So excited that the Grand Opening of Pretty People is here (I announced the soft-opening back in May). I’m personally looking for cool statement necklaces to punch up work and weekend outfits….and Annie has tons of incredible finds. On tap for the weekend, themed according to the “a new kind of animal” credo: “wild card” sale of 15-30% off an item, “jungle juice” and animal themed treats/snacks, a free gift with purchase of $100 or more, and chance to win a seriously awesome Marc Jacons leather clutch that I have been drooling over since the giveaway was announced on the Pretty People Facebook page yesterday.
While it’s not new news to draw the parallels between modern dresses and the vintage garments that inspire them, I always enjoy finding a match.
VINTAGE “Tiki Temptress” via Etsy.
MODERN “Fetching Fresco” via Modcloth.
Thanks to The Washington Post yesterday for featuring me in Play Favorites, a regular feature of their excellent music blog, Click Track. The list features tunes on my current rotation, among them songs I listened to in middle school that I recently rediscovered and re-fell-for (by Frente! and Nanci Griffith), shamelessly cheesy pop-country (Fast Cars & Freedom by Rascal Flatts!) and new(ish) obsession Gold Panda. It all got me thinking about how music defines stages of life, which got me reminiscing about middle school and high school even more, and some of the early 90s “riot grrrl” music I was introduced to. I didn’t really know much about that larger movement (if curious, you might read Le Tigre frontwoman Johanna Fateman’s review of Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution in last fall’s Bookforum), but a slightly older friend introduced me to Bikini Kill and a few other bands, and most importantly, to zines. She had one called Naivete, which later morphed into Panorama.
I still think of zines as early blogs – zine writers exchanged hand-made and pasted ad space and published reviews of favorites (what would be links and blogrolls) – and while I’m sure there there were (and certainly now there are) zines on a number of topics, the zines she passed along to me were full of poetry, doodles, confessions, sometimes dark, angry, and sad, and all part of this larger riot grrl movement. They were wise and naive all at once, which is the wonderful thing about young girls (excuse me, young womyn). I always kinda wanted to have one! But now I have a blog, so it’s fun to think of those songs, those zines, this blog, music then & now and through all of this, reconnect and introduce the younger me to the older me. I asked my friend to send me some old copies of her zine and others she read, and I’ve scanned in a few here. Would love to hear everyone else’s favorite songs from now and from wistful-angsty-emotional teen days….and what you wore then (velour/corduroy were staples for me, and my thrifting adventures began…).
…collecting pretty vintage finds for all of you lovelies! Join me and B+C…and Pretty People Vintage, Hugh and Crye, and Uesa Robinson as we pack Brightest Young Things’ vitaminwater uncappedLIVE event space with so much stuff you’ll want, you’ll be eating (chilled) Ramen for weeks.
AND while you’re in the area, swing over for Lost Caravan, staging Saturday and Sunday (note Apartment Therapy’s handy guide to repairing and restoring furniture for inspiration). You might as well get a ZipCar to haul off all the great stuff you’re going to score.