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while enjoying the latest edition of kleinformat a cute little photo caught my eye and led me to bonnie & buttermilk! you know when you find something so perfect, so you, that you almost can’t breathe? i clicked through the store like a crazy lady, almost not believing what i was seeing: had someone broken into my head and brought all my ideas for dream outfits into existence? perhaps… but i’m happy they did!
how many ways do i love thee bonnie and buttermilk?
fun fabrics: check!
cute, simple sihouettes: check!
adorable styling: CHECK!
all photos from bonnie & buttermilk
go forth and shop, friends. and maybe take mr google translate with you if you sprechen sie nicht deutsches!
when my boyfriend peter and i are together we must look pretty funny. he’s always in his black or olive green (maybe even brown) rockin’ guitar god gear and i’m in my technicolor 60s/70s mescalin-fuelled dream coats. under those crazy opposite looking things we’re very much the same, but you can imagine my surprise when our worlds collided this morning and he shared the work of sean yseult with me. i’ll let him fill you in on her background:
I first became aware of Sean Yseult in the early 90s. White Zombie were on the cover of a magazine called Guitar School (don’t look for it, it ain’t around no more) and even though their guitarist J Yuenger was pretty cool, Sean was even cooler. The hair, the clothes, the sticker-covered bass… all awesome. What made her super-cool to me though was that in addition to her driving bass style, she also had a background in visual design (the internets tell me she earned a degree in graphic design from Parsons The New School for Design and also studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts). As a musician I’ve always been pretty visually motivated (‘Dude, that guitar sound is pretty sweet but it needs more vermillion and an iridescent topcoat’) and and I tended to gravitate toward musicians with a history in the visual arts. By the way, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page were all art school guys and they were all in The Yardbirds. Neat.
After White Zombie split in up 1998, Yseult played bass in a variety of bands, including Famous Monsters, Rock City Morgue and even a stint with The Cramps. She now divides her time between New York City and New Orleans, and parcels her creative energy out between playing music and designing scarves for her company Yseult Designs. By the way, she’s also putting the finishing touches on a book, I’m In The Band, which will be out in early December through Soft Skull Press.
ah they’re too cool! its not often that you see good contemporary psychedelia and these really do it for me. there is enough of that awesome peter max/pucci inspiration to give them vintage cred, but also the hand-drawn style gives them a contemporary edge. click here for more designs and information.
i don’t know about you, but the title of this post has put “rainbow connection” in my head! anyway, i am often asked if i collect anything specific. while i do have a lot of things, i wouldn’t say i’m a specific collector. in part i’m hesitant to admit i collect something in particular because then its all i’ll ever get for christmas and birthdays for the rest of my life! and though i do adore apple things – i like the apple things that i choose. do you know what i mean? i don’t want to seem ungrateful, but dollar store apple themed things are not my bag, and primitive folk art apples just don’t do it for me. but if there’s one thing i have a lot of, and am always happy to unwrap – its hair clips! because my inner ten year old is sometimes my outer ten year old. its true. and my favoured clips are the plastic kinds from claire’s accessory type places.. it’s sort of a not-so-secret shame. let’s take a tour through my clips, shall we?
i’ve grouped my clips into what seems to be my favoured ‘themes’. first up its fruit! see? there’s apples. i adore hair bobbles and i think it goes back to them being strictly forbidden in my school’s uniform policy. on top of the no bobble rule, there was to be no pigtail’s/bunches in my home! so now that i’m my own grown woman? well its bobbles and bunches all the way: take THAT childhood! the plastic produce pictured is all from local stores that stock a lot of imported asian goodies.
next favourites are pretty in pink & buttons & bows. the hair comb on the far left is actually a relic from my very pink and plastic 80s childhood. the first time i wore it was to a birthday party at a McDonald’s in 1988. i’ve worn it all these years and its still very treasured. the rest are all recent (as in, the last 5 years) acquisitions but equally loved. the white bow in particular gets worn almost every day. it reminds me of the ‘rope’ hair ribbons from the 70s.
flowers! you may have noticed i like flowers, and floral things in general. the flower clips date back to high school when i would fill my 90’s haircut with every colour plastic flower clip i could find. school uniform policy be damned! by this point i was known as “the eccentric one”, and could get away with these policy breaches haha. never mind the breaches of good taste. of course i still wear my flower clippies, just not en masse. or with a 90’s haircut.
lastly: red things. hearts, polka dots, bows, apples, cherries, strawberries, ladybugs. lots of good things are red and i like wearing them. i have a very favourite red cardigan and i’m on the hunt for some red go-go boots to complete my life. in conclusion: red is good.
thanks for taking a tour through my inadvertent collection. have you subconsciously accumulated any one thing? or do you fit into that category of once saying ‘i like owls’ only to now live in a house with every surface covered by owl paraphernalia?
season four of mad men starts on sunday night in the US and i’m looking forward to seeing what drama and intrigue will take place in the new sterling cooper draper pryce offices. to kick this weekend off right i thought we could talk a few of the mad men’s favourite topics: luscious looks, ladies and libations! just for fun i’ve chosen a gorgeous new peta pledger dress, and a cocktail i think fits their character…
peggy has come a long way since season one! i’m not sure she’d go for anything as bright as the ‘angelique’ dress, but those cheques are bold and cute!
and what drink is peggy? she’s a blackthorn! a blackthorn is essentially a manhattan, made with sloe gin (gin infused with sloe berries) a new take on a classic – just like peggy. she’s a refreshing twist in a man’s world.
oh ice queen betty, will we be seeing you much this season? are you really sad or are your people just nordic? i think betty would love this pristine cream belted ‘sally’ dress.
betty is a pimms and dry ginger ale. its elegant, conservative and often found at polo matches and country clubs. its also a slow burner… you don’t realize how potent it is until its too late!
oh joan! what is there to say?! joan would definitely rock this ‘rocket ride’ dress. and what drink could capture all of joan?
strawberry blonde joan is a berry caprioska! it’s slightly sweet, slightly sour and very sparkling, just like sweet joanie.
what do you think, do these mixes suit the ladies? what would you say your cocktail is?
do you know blythe? she’s the girl of a thousand faces, all of them framing those humungous eyes. she causes quite a stir – some people are fanatics and others think she’s a little too strange to find endearing. but i’m sure that doesn’t bother blythe. she’s been down and bounced back. she’s one tough cookie!
she was created in 1972 by allison katzman as a sort of homage to the wide-eyed waifs illustrated by margaret keane. unfortunately, the world wasn’t ready for blythe and the toy company kenner ceased production after just one year. but nearly 30 years later blythe was rediscovered when chronicle books published photographer gina garan’s book ‘this is blythe’. pretty soon blythe was ‘big in japan’ and replicas and new editions of blythe were produced by takara japan and ashton drake galleries USA. blythe had a whole new generation of fans who were old enough to appreciate her and creative enough to take her from being a quirky doll to the star of a fascinating subculture.
i have a blythe (a ‘mrs retro mama‘ unsurprisingly) and although initially my plan was to create something unique and customised, i just like her the way she is. she stands in my studio, rocking out to a music box and being my little plastic muse. i do love seeing what other people do to their blythes, though. some of them are near works of art. pictured up the top are some of my favorites on flickr. groovy babies, dolly birds, and a fabulous yarnhead bear! isn’t the yarhead bear fascinating?
what do you think of blythe? do you have one?