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August 29, 2014

Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! Have you seen the new Grimes video yet? It dropped on Wednesday, and while the song is a departure from the sounds we fell in love with on her last album, we like it. This new single was originally written for Rihanna, so it’s necessarily got a more commercial vibe, but, again—we like it. The video is classic Grimes all the way, epic and mystical. And the ethereal, edgy vocals add an authenticity and purity to something that could easily run off the rails into cheesetown.

ANYWAY. Enough talking. Let’s dance.

August 28, 2014

Live in Levi’s

Sometimes I forget that jeans are actually just an item of clothing. To me, jeans have an unearthly, magical quality, a belief I can probably attribute to my addiction to Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsBut America has lived in jeans since the dusty 1800s, women have worked and struggled and learned in them for decades. Jeans are full of life, full of stories.

Levi’s was founded in 1853, so imagine the amount of life within each pair of Levi’s worn in the past 161 years. It’s insane to fantasize about all the adventures and scenes that happened in those pairs of jeans! Levi’s recognizes this beautiful, lively spirit of denim, and their new campaign urges customers to treat their jeans as a part of their life, to live fully in jeans.

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My Levi’s have lived mostly in the PNW, walking along the boardwalk accompanied by loafers, occasionally soiled by ice cream or torn by brambles on late-night expeditions.

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I’m a huge fan of denim on denim. Not only does the combination allow you to pay homage to Justin and Britney’s seminal fashion statement of the early 2000s, but it wraps you in a double dose of history and life: you’re wearing an unstoppable force of comfort and style.

Check out this Levi’s video highlighting the lives of people in jeans:

We really are all connected through this mystical, powerful world of denim. Grab some Levi’s, then tell me the craziest SOTTP situations that happen in them. :)

Stay golden,
Lily

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The first day of school is coming ever closer, like a shark (or a puppy stampede), so why not do something useful with your remaining days of freedom, like learn to do the perfect red lip? Nothing says, “I own you, eleventh grade!” like a bold, red lip.

Lucky for everyone, our friends over at “Teen Vogue” have serious connections, and they got Rihanna’s makeup artist, Mylah Morales, to show us how it’s done.

Ready to try it out? Here’s everything Mylah used to achieve the look:

•  Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
•  Beauty Blender Sponge
•  Kabuki Brush
•  M·A·C  Lip Pencil in ‘Redd’
•  M·A·C Lipstick in ‘Ruby Woo’
•  M·A·C Penultimate Beauty Eyeliner
•  M·A·C Mineralize Skin Finish
•  M·A·C False Lashes Mascara

Have fun, divas!

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August 22, 2014

Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! Well, we kicked off the week with the new T-Swift video so it’s only right that we wrap it up with something completely different.

Hope you like ’90s music…

Many thanks to thistle & thorn for the recommendation!

 Happy August! I can sometimes feel sort of apprehensive and sad for school during this month, but I have decided instead to live a glorious dance-filled four weeks. And what better way to do so than to immerse myself in music and sun? The Bumbershoot festival comes to Seattle every Labor Day weekend, featuring tons of amazing artists—a perfect event to fulfill my glittery August wishes.

For any of you attending Bumbershoot in the Emerald city, get familiar with both the fashions and musicians!

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For music festivals, it’s always key to dress for the extreme heat. Flouncy dresses and lightweight rompers are wonderful when shuffling through big, hot crowds. For Bumbershoot, add some Seattle flare with ’90s floral print dresses or overalls. You gotta embrace the grunge!

Need to familiarize yourself with some Bumbershoot artists? Check out two of my favorites that are playing this year:

This lovely video from The Head and The Heart features Troian Bellisario of Pretty Little Liars fame. I adore the vintage looks and antique cars.

Hurray for the Riff Raff is Alynda Lee Segarra, a very talented American folk artist whose voice and style remind me of a California breeze.

For the entire Bumbershoot lineup, head to their website! And then hit BP. and Topshop for your festival looks. :)

Stay golden,
Lily

 

 

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August 18, 2014

Monday Dance Party

Guess what? T-Swift dropped a new video this very morning and it’s too good to save for Friday.

August 15, 2014

Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! Summer’s winding down here in the Pacific Northwest, and although we know that lots of our readers will be hot until late October, we can’t help but frantically try to cram in every summer thing ever into the last couple of weeks of August. In Seattle, the clouds close in promptly on August 31 and don’t part again until July 4 of next year. Which makes today’s video extra-inspiring, because we have exactly two weeks to go outside in shorts, crop tops and roller skates and pretend to be roller goddesses from a higher dimension.

Roller deities aside, we hope you enjoy this latest single from Australian up-and-comer Chet Faker as much as we do. He’s one of our superstar faves right now.

P.S. Kids, don’t try this at home without elbow and knee pads and a helmet. For reals.

August 12, 2014

BP. Back-to-School Inspo

While browsing YouTube the other day I stumbled upon this incredible back-to-school video that Nordstrom has on their YouTube channel. I thought y’all would love to see it if you haven’t already because it provides some great inspo and stellar outfit ideas:

Inspired yet? Shop the looks.

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On July 11th, Tommy Ramone, the last remaining member of the punk band The Ramones, died at age 65. A pioneer of the punk-rock music scene, Tommy was an iconic drummer and songwriter, whose influence spread from New York to London.

In honor of Tommy and the Ramones, I encourage you to embrace your rebel self. Here’s an outfit that I think makes for a wonderful testament to their wayward legacy:

A band tee, knee-length shorts and black studded boots: a quiet but obvious homage to the diamond era of punk.

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Topshop knee-length shorts | Topshop boots (Nordstrom exclusive)band tee

To accompany this perfectly punk outfit, try embellished cross earrings and black perforated backpack. Both are versatile, but firm in their punk-ness.

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So put on your boots and studs and dance in your room to “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up,” then watch “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.” 

Seriously, embrace your wild/independent/rebel self more often. You’ll be glad you did. :)

Thanks for making generations of teens feel allied and fierce, Tommy.

Stay golden,
Lily

August 8, 2014

Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! We were so torn between two equally good (but very different) songs that today you get TWO dance party videos. You’re welcome.

The first one is new from indie darlings alt-J, and is the ultimate summertime video. As a bonus, it was filmed in and around Austin, TX, home to your new best friend, Isabella Rose Taylor. (See how everything is connected? Cosmic.)

The second one is new from the absurdly talented Joe Goddard (you may know him from his work with Hot Chip). It’s everything we love about electronic music: dreamy, dance-y, and rocking a powerful vocal track from the soulful diva Betsy.

Hope you’re enjoying this last magical month of summer as much as we are…