In DC, I took a picture I will treasure always.
Fashion and Beauty Editor Mary Alice Haney: I was lucky enough to have a front-row seat for the inauguration ... my parents' place is in the heart of Washington DC.
We had arrived in DC the night before and went straight to Arianna Huffington's "Night Before" ball. We rubbed elbows with celebs like Ben Affleck, Ashton Kutcher, Robert De Niro, and Larry David mixed with Obama supporters and many of Obama's future team. There was a great countdown to midnight, and Sting and Will.i.am played and helped the crowd ring in Inauguration Day.
I spent Inauguration Day at my parents' place that overlooks the Capital, Penn Ave. and the White House. Unless you are sitting right next to Obama, I'd say our apartment had the best view in the city.
We had a party, and kept going in and out of the apartment as our balconies overlooked the parade route. We could hear the roar of the crowd on the mall ... and it was unreal!
The highlight of the entire day was when Obama got out of the motorcade right in front of us. We couldn't believe our eyes ... or our luck. He even looked up and waved! My sister and father had said that they thought this was the place he would get out and walk because the building across from us was the National Archives building ... but I didn't dare pin my hopes on that. Yet it happened! Obama got out and walked right in front of the building that houses many of the documents (such as the Declaration of Independence) that have so inspired him. That's when I snapped the shot that I will treasure for the rest of my days.
Last night, we took the Amtrak that Joe Biden took for so many days of his life back to New York. As we passed his stop on our way to NYC, the entire train gave out a big cheer. The whole experience sent chills up my spine.
It was truly a day I will never forget. I feel blessed to have been able to view history and usher in our new president in person.
The day's events left me exhausted but so hopeful and excited for the future of my two little boys. They will grow up color-blind and with the optimism that anything is possible in America with hope, hard work and a big dream.