Posts from — December 2011

Pygmy Hippo’s First Anniversary Party!

This past Saturday we celebrated Pygmy Hippo’s One Year Anniversary! I worked at the shop all day long with Emi and by the end of the day I kept saying I wish I had some Tazmanian Devil chanclas because my dogs were barkin’ BAD. Do you remember dem Taz slippers BTW? I used to be really into him…but not as much as DIZZY DEVIL. I think in an alternate dimension I may have a Dizzy Devil tramp stamp.

ANYWAY..this is what I wore! I wanted to match the store’s colors, because I am that guy.

I’m very much in love with this citrine necklace I purchased from Still With You! I don’t want to take it off! The lipstick is Besame’s “Red Hot” in case you are wondering. And I did milkmaid braids again, surprisingly pretty easily… considering my hair is getting down to my booty! WACHOW

♥ Vintage dress from Fairfax Swapmeet, citrine necklace from Still With You, vintage slip by Doublespeak (embroidered with “C’mere Loverdoll”,) shoes from Urbanog, socks c/o We Love Colors, belt from da mall ♥


There is an online giveaway still going on at the Pygmy Hippo blog! Make sure you sign up for the mailing list and  comment on this post and you will be entered to win a gift basket filled with Pygmy Hippo goodies! OOH LA LA!!!

Nate, the other half of Pygmy Hippo, hand-painted this new sign!!!!

Remember when I decorated this tree in Babyfaces a few years ago?

Supercute Tatty Devine necklaces that may make you hungry since that potato chip is way too realistic!

We had tons of cute and tasty treats! I think my sugar quota for the month has now been reached.

Our friend Yumi made these cute hippo cake pops!

Nate molded these awesome hippo heads! You can win one of these in the gift basket too.

Thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated with us on Saturday!

December 20, 2011   14 Comments

Sui Numeris Bride Discount And Giveaway!

One of my Small Business Sponsors is Sui Numeris Bride, an Austin-based bridal gown and dress company run by a lovely woman named Dee! They have everything from beautiful and affordable bridalwear starting at less than $140 dollars to exquisite designer pieces, as well as little black dresses for every occasion to handpicked, one-of-a-kind, vintage dresses! Every piece is exclusive…they don’t sell more than one of the same dress so you don’t have to worry about running into another girl wearing the same one as you, like Brenda and Kelly’s fashion faux pas during prom!

If you’re looking for a beautiful party dress or something lovely to get hitched in, take a look at Sui Numeris! Dee is offering 15% off to all Agent Lover readers! Just use the code: cybersui.

Sui Numeris is also doing a giveaway for you!

The uber fab Marilyn Monroe is an American style icon and was often photographed in beautiful dresses, particularly her billowing classic white halter dress! Name a modern day style icon and choose a dress that best fits her style from sui numeris bride for a chance to win an OPI ‘Burlesque Edition’ mini nail polish set (includes 8 polishes) just in time for holiday season!

To enter the giveaway:

1) choose any dress from and post your answer in the comments.

For double entry:

Tweet your friends about Sui Numeris Bride!

make sure to mention: @agentlover and @suinumerisbride! The contest runs until this Thursday, December 22 at Midnight and the winner will be announced here on Friday! Good luck!!!

Don’t forget to like Sui Numeris on Facebook too!

~~EDIT~~ CAT D YOU ARE THE WINNER!!!! Email me at marie [at] to claim your prize from Sui Numeris Bride!

December 19, 2011   8 Comments

Pygmy Picks: Stocking Stuffers!

It’s time for my Pygmy Picks….STOCKING STUFFER EDITION! So many cute items! Clockwise from top left: Lollipop Pens, Big Chocolate Bar Mirror, 3 Wishes Faux Bones and Teeth Lapel Pin

And if you’re around LA this Saturday, please come to the shop to celebrate Pygmy Hippo’s One Year Anniversary! There will be a 10% discount along with mini-goodie bags with purchases all day long and sweet sodas and tasty treats from 6pm to 10pm. If you spend $50 or more, you’ll get a Pygmy Hippo tote bag! There will also be an in-store and online giveaway on the 17th! If you can’t make it to the shop, make sure to visit the website on Saturday! Read all about it here!


WOO-HOO! And of course yours truly will be moonwalking in the shop all day! Come visit!


December 15, 2011   1 Comment

Winners Of The Milani Cosmetics Giveaway!

The TEN winners of the Agent Lover Loves Milani Cosmetics giveaway have been chosen! The following list of winners were drawn using Winners: please email me at marie [at] with your mailing address! Hope you enjoy your new lipstick and nail polish! We are going to be a gang of pink-lipped ladies! What should we call ourselves??!

Thank you to everyone else who entered and as always keep your eyes peeled for more giveaways because I LOVES TO SPOIL YA BOO BOOS! I’ll be doing another one on Monday so come back for that one!


1. Kysbel of makeuptemptations
2. Sarah of Fash Flood
3. Mary of missemmamm
4. Danielle of See, Shop, Love
5. Michelle Renee of Garden Rookie
6. Ashe Mischief of Dramatis Personae
7. Meg Hocking of Party4Pennies
8. Blair of Blair Necessities
9. Cassandra of The Golden Orchid
10. Amelia Hart of Amelia Butter


December 9, 2011   7 Comments

Agent Lover Small Business Holiday Gift Guide!

1. Poison Ivy  Pin Up print 2. Catwoman Pin Up print 3. Harley Quinn Pin Up print

4. Library Pin Up print 5. Sweet Treats print

Shop!: Maria Danalakis Art and Design
Discount Code: BLACKFRIDAY (25% off) Shop by Dec 19th to receive domestic priority shipping by X-mas.
Blog: Maria Danalakis
Twitter: @mdanalakis

Maria Danalakis makes the cutest art in the world! AND she’s a fellow American Horror Story fan and comic book nerd so naturally we’ve been bonding over our mutual obsessions. If you and your boos have a kinship with the Gotham City ladyvillains, are mistresses of the biblioteca or Muggle-lovers, or you’re just looking for a sweet X-mas card for your BFF, you can find it all at Maria’s shop!


1. Fancy Fanny Circle skirt 2. Honey I’m Home dress

Shop!: Dolly Dahl
Discount Code:  AGENTLOVERLUV (20% off) Also Free shipping in the US (Priority Mail) for orders that are at least $75.00 EXP: 12/20/11
Blog: Dolly Dahl
Twitter: @dollydahl

Dolly Dahl is a classy gal with a penchant for sparkles and all things kitsch. Her shop carries the prettiest pinup dresses perfect for your X-mas and New Years Eve looks. You can even get a shirt for your mang! She also offers giftwrap services so we can concentrate more on downing holiday cocktails and less on wrapping.

3. The Hound 4. District 5. The King

1. Cherry Blossom Earrings 2. Black, Silver, and Gunmetal Spike Earrings

Shop!: Gabriel Hounds Jewelry
Discount Code: LOVERS11 (15% off!)
Twitter: @xoGabrielHounds

Gabriel Hounds is the brainchild of native California girl and former entomologist Brooke MacBeth. A mom of one kid and one cat, she’s also a recovering goth whose style is influenced by Mi Vida Loca, (are we related???) because, as she says, “Catholic school is something I will never be able to scrub out of my psyche.”

3. Extra-Long Spike Necklace 4. Sterling silver, Diamond, Apatite, Feather Earrings

1. Cutie Cat Eye Sparkling Black Sunglasses Accessory 2. Shining Star Metallic Gold Headband Hair Accessory

Shop!: Cutie Dynamite
Discount Code: CUTIELOVER  (Free Domestic Shipping!) Shop by this Monday 12/12 to get domestic delivery by X-mas!
Twitter: @cutiedynamite

Cutie Dynamite is an appropriate name for this longtime AL favorite, because these accessories are an EXPLOSION of color and sparkles! You can find hand-finished hats, fascinators, headbands, and bows made from vintage fabrics and a smorgasbord of Swarovski crystals. Her sunglasses are KILLER! (Read my Mad Crushin’ interview with CD’s boss lady Andrea here!)

4. Magical Seahorse Velvet Hair Bow 5. Sweetheart Yellow Sunglasses

1. Vintage 1960′s Elegant Hippie Dress 2. Vintage Mod Maxi Dress

Shop!: Moxie Jane Vintage
Discount Code: 20PERCENTOFF  through December 23rd. Shop by Dec 13 to insure domestic shipping by Christmakkuh!
Blog: Moxie Jane
Twitter: @MoxieJane

Moxie Jane is a Philly blogger who makes badass jewelry with a vintage shop specializing in boudoir, 50′s and 80′s and IT factor items. Her passion for clothes and jewels has a purpose: to spark self expression and lovin’ your self and your body by taking your style to the next level. You can also win FREE Moxie Jane items by entering her current giveaway! Make sure to mention me in your comment, since Agent Lover readers get a second entry!

3. Vintage Ceramic Kitty Cat 4. Vintage Pink Flamingo Jar

1. 1950′s -60′s Mad Men Pastel dress 2. “80′s does 50′s” day dress

Shop!: Mary Van Note
Discount Code: AGENTLOVER30 (30% off!)
Blog: Mary Van Note
Twitter: @maryvannotes

Comedienne Mary Van Note is not only one of the funniest people I know, she’s also a VINTAGE QUEEN. Her outfits never cease to amaze me, and lucky for us, she shares her finds in her Etsy shop! Check out these AMAZING Margaret Jerrold dalmatian shoes! If only these beauties would fit my platypus foot!

3. 1950′s Novelty Print Bow blouse 4. 1940′s wool felt tilt hat 5. Margaret Jerrold Dalmatian dog shoes

Shop!: Buy Calendar here!
Blog: Yes and Yes
Twitter: @yesandyes

Sarah of Yes and Yes makes a cool calendar every year! 12 months of sweet ideas, great quotes, weird-but-real holidays. When you finish a month, flip it over and use the templates on the back to make postcards, gift tags, book marks and greeting cards! Buy the Yes and Yes 2012 Calendar here!

December 9, 2011   2 Comments

Dress Obsessed: Flower Power

GREETINGS EARTHLINGZ… I was excited to get this dress from Etsy that I had bookmarked a while ago, but when I tried it on I realized my hips were too TADOW HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW for it. BOO HOO. MUMMY’S CRYING. So I decided to try tucking it into this super old Betsey skirt and Tah-Dah….! Added some faux daisies in my hair for a lil hat tip to 90′s Drew…and ended up with a look that was very Flower Child/Marcia Marcia Marcia!

♥ Vintage dress -Superstition Vintage, Betsey Johnson skirt, shoes from Urbanog, Target socks, faux daises, homemade necklace, Grandma Marie’s bag ♥

Excuse this goofylicious pose (apparently I only had time to paint ONE THUMB) but I wanted to show off the bag I’ve been carrying lately. It belonged to my Grandma Marie! I’m not sure how old it is, guessing 70′s? I love this purse but it’s falling apart! I plan on taking it to my COBBLER (you know how I love that word…) to see if he can work his magic on this beauty! Wish me luck!

December 6, 2011   6 Comments

Agent Lover Loves Milani Cosmetics Giveaway

For those of you who are wondering what lipstick I was wearing in this post, It’s Rose Hip by Milani from their Color Perfect collection! And guess what…I’m giving it away! We can be lipstick twinsies!

Milani is one of my absolute FAVORITE cosmetics companies right now. I’ve been a fan of their nail polish for quite awhile, and they have definitely found their way into my basket during Girlcrack trips to Target more than once. You might even call Milani’s nail polish Girlcrack as well! Recently I’ve been trying their other items, including their lipsticks. I’ve been testing hot pink shades here and there, but when I found Milani’s Rose Hip, I knew I was in love. And for me to stray from my traditional red shades with another color more than once, you know this love is SERIOUS. Since I’ve been gettings tons of comments and questions about my sexy hot pink lipstick, I wanted to hook up with Milani so they could hook my boo-boos up!

All of this can be yours….

Not only am I giving away Rose Hip but a few of my other current favorites: Their HD Advanced Lipcolor which is PHENOMENAL. I know the blogosphere has been going bananas over Revlon’s Lip Butters, but in my opinion, Milani’s HD Lipcolor takes the cake for that ultra moisturizing sheer look with a touch of color.  I’m a TAD obsessed with finding the perfect “gym lipstick.” I KNOW. GO AHEAD AND LAUGH. HAVE YOUR CHUCKLES. But the HD Advanced in Candy Apple is what I’ve been sporting when I do my planks (hatechu planks) and chest presses. I seriously look like a resident of the MURDER HOUSE if I don’t wear something on my lips so this is perfectshia. I also wanted to give away my current favorite pink nail polish, Tropical Fiesta, as well as their AMAZING One Coat Glitter polish in Gold Glitz.  And that’s not all! Not only are we giving away these four items, but to TEN WINNERS! So you have ten chances to win! Unfortunately the giveaway is only open to those of you in the US and Canada. I’m sorry my foreign sistas! I promise to do another giveaway soon that everyone can participate in.

So leave a comment, telling me your favorite lip or nail shade, and if you’re already a Milani fan, I’d love to know what products are your favorite! I will also give extra entries to those who tweet about the contest so when you leave a comment, let me know if you do dat! Contest ends Thursday night and I will choose the winners randomly on Friday! Good luck m’ladies!

December 5, 2011   53 Comments

Dress Obsessed: Wino Edition

Hey sexies. You know what I finally realized? I’ve become one of those “wine people.” WINE PEOPLE. Someone who would rather enjoy a nice glass of wine over any other kind of alcoholic beverage. And none of this 2 Buck Chuck eitha. Don’t roll your eyes at me! I AM 31 now and my days of reciting a whole Catholic mass in a Jameson-induced haze have been put to rest! I AM A MATURE & CLASSY LADY THESE DAYS. Well…at least when it comes to enjoying this adult grape juice anyway. A couple weeks ago, I went wine-tasting in Santa Ynez like us mature, classy people do. This is what I wore.

♥ Sunflower patterned dress from H&M, tights courtesy of We Love Colors, Urban Outfitters wedges, Lulu Guinness purse. ♥
These wedges are pretty legit. If I can comfortable walk around Santa Ynez all day in a pair of shoes they will get my co-sign.

I’ve had this cute lil’ Lulu Guinness purse for a loooong time. (BBD = Before Blogging Days.) It felt right with this outfit even though grapes would make more sense with the day’s theme.

One of the first places we visited was Gainey, where we got a tour of the vineyards. I loved learning about the process of wine-making. IT’S SO KEWL. Obviously at some point I daydreamed of having my own winery where you’d see me in the distance sidesaddle riding a horse, while dressed in flowing whites and Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights” automatically playing as I’d appear, also somehow surrounded in lens flare…It would be truly magical.

One of the places I loved was Saarloos and Sons. They do a wine and cupcake tasting.  These teeny tiny cupcakes were INCREDIBLE. Each one went with a certain wine. I was in heaven.

Another one of my favorite places we visited for a tasting was Sort This Out in Solvang. Pinup girls on the bottles. Super cute!

Can’t wait to go back!

December 2, 2011   9 Comments