A great pick-me-up featuring the SS12 collection by French brand IRO. Sent from my NYC-living-but-LA-at-heart pal Mariah of Quite Continental.
Photo of junior sailors in Riverside, CT by Sam Shere for LIFE, 1945.
Boy. by Band of Outsiders cotton and silk-blend white button down ($275); Nautical Rope Belt ($59); Turnkey Shorts ($59); Tretorn canvas T56 sneakers ($68).
Levi’s California Ranch Pants ads via Midwest Maude.
Levi's called their women's jeans "ranch pants" at one point—a name originating in the 1940s when women often had to wear eminently practical clothing. These jeans—from a 1956 ad—ranged in price from $4.95 to $11.95.
I just moved, and when you move, keys become important. All keys. Car keys, house keys, old keys, new keys, mail box keys, file drawer keys. The symbol of this move might be forever etched in my memory with the Joshu + Vela keychain. It's awesome and clips to anything—a bag, a belt loop...a dog collar (in a pinch). I love their key fobs and I love this company—everything is handmade in San Francisco. They do all of the cutting, the sewing, and the hammering of rivets. Why? They say, "That's the way brands used to do it. They made what they sold." I'm sold.
XL Canvas Boat Tote ($240); Leather Tote in Brown ($330); Leather Wallet ($60); JV Keychain ($30).
Photo of Minnie Taylor Thomas in 1922 via the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum.
Minnie Taylor Thomas was Osa Johnson's aunt, whom Osa greatly admired. According to Conrad Froehlich of the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum in Kansas, "Osa's aunt Minnie Taylor Thomas was a cigar-smoking circus performer who worked for years as a bareback rider."
Photos by Kiyotaka Hatanaka on location at Japan Lutheran College for the Spring/Summer '12 MHL X Houyhnhnm catalog.
I'm really digging Margaret Howell's latest collections and collaborations, but her MHL line collab with Japanese web publication Houyhnhnm is just pure inspiration. Like most of her work, this collection centers around function and utility, and of course it's beautiful, what else can you ask for?
I met Molly Ringwald on Twitter. File that statement under: 2012, things I never thought I'd type, awesome. Of course we know her as the epic and adorable 80s teen idol and actress (and I grew up in John Hughesville, so, it's taken incredible restraint to play it cool when we've swapped emails), but today she is the epic and adorable prolific author. Her first book, out two years ago, Getting the Pretty Back addresses beauty, motherhood and facing 40 with gusto. Her next book, When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories, is coming out this September! I have to say, I love Ringwald because of her iconic and brilliant portrayals as tomboy style antipodes (Samantha Baker, Claire Standish, Andie Walsh), but I love her even more because, today as a mother, author, actress and jazz singer, she has embraced that strong style and spirit that we call Tomboy Style.
If not in Los Angeles, I would live in... New York City.
My dream holiday would be to...The Amalfi Coast.
My current obsessions are...
Food: Hand-rolled pasta with lemon and Parmesan.
Music: Jazz music. Especially Blossom Dearie and Anita O’Day.
Fashion: Rachel Comey.
Retail Stores: Creatures of Comfort, APC, Thom Browne, J Crew.
I channel my childhood self when I...read the books that I loved as a child to my children .
The fictional characters I most relate to are...all of the characters in my new book When It Happens To You (Harper Collins, September 2012)!
If I had to be outdoors all day I would...tear up every lawn in sight and plant vegetable gardens in their place.
My favorite quality in a man is...authenticity.
My favorite quality in a woman is...honesty.
I'm terrified of...being trapped in a room with Fox News playing on a non-stop loop.
My dream car is a...White Stingray a la Joan Didion circa 1970.
My cocktail of choice is...one that they served at a restaurant called Range in San Francisco. I loved it so much that I asked for the recipe and I have been carrying it around in my wallet since 2009:
5 muddled sungold tomatoes
1 oz. elderflower syrup
3 oz. gin
My celebrity crush is...Steven Colbert.
The beauty product of choice is...a happy love life.
My friends and I like to...have elaborate “friends and family” dinners al fresco.
If I could go back in time for one decade it would be...the 1920s in the South of France.
As a teenager I was totally into...F. Scott Fitzgerald.
I tend to splurge on...Saint James sailor tees and Wayfarers in every color .
Confidence...is what makes me have Tomboy Style.
Photos via La Licentiate.
My mom thinks Tomboy Style: Beyond The Boundaries of Fashion ($21 at Amazon) makes a great Mother's Day gift, and I agree!
I'm picking one winner tonight (at 7pm PST) to receive a signed book to your mom, overnighted for Saturday delivery. To enter: leave a comment below and like it on Amazon! Good luck!
The winner is Aja Lake of The Gold Hat. Please email lizziegarrett(at)gmail(dot)com your mailing address and what you want inscribed in your book by Friday at 3pm for Saturday delivery.
I popped in for a quick visit today to check out Clare Vivier’s HQ in Silver Lake. First off all, I love her bags and use them daily. Vivier absolutely nails the tomboy aesthetic, balancing the simple and practical without sacrificing luxury (the leather is so buttery) and style; a perfect marriage between French glamor and minimalist Los Angeles cool. Vivier's bags are quickly becoming the ‘it’ bag of non ‘it’ bags—in fact we counted at least three at the Tomboy Style party at The Avalon Hotel a few weeks ago.
Vivier started her business because she felt there was a real void in the market of stylish women’s work bags and laptop cases, since then her brand has grown tremendously and is opening up her first stand-alone shop later this month on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake. Until then, or if you’re not an Angeleno, check out her website. Plus! Everything is made here in the US of A. Viva Vivier!
Photos of Kelsey Sheofsky and Shelter Co. by Mel Barlow.
I have a real adoration and respect for entrepreneurs, especially when you can tell they are following their passion. Kelsey Sheofsky of the just-launched Shelter Co., is doing just that, and so beautifully too. Shelter Co. is a pop-up lodging service in California that caters to groups seeking the great outdoors for everything from a wedding, to a retreat, to a good night's sleep. With dreamy European canvas tents and all the camping necessities (hand axes, food) and necessary luxuries (bourbon, s'mores, flowers by Danielle Rowe) you'd want when getting off the grid. You had me sold at axe.
My dream holiday would be to...do the classic North American road trip. I've taken trips all over the world but have never dedicated a big enough chunk of time to properly tour my own backyard. I would love to take eight weeks and do it right. Even go up through Canada for a bit and down into Baja.
My current obsessions are...
Food: Chilaquiles, homemade cheese grits and poached eggs, anything from Cowgirl Creamery and sparkling red wine.
Music: I've been listening to a lot of Motown and old school hip hop lately. Keeps my energy pumping.
Fashion: This winter I bought a pair of boots that I'm pretty obsessed with. They are Barney's Co-Op and look like normal suede boots in the front but have full glitter in the back. I call them my mullet boots because there's definitely a party going on back there but the front is all business.
Retail Stores: Mohawk General Store and American Rag in LA, Catbird in Brooklyn, BellJar, Coup d'Etat, and Welcome Stranger in SF.
I channel my childhood self when I...am barefoot in the sun.
The fictional character I most relate to is...Lucille Bluth. Kidding, but I strive to be a completely inappropriate old woman one day.
If I had to be outdoors all day I would...want it to be 80 degrees at the beach or 30 degrees in the snow. I don't care much for the in between.
My favorite quality in a man is...nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills...
My favorite quality in a woman is...honesty, graciousness, a wicked sense of humor.
I'm terrified of...our political system.
My dream car is a...1970's Mercedes SL convertible. Navy blue please.
My cocktail of choice is...tequila or whisky on the rocks. I also love a Greyhound when the juice is fresh.
My celebrity crush is...Jon Stewart.
The beauty product of choice is... drugstore lipstick.
My friends and I like to...drink champagne and banter.
If I could go back in time for one decade it would be...I'd kind of like to be around part way through our evolution. Maybe live among the Neanderthals for 10 years to see what that was all about. Go on a hunt, do some cave painting, try not to die.
As a teenager I was totally into... recording mix tapes off the radio, Bongo jeans, reading fashion magazines at the library (my mom wouldn't let me buy them).
I tend to splurge on...food and wine. My Flour + Water habit may send me to the poor house.
Being open to new adventures and not afraid of a little dirt under my nails...is what makes me have Tomboy Style.
What a fascinating collaboration: BIC® (of disposable razor and erasable pen fame) and Artisinal Ansatz, a French creative company known for its inspiration drawn from blue ball point pens and lined notepads. Their collaboration for Colette is a series of five tees ($44 each), each one representing a pattern in 21st century humanity: profit, injustice, alienation, singularity and time. Check it out here.
Chicago friends! Please join us Friday night at Haymaker Shop for a Tomboy Style book party in the Windy City!
Photos of Angela Lindvall at home in Topanga Canyon by Hilary Walsh for the June/July issue of Foam.
In late March I drove the winding roads that lead to international tomboy supermodel Angela Lindvall's compound in Topanga Canyon. I interviewed her for the cover story of the latest issue of Foam at her home that she affectionately calls "The Farm". This place is seriously what dreams are made of—and to have epic photographer Hilary Walsh capturing it all was pretty freaking amazing. A beautiful California morning that I won't soon forget. Check out the full story and more photos right here.
Photo of Princess Diana walking into a Genesis concert in a tuxedo designed by Margaret Howell by David Levenson, 1984.
"Princess Diana turns on another stunning performance as she arrives for a concert of one of Britain's top rock bands. There were wolf whistles as Diana walked in wearing a white dinner jacket, satin black trousers, a white full-necked blouse...and a black satin bow tie." —James Whitaker
Thanks to Kate Levine for the idea!