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Honestly, the competition was fierce and the decision, even harder. We would like to give a huge thank you to all the amazing bloggers who participated in our first giveaway. We have loved reading every last comment and whole heartedly appreciate the creativity and effort put into winning this necklace! Being a libra, I have THE HARDEST time making decisions, and when it comes to art and fashion, Amy is right by my side. There are so many directions we could have taken this contest…do we choose the most creative response, the one that put in the most time and effort? Or do we go with the person whose outfit was head to toe what we would have chosen to show off this statement piece? In the end it was a combination of creativity, wit, and funky style (which we know you all posess)which brought us to our top four finalists. After narrowing it down, we decided to leave the rest up to fate and chose the winner of those four from a hat, plain and simple, nice and easy. You might say we took the easy way out, cowards! Eh, we’ll take it…

Congratulations to Lia from Strawberry Fields Forever for being the winner of our very first giveaway! Below is a photo of the ever so darling, aspiring designer from Spain and her winning sketch. We love the idea of an all black mini with structured shoulders paired with black caged heals, the perfect backdrop for an outstanding accessory!

We’d like to give a shout out to our three runner’s up:-Natalie from Natalie off Duty, we can fully envision her showcasing this necklace, long sleek hair, slouchy black slacks, simple white tank and the perfect black blazer.-Lauren Elizabeth at arielandralph. Having studied African art and culture, we know she would have done something daring for NYE donning this piece.-Nadia over at FrouFrouu…”black textured shoulder cape, fingers dripping with silver rings,” we have no doubt the necklace would have added that extra magic to such a mouth watering description of an outfit!

Thank you to everyone who has, and continues to show their support by commenting, following, and even just reading our blog, we appreciate you!!

Wishing everyone a fantastic New Year’s Eve, we can’t wait to hear/see how you all ring in the New Year!

Xx love from San FranciscoAlex and Amy** We want to give a big ‘ol thank ya to our soul sister Carey from Corks and Caftans for her sweet write up on Refuses to Label. If you love fashion, wine, wit and beauty…you’ll be pleased to have Carey and Rob on your daily blog roll!

Light My Fire

“the other day when I was walking through the woods, I saw a rabbit standing in front of a candle making shadows of people on a tree” -Stephen Wrightfinals are finally final. woot woot, yeep yeep… jiiive baby jiiive. Heavy pats on back. The minute we could take a breath our bags were packed, cars loaded and gassed, tunes checked and charged… winding roads to Mendocino ahead. Couldn’t wait to get out of the city and back into towering Redwoods and rough ocean cliffs. Nature… nature was our answer. We would surely be able to do nothing and feel damn good doing it there. Wrong. Too tired and wired to rest easy. I know we aren’t alone here… work so hard all round’ the clock that resting seems unjust? Painful even? It takes one day of worthy rest to make productivity seem a long lost friend… and procrastination an alibi left in the cold for the taking by another (that’s mine!) Well, days have since passed and we are back on track to doing what we love and creating for our own pleasure not a classrooms critique, ie: bliss. Alex got all her Christmas shopping done yesterday, making me feel even more worthless. What’s the fun in giving when you have to think so hard? Its exhausting. Tomorrow will be the day I tackle Christmas gifts.

Took these shots of Alex in my parents house in the woods. Favorite old books and candles gave way to beautiful natural light… she looks stunning if I do say so myself. … so happy everyone is diggin’ the giveaway. Your creativity and ideas are so fun to dive into… keep it coming, we love you so. Reading each comment is better than coffee in the morning. Thats pure joy right there. Alex is wearing a vintage silk tunic (found at our new favorite, Painted Bird, in the Mission District), crocheted vest from the Salvation Army, Onyx and Silk necklace by the beautiful Maya Rowland, and knockout mary janes by Ash.“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handling it onto future generations.”

Xx love from San FranciscoAlex and Amy ** Exciting news for us… SF Indie Fashion has featured us 🙂 check it out and show some love!

To: You. From: Africa. With Love: Us.

We’ve been thinking of a good giveaway for sometime now. While items have passed by way of “possibilities”, nothing has really had the “ah ha” effect (and as we all know, thats what it’s all about… a feeling that is unexplainable yet has the power of explaining everything). We knew of our criteria: unique, one of a kind, one size, and completely our style (that’s what a personal blog is for anyhow right?)We are both overly obsessed with ethnic jewelry. Always scouring hole in the wall stores and hidden gems for unique treasures from far off lands. Between the two of us, our accessories collections come from everywhere but here; Nepal, Indonesia, Turkey, Afghanistan. Beautiful handmade craftsmanship with a story behind the piece… what could be better?

Sooo… yesterday we had the “ah ha” moment when our eyes lay on this handmade necklace from Africa. Handmade by the people of the Tuareg tribe in Niger… the color and design took our eyes for a few spins and the deal was done. Here’s this guys (soon to be yours) stats:- Blue Onyx stone with black Onyx beads.- Handmade with hammer and scalpel.- Reclaimed sterling silver is melted down and welded again(the Sahara doesn’t have access to top sterling silver, so they find used and do what they can with it.)- Stone itself is 1.25″ in diameter and 1.5″ high. Entire pendant piece w/silver inlay work come out as 2″ diameter and 2.5″ high.- Black Onyx beaded strands leave it to fall 9″ long.

Perfect piece for layering with long black or silver necklaces… layer, layer, layer.*our style tip with this (if we were to be greedy and keep it): Buy a foot of good quality sterling silver chain and drape layers on the side rings to extend the necklace and give it even more texture.

Next comes the giveaway game rules. What to do if you want this fine number? Simple and easy dear friends. a.) leave and answer for this question in the comments…”you want this to be your NYE outfit centerpiece… how would you style your outfit?”b.) follow our blog (only if you enjoy it, and if you don’t but still want the necklace… we are open to persuasive arguments).

Whoever gets this gorgeous statement piece can then find heaps of suggestions for wearing it… This opportunity will be open until Midnight on Christmas Eve (12/24), we will announce the winner on Christmas day and ship it via priority on the 26th. There you have it folks. Good luck and good night. Peace & Lovexx Amy and Alex**oh, and those little white speckles simply mean our dear friend Cannon needs a lens cleaning.

sing me a song.

Happy weekends for us always start with stimulating visuals and fine lyrical verses. bloody brilliant video by The Shaky Hands. We went to High School with the lead singer, which is worth noting solely due to modest number of our peers…150?

Check them out, tell us your thoughts. high tech music videos? nah thanks. …sharing a simplistic route to the bigger picture.utter pleasure. http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2257438&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1Vandaveer – Woolgathering / Roman Candle – A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

“It’s a jungle out there kiddies. Have a very fruitful day.”

How was your morning? ohhh good good. Ours? How was our morning…

I wouldn’t have been able to answer this question a few hours ago. The frigid numbness crawled so deep into our bones after these snaps turned us into a solid mess for the entirety of the day. Unable to think, speak, move, function. “ouu great… that looks good. Wait, hold it there..ouhummh, I can’t press the button”. “what button?” “the one that takes the picture.” “just take the goddamn photo.””I’ll take it as soon as you look comfortable; loosen up, be happy, look warm.”(insert dirty looks and fingers in the middle locale flying)In the end, the Palace of Fine Arts was a great host to the otherwise misery of a morning. I put the camera on multiple frames and the stiffness from the weather was eased instantly, I even got a genuine smile. siiigh. It was warmer in London today. London.

Alex’s fit is all vintage: blazer, leopard tunic, belt, jewelry. The scarf is H&M ($5). Peace & Lovexx Amy and Alexp.s we love hearing your words… leave your mark, whatever that may be. “Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?”

And the award goes to…

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We’d like to thank the lovely ladies of Quality Rivets and Second Skin, two of our favorite bloggers who nominated us for the Beautiful Blogger Award.

We’re told that upon receiving this award you must post 7 fun, interesting, or just plain quirky bits of info about yourself… link the person who nominated you, and then nominate 7 other bloggers. So, in keeping with tradition we would like to nominate:The gorgeous mother/daughter duo Valerie and Camilla of A Butterfly By Day,Uno Cosa for her Scrapbook of more than just beautiful clothes,Song of Style for being a fellow stylish San Franciscan,Second Skin for her wicked vintage finds as well as her wise and genuine comments,the intriguing and ever-so talented artist Lauren Elizabeth at Ariel and Ralph,the natural beauty of Natalie off Duty,spend some time with the words of Cosmic Caroline,lastly, because we like the number 8 just a bit more than 7,Frou Frouu for her always fresh, always impeccable style.

Since we know each other all too well, each of us has written 8 little facts about the other. Hmmm Amy, where do I start?1.) If Amy were stranded on a deserted island only two things would sustain her: sunglasses and a bowl of green curry with chicken and brown rice…actually, anything Thai would do but since we’re being specific2.) If patience is a virtue than this girl is damn virtuous! I strive to have the patience with others and myself that she seems to possess. 3.) Hates cats! What? Now let’s get this straight; Amy is the epitome of a cat: laid back, stubborn, proud, with a “don’t bother me, I won’t bother you” personality. I will never get it, but that’s why I love her.4.) A go-getter. Can talk to anyone about anything and has a keen business sense.5.) If I can dance (yeah right), this girl can sing….but most will never hear her. When it comes to singing Amy turns shy and modest, but I swear I will get her to do Karaoke some day.6.) Has an incredible way with words, spoken as well as written.7.) Her hair is so thick she pretty much has dread locks by the end of any given day. I say give up and give in, she could definitely pull them off!8.) Has always dreamed of volunteering in Africa, teaching art to children perhaps? I have no doubts she will achieve this!-AlexWhoooo is Alex…1. To me… Alex defines perseverance, motivation, and determination.2. She can’t handle it when her hair is greasy… well she’s getting better about it, I once sprayed tanning oil in her hair on the way to the river (we were in High School) … she literally smacked me. The nerve.3. Blunt. Has no problem telling ANYONE what is on her mind. Don’t ask her if you don’t want to know the truth. I love this about her. 4. Likes Cats! I don’t how we remain friends through this one…. but I’ve managed to let it go. 5. Brewers Yeast on her toast, popcorn…eggs. Hey, don’t judge until you try. 6. Soulmate. Sister. Partner in all things quirky, all things hippie, all new adventures. 7. Loves to dress for any occasion. Music, drinks, dancing, clothes flying… getting dressed for a night out is almost always more fun than the actual event. 8. She brings awesome.-AmyImages for this freeezing sunny Sunday. The ideal day holds magical light, sunshine that barely burns, painting freely, water “playing” (no swimming… just dipping) and of course, beautiful nakedness, just because it feels so refreshing to shed the layers and free yourself of all material things.

Xx love from San Francisco“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music” – Friedrich Neitzsche“Clever people master life; the wise illuminate it and create new difficulties.” – Emil Nolde”Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” -Pablo Picasso”There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” -Leonard Cohen”I’m one of those regular weird people.” -Janis Joplin

Grey Gardens…

This recent Crash editorial brings us a remixed adaptation of the Edith Beales. Both “big” and “little” Edie flaunted 70-styled fits that make us puurrr with envy/pleasure. Odd, quirky, surreal, broken, whimsical fantasy… everything Grey Gardens exposes is right up our ally… (please watch the original before you see Drew Barrymore’s attempt)…

The reclusive two-some (mother and daughter.. aunt and cousin to Jackie O) live in the past while inhabiting the rotting Gray Garden mansion. While the mother drifts upon dreams of her former singer/songwriter life, her daughter paces around the house living out her previous fashion “debutante” days. The team behind this particular shoot accomplished a modern take on the unique scene that was “The Ediths” in Grey Gardens. Photographer Alexandra Catiere and Fashion Editor Elisa Nalin realized the concept thoroughly, adding touches of art influence (all drawings by Antonio Marras… what do you think?)… seemingly the blueprints of the creative mind. The stylist uses the entire Kenzo fall/winter collection… perfection? Do tell us your thoughts… hope you enjoy loves!

Xx Amy and Alex

“But you see in dealing with me, the relatives didn’t know that they were dealing with a staunch character and I tell you if there’s anything worse than dealing with a staunch woman… S-T-A-U-N-C-H. There’s nothing worse, I’m telling you. They don’t weaken, no matter what.”“Oh, yes, I did. I did, I had my cake, loved it, masticated it, chewed it and had everything I wanted.”“Listen, kid! I’m extremely organized. I know exactly where to look for this stuff. I’ve got it under control right here, but I can’t find it. Get it?” “It’s very difficult to keep the line between the past and the present. You know what I mean? It’s awfully difficult.”“Will you shut up? It’s a goddamn beautiful day, shut up!”“No, no, this is the revolutionary costume! I never wear this in East Hampton!”“Well, I’m going to get naked in just a minute, so you better watch out.”

Thankful…

If you’re like us, today is not about the food. Don’t get us wrong, we will absolutely be chowing down on some beautiful home cooked meals; however, we like to think that the real importance of today, or any day for that matter, is to truly be in the moment, to cherish the people and opportunities we are so blessed to have in our lives, and to remember never to take advantage of those treasures. We are TRULY blessed to have the supportive loving friends and family that we do. In fact “friends” does not do justice to the people we hold dear to us yet are not blood related…”family” is much more fitting, and therefore, we consider ourselves surrounded by one LARGE and beautiful family. The beauty of this, if you are able to see things in this light, is that you will never feel lonesome, or too far from home. Having said that, we are thankful for you for joining our family, for taking a somewhat intimate peek into our lives, for sharing our passion, and for giving us a glimpse into yours. “Hapiness is not real unless shared.” – Christoper Mccandles

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“When the sky is falling from above youAnd the wind is raging from the coastAnd you want someone who truly loves youI will be the one who loves you the most When the masquerades in burlesque ballsBecome too ordinary to boastYou complain about the parades and curtain callsI will be the one who loves you the mostWhen the women with their stolen gracesDon’t invite you to play hostTo their daughters with fake facesI will be the one who loves you the mostWhen all the debutants desert youAll the doorways are all closedAnd all the harlequins have hurt youI will be the one who loves you the mostWhen your suitor’s sneer and swank beside youAnd leave you hollow like a ghostAnd you just want somebody to confide toI will be the one who loves you the mostWhen you forgive your imperfectionsAnd you’ve auctioned all your clothesAnd you look to see your true reflectionYou will be the one who loves you the most”Peace & Love,

Xx Amy and Alex

Inspiration for the day…Devendra Banhart.

“cook me in your breakfast, and put me on your plate, ’cause you know i taste great…put me in your dry dreams or put me in your wet if you haven’t yet…” -Devendra Banhart.Yeah yeah… we all know this face. Ladies and Gents… this here is infatuation at its finest.

This man. speaks in metaphors. analyzes everything. has humor with no limits. speaks in intellect and humble nature. creates on a daily (painter, musician, songwriter…). born in Texas. raised in Venezuela. studied in San Francisco at the Art Institute. can’t seem to find a song we won’t spend (money we don’t have) on. “Banhart’s albums offer ashram-appropriate guitar strums, trippy-hippie tone poetry and, if you’re lucky, at least one tune where he sings from the perspective of a rodent.” SPIN.comdo yourself a favor and watch this.the man and his thoughts…for the eyes…for the ears…

The Road Not Taken…

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claim,Because it was grassy and wanted wear;Though as for that the passing thereHad worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally layIn leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.

after a bit of contemplation…quite happy with this path. It was 8th grade. Our latin teacher was Mr. Toone (he proved to be as great as his name… and he indeed moved to a “tune” that few understood, but if they did…. oh man, twas’ a treat). He drilled Latin into our brains for 2 hours a day…. his teachings always were deeply intertwined with life’s lessons and satirical twists, this always kept my (Amy’s) outright attention and lead me down a path that encouraged a love affair for words and analyzing everything. To this day I remember everything from that classroom… I can’t say the same for a single teacher since (high school, undergrad, and now graduate…). This Frost poem was a mandatory for Mr. Toone. If you couldn’t recite it with ease and eloquence, you were made fool of and then erased from his awareness and given no attention. I learned it. I loved it. To this day, it still floats across the forefront of my thoughts as I relate it to life’s many choices (especially in this day; where picking dish washing detergents means wasted minutes agonizing over a hundred brands.) Mr. Toone used this poem to both illustrate and appreciate hidden satire; to many, The Road Not Taken is a poem about complete individualism, about knowing your path and having no regrets. Critic Lawrence Thompson says “oh contraire“… apparently Frost had a terminally inflicted walking partner; a man who pondered, wondered, considered and debated the path he did not choose. Hence Frost’s portrayal of the inner dilemma. We however, choose to read the last lines with our own interpretation, that’s what poetry is for anyhow right? To each his own.______________________________________________________________________________________________The boots are a vintage buy, I haven’t taken them off since the purchase. The leather was another steal…. we had been on a long and seemingly endless hunt for the perfect brown leather jacket. I was shopping for my Halloween costume and ta da… it was in a corner, illuminating perfection and feelings of belonging. I have never scurried in such a hurry. Thick, soft, supple, used, abused… its everything you want in vintage leather. The dress is perfect for the fall if you still want to bring some neutrals into your daily. A soft taupe crochet dress that goes perfect for almost any occasion; day, night, wedding, meeting… and so on. Love to all.

Xx Amy and Alex