Andreja Pejić Will Star in ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’

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Groundbreaking trans model Andreja Pejić has landed her first role in a major motion picture, in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Deadline reports.

The movie is the sequel to the acclaimed The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011), which saw Rooney Mara in the badass role of Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craig as the journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Seven years later, The Crown’s Claire Foy is set to take over the lead role of Salander, an edgy, outcast queer cyberhacker. Craig’s role will now be played by Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason. No word yet on who exactly Pejić will be playing.

The original American film earned Mara an Oscar nomintion for Best Actress – before that, the entire series was made into Swedish films that became instant cult classics; and those are, of course, adapted from the novels by Stieg Larsson. Spider’s Web is adapted from a novel by David Lagercrantz, continuing the legacy of the late Larsson.

Pejić has walked in fashion shows for major labels including Galliano, Marc Jacobs, Raf Simons, Paul Smith, and Jean Paul Gaultier, and also appeared in the David Bowie music video The Stars (Are Out Tonight) alongside Tilda Swinton.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is directed by Fede Alvarez, set for release October 19.

BLACKBOOK PREMIERE: Dazzling Kat Robichaud Video ‘Song For David Bowie’

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Photo by Mike Lloyd


Millions got to know Kat Robichaud as a finalist on The Voice in 2013. But in truth, it told very little of the story of her dazzling creative life to come – which has seen her build quite a significant cult following in San Francisco, with her ongoing and decidedly outré club series Misfit Cabaret. That also happens to be the title of her brilliant 2017 album, which is shot through with gloriously ostentatious aesthetic signifiers of her inimitable artistic manifesto.

Perhaps the standout of those is her fervent, impassioned tribute to the two-years-deceased Thin White Duke, the unambiguously titled “Song for David Bowie.” In it she confesses of that fateful last night of this life in January 2016, “The stars woke me up last night / Burning brighter than I ever could remember / And I knew that you were gone.”

In some ways she is – artistically and stylistically – the most perfectly realized “Child of Bowie” – which makes her recollection all the more poignant, nay emotionally piercing. And the video for the song, which BlackBook premieres here, magnificently brings that all to life.

“The night that Bowie died,” she recalls, “I felt a light had gone out somewhere in the universe. The First Church of the Sacred Silversexual put on an emergency show the next day at Slim’s, and we packed the room with people needing a place to mourn. I broke down while singing ‘Five Years,’ the first song of the set. I looked out into the audience and people were sobbing. I think we all just needed a nice big cry. And then the light came back on, brighter than before, because I realized there were so many people on this Earth that would continue to love him and play his music and share him with the new generations. Bowie’s not going anywhere.”


Kat Robichaud’s “Five Most ‘Bowie’ Things About David Bowie”

His Music

I cried the first time I heard “Lady Grinning Soul” and it’s still my favorite. His lyrics paint such a vivid picture; they’re both catty and profound. I’m actually finding it hard to put into words what Bowie’s music means to me. Suffice it to say, I grew up in a small rural town in North Carolina and he made my world a lot less gray.

His Style

The collaborations with Kansai Yamamoto were killer. His hair was amazing.

His Revolution

He wasn’t afraid to push boundaries or to fight against the patriarchy or the rigors of normalcy. He taught me that it was okay to be different.



His Bowie-ness

Jareth the Goblin King = my sexual awakening.

His Influence

I play in a Bowie cult band called The First Church of the Sacred Silversexual in San Francisco. I also play in a Bowie band where we tour the country and play in symphony halls in front of 50-piece orchestras. Playing Bowie songs with fellow musicians just feels good, like we’re spreading happiness into the world, like we’re helping to heal people’s hearts. It’s amazing to look out to a crowd of 500-1000 people and see how they’ve dressed up to pay homage to everyone’s favorite alien. It’s cathartic to sing “Life on Mars” and hear the crowd belt out “SAILORS, FIGHTING IN THE DANCE HALL.” In so many ways, Bowie was the savior of all our broken, weird little hearts.


Photo by Mike Lloyd


‘Balenciaga, Master of Couture’ to Open This June at Montreal’s McCord Museum

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Photo: Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s


We generally don’t need additional reasons to plan a long weekend in Montreal. But our calendars are definitively marked for June 15, when the McCord Museum will open what could very well be the pinnacle of high-fashion exhibitions: Balenciaga, Master of Couture.

The show will follow on from Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, which closed this month at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. The McCord has drawn more than 100 garments, hats and photographs from the V&A’s extensive collection – and will present them in an almost forensic manner, attempting to slip behind the mystery of the designer’s unparalleled mastery of fabric and cut.

Cristóbal Balenciaga Eizaguirre, of course, was the Spanish born trailblazer of contemporary couture, whom Dior would exalt as “the master of us all.” He dressed the post-war elite, from movie stars to royalty, in his storied Paris atelier, until his death in 1972, aged 77; his influence carried on in the work of Ungaro, Givenchy and Oscar de la Renta.

On the day of his passing, Women’s Wear Daily solemnly proclaimed, “The king is dead.”



“We are thrilled to present, for the first time in North America, this unique exhibition highlighting the artistry of one of the world’s greatest fashion designers,” says Suzanne Sauvage, President and Chief Executive Officer of the McCord Museum. “This exhibition enables the museum to utilize its conservation and costume mounting expertise, in addition to offering insight into Cristóbal Balenciaga’s lasting impact on generations of designers and the history and evolution of haute couture.”

Montreal was already responsible for the landmark exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, which opened at the MMFA in 2011 before touring the world. And in February of 2019, Thierry Mugler: Creatures of Haute Couture will debut at that same museum. We’re sensing a pattern here.



SXSW Exclusive: HELM Boots Founder Joshua Bingaman’s Guide to Austin’s Best Indie Shopping

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If you had to return from a visit to Texas with one item, certainly it would be a pair of homegrown, ruggedly natty boots. A good start would be Joshua Bingaman’s East Austin boutique HELM Boots, which exclusively sells the brand’s handsome, locally designed, handmade leather creations for men and women.

Uniquely stylish, Bingaman – who had previously been peddling vintage sneakers at his San Francisco shop Subterranean Shoe Room – rhapsodically describes his boots as “chic, strong, beautifully designed, with just enough of a rugged touch.” A long list of enthusiastic clients seems to agree.

With the annual Austin media / entertainment – pilgrimage / extravaganza that is SXSW coming up March 9 – 13, we asked him to take us around town to some of his favorite shops, from apparel to books to candy. After all, one always needs an escape from all that cultural pontificating over at the festival – and what could be better therapy than a spot of good shopping?



Okay, be forewarned – and I speak on knowledge and experience primarily from my wife’s wardrobe – that once you buy esby you might only buy esby. I’ve seen it happen. It was founded in 2014 by designer Stephanie Beard, and features designs for women and men with a menswear mentality – and by menswear mentality, I mean if you like to buy well-made clothes and wear them often. It’s fit to flatter, with an emphasis on comfort and wearability – a couple of my wife’s faves are the Kate Dress and the Duster Jacket. The store itself is a converted garage space that is well lit and well designed, the white brick and concrete is clean and welcoming.



STAG Provisions For Men

T-shirts, button ups, denim, sweaters, jackets, bags galore – all of it. When you walk into STAG you walk out with more than you planned, every time. The space is an old laundromat that’s just the perfect amount of rustic rugged, balanced out with thoughtful art pieces, vintage jewelry and a plethora of accessories to boot. This store is like taking multiple of your favorite men’s stores and wrapping them into one. Drop a good array of RRL in and there you go. On South Congress next to Homeslice Pizza, so plan to grab a slice or two post-shopping. Oh, and they’ll give you a Lonestar beer in STAG while you shop – ’cause that’s just the Texas way.



Outdoor Voices

Um, can I please live in my Outdoor Voices apparel? Austin proudly hosts the first retail location from local Tyler Haney, and the store is in a historical part of the Central Westside. It’s simple, clean and organized for a perfect shopping experience. With a multitude of new unisex “athleisure” brands currently trending, OV stands out for quality, care, style and design – my wife buys the two- and tri-tone leggings for yoga and jogging; I own every length and color of the men’s shorts. There’s also the sense of community you can join by “Doing Things” with the brand’s multi-city gatherings, that help keep you in good spirits and in good shape. Anything you get from OV is going to be your favorite of its kind.




Multiple levels of books upon books and so much more. I’ve lived here for 15+ years and I can still go into BookPeople and get lost for hours. In a world of digital reading devices, it’s amazing to go somewhere like BP and feel a sense of rebellion to it all. Every book section has multiple reviews and favorites from staff members – all handwritten. The second level of the store has author readings and signings, and sometimes you get to just sit in and experience something amazing you never planned. They have a section of toys and novelties that are always clever and hilarious.



Big Top Candy Shop

That’s right, a candy store. It’s unlike any other. The ambiance and impressive amount of old and new school sweet sensations will blow your mind. Super fun to see people of all ages having nostalgic trips, while at the same time young kids are discovering the favorite candies of prior generations that are still popular.



Waterloo Records

So good. The smell, the feel and the live, in-store shows, just like real record shops used to be. You can explore and find treasures amongst the new and used CDs and vinyl, and listen to them on headphones – yes! All the newer tunes you need, but just as many of those hard to find albums that I used to score at Amoeba on Haight in San Francisco. There’s always a keg of free beer next to the stage – so drinking beer out of a plastic cup while you watch one of your favorite bands play, and then having them sign your record…as cool as it gets. Not to mention because it’s Austin, you can expect to spot some of your favorite rockstars standing next to you at the show.




Our Favorite Looks From This Year’s Oscars Red Carpet

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The Oscars proved to be filled with especially extraordinary fashion this year, even if the winners were a bit of a snooze. (Where was the justice for Timothée, Saiorse, and Get Out??) From Rita Moreno revisiting her glamorous 1962 gown to Tiffany Haddish representing her heritage on the carpet, these were the best style moments.


Rita Moreno Revisiting A Classic

After winning Best Supporting Actress in 1962 for her role in West Side Story, we thought we’d sadly seen the last of Moreno’s iconic printed gown. How wrong we were.



Tiffany Haddish Representing Her Father and Her Heritage

Haddish donned an Eritrean princess dress to honor her late father and his homeland of Eritrea.


#Eritrea #weready #thelastblackunicorn

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Saoirse Ronan Delivering Artful Pink Majesty

Ronan unfortunately did not take home an Oscar last night, but her Calvin Klein by Appointment gown actually was a last-minute nominee for Best Picture.



Timothée Chalamet in All White

Chalamet was robbed by an Academy that favors old men, but he still dazzled in an all-white tuxedo.


#oscars2018 #timotheechalamet #callmebyyourname

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Nicole Kidman in An Electric Blue Bow

Nicole may have kept her work focused more on television this year, but that didn’t stop her from stealing the show on this year’s Oscar’s red carpet in Armani.


Prema’s NYFW Mohawks + Merkins for Kaimin Proved Why They Are a New Creative Force

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Images by Elizabeth Cohen


For all the dissemination of style minutiae during New York Fashion Week (as well as those in Milan, London, Paris), there’s curiously very little focus on, well, hair.

But a genuine highlight of last week’s NYFW was the FW18 runway show by NYC label Kaimin (lorded over by the South Korean born designer / filmmaker / conceptual artist of the same name, and known for dressing stars like Björk and Lady Gaga) for its fourth collection, titled Oriental Garden – Utopian Discord. It featured – yes – “vagina mohawks,” striking merkins realized by stylists from Australian hair collective Prema, led by Creative Director Dale Delaporte (in collaboration with Charlie le Mindu), and using exclusively ANTI hair products. The theatrical coifs played dazzlingly on the early ’80s trend towards skyward styling, and caused one of the great sensations of the week.

“Kaimin’s latest collection really pushes the themes of individuality and the power of being the best version of one’s self,” says Delaporte. “Unapologetic pride in all aspects of your own uniqueness is an overriding theme that we wanted represented both in the mohawks – which were individual to each model (although with commonalities) – and the merkins, where we mirrored that model’s hair look.”

Creative Consultant Elizabeth Cohen described it thusly: “The Kaimin show had this incredible energy emanating from the powerful, diverse models displaying this explosion of creative talent, with a very modern digital tech vibe. Kaimin’s wildly imaginative designs were integrated with PREMA hair stylists bringing it to life with the extraordinary mohawks – and all combined with spectacular visual art projected throughout the show.”

Prema, originating in Sydney, actually opened their first NYC salon on the Lower East Side just about a year ago (flamboyant rapper Brooke Candy is a regular) – but are already garnering a significant amount of attention here. Along with ANTI, they were notably very busy last week – they also created signature looks for the Barragán FW 18 show.

Expect the buzz to continue. Prema will be hosting regular “in salon” events in collaboration with local LES fashion designers, artists, musicians, dancers, body painters, Tarot card readers, etc.


Queen Elizabeth Sits Front Row At London Fashion Week Next to Anna Wintour

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Richard Quinn’s Fall 18 show at London Fashion Week had quite the A-list front row this season: Queen Elizabeth II was seated next to Anna Wintour.

The royal RSVP happened because Quinn is the first recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, which “will be awarded annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows talent and originality, whilst demonstrating value to the community and/or sustainable policies.”



Quinn’s show was a breathtaking, masterful explosion of florals, face masks, and exhilarating silhouettes. He’s a 28-year-old B.A and M.A graduate of Central Saint Martin and has worked for Christian Dior and Richard James, before launching his own label two years ago.

Last year, Quinn won the H&M 2017 Design Award, which came with a nice prize of €50,000 and the chance to sell select pieces in H&M retail stores.

So you have an idea of what we’re working with…


Is it Fall Yet? Our Favorite NYFW Collections We Can’t Wait to Wear

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Alexander Wang F/W ’18


Is it just us or is fall fashion just so much better than spring? That was definitely the case at the NYFW FW18 shows the past two weeks. And so while most New Yorkers might be pining for spring sunshine throughout this temperamental (but mostly cold) Northeast winter, we find ourselves counting down the days until September finally returns, and we can look cute again.

From Matrix-inspired office wear at Alexander Wang to ’80s power suits at Marc Jacobs and ’00s-era Paris Hilton puppy vibes at Gauntlett Cheng, we’ve compiled here our favorite Fashion Week moments – plus two honorable mentions because, well, we just couldn’t bear to narrow it down.


Alexander Wang



We’ve loved Alexander Wang since he first debuted his part minimalist, part rock ‘n’ roll It-girl uniforms; but we have to say, the last few seasons have left us with a never-ending #WANGOVER. This season, though, the San Fransisco born designer channeled The Matrix-meets-The Office, delivering a range of post-apocalyptic professional wear that we want every piece of – especially, the fur-lined ’90s CK-inspired undies.


Marc Jacobs



Marc Jacobs is basically the Alexander Wang of the late ’90s. So, needless to say, we’re giant fans. But much like last season’s awful #WANGOVER, Marc has fallen off a bit the last few years. I mean, remember the dreadlocks fiasco? Still, it seams Jacobs got the memo (or finally found it again), and this season felt like a return to form. Part ’80s power suit, part goth noir, the Marc Jacobs FW18 collection felt like Bianca Jagger in her white suit days, if she had Grace Jones’ attitude and Siouxsie’s sense of color. What more could you possibly as for?


Eckhaus Latta



One of fashion’s favorite new brands, Eckhaus Latta has mastered minimalism in its purest form. For their FW18 collection, designers Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta built upon the easy going feel of their last few seasons, but experimented more with shape and color than they ever have before. While the knits and sheer dresses fit right into the Eckhaus Latta playbook, bright yellow flowy fabrics were a new look for the brand. Overall, the collection was bold but understated, yet what Eckhaus Latta does best isn’t actually their clothes. Season after season, and despite its growing popularity, the brand remains dedicated to its outsider ethos. And did we mention their casting always rules? This season saw a diverse runway filled with New York City favorites, including model Paloma Elsesser and indie rock royalty Coco Gordon-Moore.


Tom Ford



Nobody does sleek and sexy like Tom Ford. This season, the designer went all in with leopard print, mixing loud colors with the even louder print in all different sizes from head-to-toe. Not only did each look feel totally timeless, you’ve got to give it to someone who can make lime green or bright red leopard print look not only classy, but cool.





Another one of the fashion industry’s favorite young designers, Becca McCharen-Tran built Chromat to empower women of all shapes, sizes and colors. While most brands have embraced a long overdue push for diversity on the runway (not looking at you, Stefano Gabbana), Chromat also delivers it IRL. With a focus on emerging technology and body positivity, the label pushes boundaries and challenges the fashion status quo. For her latest collection, McCharen stuck with oranges and neons, accessorizing each look with Flaming Hot Cheeto bags tied to models’ pants and in their hands. Rapper Slay Rizz finished out the show with a killer performance in an orange two-piece by Chromat, and even though we didn’t get any cheese puffs to go, we were sold.


Dion Lee



Since launching his eponymous label in 2009, Australian designer Dion Lee has consistently delivered classic yet forward-thinking clothing, with his FW18 collection serving as further proof of his talent. Outfitting traditional sportswear looks with architectural bra-tops, it seems Lee also watched The Matrix and The Office before designing his collection. But unlike Wang’s, the Dion Lee range felt modern, not futuristic – the Neo influence was subtle. Lee also brought in more feminine elements, juxtaposing the structured suits and tops with flowy skirts.


Gypsy Sport



Ever since winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2015, Rio Uribe has been making waves with his brand Gypsy Sport. Inspired by New York City, Uribe turned heads last year when he decided to present his Spring collection in Paris. But for FW18, Uribe returned to the city, thank god. Other than that, though, this was an all new Gypsy Sport. Over the last few years, the brand has become recognizable for their upcycled jerseys and I <3 NY logo tees, with the Gypsy Sport name in place of the heart. This season, Uribe ditched the streetwear element, presenting a romantic collection filled with suits and gothic ruffles, as well as a few sustainable aluminum looks. Of course, the designer stuck to his habit of using friends and members of the LGBTQ community as models, including 10-year-old activist and drag star Desmond is Amazing, who stole the show (and probably all of Fashion Week). Known for his willingness to experiment, it’s hard to tell whether this collection was a one-off, or the evolution of the brand. Either way, it doesn’t really matter, because whatever Gypsy Sport does is really, really good.


Adam Selman



Another CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund alum, Adam Selman won Fashion Week in our book. The FW18 collection was kinky, it was campy, it was part John Waters, part new wave, it was punk as fuck. Featuring a collaboration with artist Cheyco Leidmann, who created the surrealist prints Selman used on dresses and shirts, the range was bold and colorful, mixing prints, patterns and styles in an ode to photographer Ypsitylla Von Nazareth. In addition to the outfits, Selman also debuted his latest collection for sunglasses brand Le Specs. If you haven’t already been spotting his metallic cat-eyes for the last few years, get ready – this season’s heart-adorned versions are about to be everywhere. We want ours now.





Most people had never heard of New York City brand Vaquera before last NYFW, when they debuted a dress made only of blue and gold credit cards. For some reason, the look ended up on every news outlet, even though it was one of the weakest of the show. (We’re not saying we didn’t like it – we did.) What Vaquera does best is their more subtle work. This season, the designers seemed to realize that as well, presenting a range of deconstructed pieces that were delicate and cool. The highlights: an oversized blazer dress, cropped suit and crazy snakeskin skirt that all looked like they were slightly unfinished, but in reality, took forever to make. And isn’t that the best stuff anyway? The kind that costs, like, $10,000, but looks like you got it in the back of Duane Reade.


Calvin Klein



Oh, Raf. There’s literally nothing he could do at this point that would make us angry, because every collection he sends down the runway is as close to perfect as it gets. After presenting a men’s collection for his namesake label earlier in the week that revolved around Christiane F. and Cookie Mueller’s Drugs, Simons presented a classic Calvin Klein collection that took all of his quirky eccentricities and somehow made them look, well, classic as fuck. I mean, who else could send swimming caps and sweatshirt-less hoodies down the runway, without looking like he’s trying to be avant-garde? No one. And that’s part of his charm. Unlike a lot of of designers who, when they take over a storied brand, start to lose their individual voice, Raf’s seems to get only louder with each season, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.


Jeremy Scott



We have to be honest when we say that we love Moschino, but have never really caught the Jeremy Scott bug. That is, until this season, where Scott went full-on Fifth Element, with futuristic space-inspired looks. For those of you that don’t know, Jean Paul Gaultier did the costumes for The Fifth Element, and it’s basically a 2-hour fashion orgasm. So, when Scott sent Gigi Hadid down the runway in a silver overall dress, pink crop-top and matching pink LeeLoo-inspired wig – well, we almost stood up to give him immediate applause. The rest of the collection was equally amazing, with all of it feeling retro-futuristic without trying too hard. The key was nothing felt too much like a costume, just the uniform for a school in 2064.


Honorable Mentions




This was Telfar Clemons’ second collection since winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, and though it was impeccable, it was the presentation that really kicked ass. Following the runway show that saw Clemons’ solidify his gender neutral ’70s aesthetic, singer/performer Dev Hynes, rapper Ian Isiah, Kelela, Oyinda, 070 Shake and Kelsey Lu took the stage for an intimate performance. The result was emotional yet understated, just like the collection itself.


Gauntlett Cheng



We’re big fans of Esther Gauntlett and Jenny Cheng’s self-aware brand that makes clothes for cool girls all over the world. This season, the duo went Westminster – or maybe Paris Hilton circa 2002. Either way, we were obsessed with the high fashion pieces they presented on models and a group of pups.


All photos courtesy of Vogue Runway

BlackBook Exclusive: Stylist B. Åkerlund Picks Her Faves From Her New IKEA Collection

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In terms of personal style, self-described fashion activist and highly-in-demand stylist B. Åkerlund is surely one of the most singular personages counted amongst the totality of humankind. Somehow gothic and flamboyant at once, austere but also mischievously whimsical, she is a living, breathing clarion call to banish the banality and boringness from our lives. (She’s also married to director Jonas Åkerlund, a gent who knows a thing or two about eradicating dullness.)

Her considerable client list includes the likes of Madonna, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, H&M and Dior.

The latest to recognize her particular brand of aesthetic magic is IKEA, who recently commissioned her to design a new collection, titled OMEDELBAR (translating to “immediate”) – which will be released into stores this Valentine’s Day. And from black top hats to bright red lip pillows to oversized clocks, it’s sort of like stepping into a T. Rex video base on a Lewis Carroll novel as directed by Tim Burton.

We asked her to pick her five favorite items from OMEDELBAR. We also have a sneak peek at the collection just before its release.



How would you describe your personal style?

Avantgarde goth punk.

The partnership with IKEA, how did it come about?

They reached out to me based on a Swedish Radio program I participated in, and found my character interesting – the rest is history.



What were your inspirations in designing the collection?

Me, myself and I…the collection is a dedicated to my ego.

What are a few of your favorite pieces?

They are all my babies. But my favorite pieces are definitely the lip pillow and the top hat.


B. Åkerlund’s Five Valentine’s Day Picks From Her IKEA Collection


My gold wardrobe rack for clothing, since I am a huge collector and a hoarder. A girl always need more space to organize her stuff.



My secret book safe, where I keep all my secrets.



My B lamp, that also functions as a great selfie light.




My oversized clock, so I can keep track of time…



My B WHO YOU ARE blanket, that turns into a poncho for when I am cold.