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Weltenbuerger is my new favorite store- and the exact answer to all I’ve been craving lately: simplicity, functionality, minimalism. Perhaps it’s all the chaos that’s going on in my life, but I’m making a dedication to converting to the type of clothing I mentioned; to move on from overt, busy, excess. I think I’ll feel more grounded somehow. I’d rather have a few strong pieces made from quality fabrics and local, eco-friendly design that will last me for a long time rather than my mix-and-matched collection of chaos. I’d rather my personality do the talking without my clothes suggesting something strongly. I plan on hanging on to a couple of my favorite wild, costumey numbers but other than that, I’m making this shift which I hope will infiltrate my way of life in other areas. I care less about being viewed as wild and I think I’ve held on to a lot of nostalgic fulfillment in terms of the way I dress.

Weltenbuerger carries various designers that support this style of wear, but I am posting the line“W/// by Weltenbuerger”, created by the store’s wonderful and intelligent owner I had the pleasure of conversing with today. He incorporates unusual fabrics like bemberg and ribbed tencel as well as linen with metallic thread, fine fabrics and juxtaposed materials in these designs. To be perfectly honest, I kind of wish I could accumulate an entire wardrobe from this shop. In time, perhaps.

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If you don’t live in the LA area, you can order Weltenbuerger  online! And I highly suggest supporting this incredible designer and curator.

Baskin Robbins Japan Halloween Sundaes

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I was on my way out the door to get a Baskin Robbins Halloween sundae when I realized that THEY WERE ONLY CREATED FOR JAPANESE CUSTOMERS. I know, a blast to the heart. Why is Japan so cute? Why can’t Americans like things with faces on them more? Oh well, I will live vicariously through these photos (let’s be real- it’s all about the appearance anyways and now I won’t be consuming the calories mwahaha). Halloween is just the best.

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Storytelling Tuesday- The Past

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Tuesday night I participated in a storytelling event at Echo Chamber Creative Headquarters in Echo Park: Rhea and Sarah have been putting on great community-oriented events and established a space where like-minded artists can come together to share and unite. Readers included: Amber D. Garza, Aurora Pringle, Brenna Cheyney, Brodie Foster Hubbard, Jen Venegas, Kelli J. Williams, Tori Holder, Rhea Tepp and Jesse Marie Dicarlo Wagner.

The theme of the reading was “the past” and participants contributed stories from old diaries, livejournal and their own personal archives. There were incidents of first periods, first sexual intercourse, health concerns, death- it was all in. Some were comical. Some were absurd. Some were melancholy. Some were abstract.

I read 3 journal entries I wrote when I was 16 about my confusion of the male species, and my first experience in the East Village of New York City: That experience was what made me move to New York when I was a bit older. I talked about “punk rockers” and cool gay boys, vegetarian restaurants and terrible tattoos. It was absolutely mortifying, but I think it was both challenging and broadening nonetheless. I hope I don’t look back on this blog in the next decade and feel the same embarrassment, but I won’t hold my breath.

Both audience members and readers were welcomed to craft pages for a communal zine about the theme of the past, and they will be releasing it via their photocopier soon!

 

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Aurora Pringle did this awesome performance called “All Your Favorite Girls Are Motherless” based on many famous pop-culture icons that, in turn, do not have mothers in their lives.

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The Sacred Door

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The Sacred Door is a children’s book by Carly Jo Morgan; inspired by her own daughter. It is a visual  journey of an inquisitive soulmate duo learning the importance of manifestation. Two canine  companions, The Boo Boo and Wings Livinright, set out on a cosmic expedition to find a place where all dreams come true.  Along the way they encounter a series of mystical characters who offer clues and challenges that propel the pups to far-off lands and places deep within themselves. An epic poem about companionship, faith, perseverance, and the power of nature, The Sacred Door is a beautiful book for all ages to treasure.

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LA bands in July

One of the best parts of living in LA is all the great talent that is available- especially the music scene! There are so many venues promoting and sharing the music of up-and-coming artists, even I force myself out of my cocoon to see performances from all walks of life.

This month, I attended a few different shows both for work and for pleasure, and here are a couple of snapshots of musicians I recommend!

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My babes Skylar and Piper of PURO INSTINCT playing at Los Globos (photos by Jessie Askinazi- moi!) Check out an article I did featuring some photos I took and a list of their favorites over at Bullett 

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Guy Blakeslee of the entrance band performing some of his new solo work at Los Globos. He has one of my favorite voices and is an incredibly inspiring artist. He makes beautiful collage work to accompany his albums- definitely check it out. Photos by me!

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Singer/Rock N’ Roll God Danny Cieplinski of The Vigils. I got to see these killers play at The Kitty Club at Boardner’s in Hollywood. They’re definitely one of the only  bands around to bring you the true rock n’ roll experience.

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Singer Wynter Gordon of THE RIGHTEOUS YOUNG at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles. Photo by Jessie Askinazi (moi!) Wynter has one of the most beautiful, powerful voices and her band’s set was one of my favorite shows I have seen in years. She brings so much passion and pop but knows how to have fun and take over the stage. She’s a serious soulful savage superstar.

 

Sensitive Skin FTW

*HELLO, DOLLFACE!*

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So, there’s a difference between being doll-faced and possessing the literal face of a doll because you can’t put anything on it without it getting severed. Hormones, stress, free radicals, sun damage, bad food that you eat even though your body is being poisoned by it- all of these are no good for us dollies. But I have, along the way, found a few secrets that help to rectify baby-faces and keep out toxins. I was kind of like Bubble Boy and now I can roam the earth like that freed, crying elephant. I don’t love comparing myself to an elephant and I probably won’t do that again, for future notice.

1. Burt’s Bees Sensitive Skin Facial Cleanser:

This soap-free cream cleanser is clinically proven to moisturize sensitive skin while gently cleansing away dirt, oil and make-up without over drying or causing redness. Distinctly formulated with softening Cotton Extract that can help sustain moisture which can help shield skin from potential irritants such as harsh soaps or face washes, it also moisturizes with Rice Extract and soothes with Aloe. Great for daily use- sometimes I use it a couple of times a day during this blistering feverish summer. It’ Soap Free, Fragrance Free, Paraben Free and Hypoallergenic. Formulated with cleansing Quillaja and Yucca Extracts. Allergy Tested and Dermatologist Tested. Price point: drug-store friendly!

2. REN Rosa Centifolia™ Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser:

A deep cleansing yet gentle exfoliator, formulated with microbeads of jojoba oil, to leave skin feeling purified, invigorated, and smoothed. This Exfoliating Cleanser works in two phases to keep skin feeling smooth and invigorated. Initially, it cleanses the skin with exfoliating beads made from jojoba wax. The wax microbeads gently lift and exfoliate dead skin cells and other pollutants. Secondly, the wax melts to indicate that the exfoliation phase is finished. The melted jojoba wax then deeply hydrates to firm and plump up the skin. Gentle enough for all skin types, skin is left soft, hydrated, and healthy-looking. Made without Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates. Definitely the best exfoliant for the face I’ve ever used. Price point: moderate. Available from Sephora.

3. Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation:

A long-lasting foundation powered by Amazonian clay that gives flawless coverage with a long-wearing, skin-perfecting formula with UVA/UVB SPF 15. It’s full coverage with a weightless texture. With a broad range of shades available and a supremely blendable and buildable formula, everyone can achieve skin that looks healthy and natural. It always leaves my face looking refreshed and glowing. Formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, or Triclosan. Reduces the appearance of pores, discolorations, and imperfections and ensures a perfectly flawless complexion every time. Sometimes if I want a fuller coverage for a night look, I’ll wear this under a more potent foundation.

4. Laura Mercier Mineral Powder:

A finely milled powder composed completely of natural elements with 15 active amino acids to promote radiant skin, diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It leaves a radiant sheen, doesn’t flash back in photos, protects with great sun protection and is light enough yet still gives full coverage. A fancy dermatologist in West Hollywood recommended Laura Mercier’s products to me when I was having horrible breakouts and said she swears by them. Blows Bare Minerals out of the ballpark. It covers all the unwanted spots but is incredibly natural!

Those are my guardian angels that have honestly transformed the way my skin looks and breathes. If you have any suggestions of your own, please leave them in the comments section!

Yaz Bukey Accessories

I love the pop-art style as seen in Yaz Bukey’s accessory line: It’s cartoonish and definitely has an 80′s nostalgia. Her line has a unique signature and quite frankly creates a planet that I wish to escape to.

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