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 8: (Almost) Anything From Chloë Sevigny's Latest Collection for Opening Ceremony


Chloë Sevigny impressed with her fourth collection for Opening Ceremony. The design collaboration started off a little rocky for my taste like most celebrity-designed collections (Kate Moss for Topshop too), but this time she collaborated with vintage-inspired eyewear designer Barton Perreira and heritage street and skate brand Vision. The combination of the collaborators plus Chloë's tastes and OC's talented design team supporting her, it made for a stylistically bi-polar collection with some iffy pieces and some "I will fight a bitch for it" must-haves.

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 Drawing particular inspiration from Chloë Sevigny's Kids days in 90s NYC, the collection is billed as "old-school street wear meets vintage underwear... channel picnic at hanging rock for ultra-feminine silhouettes while 80s-style ra ra skirts key into a different kind of nostalgia—for Chloë’s early days in New York and the skate culture of Kids." While not blatantly 90s, I think they took appropriately small snippets of the decade. Chloë Sevigny herself is even an appropriately small snippet of the 90s!

The leather and cotton "Eyelet Pinafore" dresses show above are my top choices for FAB status (Fight A Bitch, let's see if this catches on), and are, of course, some of the most expensive apparel pieces in the collection: $700 for the white cotton, $1,200 for the black leather. The bathing suits are also to die for, especially since they have structured cups that can accommodate those of us with lesser cleavage--a rarity for most structured bathing suit top designs. Here are some more of my favorites that I think can fit almost any stylish lady you're shopping for. Chloë for OC spans apparel, eyewear, bags, sneakers and also some menswear!









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 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 2: Geniune Lady Gaga Platforms from Noritaka Tatehana

So, I started off writing the second of our "12 Days of Xmas" posts about a pair of shoes my friend Dominique of the stunning wedding photography duo Love Me Sailor and I recently saw ("we were ready to pull a bitch by her hair out of the dance cage at Rhondavous for wearing the shoes we had been lusting after"). But after some research, I've discovered something better. MUCH better. Behold, the work of platform shoe artist and Lady Gaga cobbler Noritaka Tatehana


If you can't control your boner for Tatehana's work like I can't...

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Now, none of Noritaka Tatehana's shoes are for the faint of foot, but I like to think I've been working towards my platform blackbelt. Tatehana's shoes are stunning, gravity-defying explorations of fashion, whose conceptual designs are on the cusp of art. Archival pieces are currently being exhibited at the Comme des Garcons Trading Museum and shop in their Paris and Tokyo locations and Dover Street Market in London.

The young designer (a mere 26 years-old) was born in Japan and mentions his family came into money from the "centre of an entertainment and red-light district in Tokyo". The red-light district inspiration can certainly be seen in his work. Starting at 15, he taught himself fashion design and construction processes, later majoring in dyeing and weaving in college. Currently, every single one of his pieces are hand-executed by Tatehana himself! You can't ask for better craftsmanship for shoes ranging from $2,500 - $4,000. Many designer shoes are already in that price range, but can you imagine how much a shoe completely handmade by Christian Louboutin himself, or Karl Lagerfeld himself would cost??
The man himself, makin' your shoes


While no new collections are up for sale on his site, you can still special order pieces from the Tokyo  Trading Museum Comme des Garcons:

Opening hours AM11:00-PM6:00
2F GYRE Bldg 5-10-1 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo 1500001, JAPAN
TEL +81 (0) 3 3486 8590 

Aaand for those of you who aren't quite up to task for Tatehana's shoes, or perhaps live in the real world and plan on walking on real streets, copy king Jeffrey Campbell's "Night Walker" shoe is a fantastic alternative for the much more affordable price of $170.00. While Tatehana's pieces are a crash course, Campbell's shoes are a nice, gentle beginner's lesson in footwear ergonomics without being ankle-breakingly dangerous (and nowhere near as gorgeous).

EDIT: My friend Joshua reminded me that Campbell's Night Walkers are a direct reproduction of another platform diva's go-to shoe designer Natacha Marro. That diva? Why self-styling fashion maven Ms. Daphne Guiness of course.


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





Loves & Lusts: 12 Days of Ultimate Christmas Gifts

Maybe it's a little late for a countdown (okay, completely late), but here's my '12 Days of Christmas' wish list that is still applicable even after the holidays (especially #3). Click away!

12 Photogram Prints by Job Piston - $500, Khastoo Gallery



11 Designer Condom Packs - $5.99/3pk, Proper Attire
From top left: Keith Haring, Yigal Azrouël, Jeremy Scott, Charlotte Ronson, Alexander Wang, Opening Ceremony.




10 Crazy Nails with Konad Nail Stamping A Set - $139.90, Konad.com




9 Scented Candles - $36.00 each, Tocca.com




8 oz box of Teuscher Champagne Truffles - $44.50, Teuscher Beverly Hills


7 French Lesson Panties Set - $295.00, Kiki de Montparnasse




6 Killer Platforms - $159.95 - $589.95, Solestruck.com
From top left: Page One - Jeffrey Campbell, Wynn - Sam Edelman, Wilma - Senso, 252-95 - Finsk, Clik Biker Boot - Maurie & Eve, Adam - Report Signature.




5 Cartier Panthere Rings! - $$THOUSANDS$$, Cartier.com




4 "Don't fucking touch me" Studded Jackets - Also thousand$, Burberry Prorsum SS '11




3 Matching Boyfriends - Priceless, My Dreams
From left to right: Andrew Garfield, Mark Ronson, Jon Kortajarena





2 Royal Welsh Corgis - Buckingham Palace





1 AMAZING 2011!


You Are Invited: A Current Affair Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace

Not KidViskous Jewelry-related, but thought I'd share!



A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace

December 10-11, 2010
Opening party TONIGHT (Friday) 6-10pm

Bringing together over 25 premier vintage retailers and private dealers from Los Angeles and beyond, A Current Affair presents a unique opportunity to shop a select assortment of vintage apparel, jewelry, accessories, eyewear, and ephemera including the likes of Azzedine Alaïa, Balmain, Chanel, Chloe, Comme des Garcons, Givenchy, Issey Miyake, Halston, Lanvin, and Yves Saint Laurent.
 
The combined forces of LA It-boutiques Scout, Richard Wainwright, Beau & Aero, Weltenbuerger, Siren & more
Music by DJ Nguzunguzu
Sponsored by PAMA pomegranate liqueur, IZZE sparkling drinks, and Smartwater.
 

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!

KidViskous on the Today Show's Holiday Gift Ideas!

KidViskous makes its TV debut! This morning we were featured on the Today Show as part of a Lucky Magazine segment on Holiday Gifts for Under $25 repping our favorite online retailer Supermarket. You can check out our KV Diamond Necklace in gold around 2:15 on the segment online, and peek the Supermarket clip below!

Made of mirrored gold Lucite and a 14k gold-filled chain, you can get our KV Diamond Necklace for only $24 (40% off the original $40 price).

PLUS we're offering FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the US and CHEAP INTL SHIPPING ($5 flat!) for any international orders until December 31st!


xo


3 Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas You Can Binge On

With Thanksgiving coming up, there's always a certain panic that strickens the self-hatred in us all: getting fat (if even just temporarily). But more than that, it's one of the few chances we see extended family, new additions and the boyfriend's/girlfriend's clan, so it's always nice to make a good impression for them to take home. Although we're pointing out the importance of not letting gluttony get the best of us, we're still competely and utterly condoning that you eat to your ass's delight. Who cares, this is what the holidays are all about--plus your grandmother would be proud you're finally eating enough! But to soften the blow to your gut, here's a few tips on how to at least look like you're not smuggling a turkey.



1. COVER IT UP: This is an obvi, but there's no better way can your mask a seven-course meal than with cinchless and flowy dresses and bottoms. Pieces that are gathered, pleated, tiered or tastefully bunched in some sort of way (without cinching) gives you tons of breathing room after your third helping of stuffing.
Charles Anastase 3-Tier Dress; $585, Opening Ceremony

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Opening Ceremony Silk Billow Pant (yes, pants); $300, Opening Ceremony







2. EXPAND ON IT: Sweatpants and stretchy bottoms are the simplest go-to for every binge season. But to avoid matching your big uncle Leroy, try an expandable pant that is more than meets the pie. Think luxe fabrics, subtly adjustable belts and interesting details like a double waistband that give you not one, but two chances at that satisfying ate-too-much-letting-myself-go sigh. And don't forget to match with a nice pair of heels or boots, otherwise people will think you've been recently dumped.

ASOS Leather Jogger Pants; $172.40, ASOS

   
Whistles Ellie Pants; $215.50, ASOS


 
  
Whistles Bobby Double Waistband Sweat Pant; $163.78, ASOS




3. CREATE A DIVERSION: If you're not willing to give up your jumpsuits and cinched waisted everything, or would like a more conversation-starting approach to covering the balloning that's happening, why not weird out those cousins you never liked? The trick is to draw the eye up above the stomach or down below. Usually (for those of you lucky enough to have) obscene cleavage would work great, but given this is a family function, don't want to draw that kind of blood-related attention.
Stolen Girlfriend's Club Croc Denim Jeans; $312, Pixie Market


FACE The Crow Bindi Set; $48, New High Mart


Got anyore tips? Leave a comment below!