The Met Ball: Winning Looks

Ashley Olsen in The RowDesigners, models and celebs were out in full force on Monday night for this year’s Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City (or to the city’s society folk, the Met).Whereas 2008’s “Superheroes” exhibit paid tribute to Catwoman and the gang, this year’s spring dance for the ultra chic and fashionable was themed “The Model as Muse”.Dolling up for New York’s fashion event of the year is never easy. After all, the Costume Institute at the MET houses one of the world’s largest and most respected collections for haute couture. The look has to be as formal as an Oscar gown, as fresh as something a “Best New Artist” would wear to the MTV Music Awards, as fashion forward as a Flaunt magazine cover, and as decadent as an outfit Liberace would don to a Christmas ball hosted by Catherine the Great.Without further ado, let’s take a look at this year’s honor students who “met” the challenge beautifully.Go Big or Go Home!Heidi Klum in J. Mendel (preggers!)Elizabeth Hurley in Elie Saab CoutureClaudia Schiffer in Atelier VersaceIvanka Trump in Brian ReyesKate Beckinsale in MarchesaMarion Cotillard in Christian Dior (va-va-voom!), with John GallianoThe IngnueJessica Alba in Jason WuRachel Bilson in BallyClaire Danes in Armani PriveRenee Zellweger in Carolina Herrera (but of course)Diane Kruger in Chanel Haute CoutureOnce a Muse, Always a MuseCaroline Trentiniin in John GallianoAgyness Deyn and Twiggy in Burberry ProrsumCarmen Kass in Michael KorsIman in Donna Karan[ via: US Weekly and ]

January 16, 2017

20 Nature-Inspired Embroidery to Melt Away the Winter Blues

As the holly jolly holidays have long past and we find ourselves in the middle of January, it’s natural to long for an escape from the dreary conditions winter brings—freezing temperatures, barren trees, and gloomy skies. While it may feel like March is a million months away, art is always a savior you can turn to for emotion refuge. In this case, you can spring forward with a cheerful collection of nature-inspired embroidery to melt away the winter blues.

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January 15, 2017

Literature-Loving Writers Can Now Work in Mark Twain’s Library

To seek intellectual inspiration, budding writers often turn to the works of the world’s most celebrated authors. While flipping through their most beloved books is a good start, the Mark Twain House & Museum has a better idea: why not share their workspace? Recently, the museum has announced plans to open Mark Twain’s library to the public, inviting literature-loving writers to quite literally follow in Twain’s footsteps.

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