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Ever wonder what made peplums such an enduring trend while men’s powdered wigs fell by the wayside? Me too. That’s why I’m obsessing over a new compendium of the history of fashion and costume from the Smithsonian. Titled Fashion; The Definitive History Of Costume and Style, this massive volume covers sartorial trends from the ancient world to today. And it even includes an illustrated glossary of terms. Weighing in at 480 full-color pages, this is the guide for the fashion obsessed. So yes, I’ll be ordering one right now. [$31.17, Amazon]

Squish Of The Day: Cheetah Cubs Born At National Zoo

Oh, hello. Were you trying to get something done today? Too bad, because I’ve now thwarted your attempt at productivity with this too cute for words pic of a couple of baby cheetahs just born at the Smithsonian National Zoo. These little guys are the surviving two of the four that were born to their mama in late April. Sadly, their other brother and sister didn’t make it. Right now, they’re being hand-raised by zookeepers until they believe they can thrive on their own. That’s important, because cheetahs are considered an endangered species — between 8,000 and 12,000 are believed to exist in the wild. [Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute]

Get Smithsonian-Style Gems On QVC This Fall

Here’s a fashion pairing we didn’t see coming. The Smithsonian Institution has licensed its amazing 375,000-specimen National Gem and Mineral Collection, which includes the famous Hope Diamond and Marie Antoinette earrings, to QVC. The TV shopping network’s jewelry line based on the National Museum of National History’s baubles will launch this fall, and curators will approve everything in the line, which will feature costume jewelry and semiprecious stones inspired by pieces in the museum. [HuffPo] Keep reading »

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