Tag Archives: rock & roll


Mood music:

Alice Cooper – Gutter Cat vs. the Jets

Anti-Nowhere League – rocker

the Cosmonauts – flowerbomb

the Johnson Family – (I don’t wanna boyfriend, I just wanna) motorcycle

Swiss gang members of the 1960s, captured by Karlheinz Weinberger. More here.



This trifecta of fashionstas never cease to take my breath away. Ladies and gents, I present to you Sisters of the Black Moon – this Sunday’s Sweet Shop.

These ladies have an aesthetic heavily influenced by music and counterculture of the 60s and 70s, with a little Jennifer Herema and a lot of globe trotting thrown in. Each week a new batch of auctions are added to EBay , sending bidders in a frenzy for fringed kimonos, vintage crochet, tapestry bags, Gunne Sax minis and gauze maxis.

If you’ve ever gazed in amazement at a vintage piece but drew a blank when it came to integrating it into your existing wardrobe, fear not: each Sisters item is perfectly styled for inspiration. And yes, those are the (drop dead gorgeous) sisters themselves modeling.

Alecia, Rachel, and Sara are bff’s who originally bonded over common interests, and founded Sisters of the Black Moon in Austin, TX in 2009. Sister Sara has since moved to Sweden to be with the love of her life, but continues to run her share of the venture from there. Great style knows no limits, clearly.

For a double dose of inspiration, the Sisters’ collaborations with Austin photographer Alexandra Valenti are a must see! These stunning editorials are awash in bright colors, yet have a soft feel to them ala Madame Yevonde. Be amazed. Be very, very amazed.



This column was a neglected for a couple weeks due to some buying trips I took, so tonight I’ll attempt to make up for that by presenting you with a triple threat: Shop Spanish Moss, this weeks Sweet Shop.

Vowing to break free from from the 9-5 world, Suzanne Ford Carafano, her brother Chris and husband Vincent launched Spanish Moss Vintage in 2006. What began as a EBay shop catering to rock & roll fashion of the late 1960s – early 1990s has since expanded to a site that not only continues to stock vintage, but sells contemporary clothing which compliments this aesthetic.


Vintage kimonos, 60s babydoll dresses, and ‘Almost Famous’ style coats can be purchased alongside slashed up tops from Evil Twin, body con Style Stalker leggings, and crystal rings from Low Luv.

The cherry on top of it all is American Gold, Suzanne’s exclusive line of vintage inspired womens wear. Peek a boo bell bottoms in burnout velvet, fringe hem caftans, and calico floral minis are among her specialties. Each piece is made in the USA, and only high quality materials are used.

Shop Spanish Moss is a well designed site, which is easy to navigate and features gorgeous editorials by Andrew Kuykendall. The matching blog and magazine add plenty of inspiration too. Peruse them and you’ll instantly know this trio not only love, but live for what they do. No wonder they have fans in high places such as Daisy Lowe, Krystal Simpson, Erin Wasson, and Charlotte Kemp Muhl.


Back to back birthdays! Today being Johnny Ramone’s, and tomorrow being John Lennon’s.

Two legends who will always be with us. How perfect. I consider the Ramones to be the greatest, most influential American band of all time. And the Beatles have obviously been one of the greatest, most influential, and most successful British bands. I’m a great fan of both. ❤

What are your favorite Ramones and Beatles songs?


 Tomorrow is the first offical day of fall! And in celebration, this uber amazing black leather wiggle dress has founds it’s way to Goldmine Trash. And into my heart.

Sadly, my dressform was a tad too large for it, therefore it doesn’t come close to doing it justice. On a gal the right size though!!! Heads will turn and hearts will break.

(work with me here)

Strapless, boned, nipped in waist, pencil skirt, and zip down front. Va-va-voom.

I love how this style is so versatile. With Bettie Page bangs, horned rimmed glasses, and springolators, a gal could be vintage Barbie gone bad. Or a 50s fetish model.

Bizarre magazine

Or she can add bigger hair and heavier eye makeup for a punk inspired look…

OR some edgy accessories for a Gaga inspired look!

Of course, leather isn’t always tough girls, cigarettes, and rock & roll.

It can also be high fashion, sophistacted, and elegant. As Emma Stone proved at this years VMA’s.

All grown up! Miley Cyrus looks stunning in this black leather dress.

I was so thrilled when leather dresses paraded down the fall/winter 2010 runways. Everyone from Diane von Furstenburg to DSquared2 had these sexy things in their collections.

Of course, that’s the joy of wearing vintage. You get all the style and quality, at a fraction of the price. Ours is currently up for grabs for only $69.99!

How would you wear this look?



My dearest friend Liz and her husband Brandt have a band called 9th Street Shakedown. Named after a Ryan Adams song, this quartet plays dirty, blues infused rock & roll just as god (or the devil) intended. Their influences range from the Rolling Stones to the Damned, Howlin’ Wolf to the Music Machine; and they’ve played with everyone from the Boss Martins to the Joneses. This Phoenix, AZ band hasn’t been around long, but are definately ones to watch out for.

photo: Andy Hartmark

 I can’t even begin to tell you how proud I am of Liz. A self described ‘rock star of a woman’, she’s lived a life worthy of a best selling tell all book. But unlike most folks who’ve gone over the edge, she’s made it through to the other side, victorious above it all.

She’s also bold, intelligent, and easily the best dressed gal in Arizona! Few people know how to make an entrance quite like her. Oozing with a sensual style inspired by bands and groupies of the 60s and 70s, her extensive wardrobe is a mix of vintage dresses, tight black denim, sky high heels and oh so southwestern silver jewelry. Tough girl chic personified. She continues to amaze and inspire me.

photo: Andy Hartmark 

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