Harajuku love

Free People,forever-21,American Apparel,Victoria's Secret,Jeffrey Campbell,Dr. Martins,H&M,Standard Cloth, Harajuku, tokyo street style

After becoming obsessed with the Harajuku street style, we got all dressed up and had our own “Harajuku moment”. This is our little dedication to those kids that inspire us when they wake up each Sunday and find their way to  Harajuku Station in Tokyo.

Free People,forever-21,American Apparel,Victoria's Secret,Jeffrey Campbell,Dr. Martins,H&M,Standard Cloth, Harajuku, tokyo street style

Free People,forever-21,American Apparel,Victoria's Secret,Jeffrey Campbell,Dr. Martins,H&M,Standard Cloth, Harajuku, tokyo street style

Here is a little Harajuku inspiration of your own:

Japanese Streets

Tokyo Street Style

Tokyo Fashion

On Brick:
shades: unknown
scarf: Brady Lange
sweatshirt: Disney
shirt: Standard Cloth
shorts: customized H&M
leggings: F21
boots: Dr. Martins

On Black:
jacket: Free People
shirt: Forever 21
skirt: American Apparel
tights: Victoria’s Secret (used and abused)
shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

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lumberglam

Double H, Wrangler, Adam Arnold, Gucci, English Laundry, Crown Cap, Jeffrey Campbell, J Brand, Ever, American Apparel

Double H, Wrangler, Adam Arnold, Gucci, English Laundry, Crown Cap, Jeffrey Campbell, J Brand, Ever, American Apparel

Double H, Wrangler, Adam Arnold, Gucci, English Laundry, Crown Cap, Jeffrey Campbell, J Brand, Ever, American Apparel

Double H, Wrangler, Adam Arnold, Gucci, English Laundry, Crown Cap, Jeffrey Campbell, J Brand, Ever, American Apparel

Double H, Wrangler, Adam Arnold, Gucci, English Laundry, Crown Cap, Jeffrey Campbell, J Brand, Ever, American Apparel

A very special thank you to Kipp Knode and his ‘designer’ axes. I mean, who doesn’t wish they could carry this around with them through the foggy morning hillside.

On Brick:

Boots: Double H
Jeans: Wrangler
Suspenders and Shirt: Adam Arnold
Scarf: Gucci
Gloves: English Laundry
Pins: vintage
Hat: Crown Cap

On Black:
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Jeans: J Brand
Shirt: Ever
Suspenders: American Apparel
Fur: (made by our own) Brady Lange
Beanie: gas station treasure


wild things


Sometimes I like to draw…

George, my original source of inspiration.

carry on you fashion animals, carry on.

-Brick


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


we the free

On Black:
boots: Report
socks: unknown
shorts: Levis
belt: Free People
tee: Free People
vest: vintage
jewelry: vintage and Portland Leather Company
hat: random from the military surplus store

On Brick:
Hat: Vintage
Scarf on hat: Gucci
Stole: Vintage
Shirt: F21
Tank: American Apparel
Scarf: Vintage
Boots: Justin


Paxton Gate

Love, want, need…no…OBSESSED with Paxton Gate. One of the newer boutiques to the Mississippi strip of North Portland; they are selling the desires that I thought I had only dreamed of. All thats is beautiful and weird.

They feature decor made up of taxidermied mice dressed the part, jars of floating frogs and snakes suspended in formadlhyde, little preserved wonders from the sea; nautilus, sea stars, blow fish, and a whole corner of the store is dedicated to creating and maintaing your own plant life. The perfect little containers that will host a terrarium so quaint you wish you could live in it.

But let’s be honest, we all know the jewelry whores that Brick and Black really are. And Paxton Gate feeds our vice. With all kinds of pieces that show off the natural beauty I find aphxiating. You cannot NOT look…twice. You may find a palm-sized skull sits nicely around the neck, or maybe you wish to show off the symmetry of a python rib on a pair of earrings. I know I do. Ever wonder what it would feel like to have an octupus wrapped around your finger? The impressive castings make it possible.

Jewelry: Denna Fukatsu

Necklace: Ellie Adams

Rings: David Higgs

Rings: Erin Merriman

Necklace: Valerie Kasinskas

Jewelry: Alana Douvros

So without further a-due, here is a look for yourself and all thats preserved and adored at Paxton Gate. A big thank you to Susan and Andy.

-Black


Color Me Beige

 

When we think of the color beige we tend to think of tired, stale staple pieces like some banal tan slacks or lifeless traditional trench coats.  I mean, it’s barely even a color right?  But who made that rule?  Why can’t beige be exciting?  Who ever said lack of color had to mean lack of spirit?  Beige can be just as far out as any neon color if you ask me.  Take note from these bad-ass khaki numbers and take the blah out of beige.

Christian Louboutin Lucifer Bow Pump
The name says it all.

Christian Louboutin Men’s Pik Spikes Loafer
These aren’t your grandpa’s loafers.

1967 Ford Mustang
Elegant, classic, and ready to kick some ass

Faye Dunaway screenshot from Bonnie and Clyde
Cool, collective and khaki clad, perfect for causing a mid day ruckus.

Anna Dello Russo during Paris Fashion Week in a Prada Scarf, Celine clothing and bitchin Emilio Pucci boots.
Those boots, those gloves, that stole, girl means some business.

Anna Dello Russo in a Balmain S/S 2011 jacket
Anna, two words: You rule.

 

It’s all in the styling, if you ask me.  Keep your beige away from tucked in polo shirts and matching sweater sets and kick it up with a dose of attitude.
Refuse to be bland and spice up your blah.

-Brick

 

photos 1 & 2 via ChristianLouboutin.com
photo 3 via MustangAttitude.com
photo 4 via FilmNoir.blogspot.com
photo 5 via Carolines Mode
photo 6 via AnnaDelloRusso.com