My Fashion Accessories for the 57th Presidential Inauguration #inaug2013 #inaugjenn

Yeah, I Know It's Blurry But That's the Obamas Dancing at the Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball, Jan. 2009

Yeah, I Know It’s Blurry but that’s the Obamas Dancing at the Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball, Jan. 2009

Two weeks from today I’ll be in Washington, D.C., watching President Barack Obama being sworn in for a second term as 44th President of the United States. It looks as though I won’t have a swearing-in ceremony ticket but I was able to snag tickets to the Inaugural Ball last night (anyone want to be my date?). I love our nation’s capital and I’m looking forward to soaking in American patriotism, just as I did four years ago in what I dubbed the biggest dance of my life.

"O Happy Day", 2009 Presidential Inauguration

“O Happy Day”, 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Since this won’t be my first ride at the patriotic rodeo I have some idea of how to prepare. Dressing in layers for extremely cold temperatures and packing my patience are high on the list. Importantly, I’ll be fashionably accessorized with unique jewelry.

I Commissioned Carnivale Creations to Craft this Chunky Bracelet and Pendant for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

I Commissioned Carnivale Creations to Craft this Chunky Bracelet and Pendant for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Chunky, Resin Bracelet and Obama Pendant by Carnivale Creations

In preparation for Obama’s initial inauguration in 2009, I commissioned Becky of Carnivale Creations to design a chunky, resin bracelet with images from the 2008 presidential campaign ($50 + shipping) along with a pendant ($15 plus shipping). I initially met her at my favorite holiday shopping event, Sarasota’s Atomic Holiday Bazaar, and learned she can create artful bracelets with just about any theme. She was great to work with and she is creating these bracelets this year! Visit her Etsy shop to order yours.

Obama Earrings by Erika Pena Boutique

Obama Earrings by Erika Pena Boutique

Obama Earrings from Erika Pena Boutique

I have a vice and it’s called Yes, it’s the celebrity gossip site and I’m confessing my day isn’t complete until I catch up on the latest Hollywood happenings. Earlier this fall I read how Beyonce was rockin’ some fab Obama earrings made by Erika Pena Boutique and decided I needed a pair for election season. Unlike the songstress, I ordered a silver pair which were relatively affordable ($32 + shipping) and arrived pretty quickly. I was pleasantly surprised at how big and sturdy they are and rocked them during Obama’s visit to Hollywood, Fla., in November. Oh yes, I’m packing these beauties to D.C.

God Bless America Fascinator by Taffy Retta

God Bless America Fascinator by Taffy Retta

Red, White & Blue Fascinator Fun

Wearing a fascinator atop my head is so far out of my fashion box that I need to try it…again. I first wore one last month while attending the Holiday Entertaining and Tree Fluffing Retro Rad Style party at Rosen Shingle Creek, hosted by Emily Ellyn of Next FoodNetwork Star (Season 8). Tiffany Namey of Taffy Retta supplied fun fascinators for attending guests and she had an additional selection for sale. I picked up an adorable red, white and blue fascinator that reminds me of Uncle Sam ($12). Although it may be a tad chilly to wear it during the swearing-in ceremony, it’ll be perfect for the Ball or another indoor event. I just need to figure out how to carefully transport it. (And visit her Etsy shop for a wide variety of jewelry and hair accessories.)


Fingers Crossed the Mophie Will Keep Me Juiced during the Inauguration

Fingers Crossed the Mophie Will Keep Me Juiced during the Inauguration

Blinging Out My iPhone with Juice…from a Mophie

It’s no secret the battery life of an iPhone 4 sucks (as I found out when attending the Rally to Restore Sanity)  and in order to extend my phone’s life, I asked for an external battery pack for Christmas. Santa, err, Mom came through with a Mophie Juice Pack Air Case and Rechargeable Battery. I’ve been testing it out and so far, so good.

Me During the Presidential Inauguration, 2009

Me During the Presidential Inauguration in 2009, I’ll Probably Be Wearing the Same Outwear…

Shop the 57th Presidential Inauguration Store

Honestly, I probably won’t be making a purchase from the 57th Presidential Inauguration Store but they do have some groovy buttons, apparel and other commemorative souvenirs if you’d like to check it out.

Will you be attending the inauguration? For official updates, be sure to visit the The 57th Presidential Inauguration website (, “like” the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Facebook Page and follow them on Twitter @obamainaugural. It looks like the Twitter hashtag to follow during the event is #inaug2013.

Now I’m off to find a ballgown…

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Author: Solo Travel Girl Admin

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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