Saturday, April 30, 2011

michelle williams : interview mag

michelle williams: interview mag
michelle williams: interview mag

Love Michelle Williams. This interview magazine editorial is lovely. I wish I could cut my hair that short and still look as cute as her.
Have a great saturday!

If you live in LA, come to our garage sale!
address is: 4004 N. Figueroa St. Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA

Friday, April 29, 2011

totes magotes

Steve Mono
Loving the colors in these tote bags from Steve Mono. Steve Mono has been making amazing leather bags for men since 2006 so this women's collection was highly anticipated. See the rest of the collection available at opening ceremony.
Its such a perfect bag for a trip to the beach or the weekly flea market run.

Thursday, April 28, 2011


Nadinoo: Spring 2011 Collection

Such a cute dreamy collection. Absolutely adore it! Nadinoo is a british label that features a whimsical take on their pieces. They use silks and fabrics from the imfamous Liberty of London and customize every garment to fit you. How amazing! Order yours HERE.

Nadinoo, Spring 2011 Collection

Nadinoo, Spring 2011 Collection

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Classic Series: Mikki Itzigsohn

Classic Series: Mikki Itzigsohn

This week I asked Mikki of Stone Darling to share with us her "classics". I love this girl. She's so fun and her wardrobe reflects her love for the 60s and 70s. She has the most amazing vintage dress collection with prints that are so colorful that it will make you smile!

Listen here to one of Stone Darling's songs:

Here is her 5 Classics:

I am very inspired by the 60s and 70s. I love vintage and thrift store shopping. my style is heavily influenced by roots music, soul, 60s girl groups and grandmas.

Classic Series: Mikki Itzigsohn

My style icons: I would say I love the wackiness of Pasty and Eddie from Ab Fab, June Carter Cash, the flair of the Ronettes and the Dude.

1. Print dresses (psychedelic, floral, paisley etc.) - the black dress with the pink flowers is a Gunne Sax dress I got at the Squashblossom Vinatge booth at SXSW this year. I LOVE the sleeves. Squashblossom Vintage is run by Molly Salvi, a great friend and Austin local with amazing style. (the link to her online store is: i love a lot of her stuff.
Other than that, most of my dresses are thrift store or vintage store finds. I love one of a kind dresses and having fun with prints....Sometimes too much fun.

Classic Series: Mikki Itzigsohn

2. Big hair and Flowers- When I was in elementary school, we were told the story of how Billie Holiday accidentally burned herself while curling her hair. It was right before she was supposed to go on stage so she covered it with a gardenia and that became her trademark. I always loved that story and kind of related it to my own life later when i started getting into hairstyles from the 50s and 60s I've always loved the look of those hairstyles and flowers in the the hair in general. I started putting flowers in my hair in the high school because i hadn't really perfected the art of teasing my hair so the flower would jazz up the part that i couldn't get right.

Classics Series: Mikki Itzigsohn

3. Waist belt- Waist belts i collect here and there. I like them to be pretty basic so they can go with many outfits. It's always a score finding one that fits nicely and has a great buckle.

Classic Series: Mikki Itzigsohn

Classic Series: Mikki Itzigsohn

4. Leather booties - They are great shoes. I like em with most outfits. These specific ones were a gift and i love them dearly. I had worn my last pair into the ground and they are pretty pricey so my McCabe's (music store that I work at) family all chipped in and surprised me for my birthday.

Classic Series: Mikki Itzigsohn

5. A good jacket - For me, a good jacket completes the outfit. It says you mean business. Nothing like a good jean jacket to pull an outfit together. The red vinyl/suede is my sleaziest jacket. i love the mix of fabrics and the lapels. I got it at a thrift store warehouse in in Hamilton, New Zealand. The fringe jacket is one of my favorites as well. I got it at a thrift store near my house. I had always wanted one but never found the right one. My sister and i were looking through tchotchkes and things and we saw it and everything came together. I tell you this jacket is wild.. you put it on and no matter whats going on you are ready to have a good time.

Classic Series: Mikki Itzigsohn

One more that is pretty signature is of course lipstick! Such a classic and goes with every outfit!

Classic Series: Mikki Itzigsohn

Thanks, Mikki!

Check out her awesome band HERE.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

oh you pretty things....

Spring INspiration: MADEWELL

Click on the above next to the according numbers for links. xx

Couldn't help myself. As you know, I adore madewell. Here are a few of my favorites from their newest collection. I've also added a couple of beauty products that I would use to achieve the look. The bumble and bumble texture cream is amazing. It really gives your hair that messy yet effortlessly wavy locks. Still planning on cutting my hair but until I get my appointment, I will wear it just like this. Also most people don't take advantage of illuminators and highlighters. It gives you that extra glow in your face if you apply it in the right places. If you don't know what I'm talking about, its all part of contouring. I love these girls make up tutorials. Take a gander and see how to apply it!
Lastly, my favorite YSL lipstick. Its just dreamy. If you don't know what it looks like, take a look HERE. To me this color is the epitome of spring and summer. LOVE IT!

garage sale!

garage sale

Had to postpone the garage sale till this saturday.


Monday, April 25, 2011

beastie boys: revisited

HILARIOUS video of my favorite guys as the beastie boys. Oh how I love Danny McBride.

the northern lights

Travel Escapes: ICELAND

Happy Monday!
I have been dying to go to iceland for years now. My favorite singer/artist is Bjork. I think she's amazing and brilliant and she always has been well rooted in her home island of iceland. The northern lights seem something out of a dream and the breath taking natural scenery. One day maybe next spring for our anniversary we can make it there. Until then I will be dreaming and looking at these photos :) Do you have a dream vacation spot?

Dream Escape: ICELAND

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

I absolutely adore Kate Spade. She consistently put out unique items that are always fun and quirky with a ton of 60s influences. I had Palm Springs in my mind, can you tell? heh. All I ever want to do is drink cocktails by the pool. The pineapples are such a cute little detail.

Kate Spade

View the rest of Kate Spade's adorable collection here.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

do you polka?

Polka Dot
polka dots

Sorry I've been so busy with life, I hadn't had a chance to update in a few days. Here is an outfit photo from my new york trip. It was one of the few days that it was somewhat sunny. I adore this dress. Been wearing it non stop since I got it. My favorite is the sleeves. Such a great detail! I also love that this dress is so versatile. I'm wearing a belt with it here but it becomes a whole different vibe without the belt. I'll have to do another outfit post for that. Anyway, hope everyone is having a great week. I'm off to edit more photos...

Also, no classic series post this week but I will have an amazing one next week featuring my uber cool friend, Mikki of Stone Darlings. Stay tuned!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

For Me, For You: an interview

Interview of KATE MISS Jewelry Designer

all photos are taken by Kate Miss

Today I am so excited to share with you one of my favorite bloggers + jewelry designer, Kate Miss. I emailed her a few months back and asked her if she would do an interview and she was so kind enough to say yes. So here is the little interview. One thing I want to point out is that her work ethic is amazing. She's a full time graphic designer, takes amazing photos for her blog and still has time to make her necklaces. whew. People, never say that you don't have time to do your own projects after work. She MAKES time. Another thing I'd like to draw attention to is her personal style. She consistently has great color palettes and knows how to make simple style come to life.


Me: Kate, I've stumbled across your blog by chance a few years ago and its been so inspiring to see how far your necklaces have come. You have such a great simplistic yet fashion forward style in everything from your website, your photos and your wardrobe. What's your background? and how did your jewelry making come about?

I’ve always been involved in creative things – be it art, music, and/or design. I’ve been a graphic designer for about eight years and have a full-time job doing that during the day, but I’m the kind of person who hates being bored and having too much time on my hands, so after some dabbling in making and selling art prints, I decided to teach myself how to make jewelry (I also ended up taking a couple classes). It revolved around the idea of turning friendship bracelets of my childhood into necklaces from the very start, and eventually evolved into different styles that also use thread, or simple brass pieces that coordinate well.

Interview of KATE MISS Jewelry Designer


Me: Did you think that you'd be doing this a few years ago? It seems hard to believe that your able to handmade every necklace! Would you ever consider mass production or are you a handmade advocate?

Kate: I never even thought I’d sell them when I first started! They were just necklaces I was making for myself and something creative to keep myself busy, but as soon as I posted a few photos on my blog and flickr page, people asked if they could buy them. Sometimes I feel like I’m missing out on a big opportunity to grow, but then again I don’t really want to have someone else making my jewelry, even an assistant. I like it just the way it is right now – making them when I have time, making the jewelry more limited edition and special that way. When I made 100 necklaces for Target, it killed me and took all the fun out of the business. I had no life for months! I don’t know if I’ll ever do something like that again. If the perfect opportunity came along to join forces with someone else who was business minded, or I found myself unemployed, I might consider growing, but right now, it works for me.


Me: What are some of the challenges of juggling maintaining your blog, working full time and still being creative and make jewelry?

Kate: It’s a struggle sometimes. I had to cut back to three posts a week on my blog because it just became impossible to keep up with, posting every day. If you’re forcing yourself to blog, it shows. I’ve found that quality over quantity works for me – both for my blog and my jewelry. I get asked all the time how on earth I handle all three of these things, but like I said before, I have to keep busy in order to be happy. But of course, that can take it’s toll sometimes, so it’s nice that I can take a little break from the blog and jewelry line if I need to sometimes, people understand.

Interview with KATE MISS Jewelry Designer


Me: What inspires you? And who are your favorite designers? musicians?

Kate: My move to LA is my biggest inspiration right now. The colors, the sunshine, the plant life, the laid back attitude – it fills me to the brim with creative energy. I had no idea that waking up to sunshine every morning was such a life motivator for me. Other than that, I love and am inspired by Rachel Comey, Caitlin Mociun, Maira Kalman, Louise Bourgeois, among others. As for music, the list is pretty endless! My favorite musicians to work to are Neko Case, Iron & Wine, Nina Simone, and Mulatu Astatke.


Me: What are your favorite places to shop?

Kate:Madewell, Zara,,, (when I can afford it!), J. Crew for the occasional basic, Sephora (I’m a beauty product addict), Mohawk General Store, Tortoise General Store.


Me: How would you describe your personal style?

Kate: Sometimes I joke with my friends that I dress like a blogger. I own many striped shirts, skinny jeans, and seven pairs of shoes with wooden heels. I rarely wear anything that’s the slightest bit uncomfortable (no heels over 3” high), and I have a
pretty consistent color pallete my boyfriend calls “Kate Miss colors” – marigold, camel, navy, burnt oranges and reds. I'd rather wear something with an interesting shape than an interesting pattern. Simple, with a twist.

Thanks, Kate for taking the time out to do this!

Visit her blog HERE and go spy on her shop HERE. You won't regret it.
also, make sure to sign up to be on her mailing list for shop updates cause her necklaces sell out faster than Radiohead tickets. Seriously.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Hair INspirationals: Arizona Muse

Arizona Muse:Hair INspirationals

My hair is just outta control. It's so long now that it gets knotted up somehow in my sleep and I wake up with huge knotted dreadlocks in the back of my head. Yea, not so attractive... I have been toying with the idea of a choppy/wavy bob as seen on model, Arizona Muse. How cute is she? *sigh* I want my hair to look like that! DAYUM, GIRL. She works it. It's messy but has so much attitude and sex appeal to it. I'm a tomboy at heart so low maintenance would be ideal. What do you think? Should I take the plunge and go for it? I guess hair always grows back, right?

AHHH. I'm gonna do it. FIDLAR, BRO!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Oh you fancy, huh?!

shoes: Rachel Comey

These are my new Rachel Comey Hitch Boots just drinking a glass of Rowan's Creek Bourbon Whiskey. Yea, you heard me right. I don't know what your shoes do on their time off but mine drinks some classy ass whiskey.

let's go swimmin'

Spring/Summer 2011: Vintage Inspirations on Swimsuit

Spring/Summer 2011: Swimsuits

So, I just saw a photo of my brother sitting in a beach chair in a kiddie pool with beer floating in it. haha Did I also mention its on top of his rooftop? haha. I instantly wanted to join in the fun. I'm an island girl through and through and enjoy warm weather so much. I can't wait for bbqs.
I usually buy my swim suits at target, its cheap and I don't have to stress out if I accidently loose the bottom or the top. Then again, they don't last very long so this time around I am going to invest in a good quality suit that will hopefully last me a few years. I am a pretty modest dresser and I am getting older, so I wanted to go for a suit that is a bit more mature. I always thought one pieces were so classy and sexy. I think Marilyn Monroe is testament to that. Here are a couple that I found and the rest that were high waisted in the same 40s-50s vibe. What do you think? All I need is my hat and sunglasses and I'm ready to wade in that kiddie pool for sure!

5. Striped one piece - again my obsession with stripes is out of control. HELP ME.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Classic Series: Jenna Sauers

Classic Series: Jenna Sauers

For this week's Classic Post, I asked my friend, Jenna Sauers of Jezebel to let me peek her wardrobe. Her collection of vintage clothes is pretty amazing and would make any girl from LA really jealous.
I met Jenna back during fashion week through my best friends + dynamic duo David and Danny Roberts. Its not a surprise at all that she used to be a model. Jenna is incredibly tall, thin and naturally beautiful. I instantly wanted to be her friend after talking to her because she just gets "it". And by "it" I mean life, pop culture and fashion, man. (I sound like a hippie but who cares?) She writes about things that are often controversial, creating a buzz and attention to things that most people are scared to talk about.
She's daring yet charming and is such a talented writer. In fact stop what you are doing right now and please read her amazing article from 2009, entitled, "I am the Anonymous Model". If you are not familiar with her, it has amazing insight on her experiences as a model and her take on the crooked fashion industry.

Classic Series: Street style

here she is, as captured by street style photographers

Here are her 5 Classics:

Classic Series on Jenna Sauers on her Ferragamo Flats inspired by Joan Didion

Classic Series on Jenna Sauers of Jezebel on her Ferragamo Inspiration: Joan Didion

1. Ferragamo Flats

My obsession with these shoes dates precisely — and maybe embarrassingly — to the first semester of my freshman year of college, when Nylon magazine published a fashion spread inspired by the style of Joan Didion, a writer with whose work I was then in the earliest throes of an obsession that has proven enduring. Ferragamo flats — specifically the "Vara" flat, the one with the bows on the toe — were in that spread. Those are cute, I thought! (I mention in passing that Didion was also known to rock a scarf back in the day.) I'm fairly tall, and I walk a lot, so I am always looking for a dependable, presentable flat. Something with more arch support than a ballet slipper and without the likelihood of blisters of an Oxford. I think I bought my first pair (secondhand, on eBay) the week I saw that Nylon story. I've since acquired maybe a half-dozen pairs, paying no more than $40 for each. Cap-toes, loafers, Varas, sandals; lime, brown, black, red, bone. My closet is sated, but I still have an eBay alert set for Ferragamos in my size. What I like about these shoes is simple: They are well-made, and when properly taken care of, they will last many years. The Ferragamo company does not seem interested in altering its patterns in order to chase trends, and most of its styles have been in production for decades, so the secondhand market is plentiful. They're never out of style, they're never in style, but they're always stylish. Also, Joan Didion. Duh.

Classic Series on Jenna Sauers of Jezebel on her collection of vintage Scarves

2. Scarves

I pretty much always have a scarf on me — if one's not tied or draped around my neck, there's almost certainly one tied to the strap of my bag. I feel about 900% more pulled-together with a scarf, and they hold a strong allure to me as someone who tends not to wear a lot of prints, because they're a very easy way to introduce a lovely print or an unusual complimentary color into an outfit, without feeling like you're getting overwhelmed. They're so cheap to pick up in thrift stores, and so pretty as objects, that I can't help but collect them. (I got really lucky once in San Francisco and scored this blue-and-gold vintage Balenciaga scarf with ducks on it for $2. I've been trying to repeat that luck ever since.)

Also: Scarves are practical! They're like the MacGuyver of accessories. Caught in a rainstorm? Tie that scarf around your head. Sudden drop in temperature? Silk is warm. Need to suddenly class up a t-shirt and jeans? Tie that scarf around your neck and go. Last summer, I went to the beach, and a really chic friend of mine took along a huge silk scarf with a kind of taxonomic floral print on a black ground, which she'd inherited from her grandmother. She wore it like a cover up knotted like a sarong, she napped under it like a blanket, she folded it up and used it like a headband. Basically, I was this close to killing her for her awesome scarf, but I restrained myself because I was even more interested in seeing what she was going to do with the thing next. Watching her was like watching that episode of The Simpsons where Marge buys the Chanel suit at the outlet mall and falls in with the ladies-who-lunch crowd, and has to rework the suit again and again to make it seem like she has as many clothes as they do: you just couldn't imagine what she was going to do next!

Classic Series: Pencil Skirt

3. Pencil Skirts

I just think they're sexy. I don't have much in the way of "curves," but when I put on a pencil skirt, I feel like I have an ass all of a sudden. And yet, they are considered appropriate business wear. Paradox!

Classic Series on Jenna Sauers of Jezebel on her Nail Polish

Classic Series: Nail Polish

4. Nail Polish

Among my slovenly, shameful personal habits are nail-biting and cuticle-picking, and I have found that having a nice manicure is the only thing that will motivate me to keep myself from doing either. Also, living under repressive high school and job dress codes during an impressionable period has ensured that painting my nails retains a scintilla of rebellion. A bottle of OPI's latest concoction is $8 at the drug store, so it's a habit my wallet can live with. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in the red bottle is by far the world's best top coat, FYI. (It is also far from Insta in its Dri, but I'll forgive it for 6-9 days of chip-free shine.)

Classic Series on Jenna Sauers of Jezebel and her Vintage Dress Style inspiration from the 1940s

5. Lastly, a Nice Vintage Dress

I wore this one (with cordovan croc-embossed Vara flats, natch) to my graduation! And on many occasions since. Once, a woman came up to me at a party and started talking to me just because I had on this dress — and we became really good friends. She was dressed in a sort of cowgirl-ish pink cat-print Miu Miu dress and obviously we were meant to be together, but we never would have known that had it not been for this dress! Can you imagine the tragedy? I got the Magical Dress on eBay for $34, it's from the 1940s, and I love it still. I wear plenty of pants and separates, but slipping on a dress always makes me feel instantly put-together. Second-hand clothing is interesting, because of the information it presents: Old garments embody all kinds of messages about the circumstances of their creation, the kinds of roles available to women in times past, and the historic plasticity of our ideas of what's appropriate, attractive, and beautiful. Even a relatively plain blue linen day dress like this one has a lot to tell about how clothing was and is made, in what kind of economy of labor, for whom, and why.

So if you want funny with a double shot of wit: jezebeljenna is her name. Follow her on twitter NOW.

also check out her blog.

Thank you, Jenna!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Good day, sunshine

Spring: Outfit Personal Style by Alice Baxley Spring 2011

An outfit post for you today. Think we took it right before we left. Can't believe I went from wearing shorts and sandals to coats and boots. haha. I will be excited to get back to warmer weather, thats for sure. I'm having fun out here though. Not wanting to go home just yet... Went bowling yesterday and there were these crazy clown people dressed up in wigs and the make up. It was really strange and creepy at the same time. I hate clowns. They freak me out haha. Ever since that Stephen King movie, IT....
*sigh* anyway, I'm about to start my day and get some food. Was thinking of going to Five Leaves for lunch.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

hi, how are you?

Sorry, no Classics post this week since I'm away on vacation. Will be up next week so stay tuned! I got to hang out with Liska tonight. If you haven't seen her Classic Post. Go check it out! She's rad!
It was rainy today so we really haven't done much and we stepped outside to try and do an outfit photo but it started raining pretty hard so we only got a few shots. There was this weird old polish guy sitting outside his door and commented to us, "of all the beautiful places in brooklyn and you take a photo HERE...." haha funny but I didn't care. It was freezing. Well, I'm off to bed. It's like 1 am right and Ryan's on the phone with our friend getting score updates from the Lakers game. hahaha....

New York: Outfit

New York: Outfit

New York: Outfit

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Been obsessed with stripes lately. A few outfits that I put together while trying to figure out what to bring on the trip. I'm so glad I did because I've been living in them! Hope everyone is having a great week. I've been enjoying my vacation so much. I wish LA had a better metro system. The trains here are so amazing! I love not having to get in the car....
new york outfit
new york outfit

April 5th 1994

RIP Kurt Cobain, April 5 1994, Style Icon, Musician
Its been over a decade since his death but his music and style lives on. I'll never forget my first song I ever learned on the guitar was a Nirvana song back when I was in 7th grade. Its true he wasn't the best role model but what he did for the 90s and music paved ways for other bands. So I salute you today, Kurt. Thanks for making grunge and mohair cardigans look so friggen cool.


Monday, April 4, 2011

a little bit of sunshine...

Today is my actual wedding anniversary! We're planning to go to central park where Ryan proposed and maybe go visit some museums. I hope it doesn't rain but it would be kinda funny since it rained when he proposed as well. So incredibly lucky to have such an awesome guy in my life. Here is a magical video of our wedding.

Ryan & Alice Baxley: Wedding Video from Ryan Baxley on Vimeo.

think pink!

Noticed a huge pink trend happening lately and it immediately reminded me of the scene in Funny Face. Here are a few images that spawned my new love for pink. I'm not really a girly girl and don't even own anything pink but I'm starting to find that its really all about finding the right shade that works for you. I am in love with the Marc Jacobs bow dress in the Lula editorial. I've searched high and low for it online only to be disappointed that it costs more than our rent hahaha! WOW. looks like I need to start sewing again and make myself a cuter less expensive version....
What do you think about the pink trend?

scenes from Funny Face
more stills from Funny Face
Think Pink: Lula Magazine Editorial Spring 2011

more Lula Magazine Editorial March 2011

Think Pink: vintage inspirations

girl on top of a pink car in the 50s + the lovely Grace Kelly
Think Pink: Lula Magazine Editorial Spring 2011

more pinks in newest Lula Magazine Editorial

Think Pink: Audrey Hepburn Inpiration for Spring 2011

The queen of elegance herself, Audrey Hepburn from Funny Face

Think Pink: Lula Magazine Editorial Spring 2011

Lastly, more from Lula Magazine Editorial
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