The Lingernots

Living is art.

Old and New

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My most recent shoot in collaboration with Dolly Pratt! We recently met the amazing and sweet photographer, Jose Leon and got together to create some dreamy fall looks! We want to showcase how to really mix vintage and new clothes and how versatile the results can be.

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Vintage fur hat and 30’s lace gown with modern heels and a modern coat

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I love mixing textures like this floaty chiffon and the structured military cut of this wool and leather coat, I think it’s ultra feminine, both soft and tough..

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I love this soft rose colored 1920’s dressing gown with layers of chains, you could also add strappy lingerie or even wear it over a bathing suit, but lately I’m into freeing the nips ;)

We paired this rose chiffon robe with

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Oxblood cropped leather pants from The Gap and strappy stilettos

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Again, mixing soft and tough textures…

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Since it is almost back to school we played with a preppier look, mixing a vintage pumpkin toned pleated skirt with a nude silk slip, a beautiful tweed Paul Smith blazer and cute wooly patterned socks (thanks FreePeople) I thought of a modern day Franny Glass, sitting in the Yale club with Zooey talking about lame boyfriends and beautiful books.

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We loved pairing 60’s style preppy sweaters with neoprene leggings and lucite heels, and a vintage camel blazer to cozy the whole thing up.

This would look really cute with a letterman jacket too!

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And for the final one we went for a more rock and roll vibe, putting a vintage leather skirt with a vintage silk chiffon polka dot blouse and a Nasty Gal corset bustier and black chiffon pussy-bow! This is definitely one of my favorites, between a sultry secretary and lower east side songstress..

Which look is your favorite?

Photographed by Jose Leon at Siren Studios

Models, Chy F & Mersadeez R at LA Models

Wardrobe by Elza Burkart & Dolly Pratt

MUA Bria Dorsen

Hair by Abraham Esparza

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Fun with a new flash…. and leather.

(leather halter by Novella Royale)

I’ve been reading Troubled Sleep (sartre) which is the third installment of Sartre’s trilogy, The Roads To Freedom. It follows a cast of characters, none of which are extremely likable, yet they are ll written with a really succinct voice. One character in particular, Daniel, who is (in my opinion) the least likable, in terms of personality and attributes, is written so feverishly, with the most beautiful sentence structure and crystalline words, that I wonder if he is the most Sartre-like, or if he’s a sort of romantic evil for him. The other chapters pale in comparison to the Daniel chapters.

In reading the dialogue of the french soldiers, the wordings seemed really southern to me (not southern french, but really American), when I researched the translator it turns out he was a professor at UT Texas. It seems weird to bend another’s writing to your own blood.

Thoughts?

“Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth.”

Art is…

Everywhere

I love this NY Times site that makes haikus from it’s articles. 

These are my favorites.

 

Disembodied and 

intermingling heads, hands and 

eyes proliferate.

-me,myself&I: exploring identity through self portrait

The body is a

mistress that can be ignored

for only so long.

-rucker park stars set their N.B.A. dreams aside & head abroad

 

We revel in the

New until we take a good

Look in the mirror.

-the face of unfortunate fashion

 

They will break away

From a real female to have

Sex with a flower.

-fine perfumes of the animal world

Visit http://haiku.nytimes.com and see them all! 

memories

 

 

 

 

 It’s been a little over a year since the shop opened so I went into my archives and tried to compile every little Fauve&Hunter event! The Limo, the first pieces, the first shoots.. like a little yearbook! I will say I really miss that limo…

 

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In San Rafael in a 60’s velvet caftan wielding an antique OTO sword

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In ABQ Nez Mexico with Miss Priss, our Limo. RIP

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Ultra Lazy in Austin TX in beaded dresses

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1940’s bolero crop top found in Seattle on tour with TSJS.. I really wish I had made a pattern of that top because it was super cute!!

 

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Fall Romance with Charlotte in silk trench coats and silk flower crowns.. Charlotte came to visit from France and was the first girl I photographed for the shop!

 

tumblr_md97umJl0s1qcm4nqo1_1280 Dramatic art deco beaded gowns <3 I live for beaded dresses, this one has chrysanthemums beaded all over it and if I recall correctly now belongs to a really beautiful tiny mermaid looking babe in NY…

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The American Flag vest is the VERY first purchase for Fauve and Hunter, found in Yuma AZ by Brandon. The start of the adventure! 

 

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Fauve= Wild Creatures

The first shoot in Los Angeles with Alexandra Montague in my incarnation of THE free spirited wild woman.

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Emma Hefti as our Roller Dream Babe in Austin TX for our 1st themed collection, which was.. Im sure you can guess.

 

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Gloria Dyer in the Constance Dress at AX+APPLE studio

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Fauve&Hunter’s first lifestyle shoot with Gloria, boots, dresses and literature. 

 

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Gloria in the beautiful Ax+Apple Studio wearing Fauve&Hunter

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The amazing mosaic fur coat making this winter look perfect..

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Alexis and Chicken for Ax+Apple Holiday

 

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The amazing Sarah Winters in our Stella velvet dress

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Sina at the Santa Monica Library by M. Bokorwski

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Dora Burge in the 40’s emerald velvet gown. 

 

Looking over all of this makes me feel… really proud, and hungry to do more, to collaborate more and create all the time. I can’t wait to do another one of these in a year and see what other adventures happen! I think of all the people in my life today since F&H started and I really consider myself blessed.

 

 

Where did it come from?

 

 

I’m frequently asked where I find the clothes that I sell, what their story is, and truthfully, every piece has its own story. When I first started, I used to handwrite the location where the piece was found on every tag but as the trips got longer and the buys got bigger, it got a little difficult to do, but sometimes one or two stick out, so I thought I’d put some of them out here.. 

I also get asked if it’s hard to sell them, and sometimes YES because I’m a huge sentimalist, but I also like to imagine that the person who is getting this dress or coat is going to be really happy and love it more. I think I like to make people happy more than I like hoarding a million beautiful things that I don’t wear…

I do have a fantasy of just having a beautiful showroom where I rent out the vintage and it comes back to me every week. We’ll see about that.
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I found this dress on a road trip through West Texas with my best friend Charlotte. We drove through an epic storm through Balmorhea (I’m sorry but the name really sounds like an STD) where we had a slumber party in a tiny motel, watching the most embarrassing reality TV (y’all remember Bravo’s Gigolos? we thought it was a dating show until some weirdness started happening on screen) and then spent the rest of the trip reading in Marfa, hiking through the state park, stargazing in Marathon n the motel where they shot Paris, Texas… The weather changed non stop and I found icelandic knit sweaters and cute snoopy postcards, and the minute the storm stopped the sweaters became useless because it was 90 degrees again. In a cute little store in Alpine TX I found this gem of a 1930’s day dress. It’s so delicate, when the sun shines through it looks like a phantom. the salesgirl wrapped it up in tissue paper before dropping it in a bag and 2 years later I finally decided it’s time to say goodbye…

 

peachesdress1 In Venice beach I went to a sale and everything I found was purple.. Sometimes there are days like that… I found a purple caftan with egyptian gods printed on it and cool wooden buttons and high thigh slits… I found a purple mini dress with silver symbols silkscreened on it ( holding on to that one) and I found this little gem, its the perfect 70’s dream girl dress.. the bodice laces up so you can show just a little skin, the skirt swishes just right, it looks amazing with lace up boots and it looks sexy with platform shoes.. The faux patchwork print on it is really unusual too.. Definitely one of my favorite little dresses.

roseflapper1This one I found at an estate sale, the house was all shades of baby blue and the plants had a lot of dust on the leaves. I marveled over the owner’s Hollywood Regency furniture that I couldn’t take with me (the perils of being on foot) and I swooned over this giant silver mirror with mother of pearl inlays that would have set me back a cool $600 (in another life) so instead I took this little drop waist dress from the 70’s, I love the relaxed style of it, I love the rose color and I really really like how romantic it looks. It’s funny that it was there because nothing else was like that, everything was giant furs and chico’s suits. I like to think this dress was from her past and was waiting for me.

 

silkruffle2 I found this at a huge market in Austin and it was hanging all by itself on a rack full of western wear.. lot’s of cool suede chaps and fringe leather jackets and cowboy boots, and then this silk creation just swaying by itself. It’s really one of the prettier dresses I’ve ever found, it’s cut perfectly and makes anyone look really graceful. Currently it lives next to a lot of dresses, far away from the austin flea market scene. I always wonder who it belonged to.

 

And there you have it… a tiny history of some of the vintage in the store…

 

photo via @con_leche

photo via @con_leche

A few of my current favorite things…. Special Sunday edition..

Adult Magazine “A magazine for the new erotics”

sometimes rose scented, sometimes stabbing at vulgarity, just like us.. I’ve been obsessed with the beautiful layouts, the honesty of the articles, the non pretense of the images…

Visit their site at http://adult-mag.com

From MY RED AND WHITE ACRYLIC DREAM

From MY RED AND WHITE ACRYLIC DREAM

The mind bending surrealism of Rinse Dream (Stephen Sayadian)

If you are a fan of early Greg Araki movies (I hate doing comparisons.. but sometimes a map helps) then I recommend you find yourself a lazy sunday to dive deep into Sayadian’s anthology of midnight cult classics. They’re weird, they’re sometimes beautiful, sometimes shocking, but never abusive.

Love and Lemon's Lingerie Collection

Love and Lemon’s Lingerie Collection

The resurgence of delicate, sexy lingerie in the US

I have to say, I’ve always been a little nonplussed at lingerie in the states, giant padded bras and either huge unflattering granny panties or silly thongs, if you had the money you could offer yourself some Stella McCartney delicates but who wants to spend $300 on a lace bra? For the past few years I’ve been loving the choices we get.. longline style satin bras in pastels, sheer lace ones that peek through holey shirts, strappy bondage inspired pieces.. almost too good to put anything over it.. Recently at Magic in Vegas I noticed way more lingerie than before, and some have super decent price points..

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There’s men’s erotica, there’s women’s erotica, and then there’s Lydia who doesn’t care what goes where, she does her thing.

What are a few of your favorite things?

I have a huge girl crush on Scarlet and today her new video comes out for her band Flowerglass!

check it out!

Where did she go?

I used to be so much better at having things to say, that warranted an outlet like this, a site where I could tip tap my fingers and display the thoughts, neat and organized, concise and without self doubt. I was better at doing this regularly, just like I was better at creating regularly without feeling machine-like and frustrated, and just like I was better at writing letters and notes to friends across the world to make sure that they had something other than pesky bills and notices laying around their mailboxes.

And then, something changed. Sometime between an umpteenth move across the states which stopped feeling like an adventure, but this time more like a tedious exodus, sometime between waking up and going to work and having serious anger issues that the mandatory wall colors in our apartment was that awful “gobi desert” that looks like dried soup (WHY, must apartment buildings have accent walls? If your building looks like an architectural nightmare, leave the accent colors to places with light.) and somewhere in between the crushing realities of house hunting in Los Angeles (the city where everything is an audition) I think I caved in.

Oh shit I left my whimsy in the car and I think it died of heat exhaustion.

I still carried a notebook but instead of dreams and observations it had long lists and cutting remarks of all my recent failures. Where I had success I was on such a high from the surprise of it all, that I felt like I had to dissect it to hold on to the strings of it to keep going. When I met new people, I didn’t even know how to introduce myself because I no longer knew myself.

I’d look at myself and the face in the mirror wasn’t even the one I recognized. Even with constant documentation, with instagram and Facebook, it’s such an edited spontaneity, I’d see the photo and think “that’s me” and look in the mirror and say “who is this?”

Luckily I don’t have a huge capacity for sadness. I can hold a little in my heart, and nurse it like some tiny suckling animal, but I need room to nurture the happiness in me too. I think they are twin emotions, both exist despite each other. Somewhere in between feeling glassy eyed and confused (everyone says thats what turning 26 does, I tell you it has more to do with feeling tired of who you are) I stopped feeling so… out of control.

I needed to take stock of the wonderful aspects of my life and stop pointing fingers where I had faltered. It’s easy to go through life forgiving yourself where you fall short, after all, you never went to college, maybe you’re parents divorced and where you should have witnessed an example of love and strength you saw bickering and pettiness (My parents did not divorce, this is an example.) Maybe your early boyfriend or girlfriend cheated on you and now you can’t possibly trust other people, and this is why the world is hard.

If you build it, they will tear it down.

My favorite, most long lasting excuse, was that I grew up with so much movement, starting and stopping school, in and out of activities before even getting rooted, that I was nearly incapable of following through with goals and plans, because in my life I never had. I had decided that my nomadic life had instilled in me an entitled sense of restlessness and when that started to get embarrassing I had a friend tattoo the words “Keep Going” on the side of my palms. Having the solutions to your short comings tattooed on your hands kind of helps when you feel like falling back into old habits. Yet even with achievements and persistence, I still found myself doing this thing where I’d furrow my browns and scowl and point an accusatory nail at my childhood.

I had an epic, strange, marvelous childhood. It was also difficult, harrowing and frustrating. Guess what? So is everyone’s. Lately instead of being comfortable in blame, I’ve chosen to solve. Instead of feeling incapable because I didn’t learn as a child, I pat that little memory on it’s pigtailed head and move the fuck on. It was never anger, it’s just easier to say “I can’t”. It’s easier to focus on unresolved issues from decades ago rather than close that book and move on. Not everything in life needs a tidy ending. Closure.

Closure is a luxury. Sometimes you have to move on despite unresolved feelings. Relationships end and sometimes you can’t mutually agree on why. Why stoke those fires instead of focusing on yourself and moving on?

Recently I’ve realized that I’m feeling so much better… now if only I could get back to writing and painting more faithfully…

I have a letter for you

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I’m working on this project right now and one of the funny things that ended up happening was I spent a good portion of a beautiful day, researching letterheads and stationary and what ended up happening, was a complete obsession. File that one with my love affair with stereoscopes and old postcards from lovers.

Stationary, I’ve always liked, and is still something that’s quite easy to find, but there is this insane wealth of gorgeous letterheads that seems to be an endangered species of Relics That Shouldn’t Disappear. (Handmade zines, polaroid film, mix tapes and handwritten letters are all in there) What is today just a little logo and an address, was once like a total mural at the top of your letters! These are my favorites that I’ve found. (Above, the Old Kentucky letterhead is adorable because I love raccoons)

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This is so rad, it looks like a Peter Max doodle.

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Bowie’s looks like its on kraft paper. He’s always been coolest.

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Amazing.

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Again. So perfect.

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This is beautiful and I can only imagine the detail on the stamp that this was made from.

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This is from Ebay, again. This is the letterhead for a GAS STATION. Can you imagine a chevron today sending out notices on something so pretty? I think theres a market for boutique gas stations. Fill up, get your girl a peony, and get a sandwich that isn’t nuclear.

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Marcel Marceau

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s is just insane

and last but not least

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Oh Charles… You would have “The World’s Most Perfectly Developed Man” scrawled between your legs..

Anyone else here longing for their own pad of personalized paper? I think I’m going to get on mine.

xoxo

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June 19th we FINALLY got to screen Circular Ruins, that mysterious fruit that formed of the blood sweat and one tear from a lost fingernail of Juan Azulay, Kate Arizmendi, and The Saint James Society…

Six days of shooting through the desert deathscape, Mojave motels with bug blankets and bone white rocks, future retro reno motels with pink lightbulbs where we shot in kimonos and 7 inch heels until the sun came up, exploring death valley dunes while being our own crew and stars, to dance in the ruins of Rhyolite in nevada where thunder cracked the sky. Corona, CA at a black walled strip club to San Diego to feel warm blood between my fingers and then eat pizza…

We had the magnificent fortune of getting Lydia Lunch to wrap up the story, giving us her voice to end the narration.

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We screened it at a gorgeous supper club across the street from canters, I looked around and everywhere I looked I saw faces that made me smile. Good friends, new friends, heroes, crushes, Susan Sarandon (?!?!?!?!) We drank champagne and toasted everyone and then when the time came we all reconvened to Canters to laugh around grilled cheeses and whiskey. Theres nothing like wearing a 1930’s satin gown and being with your beloved in a giant deli at 4am giggling while spying a cop being indecisive about what donut to buy. I’ve NEVER seen a cop eat a donut and it finally happened. We made it home and the next day ran off to Joshua Tree where we shut ourselves off from the world to find ourselves again. I think its safe to say we all found something to take back.

I can’t wait to show you all the film, there are so many of you who had a hand in making this happen. <3

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