The Lingernots

Living is art.

We’re setting up shop at….

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One thing I’ve been really asking myself, is how to grow a business that takes place in a small room (who am I kidding, a small room and often with piles tumbling all over the house) is how to grow. How do I take it beyond a website? The daily tug at social media which sometimes feels like Im pulling on a sweater sleeve trying to get noticed. Sometimes social media feels contrived. I crave organic relationships, I want to give people beautiful things. I want these people to have a fond memory, I want to create a family. That’s the dream.

Travel, meet strangers, embrace the family, find beauty, give beauty, go home, and embrace my family at home.

Wash, rinse, repeat…

I want to do regular pop up markets in Los Angeles and the rest of the country. We started in Austin TX, and taking the shop to Austin for SXSW was such a rad and important experience, I knew then that festivals and pop ups was the way for Fauve&Hunter to grow.

My next one is at the legendary New York market, Artists& Fleas, which has opened a Los Angeles market! It’s every third weekend of the month, and it’s free! Amazing artisans, food trucks, DJs, vintage and decor! I’m really excited to take part in A&A regularly and the first one is next weekend!

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don’t know

I’ve found myself at an impasse. A deep swirling fog, seeping its uncertainty into my nose, my mouth, seeping into my hair like the ashy parliament aroma that remains from the cigarettes I try to not smoke… Yet they’re there, in between my index and middle finger, ever present, just like my heavy leeriness.

Uncertainty: It’s a necessary episode to have in one’s life, but to make it a long running, multi season series, is another issue altogether. I try to focus on the unfailing facts of life. I wake up and assess what I can count on.

It goes something like this:

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I open my eyes, they see the room around me.

I have a room around me, walls and a ceiling.

I am in a bed, there are sheets and blankets enveloping me.

My lover, husband, is beside me, sleeping.

Light is coming through the window, outside is a quiet tree lined street in East Los Angeles.

The trees that line the street are bougainvillea, the flowers are papery and often fuchsia, orange and sometimes lilac.

I stretch my limbs, my shoulders ache, I crack my knuckles, 1-2-3-4 little pops

and turn to Brandon and observe his chest, or back, depending on which direction he is facing

he is breathing.

I breathe in his scent.

I think of strange things sometimes;

If he weren’t alive, would he still smell like this?

Before the body starts to decompose, do scents and laughs and personalities

evaporate with life?

I haven’t gotten out of bed yet and the cat arrives, demanding affection.

Cat is black and white, with green sweet eyes and he is soft.

He always finds the sensitive spot on my chest to trample.

He pushes his head into my hands for caresses.

He meows incessantly while doing this.

***

These presences are cherished. These are the unconditional reminders of the grace in my life.

My uncertainties are a cat’s cradle pattern, tangled up with vocational existentialism.

That’s quite a mouthful, yet it is what it is.

It’s one thing to have a passion, and another to make it a walk of life.

My uncertainties are here:

How, can I take a passion, and make it a trade?

Some days I think I’m on that path, other days I fear I’m at a dead end.

I won’t know until I get there, and that, is another damned

uncertainty.

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new arrivals and wearing the clothes vs them wearing YOU.

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Some of my favorite arrivals at Fauve&Hunter! The first is this amazing lavender silk skirt with gorgeous beadwork that is SO unique and dreamy! The second is actually a 1930’s bias cut silk skirt that has the most amazing fluid movement, anyone wearing this looks like they are just floating by, and with cool turtlenecks and berets it has a total film noir vibe! The third is actually this cool foulard print super soft top that buttons in the back and looks perfect with any and everything..

As a girl you always grow up with funny, completely bizarre “rules” The whole “short girls can’t wear long skirts” thing is absolute bull, I think little ladies look amazing in long gowns and skirts, does it make you look like you’re 6 feet tall? no, because you aren’t. However it can make your silhouette REALLY graceful and make ankles look really cute and tiny.

Black and brown? They look great together, really, they do. I know “you’re not supposed to” but honestly.. it’s velvety and pretty. Clothing is frivolous art, you can express yourself with the tiniest details (clothes really do tell a story, between coded pocket bandanas and political pins and band patches…)

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Here I took three really different skirts, (since I’ve been really into them) and styled them for three really different personalities. The first is a wooly, pleated southwestern number that seems really bohemian and cozy. It’s bordering on heavy and loud, but with a little attention could be a really striking piece, theres a tiny bit of teal in the pattern so a cool coat in that teal would be really beautiful, and since a coat and that wool is so bulky, sharp well tailored shoes and simple tops would seal the deal…It’s bold and adventurous like Diana Vreeland so I added her book of memos and a marvelous hat, because good hats are never too much.

#2 is a leather tulip skirt that I think would look great with a really cozy, pale knit sweater.. I still love turbans and staying in light heavy knits make the black leather stand out more. I like to add a splash of color with  some cool pointy mary janes or flats, and now with the insane variety you can get anywhere (they don’t have to be miu miu, Urban Outfitters has an overwhelming amount of options for flats for well under $30 and they’ll last you longer than you think).  This one is a hopeless romantic and I imagine her to read Zelda Fitzgerald (who never gets enough credit for the beauty of her writing, in my honest opinion)

#3 is Eccentric, dramatic and artsy with the insane gold and black striped fishtail skirt, saucy lingerie and faithful leather jacket.. delicious shoes, giant sunglasses and knows about every art show ever. Like Catherine Baba riding her peugot bicycle in 7 inch prada heels and looking straight ahead of her, this is all… natural.

Like I said, you can let your clothes define you, or YOU can define yourself with the way you carry yourself. It’s all fun.

Thoughts?

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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!

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