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Clarissa Cruz (2 posts)
Having worked in the fashion industry since 1967, veteran designer Norma Kamali is taking a stand against female objectification in a new awareness campaign. On www.stopobjectification.com, she’s encouraging women to upload photos of their most powerful body parts, along with a caption explaining their strengths—and a chance to share their own objectification experiences with others.
One woman submitted a photo of her biceps, along with the caption “I can do more pushups than my husband”; another showed a close up of her eyes, along with “I survived an abusive mother to become a successful attorney, wife and mother.”
Kamali recounts her own objectification story in this video. “I was 18 and feeling totally out of power...I was so humiliated,” she recalls. She hopes with this campaign “...[we’re] creating awareness, we’re cleansing our souls and we’re becoming emotionally free of a series of incidents that have changed our behavior and affected our lives.”
Love this table setting where Oprah chooses some of her Favorite Things for 2012? It was created by Tammy Carmona, owner of fine porcelain dishware company Carmona New York & Co, and veteran caterer and event planner. (And for all you Twihards out there, she also designed the set—down to the flowers and the dishes—for Edward and Bella’s wedding scene in Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1.) Here, she reveals her secrets for creating a beautiful table—and throwing a great holiday party.
Holiday entertaining can be stressful. What do I need to know before I begin?
Know your theme, food selection, amount of people attending and other items you want to have on display such as flowers or candles. If it’s a holiday like Christmas and the red and green theme doesn’t work, have no fear—go with an elegant brushed gold and white instead.
What sort of dishware should I use?
Look at your menu as a starting point. Our dinnerware styles range from traditional to modern and funky; our challenge is to match each food with the best dish by size, shape and placement. Remember: You want the presentation to create excitement.
How do I make sure I don’t get stuck in the kitchen while my guests are mingling?
Keep it simple by limiting the number of dishes, so guests don’t get overwhelmed. Be prepared by placing good-sized portions on your serving dishes. When it comes to sweets, go for mini-desserts, which look less messy.
Any other tips?
Use flowers and candles to add to the ambiance—the lighting adds to a festive look. Also, consider personalized napkins, which are a beautiful finishing touch.