As German photographer Sven Fennema captures dilapidated castles, abandoned palaces and decayed churches, I can’t help but wonder how these once impressive buildings have come to be forgotten. Whatever fate lies ahead for these spaces, it’s nice to see that their beauty will forever be restored through Sven’s photographs.
Collecting vintage costume jewelry is a weakness of mine. By looking at my collection of vintage rhinestone ear clips, however, you would never guess that my ears actually don’t take well to clip ons. Naturally, my justification for hoarding these unnecessary gems is the ability to transform them into more befitting accessories . . . like shoe clips! They are the perfect way to transform a pair of simple flats or pumps. If the ear clip hinges are strong enough, they can simply clamp on the shoes as they are. And if they aren’t, I’ll show you a super easy method for turning them into a sturdy pair of shoe clips.
I’ll never forget the summer of 1999 when I chopped 10 inches off my long locks after watching Rene Russo in The Thomas Crown Affair. You can only imagine the look I got from the stylist after asking him to replicate such a sophisticated hairstyle – after all, I was only 19! It was probably my most dramatic hair moment to date, second to the time I got a perm (more on that later). Nowadays I hardly let my hair grow past my shoulders, fluctuating between a short and long bob. I love how fresh and transformative short styles can be. What do you think . . . would you brave the bob?
Vika Gazinskaya, known for her childlike take on fashion, is another Russian gem that consistently knocks it out of the park with her designs. Her fall collection is filled with architecturally interesting silhouettes and cheeky details like zig zag hemlines, voluminous proportions, dramatic boleros and of course, shaggy faux fox and raccoon scarves!