On a recent trip to New Mexico and Colorado, you were glad to spend time with your friend, Becky, of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. A skilled archaeologist who studies the Ancestral Puebloans, she is also a talented artist who employs the traditional beading techniques that she learned as a child from her grandmother. Much of her work incorporates the geometric patterns found on Ancestral Puebloan pottery. The results are beautiful.
About two weeks ago, you had the very good fortune of meeting up with your friend, Liz, for a bubble tea in Honolulu. Liz is an architect who lives in Kyoto, Japan, and she is currently working toward a doctorate in disaster recovery. Needless to say, after having visited New Orleans and Sichuan Province, her focus (along with that of the rest of the world) has shifted to Japan's own recovery. She was kind enough to pass along the names of several charitable, non-profit organizations that immediately and effectively help those in need. Check them out.
Swedish brand Nikolaj d'Etoiles have just released some of the looks from their A/W 2011 "Nikolaj" line. Launched in 2009, Nikolaj is the diffusion line of NDE. Highlights from this season include: color and sharp silhouettes, sumptuous knitwear, and Prince of Wales checked blazers.