This series of unbelievable images by African photographer Dillon Marsh, titled Assimilation, captures the nests of sociable weaver birds built around telephone poles in the barren landscapes of the Kalahari Desert. They construct these enormous nests using twigs and grass – not only for their own kind but for many other bird species as well. After all, there is safety in numbers.
Everything about this head-to-toe ensemble, that blogger-stylist extraordinaire Natalie Joos so brilliantly put together, makes me giddy. The explosion of color, by way of a vintage Yves Saint Laurent skirt, beaded, beaded Delduca accessories, Caroline Issa for LK Bennett embroidered pumps with pom poms and green Karen Walker sunnies, is the perfect example of how truly FUN fashion can be. Love.
A few months ago, I was invited to my beloved Castle In The Air for an afternoon of pajaki making. What’s a pajaki, you ask? Pajakis are traditional Polish paper chandeliers, made from straw and pieces of colored paper. Though they vary in shape and size, these mobiles are always incredibly colorful and festive. I had so much fun making my first pajaki, I knew it was a tutorial I had to share with you. They are definitely time consuming to make (but oh so worth it) so I asked creative geniuses, John McRae and Karima Cammell, of Castle In The Air to come up with a simpler tutorial just for you!
- 2 pieces of florist crepe paper 23″ x 7″ (cut across the grain line)
- 6 pieces of florist crepe paper 12″ x 5.5″ (cut across the grain line)
- 2 pieces of 9′ twine
- 3 short paper straws
- assorted spun cotton balls
- assorted dresden medallions
- 3 pieces of floral wire
- 1 bone ring
- ribbon cockades
- craft glue
New ideas are old ideas as history has a tendency of repeating itself and in fashion, it’s no exception. Lilah Ramzi, of my newest blog obsession Part Nouveau, explores the history and inspiration behind some of our favorite modern fashion moments. Who knew the campaign for Miss Dior Cherie, shot by Tim Walker, was inspired the 1956 short film Le Ballon Rouge? Or that cover of Harper’s Bazaar, where Kate Winslet is swinging off a tower in front of the Chrysler Building, was influenced by Lisa Fonssagrives swaying from the Eiffel Tower in a 1939 issue of French Vogue? Fascinating!