Pennsylvania

After spending a hectic week in New York City for Fashion Week, I retreated to Pennsylvania via train. I was blown away by my very first visit to this state: miles and miles of beautiful barns and farm houses, rolling mountains, animals, antique and thrift stores, Amish country, and a mix of 70 degree and snowy weather!

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Haider Ackermann F/W 2011

In Paris last week, Haider Ackermann presented his Fall Collection to the spoken word of Leonard Cohen’s poem A Thousand Kisses Deep:

Don’t matter if the road is long
Don’t matter if it’s steep
Don’t matter if the moon is gone
And the darkness is complete
Don’t matter if we lose our way
It’s written that we’ll meet
At least, that’s what I heard you say
A thousand kisses deep . . .

A dark yet deeply moving soundtrack to an equally dramatic yet romantic and wearable collection. I loved the elegant detailing, draping of fabric, and layering of shades of grey, taupe, burgundy and teal. Simply stunning.

(images via Vogue.com)

DIY Minaudière

I have an awful habit of losing sunglasses. Needless to say, I’ve accumulated an impressive collection of sunglass cases over the years. Recently we’ve discovered that these abandoned containers can easily by re-purposed into fabulous mini clutches! Inspired by those spotted during Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks, we made a super simple minaudière with just a few tools and a fancy piece of hardware.

You’ll need:
– a hard sunglass case
- a drawer pull
- a wrench –
– a bolt cutter (a bolt cutter is a really useful tool to own for DIY projects and is quite inexpensive!)
– a drill
– a twisted drill bit

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