comment here, chat and 'like' us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@citygrlthoughts)!

Happy pinning!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

"Just Whitney": A Tribute to the Woman Who Changed Music

Whitney Houston: 1963-2012
In 1977, the world knew little of what would come of the 14 year old girl who performed as a back-up singer for Michael Zager's band. It wasn't until 1985 that her first single was even released. However, once Whitney Houston's name hit the airwaves she was no longer "just Whitney". This Jersey girl grew from background vocals to cover girl and recording artist to executive producer in an era where African American artists (especially women) were severely underestimated in American media. Whitney's contribution to American pop culture expanded much farther than her fashion missteps and personal challenges. In hindsight, Houston's 27 year career, which was often discredited by emotional turmoil, broke the boundaries pop culture had imposed on non-white talent and revolutionized the industry just as MTV was taking off.

Aside from her first single becoming a Top 5 R&B hit, Whitney Houston's early successes were numerous and noteworthy. As her name crooned through the airwaves, reviews by the New York Times quickly transitioned her fame from the exclusive R&B industry to more mainstream performances on late-night talk shows. Her third U.S. single, "How Will I Know", introduced her to the audience of MTV through the accompaniment of a music video. Shortly thereafter, she began to gain popularity and soon became the first African American, female artist to receive consistent rotation on MTV.

The next few years were filled with week-long Billboard 200 chart hits and several American Music Awards. She also gained notoriety for her activism in support of Nelson Mandela and the anti-South African apartheid movement, refusing to do any modeling work with agencies that did businesses with South Africa. In 1989, Houston formed The Whitney Houston Foundation for Children, a non-profit that raised funds for the needs of children all over the world. Her global issues involvement continued following a critically acclaimed performance of the Star Spangled Banner at Superbowl XXV. When the track was later released as a commercial single, all proceeds went to the American Red Cross Gulf Crisis Fund gaining Houston praise and the recognition of being named to the Red Cross Board of Governors. The song was re-released following the September 11th attacks and proceeds were once again used for philanthropic purposes. 

Even her ventures onto the silver screen had an impact on pop culture. In Houston's first film, The Bodyguard (1992), she played a star seeking protection against a crazed fan alongside Kevin Costner. This film was especially significant because it did not address the interracial quality of the film. A Wikipedia description of this film perhaps described it best when it said, "Houston's mainstream appeal allowed people to look at the movie color-blind." Along with being hugely successful at the box office, The Bodyguard soundtrack inspired a lead single ("I Will Always Love You"), a world tour and a place on the Billboard top 100 for 14 consecutive weeks.

In the years that followed, Whitney Houston's career was filled with significant moments. In 1995, she accepted a role to play TV producer Savannah Jackson in Waiting to Exhale because she saw the film as "a breakthrough for the image of black women because it presents them both as professionals and as caring mothers." This film was also successful and "proved that a movie primarily targeting a black audience, can cross over to success".

Apart from her philanthropic efforts and unforgettable range, Whitney Houston's impact on the music industry will forever be her legacy. If Michael Jackson can be credited for breaking down the color barrier for black male artists, then Whitney Houston was his female counterpart. Recording artist Anita Baker has been quoted as saying, "Because of what Whitney...did, there was an opening for me...for radio stations, black women aren't taboo anymore." 

Houston's awards have earned her a place in history as the most awarded female artist of all time and she will remain a legend for her efforts in changing the music industry and the world. As news reports develop the details of her final days, it is essential that she be remembered for her achievements and talent over the  personal struggles that extinguished the voice that every other talent was compared against. 

Let's celebrate Whitney by remembering her influence as a performer. What was your favorite Whitney song/ moment?
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We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Gay Marriage: Does it really matter?

Apparently Isiah isn't the only one
in support of equal marriage rights...
If you're a current events junkie (or even just a social media fiend), there's no way you could ignore the buzz today when the 9th Circuit Court in California struck down the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. Celebs from Corey Monteith to Olivia Munn were literally a-twitter as the news broke across the country and throughtout various social media-spheres. In fact, today's ripple effect of support for equal marriage rights begged the question; if so many are in support, have the unsupportive lost their voice?

Perhaps the most memorable quote in recent history surrounding this issue came forth today through the words of Judge Reinhardt who stated that, "Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples."

On conservative website,, writer Reid Guy suggested that since this issue is now going before the Supreme Court that, "the judges decisions could possibly change the landscape of America as we know it. This decision could go down in history as one of the most important since Roe v. Wade." Well, Dear Mr. Guy, we think so too.
Tara's "calling" out anyone who is standing in the way of gay marriage.

But as monumental as this decision is, what changes will it bring with it? Obviously it will enable those who are gay or lesbian to participate in the institution of marriage much like their heterosexual counterparts but what about other social implications? Reid Guy said "the landscape of America" would change right?


In case you haven't figured it out by now, you are either part of the American population that could run off tomorrow to get a marriage license in any state or you're not. You either identify as one sexual orientation or you don't. That isn't going to change. What will change is that every other American will have that opportunity too. Its not a crisis. In fact, its the opposite of a crisis.

In Hillsborough County, Florida, the cost of a marriage license is $93.50. According to Wikipedia, there are approximately 2.5 million weddings a year in the United States. If just 25% of those weddings are between gay and lesbian couples, that's $58,437,500 in revenue a year! Economically speaking, equal marriage rights would be a smart decision for America but that's not the only reason Prop. 8 was rightfully overturned.

With an economic boost and happy neighbors, society will soon see that allowing gay and lesbian couples to tie the knot is about as disastrous as allowing gays to serve in the military, sharing schools with students of a different skin color and permitting women to cast their votes in a ballot box. As history has shown, sometimes a little re-working is in order for us to progress as a civilization. Its time to recognize that the day is soon coming when " day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of it's creed..."

So we ask to those who are still in opposition, when it comes down to it, will it truly have a negative impact on your life? Does it really matter?

What do you think? Do states have the right to ban same-sex marriage? Leave your thoughts below, on Facebook or on Twitter by following our new name, @citygrlthoughts

We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Make Your Bed & Get Ahead!: Spring Cleaning 101

You can't keep sweeping your messes under the rug!
Our cleaning tips are hardcore so take off those silly stilettos and get to work!

Yes, it's true that Punxsutawney Phil has decided that there will be six more weeks of winter but we believe that its time to check-in with ourselves and see how those resolutions are going, especially if it means we can get some spring cleaning out of the way! 

We know that the last thing you're looking forward to doing is sorting your junk drawer but think of all the spare change (and other helpful odds and ends) you might discover! (Surprise shopping fund anyone?!)

It might still be February, but if that urge to pull out some spring-y accessories is cramming your closet, here are some strategies that might help minimize the stress!

If you're the type of nester that tends to get sentimental with lots of "things", the key thing to remember is that less is more when it comes to being organized. It might be hard to part with sticky notes that evoke a memory from a funny office conversation but if it's really necessary to keep, hide stacks of "things" under or behind wire curtain panels so that they're (prettily) out of the way and you can re-visit them later.

Brighten up your home workspace with colorful organizational tools like boxes and file containers that are the same shade. The uniformity will add some method to your madness and will brighten the room and your disposition when you can easily access important items.

A place for everything and everything in its place!
Start small. The mission of "clutter control" might just mean that you learn to eliminate the unnecessary paper build-up by the phone or the stack of receipts on your desk. Take baby steps to eliminate the clutter in the first place by finding ways that prevent you from getting lost in a mess in the first place!

Adding a feminine touch to your organization can be fun and creative! We loved Martha Stewart's lattice shed board for hanging tools. For the more advanced organizer, painting the lattice to match your door (or staining it so that it stands out) makes a cleaning project a fun, hands-on art project!

Lastly, find a system for yourself. If you know that doing something a certain way actually helps you to stay organized, then don't change it! The worst thing is re-learning where you put everything so stay simple and stress-free!

Matching your organization tools to already established color schemes
helps you keep the things you love while ditching the mess!

Other links to love: Good & Don't Get Bit by the Clutterbug

Are you a fan of 'the closet hanger challenge'? Got tips for keeping clean without spending green? Comment below or 'like' us on Facebook.

We'd love to hear your tips and share them!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Put Your Best Foot Forward...In Ankle Booties!

If we had to pick our favorite song about an item in our closet, we'd probably have to go with the Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'". Little Miss Nancy was certainly stylin' in her mid-calf pleather little number that made her first single famous but in 2012 there's a new sheriff in town...the ankle bootie!

You may have seen any number of designers with styles to be coveted. Our favorites tend to be black or grey and made of shiny or matte materials (much like the ones Gwenyth and Sienna are sporting on the left). As always, its good to have something versatile that can be dressed up or down and make you feel fabulous no matter what. 

As Nina Garcia states in her book The One Hundred, "the ankle boot was originally intended to be hidden beneath classic trousers" but lucky for us, street style existed long before Ted Polhemus and designers soon caught onto the notion that ankle boots with skirts, dresses and drainpipes (see below) was a revolutionary step!
Not your mother's drainpipe pants.
But speaking of dressing, are there fashion rules for these little guys? 
Answer: Absolutely.

If you haven't noticed by now, Nina Garcia's book is sort of like the bible to us. Here are the 5 commandments to ankle booties according to Nina:
  1. When wearing with pants, keep the colors the same. Black skinny pants tucked into booties will elongate the leg and make you feel fabulous.
  2. When wearing with miniskirts, try them with black opaque tights to keep your line going and going. Unless you have fabulous legs, illusion is our master craft.
  3. Make sure the bootie does not cut off straight at the ankle like a traditional bootie-these boots are made to be worn under pants and will chop off the leg and make it look stumpy.
  4. It is a great alternative to the pump-always consider it if the pump seems too safe.
  5. The bootie is a classic way to mix the masculine with the feminine, so don't be afraid to flaunt a little femininity when you have this more masculine shoe on. One must mix it to risk it...

Speaking of risks, how do YOU step out in these fashion favorites? Got pics? Send them to, post them to our Facebook fan page or send us a Twitpic by following @COSMOpolitique

And if you still need ideas, channel your inner Nancy and grab a black sequin romper!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Taking the Confusion Out of 'XLVI': Where to Go for the Superbowl

If you can't GO to the game in Indy, might we suggest one of these places?
With the big game less than a week away, and many of you wishing it was the weekend again, we thought we'd get you day dreaming about where you might be once kickoff rolls around on Sunday.

While many prefer the quaint and cozy party with family and friends, we realize that some socialites would rather be throwing one back with 40 of their closest friends (and neighbors) in the city.

If you happen to be one of those party people, we applaud your skills as you balance a tortilla chip dripping with salsa and dodge shoulder bumps and thunderous cheering. Here are the best places to make it happen!
  • Trina's Starlite, Inman Square, Somerville: Named best neighborhood bar in 2011 and famous for their weekday brunches, fried chicken and sloppy joe's, this venue is not to be missed! The cocktail menu has an equal playing field with all drinks being $9 and an intriguing selection of beers from High Life bottles to keg specialities like a Coffeehouse porter. They're open until 1 a.m. on game day so we suggest you give them a shot!
  • The Bone, Downtown, Framingham: If you're out in the 'burbs or just looking for a new spot, you should probably add this spot to your bucket list. Boasting their award winning food and sports viewing on HDTV, The (Chicken) Bone also offers delivery of their 13 flavors if you've already scored a venue to watch the game. We know some like it hot but we'd recommend being cautious with the sauces!
  • The Biltmore Bar & Grille, Upper Falls, Newton: Originating as a speakeasy, this classy spot is festive from its tin ceilings to its polished mahogany paneling. With local produce and dairy, The Biltmore earns a seal of approval from true New Englanders who have an appreciation for local flavors. Pull up at their salvaged tables and order oysters from the raw bar, sample proscuitto wrapped scallops or sip on creamy Yukon Gold potato soup as Brady and Manning duke it out!
  • The Stockyard, Brighton: After reading the history of this place, we were a little worried we'd be supporting the enemy, but never fear; Stockyard founder Corneilius Manning doesn't seem to have any common threads to the dastardly Eli. We were relieved because the seared ahi tuna appetizer seems too good to pass up! Of course, with traditional game day snacks like potato skins and mozzarella sticks, The Stockyard has plenty of screens and a vintage vibe that will getting you cheering to the leather heads of yore!
  • Ruth's Chris, Boston: We too were skeptical when we read that this steakhouse is a Boston favorite for Superbowl viewing but like other city adventures, we just went with it! If you're compromising with a date on a Superbowl venue or romantic night out this weekend, this spot might be just the place to agree on. It surely has a "warm, comfortable atmosphere" and the bar recognizes Boston history through its namesake, James Michael Curley. It won't be open all hours of the night, which leaves plenty of time to barhop around Faneuil Hall or the Quincy Marketplace before locals starting singing "We are the Champions". (Knock on wood!)
  • Game On, Fenway/ Landsdowne, Boston: It wouldn't truly be a comprehensive list if this watering hole wasn't listed somewhere. If you've never been to the city, Game On is one of the most popular sports bars neighboring Fenway Park. As with many city bars, the Game On menu features everything from a raw bar to soups and savory chicken wings to (not so) simple salads. While there's still time, sign-up for an All Star card to ensure return visits greet you with V.I.P. status, discounts and other cool benefits. It's like watching the game from a luxury box!
  • Jillian's, Fenway/ Landsdowne, Boston: If Game On seems a little too tame for you (despite what the line out the door might indicate), turn the corner and head up the street to Jillian's for "dancing, bowling, professional billiards or great food and drink..." They'll be open long after closing ceremonies and confetti floats over the field so grab some friends and order up some coconut shrimp or beef teriyaki skewers and salute the Pats until 2 a.m.!
  • 75 Chestnut, Beacon Hill, Boston: When you don't want to trek all over the city, a spot like 75 Chestnut is just what the doctor ordered! Nestled in the Beacon Hill district, this is more of a posh venue for those trying to avoid the "college crowd". With recipes such as beef stews, turkey sandwiches and clam chowder, there's something here for everyone even if you just park yourself at the bar. Personally, they had us at "tequila lime cocktail sauce"!
  • Big City, Allston: The website of this hangout displays a banner advertising its claims to fame: "Pool Hale. Pizza Kitchen. Beer Bar". If this sounds like the kind of place you're into, start practicing your moves (and we don't mean Hail Mary). With 15 pool tables, 4 foosball tables, 80 beers on tap and "signature pizzas", we have a feeling the good times might go into over time if you choose this spot on Sunday. (Luckily they're open until 1 a.m.!)
  • The Greatest Bar, Boston: This top locale is a frequent favorite among the twenty-somethings even on a regular weekend, so if you're looking for a fun crowd look no further! The menu is available until midnight and provides comfort food from pretzel sticks to quesadillas and you can enjoy an Amstel or Blue Moon from any one of the four levels. In addition, HDTV's will be aplenty as well as Jim Beam promotions and prizes! 
Where are YOU catching the game? Will you be with friends or family? Got any cool game day recipes or ideas to share? Send them to us at, in our comment box, on Facebook or by following us on Twitter @COSMOpolitique

We hope you enjoy the game and GO PATS!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tim Thomas: On Thin Ice?

Would you miss out on a team invitation to the White House?
Imagine accomplishing something and being invited to the White House to be acknowledged for it. Pretty awesome right? Apparently not awesome enough for Tim Thomas, goalie for the Boston Bruins who made  a statement this week by not accepting the invitation extended to his entire team in recognition for winning the 2011 Stanley Cup. Since his refusal to attend, many Bruins fans have voiced their opinions regarding the champion goalie and whether or not politics has a place in sports.

As a Bostonian, it's hard not to involve the two. With celebration banners hanging from our state house and parades of epic proportions through the streets where minutemen once trod when we bring home victory trophies, it seems like the two go hand in hand. Thomas, one of two Americans on the Bruins roster, could be defended with the argument that he was simply exercising his right to free speech. However, some fans believe that athletes should be role models and that perhaps Thomas should have done the gracious thing and accepted the President's invitation.

In his statement, Thomas said that he believes the Federal government has grown out of control, citing the infringement of rights, liberty and property among the reasons for his frustration. In fairness, Thomas made clear that he believe the fault lies with both parties and said that this was a difficult and individual decision.
As fans sound off on the internet and through other media, we're curious to hear what COSMOpolitique readers think. Should Thomas have taken his issues to the president or was his message heard loud and clear? Tell us in a comment below, on Facebook or on Twitter by following @COSMOpolitique

For more on Tim Thomas and what Bruins fans think of his political statement, pick up The Boston Globe, on newsstands today!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

What color is courage?: Why You Should Go See That New 'Red Tails' Movie

An Opinion.
"Straighten up, fly right"... to the Academy Awards.
I can appreciate a man in uniform. I can appreciate a good George Lucas movie. I can also appreciate an Action/ Adventure/ Drama-historical-war film lionizing some of the greatest heroes of the American military since minutemen. What I cannot appreciate it the "fun fact" that this weekend's silver screen release "Red Tails" had been put on the back-burner since 1988 because no major studio would fund the project based on the belief that an all black cast would be "unmarketable".

I'm confused. This isn't the 1860's or the 1950's right? 

For those of you who didn't have the good fortune of taking a African American history course in college (something I highly recommend), the Tuskegee Airmen who are featured in this film were the first African American military aviators in the United States armed forces. During a time when Jim Crow laws ruled the South with de jure segregation, the members of the 332nd Fighter Group and 447th Bombardment Group  braved their country's racial segregation during World War II to maintain an impressive escort record and be nationally recognized with Congressional Gold Medals.

Now that the history lesson is over, can someone please explain to me how anyone could ignore that "despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction" and fought with purpose for a country that wasn't willing to fight for them? As an American, I am disappointed in the job we have done as a society to recognize heroes such as these and with that, I urge you to do your part and see "Red Tails" at a theater near you.  

Have you seen it? What did you think? Tell us here, on Facebook or on Twitter by following us at @COSMOpolitique

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Cite This: Wikipedia Site To "Black Out"

Seeing something like this? Here's why:
If you're a high school student studying for midterms, this is just not your week. Come tomorrow (or today), you will find that you're out of luck when it comes to your favorite online encyclopedia; turns out Wikipedia is going on vacation.

You're probably thinking, "what the @#$%!?!?!" but don't fret, it's for the greater good. 
In protest of anti-piracy legislation making its way through Congress, Wikipedia is making itself a "sacrificial lamb" of sorts to advocate against the proposed new tools for censorship. The popular informational resource joins companies such as Google and Facebook in protest and will disable its English version for 24 hours.

What's the big deal?!

The big deal is this, "If passed, this legislation will harm the free and open Internet and bring about new tools for censorship of international websites inside the United States," the Wikimedia foundation said. With supporters from the film and music industry concerned over the frequency at which their products and services are taken advantage of, the concept of intellectual property becomes a significant argument. However, opponents of the proposed legislation have built their cause around issues relating to free speech and privacy. Security on the internet has been a developing topic as social media and many businesses convert to virtual engagement.

Wikipedia has made an appeal to users and supporters of their message to contact members of Congress citing movements like the Arab Spring to press their point. They also mentioned their dissatisfaction with their need to make such a statement by barring users for 24 hours. Jay Walsh, spokesperson for Wikimedia was quoted in an article by Sarah Skidmore on saying, "Wikipedia is about being open. We are not about shutting down and protesting. It's not a muscle that is normally flexed."

Countries like China and North Korea are severely monitored by their governments. (China even goes so far as to censor specific keywords in search engines!) While the United States is unlikely to go so far, how far is too far? 

Are you with Wikipedia or against? We want to see some free expression in action and hear your thoughts. Leave us a comment, chat with us on Facebook or send us a tweet @COSMOpolitique.

And take a look at what China is censoring (but you might have to wait until Thursday)!

Monday, January 16, 2012

What to Wear: In Your Concrete Jungle

The fashionable woman wears clothes. The clothes don't wear her. (Mary Quant)
In light of the reason fashionable favorites (and faux pas) as awards season begins, we thought we'd explore our wild side as 2012 gives us a new year to explore with our favorite kind of print: Animal!

Taking another tip from the beloved Ms. Nina Garcia, today's focus is on the necessity and future of animal print in 2012. While it makes the cut for Ms. Garcia's list of the most important pieces every woman should have in her closet, its certainly a daring choice for those who are not as likely to take fashion risks. However, as Nina says, "the truly fashionable are always daring and never dull. They are willing to run with the leopards, the cheetahs, the zebras" and willing we are. 

But how do we celebrate the concrete jungles we inhabit without making our fashion credibility extinct? Start small. Animal print accessories are bold and slightly dangerous while still looking chic.

We loved the examples we saw on Fashion Binge but we're sure you can be trusted with the mission of finding your own favorites as long as you follow the card-NINA-l rules as you shop:
  • Buying a print with pedigree. This is the best way to avoid looking garish. There are items that you can save money on. This should not be one of them.
  • Wear only one piece at a time. Any more than that and you will look like fashion roadkill.
  • Keep everything else simple, even severe. Pair the print with neutral colors. If you keep everything else classic, the print will carry itself.
  • Keep the colors muted. Less is more, but none gets you nowhere!

Michael Kors 2012.
Are you a fashion wild child? How do you rock animal print in the workplace? At a lounge? Send us pics! We'd love to see what you come up with!

And tell us all about your fashion predictions for 2012 on our Facebook page or on Twitter by following @COSMOpolitique. Can't wait to see you in your natural habitat!

Fashionably yours, COSMOpolitique

Friday, January 13, 2012

Tunes & 2012: Where to Go for the Hottest Shows of the Year

     With a busy start to the new year, we can imagine how planning ways to spend that Christmas bonus might make you a little anxious. (Especially if saving money was one of your resolutions.) But what if we said that there was a great way to spend it on yourself and turn it into a once-in-a-lifetime trip? 

Well, if you like traveling and music, you've come to the right blog.
      As early as January, the 2012 music festivals have begun to gain momentum and everywhere from Miami to Indio and Vail Valley to San Bernadino is hosting one! With our quick 2012 festival guide, we're sure you'll find the perfect excuse to gather some friends and make it an unforgettable trip.
  • March 2-4: Snowball Fest, Vail Valley, Colorado Due to the rapidly approaching date of this show, we suggest grabbing the $160 passes sooner rather than later. For fans of Afroman, Bag Raiders and Crushendo (formerly Slim Thugz), this year's line-up will make you thankful you worked so hard this year. And if that doesn't do it, then the 6,000 acres of snow for scenery certainly will! 
  • March 3: Cyprus Hill Smokeout, San Bernadino, California Despite its declaration as a music festival and medicinal marijuana expo, don't let that stop you from this "mind opening" experience. The promotional video on their website, features clips from previous shows and a massive audience and the line-up boasts such acts as The Dirty Heads and Wiz Khalifa. With over two dozen acts, GA tickets for $86 and plenty of hemp-related shopping, we suggest packing your car now. (And don't forget to pack lots of snacks!) 
  • March 9-18: SXSW, Austin, Texas After doing our homework, the (approximately) 90 stages at SXSW really got us excited. If that wasn't enough, this event doubles as a film festival! SXSW's schedule of events will keep you busy everyday which is why registration for their entrance packages (known as "badges") is especially important. Prices range from $750 to $1195 until February 10 and not that we don't think bands like The Ettes (Nashville), Fanzine (London, UK) and THE GRANNIES (San Francisco) are worth it, but planning for an event as large as this can take a lot of time, especially when it comes to finding accommodations!
  • March 23-25: ULTRA Music Festival, Miami, Florida We envy those of you who have spring break during this time and don't need to run to Human Resources with a vacation request. Take the advice from an older and wiser generation: DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW. The website blasts the foreboding words "SOLD OUT" but as with any event, if you can find tickets online, spare no cost. This year's lineup includes acts like Hardwell, Jack Beats and Kraftwerk but Loco Dice, Miike Snow and New Order will also be present for "the biggest dance music event in America". As if we haven't dropped enough names already, the full list of performers is available on their website as well as a gallery from last year and countdown to the 2012 show.
  • April 13-15 & 20-22: Coachella, Indio, California After seeing some snapshots of "Coachella cuties" from last year's show, stars like Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio and Kate Moss put tickets to this event on our wish lists. While traditional tickets are unavailable, there seems to be some fine print that might gain you entry. Our motivation? Acts such as Pulp, Radiohead and Santogold are just a few of the things on our "most wanted" lists this year. Let us know if you get into what is known as California's flagship festival, we'll want to see pictures!

Heading to JassFest, SunFest, Sasquatch or any other "fest"'s this year? We want to hear about them! Send pictures and comments to or tweet us @COSMOpolitique.

Friday, January 6, 2012

All Aboard the "Winternship"!

Craving your own working space? Get working on a "winternship"!
So you graduated eight months ago. Congratulations! Before you half-heartedly accepted our genuine recognition of a job well done, answer this: Are you still looking for a job? It's no secret that its cold out there. It seems that all prospects and big ideas you thought you had are just as frozen as black ice. But never fear! COSMOpolitique to the rescue!

After reading an article in The Boston Globe, we decided to explore a new concept of "winternships" and how and why you should try to score one:

Winternship: (noun) "A winter internship undertaken by students facing a bleak job market and shrinking starting salaries to bolster resumes and land a job".

  • Be open to a variety of positions: Like an audition for American Idol, its not likely you're going to skyrocket to fame and fortune on your first try. If you start out with big ideas, you'll be able to narrow your focus once you have some experience in your field. We recommend the legislature as a nice place to start if you're willing to be flexible and learn basic office skills. Political experience, even if its just taking in the environment, is an easily translatable public-sector opportunity to get to know how government works and can be applied to almost any field of study. Also, lucky for you, we're going into campaign season so many community leaders will be gearing up to put together teams of college-educated individuals to carry them to the finish line. Could it be you?
  • Accept and learn from an entry-level position: The best part is, that while you may be faced with some grunt work at first, in 2009 "nearly 90% of Goldman [Sach]'s new hires were former interns." There's no risk with demoting yourself to the status of an underaged and applying for internships. They want to teach you so we suggest sucking up the little-to-no pay and practicing your coffee ordering skills. 
  • Work like a grown-up: While your time is undoubtedly valuable, you're not going to get any work experience planted on a sofa in sweatpants. (Sorry, but life really is more comfortable on the employment line.) Imagine Facebook but real life; that's what networking in an office is all about! Whether your winternship lasts six weeks or six months, the relationships you form with people may prove useful in the long run. How you're remembered professionally will affect whether or not mention your name when a position opens up or when your cubicle-mate's brother's girlfriend's cousin's aunt (twice removed) is looking for someone JUST LIKE YOU to hire!
  • Get motivated: At some point, someone is going to want to know what you did out of college and while saying you read COSMOpolitique, make us feel all warm and fuzzy, its not likely to earn you very many points with a future employer. (But we didn't say none!) Before you apply, think about what your goals are and what you're looking to get out of the experience. Keep this list with you to help you stay motivated and to help express your interest in special projects.
  • Start getting beauty sleep: Most grown-ups we know are 9 to 5-ers so why should you be any different? Don't watch that extra episode of Dexter and hit the hay earlier so you can be awake and alert earlier. Believe it or not, if you're up and productive at earlier hours, you'll feel more accomplished later in the day!
For these and other ups visit HERcampus and leave us your suggestions below, on our Facebook page or on Twitter by following @COSMOpolitique! Good luck!