Happy Easter

Happy Easter from Brick and Black!

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  happy feet

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On Black:

dress: Free People
tube dress: Free People
sweater: HWR
socks: Free People
“heels: Kenneth Cole Reaction

On Brick:

bow tie: vintage
shirt: Adam Arnold
shorts: Adam Arnold
socks: Happy Feet
shoes: Too Boot New York


precious metals

As we all know, I am a jewelry whore who just happens to be able to scratch the itch a few days week creating with these geniuses under the designer Katy Kippen, (thanks mama for teaching me all I know about slinging’ jewels). Here are a few things we aren’t producing for the line, but love and adore enough to rock on a daily basis. Dressed up, dressed down.

pyrite. quartz.

quartz. pyrite.

silver. gold. brass.

repeat.

STILL NOT OVER IT.

And here are a few other pieces that I can’t help but think they would make every outfit a wee-bit better. You know the kind that would make that dress float a bit more, my heels would sparkle again, and I am sure my hair would grow another 6 inches as soon as I owned these…

Freakin’ GOLD BROQUES I found featured on Karen of the http://www.wheredidugetthat.com

Pyrite Ring by Andy Lifschutz

Immortal Light Point Necklace sold here at Portland’s Frances May

Pamela Love quartz ring sold here at Portland’s Reveille

So all together now we can feel completely deprived of these more then awesome pieces. (Though, I did provide you with the suppliers of such.) I am going to go put on my outfit now and think of how much better it could be. 

-Black


baby’s got the blues

…and sometimes there isn’t anything to do, but turn the music loud enough to pound out all thoughts and take your sweet time spoiling yourself by getting ready for no good reason.

Why?

Because we are worth it.

Every once in a while I can look to the ritual of getting dressed for the day, for the night, or just because as a mini-celebration of self. One of the first memories I have of self-awareness was the day my mom had finally given me permission to pick out my own outfits for the day. I remember thinking… are you kidding me? I could, I WOULD pick out anything I wanted? Out of this entire 3 drawer dresser and shared closet…it was all UP TO ME. Of course I was gonna pick out the neon puff paint shirt with the pink and purple biker shorts with matching scrunchie, that was a no-brainer. DUH, MOM.

And things haven’t changed much, besides the puff paint tendencies. I love the action of pawing through my teenie-tiny closet and building on a concept. The ability to create an attitude with your threads is a power, a gift, that I do not take lightly.

This day in particular I desperately needed to feel pretty with a purpose. So on goes the silk dress, the fur, the tights, the nonsensical socks and heels combo with layers of necklace and bronzed gloves.

taa-dah, look mom, all dressed and ready to go!

-Black


Happy Birthday Brick & Black!

 

October babies we are. And celebrating is what we do best. With bow ties and cocktail dresses, party hats and props, we decided to head down to the Lippman Company and PLAY of course. Now let me tell you a secret: IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO SMILE, QUICK, GRAB YOUR KEYS, CAMERA, IMAGINATION AND HEAD TO PORTLAND’S PARTY CENTRAL. The colors are explosive, the selection if never ending, and the staff are completely encouraging of all promiscuous fun to be had. Aisle after aisle, you cannot help but stick your hand in every bin and test out the slinky or maybe try on the grass skirt. With free popcorn in hand, and balloon tied around your wrist, leaving Lippman’s gave us an extra pep in our step.


 

Happy Birthday to us, and happy un-birthday to you all. Thanks for playing with us! And a big thank you to Matt at Lippman’s!

-Brick & Black


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a game of cat and mouse

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The whimsical cut in Brick’s suit was meant to play the lead role. Another design by Adam Arnold, the perfection of fabric edits the playful nature and gives it a timeless appeal. I love the practicality of the pocket slits. But then there are the buttons, oh the gold-plated buttons! Such a tasteful finish.

I am wearing THE trench. This particular Mike & Chris design is one in which I get to indulge in year around. Light enough for the spring rain, and finished with a generous hood to protect me from the wintertime downpour. The sinching around the wrists and along the hems is the subtle feminine touch I look for when purchasing a traditionally masculine garment.

We obviously had too much fun while shooting this concept, and I wanted to highlight the talent of Peter Black at Counterpart Photo. We couldn’t do it without you!

-Black


shades of bloom

my new shades of bloom, lead to thoughts of the tardy budding of spring

I should be so lucky to bite into a delectable strawberry and have that seasonal tart slice of rhubarb pie

the cherry blossoms have come and showered with an encore

and the purple in the clouds carry such love for the land, while the setting sun sinks leaving a sky painted fuschia

so I leave with you, the shades of pink that I have come to covet.

-Lauren

1. Lanvin Horseshoe-Heel Pantent Leather Pump

2. Miu Miu Skinny Silk Polka Dot Belt

3. Roberto Cavalli One Shoulder Dress

4. Grayling Chenoa Bracelet

5. Granny Square Clutch

6. Hot Pink Parisian Chest