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Episode 9_FINAL

Next time you have a craft attack while working at your computer, check out www.WhereCreativityHappens.com. 

The Web site features webisodes with Jo Pearson, the creative expert for Michaels arts and crafts. Recent topics have included a Halloween-themed etched glass vase, pumpkin birdcage and fall floral arrangement.


Here is a photo of her from the floral arrangement segment.


Fashion, Snuggie-style

12691902H5557221[1]     Ralph Lauren staged a runway show during New York Fashion Week. So did Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Nicole Miller and countless others.

  Including Snuggie! Yes, we're talking the blanket with sleeves. Take a look at one of the latest styles captured by the Associated Press.

  "The show on Tuesday was a gimmick, sure, but also a real effort to introduce new colors and styles that included animal prints, tie-dye, camouflage, a "luxury microplush" and —  in a possible stroke of marketing genius — college logos," reported AP writer Lisa Tolin.
 
  Also shown were Snuggies for children and dogs.

  Just in time for winter cocooning. Pass the popcorn.

ADAM in NYC

12680481H5546241[1]Here is an Associated Press photo of one of the styles Buffalo native Adam Lippes sent down the runway Saturday, Day 2 of New York Fashion Week/Spring 2010.

The AP, which is covering the shows, described his collection this way:
 
"Adam Lippes' spring collection continued the season's move toward an easier, more elegant silhouette. The clothes also had a feeling of luxury - even if it was understated - something that had largely been missing from fashion the last season or two."
 
And this from WWD.com: "Sometimes a girl just wants to look pretty, a concept Adam Lippes fully understands."

Look for more coverage of Fashion Week in the LIfe & Arts section as the week progresses.

New York Fashion Week

12678342H5539220[1] New York Fashion Week kicked off Thursday, with designers unveiling their Spring 2010 styles. Buffalo native Mara Hoffman showed her collection Thursday afternoon in the Bryant Park tents.

Here is one of the beautiful looks she sent down the runway.

The shows have only just begun. Adam Lippes, another Buffalo native, shows his ADAM collection this weekend and Jill Stuart, Max Azria, Narciso Rodriguez, Anna Sui, Michael Kors, Badgley Mischka, DKNY and so many others present next week. Tommy Hilfiger closes the shows at Bryant Park next Thursday.

Stay tuned!

Barbie, Barbie, BARBIE!

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Here's another way to celebrate Barbie's 50th birthday (you DID know she turned 50 this year, didn't you?). "Happy Chic" interior designer Jonathan Adler this fall introduces a home furnishings collection inspired by our gal, reports the Washington Post.

Think lots of Barbie pink with touches of black and white. Items from the collection include pillows, lacquered accessories including trays, pottery pieces and more.

It will be available at www.jonathanadler.com and Jonathan Adler stores in New York City and elsewhere. Or visit www.BarbieCollector.com to see the Barbie Jonathan Adler Doll and doll-size pieces inspired by his real ones.

Earlier this year, Adler designed a real-life Malibu Dream House overlooking the Pacific Ocean -- site of her 50th Birthday Bash. The mirror here -- showing Adler and the 65 Barbie dolls he used to create it -- was just one of the items in the house.

In June, a Barbie suite he designed at the Palms Casino Resort in La Vegas opened to the public and includes decor from the Malibu pad. Are you following all this? Anyway, the suite is described as "the ultimate bachelorette pad." You can check that out at www.palms.com

Ken, by the way, is missing from ALL of this.

Fall for it

12654681H3519429[1] Our family vacation is over. School is about to begin. Before long, I'll get the itch to decorate the porch for fall. 

On the door, I'll hang the beautiful silk spray of cattails, Chinese lanterns, berries and leaves I bought two years ago from Trillium's Courtyard florist in Snyder.
 
I'll plop some colorful mums in big terra-cotta pots then tie a few stands of raffia around the pots for a nice touch. And they'll be an assortment of pumpkins, of course.

I'll do all this soon. But not quite yet.

In the meantime, here are just a couple of simple decorating tips I came across from Woman's Day, to get you in an autumnal mood:

* Toss a chenille throw across the end of the sofa.

* Display branches gathered from your back yard in a tall glass vase.

 * Replace white and beige lampshades with deeper hues, like chocolate, bronze or gold-
edges black.

Look for more fall decorating tips in Friday's Home & Style section in the weeks to come.

Oh, and the photograph shown here: This is from a shoot we did a couple years ago. I just love those colors against that black door. 
  

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