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Michelle Obama broke the Internet this morning when she went on Carpool Karaoke with James Corden. They dance to Beyoncé and Missy Elliott, and she talks about grilled cheese, her husband and education for girls.

The 50 Most Beautiful Places in America

Have you been to any of the 50 most beautiful places in America? Makes me want to take a road trip. (That’s Virginia, above.)

Don Romesburg

California students will now get to learn about LGBT history in school, after a unanimous vote by the California State Board of Education. “It allows all students to think critically and expansively about how that past relates to the present and future roles that they can play in an inclusive and respectful society,” said Don Romesburg, framework director for the Committee on LGBT History. Thumbs up all around.

Hobes shoes

Last but not least, Hobes has a new shoe color: dust. How cute are those?

P.S. More fun things.

(L.A. Times story via MR.)

  1. It was so fun to go through the list of 50 places to see how many I’ve visited. I feel so lucky to live in California – sooo many were from this state!
    Best & Bisous,
    Michelle from Simply Santa Barbara

  2. Kara says...

    Love her. Love him. Going to miss her!! oh… and VA is beautiful.. you should visit!

  3. Kara says...

    Love her. Love him. Will miss her!! oh… and VA is beautiful.. visit!!

  4. Cynthia says...

    I’m a native Virginia and I live in the Richmond suburbs, so I am not very far from the mountains or the ocean. Lots to see! Come for a visit!

  5. AO says...

    We legitimately have the greatest First Lady in the world.

  6. Marie says...

    Oh, how I’ll miss the Obamas. They are such gems.

  7. Carolyn says...

    Michelle Obama is always a good sport

  8. Christie says...

    Gosh I would love a pair of Hobes, but I can’t stop picturing them covered in dirt – they look like they would get filthy so quickly and be impossible to clean!

  9. Erika says...

    I grew up in Palouse, WA! <3 So fun to see it on this list!

  10. Patty says...

    Greatest Prez, and 1st Lady, at least in recent history…..they will be sorely missed!

  11. That video = so much awesome (Missy Elliott ♥) :) :) As an Australian, I too will miss the Obamas, we love them here.

  12. Michelle says...

    Favorite carpool karaoke yet! Love me some Michelle and Missy!

  13. Eliot says...

    Love the Hobes! Does anyone know if they run large or small? I’ve got my eye on a pair but they’re final sale and I don’t want to end up with cute sem-expensive shoes if I can’t wear them. Thanks for the help :)

  14. sydney85 says...

    Michelle Obama is the most amazing woman! Love her more and more. She will be so missed from the White House.

  15. Love the Michelle Obama video. She’s so fun and real! Also that list of beautiful places is breathtaking…so many amazing hidden gems out there. Thanks for sharing!

    Keshia
    http://www.queenlifeblog.com

  16. Dawn says...

    So proud of my home state~ way to go CA! on the flip side, growing up there, I never got the chance to visit Big Sur. So seeing it on the slide show is inspiring me to make my way back there very soon. And can Michelle Obama just be my best friend? She’s the most relatable First Lady ever…

  17. Kristian says...

    Wow! That is so cool of California, especially when contrasted with some of our current political happenings.

  18. Man, she’s cool. What an inspiration.

  19. heather says...

    I am cheesing my face off at that Michelle video. She is breathtakingly awesome.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      a bunch of people in our office were watching it this morning on headphones and all laughing at different times. it was so funny to observe :)

  20. To say I am going to miss the Obama family is an understatement.

  21. Katie says...

    I think you should create a “surprise me” button on your website that would direct readers to a random past article. It would be a fun way for us to revisit your older pieces. Just a thought. Hope you’re having a great week.

    P.S. Love the video with Michelle!

    • Lea says...

      Love that idea! I would use it all the time.

  22. Lauren E. says...

    Supremely intelligent, classy, humble, stylish, AND she knows the words to Get Your Freak On?! Oh gosh, FLOTUS, we’ll miss you.

  23. She certainly raised the bar for future First Ladies :)

  24. Jamie says...

    As a proud native Virginian, I love seeing it on your blog today, from favorite daughter, Missy Elliott to (stunning) Shenandoah : ) That slideshow definitely made me want to roadtrip all over the US too!

  25. My husband and I are seriously considering moving to California soon with our little girls and reading about how progressive and inclusive they are always makes me smile! How wonderful to include an important part of our history now in schools!

    Xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com

    • Mallory Miller says...

      A warm welcome from a native Californian if you do decide to make the move! Just make sure to stick to the coast if you’re looking for that California progressive environment, as our inland regions run quite conservative: http://www.ppic.org/main/publication_quick.asp?i=1007
      Unfortunately, the closer you get to the coast, the higher your cost of living! My husband and I live in San Francisco, and LOVE the city but are seriously considering moving somewhere out of state so we can buy a house and live more comfortably. Not possible here, even with our six-figure income. It’s definitely a catch-22. Best of luck to you and your fam! :)

    • Tori says...

      If you really want progressive, you should move to Seattle. Our schools are really good too.

    • Laura says...

      Ditto. Tears spring to my eyes when I think of having to say farewell to the Obamas as our President and First Lady.

  26. Sara says...

    So going to miss the Obama family!! They have been a breath of fresh air.

  27. cca says...

    Get your Education on! Love Michelle Obama!!!!
    That was the best lunch break, Thank you

  28. joycemao says...

    That’s my friend Don! Such an important vote, and a win for progressive education.

  29. Andrea says...

    Virginia, woot! My heart belongs to the Blue Ridge.

    How is the arch support/footbed padding in Hobes? They’re adorable but they look like they might not be supportive for lots of walking. Please tell me I’m mistaken!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i think they’re so comfy because they’re like being barefoot, but they definitely don’t have much arch support. if you were walking long distances, you might want to get something more supportive. hope that helps!

  30. what are the hobes soles like? Are they good for walking 10 kilometres? are they made of leather or wood (something besides rubber)? Couldn’t find a photo on their site.

  31. Simone says...

    Michelle Obama talks about all the things you mentioned — plus education for girls (which I think is the most important one)!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      for sure!!!

  32. As a Canadian, I will miss the Obamas – so much grace, dignity, intellect and humour! They really are a class act. I can’t wait to see what they do next, outside the confines of the White House.

    • Emily R says...

      As an American so will I. Thank you for your kind words.

  33. Natalie Brennan says...

    Thank you so much for sharing the LGBT link and for supporting diversity of all kinds on this site. It means alot.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      me too :)