Whether she’s talking clothes or pop culture, our vintage buyer Liz Franczak is one of the smartest girls we know. She’s also the brain behind The Ultimate Score, aka the best collection of vintage Chanel to ever exist on this here planet earth. Liz has had a busy month—first she had to put this entire collection together (which was no small feat), then she had to stand guard to make sure none of us tried to steal it (There are no limits to what an honest woman would do for some vintage Chanel—just ask Sophia). Here, Liz fills us in on what makes all of these pieces so special.
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.
I traveled like crazy this summer, and while I’m always down for an adventure, I actually love being at home. I’ll be in paradise, and all of a sudden be like ‘I miss my pillow!’ So after hitting New York and Europe in the past two months, I’m ready to take everything I learned on those trips and hunker down in LA to take care of some serious business (well, as serious as we get around here). Sadly, this means I’m missing out on New York Fashion Week, which is kind of a bummer, but several members of the Nasty Gal team are there, so I—and you—can still live vicariously through them!
Even before there was a Nasty Gal app (!!!!), we were majorly addicted to our iPhones because there seems to be an app for everything. We polled our friends around the office to find out what apps are keeping them entertained when they’re tapping away.
I did it. I made it, twenty some odd years without ever getting my nails done. I mean, nothing more than applying layers of glitter to cover whatever color had been chipping off over the last few months.
Meet a girl called Steak. She’s pretty funny for a girl—which means she’s hilarious, because we all know girls are way funnier than guys, right? Rachael is an iguana mother, a cacti farmer, a rap music listener, a wine drinker and a Nasty Gal blog contributor. In short, she is everything awesome, and she also has good taste in cars.
Last week, we ditched school (ok, so it was actually work) to hang with Cory Kennedy. It was a perfect L.A. afternoon—she took us on a tour of her old teenage stomping grounds, got real about eating breakfast for dinner, and may or may not have driven the wrong way on a one-way street.
I only get sick about once a year, but when it hits, it hits hard. And this week, unfortunately, it’s been germs 1, me 0. But I plan on kicking the sick soon—very soon—because this is a pretty big weekend. Nasty Gal is being featured in the WSJ magazine, which hits newsstands today, but I’ve also got a music festival to attend. Super important things happening here, people.
Talking to artist Michelle Kim makes you smarter. Her paintings and installations reference everything from existential philosophy to poetry, religion and occult studies. If she creates something she hates, she might set it on fire or throw it in the street, only to retrieve it and decide that maybe she likes it after all…
Though the Polar Paradox blogger recently traded blonde for brunette, Whitney Cox is a California girl through and through. She loves to travel, but since she lives by the beach, she loves to come home even more. Even in short-shorts and heels, Whitney’s still as laidback and as sweet as they come.
Niki Takesh is the kind of girl who’ll tell you her bra size the first time you meet, aka the kind of girl who’s your instant BFF. A dilettante who does a little bit of everything from styling to music videos, Niki used to dream of being a pop star like her idol, Britney Spears, but now wants to do everything, including hosting her own talk show where she and her guests sip tequila from coffee mugs. We would totally watch that.
The blogger behind Style2Bones, Dominque Nghiem’s style always stands out. She loves fluorescents, holograms and prints as out-of-this-world as she is. She’s almost always rocking a giant platform, even when she’s on a skateboard (though she has been known to make exceptions for safety).