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Cowgirls unite: Couture Western Shirts September 24, 2009

A Western-styled jacket---isn't that just the coolest!

A Western-styled jacket---isn't that just the coolest!

In my ongoing tribute to Canada, here’s a site I found that makes the most painstakingly crafted Western shirts and more. If you’ve been seeking Western wear that’s created the couture way, look no further. I’m always thrilled to find another fan of slow sewing. Read below to learn about Golden West Clothing:

“I make western shirts and jackets.  Most styles are organic cotton.  At present, all patterns, cutting and sewing is done by me in my studio in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

I manufacture according to principles that have become known as “slow fashion”. The designs endure, materials are chosen for their quality and eco-friendly characteristics.  Construction emphasizes craft over mechanization.

Some shirts recreate vintage styles. Others re-imagine classics with a modern edge. They all pay homage to the western shirt in one way or another. The piping is custom made. Chainstitch embroidery is not computerized. There’s no fusing. All seams are flat-felled by hand. You won’t find shirts like these in any store.”

See more Golden West Clothing …

 

Intiative Radio: Part 2 of Dalai Lama Special September 8, 2009

Listen to more about the life of the Dalai Lama on Intiative Radio:
BuddhaPrince
http://www.archive.org/details/IR-09-02
 

Tools make the designer September 2, 2009

formCheck out the latest DIY Design column on Stylist.com. Get some great ideas for unusual and exotic notions for your designing and construction. See it here…

 

Move over PuppyCam, meet PenguinCam September 1, 2009

Filed under: Goddess-Sanctioned Pastimes,Now Looky Here — rebmas03 @ 2:52 am
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penguinsIf anything could likely compete with watching puppies all day (remember the Shiba Inus of last winter?) it would be these adorable penguins at the Maryland Zoo. See them live …

 

The Dalai Lama: Conversation with the head of Tibet Fund August 29, 2009

Here’s a link to this coming week’s Initiative Radio program. It’s gives a decent history of how the Dalai Lama came to be exiled from Tibet through Angela Mckenzie conversation with the head of the Tibet Fund.

Internet Archive: Free Download: IR-09-01
Source: http://www.archive.org

Since 1959 over 140,000 Tibetans have fled their homeland and endured great hardship to start a new life in exile. The Tibet Fund was founded under the…  LISTEN TO IT >>>
 

Kindred spirit: UK’s glitterBALL magazine August 26, 2009

glitterballLook, Athena has a new amazing friend and kindred spirit in glitterBall magazine:

I like your blog, I think it’s cool.

I’m a third year Journalism student at Sunderland University, UK and
glitterBALL magazine is my online magazine for art, fashion, music, photography, travel, make up and much more.

If you would like to read it, it is online at:

http://tiny.cc/4eMkQ

In the issue:

ISLE OF WIGHT REVIEW
OASIS REVIEW
THE CHARLATANS REVIEW
SUMMER FASHION
*NEW COLUMN* FASHION ADDICT
PHOTOGRAPHY FROM LISBON
*NEW COLUMN* THE BACKPACKER
GEM BOWLES PHOTOGRAPHY
ISOLATED ATOMS INTERVIEW
REMODEL INTERVIEW
LAURENT CHARBONNIER AMTM INTERVIEW
KICKING CAFFEINE
CAMILLA BELLE STYLE INSPIRATION
BEAUTY TIPS
HOT FASHION ITEMS
and much more

 

Sweatshop Documentary: Made in L.A. August 25, 2009

banner1Check out this new documentary about three Latina immigrants working in an L.A. sweatshop. It aired on August 11 on Encore, but the DVD is available and there are other showings around the country. Read more …

 

Interview with Matthew Williamson on HauteMimi August 24, 2009

Check out what one of my fave designers has to say on HauteMimi:

MatthewW011GT: What was the initial inspiration for the new Autumn Winter Collection?
MW:
This season I wanted to continue the two key themes of shape and texture from my Pre Fall 09 collection. The silhouette is fairly extreme, with the oversized outerwear and knitwear balancing out with nipped tulip skirted dresses and long lean trouser shapes. The waistline in particular is defined by strong tailored lines, wide heavily beaded belts or simply by the considered placement of the prints. The ‘power’ shoulder has also returned for Winter, particularly in seen in the zig zag wool weave, where the chevron curved seams emphasis the strong lines.

Read more …

 

Get the scoop on Project Runway’s Season 6 kickoff August 21, 2009

projectProject Runway, now living in L.A., was off to a fashionable start last night with Season 6’s 16 new designers. Find out who made the cut and the surprising upset here: http://www.stylelist.com/blog/2009/08/21/project-runway-season-6-kicks-off-with-strong-and-quirky-desig/

 

Wild Horses: It’s not too late to save Cloud August 20, 2009

Filed under: Good Works,Now Looky Here — rebmas03 @ 6:25 pm
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cloud1This just in from the Cloud Foundation:

Bureau of Land Management on Rampage to Destroy Famous Wild Horse Herd
For Immediate Release August 10, 2009

Cloud and the wild horses of Montana’s PryorMountains are world famous but fame it appears is not going to protect the herd from a drastic government round up planned to begin September 1st in their spectacular wilderness home.

There are currently only 190 wild horses (one year and older) living in the PryorMountains. The BLM plans to remove 70 of them, plus foals. According to the foremost equine geneticist, Dr. Gus Cothran, 150-200 adult horses are needed in the herd to ensure their genetic diversity, which is vital to their long term survival.

These 70 horses would be placed in jeopardy. Any horses over 10 years of age can be bought directly by killer buyers and transported over the Northern border to Canadian slaughterhouses or south into Mexico. Younger horses not adopted would be put into government holding with 33,000 others that the BLM has removed from the wild and has proposed killing because they can no longer afford to feed them.

BLM cites poor range condition as the reason to remove the horses but abundant snow and rain for the past two and a half years has produced wonderful range conditions according to all who have visited Cloud and his herd. The Agency is not listening to anyone. They want this herd gutted. Nearly all the mares returned to the range would be given an experimental two-year infertility drug, PZP-22.

This helicopter round up is just one among many that the BLM is trying to complete, perhaps before the Obama Administration can catch up with what is going on.

The PryorMountain wild horses are descendants of the Lewis and Clark horses who were stolen by the Crow Indians in the early 1800’s. They can be traced further back to the horses brought over with the Spanish Conquistadors in 1500 making them one of the most Spanish of all wild horse herds in North America.

Please contact The Cloud Foundation for more information

http://www.thecloudfoundation.org, info@thecloudfoundation.org, 719-633-3842