Oyster x Nasty Gal: From Where You’d Rather Be

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Because we just launched our site in Australia (and because Aussie models Zoe Cross, Rachel Rutt, and Valentina Sykes are a few sartorial steps ahead of the rest of us), we asked our friends at Oyster to teach us about style down under. What photographer Rene Vaile and stylist Megha Kapoor created were affirmations of the Aussie stereotypes we all dream of: clear skies, scenic views of the Sydney Opera House, and girls who don’t play by the rules. Of course, we never knew Sydney was home to so many neon signs, but that was a nice touch.

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Hey guys, it’s me again, your friend the worst. You may remember me from my recent gripping and provocative piece on learning to love Paris. After I made my peace with the French (with the exception of the waitress at that cafe who told me there was no more breakfast and then proceeded to serve three different tables Eggs Benedict I hate you forever), I headed over to Greece to meet my friends Mish Way (of White Lung) and Hether Fortune (of Wax Idols and current bassist of White Lung) where they had a break from their international tour. We had arranged to have a little ladies vacation in Hydra, one of the Saronic islands about three hours from Athens by ferry (no relation to the evil world-wide organization that was the enemy of Tony Stark, I don’t think anyway). With the exception of one crazy night in Athens with our pals Deafheaven, all we really engaged in was some pretty high level chilling. If you ever make it over this corner of the Aegean Sea, here are some of our travel tips…

Weekend Plans: Splash House Palm Springs

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Splash House, a party held across three beautiful pools in Palm Springs, CA, is this weekend, and Nasty Gal will be there soaking up the sun and the killer music provided by a host of different artists, including MNDR, Neon Indian, and our girls POSSO, pictured looking luxurious and lovely in the photos here. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for live updates of this uniquely amazing desert experience!

Angel Haze

Angel Haze sounds like a rapper, but she feels like a one-woman punk band. Towards the end of her recent frenetic performance opening for MIA at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Haze jumped into the audience. She was invisible except for the strobe of cell phones and camera flashes that followed her from one side of the crowd to the other, her powerful staccato booming through the waves of fans rocking out to her words. Haze may be young and relatively new to the game, but she has an insanely smart literary mind and name drops both queer theorists and rappers in the same breath. I spoke with the talented Detroit-bred rapper about  poetry, fashion, and finding her voice in the industry.

In the past you’ve described yourself as the “voice to the voiceless.” Who are the voiceless and how do you feel about the responsibility that comes with being their voice?

Ingrid Kesa Invites Us Into Seala’s World

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Seala Loko is one of those girls you can’t help but be drawn towards. She answers the door wearing gold Comme des Garçons ballet flats borrowed from her housemate, a t-shirt, Marle tracksuit shorts, and a big, bright smile. Effortless, fresh-faced and magnetizing, it’s no surprise that Seala’s become something of an internet icon, with her Tumblr ask box constantly being flooded with questions about her personal style. When she painted boobs onto an old t-shirt and shared a photo on Instagram, people even asked where they could buy such an item.

A hippie at heart, Seala had all the comforts of a coastal upbringing in Byron Bay before moving to Melbourne a few years ago to study acting and undertake other creative endeavors, including modeling for local designer store Pet Shop Girls.

Although we previously only knew Seala from her online presence, in no time we were drinking tea, sitting on her bedroom floor, talking about boys, and playing dress up: she’s just that kind of girl.

How To With Stop It Right Now

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Bustiers are very risky business. One wrong move and you can fall victim to all sorts of pitfalls, from unseemly skin-bunching to cleavage so excessive that it would make a Playmate blush. However, these full-coverage bits of lingerie are very “in” right now, with everyone from Rihanna to Emma Stone parading them down red carpets. Unsure how to navigate this tricky trend? Do not fear. We have called in the experts to help guide you. First up, apparel designer and fashion blogger Jayne Min of STOP IT RIGHT NOW, who is best known for her high-fashion-meets-tomboy style:

Globetrotter: Oui Out Here In Paris

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I have a confession to make. Come closer. No, closer. *whispers* I don’t like really Paris. That’s right, I said it. It’s yet another marker that separates me from my gender (female) and my species (hipster). I don’t care for French food, I don’t eat baguettes or croissants, and I entertain no romantic notions of writing poetry at a charming cafe in Le Marais or strolling arm in arm with a handsome stranger along the banks of the Seine discussing Proust while wearing some sort of swishy dress. I have to go there once or twice a year for work (do you hear the tiniest violin ever playing me a sad symphony?) and generally I serve as a painful embarrassment to the USA, scurrying around with a giant iced Americano (lol) from Starbucks, dressing like more like Joey Ramone than Jane Birkin, and culling more of my meals from the supermarket than from chic little bistros. I am, in short, the worst. However, this last trip over to the city of lights, I managed to actually enjoy one of the most beautiful cities in the world (applause, please) thanks to some great friends, a better attitude (thanks, therapy!), and a few insider tips, all of which I am here to share with you.

#GIRLBOSS: KIM GORDON

Let me be very clear that I live in a world where Kim Gordon needs no introduction, but for the 1% of you who were either born after 2005 or spent the entirety of the last 20 years camping in the bush in Western Australia, here is some background. (For the rest of you currently staring at your “I love Kim G” hand-collaged bedroom walls, my apologies). Born in Rochester, NY and bred in Los Angeles, CA, Gordon studied visual art at Otis before moving to New York City and becoming immersed in the underground/post-punk/noise music scene. It was there that she met Thurston Moore and Lee Ronaldo, and together they formed legendary no-wave band Sonic Youth in 1981. As guitarist, bassist, and vocalist for Sonic Youth, Gordon spent a few decades serving as the #1 girl crush of all the coolest girls in the world, someone how finding time in her busy shredding schedule to produce Hole’s first album Pretty On The Inside, co-direct The Breeders “Cannonball” video with pal Spike Jonze, and launch a (now defunct) cult clothing line called X-Girl (a favorite of the likes of Chloe Sevigny and Sofia Coppola), all the while continuing to create art in myriad forms.

Her latest endeavor is sort of the ideal marriage of music and art, an experimental noise band heavy on improvisation and deliberate visuals called Body/Head. At age 61, Kim Gordon is still a style icon and girl crush to the masses, and she is still creating her own world and playing by her own rules. She will always be a #GIRLBOSS in our books.

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Valerie Yum

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The first time I laid eyes on Valerie Yum was in the sweaty back room of an infamous, now sorely missed Sydney party called Gay Bash. If memory serves me correctly she was being photographed climbing across a black leather couch on all fours, throwing her long hair back over her head, wearing an American flag leotard and no pants. There is a photo of this somewhere on the internet, but in the interest of preserving our friendship I’ll leave it up to your imagination. Not much has changed since then, although both of us have sensible bobs and Val’s gone from occasional DJ sets at underground gay parties to being the first person you call when you’re putting on a fashion event in Sydney. Here’s how she did it: