Monday, February 29, 2016

Nasty Gal Spring 2016 Western Wear

If you know how much I love western wear, then you understand how much the Nasty Gal spring 2016 lookbook is really testing my New Year's Resolution. If you need me, I'll be over here window shopping.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Spring Items and Good Vibes from Native Bear

Greetings from Park Slope, Brooklyn! Bambara had their vinyl release show last night at Palisades, so I flew up here for the weekend. I'm currently working from my friend Hilary's sunny dining room and full of delivery sushi. 

My pal Leela from Native Bear (Atlanta, GA) recently launched her new web store. I am smitten with her new designs for spring. I especially want the "sending you many good vibes" card to be my new standard stationary. So good! Some of my other favorites are below. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Women in Science prints by Rachel Ignotofsky

Came across these cleverly illustrated women in science portraits this morning on artist Rachel Ignotofsky's Etsy shop. Wouldn't these be great for a girl's bedroom or playroom? 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

(CLOSED) GIVEAWAY: Feminist with a To-do List Enamel Pin

Last year I ordered myself this little piece of flair, and I've gotten quite a bit of mileage out of it. I'm excited that Nicole at Word For Word Factory has teamed up to give one away to a reader (enter using the widget below.) If you're not feeling so lucky or patient, you can purchase one here. She makes pencils, too!  Winner will be drawn February 2, 2016.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

2016 Resolution: #AlyssaRewears

I've been thinking hard about whether or not I can actually do this before opening my mouth and committing myself, but my New Year's Resolution is to only buy second hand clothing. I'll leave myself some cheat items (I'm thinking six of them, and items made by my friends don't count) but I really think between thrifting, vintage stores, eBay, Poshmark, and clothing swaps, I can do this, at least for a while!

I'll tag my favorite second hand finds and outfits on Instagram under #AlyssaRewears.

I don't mean to preach or condemn anyone's shopping habits with this post. I LOVE to shop. I'll do some damage at Target. Before a big work trip my anxiety manifests itself by deciding nothing I own is good enough and impulse buying new outfits.

This is a personal goal in hopes of:
1. Doing more with less
2. Decreasing my environmental impact and first-hand sweatshop support
3. Supporting shops like Atomic and Community

This won't necessarily save me money since new fast fashion can be cheaper than good vintage, and alterations add up, but saving money isn't really what's at the core of this resolution. I think I use new items to boost my self-esteem and reward myself more than I'm truly aware of, and I want to break myself of that. Maybe it'll mean a trip to the gym instead of a new garment.

Yesterday I took a stack of thrifted vintage to Lindsey at Suska for alterations so I can start the year with great fitting staples. This morning I unsubscribed from a bunch of retail emails to nip temptation in the bud. When I think of who I want to grow to be, I want to be someone who spends their leisure time working in the garden, spending time with friends, and going on hikes over walking around T.J. Maxx.

Less new stuff. More happy.

Do you have any personal style or personal financial resolutions this year? Tell me in the comments!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Women in Marok, Botswana's Metal Subculture

Paul Shiakallis, “Debbie Baone Superpower” (2014)

A while back, I came across a photographer's photo essay on Botswana's metal scene, but something was missing: women. (Though the same could be said for just about every metal scene.) I njoyed coming across this set the other day, and thought I'd share. These images are from Leather Skins, Unchained Hearts, a photo series from South African photographer Paul Shiakallis. Be sure to check out the rest of his work! 

View more images and read the interview that turned me on to these photos here.

Paul Shiakallis, “Bontle Sodah Ramotsietsane,” 2014

 Paul Shiakallis, “Katie Dekesu” (2014)

Paul Shiakallis, “Sierra” (2014)

Paul Shiakallis, “Vicky” (2014)
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