West Coast vintage/modern fashion blogs

20 03 2011

For those of you who are into the blog scene, I thought I’d recommend two West Coast blogs that focus on vintage and alternative fashion.

The first is a blog called, ‘Calivintage‘ which is a personal style blog compiled by Erin from California. Each day, you can find outfit posts along with fashion inspiration, from antique jewelry finds to high-end fashion shoots and ad campaigns. Erin is also a writer for ModCloth and keeps a Tumblr, which is perfect for a quick, fashion fix during the day. Here is a posting Erin did as a guest blogger for Rebecca Minkoff’s blog, Minkette. The model is Erin, and the clothes are all hers.

hat: vintage wool hat from mars mercantile jacket: thrifted vintage corduroy oscar de la renta blazer top: silk blouse from pixie market jeans: j brand from gilt groupe shoes: seychelles

The other blog is called, ‘Clever Nettle,’ which is the product of anja louise verdugo, a Canadian living in Portland, Oregon. The blog includes interviews with local fashionistas, adorable spreads by anja herself, and photo shoots. Anja also  sells vintage clothing and art in her Etsy store. Her Tumblr can be found here. This is a spread anja made for her blog in celebration of the supermoon last night. She also compiled a gorgeous layout for an amber-hued supermoon.

illesteva glasses / vpl sweater / mm6 by maison martin margiela ring / surface to air shirt / opening ceremony pants / repetto flats

I just love the flair of both of these gal’s blogs. Each blog is a perfect mix of modern and vintage fashion inspiration. And the fact they are both creating their own spreads and content is exciting. Check them out, and maybe, your daily get-up will become a bit funkier! Calivintage and Clever Nettle; spreading fierce fashion to everyday women.

xo Grace





An Interview with Birds and Arrows!

8 02 2011

We love Birds and Arrows!   Not only are they awesome musicians, but they also have wonderful taste in clothing and are a lot of fun to hang out with!  We are very excited about their show at the ArtsCenter this Friday night (February 11th).  So we thought we’d ask them a few questions and let y’all get to know them too.

What is your first vintage memory?
ANDREA: My first vintage memories came from my mom. She saved so much of her amazing clothes from the 60’s and early 70’s. Digging through her cedar chest I would find everything from old prom dresses my grandmother made for her to beautiful jackets, vest and purses. I would play dress up with all of it and still do. But, now it’s actually my wardrobe.
PETE: My first was when a friend of the family left an old peach tank top that had an R. Crumb illustration of Mr. Natural saying “just passing through” I kept it and wore it till it literally fell apart.

What vintage era inspires you the most and why?
ANDREA & PETE: We can both agree that the early 70’s is our favorite time for vintage. Pete loves the early 70’s rock star look and I love the bohemian style. I also think it’s very charming and beautiful how much time detail still went into affordable clothing back then.

Do you have any fashion icons?
PETE: I would have to say Beck.  He has always had this kind of this high fashion surfer vibe that inspires me.
ANDREA:  I don’t necessarily have someone specific that I can think of but I do love Native American culture and that has always been a big influence on my style.  with maybe a  little Stevie Nicks thrown in there.
JOSH:  Our friend Jonathan Durlam….he’s very fashionable!

Do you have a favorite article of vintage clothing?
ANDREA: Mine is this brown turkish jacket of my mothers. I have worn it so much over the years it’s in desperate need of repair but I still wore it in our last photo shoot.

PETE: Right now mine is this new plaid blazer I found. maybe from the late 60’s I also wore it in our last photo shoot.
JOSH: a special vintage T-shirt circa 1991 (way back when;) . I use to where it to job interviews cause it was my lucky shirt.

Y’all made your record sleeves for your last album and most of your merch. What inspired you go DIY?
ANDREA & PETE: Well, to put it simply: budget and creative control. Both of us love making things ourselves, so it only made sense to apply that to the band. Especially since Merch is one of the only ways to stand out and make money on tour. It’s a lot of work but it’s also very gratifying when I see someone walking around using a tote bag I made by hand.

What is your favorite music to listen to while you create?
ANDREA: Any SIGUR ROS record. I love them and since I can’t understand a word they say there are no lyrics to distract me while creating.
PETE: Mine would be Pete Gabriel era Genesis. It’s so familiar to me which makes it easy to listen to and not be distracted.
JOSH: My favorite thing to listen to while baking is anything Classical but especially Beethoven…he’s my favorite.

What band from the past would you love to see play live?
ANDREA: I would love to see Peter Gabriel circa 1986….(which Pete actually got to see and that makes me so jealous) Also, The Faces
PETE: For me it would have to be early Genesis and Led Zeppelin (Andrea: yea, that’s a good one I’d like that too).  The week John Bonham died me and my friends in California had planned to get tickets to the next show and then we found out the news.
JOSH: Every band that Pete saw in the late seventies, early eighties. That pretty much covers it. He went to so many shows that I dreamed of going to. Like Laurie Anderson and Peter Gabriel Security tour for example.

Is there an instrument that you have always wanted to learn but haven’t had the chance to yet?
PETE: Piano.
ANDREA: Mine would be pedal steel but we’ll see if that’ll ever happen.
JOSH: All of them…but next I would love to pick up the violin or upright bass.

If your music were to dress in clothing, what would it wear?
ANDREA & PETE: We think it would be barefoot wearing Robert Plants rockin’ bell bottoms (bulge included), Sonny Bono’s fur vest, an America Concert T with a little chest hair coming out the top (in honor of Josh) and last: some turquoise jewelry.

You’re playing at the Arts Center Friday night (Feb.11th). What’s special about this show?
ANDREA & PETE: Yes, we are really excited about this show because the vibe of it really fits what we’ve become as a band. What I mean by that is it’s at The ArtsCenter which is a great listening room for our type of music, there is an interview/conversation led by Tom Maxwell during which we plan to be very open and honest about our music and the process of making it. And it also includes a gift of artwork by Pete and myself, with half the record to download for everyone that attends. We are really excited about getting the new music out there for people to hear.

For more information and how to get tickets for the ArtsCenter show Feb. 11th, click here.
Click here to check out Birds and Arrows upcoming show schedule!
You can also become their fan on Facebook!

Pete and Andrea also shared photos of their closets and studio space! Love!





A Scottish delight

22 01 2011

I wanted to share a bit about Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of my favorite architects/artists/designers. I figured Roulette fans would appreciate the fanciful nature of this designer, who many know little about.

Mackintosh lived and worked in Glasgow, Scotland for most of his life. He designed the Glasgow School of Art and the Hill House in Helensburgh, Scotland. I would highly recommend reading about the troubled visionary’s life and work. But alas, it’s his work that lives on, however little of it that may be.

Mackintosh’s creations came at the beginning of the 20th century. This is most surprising. Glancing over the playful rooms, motifs and furniture, one may easily mistake his body of work as a product of the Art Deco or Arts and Craft movements. This is what fascinates me so.

Look at the library in the Mackintosh-designed building in the Glasgow School of Art. Mackintosh made it to look like a forest, with strips of wood dripping down from the ceiling, detailed with wooden cut-outs. Tiny, purple stained-glass squares decorated the desks with red, green, and blue gems embelishing bits of the paneling.

Second story view of the library.

Mackintosh’s furniture mirrors the elaborate woodwork he was so drawn to in each room he designed. Long, clean lines dominate most of Mackintosh’s furniture pieces, with higher-use pieces including more subtle detailing.

Wide seat chair by Mackintosh

Mackintosh desk at Hous'hill

And now for my favorites. I am in love with Mackintosh’s rose motif, which he incorporated into built-ins, furniture, stained glass and textile designs.

Until next time,

Grace

Master bedroom in Hill House by Mackintosh.

Music room in House for an Art Lover. Created using Mackintosh plans.

Mackintosh stained glass rose

Mackintosh textile design





Smashing vintage action!

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