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Man knits sweaters of landmarks, poses in them at landmarks

Why buy a postcard when you could knit a sweater? That’s the motto of Sam Barsky, a Baltimore artist who specializes in “knitting sweaters and other items with pictorial designs,” according to his website.

He became a viral sensation this week after the website imgur.com featured a gallery of his creations, which included Barksy proudly showing off his themed sweaters in front of famous travel landmarks including Times Square, the U.S. Capitol, Niagara Falls, the Shedd Aquarium and, my personal favorite, Stonehenge.

Barksy has already received interview requests from Jimmy Kimmel and the BBC, but judging by his Facebook page, he’s handling his 15 minutes of fame with grace.

“Just to let everyone know, I really love all my fans,” he wrote this week. “In the past day, as most of you know, my publicity has exploded exponentially worldwide. I have a flood of messages and requests for interviews that I have received. I want to answer each one personally. It is just so many that I can’t get to them all in one day.”

Check out his Facebook page for more photos of his “sweaters in places” as well as updates on his dinner (gluten-free vegetable lo mein with imitation shrimp) and the occasional joke (ex: “How do animal rescues determine which animals are safe and healthy enough to be pets?… They ‘vet’ them.”).

Looks like Barsky has been to Texas before — here he is in his Palo Duro Canyon sweater:

Here’s hoping Barsky has an Austin visit in the works — we think he would look fantastic in a bat-, Longhorn- or taco-themed creation. Regardless, thank you, sir, for making the world a brighter place with your amazing sweaters.

Ivanka Trump reflects on 2016, shares New Year's Eve, Hanukkah family photo

Ivanka Trump looked back on 2016 and shared a family photo in social media posts Saturday as she celebrated New Year's Eve and the last night of Hanukkah with her husband and children.

In one post, Trump, Jared Kushner and their stood happily in front of a menorah.

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“New Year’s Eve + Last Night of Chanukah,” she wrote on Instagram.

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Pantone announces 'Greenery' as 2017 color of the year

Pantone, known for its innovative work in color and design, has named "Greenery" its 2017 color of the year. 

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"This particular green is an unusual color: a combination of yellow and blue, or warmth and a certain cool," Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, told The New York Times. "It's a complex marriage."

The company describes the color as a "fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature's greens revive, restore and renew." The company also said that it "symbolizes (the) reconnection we seek with nature."

"We've been seeing the greens building and building as we've had this desire to reconnect to nature and immerse ourselves in the physical beauty of the natural world as we're sitting there tethered to our devices," Laurie Pressman, Pantone Color Institute vice president, told CBS News.

Pressman said Greenery "signals vitality, energy and warmth from the sun" and that it represents rebirth and regeneration. The color also reflects a growing movement to protect nature.

"We're more conscious about the environment and protecting the planet," she told CNN

Eiseman said the color also reflects optimism for the future.

"This is the color of hopefulness, and of our connection to nature. It speaks to what we call the 're' words: regenerate, refresh, revitalize, renew," she said. "Every spring we enter a new cycle and new shoots come from the ground. It is something life-affirming to look forward to."

Pantone's team, which began selecting a color of the year in 2000, spends about nine months each year studying trends in fashion and products, social media and societal attitudes to pick a color that reflects those aspects. 

"We're (even) looking at street art, animation, architecture, movies and headphones," Pressman said. "We capture a snapshot of what's being expressed through color." 

The color of the year is said to be selected using instinct more than science, The New York Times reported.

Pantone named two colors the color of the year for 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

$3M 'Fantasy Bra,' Lady Gaga rock Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Temperatures may be cooling down, but the catwalk sizzled at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

>> PHOTOS: Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2016

This year's event, filmed Wednesday at Paris' Grand Palais, featured a $3 million "Fantasy Bra" worn by 25-year-old model Jasmine Tookes.

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"It is so beautiful," Tookes told The Associated Press. "It's covered in white diamonds and emeralds, and it has about 9,000 gemstones."

>> PHOTOS: Victoria's Secret 'Fantasy Bra' through the years

Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd also performed as models such as Kendall Jenner, Alessandra Ambrosio and Irina Shayk – who E! recently reported is expecting her first child with Bradley Cooper – walked the runway.

The show airs at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT Dec. 5 on CBS.

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Ivanka Trump under fire for peddling $10,000 bracelet worn on '60 Minutes'

Soon-to-be first daughter Ivanka Trump is coming under fire for mixing business and politics.

After her appearance on “60 Minutes” last weekend, Trump's brand sent out a message to reporters, urging them to mention the bracelet she was wearing, which costs $10,800, according to The New York Times. Katie Rosman, a style reporter for the Times, grabbed a screenshot of the email.

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"This notification was sent by a well-intentioned marketing employee at one of our companies who was following customary protocol, and who, like many of us, is still making adjustments post-election," Abigail Klem, president of Trump's brand, told the Times. "We are proactively discussing new policies and procedures with all of our partners going forward."

Brands often send memos to journalists after award shows, but some are questioning whether it is ethical for Trump to use politics to boost her business. Similar concerns emerged after her speech at the Republican National Convention, when the dress she wore sold out the next day after her brand urged Twitter followers to "shop Ivanka's look."

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– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

CoverGirl's new beauty ambassador wears a hijab

Less than a month after CoverGirl recruited its first male brand ambassador, the makeup company has broken barriers again by welcoming a new Muslim beauty ambassador.

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Nura Afia, 24, is the first woman to wear a hijab in CoverGirl advertising.

Afia, a beauty blogger and YouTube makeup guru, will appear alongside fellow ambassadors James Charles, Katy Perry and Sofia Vergara in a new campaign for CoverGirl's So Lashy mascara.

She told Refinery 29 she grew up being insecure about wearing a hijab.

"I never thought I'd see women like me represented in such a global brand, and so it means the world to me and for me to be that woman representing women like me," she said. "It's unimaginable. It's my dream come true."

A video posted by COVERGIRL (@covergirl) on Nov 5, 2016 at 8:07am PDT

Afia, who has more than 300,000 subscribers on Instagram, works as a makeup artist at a Denver Sephora store.

"I'm honestly an average person," she told the Today show. "I'm only five feet tall. I'm not the perfect beauty standard. I never had braces, so I have kind of crooked bottom teeth. This is unreal for me. I always thought I had to be taller and have perfect teeth to even think about being in something this big ... I've never seen a hijabi or a Muslim woman on a billboard in Times Square. That's as big as it gets."

A photo posted by Nura Afia (@nuralailalov) on Sep 17, 2016 at 6:48pm PDT

A television commercial featuring Afia and other CoverGirl #LashEquality influencers is set to air next week.

"I hope (this campaign) will show Muslim women that brands care about us as consumers and we're important, especially hijabis," Afia said. "We can be featured on TV, can be featured on billboards in Times Square, can be represented."

#LashEquality = bold, sexy lashes for ALL. At COVERGIRL, we’ve always stood for inclusive beauty that supports any and all types — from skin types to lash types. We know that whether you have short, straight, light or long lashes, you all crave the same bold end look, so we listened and created #SoLashy mascara: the first mascara designed for any and all lash types. Representing all types of beauty, our #SoLashy fam (and their lashes) have come together to stand for #LashEquality. Bold, sexy lashes for all: are you on board? #Repost, comment, to be a part, and stay tuned for more! A photo posted by COVERGIRL (@covergirl) on Nov 1, 2016 at 9:21am PDT

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