Remember Sears portraits? Take their soft focus finish and painted-cloud backdrops and make them really chic, with a bright white background, talented photographers, and a secret sauce that makes you look pretty every time, and you’ve got Blink, Inc. Frida and I were lucky enough to have a photo shoot last week with Blink’s founder, Tristan Davison, who came up with the idea when he saw how excited folks got about a photo booth at a corporate party. He thought if he could create a studio that did something similar—instant gratification with a magic touch that makes every photo look like it’s ready for Vogue—people might really dig it.
Day 3 at Outside Lands was ’80s day, with Daryl Hall & John Oates performing all their hits, including Rich Girl and Sarah Smile (my favorite), the Red Hot Chili Peppers with Anthony Kiedis’ amazing anti-aging abilities, and this guy wearing a Defender T-shirt:
I must admit we were dragging a bit after the previous two long-ass days of musical madness, but John Oates’ mustache perked me right up. The youngsters were out in throngs for the duo, who were my favorite in junior high. I’m not sure how they became such a hipster favorite, maybe it’s because of this? It’s worth a listen for her great voice and the kazoo:
So last year I was all about being a hippie at Outside Lands music festival. But this year I’m shirking the flower crowns and maxi dresses for denim, leather and studs. I’m still a hippie at heart, but this year I’m covering the festival for the blog you see before you as well as Racked SF, so I felt like I needed a bit of an armor to stay on my toes and be ready for anything.
When I arrived, an Apple employee was friendly as he helped me offload $1,000-plus. Suddenly, he looked up from his mobile transaction and said: “I think white oxfords look so cool!” I hadn’t looked too closely at the I’m guessing 50-something gentleman of Asian descent, but upon further inspection prompted by his comment, he was wearing a white oxford under his Apple t-shirt. “Uniqlo! You should check it out!”
Clearly this is a garment that transcends age, ethnicity, gender, everything. I bought mine at the Gap. It’s a men’s small, and it’s just loose enough to look casually cool but not like I’m wearing my dad’s shirt. The fabric is thick but not too much so, and super soft. For what it’s worth, I think the fabric and cut of the men’s Gap oxford is superior to the women’s. I wear mine as a jacket when the SF fog is light, or tucked into a leather skirt or pants. It’s classic with ripped jeans, and it even works well as a beach cover up. And once you have one in white, you’ll likely want more colors—check them all out below.
The collection is more sophisticated and dark than what you might expect if you’re familiar with Viv & Ingrid. They’re known and loved by brides for their hoops (see below) as well as their “Pretty Posts” (which happen to be on sale at the moment!) In the Oceana collection, look for metallic hues and earthy neutrals that evoke the mysteries of the Pacific Ocean and its volcanic shores. You’ll also find handmade stone cabochones reminiscent of sea anemones, and wrapped stone and Swarovski crystal pendants that look like geode slices. It’s all handmade in California using sterling silver, 14k gold-filled, 14k vermeil, semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls.
Based on the sneak peek sketch above it looks ike it’s going to be a pretty gorgeous collection. See you on Tuesday to check out the rest!
You will never, not in a million years, catch me wearing a pair of the teensy cut-off shorts the online retailer has in copious quantities. But some perfectly reasonable tees, jackets, shoes and sweaters would not be unwelcome in my closet. The huge sale at the moment makes it a great time to buy a few statement-making pieces that won’t break the bank.
More soon on who did my latest color—I’m working on a feature about her and her new San Francisco salon, so stay tuned. And really I’m kind of burying the lead here. Look at that cute little girl! Love her and her bunny dress even more than ombre hair.
And in the meantime before I tell you about my new all time favorite stylist, check out the options below, in case you’re inspired to DIY!
It’s a long-held belief that stripes going across the body will make you look short and fat. But a researcher in the U.K. seemed to have proven that’s empirically untrue. He showed that quite the opposite is actually the case.
In 2008, Peter Thomson, a “perception expert” at the University of York took up the issue. He showed study volunteers 200 sets of pictures featuring women, all the same size, wearing horizontal and vertical stripes (in two separate outfits, of course). The vast majority of volunteers perceived the horizontally-striped women as thinner. He dug even deeper and found that even women wearing horizontal stripes who were 6 percent larger than those wearing vertical stripes could appear to be the same size. Audrey Lustig, who studies cognitive neuroscience, breaks the matter down even further at Ionpsych, if you’re interested.
The idea (which is counter-intuitive today) that vertical stripes make you look wider and horizontal stripes make you look thinner goes all the way back to Hermann von Helmholtz, who theorized as much in the 19th century. But we’ve been ignoring the “Helmholtz effect” for more than 100 years. Isn’t that that is just rude? But we may have good reason.
Last year, a woman named Val Waltham won the BBC Amateur Scientist Award for showing exactly the opposite. She put women in vertically and horizontally-striped outfits, took them out on the street and asked 500 passersby what they thought. In this case, the majority thought the horizontal stripes made women look bigger.
The difference between the two studies is that the 2008 version used images, while in 2012, Waltham used real women. It would seem the latter is a more accurate way to judge. But, as scientists always say, a single study doesn’t prove anything, and more research is needed!
Personally, I love Breton stripes and I feel strongly that if you find a stripe you like, you should wear it. Mama is Haute says even the French don’t find them too cliche to wear oftene—so you know they’re très chic.