As I’ve mentioned before, my spirit animal is a mini-pony. There are two reasons for this: 1) They are super cute. 2) They are really short — and I’m really short, so I feel like we would get along. But! Aside from being my personal power animal, mini-ponies provide a valuable service to society — they are guide horses to the blind! That’s right, mini-ponies help fill the current shortage of guide animals. The Guide Horse Foundation of America can tell you everything you need to know about working with guide horses, including the fact that many of these darling mini-ponies opt to wear shoes on their tiny hooves for all the terrific work they do. Keep reading »
At the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen‘s memorial service on Monday, Bjork sang a moving rendition of Billie Holiday’s “Gloomy Sunday” for the glamorous gathered to mourn at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. For her performance, she wore a pair of “angel wings” created by McQueen, who took his life earlier this year on the day before his mother’s funeral. You can see a close-up of the singer’s wings here. Keep reading »
We’re not big fans of diamonds — too conflict-y and we tend to lose anything nice we have. That’s why we love these Cool Jewels Ice Cube Trays. The trays make jewel-shaped ice cubes that sparkle and shine and melt away in your drink. Plus, at under 10 bucks a pop, you can buy a forklift full of Cool Jewels trays for what it would cost to purchase real bling.
While many like to believe that Levi Strauss invented denim as we know it in 1873, it turns out that jeans have a much, much longer history. Historians have known that denim fabric is actually centuries old, but have been murky on details of its regional origin, pointing to Nimes in France or Genoa, Italy. Thanks to a collection of newly discovered paintings that just went on display in Paris, fashion history is becoming clearer. The 17th-century paintings by an anonymous artist (called “Master of the Blue Jeans”) all feature what appears to be denim in very detailed illustration. Art historians were able to figure out that the works came from Northern Italy. On the exhibition, the famed high-fashion denim designer Francois Girbaud said, “This calls into question the entire history we have been telling up until now. And that’s what’s fun.” Neat! [France 24] Keep reading »