California Dreaming: Nasty Gal’s FYF Pre-Party!

Role Model: Eyeliner Evolution

Guest Edit: #buttselfies

Studio Soundtracks: Catching Up With Haim Pre-FYF and Post-”My Song 5″

Lookbooks: À La Mod

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Culture Shock: 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.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: 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:

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Friday, May 30, 2014 California Dreaming: Airbnb-ing Across California

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The sun is setting late, the nights warm, and adventures a calling—all tell-tale signs of summer on the horizon, and in turn, roadtrips a brewin’. As a born and bred Californian, I firmly believe the Sunshine State is the prettiest state in this fair nation. From top to bottom there are insanely beautiful natural surroundings, A+ weather, nice-ass people, and the finest Mary-Jane in all the land. To commemorate the start of summer I’ve rounded up some of the coolest Airbnb hideaways in the state—all under $200/night. Round up your crew, make some kick-ass playlists and grab a disposable camera—adventuring commences now!—Marissa Klurstein, Content Assistant

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Friday, May 23, 2014 Artsy Fartsy: #MEMYSELFIEANDI

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Our pal Esther Kim, the freakishly talented and exceptionally adorable illustrator who has done work for NYLON, Anna Sui, and Nasty Gal, amongst others, is having an art show this Friday and you’re invited! #MEMYSELFIEANDI features work from Kim as well as a bunch of her talented pals, including Yewon Cha, Chocomoo, Foxy Illustrations, Jangkoal, and Junmarie, and opens in Los Angeles at Space 15 Twenty tonight!

To celebrate the launch of the show and accompanying pop-up shop, we asked Esther and a few of the other artists exhibiting to give us their tips on taking the best possible selfies:

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Friday, May 23, 2014 NOM NOM NOM: Summertime And The Drankin’ Is Easy

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Pour up, drank. Head shot, drank. Though our ideal summer would involve soaking up the sun in Tahiti, drinking umbrella cocktails, and getting fanned by some really buff babe, the reality is that we’ll probably have to stick to our inflatable pools and DIY drinks. But hey, we’re not complaining—especially since we’re going to show you how to upgrade your hunch-punch-red-plastic-cup situation with these easy (and delicious) cocktails. A few sips of these babies and you’ll feel like a beach bum in no time. —Zarna Surti, Junior Fashion Copywriter

Photos by Stephanie Gonot

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