Sunday, July 31, 2011

-Sunday's Set-Up-

-Birthdays are Abundant: it's my hubby's today and we are off to the theatre and to eat Lebanese food- 
It's been a celebration all week! We went to Bottega Louie, spent time with family and friends from out of town and I had a crafting girl power party! My brother and I share the same Birthday, but he lives in Virginia. However, he'll be in town publicizing his soul surfing films and documentaries of the East Coast surfing scene in Huntington Beach, depicting the Wild lyfe: support his project on facebook! Please vote once per day for him so him and his surf crew can kick butt and win! They've earned it!

48 Hours from eddie compo on Vimeo.

We will see him, my brother, Raven, next week and celebrate at some large Nike promotion on Friday! Today, is being spent solely with my hubby who's birthday is four days after mine. He is four years older than me though so he is basically old! Lol! I feel like I have learned a lot with him over these last seven years total, including our three years of marriage and it's fun to celebrate our wisdom together as we age! Here's to another Birthday, my dear! Pictures will be posted soon! For now, you can in on some of the celebration! All of you will get to see my Birthday and all the decorations when my dear friend, Rosie, sends them or comes over next time, since we are still stuck with a broken camera and our iphones. She took lovely shots with her Nikon so stay tuned! There are a lot of posts on their way! I am staying ahead!

-Playing Around Downtown to get Macarons!-

-The Set-Up: We're going to make kosher dill pickles with a Rabbi and there's live music afterwards at the park!- 
Please go with me, baby! There'll be free local, live entertainment and that's fun, dear! Oh look, earl gray macarons at Bottega Louie! Let's get 'em! We did & they were oh so scrumptious! I am addicted to that flavor and rose water. Yummy! They know how to do them right.
Brooke's Wearing- Striped Comfy Tank with Pearl and Lace Pocket Detail: Collette (Nordstroms), Dressy Pleated Navy Shorts: I.N.C., Navy Blue Boys Blazer: Dillards, Polka Dotted Flats: Circa Joan & David, Jewelry: Handmade crystal and stone long chained necklace, Gold chain with feather pin make shift necklace, vintage off-white lucite bangle, Black metal and gold art deco vintage bracelet, gold wire cuff, gold chain bracelet (gift from mom), Large brass hoop earrings (gifted), Brown with Gold Lion Belt: Anne Klein, Red and Gold Sunnies: The Extras, Tortoise Glasses: Downtown LA glasses shop, Red Leather Purse: The Sak (Nordstroms Rack)!

-The Imitations: the real ones are inside hiding on display!-
-Onto more fun! This is on the AT&T building!-

Kosher Dills +A Jewish Rabbi Humorist=Good Times & Pickles

Cort's Wearing-Vintage style button snap front cowboy plaid shirt: Urban Outfitters Levis, Medium wash straight legged Levi's jeans: Online somewhere, Navy Blue Top Siders: Sperry, Ralph Lauren Prescription Wayfarer style glasses, Gray T-shirt: Oak, Titanium Wedding Band: fancy jeweler in Provo, Utah!

-Our Hood! I Love DTLA!-

-Live Music Every Thursday-

Happy Birthday! I love you most of all forever & always in any situation! You are perfect for me! I'm pretty right on for you too, but I'll let you think about that for a bit! Cute shot of Cort!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Thrilling Thursday

-The Thrill of the Chase: tracked down wardrobe pieces that became epic, requiring alterations, patience, waiting and luck, a search for perfect pairings-
Dress: altered three times gray maxi dress Bobi at small beach boutique, Brown buckled leather and suede wedges: hunted down the perfect brown wedge last summer and finally know how to wear them Nordstroms Brass Plumb, Green Leather Duffle Purse (searched for about 2 years and repaired it twice): Tano at Anthropologie, 555 Soul 3/4 Length Hoodie (had forever and wanted for months brfore finally finding her): Buffalo Exchange, Middle Eastern Colorful Scarf: wanted for months and found at a thrift store in Utah over winter break for $2, Jewel Mint Necklace: found last week after coveting for a while, Shell bracelet: handmade by beach vendor finally found and scored the right one at a festival, Bullet Necklace: gifted by smart, lyal hubby who listens and uses Etsy, Gucci purple small sunnies: lusted after for years and months: found two years ago at Nordstroms (randomly deep discounted), Silver Feather Earrings: Payless of all places, a dark and shmmery polish: Chanel Black Pearl & Coffee colored lipstick: Clinique counter.

It's all a bit modern hippie chic, but I adore sporty basics in gray mixed up with leather and texture. I think this outfit is really playful and a thrill since all the pieces have been collected slowly over time and nothing id simply pulled off a rack and collected/paired from one particular season or style!

-New Jewel Mint Piece-

One of my new birthday presents from my hubby but courtesy of Kate Bosworth and her super star stylist to the stars, Cher Coulter collaborated jewelry collection line, JewelMint!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WTW Wednesday? It's My Birthday!

-Today is a Two Outfit Day, but I Raided Cort's Closet the Other Day Just to do This Post-
Little Boys Blazer in Navy: Dillards Boy's section, Shirt: Ben Sherman, Tie: RVCA, Short: Jones New York (my own), Hat: Diesel (my own), Oxford Shoes: Bass, Socks: American Apparel, Lipstick & Nails: Chanel red & Black Pearl, Breacelets: vintage lucite (who knows) and Leather Cuff (my creation), Glasses: DTLA wholesale shop, Watch: Oak NYC, Belt: thrifted!

One for shopping and cooking and another for the party! Pictures of the party will be up next week, but for now I have a post on what to wear when you feel like you have nothing in your own closet. I raid my hubby's! He hates it but it's so fun and I love the menswear inspired, preppy looks! Te he! He came home right when we were shooting this and just shook his head and smiled!

Have a great day! I plan on it! Birthday party and presents make for perfect play days! First, shop and cook for everybody though! Best get to it!
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tactical Tuesday: my expose on the art of color and print mixing

-Chains The Leopard, but Don't be Cruel-
Dress: altered/tailor (by yours truly)-sleeves cut and hemmed and dress shortened and taken in from Target-Merona, Blazer: Dana Buchman gift from mom, Shoes: Yves Saint Laurant and Steve Madden flats, Jewelry: thrifted vintage wood and resin necklace, mother of pearl and gold from a seller on etsy bought as a wedding gift by my hubby, loads of gold bangles and chains from my mom (gift from my dad when I was born, large wood painted cuff cheap store at a mall, Lipstick: Chanel, Nail Polish: Chanel Black Pearl

Thanks to Kris Kibodeaux and Julia for bring the camera to me for an early Birthday present! I appreciate the photos a lot. Thanks for playing on rooftops in the city with me. Oh the fun we had.

It's my Birthday tomorrow and I must decorate for the party. I have an early day ahead in the flower district, at the grocery store and cooking before guests arrive to play at the Very Happy Un-Birthday Tea and Champagne Party for us grown folks! We will hi-jack Mignon for wine and cheese with the boys after 8:00 pm! Goodtimes! Here's to another year. Oh, and of course Happy Birthday to my baby Bro, Raven! We share the day! Live it up and win the film competition for The Wyldelife! he he!

-Gifts I am lusting after-
Presents that would make my day! I also want a Cannon Rebel (I got it!) an amazing gold Michael Kors Watch and some ridiculous Jeffery Campbel platforms! Here's to surprises!

Free People Dog on Gilt $79
Gerard Yoska Cuff on Gilt $110

Pour La Victoire Sandals on Gilt $79

Fandango One Shoulder One Piece on Gilt $79

Beirn Kali Messenger on Swirl $129

Have a nice week and celebrate my Birthday for me tomorrow or at midnight!  ;p

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Monday's Mission: investigating modern bohemian & hippie chick chic

-The 60s and 70s are Back in a Big Way-     
-I am Giving You A Mission This Week, Based on This Style-
1. Investigate the style and the designers working with this type of aesthetic. 
2. Email three looks to me at that are inspired by Hippie Couture. Ensure that your images are attached and sent by Friday, 7/29/11! Comment on the post to ensure I am aware of your participation! If you fail to post a comment and email your looks solely you will be vioded from the competition and the mission!
3. I will choose three favorites by Friday, 7/29/11 and post your selections by next Monday, 81/11! 
4. The 1st place winner will receive a handmade accessory made by yours truly. I can work in your favorite aesthetic, but it will not be a custom order! 
5. The prize will be mailed out by 8/5/11 at the very latest! I will pay for postage, but I am not fully aware of all the shipping rules for shipping outside the U.S.!
6. Good Luck! Don't mess this up. You are working for a style spy after all. You must impress!    
-It's a Modern Aesthetic With an Earthy Grounded Quality-                     

The Knightcap modern tie dye dress by Plastic Island demonstrates exactly what I am thinking and exploring this week. I can easily hearken back to the mid-late 90s when I was a doppleganger for someone transplanted directly from Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco circa 1969. My dread locks were blonde and down to my mid back and I wore patchwork clothing that was all handmade by yours truly. I did not get into the tie dye look because I was a nuvo/neo hippy, not some dirty, poor, gutter punk hippie that might be mistaken for an undercover cop at a Grateful Dead, Phish Shows or Merriweather. I was neither a trustyfarian nor a broke runaway. I was a different breed. I had permission to go and just had to come back alive, without disease, some dude's spawn and/or a severe drug addiction. It was kind of like shopping around for Universities while visiting various cities all over the country. I was learning which place I wanted to live and study! 

At shows I rode my Powell Perelta skateboard proudly around and I used it to protect me from sleazy guys while experimenting with an unbelievable amount of elicit substances. My job began as a seamstress, making clothing to sell and pouches for glass pipes, but that merchandise flew so quickly that I needed a new gig. I tried selling glass paraphernalia, but the profit margin was not so bueno, 18%, whatever! I cooked a bit and the same problem was that I made no money. Finally, I began getting illegal substances for wholesale from family (old school, real hippies from the actual 1960s who followed the Dead for years and rocked the most lovely tie dyed shirts, dresses and artisan made, batik, wax relief garments.)! 

I loved doing this and sharing my products with the abundant customers or consumers (custy's) so my girlfriends (my mamas) and I could sleep well that evening in a hotel suite not a mere $150 room! We were seeking class in our hippie heaven. A haven to rest our heads and talk about how much money we made working the lot at each show before taking more substances and doing the same thing all over again for a few more days before school terms began again. Ungrateful and with much regret, sadness and despair we would leave our friends and all the memories to return to the real world and the drudgery that we called High School and others experienced as work, college or permanent drug dealing (yikes)! 

-Departure-I Love That the Vibe is Uber Urban-
Upon reflection, I am now a High School teacher and don't know a single student who's attempted to strike out on one's own for over thirty days with less than $40 tucked away in a faded pair of denim jeans', sewn into a hidden pocket. I was absolutely wild and a free spirit. This is my story and it's nostalgic. I don't listen to the music, continue going to music festivals, go to Burning Man or even wear the clothing anymore. For me, it was a phase and it lasted too long in my opinion. Strangely though I feel drawn to these new looks based on old concepts from yester years. Somehow, I am loving the Haute Hippie line and I adore the trend to bring back all that is good about the fashion from hippie culture! Let us rejoice in updating the earthy goodness of the neo-hippie fashion resurgence and the almost alien, spaceship qualities of this lovely renewed trend. I will explore and investigate the glamour and newness of tie dye, batik, the new lines, shapes and a fair amount of the patterns being explored in this delightful genre. I am loving the newly hard edged hippie look that does not require Birkenstocks, Amish length dresses and ridiculously long hair matched with calico, quilted, patchwork tops and skirts. I am ecstatic that you are not required to match with corduroy! Although, I do like corduroy in small doses, done right. Today, the look is comfortable and classy just like our swanky hotel suites!
-Cut, Proportion, Scale, Computer Graphic Patterns & Line Are Fresh to the Genre Making it Stylish- 
I am so looking forward to your mission this week. I am excited to see what you find and if I get really excited I may post all the looks that are submitted! Now, I will post the closest look I have worn inspired by the hippie aesthetic. I do incorporate this style into my looks, but my camera is dysfunctional and I am making due with what few photos I have. Enjoy what I can offer you via iphone! 
By the way, I went to BloomFest with my husband and his youngest brother, Robbie, who is currently living in LBC not UT because he is going to complete flight school (so dope) locally! The festival was in the Art's District near Little Tokyo, but still in our hood, DTLA! This event was like attending a flea market with very specific wares of high quality or an outdoor, handmade craft show (except for the very cool/cheap American Apparel Flea Market, the free Redbull & iced tea). It felt very reminiscent of the scene I described navigating and adoring in parking lots across the country before shows! However, I didn't feel like I did as a teen. I used this as an opportunity to network, promote the blog, meet local artists, arrange blog giveaways and to find possible partners for styling (yes!) and for advertising on the site! Yippee! The Pictures turned out great even though they were taken with a phone. And I was able to capture most of the really talented vendors, showcasing art, accessories, soaps, candles and clothing in this Updated Hippie/Hipster style! I hope you like!

Shorts: vintage Levis cut-offs circa 1980s found in SLO at a rad vintage shop, T-Shirt: A. OK from OAK, Snap on Belt for Any Buckle: vintage 1970s thrifted in Utah, Buckle: Raleigh Street Lights bronze trucker buckle depicting a semi-truck found at a vintage store in Chesapeake, VA., Red Leather Hobo Bag: The Sack from Nordstrom's Rack winter, Sunnies: old Ray Bans, Light Blue Moccasins with Pewter Studs: Michael Kors (old), no jewels but my ring because I was sick and barely could get up to dress myself! 

I really like this man's work. It's respectable, but fairly simple!

Cute girl modeling! Why thank you!

Everybody was digging the Feathers, geode jewels and the goodies at this vendor's tent!

Cuteset kids' haircut ever, but maybe I am a bit impartial since he has a cut a lot like mine!

Mama's got her own good things goin' on too!

She is one of designers for MNKR. Super Dope!


Natural soy and glycerin products that are wonderful for the environment!

I hope you like all the fun iphone pictures from BloomFest! It was a lot of fun, the energy was wild and frenetic (all those free Redbulls) and people were so friendly, nice and helpful. I networked my butt off! Vendor names and links will be added when I edit tonight, but the light is perfect an we have to get outside since we only have two hours of perfect light left! Happy Monday!