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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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Friday, May 16, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: The Prettiots

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It’s hard not to fall in love with The Prettiots, and it’s not just because they have a killer band name. The New York-based trio (comprised of Kay Kasparhauser, Rachel Trachtenburg, and Lulu Prat) self-described “indie-girl-pop-but-not-shitty” sound all started with just a ukulele and a loop pedal. “I opened at the Bowery Electric for Rachel, and we shared some interests and ideas about music,” said Kay. “Rachel agreed to drum for me while I did my thing, which made it a lot more listenable. Lulu played bass on tour with Supercute! (Rachel’s former band), and when Rachel and I decided we needed a bass player, Lulu was the obvious choice.” After just one listen to their single “Dreamboy,” we were totally addicted to their “Tokyo pop band meets cat cafe meets Clueless” vibe, as we dug a little deeper, we found out that Kay is a mega fan of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit‘s fictional NYPD detective Elliot Stabler. So much, in fact, that she even wrote a song about him. “I’m obsessed with L&O:SVU for a lot of reasons. I think it’s morbidly fascinating, and the fact that it is so popular really speaks to the darkness of popular opinion. I like that every episode is this perfectly compartmentalized moral tale of good and bad, but more specifically, I love Stabler because he is the ultimate dream boy—like a short-tempered badass with strong convictions and a fierce determination to right the wrongs of this cruel world.”  So, while we very patiently wait for The Prettiots debut EP to drop this summer, Kay explains what exactly what makes Elliot Stabler so dang dreamy and premieres her “Stabler” track right here on the blog. —Chrissy Mahlmeister

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