Inauguration Day

There are certain moments in your life when you know you will never forget what you are witnessing. To attend a Presidential Inauguration, for me, was just one of those unforgettable moments. As cliché as it sounds, I felt proud to be an American, inspired by our political process and the hope that we can do or be anything we dream. Standing on ground that has been marched on by servicemen, camped on by protestors, a stage for messages to be heard not only on our soil but around the world to change our lives, all of our lives, for the better was an important reminder to be thankful for our freedoms and not take for granted the right we have to the American Dream….

Congratulations Mr. President


“Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth.”

“…our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.”

“We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity.”


“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still”

“My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together.”

From the Poem by Richard Blanco

We head home: through the gloss of rain or weight
of snow, or the plum blush of dusk, but always—home,
always under one sky, our sky. And always one moon
like a silent drum tapping on every rooftop
and every window, of one country—all of us—
facing the stars
hope—a new constellation
waiting for us to map it,
waiting for us to name it—together.

What does one wear to the Inaugural Ball?… Oscar de la Renta was the first thing that came to mind! With an unparalleled history of dressing our leader’s First Ladies for decades, they also called my dress “White House Embroidery” and that was that.

Of course, if you’re wearing Oscar, you should be wearing diamonds! Chopard accessorized me in earrings set in platinum with pear shaped, marquise cut, and round diamonds. On my wrist a bracelet set in platinum with 78 pear shaped diamonds… amazing, no!?

Many, many thanks to my darling friend Max for taking me as his date, carrying my lipstick, and keeping my champagne filled. I’ll never forget this day together, friend. 


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  • Ashley

    Your dress is absolutely stunning. Woah.

  • Ok, not only is that dress absolutely stunning, but you styled it SO beautifully. I especially love the red lip – perfection. Really enjoying perusing thru your entertaining site!!

  • Your dress and jewelry looks beautiful and very elegant.

  • Gorgeous photos! And that dress! Stunning.

  • “Of course, if you’re wearing Oscar, you should be wearing diamonds!”….. lol must be nice! but you deserve it! Absolutely stunning! And I agree- days like Inaguration make me so excited about politics and being an American

  • Arzoo Amer

    What an incredible piece of history to be a part of and witness! And you look absolutely phenomenal in the Oscar gown you chose! Hope you enjoyed your short trip to DC! :)

  • Desi

    Dreamy. So amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Cassy

    Gorgeous! Your hairstyle is beautiful.

  • Anon85

    You really are a gorgeous woman. If only more women in America could have your class. A true role model.

  • What an amazing historical experience to experience, Jamie! And love the dress! You are the true definition of classic beauty!

  • evokerr

    Just stunning.

  • Isa

    Okay, I often find myself wishing I could have bits and pieces of your life but this is a whole new level. JEALOUS! First, OBAMA! BEYONCE! Amazeballs! And the ball, too! There are no words. But you do look beyond fabulous.

  • oh. my. gosh. That dress is just incredible.

  • Melissa Jemmett

    Wow what a dress! Did you hire it, or do they give it to you to wear just for the night?

  • Irene

    Jamie, you look stunning with that dress and the hair style is … just perfect

  • Gorgeous Jamie! But what happened to Kevin?? 😉

  • Angela Broderick Bedell

    That dress!!! You’ve taken some gorgeous photos (as in photos OF YOU, Jamie) but this one takes top prize. Wow.

  • What an amazing opportunity!!!! Jamie, you looked stunning!

  • zumefashion

    Stunning shot! The dress is amazing!

  • You look absolutely beautiful and you dress is stunning… what a memorable occasion and how fabulous to be invited…

  • Molly {Dreams in HD}

    wow, such amazing photos of both the inauguration and your fabulous gown. an experience you will remember for the rest of your life.

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  • Camilla Leila

    SO amazing that you got to have this experience. But I have to say, that dress ACTUALLY took my breath away. Wow. What a showstopper.

  • Jan’s camera

    I have to say that is one of the most beautiful gowns I have ever seen.

  • Eva

    I shudder to think you are a democrat. Farwell pleasantly plump plain Jane, I will not visit
    your website anymore.

    • Ada

      Eva. First of all, Jamie looks beautiful and elegant beyond measure. You should know better than to bash another woman’s looks just because you disagree with her political views (it’s hateful, destructive, and just so petty). If you’re to embarrassed to apologize for your comment here, I hope you at least think for a second before you are so rude again.

  • Rita

    may I ask where I can buy this dress. I would like to wear it for my step-daughter wedding. Thank you.


    This is breath-taking. I would die to wear this on my wedding day! A gal can dream…


    And just like that, You and Oscar de la Renta have left an immpression on my heart. This is how I want to look when I marry the love of my life. Thank you!