The Master of Fashion, Givenchy

Even with the right skills, few artists can make a career from a dream. Getting recognition for abilities is an uphill battle, and the luckiest—those who gain a lifetime of international success—tend to only be remembered for a single thing after death. This will likely be the bittersweet fate of the very lucky Hubert de…

via Hubert de Givenchy, like many great artists, will be remembered for just one thing — Quartz

Coco Chanel’s Fascination With Fashion Started Early in Life

Later in life Coco never used the word “orphanage.” Instead, she said her father took her to stay with unmarried “aunts” who always dressed in gray and black. “My aunts were good people, but absolutely without tenderness,” she would say. “I was not loved in their house.” She told the girls at the orphanage that…

via Coco Chanel’s Fascination With Fashion Started Early in Life — TIME

In Appreciation of Skunks

When you start to think about skunks, the thing that comes most to mind is the overwhelmingly identifiable stench that these small creatures can produce. Skunks are often vilified for their over-the-top predator defense mechanism, and most people have a story of it plaguing campgrounds, pets, and homes. But these cat-sized mammals actually have some […]

via In Appreciation of Skunks — New York State Parks Blog

Climate Change & the Humble Sunflower

The humble sunflower appears not quite of this earth. Its yellow crowned head sits atop its stalk like a green broomstick. Its seeds, arranged in a logarithmic spiral, are produced by tiny flowers called disc florets that emerge from the center of its head and radiate outward. But aside from being a biological marvel, the…

via One plant has the ability to help us understand climate change — Quartz

Imagine a world without the wonder: it’s coming

As much as half of wildlife and 60% of plants in the world’s richest forests could be at risk of extinction in the next century if stronger efforts aren’t taken to combat climate change, according to a new report on the risks of rising global temperatures. The landmark study was conducted by the World Wildlife…

via Half of All Wildlife Could Disappear from the Amazon, Galapagos and Madagascar Due to Climate Change — TIME