Category — That’s Fashion
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
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?
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.
September 4, 2012 4 Comments
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.
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
Basically obsessed with this Charlotte Olympia MOONFACE CLUTCH! Yas, it is about three car payments but a cholita like me can dream. I think a big reason why I like it is because it reminds me of a special man from my past.
MAC TONIGHT. For all of you youngs, Mac Tonight was a mascot for McDonald’s back in the 80s. He was RULL SMOOVE. McDonald’s is so 80s, you guys. I can’t believe people still eat it? Save for a work meeting hash brown here and there, I haven’t braved Mickey D’s since I drunkenly stumbled into one when I was in Tokyo a few years ago and got ye old ‘rhea. Boohoo. Still love me some MAC TONIGHT though.
August 30, 2012 5 Comments
HELLO FRIENDS! I have a few spots left for September! For those of you who run your own clothing shop, jewelry line, or if you have a new blog you’d like more people to check out, see my Small Business Ad Program! Contact me at marie[at]agentlover.com if you are interested and have any questions!
August 29, 2012 No Comments
HOW I LOVES ME SOME LAZY OAF!!! Their latest collection channels two different types of girls- the goth girl and the candy girl which is obv SPEAKING TO THIS EX-GRAVER ova here….My favorites are clearly the daisy jacket and daisy dress, the watermelon cardigan!, the genius sticker shirt and the color panel jacket. My birthday is in October in case you are wondering…anybody? Anybody? Check out more of Lazy Oaf AW12 here.
August 28, 2012 7 Comments
Lately I’ve been wearing nothing but Blood Is The New Black shirts. They are crazy comfy, my dudes. And this Winona Forever shirt? Dyin’. Remember when Johnny Depp got this tattooed on him then when Winona and he broke up, he changed it to Wino Forever? Anyway, this was taken during my Palm Springs trip, when my bestie Shaun and I had dinner at Tinto, the tapas restaurant at The Saguaro. I highly recommend it. I’m dreaming of their homemade donuts with date jam, spiced honey, and date olive oil ice cream as we speak WHAT SHACHO MOUF I KNOW!!!!!! One thing though, make sure you eat din-din early. We ended up passing out sort of soon afterwards like asshole grandpas and I found my ass waking up every couple of hours due to horrifying, vivid, nightmares. I guess all them delicious meats n’ tings swimming around in your stomach during dreamland is NO BUENO. Go for a walk afterwards or something. LAWD
August 23, 2012 4 Comments
Bluesville USA features super affordable vintage pieces handpicked from right here in So Cal! The Wednesday dress is great for these summer days then throw on a pair of tights with it when it starts to cool in the fall (I can’t believe we are almost at September!!) I am also adoring this totally Donna Martin Sunflower romper! If you are in the LA area this weekend check out Bluesville’s booths at Mega Merch and LA Lemon Back To School Sale on Saturday and at Space 15 Twenty on Sunday from 11am-4pm!
I am loving these two dresses from Moxie Jane Vintage. Look at the colors on that striped secretary dress and HALLOW, can’t you just see me and my jazz hands doing a kickline in the 80s Dance Uniform Dress? Stay tuned for my interview with Moxie herself next week!
Los Angeles Magazine recently put Pygmy Hippo Shoppe on their “Best of L.A.” list and it’s no surprise especially since I can’t keep up with all the cool items they’ve been getting in lately. These two prints from Super Secret Pow Wow are OUTTA CONTROL. Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice? Doom Generation? ALL THE FAVES BOO! And check out these super cute candy-colored kitty cases for your iPhone. They sell out fast so get one quick!
You’ve already met Kee Kee during our interview and giveaway for her shop Laurel and Hector Vintage, but have you seen these cute tops yet? I am digging the sleeves on that Painters Muse Blouse! Since she’s out of the country on another magical vintage buying trip, anything you order will be shipped in mid-September. Kee Kee will still be updating the store during her travels so keep your eye on all her new finds!
Big News//Sad News: After five years, Loulou Loves You will be ending sales on all lingerie and accessories (aside from her gorgeous flower headbands) after this month to make way for exciting new projects! Loulou is giving 30% off for her farewell sale so make sure to grab one of her beautiful collars, bras and knickers before they are gone forever! Hand me a Kleenex or five hundred!
My favorite vintage maven + funny lady Mary Van Note is at it again with her great finds! Pretty much dying over everything that’s in her shop right now, especially this 90s Daisy Dress, 60s negligee, and striped playsuit. Take a peek to see what else she has for you!
August 17, 2012 3 Comments
Last week I went to Palm Springs for a little vacation and to work on my tan…FINALLY. People usually run from Palm Springs during the triple digit weather but you know this B likes to live dangerously. I had big plans to do some vintage treasure hunting but ended up staying by the pool most of the time with a drink in hand and Motley Crue’s The Dirt in my lap. I’ve had that book for over a year and finally found the perfect setting to read it. It’s SO trashy and amazing. Right now I’m at the part where Nikki Sixx marries Donna D’Errico so it’s funny to see what that cuckoolicious is up to now. Anyway, who could blame me for doing some serious maxin’ and relaxin’ especially since I was staying at The Saguaro, which just opened up at the beginning of this year. Once I saw pictures of this technicolor paradise, I knew it was the one for Rie Rie. It was like staying inside of a RAINBOW!
View from our room
Always got to have serious neon nails when I go to Palm Springs. Yes that is a Babysitter’s Club pin. The burger was given to me and Tavi by the always cool Karlito at one of the Rookie Strange Magic events. I’ll post about those fun times soon too. I PROMISE BABYS.
More on my trip in future posts!
August 15, 2012 12 Comments
Photos by Laura Bamford
Since coming across House of Maryanne on Facebook a few months ago, I have been heavily sighing at almost every single one of their dresses. Maryanne Bridges has immaculate taste and a keen eye when it comes to curating one-of-a-kind vintage pieces for her Australia-based shop. Now that their fall lookbook, True Prep, is here and filled with pretty pleats, dainty blouses, and amazing cloaks, I’ve found myself looking forward to tights and beret season. Coming from me, the true LUVA of summatime, that really MEANS something! And since I love to spoil you around here, House of Maryanne is giving away a $50 voucher to one of you stylish reader hotties. All you have to do is like their page on Facebook, and leave a comment on this post! You can also sign up for their mailing list here! EDIT: The winner will be announced on Tuesday!
On the inspiration for True Prep: ”Coming out of the Melbourne Winter, we found that we had cocooned ourselves in layers of ponchos, hooded duffles and Indian blankets for months without end. The northern Hemisphere had likewise spent the summer with their midriffs out and long legs basking in the sun. We felt like we wanted to mark the change in seasons. This Trans-seasonal period calls for a tailored silhouette. IT works for both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere – that perfect time when fashion aligns for a short period and the whole world can dress as one. The uniform for this year, has to be True Prep. Cute knee socks, plaid pleated skirts, semi-sheer button downs and primary coloured well-cut cardigans. A pallet of tomato, mustard, navy and cream – Classic. The perfect way to transition through the mild weather and well into the coming extreme winter/ summer.”
**UPDATE: I have just chosen the winner via random.org and it is #5 KENNEDY! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!**
August 14, 2012 11 Comments