Somebody’s Been Listening To Too Much Stevie Nicks

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

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

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

May 18, 2012   2 Comments

Mad Crushin’ On Hansel From Basel and Giveaway!

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

What inspired you to start Hansel From Basel?

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

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

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


The amazing Hannah Byun!

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

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

What are your wardrobe staples for the summer?

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

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

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

What are some of your favorite movies?

I always loved Amélie, Orlando, L’Avventura.

Have any of them inspired the Hansel From Basel aesthetic?

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

Can you give us your five current obsessions?

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


Penny and Klaus the bunny!

Do you collect anything?

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

What’s next for Hansel From Basel?

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

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

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

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

May 14, 2012   18 Comments

It’s In The Trees

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

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

May 11, 2012   9 Comments

Stripes and Seashells

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

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

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

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

May 1, 2012   8 Comments

Cutie Dynamite Giveaway!

If you have the Monday blues, c’mon ova here because I have something that will cheer you up….a Cutie Dynamite giveaway! I have been a big fan of the Cutie Dynamite jewelry and accessory line forever so it was only natural to pair up with Andrea to give my lovely LOVELIES (you guys) a chance to win this Double Ruffled Heart Hair Clip!

All you have to do is leave a comment below! You can mention what outfit you would wear with the hair clip or let me know what other Cutie Dynamite accessories you love! Deadline is Thursday at midnight and the winner will be chosen (via random.org) on Friday! Don’t forget to like Cutie Dynamite on Facebook to stay up to date with all of their fabulous accessories!

EDIT: THE WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN! # 19 Stephanie Leibowitz YOU ARE THEE ONE! ~woo hoo~ POP CHAMPAGNE~~~~~ Email me at marie@agentlover.com with your addy to get your Cutie Dynamite hair clip!

April 30, 2012   36 Comments

Sun In Libra

When I saw that Loulou was making daisy crowns I HAD to get one! She also made me a cute collar as a belated birthday present. MY BOO SHE SO SCHWEET. It says LIBRA on it. (!!!!!) Obviously I wanted to wear everything all at once so I put together this outfit during some recent girl-time with Emi and Sam. The skirt is from I Heart Ronson and it’s one of those that tricks me. It looks OK at first…then a couple jaunts down the street and my cheeks are hanging out. The skirt can’t help it. I have a badunk that makes everything I wear business in the front, bomba party in the back. I ended up having to change into a vintage dress I bought at Shabon in order to survive the rest of the day.

I love this purse. It belonged to my grandmother, Marie Sr. With all due respect to my gramz, this bag is actually kinda shitty! It’s poorly made, but I love it so much! So if I have to keep getting it fixed at the cobbler I WILL!

Here I am trying on Sam’s Miu Miu’s! I LOVE the glitter but I wish they also came in a HUGE cat eye!  I also got some acorn earrings from Pygmy Hippo. I am basically wearing all of my friends’ everythangs in this picture. kisses~~~

April 27, 2012   6 Comments

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