Wishing on a Star : My Current Wishlist

It’s been so long since I’ve done a proper shopping post.  I’m always getting questions on where to buy clothing and suggestions on what I’m loving at the moment. This is right in time for the holidays so whether or not you still have some last minute buying or you want to simply know what my current wishlist is then voila!

swatch_watchesIt’s no secret that I’m pretty obsessed with Swatch watches. So, when I saw the new Fall collection, these were my favorites. The Circle in a Circle (left) for obvious reasons, it reminds me of days in the 90s when I would watch after school programs in my neon biker shorts and color with day-glo pens. The McPattern (right) just displays all the perfect plaids all in one. What better way to remember the 90s?

vanssk8hiAs someone who has recently become obsessed with the Vans Sk8 Hi shoes I had to include them. They go with just about anything and are a great change from the all stars and Authentics that I normally wear.

rollins_shirtFirst of all one of my secret obsessions is long sleeved graphic tees. Something that is pretty rare nowadays. When I first saw this shirt from NY label, Obesity & Speed modeled after Henry Rollins’ tattoos I thought, “brilliant”. Available at Deer Dana.

drAs if they couldn’t make Docs any more cool? Oh wait they just did. I’m seriously obsessed with these. Like to the point of madness. Available at Dr. Martens.

hungry_eyewearJust because we are in the dead of winter doesn’t mean we can’t still obsess about sunglasses. I discovered this Australian eyewear brand, Hungry just a few months ago and I’m completely amazed at their range. Each frame is so classic and perfectly unisex. I’ve been wearing this pair, The Bold Jacks for months on end with no plans to stop anytime soon.


Cast of Vices has been one of my favorite brands for a while now. Their designs are always so imaginative and just edgy enough to push the boundaries of originality. The ‘coming or going‘ bracelet is a play on the hospital bands that we often overlook but they really are simple with great design features. Gimme.

gwenThe bondage pants of the 70s UK punk scene made a bit of a comeback in the 90s thanks to Gwen Stefani. I had a pair of Lip Service ones that were pink, white, and black. I’m also kicking myself that I have no idea where they are now.  Oh, well at least there’s eBay.


When my buddy Sedge over at ASOS announced that she had written a book on the ins and outs of Twitter I was super excited. Being a fellow social media junkie and her being a fellow grunge sister I had to check it out. It’s full of some of the best accounts to follow and gives you pointers for navigating the world of Twitter. Available at ASOS.

jessePhotographer Jesse Frohman was the last photographer to shoot Kurt Cobain in a formal photoshoot. We’ve all seen the iconic photos from the last set but he finally released a book this Fall detailing his experiences and sharing unreleased photos and contact sheets. This is probably on the top of my list overall. Available at Amazon.

Hope you enjoyed the selections! What are on some of your must have lists?


I Wanna Be Adorned: Hunter Gatherer Jewelry

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Jewelry has become my kryptonite. I can think of about 500 reasons why I want to pile on almost obscene amounts of silver each time I leave the house. This brings me to Hunter Gatherer Jewelry from Chicago. A line of nature inspired adornments designed by Laura Prieto-Velasco gives the ethereal, sublime, and gothy feeling that I crave in jewelry.

Check them out on Facebook//Instagram//Twitter

My Fav Pieces:

SS13_HGJ.N002.detail2Lacustrine Necklace


SilverSantorini3sSantorini Ring


_SS13_BAIT_-_LPr_newLaura Palmer Finger Necklace

Here are some selects from an editorial that some Hunter Gatherer pieces were featured in:





Photography: Carolina Rodriguez
Model/Flamenco Dancer: Marisela Tapia
Clothing: NUIT Clothing, (Flamenco Skirt + Shawl are Marisela’s)
Jewelry/Leather Accessories: Hunter Gatherer by Laura Prieto-Velasco
Styling by Laura Prieto-Velasco

Designer Radar: DM/OR


I love discovering new lines. Especially ones that are from my own backyard, Los Angeles. Cali often gets a bad rap of being the “afterthought” when talking about American fashion. Yes, we all know that New York is the capital of fashion in the States but L.A. is definitely breaking the mold of the celeb based fashion world. There are so many great independent local designers popping up giving new vitality to the fashion scene here and it’s great. We’ve had the pleasure of working with many of them on editorials and features on this site.


Arrow Collection two; $45, Arrow Collection three $45

DM/OR is a new accessory based line designed by Daniel Orlando. The line includes hand stitched leather goods, a sunglasses case, wallet, and an awesome travel bag. Currently, there are two metal pieces in the collection with more on the way. Simplicity in design has always been one of my attractions to accessory lines. I’m super excited to show you some of these great pieces first! DM/OR also carries graphic art prints designed by Daniel Orlando and design studio weareloot.com. Perfect essentials from an independent designer. What could be more awesome than that?

AZTCphonecase_1024x1024AZTC Phone Case; $65

x1_1024x1024ALVN case; $60


♂ by LOOT; $60

Find DM/OR on Facebook//Twitter//Instagram

Shop the line @ DMOR.BIZ!

Throwback Thursday: Swatch Watches!


Sometimes I think my love for 80s/90s nostalgia can be a problem. Often I find myself daydreaming about the little things that I remember about my childhood. I guess it has to be fact that fashion really moves in 20 year cycles and now the 90s are up for discussion and memory recall.

There are few things that are still in tact when it comes to my current life and my life 15 + years ago.  However one of the things that I have still remained in love with is Swatch watches. In the 80s and 90s they were the “go-to” watches for the preteen and teen set. When they first opened a Swatch store near me  I lost my mind. Just the idea that there were that many designs all in one place that I had to choose was blowing my mind. I fell off the train for a while in my college years but just a few years ago Kid Robot announced a collaboration with the watch brand. I scooped one up by the artist Tilt. Let’s all remember how awesome Swatch’s are and check them out now cause they still rule!


indexI had this exact one!! from the *92 Collection

1741277806393014899668376tumblr_lqfrdnEFwl1qdygvbo1_500Man, I wish I had a collection that looked like this. I remember everyone wanted the clear one.

index-1I had this one too! For the ’96 Olympic Games

swatchwatchHere is my current collection: Corto Maltese from 2001 F/W, KidRobot w/ Tilt, Cabaret Voltaire (2004)


For more Swatch info: Facebook, SWATCH

Photos via SwatchandBeyond, tumblr, pinterest

Throwback Thursday: 90s Choker Necklaces

craftfb001*Fairuza Balk in The Craft

The 90s did have many questionable fashion moments. This post will not be about one of them. It’s time to remember the age of the choker necklace. Although this necklace came in many forms, it still remains a fashion essential today in any accessories closet. I used my power of intense internet research to think about every possible 90s film that featured the choker. Surprisingly it was quite difficult to locate images all in one place. From black velvet, lace, even spiked dog collars I’ve found some staple women in the 90s who continue to serve as daily inspiration in my own life.

1190205524_64750ba2d6Shirley Manson from Garbage

Drew-Barrymore-CHOKER-2Fashion-Trends-From-80s-90s-24016214Drew Barrymore

imgrestiffani-amber_00363591Tiffani Amber Theissen

tumblr_loonqtyUfF1qk6nf6Winona Ryder

tumblr_lwvv82EQzY1qzw4pgo1_1280Elisa Donovan (aka. Amber in Clueless)

tumblr_m95b4ngt4V1r403jbo1_1280Brenda in 90210

tumblr_mckk7q3nDV1qg80mio1_1280-1Tai from Clueless


Oh yeah, they weren’t just for the ladies. Jared Leto (aka. Jordan Catalano from MSCL) did the “string choker” proud.


Probably one of the funnies choker references of the 90s comes from Janeane Garofalo in Reality Bites.


To end my retrospective, I thought that the best use of the choker was Natalie Portman in The Professionals. It essentially was a character in itself.


images via google//tumblr//pinterest

Breakout: giantLION Jewelry Lookbook

One thing I wouldn’t change about the world is the access to the internet. It sounds weird even though I wax poetic that the 90s were the most perfect generation to grow up in. When I was younger it was more about physical presence than anything else. That and word of mouth. Now, we live in an age where we can sip tea on our couch and virtually shop all over the world. Direct from the designers in some cases.

When I found another means to expand my jewelry box in the shape of giantLION jewelry I just had to share it with you all. Based out of VA and designed by Caroline Whittington this is one jewelry line to watch this season. ONe particular aspect that stood out for me was this genuinely awesome grunge flavored lookbook. The fierce styling mixed with the delicate jewelry is the best combo to get me through this cold season ahead. Can’t wait.

Check out their shop: www.shopgiantlion.com & on Facebook!

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Anarchy + Kryptonite: Pamela Love Fall 2011

As if we needed any more reason to love Pamela Love’s jewelry. Check out her lookbook for the fall season’s new line. Filled with spiked stones and the perfect shade of Kool- Aid hair, I’m in love all over again…

and the floral doc martens!!! Whoever styled this is my hero!!!

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