TUCO Valentine's Day Online Sample Sale

One of my fave new t-shirt lines is having a 40% sample sale on their whole stock for Valentine's Day, so I had to share. We featured TUCO as one of our 12 Days of Xmas selections, so jump on this shit quick! Use the coupon code "KISSFROMAROSE" at checkout (omg, I love you Jenny), sale ends midnight on 2/14/12. Check out www.shoptuco.com for more!




12th Day of Xmas Gift Ideas: A Fucking Custom Harley Davidson Motorcycle

Closing up our 12 Days of Xmas Git Ideas list (like, really late because reality takes up too much of my time!), I've chosen our ultimate of ultimates, totally, ridiculously awesome gift idea is of course, a FUCKING CUSTOM HARLEY.

Now, being a fashion blogger I can write about clothes, shoes, jewelry, runway, editorials and such like second nature. But my freshly minted motorcycle obsession is just a little too rare for me to sink my writing teeth into it just yet. So I've enlisted our new friend Charlie Stockwell of London's own Warr's Customs to help guide us through the sexy world of custom Harleys. They're essentially the haute couture of bikes, right? A custom Harley versus a custom haute couture gown? That's a call I hope no one ever has to make.

'Tracker'
Started as: 2009 Dyna StreetBob
Inspired by the slick 60's cool of actor and racer Steve McQueen, the Tracker has homages to the same military-esque paint design (he was himself a serviceman) and slim builds of bikes the actor himself owned and rode. Stockwell said, "My Dad is a big Steve McQueen fan, myself as well. So I wanted to build a bike that reflected him and his era, but also had a strong Harley feel to it." Let that be a new McQueen to add into your style lexicon.

Cost £18,500 ($27,750)



'Unorthodox'
Started as: 2010 Fatboy
Going against some traditionalist custom Harley practices, this bike uses unorthodox design, materials and components. Stockwell used World Super Bike spec Ohlins front forks, a solid carbon fiber solo saddle, fenders and clip-on handlebars, rear lights in the end of the exhaust, a massively tuned motor and so forth--things that I personally have much to learn about! But the finished product is like that of a superhero's weekend Harley, modern without going too futuristic. Again, my frame of reference is quite small at this point, but this bike would slay when paired with these YSL patent leather platforms.

Cost £87,000 ($130,500)



'24 Boardtrack'
Based on: H-D 2010 Crossbones Softail
Delving deeper into the history of motorcycle racing, this one was inspired by the Boardtrack race bikes of the early 1900's. The bikes back then were essentially as thin as bicycles, so the slimmer wheels, thin spokes and decorative use of a racing number plate on the side reflect the bikes of the era. "The last year of Boardtrack racing was 1924 which was also the year that Warr's opened their first Harley store here on the King's Road in London," Stockwell explains. I personally like the thinner build bikes, especially since I would actually be able to ride them. The smaller details like the gold rings around the exhaust and copper wires combined with the black and white palette (clearly inspired by the pagoda in the background) give this one a chic, but still sporty, vintage look.

Cost £37,000 ($55,500)



'Frisco Bobber'
Started as: 2010 Crossbones
With this glittery beauty, Stockwell wanted to build a bike that combined the feel of two of his favorite places: California and Asia. Hey, I'm an Asian girl living in Los Angeles, so I'm really loving this one!
He said, "I grew up travelling across Asia quite a bit. Mostly Thailand but have always been in love with all of Asia. The custom Harleys that are built in Japan a proper cool. They have taken what people were doing in the 70's on the west coast of the States and then made it their own." Japanese fashion has been re-appropriating heritage American styles for their shoppers for a long time (and us them!), so that practice clearly has spanned beyond just clothing. The warm colors and sunburst paint design are two things that California and Asia undeniably share. And oh so sparkly!

Cost: £32,000 ($48,000)



'Kamome Sprinter'
Started as: 2011 Crossbones.
Of course we have Stockwell's collaboration Harley with Japanese denim brand Evisu. I still can't get over the gorgeous nickel engravings done by an actual gunsmith. I've written about this bike in a previous post, but let's expand beyond the fashion elements onto the bike itself. You can read more the fashion collaboration with Japanese denim brand Evisu in one of my previous blogs: Evisu x Harley Davidson Collaboration Motorcycle.

A reputation for building vintage-inspired bikes (although that's not the only style he can do!) Stockwell certainly went vintage with this one, to meld with collaborator Evisu's tradition of authentic selvedge denim. "There are loads of Evisu graphic in the engraving on the engine as well as lots of Japanese Tattoo art. I hand stitched Evisu denim around the control cables, battery cover, hand grips and other trim," said Stockwell. The kind of meticulous work expected of a couture bike.

Cost: No chance people, this stunning bike was already sold to a good friend of Stockwell's--a person he can only reveal as a "Formula 1 superstar."


That's one happy bike.

See more of Charlie Stockwell's work at Warr's Customs and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

And that closes out our 12 Days of Xmas Gift list! Happy holidays everyone, we're officially on vacation starting...NOW.

Day 11: Post-Physical & Occult One-Stop Shopping With Actual Pain and Black Milk


Oh man, it's getting rough narrowing down all the killer stuff I'm finding for our 12 Days of Xmas countdown! As I'm saving the ultimate holiday gift for the last day tomorrow, I'm combining two lines for this post. If these sites don't help check things of your holiday shopping lists for your favorite street goth or rave punk, nothing will!

Loving the graphic bathing suits, leggings and dresses from Australia's Black Milk and the tongue-in-cheek occultist tops, caps and jewelry from Seattle's Actual Pain (they have a .org website, ha!). With differing degrees on the darkness spectrum, what the two lines do share is a surprisingly expansive selection within their respective design themes.

Black Milk has the slick website, hot models and the high-quality photography expected of an established fashion brand, but still retains a sense of DIY initiative. Focused on bold colors and eye-popping graphics, the line turns stretch fabrics into photographic canvases, creating bathing suits featuring skeletal structures, outer space vistas, beach sunsets, wildlife closeups and film art from the likes of Rocky Horror and Metropolis.

My favorites are the Ribs Black Swimsuit ($90) and the Tiger Swimsuit ($90)
I certainly wouldn't restrict these pieces to the pool or beach (especially since I hate sun) and instead would pair with high-waist shorts, mini skirts or for the most daring, just alone with over-the-knee socks and a motorcycle jacket. The site also has an extensive photo galleries of how happy customers styled their pieces if you ever need inspiration.
 Worth noting too, their Beetlejuice Suspender leggings ($125). Such a cute idea!


Actual Pain is the polar opposite of Black Milk in many respects, with it's raw, punk rock website and stripped down, guerrilla graphics. But Actual Pain selection is no less expansive than Black Milk's, exploring droves of goth, occult and pop culture memento mori upon what seems like every blank item in the Hanes catalog. I'm particularly drawn to the more humorous pieces in the line, like the utterly Midwestern pom pom beanies and crew sweatshirts.



Actual Pain just launched their winter collection yesterday (Dec 12) and already pieces are sold out, so be sure to grab anything you can as soon as you can. Oh how I lament that these Sixth Seal ($36) leggings are gone! People of Actual Pain, please tell me there will be more!


Day 9: Witty, Brooding Graphic Tees from TUCO

I keep telling myself I need to be buying fewer t-shirts and more grown-up shirts (whatever that means), hoping it will help me keep a refined look. But then I see lines that just floor me and I take my back all my anti-tee thoughts. Los Angeles-based Graphic designer and super hottie Jenny Ryf Doucedame's graphic tee line TUCO combines clever, black humor slogans with stark monochromatic images that are ripe for the outwardly brooding urbanite--who actually doesn't take it all too seriously. Any Tuco shirt makes a perfect gift for the badass dude or chica in your life and makes you look cool for finding it.

The name Tuco sound familiar? The line points out the name derives from:


  1. character from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1966): A wanted man in the American Old West with a price on his head of $2,000. His motto:
    There are two kinds of people in the world my friend, those with a rope around their neck and the people who have the job of doing the cutting.
  2. character from "Breaking Bad" (2009): An erratic Mexican drug kingpin.

Are you going to be the one hanging, cutting or scaring the shit out of people?

Not just rad graphics, Tuco pieces are extra soft with "grinding" on the collar and hems for that comfy, worn-in look and feel. These shirts primed to become your go-to afterhours/morning-after/going out and grinding/staying in and grinding/"where the fuck is my favorite shirt" tee. I think a key point may be that wearers can very comfortably sleep or black out in Tuco.

They come in a single size for an oversized look that goes great with pretty much anything. My own rule with oversized tees is to go extra slutty on the bottom to keep a good balance. As part of the launch, Tuco's also offering 25% off orders with code URMYFRIEND for the holidays. What's your excuse not to get one?

My personal faves that jaw-droppingly meet FAB (Fight A Bitch) status are the "House Party Vibes" and  "Don't Go Chasing" shirts. I still mourn the demise of the wild weekly house parties in LA (seriously where did they all go? Did we trash them all?) and there are just way too many waterfalls that I need to stop chasing (plus, I fucking love that TLC song, duh).

Jenny, you're reading my mind.
 Don't stop.


Day 7: 50% Off JewelMint Bling With Code "fall112"


I know there are plenty of you out there who haven't even thought about the mounting holiday shopping list as it gets closer to Xmas/Hanukkah. I've definitely been guilty of sending "New Years" cards because I didn't get to sending Christmas cards out soon enough. If you're looking for a gift that literally keeps on giving, you can sign a friend/girlfriend/wife/anyone/cat/pirate/why not yourself up for monthly jewelry deliveries from JewelMint.com!

I'm stoked that the JewelMint team contacted me to help promote some stunning jewelry designed by bi-eye-colored actress Kate Bosworth and designer Cher Coulter. Certainly helped knock a day off my 12 Days of Xmas Gift Ideas list, and helps ease your emptying holiday wallet right away.
Here's a gift from me to you: Copy and paste fall112 at checkout for 50% off your first month of JewelMint, courtesy of the Los Angeles Mint Brand Ambassador Team.

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How it works: Click here to join and take the Style Quiz to create your own personal showroom. Every month, new styles are added to your showroom based on your tastes for you to choose from.


Each piece is $29.99, but with our very own discount code, you can get your first piece for $14.99 plus FREE SHIPPING.

Some of my faves:



And now for the real skinny: If you want to skip a month, you can. There's no obligation to buy anything your showroom suggests for you. You can also return/exchange within 30 days if you change your mind.


How to gift this? Make a nice card for your lucky recipient with their JewelMint login information written inside. You can even say something like "6 Months of Jewelry!" While you can't set a certain amount of time for membership, you can cancel at anytime. So set a calendar alarm on your phone for six months later and remember to cancel. And if you forget, what's the harm in your loved one getting a little extra bling?

Day 6: Ornate Legwear By Bebaroque

I'm a little upset at myself for not thinking of this earlier, but as a tights and over-the-knee socks fan, the ornate legwear from Scottish company Bebaroque caught my eye immediately. These gold lamé and sequin socks are particularly perfect for holiday party looks. Give these as a gift and I almost guarantee the lucky recipient will wear them to their New Year's festivities.

The brand has a whole assortment of embellished, embroidered, tasseled and bedazzled legwear, dresses and body suits that had my mouth watering. But with the above gold and sequin knee socks priced at $144.00, I'll have to roll my tongue back into my mouth for a little longer.

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Part elegant hosiery, part luxury dancewear, Bebaroque essentially offers a sort of haute couture shortcut, combining the meticulous details haute couture demands with the simple canvas of universal, American Apparel-like basics. Pairing any of their pieces with a simple pleated skirt, belted dress, or really anything as Toyko style blogger Shan Shan has done (killed it!) gives a unique, eye-catching element that no one else on the street will have. One embellished body suit will cost you at minimum $350.00, yet compared to the ceiling-less pricing of runway couture, it's a steal. I'm particularly enamored with the black outfit below, I would wear that out as is!

Selections from Bebaroque's SS12 collection


But who am I kidding? I'm a total cheapskate, and upon seeing the knee socks and tights I thought to myself, "I can do that easily. Just hadn't occurred to me to do it before." Now, while I don't have the patience to make any of the lavishly decorated pieces, some of the simpler designs would be easy enough to make with a visit to the right craft store, a sewing kit and an hour or two of work in front of the TV. Maybe after our 12 Days of Xmas Gifts countdown I'll do a DIY post for a tights or socks project :).



Day 5: Alexander Wang "Marion" Sling Mini Bags



A little late on this one today, but it's a damn good one. My friend Christine--an amazing graphic designer who has created entire looks for the likes of Smashbox Cosmetics and Kate Somerville--had an enviable sling bag with her on a night out that I immediately (without having seen the design before) recognized it as an Alexander Wang piece. Wang's Marion Mini Sling Bag is chic, classic bag that with the rhodium details still retains Alexander's signature edge.

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I was a huge fan of Alexander Wang's stud-bottomed Rocco bag, but the actual portability had mixed reviews. Holding Rocco myself, it had a surprisingly heavy weight despire the small size due to the solid metal spikes. Knowing how much I like to cram into my bags, I couldn't go through with a purchase despite being as lusty as a bar wench for it. Even though it came with an across-the-body strap, it was certainly a shoulder killer.

Side note: Rhodium is a silvery-white, durable metal that is related to platinum. I came to know the material because the high-end store I worked at as a salesperson in college (I was unceremoniously "let go" for sitting down once) used to sell giant fake cubic zirconia wedding rings. For about $100, women with actual giant diamond and platinum wedding rings would buy the CZ/rhodium ones to wear when they travel in case the rings were lost or the women robbed. Funny how that works?
But with the Marion bag, it's the perfect size for a night out to dinner, dancing and then some. You can fit a wallet, car keys, phone, some cosmetics and maybe a few other necessities in it--which is great weight-wise and cutting down on purse clutter (big problem for  me).
At $650, the Marion bag is on the cheaper end of the spectrum for Alexander Wang bags, and is simple enough carry from season to season. Plus, there are different colors and materials to match anyone you're shopping for: Emerald lambskin (sold out in all the places I could find); royal blue leather, black ostrich print leather, black lambskinazure leather and if you act fast, the butterscotch/rhodium color is on sale for practically half-off for $389 at Barneys.com.

Anyone would be lucky to recieve one of these mini babies for the holidays!

Day 4: Silver Collar Tips Chic Up Any Shirt

I was suprised at the reaction to one of my latest accessory purchases: Western collar tips. I was inspired to buy them after seeing Zara's lovely Studio Shirt was sold out everywhere I looked.

The top retailed at about $90.00, which for my taste is slightly too pricey for a Zara shirt. And it didn't even matter because right now I can't even find it on eBay. But for much cheaper, you can have a far better alternative:

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For about $7.00, I bought the best part of the shirt, the tips! A common accessory in Western wear, they're a fantastic addition to a shirt buttoned to the neck in lieu of a necklace. You'll have to dig around for ones that are not blatently Western/horse/cowboy themed, but they really are jewelry in my opinion.

Here are the ones I bought; this is a photo I posted on my Instagram (follow me! Username KidViskous)


The best part about having the collar tips alone instead of the Zara shirt is that you can add them to any collared shirt you own. They have screws in the back to grasp onto the colla for a simple change-up. I bought mine off eBay and I encourage you to search around there for tips that suit you or your gift recipient. They can come in a basic generic metal for under $10 or you can find more intricately engraved, uniquely shaped, sterling silver or 14k gold ones for more. Some even come set with a semi-precious stone like turquoise or onyx.
These sterling silver vintage paisley ones are fantastic for $18 on eBay.

It's almost like DIY, but easier! A great pro-style gift for anyone looking to advance their existing wardrobe.

12 Days of Xmas - Day 1: The Light Keeper Set

I. Love. Christmas. Call me a sucker, but when the lights go up, the holiday songs start playing and everything has pumpkin spice in it, I get all tingly inside. Stealing Alexander Wang's idea, we're doing a 12 Days Of Christmas gifts countdown (A.Wang will certainly make it on our list) to inspire your holiday shopping this year. If anyone would like to send one of my picks over to me, feel completely free to do so!

 Kicking off the list is a beautiful sterling silver "The Light Keeper" necklace set by James Banks. It comes with a set of tool charms: a screw driver, tweezers and a funnel along with a real glass light bulb. But the real kicker? The lightbulb is filled with 30 loose black diamonds and then some.

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Harmoniously working together, the purpose of the funnel and tweezers is to aid in switching out the jewels (or "the light") inside the light bulb. The filament can also be removed and worn as a charm. I love the ability to customize your necklace with this set, and how everything has it's utility: the bulb for keeping the light, screwdriver for opening the light, tweezers for choosing the light and the funnel for transferring the light. Being able to participate in the design process, however small a contribution, is always a welcomed element--although that might only be because I'm a jewelry designer myself!

How this set actually came to my attention was that one of the James Banks designers is Adam Shulman, a.k.a. actress Anne Hathaway's freshly minted fiance. Along with jewelrysmith Heidi Nahser Fink, who does stunning metal work herself, the duo has so far released a very small collection of antique-inspired necklaces.

The set comes in a beautiful leather "tool" pouch and a polished wooden box with instructions on how to use the precious tools. Any guy or girl will be thrilled to receive this set (I know I would), but with a $1,100.00 price tag, you may just want to keep it for yourself.

Check back tomorrow for #11!

KidViskous Black Friday Jewelry Sales!

Hopefully not too many of you have been trampled by this morning's rush. Avoid the lines and shop online (I know I am). KidViskous is having it's own holiday sales, tons of pieces for 20%-50% off in all of our online shops.

At our main Supermarket.com shop, we've taken 20% off our Vampire Teeth necklaces and Feather Earrings, along with discounts all across the store.



On our KidViskous Facebook Shop, we've added a few more items, including our Double Crossed Rings. These items have the same discounts as our Supermarket store, but have the added bonus of an additional 10% off if you "Like" our page.



And finally, at our shop on Etsy, where you can find pieces that are not part of out main collections, you can get an additional 15% off the whole store with the coupon code: BlackFriday throughout the whole weekend!

So what are you waiting for? Shop easily online this weekend and avoid the trampling!

xo
KV





You Are Invited: A Holiday Quickie Sample Sale


Why wait in long lines at stores?  Tired of fighting LA drivers for parking? 
You are cordially invited to our HOLIDAY QUICKIE!  It's so simple, just park, and shop!  :)



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A HOLIDAY QUICKIE!
Shop your favorite local LA designers at deep discounts!
Saturday & Sunday, December 4th & 5th
From 11am - 6pm both days

Located at Jenny Dayco's studio:
7428 Hollywood Boulevard, #305
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(Tall brown building on southeast corner of Hollywood Blvd & Vista St)

Free 2 hour parking on Vista Street!  (Whew!)
Entrance to building on Vista, buzz #305 and come on in!
Cash preferred, but credit card payments are acceptable online through PayPal.

 
Featured clothing designers are:
Laeken
Maxine Dillon
Smoke & Mirrors
 

Featured accessories designers are:
KidViskous jewelry (duh)
Ankh by Racquel Honoré
The Brallet by Jessica Hardesty
Felicity Joy jewelry
Jenny Dayco jewelry
Jennifer Shon jewelry
Lok'D by Gadgiz Galore
Sweet Evie

Hope to see you there!