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Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died Monday at the age of 82. As Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan tells NPR’s Steve Inskeep, the designer understood something very fundamental about women, no matter their age or background>
"They want to look pretty," Givhan says. "And his clothes were not these sort of experimental garments where, you know, sleeves or armholes were optional. And he wasn’t sort of this guy who made fashion all about him. You could really tell that the work was there to make women look and feel their best."
Read more of fashion critic Robin Givhan’s remembrance of Oscar de la Renta.
Caption: Baroness Aino Bodisco (far right) looks on as Beatrice Lodge is fitted in a debutante dress by fashion designer Oscar de la Renta in 1956.
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"He will be the best Christian who has Christ for his Master, and truly follows Him. Some are disciples of the church, others are disciples of the minister, and a third sort are disciples of their own thoughts; he is the wise man who sits at Jesus’ feet and learns of Him, with the resolve to follow His teaching and imitate His example. He who tries to learn of Jesus Himself, taking the very words from the Lord’s own lips, binding himself to believe whatsoever the Lord hath taught and to do whatsoever He hath commanded—he I say, is the stable Christian."
Charles Spurgeon  (via craigtowens)
"If you give to God to get from God, you’re just giving to yourself."
Tim Keller

"The Nile, draining out into the Mediterranean. The bright lights of Cairo announce the opening of the north-flowing river’s delta, with Jerusalem’s answering high beams to the northeast. This 4,258 mile braid of human life, first navigated end-to-end in 2004, is visible in a single glance from space." - Chris Hadfield
Astronaut Chris Hadfield has a new book of photography called “You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes.”
"In the original language, ‘Fear the Lord’ doesn’t mean be afraid. It means sustaining a joyful, astonished awe, and wonder before Him"
Tim Keller
"If it were possible for me to alter any part of His plan, I could only spoil it."
John Newton. Preach. 

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