bedazzled at balmain ss 2011

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Intense studding and multiple safety pins that amount to embroidery hit
Christophe Decarnin’s Balmain Spring 2011 RTW runway in a serious way.

“It’s a look I’ve always liked,” the designer said backstage. “I keep pictures of it all over my office.”

Helllooo DIY-central. Buy safety pins while you can…

More of the collection here.

Photos: VOGUE

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homemade potato chips

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A Bay Cities sandwich with Diet Coke and sea salt & vinegar Kettle Chips on the beach. Sweet potato chips on Thanksgiving while watching football. Fresh guacamole and tortilla chips at my favorite Mexican restaurant. No matter what kind of chips we are talking – the crunchy potatoes (or tortillas) are one of my weaknesses.

Luckily, you can make healthier potato chips at home which cuts the calories, additives and guilt. Plus, it’s impressive (for boyfriends especially).

How to: Homemade Potato Chips

You will need:
2 medium Yukon Gold or Idaho potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/8-inch slices
3 tablespoons olive, canola, or peanut oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 400Β°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with oil.

2. Slice the potatoes into a bowl and immediately toss them with the oil. Season lightly with salt and arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet.

3. Bake in the oven until golden brown β€” about 15-20 minutes. Season again lightly with salt and pepper when they come out of the oven (you can also get fannncccy with it and season with ancho chile powder, ground cumin, minced herbs, toasted sesame seeds, ground nori, whatev your heart desires; just be sure to season immediately after the chips come out of the oven, while there is still some residual oil for the spices to adhere to).

VoilΓ !

Source and photo: Epicurious and Knuckle Salad

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looking back to fall 2010 runways

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A break from spring 2011 for fallllll 2010 inspiration. After all, it is getting cold in some places…

From top to bottom: Alexander Wang, Preen, Charlotte Ronson, Anna Sui, Proenza Schouler, Peter Som, Diesel Black Gold, Rebecca Taylor, Rag & Bone, William Rast, Cynthia Steffe, Marc By Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Diane Von Furstenberg and Vena Cava.

Photos: Mama’s a Rolling Stone

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