Archive for June, 2013

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2014 Menswear Show Backstage

Discover backstage photographs from yesterday’s show at the gallery above.

The Louis Vuitton traveler this season moves from the East to the West Coast of the United States. Let loose with the mythology of the American road trip in its many incarnations, yet never neglecting the practical and luxurious actuality of such an endeavor, the Spring/Summer 2014 collection embraces the narratives that make up a golden, global view of America.

“The collection is really about the freedom of the road and that freedom itself being luxurious” says Kim Jones, Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Studio and Style Director. “The clothing should have that do-what-you-want attitude. It’s a road trip drawing on elements of classic American culture from clothes, music to souvenirs. It’s the changing environment from city to forest to desert; that journey in a day from snow covered mountains to cacti in the desert that you can only really seem to have in America. Like the radio you listen to as you travel through the states.”

Learn more about the collection: Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2014 Menswear Collection

Images via Louis Vuitton


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Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2014 Menswear Show

The Louis Vuitton traveler this season moves from the East to the West Coast of the United States. Let loose with the mythology of the American road trip in its many incarnations, yet never neglecting the practical and luxurious actuality of such an endeavor, the Spring/Summer 2014 collection embraces the narratives that make up a golden, global view of America.

“The collection is really about the freedom of the road and that freedom itself being luxurious” says Kim Jones, Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Studio and Style Director. “The clothing should have that do-what-you-want attitude. It’s a road trip drawing on elements of classic American culture from clothes, music to souvenirs. It’s the changing environment from city to forest to desert; that journey in a day from snow covered mountains to cacti in the desert that you can only really seem to have in America. Like the radio you listen to as you travel through the states.”

Embracing the iconography of classic American sportswear, utilitarian and formalwear – yet each given the inimitable, hyper-luxurious Vuitton view – the collection encompasses a notion of chic eclecticism. Building from a contemporary take on sixties varsity preppy, taking in the free-ranging spirit of the outdoorsman, nodding to the counter-culture credo and finally culminating in the sophisticated formality of the prom.

Flip through backstage photographs from the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2014 Menswear Collection.

Icons of American pop and clothing culture are transposed and transported in the form of the motorcycle jacket with tuffetage V logo, the ultimate blouson, the classic denim jacket reformed in soft, blue suede or the Vuitton Monogram bandana and Damier patchworks. American plaids run throughout fused into double-faced silks, often reversible and super light for summer or blown-up and woven as lightweight tweeds. Patchwork functions as a leitmotif throughout, from simple cotton patterns in oversized shirts to the predominant technique in the footwear, featuring a combination of contrasting exotic skins. Tie-dyes and a new galaxy Monogram silk give a contemporary take on psychedelia and a new meaning to the space race. While signature hand-woven Japanese kimono silks dominate the youthful eveningwear – a new, chic take on prom classics. Here the boys wear ‘corsages’ crafted from feathers and in the shape of silver pegged dandelion clocks, forget-me-nots and ears of corn.

The Vuitton bags in turn feature a distinctly on the road feel this season. A soft, roomy, luggage construction predominates, hybridized between the suitcase and the rucksack. A perforated take on the classic Damier pattern appears mainly in caramel Nomade leather – a colour theme that is also transposed to key items of leather outerwear in the collection.

Contrasting sleek aluminium cases for laptops and tablets – in similar Damier patterns – are carried in an equal sophisticated yet utilitarian sense. The Damier is also recalled on a new ultra supple and light leather, proposed on multi usage bags. The first step of a new vision of nomadism.

The soundtrack for the show is REM and was collaborated on by Michael Stipe. As Kim Jones explains: “I have wanted to work with Michael for a while and this collection seemed the perfect opportunity for his sound. I grew up listening to so many of his songs – and he is also one of the first people to buy my clothes!”

Images via Louis Vuitton


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Puff Power: How to Get Rid of Puffy Eyes

Do your puffy eyes and unsightly eye bags hound you all the time? Puffy eyes are commonly caused by sleeping too much or too little, fluid retention from excess sodium intake, drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking, allergic reactions, and the normal aging process. But you can reduce or banish eye puffiness fast. Here are some easy and quick fixes to get rid of puffy eyes, so you can brave the big day ahead with fresh-looking bright eyes.

Apply caffeinated eye cream or moistened black tea bags.

Caffeine has the tendency to absorb the fluid that collects in your under-eye area, eliminating the puffiness and giving the skin under your eyes a tighter, smoother appearance. When you use tea bags, take care not to choose ones with citrus or lemon ingredients as they can sting and irritate the eyes.

Gently dab on cold witch hazel extract on the puffy eye area.

Witch hazel is used as a natural astringent and herbal remedy. It imparts a skin-tightening effect and works fast. Moisten two cotton pads with witch hazel, close your eyes, and then place them on the puffy eye area for up to five minutes. Keep a small bottle of witch hazel extract in the fridge for your quick morning touch-ups.

Use good old cold cucumber slices.

This delicious salad staple is also a fantastic beauty tool. Place two thick slices of fresh and chilled cucumber on your eyes. Allow the enzymes to soak through the skin and safely fight off the inflammation. Enjoy the soothing and cooling effect of cucumber on your eyes!

Fight puffiness with fresh potatoes.

Like cucumbers, potatoes have natural anti-inflammatory properties you can rely on to banish dull and puffy eyes. Grate a small peeled potato. Place the grated potato in a permeable cloth to allow the potato juices to soak through and be absorbed by the skin around your eyes.

Try a bag of frozen peas or cold metal spoons.

This anti-puffiness remedy is quick and effective. Place either a bag of frozen peas or a cold metal spoon on the eye area for around three minutes. You will notice the skin under your eyes tighten and the eye bags disappear.

Apply egg whites.

Get rid of eye puffiness and prevent wrinkles by gently dabbing egg whites on your under-eye area. Whip the egg whites until they become stiff. You can also add two to three drops of witch hazel extract before you apply the mixture carefully under your eyes. Wait for it to dry completely before you rinse it.

Minimize your sodium intake.

Salt is unavoidable, because almost all foods, especially processed ones, contain it. But you can reduce your salt consumption. Doing so not only gets rid of the fluid retention under your eyes, but also keeps you away from blood pressure surges that contribute to cardiovascular disease. To help lower your salt intake, minimize your consumption of canned and processed edibles.

Shun alcoholic drinks and cigarettes.

This is fool-proof advice and is not only meant to address your frequent eye puffiness. Your body will thank you, too.

Elizabeth Garvey works at a makeup counter. She frequently shares her best tips for making eyes look their best on fashion and style blogs. Visit NextDayLenses to find out more.

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Louis Vuitton x Eine: Neon Giant Square

The Neon Giant Square is the result of a collaboration between Louis Vuitton and British street artist Eine, who has taken inspiration from Louis Vuitton’s heritage to express the excitement of travel in bold neon-like letters forming the words ‘Great Adventures’ on a dramatic black background. ‘Great Adventures’ illustrates “how I feel, every time you get off a plane in a new city, it is the beginning of an adventure, all about new encounters,” says Eine. The square’s generous size allows it to be worn in many different ways, while its luxurious silk georgette fabric is ideal for all seasons.

In celebration of this partnership, Eine, who was born in 1970 and now works predominantly in East London, will decorate Louis Vuitton’s new pop-up store, which will feature clothing by the brand. In the past, Louis Vuitton has had successful projects with artists like Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince to name a few.

The square measures 53.5″ x 53.5″, made from 100% silk, and hand-finished with rolled edges. Available at Louis Vuitton stores for approx. US$800

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Images via Louis Vuitton


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Watch Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring/Summer 2014 Show

Kim Jones is about to launch his fifth collection for Louis Vuitton. The gigantic event returns to Parc André Citroën and its magnificent glass structure, where it was held the past few years.

Once again, the House men’s style director will create a stunning universe, continuing its journey across the world.

Discover the full experience on June 27th 2013, 2:30 PM Paris Time, at fashionshow.louisvuitton.com

Images via Louis Vuitton


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Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2013 Women’s Shoes Catalogue

Discover Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2013 Women’s Shoes catalogue photographed by Koto Bolofo and shot at Hôtel de Crillon in Paris.

Images via Louis Vuitton


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Customizing Modularity Lite: Girls of Summer

Today’s featured blog, Girls of Summer, demonstrates a crucial point: the default look of a theme shouldn’t deter you from choosing it if its features are the right match for your needs. Instead, tweaking and personalizing your theme will bring together its strengths and your vision.  Let’s take a closer look at the striking transformation of Modularity Lite from edgy, dark lounge to bright, breezy porch.

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A theme to match an audience

Girls of Summer focuses on children’s literature, and offers its young (largely female) readership book recommendations for the summer months. Authors Gigi Amateau and Meg Medina wanted to captivate and engage the girls who form their core audience (along with their parents, teachers, and librarians) from the outset.

“When we think summer, we think ocean breeze, sandy beaches, suntan lotion, and great books,” says Gigi. The resulting design channels these elements perfectly: Meg and Gigi customized their blog’s header and background with soft, bright colors that evoke endless sunny days on the beach (in themes that offer a custom header and background, these changes are easily executed from your dashboard: Appearance >> Header and Appearance >> Background will do the trick). The blog’s header image shows an open book (the bookmark? Sunscreen!), and the colorful, horizontal lines from the beach chair are echoed throughout the page. Without reading a single post, you know, intuitively, what this blog is about.

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Don’t judge a theme by its cover

Using a photo theme for a book blog might sound counter-intuitive. Meg and Gigi, however, wanted to put the book covers center stage. They were immediately drawn by Modularity Lite’s standout feature: a generously sized homepage slide show. “Front and center, that slide show makes the blog,” says Gigi. It allows each book cover to be presented prominently, and for all the recommended books (as many as 20 at a time) to have a moment in the limelight.

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The same captivating images from the slide show follow readers as they scroll down the page to explore books in greater detail, giving the blog as a whole a unified and inviting visual tone.

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The images function as more than mere decoration, though: if a reader was intrigued by a book cover, it is that much easier to locate it down the page, using the image as a clue. Gigi adds: “The images, the colors, and [...] the slide show are all intended to make our visitors feel happy and excited to pick up a book and read it!”

Community by design

authorpagesAside from the lovely visuals, Gigi and Meg took advantage of several other features of Modularity Lite to inspire a sense of interaction and community across their blog. They set the tone for their blog by using Modularity Lite’s Welcome Message feature (Appearance  >> Theme Options). They activated the theme’s optional sidebar (Widgets >> Sidebar), where they provide links to their favorite authors and illustrators, as well as to other resources for young readers.

They’ve also made it possible for their visitors to find older content without cluttering the blog’s clean design: an easy-to-navigate drop menu encourages readers to click their way to more recommendations, as well as to interviews with featured authors.

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Adding final touches

With the full power of Modularity Lite’s free features already deployed to great effect, Meg and Gigi went one step further and customized their fonts and colors to tie together the different elements of their blog. A paid upgrade of $30 a year opens up a near-endless variety of fonts and colors, and Girls of Summer clearly picked theirs wisely: from the relaxed, informal Comic Sans font in their blog title, to the bright palette of their top menu.

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While Modularity Lite does not support the Custom Colors module, Meg and Gigi could nonetheless tweak the blog’s color scheme to perfection using CSS, another major feature of the paid upgrade. As for Custom Fonts, the bloggers have opted to exercise full control over their choices using the Advanced Mode, which allowed them to use their preferred Typekit-created fonts.

It can, in fact, take a village

Creating an inviting design and engaging with their audience, and the blogging community at large, has paid off in unexpected ways: when Gigi and Meg encountered some roadblocks in their design, their fellow bloggers came to the rescue with what turned out to be an easy solution. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help from the WordPress.com community,” advises Gigi. “Sometimes, what seems insurmountable is really just a tweak in the settings.” Having built a blog where every detail is tailored to make the target audience at home, Gigi has one overarching design philosophy: “identify your goals for your blog and find a theme that supports those goals.” Girls of Summer clearly has.

Earlier posts in the Customizing series:


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Domains 101: An Introduction to Custom Domains

Wasn’t it Shakespeare who once said, “A blog by any other domain would read just as sweetly”?  While it’s true that, as long as you are writing good content consistently, you will find your niche and audience, your site address is an important part of your online presence. A memorable site address is a direct link to your and your readers. Without it, they can’t find you.

Your web address is what connects users to your site. Without it, they can't find you and your fantastic content.

Your web address is what connects users to your site. Without it, they can’t find you and your fantastic content.

When you sign up for a site on WordPress.com, you automatically receive a free WordPress.com subdomain, like dailypost.wordpress.com. Your site is always available through your WordPress.com address and you can use it for free for as long as you’d like. As your blog grows, you may find that you’d like to further customize your site address and replace your *.wordpress.com subdomain with your own .com.

To help familiarize you with the world of domains, we’ve crafted up a series of posts for you on domain basics, domain ownership, and the nitty gritty of how domains work.

The basics

It’s a habitual act for many of us: you sit down at your desk or pull your laptop onto your lap while lounging on the couch. You press the power button, the screen glows, and your cursor moves, almost automatically, to your browser of choice. In the address bar, you begin to type a web address, press enter, and voilà!

When you type a URL into your address bar, you send a signal through your computer to request the files that make up that website and display them in a neat little package on your browser. But guess what? Anyone can register their own, unique domain, including you.

To use your own custom domain, you first need to register it. Registering a domain means that you own this particular web address, just like we own the domain WordPress.com. No one else can use your domain while it’s registered to you, since the same URL can’t bring you to more than one site.

Domains are a series of memorable letters and numbers we use to connect to a website.

Domains are a series of memorable letters and numbers we use to connect to a website.

Before registering your domain, there are a few options you’ll want to note. The ending of a domain, such as .com or .net, is known as a TLD, or top-level domain. The TLD you choose doesn’t affect how visitors access your site or how your site is presented to the web. Instead, TLDs are primarily a style preference. A domain’s TLD can act as a regional marker, such as domains ending in .ca, which is the country code for Canada, or an opportunity for a clever play on words, such as allabout.me. Through WordPress.com, you can register .com, .net, .org, or .me TLDs.

During the registration process, you’ll also run into the option to register privately. By default, the contact information for the registrant, or owner, of a domain is publicly available through Whois (pronounced “Who is?”) which is a tool that allows you to see who owns a domain name. If you’d like to keep your information private, a domain registrar will offer a private registration. For private domain registrations, it is still important to keep your contact information accurate, but your information will be protected from Whois searches.

A few common questions

Q: Once I buy a domain, is it mine forever?

A: Domains need to be renewed yearly to maintain your ownership, and it is very important to make sure your domain never expires as long as you’d like to keep using that address.

If you register your domain through WordPress.com, it’s possible to set up an automatic renewal so that it’s renewed automatically each year. Automatic renewal for domains goes through 30 days before the domain expires. This way, if there’s a problem with your payment, we can alert you before the domain expires.

At WordPress.com, you can register domains ending in .com, .net, .me, and .org.

At WordPress.com, you can register domains ending in .com, .net, .me, and .org.

Q: No one can buy a domain with my name in it.

A: It’s a great idea to buy the domain that matches your name, but it’s not guaranteed to be yours. If there’s more than one person with the same name as you, it’s quite possible that one of your namesakes may have already bought the domain. With domains, it’s first-come, first-served.

Once a domain is registered, it’s not available for anyone else to buy. Some registrants will offer to sell a domain they own, but the price can vary considerably.

If the domain you want is already taken, consider a different TLD. For example, janedoe.com may be taken, but janedoe.me may be available instead.

Still have more questions? Don’t worry, we’ve got your covered. Stay tuned for the next part of our series on domains when we cover hosting, name servers, and DNS, oh my!


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Freshly Pressed Friday Faves

Here in North America, it’s late spring and the plants are in a rush — growing visibly each day in a bid to soak up every rain drop and sunbeam before fall forces summer to flee. We feel we should document every moment with a camera — to capture it before that beauty fades for another year. This week, as we read through the stunning posts featured on Freshly Pressed in the Reader, we were awed by photographers capturing still life and not so still life on-the-spot, around the world.

Myanmar: Dhala, Bamboo village

Lithuanian photographer and journalist Berta Tilmantaite transported us to a bamboo-hut village in Myanmar where smiles are plentiful: a young man smiles posing with his red-dress-clad daughter, a young girl grins as she watches a boy in mid-hula hoop, and the shy smile of a young boy in a yellow shirt. We loved this glimpse into life halfway around the globe and the deep feeling of community and humanity the photos portray.

Photo by Berta Tilmantaite.

Photo by Berta Tilmantaite.

New York streets

London, England-based professional photographer Roger Harris posted about a recent photographic journey through the streets of New York. We loved the diversity Roger captures, from gents playing chess outdoors, to exuberant tourists in I heart New York sweartshirts taking snapshots, to two mother and daughter pairs on the subway, to an elderly man walking hunched over, past the Donut Pub in the rain. Like Berta’s Myanmar series, Roger’s photographs portray the humanity of homo sapiens.

Photo by Roger Harris.

Photo by Roger Harris.

Mudbrick Winter Wedding — Christina & Hamish

Meanwhile, Lauretta and Blair Quax, wedding photographers at Shine Studios in Auckland, New Zealand, tell the story of the first day in a lifelong journey with their photos of Christina & Hamish’s wedding. We loved the emotions that Lauretta and Blair’s photos reflect: the romantic, lavender-swathed fairy tale setting, the shy, reflective bride as she dresses and primps, the juxtaposition of formal jackets hung from a sign that says “beach,” the anticipation in a bevy of champagne glasses standing at the ready to toast the young couple, and softly-lit photos of mingling family and friends celebrating the event. The photos made us want to raise a glass to wish Christina and Hamish a long and happy life together.

Little Church on the Prairie

South African photographer Robin is documenting his travels from Pretoria, South Africa, to British Columbia, Canada in photographs. South of Quesnel, in north nentral British Columbia, Robin photographs an old, abandoned, fire-scarred Catholic church standing in a lush green field, stark against the falling evening. The photos evoke loss, not only in fire, but of the communities that once gathered to bless weddings, baptize babies, and mourn the dead, now absent.

Photo by Robin.

Photo by Robin.

Did you read something in the Reader that you think is Freshly Pressed material? Feel free to leave us a link, or tweet us @freshly_pressed.

For more inspiration, check out our writing challengesphoto challenges, and other blogging tips at The Daily Post; visit our Recommended Blogs; and browse the most popular topics in the Reader. For editorial guidelines for Freshly Pressed, read: So You Want To Be Freshly Pressed.


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New Theme: Wire

It’s Theme Thursday! We’re happy to introduce an amazing new theme: Wire.

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Designed by the talented Justin Carroll, Wire features a wide, one-column layout and comes with support for all post formats. It’s more fun than ever to showcase your creativity. You’ll have the flexibility to publish your content without headaches.

Wire is a premium upgrade for your blog. Read more about Wire, or test drive it for yourself by going to Appearance → Themes in your Dashboard.


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