It’s no secret that Vogue icon Grace Coddington adores all her cats. Now one of her feline companions, Pumpkin, is immortalized in the new accessories line she has created for Balenciaga.

From treats and toys to grooming products, in this adorable feature five fashion designers share their pets best picks

The San Francisco Umbrella Company has come out with a colourful series of umbrellas featuring silhouettes of eleven popular dog breeds and one cat. And yes, there’s a cute Yorkie umbrella in there too!

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Vildy is fascinated by how light conditions can seem to change the colours that are more flattering on a person.

Tales of Endearment’s photo reportage about 48 hours spent in Venice made RoseandJoan daydream of wispy Summer dresses and a nice sea breeze. She especially loves the two ladies on the dock. I agree, look at them rocking their floral frocks.

Mo says that J over at J’s Everyday Fashion shops on a budget but always manages to look pulled together and chic. The blogger’s post about how not to look cheap inspired Mo to go out and buy that striped silk shirt for herself.

Laurinda recommends this DIY tutorial on how to use plants from your garden for sun printing on fabric and then sew a simple dress.

Look at how well this redhead bookends her low-heeled shoes with her gorgeous long locks, it’s a killer casual outfit in Angie’s book.

Recently Ingunn bought a pair of booties from Italian footwear brand Pantanetti, and was struck by the craftsmanship, the timeless designs and the quality of their products.

Jonesy enjoyed reading the thought-provoking post “Blinded by the Label” on The Man Repeller, and adds that the comments are definitely worth a look as well.

We’ve been discussing wardrobe essentials on the YLF blog and forum, and Geargirl points us to this great visual for a “mom-on-the-go” essentials list. She also thought it funny that while Angie refers to these items as “essentials”, people often call them “basics” too.

Ginkgo discovered Modewalk, a website that wants to introduce you to French designers as if you’ve strolled into their boutiques by sharing their creative stories, inspiration boards and design sketches.

Joy says the “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” exhibition at the Met is brilliant, and encourages everyone to explore all the images and video and audio files on the website.

Although it can be seen as the natural progression from heavily Photoshopped images, Rae is a bit surprised and concerned that more companies are using virtual models. She wonders if she is the only one who wants to know how clothes look on real bodies.

Shevia found this NY Times article about getting bolder with age interesting. Perhaps with the economy causing younger people to struggle, older people are the ones that can afford to be rebels?

Last but not least, Desmo April loved this profile of Stéphanie Zwicky, an amazing plus-size blogger based in Paris.