Archive for February, 2013

Signature Damier

4 Signature Damier

After revolutionizing the history of luggage by creating the very first flat trunk covered in sturdy, lightweight Trianon grey canvas in 1854, and then launching a canvas with red vertical stripes in 1872, which would be followed four years later by a version composed of a beige monochrome design, in 1888 Louis Vuitton gave birth to the Damier canvas, the fruit of his imagination and that of his son Georges.

With his help, Louis Vuitton finally chose a pattern alternating small brown and beige squares: the Damier canvas was born. It intercrossed the light and dark vertical bands that formed the beige monochrome palette of the canvas covering the Maison’s trunks up to this point.

This new design sealed the Maison’s image, with no room for counterfeiting. Whereas Louis Vuitton had not previously patented his inventions, the motif featured the inscription “Marque L. Vuitton déposée” (“L. Vuitton registered trademark”) for the first time.

This Damier canvas would also be the last creation that history would attribute to Louis Vuitton, the founder. It would be officially presented in 1889 at the World’s Fair in Paris. This marked the beginning of the long story of the iconic Louis Vuitton Damier.

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After making way for just under a century for the Monogram canvas, which would singlehandedly fly the Maison’s flag around the world as of 1896, it was only in 1996 that the Damier canvas – over a century old at the time – was rereleased in its original tones and renamed Damier Ebène. It was once again an instant success.

In 2006, the Damier took on a feminine form and became Azur. A range of colours that evokes the glamour of the French Riviera, classic yet contemporary, casual and carefree, reflecting both a new style and a new more feminine feel.

In 2008, the Damier Canvas celebrated its 120th birthday. The Damier Ebène and Damier Azur were joined by a new masculine version: Damier Graphite. Revisited in black and anthracite, the Damier became undeniably urban. Damier Graphite is the first Louis Vuitton line solely dedicated to men. Adorned in smooth black leather and polished palladium hardware, the historic motif adopts an urban look that is stylish, streamlined, modern and cosmopolitan.

125 years after its creation, in 2011 the Damier canvas was revealed in a sophisticated masculine version in supple embossed leather. Initially revealed in flamboyant red, grey and onyx black at the Fall/Winter 2011 menswear show, Damier Infini is being enriched in 2013 with an intense dark brown and a sunshine yellow shade.

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In 2012, Louis Vuitton linked it to the world of sailing with the creation of a casual version in sturdy, lightweight nylon – Damier Aventure, and another more technical model in water-resistant nylon for more difficult conditions – Damier Challenge.

The Maison’s iconic signature and a limitless ground for creative expression, the Damier never ceases to offer surprises and reinvent itself. For Spring/Summer 2013, new fluorescent Damier Infini, Damier Ebène with a coloured interior and Damier Challenge models marked the runway show, bringing a new unmistakably fashion-forward direction.

The Damier story continues…

Images via Louis Vuitton / conception et photographie: Lacey@clm, assitant digital: Nicola Scorey, assistants photo: Mike Tinney & Andrew Mackie


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Trendy And Stylish Plus Size Clothing For Spring

There are lots of stylish plus size clothing available online for women who have fully rounded body. It seems like online stores do have more choices and stocks of clothing and accessories than the traditional stores nowadays. For sure, this one of the many reasons why plump women loves to do their shopping via the internet.

Many of you might think that plus size online stores offer nothing more than the usual or regular clothing. That is plain wrong. As I browse few online stores, I learned that plump fashion is as gorgeous and as elegant with those slim fashions when proper clothing and accessories are worn.

If you are one of those women who got this curvaceous plump body, I got something great for you. Below you will find my personal picks and favorites for plump fashion that came from a certain store that offers trendy and stylish plus size clothing. Check them out and let me know what you think.

Stylish Plus Size Fashion For Spring

Karoo Colour-Gradient Dress – A dress that can make you fashionably gorgeous within seconds! The spring friendly color of this dress along with its great neckline makes it a good fit for plump or full rounded body. Because of its soft fabric that falls loosely, it offers great comfort to your body.

Black Weise Maxi-Skirt – If you want a feminine and elegant look, this skirt is for you. The shimmering fabric this Maxi-Skirt has complements the curvaceous figure you have.

JJ Footwear’s smooth leather heeled ankle boots – This boots can give you this clean but fab and chic personality or look. This elegant and trendy looking leather heeled ankle boots goes greatly well with any given event or occasion. The maxi skirt above is a perfect match for this footwear.

Aside from being plump and full rounded body friendly, the clothing mentioned above goes along with the spring season as well. So if you are planning to buy them out, let me know how it turns out for you.

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YOU BETCHA

Lola Re and the Whatnot

I’ve just completed my seasonal mood board for S/S 13. Now is the perfect time of year for me to have a think/plan what I’m going to be wearing a season ahead (It’s nowhere near spring in London…).

It’s also pretty handy that London Fashion Week’s a-going on and while I’m aware of the shows, I don’t necessarily look them first. The FIRST thing I do is get my ideas down on paper (computer?) and sort out what I think is interesting at the moment. Right now, that’s a combination of The Shanghai skyline, Jewels, smiles, high waisted pencil skirts, crop tops, bouncy pin curls, lipstick, Veronica Lake, Karla Deras, Bettie Page, Motel Rocks and Clothesencounters.

Since my everyday life is hugely busy, I don’t have a lot of time to dress in the morning or change after work before I go out. So the options are either wear boring clothes (er, I might or might not be doing this now – depends on how much you like black I guess).

Or, I could look ahead a little. Here’sa behind-the-scenes of what I tend to do every season:

1. Make mood board – Pinterest
2. Post my fave fashion week collections (London, NYC, Paris, Milan, Stockholm)
3. Construct outfit ideas into a collection on Polyvore
4. Clean my closet and see what I’ve got already
5. Decide what else I need to pick up
5. Outfit of the day posts (Instagram)

Might seem like a lot of work but hey, I think it’s fun and it definitely helps me to stay pulled together when I am facing a packed schedule of work, classes, more work, gym, other projects and (at some point!) a social life :)

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Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices

A series of columns, descending on the elegant angle of an escalator, traversing the horizontal of the catwalk and ascending again, formed the fundamental structure of the Spring/Summer 2013 presentation. Each look was a strict rectangle when considered from the perspective of an architect’s elevation, interrupted on the horizontal at three levels, with the sleeve heads offering the only deviation from the straight and narrow. This strict template was inspired in part by the conceptual artist Daniel Buren and his work Les Deux Plateaux, a series of 260 columns of three different heights arranged in a grid within the great courtyard of the Palais Royal in Paris.

It was a marked contrast to the previous season, with the romantic making way for the mathematical. There were still flowers – although, silhouetted and abstracted, they were not immediately recognizable as such. But for the most part, decoration came in the form of strict checkerboard grids. This was the first ever Louis Vuitton collection where the monogram was nowhere to be seen; instead, the Damier pattern provided the House’s signature. Squares in differing colors and textures and at varying scales gave the clothes and accessories a starkly graphic quality.

For all its crisp, clean lines and bold blankness, the collection still included the labour-intensive embellishments for which Louis Vuitton is famous. The tiniest sequins ever produced were arranged by the thousand to create metallic surfaces, while slightly larger paillettes were stacked four-deep and stitched in precise grids to create geometric relief textures. ‘Tuffetage’, a technique taken from carpet-making, was embroidered on leather to create a flock-like effect.

A fundamental duality underpinned the collection: between the two colors of each grid; between shiny and matt textures; between presence and absence, in the case of the dresses with the cut-out squares. The collection was presented on models in pairs to reinforce these oppositions. Artistic director Marc Jacobs had the image of two very different French icons of the 1960s, Françoise Hardy and Jane Birkin, in mind when creating the collection: Hardy always very covered up, Birkin always revealing plenty of flesh, but both always in long, simple clothes.

The rectilinear discipline extended to the bags and shoes. The Envelope and the Flat already had the requisite right angles, while the Speedy was re-engineered in square and cubic forms.

Discover the Spring/Summer 2013 show bags below.

 

Damier Cubic

Damier Cubic Speedy Cube PM Green Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Cubic Speedy Cube PM Brown Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Cubic Speedy Cube PM
Colors:
Brown, Gray, Green
Size: tba
Price: US$2860

 

Damier Cubic Speedy East West Brown Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Cubic Speedy Cube East-West
Colors:
Brown, Yellow
Size: tba
Price: tba

 

Damier Facette

Revisited in the geometric spirit of Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection, the iconic Speedy bag becomes the Speedy Cube in Damier Facette. In brushed shiny calf leather embossed with the historic Damier pattern and structured by an English frame, Speedy Cube makes a strong style statement yet is versatile enough to accomplany a wide range of looks. The bags features two-way zipper with leather loop and padlock, removable cross-body strap, shiny silver brass metallic pieces, cream microfiber lining, interior pocket, and protective bottom studs.

Damier Facette Speedy Cube PM Creme Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Facette Speedy Cube PM
Colors:
Creme, Yellow
Size: 5.9″ x 8.7″ x 7.9″
Price: US$1750

 

Damier Facette Speedy Cube MM Camel Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Facette Speedy Cube MM
Colors:
Camel, Creme
Size: 7.1″ x 10.6″ x 9.4″
Price: US$2050

 

Damier Mosaic

The Enveloppe bags in Damier Mosaic nods to the graphic spirit of the Sixties. Their apparently simple design is the result of elaborate craftsmanship: strips of calfskin in two different colors are woven by hand, then overstitched to create a quilted effect which contrasts with the plain calf leather flap. The bags features the classic Toron twisted handle, shiny silver brass metallic pieces, plot lock with cubic closing, silk lining, a back flat pocket and an interior flat pocket, and an expandable gusset.

Damier Mosaic Enveloppe PM Yellow Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Mosaic Enveloppe PM
Colors:
Brown, Yellow
Size: 2.0″ x 7.1″ x 7.5″
Price: US$2850

 

Damier Mosaic Enveloppe East West Brown Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Mosaic Enveloppe East-West
Colors:
Brown Yellow
Size: 2.4″ x 5.9″ x 12.6″
Price: US$3250

 

Damier Optic

Damier Optic Speedy Cube Brown Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Optic Speedy Cube TPM
Colors:
Brown, Yellow
Size: tba
Price: US$2860

 

Damier Optic Cuir

Damier Optic Cuir PM Brown Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Optic Cuir PM
Color:
Brown
Size: tba
Price: US$4250

 

Damier Cuir Optic Brown MM Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Optic Cuir GM
Color:
Brown
Size: tba
Price: US$4650

 

Damier Optic Satin

Damier Satin Optic Pochette Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Optic Satin Enveloppe
Color:
Brown
Size: tba
Price: US$4250

 

Damier Illusion

Damier Illusion Speedy Cube Camel Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Damier Illusion Suede Speedy Cube PM
Colors:
Camel, Yellow
Size: 5.9″ x 8.7″ x 7.9″
Price: US$2560

 

Les Extraordinaires

This season’s Les Extraordinaires is an avant-garde evening clutch covered entirely with delicate crystal glass squares forming a strict checkerboard grid.

Les Extraordinaires Enveloppe Clutch Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Bag Names and Prices
Les Extraordinaires Enveloppe Clutch
Color:
Black
Size: tba
Price: tba

Images via Louis Vuitton


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Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Women’s Show Shoes

Super chic pumps with sexy pointed toes, 2.2″ straight sharp heels, and graphic outsize bows were the standout style from Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2013 fashion show which was inspired by conceptual artist Daniel Buren’s artworks. Strict minimalism, rectilinear discipline, and stark graphic quality underpins the collection, and features materials and fabrication such as glazed calf leather and silk that is intricately embroidered with tiny sequins. Discover the Magic Square collection below.

 

Magic Square in Glazed Calf Leather

Magic Square Slingback Pump in Glazed Calf Leather Black Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Womens Show Shoes
Magic Square Slingback Pump in Glazed Calf Leather
Colors:
Black, Camel
Sizes: IT 34-41, including half sizes
Heel Height: 2.2″
Price: US$850

 

Magic Square Slingback Pump in Glazed Calf Leather Yellow White Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Womens Show Shoes
Magic Square Slingback Pump in Glazed Calf Leather
Colors:
Yellow/White
Sizes: IT 34-41, including half sizes
Heel Height: 2.2″
Price: US$870

 

Magic Square Open Toe Pump in Glazed Calf Leather Brown White Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Womens Show Shoes
Magic Square Open-Sided Pump in Glazed Calf Leather
Colors:
Caramel/White, Brown/White
Sizes: IT 34-41, including half sizes
Heel Height: 2.2″
Price: US$870

 

Magic Square Pump in Glazed Calf Leather White Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Womens Show Shoes
Magic Square Pump in Glazed Calf Leather
Colors:
Grey, White
Sizes: IT 34-41, including half sizes
Heel Height: 2.2″
Price: US$850

 

Magic Square in Sequin-Embroidered Silk

Magic Square Pump in Sequin Embroidered Silk Black Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Womens Show Shoes
Magic Square Pump in Sequin-Embroidered Silk
Colors:
Black
Sizes: IT 34-41, including half sizes
Heel Height: 2.2″
Price: US$1250

 

Magic Square Pump in Sequin Embroidered Silk Brown White Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Womens Show Shoes
Magic Square Pump in Sequin-Embroidered Silk
Colors:
Yellow/White, Brown/White
Sizes: IT 34-41, including half sizes
Heel Height: 2.2″
Price: US$1250

Images via Louis Vuitton


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A Golden Year for Women on Screen

Richard Lund hollywood sign at night A Golden Year for Women on Screen

This film awards season is set to be a great one, especially for women. The last year has seen many actresses and female writers excel artistically in the film world, inspiring movie-goers all over. One of the current darlings of cinema, Jessica Chastain, is dominating the American box office – with the political thriller directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty, and the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror Mama both riding high recently.

Elsewhere in La La Land, everyone is talking about Lena Dunham and her surprisingly addictive TV series, Girls. The show might not sound so inspiring to begin with – it tells the stories of four twenty-something girls struggling with life, love and fledgling careers in contemporary Manhattan. However, the girls look like real girls, not flawless Hollywood starlets.

Lena Dunham took to the red carpet at the Golden Globes wearing a deep plum-coloured dress by New York designer Zac Posen that has divided fashion critics. But at the peak of her career and with so much obvious talent, does it really matter what she wears?

Another red carpet triumph was comedy actress Amy Poehler. As one of the two female presenters of the ceremony – alongside Tina Fey – she went through a few costume changes. But she ascended the red carpet wearing a black tuxedo by Stella McCartney – classic Diane Keaton style! Their presenting of the ceremony was hailed as a success, though it is rare that an awards ceremony presentation is entrusted to two women. Amy and Tina showed the film industry what they’ve been missing.

Of course, we do love the fashion, and it has been refreshing this year that for women in film, the fashion is just the icing on the cake of general fabulousness. To get some fashion inspiration for yourself, take some time to find that glamorous party dress to set you up for New Year success. The wonderful selection of evening maxi dresses from isme will inspire you to look your most glamorous, and maybe to be a bit more confident in your everyday life too.


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Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Men’s Show Shoes

“Diana Vreeland said that water was ‘God’s tranquilizer.’ She also said she thought the idea of the freedom of surfing was wonderful. That was one of the starting points for the collection,” explains Kim Jones, Louis Vuitton Men’s Style Director, working under the Artistic Direction of Marc Jacobs. “I was also looking at different kinds of men I related to this style – the Vuitton customer is not just one kind of man – and that spanned people from Yves Carcelle with his love of yachting to the idea of sailing clothes worn by men in both a street and pop sense.”

A reconfigured idea of luxury both through artisanal handcrafted techniques and materials, together with intense technical research and contemporary fabrications leads to a confluence of textures and tastes that can be both compared and contrasted throughout the collection. This mixture of texture, tech and tradition is a major motif of the collection.

The signature, textured bag leather ‘Epi’ was a starting point for much of this thought. This season the leather is utilized in clothing (transformed into a neon-yellow zip jacket for one) and shoes (Epi deck shoes are the predominant footwear in the collection) as well as in its traditional role for bags. The Damier is also given a re-invention this season appearing in waterproof nylon in sneakers and also newly and chicly contrast trimmed in the signature colour of the collection, navy blue. Technical, rope tied sandals are accented with luxurious crocodile or traditional suede desert boots have inserts of flouro tech fabric. The mixture of tech and tradition is an approach to reflect the contrasting tastes of contemporary consumers and travellers – from the appeal of La Croisette in Cannes to scuba diving in Belize.

 

Archipelago

Archipelago Sandal in Cord and Crocodile Like Calf Leather Blue Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Mens Show Shoes
Archipelago Sandal in Cord and Crocodile-Like Calf Leather
Colors:
Blue, Orange
Price: US$905

This striking sandal was inspired by boat ropes. An extraordinary combination of materials, including cord, leather, wood and rubber, make up this elaborate avant-garde design.

 

Seafarer

Seafarer Loafer in Epi Calf Leather Blanc Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Mens Show Shoes
Seafarer Loafer in Calf Leather
Colors:
White, Marine
Price: US$860

One of the standout looks of Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2013 Men’s fashion show, this super-chic reinterpretation of the classic boat shoe comes in iconic Epi calf leather enriched with nautical details, including a padded ankle with a strap and rubberized eyelets and lace tips.

 

Anchor

Anchor Richelieu in Calf Leather Blanc Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Mens Show Shoes
Anchor Richelieu in Calf Leather
Color:
White
Price: US$830

This lace-up in supple calf leather is the ideal partner for formal summer looks. Its elegantly rounded lines are complemented by a graphic straight cut-out on the side and a natural leather sole.

Anchor Richelieu in Suede Calf Leather Beige Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Mens Show Shoes
Anchor Richelieu in Suede Calf Leather
Color:
Beige
Price: US$820

This lace-up in velvety suede calf leather is the ideal partner for formal summer looks. Its elegantly rounded lines are complemented by a graphic straight cut-out on the side and a natural leather sole.

 

Starboard

Starboard Ankle Boot in Suede Calf Leather Beige Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Mens Show Shoes
Starboard Ankle Boot in Suede Calf Leather Marine Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Mens Show Shoes
Starboard Ankle Boot in Suede Calf Leather
Colors:
Beige, Blue, Khaki
Price: US$890

This eye-catching reinterpretation of the classic desert boot comes in velvety suede calf leather with fluorescent flashes on the sole and lining.

 

Hightide

Hightide Sneaker in Technical Textile Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Mens Show Shoes
Hightide Sneaker in Technical Textile
Color:
Blue
Price: US$675

This cutting-edge sneaker in technical fabric was inspired by scuba diving footwear. Among its innovative features are a zipper and push button fastening at the back and a graphic outsole shaped like a wave.

 

Zip Up

Zip Up Sneaker in Damier Challenge Khaki Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Mens Show Shoes
Zip Up Sneaker in Damier Challenge
Color:
Khaki
Price: US$660

This stylish sneaker in Damier Challenge canvas is embellished with on-trend details, including outsize eyelets, a padded heel flap and a zipper on the side.

Zip Up Sneaker Boot in Damier Challenge Blue Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Mens Show Shoes
Zip Up Sneaker Boot in Damier Challenge
Color:
Blue
Price: US$730

This stylish hi-top sneaker in Damier Challenge canvas is embellished with on-trend details, including outsize eyelets, a padded heel flap and a zipper on the side.

 

Cut Back

Cut Back Sneaker in Damier Canvas Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2013 Mens Show Shoes
Cut Back Sneaker in Damier Ebène
Color:
Ebène
Price: US$705

One of the season’s strongest statements, this stylish sneaker in Damier canvas features an array of innovative details, including graphic side flaps and a fluorescent orange velcro strap on the back for easy fitting.

Images via Louis Vuitton


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Transform Your Site with a Custom Background

Recently, I highlighted blogs and websites displaying custom colors and custom fonts, which you can enable on your own site with a Custom Design upgrade. Today, let’s look at a free way to easily transform your site: a custom background.

If chosen carefully, a custom background can reveal a lot about your site’s focus, as well as your overall aesthetic. I asked a few users about the backgrounds they’ve uploaded to their sites, and how they chose them:

Gherkins & Tomatoes, Biscuits & Gravy

Cynthia, the writer and photographer behind Gherkins & Tomatoes, Biscuits & Gravy, focuses on the cuisine and rich history of the American South. Her background caught my eye immediately — it enhances and unifies her image-oriented site.

Gherkins & Tomatoes, Biscuits & Gravy

Gherkins & Tomatoes, Biscuits & Gravy

Tell us about your custom background. Why did you choose it?

I downloaded this background from GRSites, which has all sorts of textures. I love the tiled effect with my customized Gridspace theme. I chose this image because it looks like a lot of buildings in the American South, where the weather wreaks havoc with paint on exterior walls, especially old out-of-the-way restaurants. Since my blog primarily covers the food history of the American South, I wanted something that conveyed the time-worn look of the white frame houses so common in the American South, the “homeplace” where so many people remember eating grandma’s cornbread and soup beans, sugary pies, and fluffy cakes.

Got any tips to share with users who want to upload a custom background?

If your blog contains a lot of photos, as mine does, be sure the background doesn’t detract from your main content area. You don’t want things to look too “busy.” The background design should complement everything else that the reader sees. It should also convey something about your blog’s main focus.

I’ve also played around with quite large files for backgrounds and these also work well, provided there are large expanses of color or shapes in the image. Why is this important? If the larger image has too much detail in it, it will tile in such a way that distracts the reader from what you’ve featured on your blog. If, on the other hand, your blog content doesn’t rely so much on photos or graphics, you can use a pretty busy background.

Thanks for your tips, Cynthia!

A Weirder Fetish

The front page of Vanessa’s travel blog, A Weirder Fetish, is packed with photography, from the large featured images in the slider to the thumbnails down the sidebar. Her whimsical, illustrated header is colorful and prominent. So, I like her choice of a subtle, light gray pattern because it doesn’t overpower, yet still adds texture and contributes to her theme of wanderlust and exploration.

A Weirder Fetish

A Weirder Fetish

Tell us about your custom background. Why did you choose it?

I chose a group of houses as my custom background, so that the tiled effect would display rows and rows of a closely-knit populated town. It creates the sense that every single place in this world is connected to each other in one way or another — that we are not too different after all. It has always been my dream to travel to places like Italy one day (the streets of Naples, for example). This background also serves as a constant reminder to achieve this dream!

Got any tips to share with users who want to upload a custom background?

Your custom background shouldn’t stand out too much because after all, the main content lies in the posts you upload. A tiled custom background should be kept simple and spaced out so it allows for comfortable reading. Start with something close to the theme you’d like to present. More importantly, choose imagery you really love, for you are possibly the number one visitor of your own blog.

Great advice. Thanks, Vanessa!

Now, it’s your turn!

BackgroundMost of our themes on WordPress.com allow you to upload a new background image, select an existing image from your Media Library and set it as the background image, or select a color. Go to Appearance » Background in your dashboard. If you don’t see this option, your current theme does not support the custom background feature. But don’t fret — in the Theme Showcase, you can browse the themes that support custom backgrounds.

After you’ve uploaded a background image or selected one from your Media Library, you’ll see Display Options. You can:

  • Position your image on the left, center, or right of the page.
  • Set your image so it repeats (the “tiled” look that Cynthia and Vanessa describe above) or doesn’t repeat — you can tile the image vertically and horizontally throughout the entire page, tile horizontally only, or tile vertically only.
  • Set your background to “scroll” with your content, or stay “fixed” in place when a viewer scrolls down the page, as shown on both Cynthia and Vanessa’s blogs above.

Color WheelIf you don’t want to display an image but still want to transform your background, play around with the color wheel. If you know the exact hexadecimal value of the color you want to use, enter it directly into the color field.

If you prefer to pick a color from the color wheel, click on the Select Color link beside the box, which opens up the color wheel. When you have found the color you want, click Save Changes.

Need inspiration?

Here are examples of other blogs with custom backgrounds:

  • Design by Lulu: A pretty site with a matching patterned background and pastel header. In fact, Lindsay’s background is the same image on her business cards. This visual consistency is smart — it makes you and your brand recognizable.
  • One Theology: A site focusing on discussions and ideas about theology and philosophy. The black-and-white scheme and uppercase font in the header create a bold and sleek site, and the lettering displayed in the background enhances the design.
  • New Girls About Towns: A blog by two gals, Ellie in London and Sara in New York. They take advantage of the Confit theme’s full-page background with bright, playful illustrated city icons that match their site’s custom header. Note: With Confit, an individual page can have its own background image (to do this, just set a featured image to that page).

Don’t have your own image to use and want pattern and texture ideas? In addition to Cynthia’s suggestion, GRSites, poke around on these sites:


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Get Notifications On the Go With WordPress for iOS

Did you know you can get notifications about new comments, new followers, likes on your posts, and more with the WordPress for iOS app? It’s a super convenient way to keep up with your blog even when you’re away from your desk. With version 3.4 of WordPress for iOS (available now on the App Store), you get all this in addition to posting, checking stats, and reading your favorite blogs.

Version 3.4 of WordPress for iOS: Notifications, showing on iPad Mini and iPhone 5

Mobile notifications

WordPress for iOS connects directly to your WordPress.com blog and shows you the same notifications you get in your WordPress.com toolbar, but with a twist: You also get push notifications for everything happening on your blog. It’s the quickest way to approve or reply to a comment, since you’ll know about it as soon as it’s posted. With the built-in threads, you can easily see any comments your readers are responding to and keep up with conversations in the community. Checking in on your post is just a tap away!
Example of a Like Push Notification
When you get a new follower, or someone likes or reblogs one of your posts, you’re notified as well. The app even sends you notifications for those special days when you’re receiving a lot of traffic. And should it ever get too noisy, you can mute an entire blog or disable certain types of notifications — likes, for example — in the Settings panel.

Download the WordPress app for your deviceLearn more about WordPress for iOS

Other ways to get notified

Don’t have an iOS device or just prefer your computer? There are other ways to keep up with your blog.

Browser extensions/add-ons

With a browser extension/add-on, you will be notified whenever someone likes your posts, follows your blog, posts a comment, and more. You can use Press This to blog about interesting things you find online, as well as follow blogs you like, no matter what website you’re browsing.

Get the WordPress.com Chrome extensionLearn more

Get the WordPress.com Firefox add-onLearn more

notifications-wordpress-com-on-mobile-2013WordPress.com on mobile

Did you know that WordPress.com works just as well on your smartphone/tablet as on your computer? Try it now! Go to WordPress.com on your device (don’t forget to add it to the home screen) and browse away. You’ll find all the things you like and use, including a notifications view. Just like with an app or a browser extension/add-on you’ll see all your notifications in one place, including stats highlights and replies to your comments.

Feedback

If you’re interested in our mobile apps and would like to help test and contribute to them, head on over to Make WordPress Mobile where all the magic happens. Be sure to follow @WordPressiOS on Twitter to stay up to date with the latest news about the WordPress for iOS app.

What do you like most about WordPress.com notifications and how do you prefer to read them? Feel free to let us know in the comments.


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A Look at Painters with Portfolios

Recently, Michelle announced the launch of WordPress.com/portfolios. If you take photographs, record music and video, illustrate and paint, or design things, you can build a portfolio here on WordPress.com, using one of our portfolio themes.

I was curious to see how painters use WordPress.com as an ultimate canvas to compile and display their masterpieces. If you’re a painter looking for ways to build your online portfolio, find inspiration from these artists:

Fatima Ronquillo

Fatima Ronquillo

Fatima Ronquillo

Born in the Philippines and now living in New Mexico, self-taught painter Fatima Ronquillo paints classically inspired portraits. Yet her body of work also evokes magical realism — it’s playful and even eerie. Fatima’s gallery of paintings covers seven years (click on “Works” in the menu to browse back to 2007), so take the time to browse her collection. She uses Portfolio, a premium theme in our Theme Showcase.

Fatima Ronquillo 2012 Paintings

Fatima Ronquillo 2012 Paintings

Under the “Representation” tab, she’s created pages for her work in galleries in New Mexico, Utah, and Texas; and under “About,” you’ll find links to her biography and a detailed résumé listing past exhibitions and press.

In addition to the evergreen content on these pages, she has a blog, accessible in the main menu. (You can set up your site this way, too; read about the Front Page option on our Support site.) On her blog, she announces exhibitions, shares new paintings, and muses on her craft. And she does so beautifully: in “Love for one’s work,” you’ll see her words are as delicate as her brush strokes:

As for myself, I love my work but rarely do I enjoy it. Drawing is pleasurable because it is immediately gratifying. Perhaps this is why I jealously guard my drawings and am reluctant to show them; they are my private joy. Painting on the other hand is too difficult and slow going. So why do I paint? For the same reason why Proust’s narrator pursues writing: love. If drawing is the seed of an idea, then an oil painting for me is that idea fully realized.

Zany4Days

Zany4Days

Zany4Days

The goal is a water colour painting a day, regardless of what’s going on. The purpose is to seek out 20-30 minutes of unplugged quiet time every day. . . . The world around us is getting busier all the time. In what ways might I create that meditative space for myself?

Ian Rosenfeldt approaches Zany4Days as an experiment: to step outside of his comfort zone, to create something artistic on a regular basis, and to carve out personal time each day. He uses a free theme, Hatch, which is perfect for his painting-a-day project. Hatch is a minimal theme, yet the grid-style design displays bold images, and the colors pop against the solid black background.

If you’re interested in creating a visual layout like this using Hatch, you need to set Featured Images in each of your posts. To do this, find the Featured Image module on the bottom right when you’re creating or editing a post and select the image to appear in the grid.

Hatch featured imageWe also like how Ian captures the spiral binding of his notebook in each shot, which creates a visual motif as you scroll down his front page. He’s invited us to peek into his artistic process, page after page. It’s a unique, personal touch.

Maurice Sapiro

Maurice Sapiro

Maurice Sapiro

Maurice Sapiro, a longtime painter in Connecticut, paints landscapes, still life, and dreamscapes and uses a customized Nishita theme to display his moody and ethereal pieces, inspired by the outdoors as well as the human figure. The Nishita theme works well with big images — its default “photoblog” layout is super-wide at 1024 pixels, which puts the focus on Maurice’s artwork.

You can also choose between a light and dark color scheme, and here, the white background showcases the delicate shades of his paintings. With large images, the viewer can see and appreciate the subtle layers and technique and movement of his brush.

Custom Menu

Unlike Fatima and Ian above, who use a front page-style and grid-like design to present their paintings, Maurice opts for a traditional blog layout. At the top, he has an extensive custom menu to various pages, categories, and custom links to his other sites so you can easily explore his breadth of work spanning 60 years. To start, take a look at his collections of watercolors“poured paintings,” and skyscapes.

To provide space for his super-wide images, he skips a sidebar but takes advantage of the three widget areas in the footer, using Image Widgets to link to his work on eBay, as well as the Top Posts & Pages, My Community, and Posts I Like Widgets to display notable content and the online network he’s built.

Check out other painters making a splash on WordPress.com:

Want more? Dive into the Painting, Art, Watercolor, and Acrylic topic pages in the WordPress.com Reader.


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