Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Our petite space, on 14th Street neighboring some of our favorite DC hangs, needs a lot of work. But we love the elements in the foundation of the space: the brick, the bright sunlight, the layout. And we're pumped to get our hands dirty with some DIY improvements. For now, we will leave you with some photos of the raw space:
Monday, March 30, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
There were snacks and hats (see above), pretty mens and ladies, sweet hostesses, and piles upon piles of vintage and handmade goods for our shopping pleasure.
There were even shoes in a refrigerator. How fucking Punk House is that?! I have to admit, I shed a little bit of a tear when I laid eyes on this display. (Lindsay Hart of Flowerhead Vintage - whose beautifully lit and lovingly cleaned-out basement provided a venue for the day's festivities - told me that she actually kicked the refrigerator door off. You cannot get much more badass than ambushing the door off of your busted appliance to display the most delicate of feminine finery - am I right?)
Jules and Juniper took it upon themselves to display their wares in a card catalog, and Manatea Party comandeered buttons to make the cutest of baubles.
Opening to drawers to find out what was inside upped the fun ante considerably. It was like an Advent calendar for jewelry.
Cuteness from Jules and Juniper.
Minimalism, a rich color palette and the subversion of functionality reigned at Manatea Party.
The Listopad ladies made out like bandits, natch.
Our haul - a little color wheel of our respective tastes. Can you guess who bought what?
Our hostess' signage. Thanks Lindsay!
Monday, March 23, 2009
(Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images.)
Robin! No one does nerdy cool quite like you.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Exhibit A: No Doubt's first-ever television appearance.
This is an awesome video because the band does this little intro-ditty and you start to wonder if the footage is so old that's it's pre-Gwen. But no - wait - here she comes, slinking onstage in what appears to be - oh my God, this is too amazing, I'm going to cry - pleated, wide-leg, mustard-yellow (slightly inverted?) overalls. You really should have seen my face at this moment - I am pretty sure that I did a Home-Alone-esque face-clap. RESIST THE TEMPTATION to not watch there entire video, because there's a little Q-and-A session at the very end that showcases Gwen's impossibly tiny and adorable speaking voice - plus you get a really good look at Tony's long, flowing hair.
Natch, our next selection is the 1992 video for "Trapped in a Box."
Here we see Gwen's affinity for all things plaid in its early stages.
OMG - upcoming is a true gem.
Gwen performing "Saw Red" with SUBLIME! My 12-year-old self is totally jizzing right now! This song appeared on an old Sublime album whose name I do not recall - which sucks, because I owned it. Nice center part and blunt cut, Gwen ... I think I might have to go back to that hairstyle.
This 1996 Access Hollywood interview confirms several things I have long suspected: Gwen has always been into fashion, she has always made her own clothes, and she has always been obsessed with Japan! Seriously - the best song on Love.Angel.Music.Baby is "Harajuku Girls," in which she (literally) sings the praises of Japanese style. (An excerpt: "Harajuku girls you got the wicked style/I like the way that you are, I am your biggest fan." The defense rests!)
Monday, March 16, 2009
It's getting warmer out there and there's no better way to explore DC than on a bike. So here's a little cyclispiration to get you back on your beater this spring.
Saddle cover via Hendes Verden
Hot bicycle lederhosen via Flickr user ctruongngoc
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The Four Tops, like pretty much any band that was active in the late seventies, dabbled in disco. Some disco efforts were questionably successful; others, like the Four Tops, rode the disco pony like God invented it special just for them. (Which, let's be honest, he probably did.)
There's not much else I can say about this video other than to state the obvious, which is that it's fucking amazing. I was in a rather sleepy mood when I pulled this up, and the song's infectious, booty-swiveling beats literally injected funk into my veins. Need I point out the band's stellar, bedazzled suits?
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Before every season, I take great pride in predicting the next vintage trend to make a comeback. My previous winners include silk shifts, high-waists, and even elastic jeans. The 10 gallon cowboy hat, however, was completely off my radar. Therefore, I am very intrigued...
Monday, March 9, 2009
Obviously we are going to Velvet Lounge. But how could I resist an opportunity to post this amazing Fleetwood Mac photo? (Pic via Guardian.)
Tuesday, music greats both big and small flock to DC. Fleetwood Mac plays the Verizon center; Mi Ami, Food for Animals, and Lexie Mountain Boys play the Velvet Lounge. (If you think I am hyperlinking Fleetwood Mac, you'd better think again!)
Friday, catch Music from Japan: Tradition/E-Novation at the Freer Gallery. This renowned group specializes in the mashup of the old and the new - we, of course, love this.
Sunday see a restored version of Boy - part of the month-long In the Realm of Oshima series hosted by the Freer and the AFI.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Best poolside outfit ever, but it would be a shame not to wear this everywhere.
In my imagination, Anna and Marlene were together. And what a stylish pair they be.
I wish illustrated movie posters would make a comeback.
(photos via "Gatochy" and artdecoblog)
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Um, very! Also making me flip are her ingenious fringe bandage skirts.
I am actually losing my mind over how amazing this fabric's pattern is - and don't even get me started on the great shape and texture of her design.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Predicting and pre-dating Dior Homme, they really knew how to do it. Bring back the hair all you mens out there!
And also the new single will kick your ass, Trent Reznor.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Wednesday, suit up and get in line at Target because Alexander McQueen's capsule collection hits stores today. In addition, the DC Independent Film Festival begins. There are a billion good films playing, but we're particularly stoked for are BORF! (a DC household name), Code Name: Butterflies (vintage political activism!), and Hunt (looks cragee).
Friday, two closings: Thirty-Two Kilos at Goethe-Institut and Counter Photography at the Japan Information and Culture Center.
Saturday, Stomp the Yard screens at the Anacostia Community Museum.
Sunday is the last day of Timbuktu to Tibet: Rugs and Textiles of the Hajji Babas at the Textile Museum.