Posts from — May 2012

My Shoot With Lisa Kannakko

HAPPY FRIDAY! Here is a closer peek at my Worn Fashion Journal shoot with Lisa Kannakko, a very talented lady from Toronto, where Worn is also based. The idea to do a guerilla shoot at the creepy Old Zoo at Griffith Park was basically a last minute decision, but I was loved how the whole thing turned out! In the interview, I talk about how I’ve always been obsessed with this Marjan Pejoski dress that Bjork wore to Cannes in 2000 and a pleated peach dress she wore to the 2005 Venice Film Festival, and how I felt this vintage dress in the above photo was a combination of the two. It might look more red online but in person the dress is this really rich coral. SO BEAUT.

I love, LOVE Lazy Oaf. When they came out with this “daisy boobs” crop top I bought it immediately. I wear it all the time but it’s still not enough!!! It’s RULL COMFY. I want them all. Maybe this CHEESEBURGER AND FLOWERS DRESS next? Or this fruit dress? Thoughts?

I got this really cute peach gingham cutout dress from ASOS but I don’t think they have it anymore. :(

And finally, this amazing Betsey Johnson neon fish dress that I luckily scored for $35 a while back (before the announcement of doom.) Kinda hoping I go to the aquarium this summer so I can make a hat to match. Anyone wanna come with?

Don’t forget to check out more of Lisa’s work here!

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May 25, 2012   8 Comments

Lurkerrogation

Blogging has been a bit scarce this past month or so but I’ve been doing a lot of stuff for Rookie so ple takes a lurk over there if you feel so inclined. I have my regular teen advice column and film style posts, a fun 80′s hair taxonomy and even a piece about growing up biracial.  I’m also working on a couple of upcoming kewl tings of my own so please light a candle to Beyonce to help me get it all done gracefully and without a Mariah Carey exhaustion-induced episode (again.) Anyhoo, I’ve also been scraping up any extra cash flow to stock up on Betsey now that the shops are in liquidation. This hooded cardi was one of the goodies I managed to grab. It reminds me of an imitation Cross Colours hoodie I had in the seventh grade. Hmm, first fake Docs, then Birkenstocks…lawd I had a lot of knockoffs in seventh grade. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

♥ cardigan: Betsey Johnson
♥ dress: H&M
♥ belt and tights: Target
♥ sunglasses: Girlprops

I’m glad I did this pose while wearing my cardigan since Soapwalla gave me a rash. I had to go back to YE OLDE Secret deodorant. Pray 4 Me, Pray 4 My Pits. Anyone?

I’ve also done a couple of interviews lately! The first was with the cool muthas at Worn Fashion Journal (there was also an accompanying photoshoot with the muy talented Lisa Kannakko. I’ll be talking more about the shoot in an upcoming post!) and the second was with Karina Dresses! (Hope you like my idea of a perfect day.)

Love you always, Rie Rie

May 24, 2012   6 Comments

Mad Crushin’ On Aurora Lady And Giveaway!

Aurora Lady is a portrait artist and girl power soldier living in LA. When we first met, we immediately bonded over our unabashed love for Drew Barrymore and Mariah Carey. Her new collection, Cathedral of Rebellion, celebrates the bad girls we all adore and in this interview with the lady herself, we get to learn about all the things she loves! We are also giving away some goodies from the new collection so make sure you read about how to do that at the end of the post!

What inspires your art?

I go through very obsessive, neurotic phases, and I these phases totally inform my content. Right now, I’m getting Spring-y: loads of pastel colors I find in the Pasadena Rose bushes, stray cats that have different colored David Bowie eyes, Scorpios, blended peach margaritas at this bar called Amigos, podcasts about politics and  sex, talking with a friend so intimately that you start crying, and women who rock muumuus and caftans (Mrs. Roper and Stevie Nicks). My favorite, though, is talking to other women who have cultivated their style, and then finding out about their influences. It’s the best way to dig deep and look for inspiration.

If you could describe your style as the love child of any two people/things, who or what would they be?

My style would be a cross between Steve Martin circa 1979 with the white suit and bunny ears, and Drew Barrymore circa 1993, when she was a bad girl who took everything off, except her dark red lipstick. And even though I’ve been consistently in love with both of these people and their respective styles for decades now, it’s really their attitudes that just sent me over the moon. I like people who know exactly who they are, but aren’t held back by that self awareness.

Who are some females, artists and otherwise, that you admire?

My latest collection, “Cathedral of Rebellion”, is a love letter to seven women who have made their mark on me, in one way or another. They are all completely different and I completely love them. There’s Marie Antoinette, Lydia Deetz, Marilyn Monroe, Lindsay Lohan, Lolita,  Courtney Love, Mary-Kate Olsen: they’ve all had a hand in my consideration of the type of woman I am. They’ve each had their highest of highs and lowest of lows, and that’s what’s kept me attracted to them. I adore people in pop culture who know their own humanity, who aren’t solely pursuing a perceived perfection. My biggest girlcrush right now is this woman in Canada named Jessica Luxury (also a Scorpio!), and I’m pretty sure she’s gonna rule the world. She’s a sex positive body activist and is so smart and clever on every level. She’s like my power animal– even reading her Facebook updates make me wanna work harder, be more present, and love with every bit of  my humor and strength. Jessica and her partner host their own sex show called “Heavy Petting”. AMAZE! When I moved from Fresno to Los Angeles, I made an effort to make friends with women who were focused on their careers and living their dreams. Now, my girlfriends are the people I look up to and admire, because they’re constantly making killer projects, creating lifestyles that empower them and other folks. They are complete badasses and keep me moving forward. I could sing their praises til the end of time—instead, I make sure I talk ‘em up on my blog and hope that their love is embraced by my readers.

Is there a particular decade in history you feel a connection with?

It’s more like certain elements and ideas from certain decades are what I connect with, and it’s mostly through memory. I’m old enough know that I have really beautiful, romantic ideas about the pop culture I grew up with in the 90’s. And I feel really appreciative of the 40’s and 50’s because that’s when my grandmother came of age, and I was close to her. My mother was definitely a product of the 60’s and I saw that in the things she gravitated to, and now I am drawn to as well—it’s so strong that when I am watching older Angelica Houston movies, sometimes I pretend that her and my mother were friends, or were connected on some cosmic level. I do my make up like my mother did hers, not because she taught me, but because it links me to her on a daily basis, and she learned how to do hers at a certain time. I think people might automatically view it as an homage to a certain era, but most of the time, it’s just a singular way to share something with someone I love.

What music are you currently listening to?

I’m really into the new Exit Music. I can’t wait to get that album! I also really love Fun.’s “Some Nights”—I’ve always adored Queen and I think Fun. is a fantastic progression in that style.  My husband and I are really into record hunting; last year we got set up with a record player and now vinyl is pretty much all we listen to.  We’re sticking to a lot of the classics right now: Matthew Sweet’s “Girlfriend” and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers “Damn the Torpedos” are pretty much always on rotation. And, of course, “Rumours” from Fleetwood Mac. That album has officially seeped into my bloodstream and is now a huge part of me. Now I’m starting to collect the vinyl versions of the CDs I loved as a teenager: “Last Splash” from the Breeders and “Exile in Guyville” from Liz Phair. I still can’t get through a listen of “Exile” without wanting to write a letter to some dude. Only now, it’s different dudes for different things. That would be a pretty fun ‘zine to make, “Letters to Dudes in the Key of Exile.”

What are your wardrobe staples?

I adore vintage clothing! I know that’s vague, but it also gives you the idea that I just like things that have a history to them. My staple would probably be this fake black leather biker jacket that I found at Goodwill on La Brea. I wish I had about 8 of them, so I could decorate them different ways! I also love dresses—lightweight, puffy a-lines, and long polyester maxi’s from the late 60’s are totally my jam. I love my little black vintage ankle boots. And I would consider make up a wardrobe staple: I love a strong penciled in brow paired with whatever Lime Crime lipstick I happen to have in my purse.

 Is there anything you collect?

How about hearts?! I’m actually very against “collections”, personally. I constantly take stuff to the Goodwill and it freaks me out to know that I’ll be saddled with certain possessions for the rest of my life. Collections generally make me very depressed. It’s part of why I like the internet—I enjoy cataloging and organizing in an intangible manner. It’s the only way to keep collections truly tidy.

 Your five current obsessions:

The color of Lime Crime’s Airborne Unicorn lipstick (I want this pink/purple hybrid to be my hair color!), iced chai tea soy lattes from Lovebirds Café in Pasadena, starting or not starting another zine focused on feminist discourse, DIY sewing projects that utilize crafts made by people I don’t know (like quilts or crochet or embroidered towels refashioned into skirts or black metal drum kit cases.)

 Do you have any advice for aspiring lady artists?

Eliminate the static! Find a job that allows you to showcase and use your talents, and if you don’t have that job yet, create it. Don’t waste time on people who are dream killers—seriously, break off all ties from them and get the hell out. Be ruthless and use every moment to work on your art—even if you are working a desk job, have notepads next to you so you can write down every idea, and listen to podcasts that inspire you while you are pushing papers. Wake up an hour early to draw before your commute. Use your sketchbook at lunch and take notes on everything.  Talk to EVERYONE about what you are passionate about, and don’t limit your social circle to other artists! Your vision is needed and there is room for every sort of perspective. Look for opportunities to help others—ask what their passions are and connect people. Most of all, just keep going and don’t get discouraged. I mean that. It’s really, really easy to say I’m never going to get anywhere with this, and stop. That’s a sad way to live. If I had given up, I’d still be living in a podunk town, wishing I had had the guts to go balls to the wall and make money off my art.

What’s next in the world of Aurora Lady?

I just did a collaboration with my favorite makeup company ever, Lime Crime, and I have some more partnerships coming up. This is so exciting for me and has been a huge goal of mine; it’s terrifically nausea-inducing to know it’s finally happening! I’ve got more portrait projects on deck, and I’m working on a show in downtown L.A. I’m also doing a St. Antoinette sticker campaign—look out for her face on the streets! She’s going to be everywhere!

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AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY! One lucky reader will win a set of all Cathedral of Rebellion buttons, plus a signed Cathedral of Rebellion print of their choice! Just leave a comment below! Comments will be closed on Thursday at midnight and I will choose a winner randomly on Friday! Good luck! MORE GOOD NEWS!: Aurora is offering 20% off to AL readers with the coupon code: secretagentlover

EDIT: The winner has been chosen! #22 Kitty! Please email me at marie[at]agentlover.com to claim your prize!!!

May 21, 2012   23 Comments

Somebody’s Been Listening To Too Much Stevie Nicks

HERE COMES THE FOREST NYMPH!!!!!!!!

I MISS YOU BIG SUR!!!!!!!!!

My period is here so I’ve been crying and eating to this the past couple of days:

May 18, 2012   2 Comments

Mad Crushin’ On Hansel From Basel and Giveaway!

You’ve probably seen their kneepad stockings if you don’t have them in your tights drawer already (you do have a tights drawer, don’t you?) But if for some reason you haven’t heard about Hansel From Basel, don’t fret, because today we are Mad Crushin’ On Hannah Byun, the lovely lady holding the reins at this Los Angeles-based hosiery company that got its start in 2007. Hannah, who studied art history and studio art at UCLA, is both Hansel From Basel’s founder as well as the talent behind their whimsical designs. Not only will we get to learn about her inspirations and obsessions, but we are also giving away one of Hansel From Basel’s adorable accessories! Make sure you read about that at the end of the post!

What inspired you to start Hansel From Basel?

I always wanted to design, and knew how to make socks because I came from a family of sock makers and was the most immediate thing I could create and design. I came up with the name Hansel from Basel as a nickname for myself, kind of like my alter ego.  It was Hansel, and I was obsessed with all things Swiss when I was little and Basel, being in Switzerland, was a perfect fit.

What other artists, clothing designers or otherwise, do you admire?

Artists: Cy Twombly, Egon Schiele, Carravaggio.
Clothing designers: Miuccia Prada, Dries van Noten, Rachel Comey.


The amazing Hannah Byun!

If you could describe your personal style as the love child of two people, who would they be?

If Annie Hall was a man and married Jane Birkin, that’s the love child of personal style I would be.

What are your wardrobe staples for the summer?

Rachel Comey dresses. I just got their lovely carrot pants that are perfect for the summer!  And my linen overalls.

If you could jump into a time-traveling DeLorean a la Back to the Future, what era would you go back to and why?

I would go back to 1920′s in Paris! A super inspiring and timeless city.  I think one of the most artistic periods of the 20th century.

What are some of your favorite movies?

I always loved Amélie, Orlando, L’Avventura.

Have any of them inspired the Hansel From Basel aesthetic?

All the movies are so tasteful and we try to make the line just as tasteful and artistically a bit odd to standout.

Can you give us your five current obsessions?

The smell of geraniums, my Saveur bread magazine that I read very slowly, home decor, Penny (the HFB office dog), Klaus (friend’s red lion-haired bunny.)


Penny and Klaus the bunny!

Do you collect anything?

When I can find them, Danish wooden shoe polishers (not an easy random find) and lipstick. Shu Uemura is my favorite.

What’s next for Hansel From Basel?

We are launching our first kids line!  Hansel From Basel Kids.  We are so excited!  There will be cute little socks and tights for the little ones and it’s coming out for Fall/Winter 2012!

And now for the giveaway! One lucky PAL OF AL will win this cute polka dot envelope clutch!

Just leave a comment and if you’d like, mention your favorite Hansel From Basel item! Comments will be closed on Thursday at midnight and I will choose a winner randomly on Friday! Good luck!

EDIT: THE WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN! LUCKY NUMBA SEVEN: CRISSY!!! Congratulations on your Hansel From Basel polkadot clutch! Email me at marie [at] agentlover.com!

May 14, 2012   18 Comments

It’s In The Trees

WEYL HALLOW. I just got back from an extremely relaxing vacation in beautiful Big Sur. It was RULL NICE to be far, far away from traffic, my inbox, and the doldrums and demands of everyday life. I recommend you do this sort of vacation too. ‘Twas a nice reboot. Anyway, in between all the cooking, eating, drinking of wine (almost 20 bottles), hiking, and moonbathing I was able to squeeze in a couple of quick photo sessions in the woods. As we all know I loves to dress in theme, so I figured Loulou’s daisy crown and this vintage sundress I got from Shabon would be perfect for my ethereal earth princess look. Please listen to Kate Bush while you look at these pics…

♥ daisy crown: Loulou Loves You
♥ dress: vintage, Shabon
♥ sandals: JCPenney

May 11, 2012   9 Comments

Stripes and Seashells

Hello Dreamlovers. Let me introduce you to my new favorite outfit. I feel like a waitress from Earth Girls Are Easy! The dress is Betsey Johnson, and I have to say, ever since I heard about her company’s bankruptcy last week, when I type out her name I get an ache in my guts. She’s always been my #1 favorite designer and such an inspiring woman in general so I can’t help but feel sad! I will admit, when Steve Madden bought her out a couple of years ago, I was scared it was a foreshadowing of things to come. It’s unfortunate that most of  her stores are closing because I loved visiting them in whatever city I was in and meeting her employees, many of whom shared that same sassy energy Betsey gives out to the world. I even have a great memory of randomly having drinks with one of the New York stores’ managers after bonding over a pair of Pollys I was wearing. Betsey is such a badass woman, I don’t think this is the end all be all of her brand.  I’m very excited about the reality show she’s doing with her daughter!

I have been lurking and loving this gold seashell purse forever so I almost fainted when my boo Samantha gave it to me. And then I fainted again and floated out of my body when I found out it was a Zandra Rhodes design! I also think I have found the perfect shade of red nail polish. OF COURSE IT WOULD BE KARDASHIAN KOLORS….

I found this vintage wire name brooch on eBay a while ago and thought it would look PERF on this dress.

♥ Dress: Betsey Johnson
♥ Bow: Cutie Dynamite
♥ Purse: Zandra Rhodes
♥ Vintage Name Brooch: eBay
♥ Ring: my Grandma’s
♥  Zodiac cuff bracelet: Nasty Gal

May 1, 2012   8 Comments