90′s Style Icons: Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead

ALRIGHT. Watch yourself. I don’t want anyone to fart from the excitement that I am FINALLY offering my magical commentary and thoughtful analysis on one of the best movies from my youth…Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead starring Kelly Bundy aka the Christina Applegate of our eye!!!

We first meet Sue Ellen and her familia. Yes, “Sue Ellen” is a very Little House On The Prairie-sounding name but she is a COOL TEEN who likes to hang out with her friends, go shopping and dabble in a bit of the ol’ fashion design.

Ok, why didn’t any of my friends have convertibles when I was in high school? They’ve always looked so glamorous and fun, and so ~California~. I always seem to get cars with sunroofs. Perhaps that was my subconscious giving me a low-budget alternative. I’m sure the reality of a convertible probably isn’t as exciting. Bugs in your teeth, hair forever tangled, jacked up sunburns. Sigh.

Sue Ell’s mom is going to Australia for two months, leaving her five children behind. Excuse me, but WHAT? Do people do this IRL? I obviously ain’t nobody’s momma yet, but I am still about to call child protection services on dis B! She leavin’ her kids for that long so she can what, get some Cockadong Dundee in the wetlands of Australia??? What’s going on here. Okay, let me calm down. Back to the story at hand. So, mom hires a STRANGER to watch her house and chillunz while she is away. This old lady:

Sorry, but if I saw this chupacabra at my door, I would jump right into my velcro Pro-wings and RUN LIKE HELL. Haven’t you seen Poltergeist?

GET THAT CADAVER OUTTA MY FACE!!!!!!!

As we all expected, the babysitter turns out to be a demon woman! Then she dies….(from a heart attack, nobody killed her FYI)

After covering her with my old raver pants, aka a California Raisins bedsheet, the kids take the cryptkeeper’s body to the morgue. Problem? These muthas forgot to check the old hag for the CASH MONEYS their mom had left for them before (anonymously) dropping off the body..

WHAT ARE WE GON’ DO?!?!?!?

Sidenote: my #1 favorite character in the film is their pet corgi, Elvis. In this scene he says “huh?” in dog talk. I rewinded it three times.

They were watching the vintage version of Draw Something. I know you are all wondering if a girl like me has ever engaged in some Draw Something and I did, for two whole days. For me, that was impressive. Of course not as impressive as the unnamed friend of mine whose highest amount of active games was with 42 people.

I also love Keith Coogan as the metalhead-turned-gourmet chef brother.

Meanwhile..Sue Ellen has to make some cash to put food on the table! So after a failed stint at a chili dog joint (where she meets a HUNKY HUNK) she focuses her efforts on something of more interest to her personally…..FASHION.

I had to screencap the résumé Sue Ellen cooked up. Fake it ’til ya make it, girl!

She isn’t greeted very warmly by the Devil Wears Prada-esque receptionist.

Especially since Sue Ellen gets the job as Executive Assistant! I love her boss…I’m right on top of that, Rose!

OOH SHE A WORKIN’ GIRL NOW!

I still have major bang pangs for Agent Mulder. He plays a chismoso here.

Eventually the world’s greatest fashion show happened:

And NOW let us discuss how stylish Sue Ellen is throughout the film. Look at them silver stax!

I am really into this red floral jumpsuit (?) and green Docs situation. A couple years after this movie came out I really wanted a pair of Docs but my shoes were always ‘Payless special.’ How stoked was I to find imitation maroon docs at Kmart!? (I also got imitation Birkenstocks that I wore with socks FYI.) In high school I finally got legit Doc Martens. But fuck they made my feet look huge. I swear they look ok on everyone else but they look like dude Lugz on my feet. WHY? Is it ME? Is it my EYES? Anyway.

Man, I still have to finish watching Friday Night Lights! Someday I’ll come back to it. Also, Jules datchu?

Why am I really obsessed with this GIANT WITCH’S SHOE BELT BUCKLE? I think it would have went great with my Flygirl/Selenas costume, don’t you?

I pretty much want to screencap all of her brother’s bedroom.

CLOTHESTIME!!!!!!!!!!

You are correct. This shot of her Docs and a Mama Celeste pizza is the most inspiring photo of my 2012 so far.

April 26, 2012   22 Comments

Supa Supa Fly

A couple of weeks ago I asked the boo boos on Twitter if I should dress up as an In Living Color Fly Girl or one of our beloved Spice Girls for my friends’ 90′s-themed party. The vote was UNANIMOUS…just about EVERYONE in the world wanted to see me parade around in some booty shorts and a Cross Colours crop top rather than squeeze into a pair of J-Camps Hollywood Blvd stripper shoe knockoffs. As much as I wanted to wear Union Jack pasties under a Union Jack Bra with a Union Jack skirt, how could I fight it? After all, ’twas a Young Rie’s dream to be a Fly Girl….

I KNOW Selenas popped into your head right now. I mean it could really go either way, but I studied the above video and some other In Living Color footage to get the exact copy of one of their many diverse looks down pat. I think it was pretty good for pulling it all together on the same day. Queen of themes, datchu?

Luckily I had most of these items already. The bra is from pre-Forever 21 ban and I got some of these SHAWTS from Target. I was bummed because I couldn’t find any decent knee pads anywhere. I wish I still had the ones that I actually had used for my own Fly Girl- esque dance performance over a decade ago. I think we danced for  some Mya soundtrack song. Either Bulworth or Rugrats. WHO KNOWS.  The final touch was obviously this hat.

Are you guys excited about the new In Living Color reboot? You know I hate remakes but I am curious. Howevz, THIS video of the Fly Girl auditions gets me rullllll pumped!

April 23, 2012   28 Comments

Marie Matryoshka

A few months ago,  I got a sweet email from a gal named Irene, asking if I’d like a set of Russian nesting dolls made in my likeness.  SAY WHAAAAT!?  I lurked her blog immediately and freaked out over these matryoshkas of Bjork, Santa Sangre, Small Wonder, The Addams Family and even Ab Fab! Bo Bo Babushka is the brainchild of Irene, an incredibly talented artist living in Australia. She makes these wooden nesting dolls in every theme/movie/TV show you can imagine so make sure you spend some time lurking it all too. She can do custom ones as well so if you want dolls of you, your family or even one of…Full House! OMG STAYMOIST HAVE MERRRRCY!!!!! Shoot Irene a note!

NOW…Let’s take a closer look at the dolls she made of ME!!!!

This was my Halloween costume from last year when I went as PIZZA! I love how she made PIZZA the main doll and included every detail, from my mini Totino’s necklace to the little DiGiorno clutch purse I carried around.

This doll was based on one of my favorite ~casual outfits~: Emi’s childhood NKOTB concert tee that she handed down to me, my trusty Levi’s jacket and this miniskirt from Target I likes to throw on. I’m telling you, Irene’s attention to detail is so MUTHA FUCKIN’ SLICK. She even painted the Wu-Tang badge I wear on my jacket, along with the Kate Bush-themed tote from Fieldguided that my friend Melissa got for me.

I wore this outfit to see John Waters do his standup for his amazing book Role Models last year. You might remember Emi made this hat for me a couple of Christmases ago. I can’t believe how great of a job Irene did replicating it as a miniature version!

I love how she had the dolls mimicking some of my facial expressions like this picture! This was the outfit I wore when I went to the American Horror Story house for the first time (I’ve been twice since..)

Had to do one of my classics- a red and blue schoolgirl look with a thrifted dress, Rococo Nouveau collarette and a Cutie Dynamite hair clip!

This outfit is OLD SCHOOL. I still love that vintage dress but those Rodarte for Target tights are all busted by now! Ha!

Irene saved the best for last. DAS RIGHT IT’S CORN!!!!!!!! When I opened the last doll and saw CORN looking at me I couldn’t stop giggling. Love you Irene! Thank you SO MUCH!

April 20, 2012   26 Comments

Brunch Bunch

I had brunch at BLD with a bunch of LOVELY LADIES last weekend. It was followed by The Hunger Games which I loved even though I wanted more Gale, more Cinna, more blood n’ gore, more EVERYTHING. But I had a huge headache and was nauseous from sniffing some strong perfume beforehand and probs because of my purriod so I spent the entire duration of the film in complete hell. Sucks balls! I NEED A REWATCH! Anyway, the brunch gang included Vanessa, Emi, Samantha and Gabby! Everyone is so cute!

I wore: a top by Charlotte Ronson for JCPenney, Urban Outfitter shoes, We Love Colors tights, Rococonouveau collarette, and a vintage purse.

Where my Hunger Games fans at? Like they say…the movie is almost never as good as the book, but I thought the did a pretty good job for tweaking it to PG-13. So many people got beef with Peeta but I think he’s cute! And hunky Lenny Kravs with his gold eyeliner. DELIMSHIS. Thoughts?

March 29, 2012   12 Comments

Mad Crushin’ On Francesca Lia Block

Photo credit: NICOLAS SAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

When I first discovered Francesca Lia Block’s work, I was fourteen- the age where I really started to discover my own personal style and interests…and began to worry a little bit less about being ‘weird.’ I remember I was in the school library when I randomly came across Weetzie Bat,  the first installment of FLB’s popular Dangerous Angels series, about a girl named Weetzie, her two gay best friends Duck and Dirk, and her Secret Agent Lover Man living in a dreamlike Shangri-LA. Its pages were filled with magical, glittering imagery, vivid characters and beautiful sentences that could be sung like songs: “He kissed me. A kiss about apple pie a la mode with the vanilla creaminess melting in the pie heat. A kiss about chocolate, when you haven’t eaten chocolate in a year. A kiss about palm trees speeding by, trailing pink clouds when you drive down the Strip sizzling with champagne. A kiss about spotlights fanning the sky and the swollen sea spilling like tears all over your legs.” This is what a daydreamin’, teenage girl wanted to read you know? Sitting in that library, I never could have imagined that years later this book would still have such an effect on me, to the point where the name of my blog was inspired by one of her characters. Without further ado, I present to you my interview with the wonderful Francesca Lia Block!

You recently collaborated with clothing company Wildfox Couture. Can you tell us more about that and how it came about?

I have always wanted to do a clothing line. When I was a little girl I salivated over European Vogue magazines and drew sketches for designs. I always play dress up with my characters in my books as well. Kim and Emily of Wildfox told me I had inspired them when they started their line and we became friends. They also sponsored our screenplay reading of Weetzie Bat at Book Soup in August 2010. We decided to do a mini collection, based on a short story I wrote for them online, about Ella, a pink-haired fairy girl, Cherie, a free-spirited French gypsy and a blond witch named Dahlia. I am so in love with these clothes. This is really a dream come true. I love Wildfox.

A friend of mine recently discovered old ‘zines from a Jayne Mansfield fan club that would meet in Hollywood in the 80′s. It reminded me of my favorite part of Weetzie Bat, with Vixanne’s coven of Jayne groupies. Being a fan of Jayne myself, I’ve always been curious- what inspired that particular scene in the book?

It was that fan club! My friend and I went to a meeting. It was strange, very cult-like. It inspired that part of Weetzie. I’m glad your friend found the zines because sometimes I think I hallucinated the whole thing!

Why do you think Weetzie has become an influential icon for girls over the years?

To be honest, I am surprised at how enduring she is. I guess because she is loving and sweet and vulnerable but also not afraid to be herself. Plus she has mad style sense. :) Weetzie <3s Wildfox.

If Weetzie was a teen girl in today’s social media-powered world, what would she be doing? Would she be a Tumblr punk? A fashion blogger?

She’d do it all but then she’d get mad and shut down the computer and make cookies and collages. Then she’d take pictures of them and post them and the cycle would begin again…

How do you stay positive when facing obstacles that are out of your control like what is going on with Bank of America and your home?

Taking care of my children really grounds me and keeps me sane. Also, the support of my friends, running, yoga, meditation and always writing!

You are such an inspirational role model to so many women, who are some ladies you admire?

Thank you! Many of them had tragic lives–Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Frida Kahlo. I admire that they produced so much beauty in spite of (or maybe because of?) the pain they suffered.

What are some of your current obsessions?

As of today? Cinna played by Lenny Kravitz in The Hunger Games, my Wildfox hoodie that says “Sleep Under the Stars” worn under a leather jacket, my pale pink Wildfox sweatshirt that says PUNK in black, white jeans, my silver Nike Air Force Ones, Iggy Pop’s high school yearbook photo, Butter non-toxic nail polish in gold glitter, changelings.
 Every day: my kids, my dog, my friends, my house, poetry, fiction, film, music, faeries.

Do you collect anything?

Does dust count? No, seriously, I guess cute shoes that don’t hurt, although I don’t mean to, Wildfox T-shirts, little goddess statues.

Have you ever had a supernatural experience?

Yes. The white horse I mention in ECHO. That really happened to me after my dad died. There was another incident with a note from my dad that literally blew into my hands in the desert years after his death. I slept in a haunted house once.

Do you think you will ever write an autobiography about your magical life?

I would like to ,yes, if there is ever interest?

Since you are an LA native I’d love to know – What are some of your favorite lesser-known places in LA?

I have an app on here that tells you everything!

Can you tell us a bit about what you are working on right now?

Well, Pink Smog the Weetzie prequel and Love Magick, an e-book anthology I edited just came out. I am awaiting the arrival of my adult psychological faerie thriller The Elementals from St. Martin’s Press in October and working on Love In The Time of Global Warming, an apocalyptic Odyssey with a female lead.

♥ ♥ ♥

Keep up with Francesca Lia Block on her website, her blog and help support the efforts to save her home at Save Francesca’s Faerie Cottage.

March 26, 2012   11 Comments

March Small Business Shopping Guide



1. Berry Sweet bra 2. Kandi Land bra

Shop! HouseofKandies.com
Twitter:@houseofkandies
Facebook: House of Kandies
Instagram: @houseofkandies

House of Kandies makes the CUTEST intimates and accessories. They also specialize in custom creations like the adorable bow below. I am especially in love with their strawberry bra. SO SWEET! Check out their shop for more and don’t be shy to shoot them a message if you have an idea for a custom piece in mind!


Custom made bow by House of Kandies


1. Sweethearts Candy necklace “Sassy”Bow Charm necklace bubblegum pink 2. Duro Decal Diner Madness 2

Shop! Buckaroo Bear
Discount code: enter SPRINGCLEAN2012 at checkout for 10% off

Buckaroo Bear has tons of charming handmade items and unique vintage finds! My favorites are her handmade conversation heart necklaces and these fun vintage decals that would look great on a kitchen wall! I am also a huge handkerchief junkie so I can do a lot of damage in this shop. So many to choose from!

3. Vintage 1940s Ivory Daisy earrings 4.1950s Girl Raking Leaves Handkerchief



1. Debbie Deb necklace 2. Where The Wild Things Are ring

Shop!: Gabriel Hounds Jewelry
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gabrielhounds
Twitter: @xoGabrielHounds

Um, YES that nameplate necklace has a Debbie Deb reference and that is just one of the many reasons why I love Gabriel Hounds! There are tons of pretty new pieces in the shop like this vintage gold bracelet and these art-nouveau crystal earrings. Take a peek and spoil yourself for once!


3. Stretchy Vintage Gold Tone bracelet 4. Art Nouveau-Style Crystal earrings



1. Vintage Spring Clover dress 2. 70s Fruit Punch Floral dress

Shop!: Moxie Jane Vintage
Blog: Moxie Jane
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/themoxiejane
Twitter: @MoxieJane

Moxie Jane Vintage, you seriously never cease to amaze me with your vintage goodies! THE CLOVER DRESS!! THE PSYCHEDELIC FRUIT PUNCH DRESS!! AND THE CRAZY RAINBOW ZIGZAG SWEATER!!!!! I’m in heaven!


3. Rainbow Zigzag Poncho sweater 4. Vintage Southwest Tribal Pattern dress


1. Golden Pizza necklace 2. Golden Button necklace 3. Golden Birthday Cake necklace

Shop! Pygmy Hippo
Blog: PygmyHippoShoppe.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PygmyHippoShoppe
Twitter: @pygmyhipposhop

Do I even have to say anything about Pygmy Hippo Shoppe’s new  GOLD PIZZA NECKLACE?! Please just buy one so we can be twins already. AND THEN we can plan to both eat a slice while wearing our necklaces at the same time. All I want is to be CLOSE2U…


1. Cutie Cat Eye Sparkling Black glasses 2. Cavegirl Baby Bone Glitter Clip

Shop! Cutie Dynamite
Facebook: 
http://www.facebook.com/CutieDynamite
Twitter:
 @cutiedynamite

I love Cutie Dynamite’s bedazzled cateye sunnies so much and I have been WAITING for this glitter bone barrette to come out ever since I saw it on Instagram. I’m totally going to have to work a Pebbles look soon with one of these! What color to get??


1. Phantom Peter Pan collar 2. Jazzi Shirt collar

Shop! Louloulovesyou.com
Blog: Loulou Loves You Tumblr
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loulouandrolia
Twitter: @louloulovesyou

The lovely Loulou Loves You has two cute new collars in her shop! I can’t decide which one I love more…. naturally my goth tendencies have me reaching for the Phantom Peter Pan Collar, but The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle in me wants the gold Jazzi Shirt Collar. I’m going to have to get both!


1. Vintage 60s Mod Psychedelic dress 2.  Vintage 60s Polkadot Pinup dress

Shop! Alameda Vintage
Blog: The Alameda Vintage Blog
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alameda-Vintage/232220638632
Twitter: @alamedavintage

Alameda Vintage is once again blowing me away with their new stock of dresses! It was hard to choose my favorites, but this 60s mod dress is KILLIN’ ME! And I’ve been low on polkadots dresses lately, so this baby blue number is definitely calling my name! They have tons of gorgeous clothing up right now, so look for some things to add to your Spring wardrobe!


1. 1940s Cropped Letterman Sweater 2. 1950s/60s Light Blue Daisies dress

Shop!: Mary Van Note
Blog: Mary Van Note
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/maryvannotes
Twitter: @maryvannotes

Mary Van Note has so many cute new things in her vintage shop! OBVIOUSLY I adore the 1940s “M” Letterman Sweater, so any of you Michelles, Moniques and Margots better get it before I do! My 90s Drew daisy obsesh is turned up to ten right now so the detail on this dress quickly caught my eye. Mary really has the best taste ever, so don’t forget to check out her shop for more!

March 23, 2012   2 Comments

Goin’ Loco

My hard drive died and I lost almost everything. Merc retro datchu? While I try to regain composure, ple enjoy these photos of a recent Doritos Locos tacos tasting.

Being a taco connoisseur, I had to share with you my final notes:

  • Goes well with Riesling.
  • Because of the Locos’ strong fake nacho cheese taste, cannot eat three in a row like one does with regular tacos.
  • Do not attempt the night before doing a photoshoot.

March 20, 2012   8 Comments

I Would Look Really Cute In These Dresses: Kelsey Genna Edition

It had been a while since I first stumbled upon New Zealand designer Kelsey Genna’s beautiful Begoina dresses, so I was super duper excited to find out she recently came out with this new collection…especially since it’s always Valentine’s Day in my world. CLEARY I LOVE ALL OF THESE!

It’s hard to pick a favorite but this gorgeous rose-inspired take on my favorite “putana red lace look” is definitely the creme de la creme!!!! I immediately thought of the romantic mid-nineties classic, Bed of Roses, starring CHRISTIAN SLATER when I saw this dress. I’m sure all of you did too.

See more here.

March 7, 2012   6 Comments

90′s Style Icons: Death Becomes Her

WELL. ::exhales:: The time has come to talk about our absolute favorite (and only??) Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn movie…Death Becomes Her! Meryl and Goldie play two bitter rivals who will stop at NOTHING and I mean NOTHING to one up the other!

First we meet Madeline (Meryl) who is a real DIVA of an actress starring in a shitty Broadway musical. Her longtime frenemy Helen, an aspiring writer, comes to one of her performances bringing her plastic surgeon fiancé Ernest (played by another one of my FOREVER HUNKS, Los BRUCIE WILLIS!) along with her. This was a HUGE mistake because once the words plastic and surgeon touched the incredibly vain and beauty-obsessed Madeline’s eardrums, she turned her HORN SIREN on up to full blast, eventually seducing Ernest, causing him to leave Helen and marry Madeline.

Many years later, we find out that this betrayal had turned Helen into an unhealthy, depressed and very obsessed CUCKOOLICIOUS who is committed to a psychiatric hospital. She fakes her way out by pretending to be cured but secretly vows to get her revenge on Madeline.

More years pass and we see that Madeline is still obsessed with looking GORGE N’ YOUNG, and Ernest is an alcoholic mortician. During one of her regular spa visits, she is given a mysterious business card of a woman who specializes in youth rejuvenation. Afterwards, she hears that her old pal Helen has become a successful writer and goes to her book party.

Surprisingly, Helen is looking like a lil’ hottie and Madeline is clearly SHOCKED AND JEALOUS.

She ends up visiting the woman whose name is on the business card she received at the spa…and THIS is where we meet the elusive Lisle Von Rhoman played by the most beautiful ISABELLA ROSELLINI!!!!

I LOVE HER SO MUCH

Lisle promises eternal youth to Madeline with her magic potion which is kept in a fancy Fabergé egg…

Madeline is like PLE RIGHT AWAY ::magic boobs scene::

Meanwhile, Helen is plotting to steal back Ernest and kill Madeline! Let’s talk about my favorite shot right here. Goldie Hawn, hair and makeup perfect, talking on the phone in front of an candle-lit altar wearing a Nike “Just Do It” shirt.

Always gots 2 give props to a spywear-type of outfit, complete with black beret, leather jacket and cateye shades.

She’s even chic as fuck with a rope around her!

Things start to go crazy as the two ladies fight, literally, to the death over los Ernesto! Either he must have been RULL GOOD in the sack or these ladies don’t give a shit about anything except beating the other at everything! (Most likely the latter.)

It becomes obvious that both of them paid a visit to the fountain of youth! These betches are OBV not taking care of their youthful bods. Lisle is going to be SO PISSED!

What a great duo Meryl and Goldie were. I could have watched a whole sequel about their two decapitated heads still arguing while rolling down stairs. Why couldn’t we get any more movies starring the two of them? Some Thelma and Louise-type of adventures? As we know, Meryl is still doing rull well. These days, Goldie is totally zen and doing good thangs in the world, but I’m still going to hope and pray for a reunion movie with the two of them someday!

March 2, 2012   18 Comments

My Sweater And Me

And here is your PRECIOSA in yet another sartorial delight from I Heart Ronson for JCPenney. A BEAUTIFUL coral and taupe textured sweater. I’m wearing it over a dress from H&M, Girlprops sunglasses and an unintended matching purse from Urban Outfitters. I think I naturally gravitates towards coral my boos. This photo DOES not do it justice unfortunately but PLE TRUST IN THIS SWEATER. So far I have worn it ~only~ three times this week. In fact, I am wearing it right now over a sleeveless floral dress, with black tights and brown platform wedges as I sip on a glass of white wine. OBSESSHIA ADDAMS OVA HERE. I got it a little bigger so it could hang loose and fall off my left shoulder like Jennifer Beals à la Flashdance. Unfortch it’s sold out online so we can’t be twins but I think at this rate I’m going to have to get the yellow and grey one as well! (not joking)

FTC disclosure: I was given a gift card to shop from the very nice people at JCPenney and das how I got this sweater!

February 29, 2012   2 Comments