It All Makes Sense

HEY DERE. So this is one of my favorite outfits ever because I’m wearing so many of my favorite things: Betsey Johnson, chola earrings, Cutie Dynamite, Motherland jewelz, sick nails, a big smile, and a serious ring game. And yes, I’m still sporting these glasses. EXASPERATED SIGH. OK, let me pause on this Dramatica 2000 because I really don’t mind them anymore. However, it is REALLY hard to dog (DOG!!!) the group of clownolas who gave me and my crew the snobface at the sushi spot if I’m looking like some cute ass cartoon character over here. Can you see my bitchface behind these oversized cateye lenses??? FRUSTRATIONS! ANYWAY.

♥ Dress: Betsey Johnson, UO shoes,  Jeannie necklace, Constellation bracelet and Claudette Double Brooch c/o Motherland,  silver pyramid bow brooch given to me by Karlito, Library Science pin! I’m also wearing a sparkly bone hair clip from Cutie Dynamite but it’s camouflaged in the pic. ♥

I am SO obsessed with Motherland jewelry! Can you believe this brooch? (Stay tuned for a very special sumthin’ sumthin’ later on today….)

The Jeannie necklace is my jam! Looks like rock candy! And this star bracelet…I cannot love it enough. BTW are you dying over my nails? They were done by Madeline Poole!

And now, some important news I wanted to share with you. When I was in 8th grade, I reached a pivotal turning point in my life: It was when the Aerosmith videos with Alicia Silverstone came out….

We all know “Cryin’” which has caused me to have a serious side-thang for Stephen Dorff. A side-thang where I don’t want to admit it but it is there.

And then of course, “Crazy” where Steven’s daughter Liv Tyler joined in, creating road-trip fantasies for undercover bad girls everywhere.

Shortly after, Bon Jovi came out with the video for “Always.” There was Carla Gugino who starred in Son-In-Law with Pauly Shore, Jack Noseworthy from MTV’s Dead At 21, and a pre-Felicity, post-Mickey Mouse Club Keri Russell playing the backstabbin’ beyotch roommate.

It also had that same vibe as the Aerosmith videos, causing me to do a Jack Noseworthy side-eye like, “I C U BITING AEROSMIF.”

Well, eighteen years later I figured out it was the same director…Everything FINALLY makes sense. THIS WORLD!!!!!

::closes eyes and smiles satisfyingly to the sky::

The end.

June 26, 2012   11 Comments

Zak Waters’ New Single: Skinny Dipping In The Deep End

Zak Waters, one of my all-time favorite Dear Menz sexy hunks, has a new single out from his upcoming fall full-length release! I’m SUPER EXCITED because I’ve listened to his first EP New Normal NONSTOP over the past year. “Skinny Dipping In The Deep End” is the ultimate sexy summer jam! Watch the video below and get it on iTunes here! LUVIN EWE ZAK!

June 21, 2012   1 Comment

Summer Twins

thrifted dress; shoes by Father Jeff (my new name for Jeffrey Campbell)

HAYYYY! Well guys, I apparently LURKED TOO HARD and messed up my eye, so now I have to wear my spectacles for a week or so. I know, I know, these ARE the cutest glasses in the world, but it’s really hard to go from contacts to glasses 24-7. I’m several days in and I STILL feel off kilter. I swear every time I look for my car in a parking lot I have to do a double take because it looks smaller than usual. Wearing high heels makes me feel like I’m walking around in moon shoes. Everything gon’ crazy over here!!! HALP ME SISTAS AND BROTHAS!

Have you peeped the new Minnie Mouse collection by OPI?? This glittery hot pink is the “I’m All Ears” shade and the heart glitter confetti on top is “Nothin’ Mousie Bout It.” I LUVZ IT.

Then Emi put her magic to work and gave me some fly ass nail art. So good right? What a Renaissance woman, that one.

And finally, I’m crazy obsessed with Summer Twins this summer!!!!!! I love them!

June 14, 2012   6 Comments

90′s Hair Icons: Poison Ivy (1992)

OH YAS. That’s right my dudes. Finally, POISON IVY!!!!! I’ve talked about my love for big, beautiful, 90′s hair before, so it was only a mere matter of time for us to explore that particular adoration even more. Enter the 1992 masterpiece, Poison Ivy. First of all, look at that poster on the left. I’m sorry, but don’t you think I should take a picture like that and put it on a business card? Whose faces would be undulating in my luxurious hair though? John Stamos, Justin Bieber, and Kathy Bates? Emmanuel Lewis, Charlton Heston, and the maid from Will and Grace? Or maybe just me, me, me and a Doritos Locos Taco?! I will NEVER be able to decide.

When Poison Ivy came out, Drew Barrymore was only seventeen. She had released her autobiography, Little Girl Lost, a couple of years prior and was in full-fledged, rebellious teen mode. This was also a few years before she became the iconic, still-rebellious-yet-sassy Saint Drew, which, as I’ve said before, is how we lovingly refer to her here in the barracks of Agent Lover. SIDEBAR: ~~CONGRATULATIONS POP CHAMPAGNE~~ for Drew’s recent wedding and bun in the oven! I still remember an old  interview from the late 90′s/early 00′s where she talked about her boyfriend’s (who was Luke Wilson at the time) brown shoes like they were “camels she’d trek across any desert to follow.” OH DREW U ROMANTICA. She’s always been just a nice girl looking for love. AREN’T WE ALL? SIDEBAR OTRA VEZ: Do you like how I can remember old Drew B. articles word from word but can’t remember the names of people I knew before 2006? MEAN BUT TRUE…

Anyway, we meet Ivy swinging from a rope, all wild hair, reckless, and wonderful. I mean, just peep that airbrushed jacket lookin’ straight from the county fair. INCREDIBLE. Someday I will have to get a painting commissioned of  this exact screencap. Or maybe just an airbrushed jacket of her wearing this airbrushed jacket?!

Alas, for every crazy troublemaker, we need some some sort of balance to her character. A YIN TO HER YANG. Here comes Darlene from Roseanne starring in the best gif I have made this week.


Finally the two meet in the principal’s office. Darlene/Sara/Sylvie is giving Ivy the up close and personal lurkdown. She notices her SEXY THIGH TATTOO…

Ivy is like “It’s totally faux” and peels it off her milky thigh like a Fruit Roll-Up.

She then weasels her way into a carpool with Sylvie and her dad, played by Picket Fences’ Tom Skerritt.



Eventually, Ivy charms her way into the Cooper household as well as into Sylvie’s sick mom’s (played by OG Charlie’s Angel, Cheryl Ladd) designer closet.

Better make sure the door is closed before you apply your Abreva, girl. TOM SKURRT IS A-LURKIN’

I bet you guys weren’t aware of my cameo in the movie as an annoyed maid who is sick of these crazy rich people’s hijinks.

OBV I HAVE SEEN IT ALL IN THAT HOUSE. I wish they had given my character a spinoff sequel.

OKAY. ::slams down the phone:: WHOSE LEG IS THIS?!?! First of all that doesn’t look like the Fruit Roll-Up tattoo. IT LOOKS REAL UNDER ALL THAT FUR. And we don’t see Drew going natural in this movie…I feel like for some weird reason they thought it was a good idea to get a close-up of this fly, and ended up filming it an old biker bar. NO OFFENSE TO ANYONE IN THE WORLD!!! I am just saying I think this is Drew’s thigh’s stuntman, OK…

You know what I’m going to say here. “I wish this was me tanning.” (BTW I am so annoyed that Birchbox sent me fake tan jelly this month. How ’bout you send me a plane ticket to a tropical locale instead, thanks.)

Here comes Ol’ Boy drinking his O.J., just lurkin’ again like Gargamel.

He comes over to Ivy and ends up knocking her NEW BOOTZ off the balcony like the clumsy ass butterfingers he is. I swear….

“Those cost a hundred and fifty bucks.”

Annnnnnd here is the MOST nerd chills scene of the movie IMHO…

A flirtatious cash money tug-o-war betwixt Drew and Tom Skurrt. WHYYYYYYYY

I HATE IT! I just don’t believe in the attraction here. Even Robe Lowe as that creep Drew Peterson in Lifetime’s UNTOUCHABLE was sexier.

As you can expect, all kinds of shit goes down once Drew manages to seduce Ol’ Boy. Even though she is PSYCHOTICA, I feel like Drew gave a certain VULNERABILITY to the character of Ivy that I think is hard to do with these kinds of roles (I usually get super annoyed at these evil chicks.) Now let’s just drool a little over how hot she is in this movie.

We also can’t forget about Sylvie’s amazing hairdo.

And WHY were there so many gratuitous shots of her infected Yin yang  tattoo? Alright, the symbolism is quite clear, but in between gagging from this and the Tom Skerritt sex scenes, I honestly felt my eyeballs barf one too many times.


June 13, 2012   19 Comments

Mad Crushin’ On Gabriel Hounds Jewelry And Giveaway!

Where The Wild Things Are ring by Gabriel Hounds

Today are doing a VERY ESPECIAL’ Small Business Sponsor Spotlight and giveaway with  Gabriel Hounds, an LA-based jewelry shop that specializes in Victorian, Art Deco and Punk-inspired jewelz and accessories. Brooke MacBeth, who is the goddess behind Gabriel Hounds, is also a former entomologist, a former goth AND a fan of Mi Vida Loca. See why I love her?

What inspired you to start creating jewelry?

I wanted a hobby so I taught myself how to bead and wire-wrap.  I started beading when I was a teenager then took it up again in my 20s.  It was an off/on thing for me until about two years ago; I saw a pair of earrings I thought were cute and decided to make my own version of them, and after that I couldn’t stop.  My head was filled with ideas.  After a few months I wanted to go beyond the techniques I knew so I enrolled in some classes– precious metal clay, lost-wax casting, metal fabrication– and I got a degree from the Gemological Institute.  Now I have a pretty amazing setup at home.  I love it.

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

Coco Chanel and Charles Darwin.

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

I’ve always been obsessed with Coco, ever since I was tiny; My mom, who is really stylish and an interior designer and taught me a LOT about color; my sister Elizabeth, who is one of the most fashion-psychic people ever; Jessica Joslin, who makes these brass-and-bone sculptures that are incredibly intricate and beautiful; Anna Wintour, because it’s pretty awesome to be so legendarily terrifying, but also Grace Coddington, for making everything she touches so beautiful and interesting; my amazing friends, for their support and wisdom and just being rad.

Crystal Hematite and Sterling Silver necklace by Gabriel Hounds

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

Probably the 1920s because they seemed like so much fun and I *love* that period in jewelry and design.  Other than that it’s not so much decades but time/place things, like 80s New York (I just watched Desperately Seeking Susan and it’s still SO GOOD and reminded me of how much I wished I could have gone to Danceteria).  I love the Victorian era’s sentimental and superstitious thing– everything was just loaded with symbolism, from the gardens to the jewelry to the clothing, and I find that amazing.  So much coded behavior.

What music are you currently listening to?

For a few days I was listening to that Florence and the Machine song “Seven Devils” because of Revenge, haha.  But I think my summer jam is “I Love It” by Icona Pop.  My husband also found this hilarious song and video called Stupeflipe Vite by a French band called Stupeflipe.  I love that Grimes album.  I’ve also been listening to a lot of dubby stuff.  Bass is good for working.  And early 90s techno.

What are your wardrobe staples?

I’ve been really into dresses lately.  But I’m a big believer in always carrying a great bag and having great sunglasses– right now I’m carrying a black Alexander Wang Kirsten bag and giant blue Alexander McQueen sunglasses (both gifts from my awesome husband).  I got this amazing silver dragon brooch at the Pasadena City College flea market a little over a month ago that I pinned to the bag.  One day I was out and realized later it was gone– I was heartbroken, because I’m a dragon and this is my year!  I called all the places I’d been and no one had found it.  I knew it was gone.  But a couple of hours later, I got a phone call from a girl at one of the stores I’d been in– she found it!  So I went and picked it up and soldered it in place, and it’s going to stay there as long as I want it to.  Jewelry is important!  I feel like that dragon is a lucky talisman and I want to give that feeling to people with my jewelry.

♥ The lovely Brooke wearing her own creations; the Hematite and Sterling Silver Bib Necklace

Is there anything you collect?

Tons of things.  I love collecting and collections.  Jewelry, obviously; I have a small collection of Victorian mourning jewelry.  I have some great watches (one thing I don’t make).  I have a LOT of books.  I also collect antique poison bottles, Catholic art and statues, and natural history type stuff– mounted insects, bones, antlers, taxidermy.

Your five current obsessions:

Upholstery.  I’m teaching myself how.  Photography.  Teaching myself about that too, but also enlisting my husband and friends.  My new kiln!  Haha, I can only think of three, because I’ve been REALLY obsessed with the upholstery thing.  I’m giving my office/workspace a makeover.

Do you have any advice for aspiring jewelry designers?

Just go for it.  I had only made two things in four years when my sister told me to open an Etsy shop.  So I did, and it turns out I really love it.  Keep learning, keep going, and just keep making stuff– it doesn’t always have to be jewelry.  Be creative and have fun.  Some people are going to hate your stuff, but some people will love it, and that’s a great feeling.

What’s next in the world of Gabriel Hounds?

More– I’m just going to spend more time with it and see where it goes.  I have a lot of exciting new tools and equipment to use, so I’m hoping I can go a little more nuts than I have before.  I’m looking forward to it!

♥ Custom lyric nameplate necklace by Gabriel Hounds

And now for the giveaway! Brooke is giving away a personalized lyric nameplate necklace to one lucky Agent Lover reader!!! What lyric would you want on it? Will it be one of Thee Purple One’s? Morrissey? Justin Biebz? PAWLA ABDUL?! Just leave a comment with your favorite lyric below and you’ll be entered to win! The winner will be chosen on Friday! Good luck MY BEWZ. And don’t forget to *like* Gabriel Hounds on FB here!

UPDATE 6/15: The winner has been chosen! #16 LINDSAY GIBSON YOU ARREEEEE THE LUCKY WINNA!!! Email me at marie[at] to get your necklace!!!!!


June 12, 2012   32 Comments

On The Search For The Perfect Retro Bathing Suit: Part 5

WELL, EVERYONE. IT’S OFFICIALLY: SUMMATIME. And you know what that means…time for me to start whining to the world about how bad I want to lay by a pool, drink a lil’ mojito, and work on this tan while softly singing along to the sensual jams of one Sean Paul (YAS you better right click and play in another window while you are reading this post! And NO, I have not given up on my dear Sean Kingston. Can’t a girl enjoy summer in a Sean sangwich???) It also means I need a new bathing suit to help manifest that vision, which brings us here. First of all, can you believe this is the FIFTH ANNUAL RETRO BATHING SUIT POST!! We officially have as many posts on this as there are Fast and The Furious movies. That really means something to me, you guys. *Vin Diesel tear* Anyway, this year’s MUSE is none other than actress and pin-up Betty Grable, whose gams were so slammin’, they were insured by her studio for one million dollars. Can you imagine having one of your body parts insured? Like how much could I get for my freckles? Or my nail beds?

What Katie Did Top and Bottoms, $67.50 and Bow Tide Swimsuit Top, $57.99 and Bottoms, $59.99, Modcloth

Let’s start this thing off with a bang! This red and white two-piece from one of my favorites, What Katie Did, reminds me so much of my old high school drill team uniform. It’s also available in a one-piece and both styles also come in black and white or a periwinkle blue. I want them all! This  bow bikini top on Modcloth has been catching my ojo for MONTHS. It’s totally Wanda Woodward steez, no?

Ahoy Playsuit, $64 and Violetta in purple, $76, both at Bettie Page Clothing

I love playsuits. Sadly, I still haven’t found one that looks flattering on my short torso/big booty bod and doesn’t give me an 80′s sitcom mom ponch. Do you know what I’m talking about?? I wonder if one of these from Bettie Page Clothing is the Holy Grail of playsuits for me!

Olivia Bustier, $98 with Amelia Bikini Bottom, $68 and Stella One-Piece, $108, both by Fables By Barrie

It’s a common expectation for me to find the newest and cutest nautical-themed suit each year, but these two from Fables By Barrie are really cool because they make you look like a superhero! Or a ROCKET POP!

♥ Dixie Lee Top, $64 and Ruby High Waist Bottoms, $62, both at Get Go Retro and Aye, Aye Cabin Two-Piece, Modcloth, $89.99

I know there’s probably enough red in my picks already, but HELLO it IS a power color. And I’m always a sucker for gingham, so I had to put these two BEAUTIES in here. The one on the left is from Get Go Retro and the two-piece on the right is from Modcloth. Perfect to wear grillin’ some weenaz on the BBQ…

Sweetheart Patchwork Malliot, $218, Anthropologie and Bathing Beauty in Groovy Daisy swimsuit, $89.99, Modcloth.

It was SO hard to pick a #1 favorite bathing suit this year but I was able to narrow it down to these two. This patchwork dottie suit from Anthropologie is obv a lot of fun and you know I had to pick this daisy swimsuit from Modcloth’s Be the Buyer program. In my Summer 2012 Summer Fantasy Dream Sequence, I’d wear that daisy suit with a hat like the one Jodie Foster wears in Taxi Driver and sunglasses that look like that invite from Moschino Cheap and Chic’s S/S 2010 runway show. I wish they had made actual sunglasses like them.

Have you gotten your *SUMMATIME SWIMSUIT* yet?

June 6, 2012   7 Comments

You May Call Me Magenta

The lovely Sabrina London from Alameda Vintage sent me this GORGEOUS magenta lace vintage 60′s dress. As I’ve said before, I’m BANANAS about the things she finds for her shop. BANANAS! Anyway, I am way overdue for a pair of gold Pollys (I think they were on my summer shoe list for 2009!) but I seriously need to get them ASAPS since they’d look great with this dress. In the meantime, my magenta Betsey Johnson Pollys match perfectly.

Showing off Grandma Marie’s rings on the right. YOU GUYS I’m bummed because I lost my ‘Marie’ brooch that I’m wearing here! SO SAD! I’m hoping another one appears on eBay soon or I find it somewhere in my car, hiding underneath an old french fry.

June 4, 2012   11 Comments

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


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!


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] to claim your prize!!!

May 21, 2012   23 Comments