have you seen our new outfits for august yet?!? i always get so excited when we have new outfits because our team does such an amazing job putting them together. the layering in these outfits is so perfect. which is your favorite?
i think this is the first time i’ve actually been stumped! i love them all. now vote!
click on the images to see the items in each outfit. the winner of last week’s desert gypsy poll was the traded treasure bib necklace with 33%.
one of our newest items is this fuzzy faux fur jacket that we’ve dubbed the almost famous fur jacket. inevitably, images and snippets of the movie of that name come to mind. there was a period of time when i was in college when i would watch this movie with my roommate to the point where we had it memorized and wanted to get a pet turtle and name it russell. i always felt like i was really meant to be a band-aid, traveling the states in a tour bus with a grungy long-haired band… living for music, love and nothing else.
here are some images, some from the movie and some from elsewhere, that make this feeling come rushing back.
“i always tell the girls, never take it seriously, if you never take it seriously, you never get hurt, you never get hurt, you always have fun, and if you get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.”
– penny lane
here’s a clip of one of my favorite parts of the movie:
how cool are these tie dye bags? we are using these as packaging for the vintage loves collection and i think they are so beautiful – plus they were made with love by some of our fp girls right here at the home office.
dye in shades of fuchsia, orange, yellow, purple, turquoise and green!
bags of various sizes and lots of rubber bands!
various tying techniques…
time to dye!
they let the bags sit overnight so the dye sets in.
next step – rinsing!
hang me out to dry…
and… ta da!
i love it! i have a plain white free people bag that i think needs to be tie dye :)
the other day another fp girl told me about the LA Ladies Choir, her current obsession. i had never heard of them before but i was immediately intrigued. they are a group of 30 women with careers ranging from music, fashion, art, literature and theater, and they sing covers of old folk songs and wear beautiful vintage dresses. how can you not love that? founding member becky stark (front woman of groups kavender diamond and the trio the living sisters) says the one rule of the choir is to sing joyfully, and she doesn’t care if you sing off-key. the ladies perform at venues around L.A., sometimes joined by flea of the red hot chili peppers, whose wife, model frankie raydar, is a member of the group (and her sister missy modeled in our march catalog!).
check out this video of them performing john lennon’s “happy xmas (war is over)” at space 15 twenty:
vintage. to me a vintage piece carries a certain weight – it has been around longer than i have, it has a history, and an energy that radiates through it. touch it and you can feel the presence of its previous owner, a tiny rip, scratch or loose thread evidence of their past adventures. a dress that was worn by a high school girl at a 1950s sock hop, a patched up pair of jeans worn at a beat poetry reading, or a blouse worn at a 1960s love in…the possibilities are endless. this special uniqueness is what makes each vintage piece so irreplaceable, so treasured, and so desired.
this questionnaire will give you a little bit of an idea of who our vintage buyer is, but it doesn’t paint the full picture. just like the items she works with, ali is one of a kind. in the time that i’ve known her, i’ve learned that ali: 1. has an amazing cocllection of vintage rock tshirts, 2. has an adorable bulldog, named chloe, who is blind, 3. left her car in arizona, 4. has a fisher price record player at her desk, 5. records her vintage purchases in a leather bound journal from the 1800s.
here’s a little more about ali :)
what is your theme song?
“sunny day sweeping the clouds away…” – sesame street!
if you could go anywhere in the world, free of cost, where would you go?
if you were stranded on an island, what 3 things would you want with you?
a bacon egg and cheese mcmuffin, an ipod and a satin eye patch.
how would you describe your personal style?
east meets west…old school urban cowgirl hippi crunchy.
what is your biggest fear?
winter, spring, summer or fall?
all you have to do is call.
what color are you?
what is your motto?
peace love happiness
what is your favorite hobby?
if you could spend a day with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?
so last month we made a little video showing you how to do a fishtail braid – and this month we have a kickass way to spice up your fishtail braid! our stylists and hair/makeup artist are loving this look right now – colorful streaks woven into the braid!
Now this can be done many ways- you can do one color or three, you can actually dye streaks in your hair, or you can put in colored extensions.
for the braid in these images our hair/makeup artist used extensions. she mixed blond, blue, purple and pink extensions together and spread them out before braiding them into a fishtail, which she then clipped into the model’s hair. simple enough, right?
here it is on a larger scale in our august catalog:
We’re intrigued by fashion everyday – it stimulates, inspires, and influences everything we do. We’re always looking for the freshest trends and the newest movements in street style and boho fashion, and we constantly fuel our ideas with the best from fashion culture.