Today, 6,000 people were sworn in as American citizens and this adorable little lady in DVF was one of them. YAY.
Today was a beautiful day, a bittersweet day, an emotionally charged day. A day of renouncing former allegiances and embracing new beginnings.
A day brimming with national pride and individual triumph.
Today the Los Angeles Convention Center transformed into a kind of Ellis Island. The hall was filled with thousands of immigrants of all ages, races and religions, each with his/her own tale of struggle and perseverance and hope. Today, was not about the things that separate us. Today was about the things that unite us.
During the ceremony my mom sat next to a woman from Iraq. They both became emotional after taking the oath and embraced. They didn't speak. They didn't have to. Each knew what the other was feeling. That sense of accomplishment after traveling a long arduous road. These women who grew up half a world apart came together today, united by the fulfillment of their American dream.
During the ceremony, I sat next to this beautiful Jamaican family. This man's wife was becoming a citizen. He told me that like my mother, his wife was extremely excited to be able to vote for Obama. Or Obamarama, as their kids call Barack.
Clearly there were alot of Obama supporters in the crowd of new Americans. This was the bustling Democrat voter registration tent.
And I was pleased to see this ghost town was the Republican tent. Suckers!
After the ceremony, my mom and I celebrated by pigging out at Roy's. It was my mom's first time there. Here she is pretending to be horrified with her aaaaamazing sampler platter. I can practically see the drool.
After dinner, we headed to The Grove to do a little shopping. It's the American way, after all. My mom got a $14 wrap sweater at F21 while I tried on these booties. Great knock-off of my beloved YSLs. Hugely uncomfortable tho so I passed. Did find great knock-off Prada butterfuly sunglasses. Just $14. Was the cherry on top of a wonderful day.
My mom said the only thing missing was her son, Mr. Diabolina. He unfortunately had to leave on a business trip this morning to Hot-lanta. Wah.
Will be gone until next Wed. F. Who will take my daily outfit shot ;)
Forever 21 dress
Forever 21 sunglasses
Chanel bag and earrings
Marc Jacobs shoes
My mom looked radiant today, no? She was just beaming with joy and pride. And the DVF top helped. The colors and fit are a dream on her. The star necklace was a gift from a friend when she passed her exam. I suggested she double it up with another pendant necklace. Adore the result.
Friends who had been to a citizenship ceremony before advised us to wear sensible shoes and bring something to read. There is alot of lining up and waiting around as 6,000 people get processed.
We arrived at 10 am and got out of there at 3 p.m. So glad I wasn't wearing last night's YSLs.
My mom's Tory Burch black patents were the much wiser choice.
Got dressed in a blur this morning. Knew today wasn't about me so that took off some pressure. Decided this little F21 dress would be a good patriotic look. Perfect for mingling with dignitaries.
My mom was definitely the best dressed new citizen. Stamp. This woman was also looking pretty sassy.
Love the ruffles and chain bag and burgundy heels.
But the best accessory of the day was an Obamarama sticker.
The democratic party has never looked this good.