cute & tough

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I am just loving these quilts by Quiltsrÿche! I love the colors, and I especially love the guitar, speaker, and skull on the alphabet quilt! I feel really inspired to keep working on my quilt! See more of her fun and kind of hard-core quilts here!
Via.

delaney demott -Jan 10, 2009, 10:03AM
did you see the quilts of Gee's Bend up at the PMA? So amazing!
Lisa Marie -Jan 09, 2009, 4:51PM
I love these! Great spin on an old classic.

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mantyhose

Recently I came across this funny little site, e-MANcipate, which is a website to accelerate the acceptance of male pantyhose as a regular clothing item. It’s actually really interesting! Apparently men wearing pantyhose is starting to come into style a little bit, (in Europe and Australia mostly,) which kind of makes sense given the current craze for super skinny tight pants! The site had tons of fashion pictures with men wearing pantyhose styled in a number of different ways. I’m kind of split – in some of the pictures it looks kind of cool, in others it looks a little too medieval to me. What do you guys think? Yay or nay?

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Yvan -Apr 08, 2012, 6:45AM
I completely agree with Barry @ March 28 7:40 pm. No hose for him = No pants for her.
barry -Mar 28, 2012, 7:40PM
I wear tights and leggings and love them both. Men wore tights before women stole them anway. What is wrong with it? Women wear pants and thst is suposed to be ok.

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After a hectic holiday season, the Thursday Poll is back with a vengeance! Last time, I asked whether you liked the Floral Tiered Convertible Skirt styled as a dress or a skirt, and the preference was overwhelmingly for the styling as a dress, with 351 votes! Having it styled as a skirt got 41 votes, with 2 votes for “other.”
This week, I have been admiring all of our slips! We recently came out with a bunch of new ones, and I’m real curious to know what types of styles you like!
First, check out our Solid Stretch Lace Slip below, in washed berry.

Next is our Tie-Dye Ruffles Slip in violet.

Finally, below is our Solid Lace Bandeau Slip in red.
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So tell me, which of these do you like best?

Alex -Jan 08, 2009, 5:23PM
You guys did a great job! I really Love all of them but I think I have to say my favorite one might b the solid lace bandeau slip...it just looks so comfy and warm with it's exotic color.

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Want to work at our Manhattan Beach store? We open in March and are hiring for all positions! Apply here

forexst_ra_tegies -Nov 30, 2009, 9:49AM
I am definitely bookmarking this page and share it with my friends. :)
kelli -Jan 08, 2009, 6:02PM
i was wondering if you could tell me how much experience is free people generally looking for in sales associates? thanks so much!

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Barbara of Bobbi Clothes teaches you how to make a simple loom and a beautiful hand woven scarf or belt from scraps of fabric. I love how she connects the pieces of fabric and how hand touched the finished piece looks. It’s also cool way to recycle your extra bits instead of trashing them.
And how inspiring does her studio look?
Check out Threadbanger for more crafty tutorials

Can you believe Brother’s snazzy new sewing machine? The QuattroT 6000D features a HD screen where a bird’s eye, zoomed-in view of the needle and its surroundings are displayed. It also has a LED light for the sewing platform. They haven’t announced the price yet, (I bet it’s crazy!) but you can check out a little more about the machine here on Brother’s website. I never thought I’d see a personal sewing machine with a screen!

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Believe it or not, these incredible scenes all are within aquariums! Takashi Amano, who many of you may already know of, (though I didn’t!) is the creator of the above aquascapes, as well as countless others. A very well respected photographer and aquarist, Takashi was one of the main people to introduce Japanese gardening styles to the aquarium hobby. His aquarium scenes are always very carefully arranged and yet very natural looking! See more photos of his stunning work (and it is a lot of hard work) here, here, and here.

Ed -Jan 08, 2009, 4:05PM
Really pretty stuff.

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Remember the super pretty hair wraps our stylist Monica did for the December catalog? Well we recently made a little video in which Monica shows us how we can make the hair wraps too!
To my delight, I got to have my hair be the example, so I had awesome wraps in my hair for a while! It was so fun! You guys should definitely try it! Find the tutorial below – enjoy!

Raine -Dec 19, 2013, 1:39PM
Oh I really want to watch this but it says the video is not available? It says it doesn;t exist anymore, and I desperately want to watch this--I love hair wraps. And now the site tells me I am posting comments too quickly, but this is the first comment I have ever posted!
Lizzy Smith -Apr 07, 2011, 9:53AM
Also, do you sell the products to do this or do you just show how to do it, I found this on easy but it doesn't seem to be a shop to buy from.

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Recently it came out that Alfred Shaheen passed away on the 22nd of last month, at 86 years old. Famous for popularizing the Hawaiian shirt, if you know vintage clothes or Hawaiian prints, (or both,) then you know Alfred Shaheen is the label to look for! The Los Angeles Times obituary for him is very interesting, and tells about how he had his garments designed, silk-screened, cut and sewed all in his factory in Honolulu, as well as shipping them from there. In other words, the whole operation was housed under one roof, which is pretty impressive. Below find a couple of related shots I saw floating around the internet, including the picture from Elvis Presley’s album Blue Hawaii on which Elvis sports a shirt designed by Shaheen. Thank you Shaheen, for the funky flavor!

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Richard Hogg

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I am loving these surreal and colorful designs by Richard Hogg. The centaurs totally rock my world, and the seals are so comical! There is a lot more cool art on his site, including, to my delight, a few desktop backgrounds and a (scandalous) screensaver! So right now I have an extra fun and very hirsute Richard Hogg desktop! :)

irregular expressions

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So, I wandered over to The Moldy Doily yesterday, and she had these incredible pieces up. Aren’t they just insane? I can’t even think what to say about them, other than that I just like them so much, and even though I bet a lot of you read The Moldy Doily anyway, (as you should,) I had to post these, just in case you didn’t see them! They are the creations of Irregular Expressions, a family operation out of Istanbul! Aside from their Etsy, they have a ton of pictures on Flickr, definitely worth checking out!

Doub and Lauren have fun as they pick models.

Indy + Erin = Love!
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The latest lobby decor.
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Jenna’s awesome birthday treats, yum!
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Kara hard at work on something pretty and arty.
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Bob says, “EAGLES.” (P.S. The bottle is empty- it’s an Eagles decoration!)
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What the Image Team does with their down time.
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Courtney enjoying some work that looks tedious. :)

Lucy -Jan 08, 2009, 3:48PM
Thanks so much! That was very helpful. I replied in an e-mail back to you =)
pruittfpgirl -Jan 07, 2009, 11:48AM
Hey Lucy! I showed your question to Doub, one of our art and design directors, and she wrote this little blurb for you! Usually, the design directors get together and brainstorm. Everyone brings something that is inspirational to them at the moment- it could be a vintage garment, a beautiful dish, a magazine tear, a velvet trim, or a book on Mongolian nomads. Then we decide in which direction to go. Sometimes we imagine this girl that we in a way would like to be and often she is a girl that is in constant motion traveling to exotic places. Once the direction is decided, we start pinning our inspirations on the wall and open it up to the whole design team. We really depend on the youthful eyes to lead us and love to see what they have to show. At times we all can be very inspired by a place like Morocco, or the deep south, or we could love a certain look such as menswear clothing. One of my favorite trends was called "old loves" and this was about menswear. We all brought in any piece of clothing we had from a current lover or an old love. So when we hung up all the clothes we had every kind of guy represented from the sweet farm hand to the rebel without a cause. Another one of my favorites were simply journal entries of a girl leaving La. to journey to "burning man" to find herself and figure out what she really wanted to do with her life. And she ends up in New Orleans and starts painting with watercolor over old floral wallpaper. So, the nice thing is a trend can stem from anywhere- it can be emotional, nostalgic, cultural or simply from a muse that has a "good look" going on! Hope this helps Lucy, and if you have any more questions please feel free to ask! xo p

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