This week, bloggers paid homage to the little black jacket, specifically the Chanel version, synthesized the recent news on hormone replacement therapy, offered tips on short-term bond investments, gave a shout-out to Judge Marilyn Milian on her ‘badness,’ and anticipated the release of a documentary on rape in the U.S. military.

 

The Little Black Jacket

Move over, little black dress—the little black jacket is primed to take your spot as a must-have staple in every woman’s closet. Habitually Chic stopped by the The Little Black Jacket exhibition in Soho, New York City, to view a collection of stunning black-and-white photographs, by Karl Lagerfeld, of iconic people in the timeless and sophisticated little black jacket. The exhibition is fodder for his new fall book The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited. In the collection are a bunch of fabulous women over 40 donning their black jackets, including actresses Tilda Swinton and Sarah Jessica Parker, who says about her Chanel, “amongst some other things in my life, I consider it a prize possession.” We learned, thanks to Habitually Chic, that according to Gabrielle Chanel, the Chanel suit was designed for “women who move.”  Move mountains, move people, move causes? Whatever the case, the little black jacket is always a power move!

 

Hormone Replacement Therapy

In response to another dizzying update from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on the pros and cons of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for menopausal symptoms, Flashfree (Not Your Mama’s Menopause) provided a wonderful public service to her readers by offering  bullet points on the recent findings. But in addition to breaking it down medically for us, she offered some practical advice: “Be informed so that you can make informed decisions. If a few less hot flashes or night sweats in the short term means a potential road of illness in the long-term, the benefit-risk ratio may not be worth it. Then again? Only you can decide.”

 

Making More of Your Money

In the Today’s Chicago Woman blog, financial planner Susan Carr-Templeton is back at helping us make more of our money, this time with a note on “Short-term Investments in Bonds.”  Susan advises that “At this time, investing cash in bonds with interest rates so low is definitely risky, as when interest rates rise, the values of bond funds will most likely go down.” But she offers four alternatives that could increase your short-term investments. And while you’re at it, check out her previous post on Investing Cash to Enhance Dollar Value.

 

The Hoop-Earring, Black-Nail-Polish-Wearing Judge Marilyn Milian

Over at The Hairpin it’s a love fest for The Honorable Judge Marilyn Milian of The People’s Court.  The fashionable and feisty judge, says blogger Jane Marie,  “. . . wears incredible hoop earrings, always has awesome nails, speaks Spanish frequently and reminds everyone she lives in Florida, and is generally the baddest. She’s like all of your friends, only she has her own television show and you can learn a lot from it . . .” But don’t let the hoop earrings and jet-black nail polish fool you. Milian has got 19 years of legal experience under her belt, was appointed to the Miami Circuit Court in 1999 by Governor Jeb Bush, where she served in the Criminal Division, spent five years in the Miami County Court in the Domestic Violence, Criminal and Civil divisions, and worked for 10 years as an Assistant State Attorney for the Dade County State Attorney’s Office, personally hired by Janet Reno.

 

The Invisible War: Rape in the U.S. Military

In her round-up of “weird, beautiful, and crazy things,” Sylvana Knapp of SylK’s Playground gets serious in her nod to the upcoming documentary The Invisible War. Opening on June 22, the film looks at the epidemic of rape (against both women and men) within the United States military. From Oscar- and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick, the documentary zooms in on the often underreported and neglected facts about our current culture of war: a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. View the trailer below.