i need to play catch-up with my road-trip posting – and not for lack of inspiration, but because every moment has been packed so insanely solid with inspiration and completely wonderful moments, that i don’t even know where to begin. (as if procrastination will make it any easier?!)
i waited for amber to go to bed before writing this, because i didn’t want to risk the chance of her peeking over my shoulder and confiscating my computer. i know she’s going to be thoroughly embarrassed once she reads this, but i’m willing to risk receiving the silent treatment on the 411 mile drive between sedona and santa fe tomorrow, to share Amber As I See It with you guys.
after hitting thrifting pay-dirt in phoenix on friday, (thank you jasmine!!) we drove up to sedona – a.k.a. “the most beautiful place on earth.” we opted out of the saturday-morning prescott thrifting trip we’d been considering, (hey, it was only day two, and we’re already concerned with car space!) and spent the day relaxing with my brothers, practicing new space-saving packing techniques and exploring a small portion of the mind-boggling beauty that is sedona. (really, if you’ve never seen it for yourself, stop what you’re doing right now and pack your bags for the trip.)
late last night after a delicious home-cooked pizza prepared by rory and my brother james, amber and i hauled the tripod into the back yard, dressed up in the phoenix loot, and played one of my most favorite games ever – Long Exposure Photo Shoot:
amber and i have known each other for quite a while through the internet world – we even spent a fantastically fun four (5?) days in nyc together about a month ago. but this is the first time we’ve really spent time being ourselves around each other, and this is the first shoot ever that we collaborated on! (and it was a rather impromptu one at that!)
i just want it on the record that she’s amazing. i’m sure anyone who’s worked with her will tell you that too. this girl can style the shit out of whatever clothes she gets her hands on, and all with the sweetest smile ever. if you ever get the chance to work (play?!) with her, consider yourself lucky.
Day One of our Roadtrip was a bit of a rollercoaster, but we decided not to take the death of the King of Pop on as an omen (unless it was an omen to Diana getting stuck in an awful traffic jam and very nearly ending up in a ditch on her way to collect us from the airport, not to mention the obligatory beauty product in my suitcase explosion) and we’ve been having the most fantastic trip.
We arrived in Phoenix to meet up with the stunning beauties, Jasmine and Tracy of Bille Goat Vintage who were lounging in the idyllic courtyard of the Paisley Violin restaurant, surrounded by tiny pastel houses, munching on deliciousness. We had a few beers and got to know each other, then walked a few feet to their lime green vintage store called Butter Toast Boutique. We were giddy with delight at the wares.
Jasmine and Tracy of Billie Goat Vintage
Paisley Town Courtyard, Phoenix
Diana found the sweetest floral mini and a pair of navy peeptoes which she ended up sporting the rest of the evening as Jasmine and Tracy and their hunky boyfriends showed us exactly how they party in Phoenix.
The next day Jasmine took us on an epic thrifting adventure, and holy cannoli! Phoenix brought it. Do you know that 20 minutes away in Sun City, there is a freaking THRIFT MALL?? Despite the fact that we missed its closing time by mere minutes, we still made a stunning haul of loot.
Today we are in the mind-meltingly beautiful town of Sedona, AZ where I am now tip-tip-typing away on Diana’s two brothers’ (who are as sweet and hilarious as you would imagine) back patio with the following view to inspire me.
When the sun gets lower in the sky we plan on shooting some of our thrifted gems.
We are some right happy campers.
EDIT: Diana is now posting more roadtrip details to her travel/style blog Well Worn Road.
Meream, there are some more instructional photos regarding how to party in Phoenix (namely, hang out with Jasmine, Tracy, and Josh).
As Diana loads up the car in Tucson, Rory and I are packing a smidgeon of clothing and heading to San Francisco. Packing 3 weeks into 2.5 square feet of suitcase is quite the feat. Good thing these particular 3 weeks will require minimal clothing on account of maximum heat (30% of my suitcase is swimwear). This is the only kind of math I’m good at. Dressing today will be equally scientific – we’ll be spending the day in San Francisco’s 65 degrees and then hopping a plane into the depths of Phoenix’s 108 degrees. I am having a difficult time wrapping my brain around that one.
All menial tasks aside, we are nothing less than GIDDY to hit the dusty trail. First up, a night out with one of my favorite sponsors, Jasmine of the most excellent Billie Goat Vintage! Then tomorrow she will be schooling us in the fine art of Phoenix thrifting. Blessed are we!
So here we go! We will be posting as often as we can find wifi and oh the things we have planned. Thanks again to all our soon-to-be hosts! We can’t wait to meetcha!!
Bloggers, you know you do it. You get an especially insightful/gushy comment and immediately click their blog link to hone in on just how much weight is behind said opinion. On one such electro-excursion, I unearthed this meekly named site called tiny’s world…
Kaboom! Ocular Orgasm. Her site is like a Pandora station for my eyes. So besides being knocked down by this site’s tail feathers, I also felt slightly more legit.
Tiny’s World is the blog of a french illustrator named Julie Nivert.
Her illustrations remind me of a more geometric version of another Painfully Hip Site of the Week, The Moldy Doily by Kime Buzzelli.- a beautiful mingling of decisive, yet deliciously sketchy form and abstraction with an undeniable undercurrent of her profound grasp on the Hip.
She also posts her inspiration for these sublime mouthfuls of beauty – the most drop dead collection of photography that has ever graced my glance. A more exact interpretation of my taste in every frame than even I could collect on my own.
See more here: Continue reading the most painfully hip site of the week: tiny’s world
A collaboration with designers Neneee, Linden Simone, Market Publique and Babyfoot Vintage. Evidently, this is what an excess of awesome looks like. Photos by Hiss and Hearse.
button hat - Market Publique, technicolor wrap top - Babyfoot Vintage
blue polka dot tiered minidress - Neneee.com, button booties - Babyfoot Vintage, technicolor wrap top -Babyfoot Vintage, b&w scalloped shorts - Neneee.com, Mondrian flats - Painfully Hip Vintage, button hat - Market Publique, swirly heels- MustHaveShoes.com, lace trim boater, ruffle crop top, high waisted jodhpurs and all other accessories - Babyfoot Vintage
silver dress - Linden Simone Designs, accessories from Babyfoot Vintage
collared top and leiderhosen by Linden Simone, accessories from Babyfoot Vintage
vintage candy stripe dress - Market Publique, leather corset - Thunderhorse Vintage, accessories from Babyfoot Vintage
print jumper by Linden Simone
Tiered dress by Neneee, Accessories and Button-up Ankle Boots from Babyfoot Vintage
Technicolor wrap top from Babyfoot Vintage, scalloped bloomers from Neneee.com, Hat from Market Publique
hat and bodysuit- Babyfoot Vintage, patchwork suede mini skirt- Painfully Hip Vintage, handmade silver dress by Linden Simone, floral shoes - MustHaveShoes.com, lace trim boater - Babyfoot Vintage, gingham top by Linden Simone, confetti skirt - Market Publique
This shoot was inspired by the 60s and the Circus! How could it not be fun?
Photography: Kristin Cofer We had so much fun last time, we had to work together again!
Models: Danielle, Dee and Rachel
Styling by me
Makeup: Reanna Saddoris
Hair: Luxe Salon and Spa, Sacramento (ask for Kat!)
Clothing from Linden Simone, Babyfoot Vintage, Neneee, and Market Publique.
Shoes from MustHaveShoes.com
Special Thanks to Lindsay Campbell, Lyndsay Hoff and Alicia Black.
All clothing will be available for sale upon request!
ok lovelies, after much calendar-shuffling, mileage calculating and long (but fun!) hours of plotting, we are finally ready to unveil the almost-entirely-final-draft of the Painfully Hip Road Trip itinerary!
things got tricky – with a new baby making a grand entrance sometime at the end of july, (which requires aunt amber to be available bed-side in sacramento the minute eve says, “it’s time!”) we decided that the safest – and sanest – thing to do was stay within a somewhat reasonable driving distance. this meant we unfortunately had to cut back on a few of our eastern-most destinations. the next step was to shuffle the route around a bit, to bring us back to california a little sooner than we’d originally planned. no sad faces though! we’re crafty with our planning, and we’ve still managed to fit in a fantastical amount of awesomeness. (read: figured out a way to inflict our unrelenting thirst for thrift on as many of your towns as possible.)
so, without further ado, i now present Road Trip Lite!
* Phoenix, AZ – June 25, 26
* Sedona, AZ (and the surrounding Prescott/Flagstaff area) – June 26, 27, 28
* Santa Fe, NM – June 30
* Amarillo, TX – July 2
* Fayetteville, AR – July 4,5
* Austin, TX – July 7,8,
* Corpus Christi, TX – July 9
* El Paso, TX – July 11
* Tucson, AZ – July 12, 13
* San Diego, CA – July 15
* Los Angeles, CA – July 17
* Sacramento, CA – July 18
* Fresno, CA – July 20
you guys have been amazing, and we’re beyond honored by all of the secret thrifting spots we’ve been let in on, couches we’ve been offered, home-cooked meals we’ve been emailed about and the over-all insanely warm and enthusiastic response we’ve received from everyone. we promise we will try our hardest not to disappoint, with our stories from the road!
we’re also going to try our hardest to stick to the itinerary above so as not to disrupt the dates of the thrift-swaps that are in the works. (and a heads-up to anyone who left a comment about a swap but hasn’t heard from us yet – start checkin’ yer email! one’s a-comin!)
however, things might change just a little bit here and there, as we actually discover just how many miles we can handle in a car per day.
so, there you have it, in all its glory!
keep your peepers tilted in this direction as far as updates on swaps and other fun activities involving us meeting you and all of us being silly together.
keep the thrift tips flowing – as well as any other hints regarding fantastic attractions the above mentioned towns might be harboring! (there is an actual contest still going on, in case you might have forgotten! and don’t worry – we’re keeping very good records of who sent us where!)
and one final note, because short-and-sweet has never been my forte –
if you live in santa fe, amarillo or austin and are tickled by the thought of hosting a thrift swap or three thrilling-and-entirely-trustworthy individuals on our way through, then by all means, email me! hell, if you’re in any of the cities we’ve listed, let us know! (it’s good to have options, right?)
ok mom, stop reading, because i am now going to publicly display my email address to the entire internet population – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wooo! Amber here!
Diana and I keep arguing over who is more excited!
My final note: If there are any aspiring models, hair and makeup artists, or photographers at any of our stops who would like to work with a couple of damn fine wardrobe stylists, let us know and we’ll see what we can’t work out! Our wardrobe will of course be limited to what we have with us on the road, but with all these thrift tips, we should be drowning in hipness in no time.
Can’t wait to meetcha!
EDIT: I almost forgot to tell you! The photo I took above was chosen as a FINALIST in the Crossroads Trading Company Fashion Photography Contest! YAY!!!
i need help. (ok, not like that.)
i need help with this –
a long long time ago, when i was young and naive and trying to make sense of all the terrible fashion choices that buffeted my innocent eyeballs each day as i darted between “ENG102” and “GOV101,” i made a list of very strict and very mandatory rules regarding appropriate attire.
in hindsight, i understand that the real issue was this: leggings and uggs. it got particularly sticky when the owner of said items was under the impression that these items were actually the same as “pants and boots,” and wore them as such.
like i said though, i was young, and perhaps a bit hasty in my thought process, and so my Number One Rule For Dressing Myself became this:
1. i, diana, will never ever wear brown and black at the same time.
the problem though, is that this just doesn’t really work for me any more.
because then i’d have to rule out things like this:
and if we’re going to be totally honest with each other, both of those magnificent photographs were just uploaded from the “HolyShitAwesome!!” folder on my computer.
so what’s the problem?
me. that’s the problem.
as much as now i see the error in my rash ruling against the black-brown combo, i still can’t get comfortable pulling it off myself.
i did it to myself – i know – but please, tell me i’m not the only one who just can’t will themselves to break a stupid self-imposed fashion rule.
and then share with me – oh brave, brave readers that you are – how you whooped that stupid rule’s ass.
Men in Belted Sweaters.
Woven from the same shit dreams are made of.
Internet, will you marry me?