Monday, July 22, 2013

flowers are the things we knew, secrets are the things we grew

I have had a decades-long fascination with the Sinatra clan, which began when I fell in love with Old Blue Eyes when I was six years old. Frank Sinatra was the first man that I ever had a crush on, and as most of my delusional crushes go, I assumed that I would one day marry him. Well, he unfortunately passed away before I ever had the chance to make that happen (and I swear that's the ONLY thing that stopped it because I still think Frank and I would've gotten along swimmingly), but I still pretend that I am part of the Sinatra family. For some reason, despite loving her music, I haven't really written too much about the most 60s-centric of the lot, Nancy Sinatra. I really have to thank a commenter who suggested I write about her, because going back through her music and looking at pictures and reading about her life has really sparked something in me! 
In my opinion, Nancy is one of the most underrated fashion icons of the 1960s. Obviously, her look is influential today -- as even Lana Del Rey refers to herself as a self-styled "gangster Nancy Sinatra" -- but why isn't every girl marveling over her fab looks? 
We all know that she had boots that were made for walking, but some other style signatures include bright, tight minidresses, colorblocked tops, cigarette pants, and oversized sweaters worn as tops. I read on The Fashion Spot that Nancy is 5'3'' but the way she dressed -- in her short hemlines and tall, heeled boots -- her legs looked as tall as skyscrapers!
Her look is what I would consider an Americanized version of the yé-yé pop look, and I think that is also the best way to describe her music style as well. The crossover between Nancy and French pop is incredible (please do yourself a favor and check out the French cover of "Boots" by Eileen, called "Ces Bottes Sont Faites Pour Marcher"). There is a fun French feel to her look, a mix between the sweetness of France Gall and the bombshell-ness of Brigitte Bardot, but also a lovely flower child element à la Sharon Tate (this photo is so amazing!). 
Even in a pre-(500) Days of Summer universe, my karaoke song of choice was always "Sugar Town," but only recently did I learn that the song was about LSD. How crazy is that?! I love learning facts like that about songs. Also, I think Nancy is the unrivaled queen of the cover song -- I love her versions of "As Tears Go By," "Here We Go Again," "It Ain't Me Babe" and the Beatles tunes "Run for Your Life" and "Day Tripper." She makes even Lennon & McCartney all her own!

Title: from "Some Velvet Morning" (Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

from sea to shining sea, there's not a soul that needs to rock like me

Today is Bebe Buell's birthday, and as a dedicated fan of hers, I couldn't help but want to join in the celebration! And what better way for a nerdy blogger girl to celebrate than with a colorful collage? I've written about Bebe a lot on the site (to the point where I wrote a how-to guide on capturing her magic) -- she's honestly one of my favorite people. It's not just because she's a legendary muse and an amazing rock star, but also because she's the rare breed of person who is so wonderfully open and genuine to people. I love reading her Twitter because she really communicates with her fans -- I mean, how cool is it to be able to reach out to your hero and actually have her respond to you? That's just so unreal to me. Her music, her interests, her passionate spirit are all endlessly fascinating to me and I can't wait to continue to follow the adventures of her rebel heart.

Title: from "Mother of Rock & Roll" (Bebe Buell)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Shop It to Me: Dress Like a Female Jimi Hendrix

It's no secret how much I love Jimi Hendrix -- I've written at length about how I am endlessly inspired by his music and life, but haven't given enough credit to how profoundly he shaped my fashion aesthetic. His dandy-militaristic-flower child look was so influential and really captures a moment in time so perfectly -- a time of neon stage lights, multicolored beads, smoky nightclubs and Sgt. Pepper. I've read that he styled his hair after the crazy 'fro of Mr. Bob Dylan, but just think of how Jimi's look influenced others: Eric Clapton's Cream-era curls, Brian Jones' impish Monterey Pop style, and artists of today like Lenny Kravitz, Wiz Khalifa and Andre 3000 (who plays the late artist in an upcoming biopic). And not to mention the legions of unknowns like myself who are disciples of his style. I think that everyone -- at least, every sane human being that I chose to acknowledge in my life -- has gone through a Jimi Hendrix phase. My phase has just happened to last twenty-two years. If you're like me, you're in the mood for some summery psychedelic fashions. I visited Box Clothing for all my foxey lady finds:
Jimi was the master of mixing prints. Start with a dramatic floral base for your outfit like this Jovonna 'Carleen' blouse. Adding a military-inspired jacket is so sixties -- the diamante detail in this shirt jacket by Le Breve makes it more the swinging Sgt. Pepper chic of 1967 than the earthy protester style several years later. Bask in a purple haze in these fab skinny jeans by Replay -- the tailored leg reminds me of the Mod cuts of lots of Jimi's looks.  Jimi was all about the luxe details -- heavy embroidery, lapels covered in patches and pins, as well as multiple rings and pendants. This kind of pirate-like approach to accessorizing makes even Johnny Depp pale in comparison. Finishing off your outfit with a bright scarf in colors that are different from (but still complement) the rest of your outfit, like this one by St Martins, is totally Jimi. Wrap it around your head, loosely tie it around your neck or loop it around your upper arm as you're playing guitar, and you'll be bold as love!