Archive for April, 2011

New Theme: Linen

Today’s latest theme is as clean and fresh as you’d expect a theme named Linen to be. It’s also an impressively adaptable theme with an array of options that make personalizing it simple and easy. If you’re publishing articles in a magazine, pages for a business site, or your own personal blog, you’ll find Linen’s elegant style perfect for you. And it’s yours for the lifetime of your blog for only $68.

The Linen Theme

Just like the other premium themes from The Theme Foundry Linen is packed with features. Linen beautifully highlights posts with featured images by sliding them across the home page. You can add thumbnails to each post and upload your own logo or custom background. You can even customize the typography with a selection of seven accent fonts and eight different body fonts!

Read more about Linen’s features on the Theme Showcase and preview it right now, live on your blog, from Appearance → Themes.


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THE KEY IS IN THE LIGHT, THE KEY IS IN THE WINDOW

The Beautiful Deluge of Alice Palmer AW11, photos by Rosie Allt, www.rosieallt.com

The Stage

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The Audience
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[Title is an excerpt of a letter Allen Ginsberg's mother wrote to him in a letter after reading HOWL]

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IN MY DREAMS YOU WALK DRIPPING FROM A SEA-JOURNEY ON THE HIGHWAY ACROSS AMERICA IN TEARS TO THE DOOR OF MY COTTAGE IN THE WESTERN NIGHT

I’m not the most buttoned down person in the world, so at first it was a struggle for me to relate to the super-coiffed, slickly manicured looks from Jasper Garvida AW11. The tailoring looked too heavy, the cutouts and thigh-high slits dated, and the hardware and knotted accents seemed like they belonged on a cabinet, or wrapped around my great aunt’s winter curtains. I sat there grumbling to myself, “Scarlett O’Hara only wore curtains because of the WAR, today we have more CHOICES…”
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Then he started in with the graphic prints and keyhole cutouts… and I pretty much shut up.
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And as for dowdy embellishments, LOOK AT THIS KEY BELT! I MEAN LOOK AT IT. I can’t comment because my mouth is full of humble pie/crow.
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So, I found some things to love. The way Jasper worked with the ligher fabrics REALLY worked to me, I suppose because a silk or a light jersey just can’t sustain heavy accents and willy nilly cutouts that looked like some 10 year old’s construction papered art project. Anyhow, by the end, he really got his point across. And won a cynic over.
[This post's title is the last stanza of HOWL by Allen Ginsberg]
[All photos by Rosie Allt, www.rosieallt.com]

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Writing made easy with Writing Helper

We know the hardest part of blogging is actually writing posts. And most blogging software,  and even word processors, do little to help writers write. Today at WordPress.com we’re  proud to announce a new kind of feature, aimed at helping the writing process, called Writing Helper. It’s a new box that appears underneath the edit box on the Add a Post Screen (the entire box can be dragged to the right side if you want it next to the edit box, instead of underneath).

First up is Copy A Post. You can now reuse the hard work of previous posts as the basis for the next one. Simply hit the Copy A Post button, pick a post, and we copy the title, content, tags and categories for you, saving you steps. If you often have similarly tagged or formatted posts, this will save much time. We will always show your most recent posts in the list, but you can search by title too.

Next is Request Feedback. You can now share a private draft of a post with a friend before it is published. They can help you find typos, suggest improvements and give advice to make the post amazing before you publish it to the world.

When you click on Request Feedback, you can enter email addresses of friends who are willing to help. They’ll receive a special private link to see your draft, where they can leave feedback on your post (see image above). Their feedback will appear in your post’s Request Feedback area when it arrives, so you can make changes to your draft accordingly.

For more about how Writing Helper works, read the support pages for Copy a Post and Request Feedback.

And if you have ideas for other Writing Helper features you’d like to see, leave us a comment.


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ILVOELV Interviews: Pippa Cunningham

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Ever wondered who’s the genius behind the prints used in Louis Vuitton’s stunning and playful pieces like the Galliera Riviera from Cruise 2009, St. Tropez Carrés, and most recently, the Ailleurs Beach Collection? Wonder no more.

Pippa Cunningham is a painter based in Brighton, East Sussex, UK. Working en plain air, her art features a theme of travel with bright vibrant colors. Looking at her work, you’ll definitely feel the warm summery vibe, the sense of fluidity and movement, and the urge to book a vacation to the Caribbean. Pippa is definitely one of my favorite contemporary artists. I’m such a big fan!

Luckily, I was able to ask her a few questions. Here’s my short interview with Pippa Cunningham.

Bengt: How long have you had a passion for art?

Pippa: One of my first memories is of standing by the sink at nursery school, fascinated by the colours merging together with the water while washing my paints tray.

B: What made you realise that art was your calling?

P: I never wanted to do anything else. I love working in different fields of art and design, but most especially fashion and textiles.

B: How did you find the experience collaboration with Louis Vuitton?

P: It is always a total pleasure working with Louis Vuitton, they are a brilliant team and I find it very exciting to work with them.

B: What places did you base your paintings from? The beach, the jungle, and the promenade?

P: The paintings were made in Miami last January, one on the grass by Ocean Drive, the other of Miami beach from my hotel room balcony. My favorite thing in the world is to paint from high up looking down on great places. Miami is a fantastic place to paint , the colours and light are beautiful there. For the jungle painting I went to Kampong Gardens and Miami Zoo where did lots of little paintings. The final jungle piece was finished in my studio in Brighton.

B: Where you given a free range or were you given a subject matter with Louis Vuitton?

P: I had a brief from Louis Vuitton that I followed, which I find works really well as it helps me to focus. I am very proud of the products that I have contributed to with Louis Vuitton.

B: What is your own personal favourite artwork that you have created?

P: Painting the Dancers at the Lido in Paris in the dark. They’re pretty fast movers!

B: If you could meet any artist (dead or alive) who would it be and what would you ask them?

P: Matisse. I would be speechless if I met him, I think he was incredible.

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Learn more about Pippa Cunningham’s latest collaboration with Louis Vuitton: the Ailleurs Collection. Also, visit Pippa’s website: http://www.pippacunningham.co.uk/ and check out her other projects.

Images via Louis Vuitton, Pippa Cunningham



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Rebecca Minkoff Mugly Bag Mother’s Day Contest

The Mugly Bag Contest

Does your mom own a bag that makes you cringe every time she pulls it out of the closet?  If so, then you have to enter her in the Mugly Bag Contest!   Snap a photo of your mom wearing her Mugly Bag and submit it to Minkette.com for a chance to win her a new bag for Mother’s Day. For hooking your mom up with a new bag, Rebecca Minkoff will send you a fabulous new bag too!

Rebecca Minkoff Mamalicious & Pretty Mama PouchPlus, from now until May 2nd, receive a free “Mamalicious” or “Pretty Mama” pouch with any purchase of $295 or more! Just enter code “LOVEUMOM” at checkout to redeem.

 

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New Theme: Fresh News

We’re always amazed with the way you continually push the scope and depth of your blogs on WordPress.com. It only makes sense that you’d also want themes that can take that work and organize it in easily readable, neat layouts. Like our newest theme addition, Fresh News! For the one time price of $45, Fresh News offers a solid design that can accommodate many different websites. From its feature post slider to the 18 color schemes, this magazine style theme is an elegant and feature rich way to display your content.

The looks of Fresh News

Developed by WooThemes, Fresh News also makes use of two fully customizable navigational menus as well as several widget areas and layout options. If you love customization in your themes, you can’t go wrong with Fresh News. Of course, there is much more for you to explore and discover on the Theme Showcase.


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kate spade new york Lemondrop Small Framed Lella Clutch

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kate spade new york Lemondrop Small Framed Lella Clutch is perfect for those spring/summer evenings when you want to turn heads.  The rows of stones in strawberry (top picture) or opal (bottom picture) with the lock pineapple closure is both elegant and whimsical. It features a chain shoulder strap that can be tucked inside for use as a clutch, woven dot lining and interior slit pocket.  Price: $225.00 at Bloomingdales.com.

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WHY DOES ANYONE DO THE THINGS THEY DO?

Just when I feel jaded with the whole fashion scene, I get invited to a show like Hynes and Steele, where I had to hold myself back from storming the runway and snatching the clothes right off the models. I do like style that is a little eccentric – for example, the other day I walked into a vintage shop to do some browsing and caught my reflection in the changing room mirror – I was wearing a silk paisley print blouse, velvet blazer, blue leopard print headwrap and bright turquoise rimmed sunglasses. All in a day’s work for the Crazy Cat Lady. :D All photos by the incomparable Rosie Allt.

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NO, I DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY SAY

Zed Eye was in a more sombre mood this season, but her clothes are still superlative. I’m not going to ruin this with a lot of words so I’ll just show you the pictures (taken by the super talented Rosie Allt), and try and recreate the experience by including some of the Adele songs playing while the girls walked the runway.

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The designer
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And more Adele – !

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