Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Research & Development: Vogue, Vogue, Vogue.

Big things in the works. Research includes flipping through my girl Amedee's library of Vogue's spanning the 80's through the 90's. So glad she has kept these all these years.



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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What Happens in Vegas...JACKPOT!!

Been back from Vegas for awhile but wanted to share the "jackpot" of my hunting in LV. Chanel goodies galore...handbag and jewels from the 90's shoes are modern but we don't hate on Chanel...ever. Big win in my book any day!











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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

M.I.S.S. March: "Let Your Dreams Run Free"

March is "Women's History Month". Over at M.I.S.S. we decided for our monthly calender to pay tribute to Florence Griffith-Joyner, aka "Flo Jo" and do nails inspired by her wild and flamboyant style on and off the track. Using a pair of Nike track shoes circa 1999 and a pair of 80's leggings turned "one leggers" here's what we came up with.



Be inspired by the women that have come before you, the ones that are laying ground in the present and those yet to come. In 1988 this woman made history with three Olympic Gold Medal wins and broke the World's Record in the Women's 100m Dash. Florence Griffith-Joyner aka "Flo Jo" was dubbed the "fastest woman in the world" and although World Records and gold medals support that statement, Flo Jo not only ran fast but her unique sense of style on the track could not be denied. Let's start with those nails!!! At one point they reached lengths of 6.5"! For the 1984 Olympics in L.A., she maintained a more manageable length of 4" and painted three red, white and blue and a fourth gold for the medal she had hoped to win in the 200 meter dash . . . she ended in 2nd and with a silver medal. On and off the track she sported wild nail style. In 1985, after the track season ended, she styled friends' nails and hair in the evenings to help make ends meet. Flo Jo knows nails.



Read the full story and download the desktop image and calender here!

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

What Happens in Vegas...Day 5

Headed out to the LV fleamarket this day and hit up a couple of shops. My high-light? 60 pairs of deadstock coil shoelaces...kicks ain't ready!

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

What Happens in Vegas...Day 4

I wanna get HIIIIIIIIGH! And that's exactly what ensued on the 4th day in Vegas. Tradeshow duties done and with Michelle still in Vegas we drove wild through the streets and wreaked havoc on the second hand stores in LV. I'm not sure they knew what hit them. And by the end of the night we were both so worked-up up on our shopping high that Michelle missed her flight...cause she kept saying that she left at 10 p.m. when in fact she was due to arrive back in Oakland at 10 p.m. OOPS! It's cool, that vintage Chinchilla wrap I found for her was well worth it! She did a dance and all that proves it ;)

Here's a little taste of what Day 4 brought forth...
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Friday, February 20, 2009

What Happens in Vegas...Day 2 & 3

Day two allowed no time for shopping...so sad! Day three I bought these BANANAS deadstock visor shades from Replay/LaBomba Vintage, hey I never claimed to not be a dork ;) Did a little bit of shopping after the tradeshow craze was over...

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Nina Goes Home

Here are a couple more additions to the Nina Shoe archive in NYC. 80's gold mesh cowgirl boots found in the Bay Area and a pair of 70's platforms hunted in Eugene, Oregon. Glad The Goods! could help you find your way back home.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

RE-UP: NYC...January

It is BRICK on the East Side. And for some reason I rushed out to NYC...well the reason was (besides business) I really wanted to dance...so I scheduled my trip around dance parties....which proved to be a WIN! More on that later. Here's some of The Goods! now available to you New Yorkers...Get it Girls!

Daha get's a little...
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Zachary's Smile get's re-stocked...
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

As Seen In Lady Caprice

French-based magazine, Lady Caprice recently did a feature on Lori Lobenstine, founder of Female Sneaker Fiend. As a members of FSF, Lori asked Gabriella (Mama Clothing) and I to submit photos of our collections for the piece. I stopped counting at 100 prs a long time ago...included some of my vintage Gucci bag collection too!



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Friday, July 18, 2008

The New Hype.

Maybe your old enough to remember Hyper Color by Generra. Those magical t-shirts made of color changing fabric? They would react to heat/body temp and change colors on your body. I remember thinking how funny it was when they would change color in the armpit area, a dead give away if you weren't keeping you cool. A year ago or so, Azevino & Florence re-introduced this magical fabric into their collection. And now American Apparel has jumped on this bandwagon as well! I kind of expected them to do it sooner. Read more about the Hype at M.I.S.S.

Here's some of the O.G. (Original Goods!) from the P.C. (Personal Collection)...Unfortunetly the "hype" doesn't last forever...this bad boy ain't changing color for nothing these days, hot and bothered or not.

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The new new...

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Testing 1-2: The Goods! x Jay Perez

Last month I got together with my friend Jay Perez, to shoot some fashion flicks for one of his classes at the Academy of Art College. He said he had a donkey mask and a tiger mask and I went from there. I instantly thought of fanciful dresses and frills and lace! And of course some 80's elements. I have some older pieces in my collection...Victorian, teens and twenties and I've always wanted to use them esp. since they are literally disintegrating! Not my fault, it's the way I found them but some fabrics, esp. silks, do not stand the test of time unless stored in an archival fashion...which can be very costly! But, that's another post. So here's what we came up with and some of the behind the scenes antics!

Jay's final work...
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And some behind the scenes action...




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Thursday, April 10, 2008

H&M's Tribute to Marimekko

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H&M Tribute to Marimekko dropped in stores world wide. Marimekko is a Finnish textile company that's has been around since the 50's. Their textiles can be noticed by the bold patterns and often times bright colors. The H&M design team dove into the massive archive at Marimekko and created a 70 piece collection for men, women and children. It has been said that fashion icon Jackie Kennedy put Marimekko on the international map when she wore their dresses during her husband's 1960's presidential campaign. See some of my favorite picks from the H&M women's collection and a couple of the Original Goods! from my personal collection circa 1980's.

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Friday, March 07, 2008

The Goods! at Girls Love Shoes


Girls Love Shoes or GLS is a retail store and archive located in NYC's Lower East Side. Owned by sisters Zia and Dana Ziprin, they have taken a ladies love for shoes and created an dreamland of wall to wall vintage shoes!! I am pleased to be apart of this vast collection of shoe goodness and hope you can experience it for yourself on your next trip to NY. If you can't make it to NY, lucky for you they recently launched there on-line store, so you have no excuse! See the bounty of shoes I just brought out on my trip to NY this past week.

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