♥ Outfit deetz: vintage dress given to me for my b-day by Sam ♥ , F21 leopard jacket, tights c/o We Love Colors ♥
DOST MINE EYES DECEIVE ME?!? ::drops to knees and slowly crawls to you like a sexy baby tiger:: You guys, my assholeness went up to an 11 these past few months while I got a new job and moved, but here I am, The One That Got Away. ALMOST, ALMOST! JK
Anyway it’s a whole new year and we have a whole lot of loving to do. To warm your cookies down there, here’s some shots of me and the lovely baybayshia Christina when we went shopping and burger grubbin’ last weekend. After hitting up Fairfax flea, we stopped by this cray store called Freak City, which Elizabeth told me about the other day. This shit gave me some serious raver flashbacks, which I think I can finally handle after thirteen years, but it was pretty awesome. I left with a lace cardigan and a shirt with zebras on it.
I love this place. Can’t wait to go back and get some Rhythm Nation earrings!
Thanks for the pics, Christina!
January 11, 2013 6 Comments
HEY YOU GUYS!! (Sloth from Goonies voice) Did you know it’s SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY?!? Celebrate and support your indie businesses today! Take a look at all the special goodies (and DISCOUNTS!) that my Agent Lover sponsors are offering today! SHOP SMALL POR VIDA!
From the most hilarious holiday cards (SOMEONE PLEASE SEND ME THIS PIZZA WREATH AHH!) to the coolest and cutest book clocks, Pygmy Hippo Shoppe is still the best (and tiniest) place in LA to get all of your special gifts! To celebrate Small Business Saturday, PH is offering 20% off so come in and say hello to Miss Emi! But don’t worry if you’re on the other side of the country (or world) you can join in on the fun by using the code SHOPSMALL when you shop online!
The babes at Hello Holiday are giving a special discount just for Agent Lover readers! Use code HelloLover for 20% off this weekend until Tuesday! They are also offering free shipping on all orders over $50, free gifts for orders over $100, and 50% off all of our denim, plus there’s tons of new cute items to lurk at!
Bait Footwear is having the BIGGEST SALE right now! 40% off everything in the shop! Find your perfect pair of sparkly shoes for the season and stock up on the sweetest flats and sandals while you’re at it!
Pretty Good Things has the perfect accessories for the upcoming holiday: sparkly sweater brooches and fascinators galore! Their Oh Deer fascinator comes with a free mini santa hat from now until Xmas! CUTEST THING EVER!
I seriously go bananas over everything Motherland puts out and this Barrel Necklace is no exception! I can’t wait to see what they have in store for their new collection out in 2013! Use code REUP1 to get 15% off your order!
Our favorite Aussie mod maven Kee Kee at Laurel and Hector Vintage is now stocking handmade items using vintage fabrics & patterns! First launched with great success is the Japanese Designer dress. This fabric was sourced in Osaka, Japan where it has been screenprinted by hand. Using a classic mod cut, this exciting fabric is now available in 3 different colorways. I’m so excited to hear that L&H will be expanding their handmade range!
Cutie Dynamite is celebrating with 30% everything today through Cyber Monday! Use code: CUTEMONDAY. I know so many girls (me included) who would kill for a pair of Cutie Dynamite sunnies! DYING over this Mermaid Sparkles pair as well as this Pearls Galore Cateye!
Vintage clothing goddess Mary Van Note has the perfect holiday dress and coat in stock right now! Take advantage of the code MONDAY15 which will give you 15% off now through Cyber Monday!
November 24, 2012 4 Comments
The lovely peeps at B.A.I.T. Footwear sent me a pair of Patricia shoes from their new fall collection! How cute are these?? GOOD NEWZ 4 U: they are also giving a pair to one of my readerboos! WE CAN BE TWINZIES! All you have to do is leave a comment! Extra entries are given if you follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@baitfootwear) ! Just make sure to specify below. Winner gets a pair of Patricias in the color of your choice: purple, black, or brown! The contest is open to U.S. and Canadian readers only. I will choose a the lucky duck on Friday! GOOD LUCK SISTAS!
EDIT UPDATE: DANI U ARE DA WINNA!!! Congrats on your new pair of shoesies! Email me at email@example.com to claim your prize!
October 9, 2012 36 Comments
October 8, 2012 8 Comments
B.A.I.T. Footwear’s fall collection is filled to the brim with cute shoes galore. Every single pair is perfect for tights season! Make sure to come back for the giveaway I’ll be doing with them this week! IT’S A GOOD WAN
Pretty Good Things makes some of my favorite accessories ever. I’m in love with these mini berets and this spooky sweet spider bow clip needs to be in your hair all month long. Happy Birthday to PGT designer and founder Mary P. this Monday! YAY Fellow Libra! She’s celebrating with 32% off in the whole shop! Just use code HAPPYBDAY during checkout good til tomorrow and FREEAGENTS to get free shipping!
I swear Bluesville USA finds the most interesting vintage pieces. I even used this gorgeous black lace gown of theirs in my recent shoot for Rookie! Can we talk about these hand-painted owl pants?!? Someone needs to snatch these up quick so I can vicariously live through you since they don’t come in my size! WAHH
Sarah of Fash Flood and Megan of Princess Lasertron just launched their new shop, Hello Holiday! I’m dying over this Root Beer Float Dress and the Leopard L’Amour wedges! Use code: AGENTLOVER for 10% off your first order!
Every October I get into full blown Morticia mode so I had to feature this Addams Family Nesting Doll Set by Bo Bo Babushka that Pygmy Hippo has in stock right now. And you know I’m not even a cat person and I’m freaking out over that ice cream necklace! P.S. LA friends: if you come into the store and spend over $20 you’ll get a free Halloween goodie bag!
Laurel and Hector Vintage came back with so many amazing pieces from their recent vintage buying trip to Japan and Spain. That Wicked Games Houndstooth Dress KILLS! It’s just too bad that the Agent Lover dress is sold out!
Someone needs to buy this vintage 50s Orange and White Squaredancing Dress that Mary Van Note has in stock and wear it to Oktoberfest! Is there anything more perfect than that eyelet bib? I THINK NOT.
October 7, 2012 No Comments
FUN NEWZ! The photoshoot I styled for Rookie is now up! Fellow Rookie Tara Niami was the photographer, and this was my first time both working with her as well as styling a shoot for the mag. The month’s theme was Drama, so I went on a search for dresses with interesting fabrics and dramatic details. I ended up using a gold, glittery, 70s disco-looking number and a ruffly red dress from Shareen Vintage, this amazing silver metallic Shida Tatsuya jacket and a split panel Twinkle dress from Koshka, and a beautiful black lace nightgown from Bluesville USA, as well as accessories from Motherland and Pygmy Hippo Shoppe. Working on this shoot was a blast, and the models, Audrey and Roshanay, are a couple of rad ladies. I’m looking forward to do more styling in the future. You can see the whole photoset, “She’s Just A Wish,” here.
September 26, 2012 6 Comments
I met up with the lovely Erin from Calivintage to shoot this street style video for Modcloth (I come in at 0:45) when I was in New York for Fashion Week. Before you ask, I didn’t show my signature dance move because I wasn’t prepared to booty pop on camera. True story.
September 26, 2012 2 Comments
DAS RIGHT LADIES…it’s time again for Dear Menz, where I ask my favorite beefcakes of the world what their thoughts are when it comes to love, dating, and all that good stuffs. This time we have my dear friend Grady, whose photo zine series, Aloha Friday, is a beautiful, visual narrative about his life in Honolulu. Grady is also a DJ, and was behind the sadly now defunct, but forever awesome Three Frames. You know how we loves a Renaissance mang around these parts. Check out my interrogation of Grady below and leave a comment to win all five issues of Aloha Friday along with a personal favorite of mine, his limited edition “Wildest Hogs,” which focused on a motorcycle trip Grady and his friends took through Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary last year. Hunks on a motorcycle road trip? SOUNDS LIKE A PAGE FROM ME FANTASIES…
Give me that one Missed Connections Craigslist ad you wish you had posted.
Intersection of Kapionali & Atkinson, late Saturday afternoon, “The Golden Hour.”
Me: vintage aloha shirt, dark denim trousers, topsiders, knapsack, sunglasses. On foot, waiting for the crosswalk, alone. You: Behind the wheel of a cream colored 1980′s Mercedes SL roadster with the top down. Straight black hair with tousled bangs, candy-apple red lipstick, dark sunglasses, polka-dot bikini top, pulling a cigarette from a pack of Marlboro 100′s while blasting Grace Jones. Your friend riding shotgun must have noticed the way my jaw was hanging open or how I tipped my shades to get a better look at you before you did, because she leaned in and whispered something in your ear causing you to laugh and look in my direction. I shouted, “What year is your Benz?” and you turned your stereo down. I’d assume so you could ask me to repeat myself. Before you could, the light turned green, you hit the gas and blew me a kiss.
Let’s meet up for a cocktail or spend the afternoon emailing each other Youtube videos some time.
What jams do you always make sure to have on your ultimate makeout mix?
- Lots of Prince, “Pop Life” especially.
- “Violation” by St. Tropez
- Some Gabor Szabo, like his cover of Donovan’s “Ferris Wheel”
- “Close to You” by Maxi Priest
- Jerry Garcia’s Love Scene Improvisations
- Joy Division’s “Atmosphere”
- Some Serge Gainsbourg
- “Get It Up For Love” by Ned Doheny (which coincidentally is the opening track on my latest mixtape:
- Anything off of Sylvia Robinson’s Pillow Talk LP. Actually just put that whole album on and ignore the rest of this list.
Kelly Bundy, Kelly Tayor, or Kelly Kapowski?
This is a really tough one, because all three of these women played a crucial role in my adolescence. But the answer is hands-down Kelly Kapowski. On the surface she was a boring “All-American Girl”, but there was real substance there. She knew who she was and she knew what she wanted. She also wasn’t afraid to change her mind: dumping Slater for Zack; she even fell for Screech at one point. Kelly taught me that growing up was something you shouldn’t sit back and just let happen, you should make it the best time of your life.
What’s the sexiest thing a girl can do to get your attention and keep it?
It’s a cliche but it’s true that confidence really is the sexiest thing. But what’s even sexier is a girl who’s on her own shit, doing her own thing, whatever that is, and being confident about that, not just being confident in being a boring and/or terrible human. As far as keeping my attention, I like it when a girl lets me know where I stand, good or bad. Also it helps if you’re a good flirt because I’m pretty terrible at it so you’ll have to pick up the slack, sorry.
What is the biggest dealbreaker when you are dating someone?
All I’ll say is that it’s 2012 and everyone’s busy. But time management can be sexy, or it can be gross. Also, there’s nothing wrong with using the internet, but the longer you can go in a conversation without mentioning Facebook or Instagram, the better. Make a game out of it, it can be fun.
Three people you would want to play a good old-fashioned game of Spin the Bottle with:
Brigid White (from my 6th grade summer camp).
Describe a date you would want to take the girl of your dreams on.
It would probably involve a weekend road trip, a stay in an old hotel, a picnic lunch, people-watching somewhere, and a candlelight dinner. She’d be in charge of music the whole time. I’d surprise her with something along the way. At some point we’d go swimming. We’d make out in public somewhere. There’d be lots of great photos, but also some moments we’d only have memories of.
Any last words of advice?
“If you see something, say something.”
You can contribute to the creation of the Aloha Friday’s fifth installment here. Follow his Twitter here and find him on Facebook and Instagram @alohafriday. Don’t forget to leave a comment to win! I’ll choose a winner on (aloha)Friday.
September 24, 2012 5 Comments
Ayla L. Montgomery, aka BRASS, is one of the coolest chicks on the internet. I know that is a bold statement to make, but HALLO…she’s not only a total babe with fly ass nails, but also one of those badasses who I always like to refer to as somebody who be: “Doin’ thangs.” If you ask Brass what her life passion is, she’ll describe it as ‘the storytelling of various subcultures using the mediums of photography and documentary films” and quote some Ayn Rand while she’s at it: “A culture is made, or destroyed, by its articulate voices.” A SoCal girl born and raised, Brass’ photography has been published in both VIBE and The Source. She then filmed the documentary series Art Goon’in as well as The Internet [Documentary] which focused on some of Odd Future’s less infamous members. Brass is now working on a documentary called NAILgasm, which is all about the worldwide phenomenon known as Nail Art, featuring some of the women at the top of the current nail game. Can you FEEL how excited I am about this??
Brass gives us the lowdown on her nail faves and the most anticipated film of the year.
How She Became Obsessed With Nails: Having ones nails done and Nail Art have always been apart of Black/Hip Hop culture, but I was a tomboy who always played sports and couldn’t get my nails done. So as I got older and products got better and the designs got cooler I became more and more obsessed with it. Especially when I saw Melody Ehsani rock cut up dollar bills on her nails. I thought that was the coolest thing ever. I’ve been hooked ever since!
Who Are Some Of The People Featured In The Documentary? Sophy Robson, DiscoNail, Britney Tokyo, Madeline Poole, AstroWifey, Spifster, the Giogo Show girls, Fleury Rose, Naomi Yasuda, Rita Pinto, Andrea Lewis, Hey Nice Nails and more!
When Is It Coming Out? I’m hoping to wrap editing within the next month or so, so that I can enter it at a few film festivals. SXSW I’m coming for you! As for an actual release date I’m not sure yet, but I promise there will be a big announcement when it’s ready for the world to check out!
Current Favorite Polishes? I am OBSESSED with glitter. La Chat makes an amazing glitter, Milani, Floss Gloss, OPI’s Burlesque collection all have some amazing glitters. My favorite non glitter color this summer was Flip Flop Fantasy by China Glaze, and neon of course!
+Even though the Kickstarter campaign is over, you can always donate via PayPal at the bottom of the Nailgasm Doc page and she will still honor rewards! Make sure you follow Nailgasm on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (NAILgasmdoc), Pinterest and Tumblr. And Brass’ own website, Twitter, Instagram (@WhoIsBrass) and Facebook.
September 20, 2012 2 Comments
Hiya horndogs. Sorry for the BRIEF ABSCENCE. I thought I’d be able to knock out Nailz Week before I left for New York but alas I was too ambitious. ::looks at you with Precious Moments eyes:: Anyway, we are BACK IN BUSINESS. My Rookie editor Anaheed took me to get my nails done at Sakura while I was over there so I wanted to show it off real q. YES that is a taco, YES that is my pink cake hat, and YES that is MR. SHANKLY!!! This was the first time I have gotten gel nails and now I understand how people will get addicted to them. Ain’t gotta worry about messin’ them up! Now the question is, where am I going to find a place in LA to get some fly ass art on my tips like this?!?! Suggestions are WELCOME…
September 18, 2012 16 Comments