Meet The Cult: Alice Lancaster

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There’s something so effortlessly awesome about our latest Shoe Cult Ambassador Alice Lancaster. She’s equal parts funny as she is talented, and you may have seen her art plastered on (some highly debated) American Apparel T-shirts as of late. She took us on a tour of her studio space in Bushwick, Brooklyn so we could get an up close and personal look at her NYC life—and her amazing cat.

(Shoe Cult photos by Cara Stricker; others by Kathy Lo)

Scare Tactics

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(We Heart It)

Halloween has this weird way of changing meanings as we grow up. At first, it’s a day for swift candy acquisition and consumption. By 15, it turns into skimpy cat costumes and schoolgirl skirts that ride higher than most thongs. At 18, I’ve come to a crossroads: am I still a part of the “I’m a mouse, duh” house party club, or is there something else I should be doing? Something more authentic? In the name of adventure (and boredom), my friends and I scoured Georgetown University for the creepiest spirit-channeling activities to do on the day of the devil. Luckily, our school has two graveyards, a (supposedly) haunted observatory, and some statues that scare me shitless. Here’s what we did—and what you can do—to freak yourself out on old Hallows’ Eve.

1. Ouija Your Life Away

Okay, so maybe Ouija boards are sold at Toys”R”Us, but there are YouTube videos and some super detailed accounts of supernatural experiences by way of Ouija. When I told my friends about my plans to take out my Ouija board this Halloween, one of them refused to be in the same room as me. Personally, I’ve never been possessed during a Ouija game, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Meet The Cult: Brandee Brown

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In case you haven’t noticed, we just can’t get enough of our NYC Shoe Cult disciples. Today, we’re getting to know filmmaker/Ryan McGinley muse Brandee Brown who is the definition of a badass babe. Lucky for us, Brandee created a short film that we’re debuting for the first time right here on the site! (Plus, it comes with a poem too.) Pretty cool, eh? Check it out below.

(Photos by Cara Stricker)

Halloweenie Makeup With Steaktooth

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Just when I thought I was done slathering foundation all over my face for the sake of blogging, makeup artist Alana Dawn hit me up to try out some Halloween looks. Since I only got a whopping five zits from what happened after our last hang out (my fault—I have sensitive skin), I figured, “Why the hell not? What else am I doing?” (The answer: nothing, really.) Annnd, because I love multi-tasking, I tricked one of my besties into a hangout session where I also exploited her free time by tempting her over with chocolate donut-flavored coffee only to have her run out the door on the way to work still scrubbing anime makeup off her eyes. So, if you’re still stumped on what wear this Halloween, here are my two new favorite looks that really only require rubbing glue stick on your eyebrows and some $20 contact lenses to set them off.

Drake: Started From The Bottom

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We’re really, really into Drake here at Nasty Gal HQ, and today also happens to be his 27th birthday. This (obviously) means we needed to pay homage to our main man on his big day, so we gathered some oh-so-adorbs photos to show that Drizzy did, in fact, “start from the bottom.” From a bright-eyed baby (decked out in the best ’90s duds!) to a too-cool-for-school 8th grader at Degrassi to a suited-up GQ gentlemen, you’ll see why we’ve loved our Champagne Papi every step of the way.

Meet The Cult: Vashtie

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Sure, our NYC Shoe Cult lookbook may be filled with some seriously good-looking gals, but there’s so much more to these ladies than their ability to put a killer outfit together. Meet Vashtie: A jack-of-all-trades who works simultaneously as a director, designer and creative powerhouse. Whether you know it or not, Vashtie’s influence on pop culture is huge—she’s directed videos for Justin Bieber, Solange and Joey Bada$$, just to name a few. Check out some of our favorites below!

(Photos by Cara Stricker)

Lazy Oaf x Looney Tunes

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You already know that we have a serious soft spot for London-based clothing brand Lazy Oaf, so when we peeped their latest collab with Looney Tunes, we freaked out. We can’t think of anything better than our favorite ’90s cartoons plastered on babydoll dresses, high-waisted leggings, and cropped bomber jackets. Lucky for us, they should be hitting the Nasty Gal site very soon, so keep dem eyes peeled!

(Photos courtesy of Lazy Oaf)

A Sugar Lover’s Guide To Halloween

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Sure, Halloween may be about over-the-top costumes and killer parties, but when push comes to shove, we all know what makes the holiday really go round—candy. Trick-or-treating may be so ten years ago, but, honestly, for me candy never went away. In fact, I actually consider myself a sweets expert of sorts. I grew up in a Whole Foods-obsessed family (which I thought was the stupidest thing ever until last year), and my favorite part about playdates with friends was the other families’ pantries (usually filled with the forbidden high-fructose corn syrup). This progressed into taking a serious interest in old fashioned candy in 4th grade, which made me pretttty well-versed in the sugarsphere throughout the ages. In order to properly celebrate the holiday (and the most important meal of the day), I headed to Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy store near UCLA (where I live!) and picked out all my favorites from various times in my life. Interestingly, some of my old go-tos are no longer on my good list (hands up for growing up!), but two things have stayed the same: Rolos are still my number one, and weird-flavored Jelly Beans are forever on my shit list. Get excited for the best holiday of the year! —Marissa Klurstein