Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Next Week: Korean Film Festival DC at NMWA

Next Thursday at NWMA there is a film screening for "a.k.a. Nikki S. Lee." Phillips Collection screened this last year and I was bummed I missed it; the word from Kata was it was great. Lee will be there to discuss the film. Following this screening, there is another for "Before the Summer Passes Away" which interests me since it is by a female Korean director. Tickets are only $5 for each screening. Reservations are recommended. It's still a tough search to seek stories about Korean identity. Thank the gods for putting Jin and Sun on "Lost."

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

To do: Artsy Partying

Tuesday (tonight): Spaghetti Bros 6-9 pm.
Our buddy Gina, a gifted artist, will be performing an installation piece, or maybe we should call it an "artistic party," in front of Smith Hall on the GW campus.

Saturday: Brightest Young Things Re-launch Party 6pm-your lights go out. BYT (as the kids call it) is rejuvenating their site and also Art-O-Matic.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Listopad Mix #2

The inspiration behind Listopad Mix #2: Nassau, New Orleans & New York; men hollering at women on the street, deep orange, sweat, the state of the US economy (see "We've Had Enough"), and colorful sundresses in the city.

Baby Dayliner "The Morning Sun"
Sunshine Anderson "Something I Wanna Give You"
Foxy "Mademoiselle"
Cymande "Bra"
Arnie Love & The Lovettes "We've Had Enough"
Bits & Pieces "Don't Stop the Music"
Eddie Fisher "Gigolo"
Cheeky Blakk "Lemme Get That Outcha"
Katey Red "Millennium Sissy"



Saturday, April 26, 2008

"The Flamboyance of Simplicity"

Robin Givhan. Ever the thoughtful fashion observer.

Friday, April 25, 2008


Ok, I know everyone is probably like: Emily. Stop posting people's Flickr accounts. Believe me, I want to branch out to other parts of the Internet, but how could I not share user stripper_polaroids with yins? Banish all thoughts of the metaphoric connotations of this username. It's a collection of 50 polaroids -- of strippers! -- from the 60s and 70s which the user purchased for ten dollars.

I realize that Boing Boing posted the link about two years ago, which is like basically one hundred years in Internet time. But, um ... whatever? I just discovered them. And they are awesome.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


liebemarlene vintage posted some beautiful early-40s snapshots (from the stern, lush Charles Cushman collection) of some seriously alabaster bathing beauties on Lake Michigan.

Here is an excerpt from a excellent essay on Cushman by Indiana University professor Eric Sandweiss. (Please explore the site. The breadth and depth of Cushman's work -- well, read what the professional has to say.)

For thirty years, Charles Cushman documented a dying landscape in living color.

Packing his car with camera, lenses, and film, his tripod, his notebooks and—often as not—his first wife, Jean (who was not, to judge from the expression on her face in Cushman's occasional carside portraits, always a happy traveling companion), this extraordinary amateur photographer pursued a life on the road, and in the streets, of mid-twentieth-century America. Whatever its effect upon his marriage, Cushman's peripatetic compulsion did result in a remarkable gift to future historians, photography lovers, and students of Americana. For here, framed through the lens of his Contax IIA camera, saturated in almost embarrassingly vivid colors, springs to life a world that we had long since resigned ourselves to viewing only in shades of gray. The America that we thought we knew, whether through the self-conscious artistic starkness of the images of Berenice Abbott and Walker Evans or through the polished middle-brow poses of Look and Life, is revealed as being but the shadow of a world no less full and tangible than our own. In Cushman's work the past becomes, for an instant, impossibly present.

My favorite photo:

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Listopad Gets Deep

My BFF's asked me to contribute to this blog, so here I am. I'll be updating occasionally with some music-related tidbits-- a mix here, an mp3 file there, etc. I don't know if you readers knew this, but the ladies of Listopad are music fiends. Fiona is a virtuoso musician. Cathy has an excellent record collection. Katerina is a former concert booker. Emily once got hit on by three men entranced by her sensual dancing at Rock n Roll Hotel. You heard it here first, people!

Also, Listopad has never done a vintage cocktail party without a Dj or some sort present. It's only natural to carry on the tradition via the blog.

So here it is, the first official Listopad Mix. [Download mp3]

Chaz Jankel ft. Laura Weymouth "Whisper"
Tom Ware "Simple Dreams"
Can "I Want More"
The Counts "Thinking Single"
Gloria Jones "Heartbeat"
Lou Ann Barton "Pink Bedroom"
Apollonia 6 "Blue Limousine"
Sparks "Stereo"
Lio "Suite Sixtine"
Hey Willpower "Hundredaire"


Monday, April 21, 2008

Thanks, Marvin!

Listopad Spring Patio Party at Marvin this past Saturday: perfect weather, beautiful location. It was a great afternoon for us to see people, hang, and show our Spring collection. It honestly didn't feel like work at all! Thanks to Chris Burns for dj'ing, everyone who came, friends who always support us, and especially the staff at Marvin who are all TOP-NOTCH! We will definitely work with them again in the near future. We are still amazed at how our events keep gaining momentum. D.C. - you have style, for sure! Do not let anyone convince you otherwise.

Images by Emily Ruane

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sunday Driver

Sunday. Rainy. Slow. Browsing Flickr. Came across user thombeau59 and his set of gorgeous vintage magazine covers.

In other news, we had such unbelievable fun at Marvin on Saturday! Massive, massive thanks to Marvin, Chris, and everyone that came out. Stay tuned for a proper post with more details and sunny pics of our lovely attendees.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thanks to Morgan Pandahead

The lovely Morgan took time out of her busy and stylin' schedule to ask us a few questions over at BYT....thanks for the love, Morgan!


I have been trolling the web for weeks looking for a better picture of this outfit, but since it occurred pre-paparazzi-infested awards shows, I don't know if one is going to turn up. The best I could find was this YouTube video. So: here is Diane Keaton accepting an Oscar for Annie Hall in 1978. (Meryl Streep would win the following year for Kramer vs. Kramer. Why do I know this? I am currently writing a paper about Kramer and a post about Meryl-as-Joanna-Kramer's delightfully neutral, nerdy outfits has been brewing in my noggin for a while. Prepare yourself.) I am digressing -- dudes. Look at Diane's freaking outfit. Can you imagine the reactions if someone wore this to an awards show today?

(PS: Last-minute reminder! Ian Svenonius DJs at Bourbon tonight! The tunes will be bumptastic.)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Alyson Fox is now available at Jumelle!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Best Week Ever.

The Black Cat has a great lineup this week.

Dead Meadow plays Wednesday night and electronic mindfuck Autechre plays on Thursday. (Friday, of course, you'll be going to bed early, to prepare for Listopad's champagne-and-vintage-extravaganza on Saturday!)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Big Ups!

We're stoked that Marvin got covered in Sunday Styles today! Good job, dudes! We can't wait to take over their patio on Saturday.....

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Endless yummer

I am digging on these lil' puffy culotte-ish jawns from Greasywaitress Vintage.

They'll go with my summer uniform of huaraches (or maybe Kata's ballet flats) and shrunken, paper-thin button-downs---that rarest of thrift-store birds. And hoops, of course.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Object Lust

pic from creatures of comfort

Sunday, April 6, 2008

A Small Sampling...

A petite peek into some items we will be offering to all you wonderful DC people at our April 19 event...expect handmade streetwear (!), wonderful colorful accesories and beautifully detailed "ethnic" items. We are in love with all of our stock this season, so it will be hard to part with. We hope you can make it!


Helen Williams Drutt English has been collecting jewelry for a long time and she has a lot of crazy pieces. Look a these glasses!

Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection, an exhibit featuring pieces dating from 1963 to 2006, will be at the Renwick Gallery until July 6th.
Having never experienced it for myself, I cannot vouch for the quality of Rachel Perry's skincare line. I can, however, vouch for the appeal of her cosmic, disco-tinted Art Deco aesthetic vibe! Look at these sexy little pots!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

News Flash

Our favorite moral-quandary-inducing retailer is in some hot water. Again! Woody Allen is suing American Apparel.

Real Talk

I normally love APC's casual-chic duds, but I'm gonna have to call some bullshit. Evidence: bermuda shorts, silver sack dress and pink J. Crewish shirt.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

I Swear I Don't Have Cable...

...But I was at a friend's house, flipping thru channels when I stumbled upon the Sucker-Free countdown on MTV2, and had to stop because our own Tabi Bonney was kicking everyone's ass. Shoo, I can't deny that I'm a fan, but how can you not have DC pride after hearing/watching this:

Next Listopad Event!

We're very excited to annouce the next Listopad Vintage Cocktail party! This time we're going all out for the early birds: brunch at Marvin, our favorite new restaurant/bar in DC on April 19, from 12-4pm. Expect champagne, great vintage finds for your spring wardrobe and the sweet disco tunes of our buddy Chris Burns. More details to come soon, but mark your calendars, we're quite pleased to be partnering with both Marvin and Chris for this awesome event!

A sneak peek into our goods...expect more later this week:

Hey sexy folks

Disco City is on Friday and it will be hot/hott/haute/etc. Max Dunbar is back from the netherworld (San Francisco). Just throw on some tight jeans with your purple boots and drive to Rock and Roll Hotel with your windows down, because it's going to be in the 60s on Friday.