Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Culture Shock: Globetrotter: Oui Out Here In Paris
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.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Role Model: #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.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Valerie Yum
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:
Beach Riot Gianni Swimsuit
Petals and Peacocks Major Fail Sweatshirt
So Juicy Knit Bralette
UNIF Forever Sneaker
Jennifer Loiselle Pineapple Earrings
Vintage Peter Max Let's Face It Sweatshirt
Vintage Junya Watanabe In Living Color Sweater
Crazy Daisy Handbag
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Features And Shoots: Steak Lunches With Liz Lee
Sorry I haven’t been up on my Lunches posts. It’s not because I haven’t been eating them, but because I haven’t been eating anything I wanna fess up to (good morning Doritos breakfasts). Our newest edition takes place with my friend Liz Lee, born into the public eye via Tumblr and MTV’s My Life A Liz, currently in the world being brand new to Instagram (follow her @lizleedoi), DJing, speaking about art thoughts, and of course…still on Tumblr. Anyway, I dragged Liz to the Valley on a sort of hot afternoon, and if you’re from LA, then you know that’s a total bitch move, but whatever, she came, and we went to Hugo’s. Hugo’s is super important to any clean-eater living in LA, because they generally take a heartier stab at food without just deep frying it. ~*~PRAISE~*~
There are three locations, which you can find on their site. After lunch we tried to hit up a Goodwill down the street, but it was just a donation center. Yet for some reason I went in anyway, just to hear them tell me “this is just a donation center.” Then I talked to Liz about a topic dear to my heart: procrastination.
Monday, June 9, 2014 Role Model: Gals Of Summer: Hayley Magnus
By all conventional wisdom, actress Hayley Magnus should not have turned out normal. Despite having caught the acting bug at a very young age (“I think I came out of the womb mid-pose!”) the twenty five year old Australian beauty grew up telling the other kids she wanted to be a volcanologist, just to set herself apart (partly due to a few too many Dante’s Peak viewings). Her first real performance was as a pre-teen, as part of something they have down under called Tournament of the Minds, which is some weird hybrid of drama club and debate team they have in school (IDEK). She played a hillbilly who could only speak in rhyming couplets, and had to answer social science questions about the universal time code (no, for real). “It was the nerdiest of nerd things ever!” She insists she had friends and everything, (“do imaginary ones count?”) and after high school landed her first real gig, on popular Australian soap opera Home and Away. From there the quirky, brainy beauty landed a recurring role on a show called Slide, followed by several movie roles, eventually moving to Los Angeles last year. If you think moving to Hollywood has changed her, don’t: her favorite part about living here? “The opossums! They’re hilarious!”
Since Hayley did us the kindness of appearing in our Summer Garden Party editorial, I asked her to plan her perfect garden party. And guess what? It’s weird and charming, just like her:
Ban.do Spotted Head Wrap
Shoe Cult Straight Laced Oxford
Rainbow Bright Tumbler Set
Chen Chen & Kai Williams Pineapple Planter
Disco Hour Earbud Headphones
Nasty Gal Gillian Boater Hat
Nasty Gal Vanna Dress