Posts from — September 2012

Styling For Rookie “She’s Just A Wish” Photoshoot

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

Modcloth Presents Street Style From NYFW

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

Dear Menz With Grady G


Photo credit: John Hook

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.


Credit: Honolulu Pulse

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.


Credit: Robert Kaneshi


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:

Kim Talon
Anna Faris
Brigid White (from my 6th grade summer camp).


credit: Michael Keany

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

Nailgasm The Documentary: Q&A With The One And Only Brass

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

Nailz Week: My Current Fly Ass Manicure

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

Nails On Film Quiz: THE SEQUEL

Can you believe it was THREE years ago when we had our first NAILS ON FILM QUIZ!? Time flies when we havin’ fun, babys. Because I’m a weirdo, I’ve been saving screencaps since then in order to come atchu with a sequel. YAS… the time has come for Nails Quiz 2: Electric Boogaloo. I’m making it a bit easier this time around by including clues under each picture. Some of these movies have been featured on AL before, while others may get their turn in THE FUTURE. First person who comments with the correct answers gets to win a super prize pack filled with a ton of my favorite nail polishes, the WAH book, nail stickers, and some other random things I will throw in there. (do I dare part with my Eric Nies’ The Grind VHS??? Perhaps because, well, anything for you my sugar boogers…) GOOD LUCK!

1. My favorite characters in this movie are two teens from Ronkokoma.

2.  PHENOMENAL WOMAN, THAT’S ME

3. This one stars one of my favorite OLD LOVES couples. I’m wearing a shirt dedicated to one of them in a recent outfit post.

4. “Live! Life’s a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!”

5. Two Valley girls livin’ in an apocalyptic world…

6. My uterus is totally craving Almond Roca burly’ right now.

7. Three years ago I went to a screening of this at the Vista and got totally wasted and lost my camera (AMATEUR!) and the star of this movie found it!

8. “Where are the chips? You ate them, didn’t you??”

9. Everytime I go “camping” this goddess is who I channel!

10. ”They call me Whisper… ’cause of my voice.”

September 5, 2012   15 Comments

Nailz Week: Mad Crushin’ On Madeline Poole

Queen of nails Madeline Poole should have an art exhibit for all the colorful creations she’s put on other people’s hands. Her blog is a feast for the fingertips, showcasing everything from her Misfits manicures to literal Cheetos fingers. You can see Madeline’s work in various commercials, videos, and editorials, including an upcoming shoot she did with Ke$ha for Wonderland Magazine. To help celebrate NAILZ WEEK here on AL, I chatted with Madeline about some of her favorite nail polishes, her current crush, and her new nail sets that you can buy at Sephora!

I know you are a self-taught nail artist and also have a background in painting. Can you tell us about that and how you got started doing nails?

I was just painting my nails one night because I didn’t like my outfit and I really wanted to represent Hello Kitty somewhere so I painted kitty on my nail. I used my acrylic paints, not nail polish….. and it was really easy. So I continued and elaborated and seriously within a week I was a “nail artist” and I haven’t stopped.

What’s your current favorite nail design?

Currently into ALL of these looks but especially the cubic one in the center, really enjoying finding vibrating colors for each quadrant.

Any trend you can’t stand? The caviar one creeps me out personally. I think it triggers trypophobia in me. 

Ew I’m so with you on that… totally don’t get the caviar thing or the crackle for that matter. I mean it was cute for a second but it reminds me of a bad Victorian bed frame.

What would you put on a Manicure Mixtape of your favorite songs? 

I definitely like listening to R&B when I paint nails. Makes me feel relaxed and salon-y. And this song: special Fergie present from Total Freedom.

What are some of your favorite polishes right now?

I love Ginger + Liz “Health is Wealth” and “Jeggings,” Nubar glitter stripers, and Orly “Fancy Fuchsia”.

Who are some female artists, designers and otherwise that you admire?

Consuelo Castiglioni of Marni, Kelela Mizanekristos (an a-mazing singer), and Nagisa Tushima of Disco Nail.

Is there anything you collect?

I do have a miniature collection, but it’s pretty minimal and I’ve lost a lot of it over the years.  It’s mostly doll food and accessories. I had this amazing miniature PC computer with a mouse and everything.  I’m trying to think, “What do I have a lot of?” and all I can think of is the 10+ empty coffee cups in my car.

A fictional character you identify the most with? 

Pikachu.

Who’s your current crush? 

Mykki Blanco in the “Wavvy” video. OMG.

Your five current obsessions:

Argan oil, my Kansai Yamamoto dragon sweatshirt, H20, jeggings, my friend Ashland.

Any new projects that you can share with us?

YES! My new nail polish kits with The New Black, they’re super cute. There are three kits, each kit has 4 colors and a striping brush for detailing (the longer bottle in the center.) They are available on sephora.com.

For booking: contact Vanessa@nailinghollywood.com and follow Madeline on Instagram and Twitter @MPNAILS!

September 4, 2012   4 Comments

Nailz Week Icons: Showgirls (1995)

That’s right, darlins. You know what time it is….::spread legs slowly and drops into a Chinese splits::: For NAILZ WEEK, we are starting out with 1995′s Worst Film… Showgirls! Now, I didn’t plan doing a DEEP ANALYZATION of this movie at first. For shame, I know. But I recently watched it for the first time in probably a decade and felt compelled to write about it. I immediately applied superglue to my nipple tassels and pressed firmly, took out my bejeweled monocle, and studied each scene VERY INTENSELY. And just as I suspected… it is even more amazing now than it has ever been before! Says my always questionable taste, I’M SURE.

We start off with Nomi Malone, (played by Saved by the Bell‘s Jessie Spano//author of teen advice book Ask Elizabeth, Elizabeth Berkeley) hitchhiking to Las Vegas in the most obscenely gorgeous fringe motorcycle jacket.

I CUT YOU MANG!

Ahhh, the Luxor. I stayed there once. It’s kind of fuzzy, but I do recall someone ordering a $90 bottle of Captain Morgan rum from room service, and a dude friend and my ex bf robo-tripping, then I walked into the bathroom and one of them was sitting in the tub pulling his hair out or something weird like that.

Nomi ends up making friends and roomies with one of my favorite characters, Molly, who’s totally like a Vegas version of Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice.

Nomi has MANY talents…including doing her own NAILZ! While watching this, I fantasized that at the end of Showgirls, it segues into a crossover with my favorite movie Beauty Shop, and Nomi ends up being hired by Queen Latifah’s character to work in her salon and she becomes a star manicurist. CAN U SEE IT? I can.

In order to make ends meet until she ~becomes a star~, Nomi ends up working at Cheetahs, a totally gross and seedy strip bar.

Her pervertio boss is one of the Fratelli bros (from Goonies, you a-holes)! I SEE U

If they ever do a Showgirls musical, I’d want to play the gnarly Henrietta “Mama” Bazoom. “You’re the only one who can get my tits poppin’ right!”

Ahh…entrar La Queen Chola…CRISTAL CONNORS. Cristal, named after the champagne of course, is thee star dancer of “Goddess,” which is the Stardust’s big, cheesy, topless revue. It was based on a similar show in Las Vegas called “Jubilee!” that I forced my friends to take me to for my 21st birthday. OF COURSE I would…

Gina Gershon is so hot you guys. I know I am not the only one who is Gay4Gershon.

Even in her rhinestone-studded, cocaine cowgirl outfit, I am totally in love.

SOUND THE DIVA ALARM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Look at Kyle Maclachlan’s hairdo in this. What a merf. Also, remember when horseshoe rings were all the rage?

Cristal ends up getting Nomi an audition for “Goddess,” which she wins.

Everyone looks hot in a black bob with red lipstick IMHO.

Cristal likes to frequently taunt Nomi by calling her a “whore,” which results in a similar reaction as when Biff would call Marty McFly “chicken” in Back to the Future. You don’t do that unless you want THE WRATH coming for you. But the reason Cristal does it, is because she’s secretly HORN for Nomi and likes to push her buttons. Are you guys familiar with HATEHORN? It’s when you basically hate someone, but at the same time you’re totally turned on by them. The Internet modern times are perf for HATEHORN because you’d be like ‘I HATE THAT FUCKER I HOPE HE/SHE GETS EATEN BY A BEAR!!!’ but then you look at their Facebook/Insta/Twitter/blog all horny. (FYI Let me know if you have hatehorn for me with the email subject: HATEHORN.)

Nomi, fueled by her desire to be the star of the show and fed up with Cristal’s constant hatehorn bullying, finally snaps and pushes Cristal down the stairs. And WHY hasn’t Lifetime secured the rights to this film yet btw so I can watch it otra vez y otra vez? The suits don’t want to spend $$$ on getting Paula Abdul to sub for Cristal so they ‘take a gamble’ and give Nomi the coveted position.

VICTORY IS MINE!!!!

Well, well, well…OF COURSE he would prey on the new celebrity. Do you SEE these glitter stripes in her hair btw? New trend for fall, I hope.

One thing I really appreciate about Nomi is that she truly knows the beauty of enjoying a cheeseburger in otherwise dire situations. “I’m a nobody who hitchhiked to Vegas with just the jacket on my back? Who cares, let me eat this cheeseburger while riding in a convertible with the top down!!!”

“I’m now a famous star in a huge show but the path I chose to get here was filled with lies and corruption! Who cares? Let me eat this cheeseburger and enjoy the view.”

After a really hard scene to watch where Molly gets brutally raped by some Fabio-looking musician that she worships and his yes-men, our unlikely heroine Nomi, goes out to seek revenge. Of course she does her nails first.

Don’t fucks with Nomi Malone, Fabio!

I’m really into revenge on film, especially when it comes in the form of a violent thigh-high, stiletto boot-stomping. Curious why the director didn’t choose to have a little blood splatter on Nomi’s face in this scene to make it more disturbing.

My favorite face of hers. Like letting out a satisfying fart.

Nomi ends up paying Cristal a visit in the hospital, apologizing for her actions but Cristal admits to doing the same in the past. Fame, fame, fatal fame. It can play hideous tricks to the brain….they share a long-awaited LIPLOCK. Nomi gets her Jordana chola brown lipstick all over Cristal’s face. Horny!

And off goes Nomi THE DRIFTER…onto her next adventure. The end.

September 3, 2012   17 Comments