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January 9, 2007
Better late than never

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OK, so we had a nasty computer virus that wreaked havoc around here on Monday, so 21Q basically had to take most of the day "off."

But, even though the inaugural was Friday, I felt compelled to finish what I started regarding Maria Shriver's wardrobe while she was in town.

I blogged about her cool outfit for Thursday's kickoff event, with its "green" theme, as well as her ensemble for the swearing-in on Friday. (Go here.)

Her Monique Lhuillier copper-gold gown for the inaugural ball was, as many of the local fashion experts were predicting, strapless - or so it seemed in our photographer's pictures. However, Maria and the hobbling governor only stayed a few minutes at the gala so, aside from appearing with Paul Anka, the gown got the short end of the wardrobe stick.

Too bad. The gown was lovely, though I could have done without the belt. Meanwhile, Maria opted for a quasi-curly coif instead of the straight hair she wore earlier in the day.

I think both she and the governor were exhausted from all the glad-handling and speeches because not much has been seen from her since - fashion or otherwise. Like I've said, it would be nice to see Maria make her way to the capital more often. I appreciate watching her wardrobe come to life.

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