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October 24th, 2014
Hey. We’re curious. With heated celebrity conversations about “lite” vs. “heavy” forms of feminism, young girls dropping “F-bombs” for feminist shock-value, and new #girlpower forms of literature hitting shelves, what do you think of feminism and what does the word feminist mean to you?’
‘Blue eyed baby queen, prettiest girl I’ve ever seen’
Where are you from? “Ha, I never know how to answer that question anymore. I didn’t really grow up in one place. My family and I have always been nomadic, but I was born in Manhattan and have spent the most time here, so I guess I will go with that.”
Who and what do you love? Go in any direction with this, even tell me what you think of love? “I think love is the best feeling in the world. I love my family, my close friends, my “THE ROW” team. I think being “in love” is very different and hard to find, and though I have had immense love for people, I have yet to be in love with someone. Oh, and I love music, beaches and sloths.”
What do you do for fun, work, when you’re sad? “For fun, I like to explore; see new places or meet new people. For work, I manage the press department at THE ROW. When I am sad, I like to go on long walks in Manhattan, most likely listening to Tyler the Creator or Yann Tiersen.“
Where do you call home, or tell me about the idea of home? “I think home is that place that provides comfort and safety. I just moved from the East Village, where I lived with my awesome roommate Gia, to live on my own in the Lower East Side. It’s not home yet, but it’s getting there!”
How do you dance, tell me what kind of music makes you dance no matter what? “It depends on how much I’ve had to drink!”
What do you think it means to be a friend? “I think a friend is someone you can confide in no matter what. Someone that you can trust, adventure with, just be happy to be in their company. They won’t judge you, even when you tell them the most revealing, vulnerable details of yourself.”
Tell me your most recent dream, asleep and awake! “Oh man, I am notorious for having the strangest dreams. I think it’s because I usually watch Law and Order SVU or Game of Thrones before I go to bed. My most recent dream asleep was an anxiety dream about work, and awake was being back in the sun in Puerto Rico!”
April 1st, 2014
February 17th, 2014
February 15th, 2014
Much Ado About Nothing. Happy belated Valentine’s Day. Are we over it? Not because anyone feels lonely (which can be a bummer) but because maybe the one-hit-wonder holiday thing is over, no longer, let’s say “in fashion”. Love is in the air nearly every day. Here’s a cactus to remember your love. x
Thank you for celebrating GIRLS I KNOW! We are 1 year old.
February 3rd, 2014
Hitomi Matarese and Charlie Walker are a beautiful married couple who work as a team to design and build one-of-a-kind dreamcatchers – they are the artists who create the heart-bomb goodness known as Electric Love. Their studio in Brooklyn is filled with washed light and is organized by feather, rock, and crystal. These photographs remind me of the simplicity of a strong idea, figuratively built brick by brick within the imagination.
A dreamcatcher is meant to block bad dreams and allow good ones to come through.
Every feather has purpose, quality. Any stone or crystal added to the piece is pure, cleansed. While visiting the studio, Hitomi handed me a crystal dark in color. Black tourmaline. Under the shade of my layered hair I felt my eyes fill up, for some reason I was moved by the weight of the crystal in my hand. You might think I’m a nut… that’s fine. Hitomi then explained that black tourmaline is known as a stone of protection, a stone to block negative energy and destructive force. It’s also used to ground and purify those near it, aiding in the healing process.
Thoughtful craftsmanship is an obvious trademark of an Electric Love dreamcatcher. The pair, Hitomi and Charlie are as interesting to speak to as their creations are to look at.
One wall of the studio is layered with inspiration, photographs and memories, rock and roll music vibrates through speakers in the corner and the smell of sage and smoke rest in the air. I left the studio visit with a gift, a tiny feather.
You can see and learn more about Electric Love here.
February 3rd, 2014
By incorporating the writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s definition of the subject in her song “***Flawless”, Beyoncé has officially taken a post in the public conversation about feminism. Taken from Adichie’s 2012 TEDxEuston lecture, the snippet has pushed the pop star’s new album into a space before unoccupied by Queen Bey. Clap clap clap!
With her hyper sexy Grammy performance and amazingly scantily clad butt in almost all of her sixteen new videos there has been a lot of talk about whether or not Beyoncé actually knows what feminism is. First, I think it’s important to note that feminism does not have a hard set of specifications. Rule number one doesn’t say “you can’t be sexy.” Actually, if there was one manifesto that all feminists rallied behind the first rule would probably be “believe in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.” Feminism is a malleable space once everyone agrees on that line which is from Chimamanda’s speech FYI! . Second, feminists telling women what to do with their bodies especially after they’ve clearly considered the implications is a bit hypocritical. Of course there are women who don’t know that dressing in too small clothing is a choice not a necessity but those women aren’t making albums quoting critically acclaimed authors on the subject. Bey has done research!
You can argue that Beyoncé is dancing for the male gaze but you can also argue that regardless of whom she’s dancing for she’s absolutely definitely getting them to pay attention. Look: she’s a pop star. She needs to cater to the mainstream – it’s by doing this that she has a net worth of $350 million. She’s a game changer for sure (secret album, creative control, very private, etc) but within certain boundaries that allow her to still be loved by everyone. The album Beyoncé sold 1.3 million copies in three weeks. If even half of those people now think that feminism is something to actively consider this is huge. The movement is no longer for activists on the fringe. Beyoncé has pushed the conversation into the hottest middle space of the limelight and is asking her audience (which is the whole world) to consider their own understanding of gender equality. Again, applause!
What do you think of B’s newfound ideology? Do you wish she stuck to songs about love and dancing?
Jan. 14th, 2014
Introducing Jessica Velez, designer of Jessica Velez Knitwear.
Where are you from?
Jan. 13th, 2014
One of our faves! Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung.
Who What Wear’s Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr are consistently on point with all fashion editorials and coverage they post – see their favorite looks from last night’s Golden Globes at WhoWhatWear.com.
Jan. 9th, 2013
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen chose beauty, Linda Rodin to model their 2014 Pre – Fall collection, The Row. Rodin, at 65 is a business woman in beauty and also a former model. Find her famous and secret Rodin Face Oil here. In person Rodin is as graceful and sharp as she is here in look 18.
Jan. 2, 2014
A reflection from 2013 on Fantasy Bras by Anna Gray -
Guys, the Victoria’s Secret fashion show is really weird. This slideshow of the event “through the years” looks like a catalog for cheap generic Halloween costumes. When I think fashion show I think of the apex of a designer/brand’s labor intensive collection. Is VS even selling these bras? More than 50% of each outfit is either an exclusive-to-angels set of wings or some other weird shit that isn’t for sale (see above). Of course they “sell” the multi million dollar bra they send down the runway but you definitely can’t find that in your neighborhood mall. In 1995 the show was first broadcast on television and has subsequently become their biggest marketing tool using “a combination of self-assured strutting for women and voyeuristic pleasures for men— [making] lingerie [sic] mainstream entertainment” (says Newsweek). It’s an expensive enterprise to promote “sexy fun.” The company spent $12 million on last year’s show.
Superfluous is great – I mean, the world would be a boring place if everything in it was strictly utilitarian – but who is the brand targeting? Is it a guilt-free platform for men to watch scantily clad women because it’s a women’s clothing store? Is it to provide body image reference for a female audience? Is it offensive? Is it pornographic? Is it empowering? I don’t know! Whose fantasy is this?
Defeo the Rose
December 9th, 2013
Where are you from?
“Oh god, I’m bit of a gypsy really (a bit all over). I’m from Los Angeles and Vancouver (Canada) for the most part.”
What do you do?
What was your last dream, asleep or awake?!
“Well…I’ve been experiencing a recurring dream where I’m on a road trip to a nearby hot spring with friends. When we finally get to the hot springs resort, we end up losing each other (only to reunite at the end of the weekend trip). I, of course, still find a way to enjoy the trip in solitude:) Growing up in Vancouver, one of my family’s favorite pastime used to be going to the Harrison Hot Springs (less than 2hr drive from Vancouver). Pretty sure I’ve been having these ‘hot spring dreams’ because I’m missing my family and anxious to see them during the holidays. Is it Christmas yet?!?”
December 4th, 2013
The brilliant women of VALENTINE NYC are in Miami. Go see about them and the goods they sell. DEC. 4TH – POP UP SHOP @ The Freehand Miami.
December 4th, 2013
Natalie wears fringe for GIRLS I KNOW.
November 22nd, 2013
Photo by Henrik Purienne for Adult Magazine
Please welcome Adult to the IRL publishing world. In issue number one, Editor Sarah Nicole Prickett and Creative Director Berkeley Poole have created a great multidisciplinary magazine flush with pictures/words about sex and discovery. You can find it on the Internet and someday soon in select newsstands. Published quarterly!
I wish the collective reaction to Fifty Shades of Grey was instead bestowed on Adult Magazine. Adult is beautiful but weird enough to deserve the loud whispering that accompanies stuff verging on the fringe of the taboo. Of course I am asking too much of the mass’s consciousness to admire something so far from mainstream, but it’s a nice idea. Front to back, Adult is first good looking, then funny and then hits you with full-on well-done literotica (an excerpt below*). Cunt as a word makes many appearances, as an organ a few, almost every imaginable fetish is uncovered and the writing itself is truly brilliant. If magazines are ways to spy on the future (as aptly noted in the editor’s letter) then my fingers are crossed that this newcomer is a true indication of what porn** will be in a few years.
*From Dodie Bellamy’s “Cunt Ashbery” (an homage or something to John Ashbery’s “The Painter”):
I love fucking you so much in this sullen careless world,
ignorant though it be of me and your cunt.
I love the controlled urgency of your flesh,
No other maid has welcome my cock with
her cunt languages. From Gibraltar to Cape Horn
our flashing keeps the ship from sinking.”
**Porn is currently a complicated word but if we’re future-speaking let’s picture it as a medium for honest sexuality and exploration.
Nov. 14th, 2013
Photo via REFORMATION NYC
What is Mercury Retrograde?
The first person to consult is Susan Miller. She is an astrological genius. Every month via her website Astrology Zone, Susan Miller describes the planetary action surrounding each zodiac sign. We trust her.
When Mercury goes retrograde it spins in the opposite direction or backwards rather, basically messing up your day-to-day life, interactions, and decision making (Do I or don’t I follow the yellow brick road?).
Don’t worry, it’s not in retrograde now… it ended on the 10th! You’re free to make all the wild decisions you want. For a full understanding of Mercury Retrograde, go to Susan… here.
November 4th, 2013
MILLY JACKET & SKIRT, AMERICAN APPAREL BODYSUIT,
ALEXIS BITTAR RING, MIU MIU BAG.
RICHARD CHAI SUIT, WILDFOX SWEATER & SUNGLASSES,
ALEXIS BITTAR NECKLACE & RING.
NANUSHKA JACKET & SKIRT, BEC & BRIDGE TEE, WILDFOX SUNGLASSES.
MODEL – TESSA MATTHIAS
PHOTOGRAPHS AND STYLING BY JEN
October 31st, 2013
Do you remember the first time you went to New York without your parents? It was one of the sparkliest moments of my life. You’re young, free, terrified and ecstatic at the center of the world.
Last week, I was on a plane from Heathrow to JFK that was full of fourteen-year-old French kids on a field trip to the big apple. I don’t speak French, think teenagers are intimidating and prefer making up my own stories about strangers so I don’t know the real details BUT I was so excited for all of them! This pack of kids was with only two young teachers who were probably the hip History/Science dudes that listened to cool music and let you blow stuff up or drop things off the roof. They were coming to NYC and staying in some shit midtown hotel we’d never drink in to see Times Square and Central Park and revel at how many beautiful people and things can exist in one city. I was and am getting goosebumps thinking about their eyeballs popping out of their heads in amazement and the snapchats they’d take of the skyline as they took a bus from JFK over the bridge. When the wheels hit the runway they all cheered! From excitement too not because they were glad to be done with a seven hour flight.
New York is my favorite city in the world (can you tell?) but I have a deep appreciation for all urban areas that build themselves up to be huge, beautiful and ultimately irrationally challenging places to live. Even if you prefer suburbia, the countryside, or hermitage (I get it) your first city experience is undeniably jarring. It takes a layer of skin off your youth and reminds you that you’re an ant at the bottom of a huge tree on a very big planet. I hope I run into this school group (I’ll lurk around the entrance to MoMA) so I can take pictures of their jaw dropped awe. Will post here as a reminder to not be so jaded.
x Anna Gray
Oct. 28th, 2013
Just when you think your ship has sailed…
Photo by Cass Bird
NEWS: Women in politics – Michelle Obama to support women running for office.
Oct. 15th, 2013
Apple hires current Burberry CEO, Angela Ahrendts to become their new Retail Chief. #boom
More from the WSJ here.
Oct. 15th, 2013
Image via French Vogue
Challenge by definition:
A call to engage in a contest, fight, or competition. An act or statement of defiance; a call to confrontation. A demand for explanation or justification; a calling into question. A sentry’s call to an unknown party for proper identification. A test of one’s abilities or resources in a demanding but stimulating undertaking.
How do you overcome a challenge? email@example.com
Oct. 15th, 2013
Don’t look straight into the sun!
Model is Helena Vestergaard
October 11th, 2013
Today marks the second year we celebrate International Day of the Girl.
Last year on December 19th the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year’s Day will focus on “Innovating for Girls’ Education”.
Education for girls = girl power. Resources to understand more about raising consciousness, supporting #dayofthegirl, what you can do and what today means, go here >>>
Oct. 8th, 2013
This is Lulu and Cara. They are twins, living in New York, working in Fashion. #blondehairdon’tcare
Where are you from?
Lulu: “I’m a small town girl from the great state of Maine.”
Cara: “The Pine Tree State/Vacationland/The Way Life Should Be AKA Maine.”
What do you do for fun, for work, when you’re scared?
Lulu: “Let’s see. For fun you can find me on most weekends exploring local thrift stores, antiques shops or flea markets. I love taking daytrips and discovering new places to find antiques. I am an avid collector of vintage jewelry-probably too much jewelry but I can’t get enough! I am currently on a quest for the prefect Fred Harvey concho bracelet.
For work, I am a designer of children’s clothes at a luxury fashion brand here in New York. I love that I have a job that lets me be creative every day.
When I am sad I think the best thing for me to do is to exercise-go for a nice long run around Brooklyn or take a yoga class. Also anything chocolate or even coffee can cheer me right up.”
Cara: “For fun, I love to travel, whether it’s an eight hour flight or a two hour car ride. I need to travel. New places, new people clear my mind and give me needed perspective.
I’m a digital publicist (yes, it exists) for a top luxury fashion brand, so I have the privilege to work with many inspiring and creative people. It’s a job where you learn a lot about yourself and realize how important communication is. And the space is always changing, which makes it most rewarding. I’m constantly reading to keep up in the latest and greatest blogs, websites, etc. It keeps me on my toes.
I hate even thinking about being sad, but when I am sad, I just have to find a way to mentally escape. I listen to lots and lots of music. I overdose on music.”
How do you dance? What kind of music makes you dance no matter what?
Lulu: “I dance like no one is watching! I just move to the beat of the music and try to always have a lot of fun dancing by never taking myself too seriously. Whenever I hear any Pulp or Morrissey song I get very excited! Anything ’80′s (especially Hall and Oats, Tears for Fears or Journey) gets me feeling very nostalgic which really makes me want to dance.”
Cara: “I’m a girl that likes to move her hair. It is hard to explain, but I guess I sort of whip it back in forth, but not like Willow Smith. My close friends know how I dance very well and make fun of me at given chance, which I don’t mind. It is a dance all my own and I’m proud of it (I think…). Music has always had a big effect on me, so most anything can make me dance, but of course I have my favorites…The Jam, Morrissey, Twin Shadow and Beach House.”
When did a recent dream come true?
Lulu: “I don’t believe that I have ever had a dream that actually happened in real life. Wish I had some sort of psychic ability!”
Cara: “Sadly, nothing! Although, I wholeheartedly believe in dreams coming true.”
Tell me about the last time you were surprised.
Lulu: “The last time I was really surprised was earlier this year. A dear friend of mine (Harah) who lives in Hong Kong was coming to New York on a last minute business trip. My friend reached out to my sister and told her not to say anything. My sister casually came over to my apartment one night and was like, “Oh, is it okay if my boyfriend stops by?” The knock on the door ended up being my friend! I hadn’t seen her in almost two years. I was completely shocked!”
Cara: “About a month ago when my boyfriend – or I should now say fiancé – proposed to me. Naturally, my sister Lulu was involved, but I had no idea. There are so few surprises one can have in life – I didn’t want to talk about it beforehand or pick out the ring. He did an amazing job, and there were a lot of tears involved of course. It has been the best surprise of my life thus far.”
Photos and interview by Jen
Oct. 7th, 2013
Favorite images from Spring 2014 - NY FW. xx
An almost kiss?
Katie Gallagher Presentation
Oct. 7th, 2013
A good boot lasts a long time.
Loeffler Randall is New York based shoe collection that launched in 2005. The designer, Jessie Randall’s inspiration for the line was bore out hew quest to find shoes she wanted to wear but couldn’t find. Respect!
Below is our favorite, the Emerson bootie. Boom.
Oct. 2nd, 2013
Guess what? Sinead O’Connor wrote Miley Cyrus a letter and it’s amazing. Miley has repeatedly and publicly referenced Sinead as a role model and the influence to her work. Sinead, in response to Miley’s musings decided a letter explaining industry truths was the best route to offer an incredibly honest dose of tough love.
I wasn’t going to write this letter, but today i’ve been dodging phone calls from various newspapers who wished me to remark upon your having said in Rolling Stone your Wrecking Ball video was designed to be similar to the one for Nothing Compares… So this is what I need to say… And it is said in the spirit of motherliness and with love.
I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way ‘cool’ to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether its the music business or yourself doing the pimping.
Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent.
I am happy to hear I am somewhat of a role model for you and I hope that because of that you will pay close attention to what I am telling you.”
Read her full letter at ourstage.com.
Oct. 1st, 2013
Simone Rocha Classic 1 Glitter Oxfords from Opening Ceremony
Style should be ever evolving as we’re ever growing, learning etc but the mid twenties age range seems to be about establishing a schism between your childhood fancies and the adult you’re looking to look like. Personally, I am having a really hard time cutting the wacky stuff out of my wardrobe to make room for the slick lines of “adulthood.” Being a firm believer of style as outward self expression and also “faking it until you make it,” I want to wear things that look like Calvin Klein and Jil Sander (or the new Zara fall collection) but sometimes I have the urge to look like a weird disco ball. So, I’ve made a pact with myself. Glitter is chill as long as it’s worn neatly. Maybe you saw my purple silk pants in Girl Series 11? Though not glittery they’re definitely shiny bright but their sleek middle pleat and perfect ankle crop make them neat by all definitions of the word.
Whatever about season transitionals – I’m too busy to overthink layers – but life transitionals are major (and you have to think about them less often). Glitter will guide you from gangly Juicy Couture youth to your dream job interview with ease. I hesitate to call it “fun” because that’s boring but its inherent association with 8-year-old girls keeps it definitively light. Disco will never die.
Oct. 1st, 2013
In a press release we received this weekend:
Feminist leader and activist, Gloria Steinem, helps launch “LIVING OFF TIPS,” a new online campaign from Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), with a video testimonial detailing what it was like to “live off tips” as a server.
LIVING OFF TIPS is a platform tipped restaurant workers — servers, bartenders, bussers, runners, and more — to share their stories, counter industry-backed myths, and increase momentum for raising the tipped minimum wage (stuck at $2.13 an hour at the federal level for the last 22 years).
Gloria speaks of her time spent as waitress and specifically about her moment as a Playboy Bunny/Undercover Journalist. Watch her video here.
Oct. 1st, 2013
Designer and good friend, Tessa Matthais picks her favorite looks (SO FAR) from Spring 2014 shows. NYC – LONDON – MILAN.
balance. color. j’amze. stunning. smart. so fresh. print. gorgeous. aspiration. hopes and dreams.
office love. punch. class. woman. modern. New York. dreamy. craft. shapes.
Selects and descriptions by Tessa
September 25th, 2013
I think you know Anna?
Anna Gray is a writer and very pretty young thing. She is more than contributor to GIRLS I KNOW, she is an advocate and has been instrumental in it’s development. Anna is an important kind of girl in New York because she is curious, ambitious and smart – the kind of girl who keeps the wheels turning. We shot these photos at the start of Spring 2013.
I just had a dream my coffee shop lady asked me to be on Girls I Know, no joke!
Please look out for “Anna Eyes” her weekly column of findings.
Photos and Interview by Jen
Found party flyer on Record Label Duo, Neon Gold’s fridge.
September 24th, 2013
Theory – $1,195 The Adashi Jacket
Grace Coddington by John Donald Vogue 1971
September 23rd, 2013
In honor of your lips.. a rotating go of perfect balms, sticks and glosses. 1st up >>>>
MAYBELLINE – BABY LIPS
Get the unscented sunscreen version. $3.29
September 13th, 2013
I sent an email out to few friends I knew were making the NYFW rounds, and well.. have been for years. The questions was:
DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST FASHION SHOW?
Jen: Mine was VERA WANG, NYFW FALL 2006. I was given a front row seat. This was a ticket Atoosa Rubenstein graciously gave me. I was wearing all brown for some reason.. I had no clue what was going on nor did I realize until after that I was seated next to Anna Wintour. The tents at Bryant Park mystified me.
Gina Kelly – Fashion Director, Seventeen Magazine.
“My first show was Todd Oldham. He had all the super models: Naomi, Linda, Christy… He also played the best music. I was in the last row, with all the drag queens. I loved the energy!!”
Marissa Rosenblum - Director of Programing, Refinery29.com.
Fara Homidi - Makeup Artist
“It was exactly around this time of year, back in 2007, my best friend moved to NY and I came to visit her during Fashion Week. We planned to go to the Mark Jacob’s show (biggest show of the season, especially at that time) , and I put on my favorite nude dress and black heels. I was super pumped to see my first Fashion Show.
September 9th, 2013
September 3rd, 2013
Singer, Kathleen Hanna returns from illness with a new plan. The New York Times published an article yesterday explaining her battle against lyme disease and her new affection for just playing music again, “When I would practice and I would feel O.K., I saw me again,” she said. Read more about her new project here.
August 27th, 2013
The one-of-a-kind dick pick… so many dicks flying around lately and then gotcha, a crew know as Future Femme put together a show featuring the penises of 300 unknowing men. Future Femme is a Brooklyn based 4-some of female artists interested in feminism and the way of the world right now related to porn and female identity. They took a few liberties…
Their event, “Show Me More: A Collection of DickPix,” was held over the weekend at the Bushwick art gallery, Morgan Underground.
And that’s all we got…
August 26th, 2013 – NOVA STUDIO
n. pl. no·vae (-v) or no·vas
This is also how Julia Zangrilli describes the word nova. NOVA is the name of her one-of-a-kind, custom fragrance company she launched in 2012. Julia builds each NOVA fragrance, start to finish based on her clients attraction to certain materials, influences, and scents.
Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in a simple studio with great light, Julia masters each individual bottle to express a certain level of quality and proportion. Know more about NOVA here.
August 5th, 2013
Hello Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, you really do what you say you do. (A balm that instantly moisturizes, brightens, and tightens facial contours so skin looks rested and relaxed.) Bang, bang. In the interest of knowing more about the brand I asked my friend Faran Krentcil, writer for Clarins Beauty Flash Blog.
Faran sent her list of favorites, including sunscreen. See below!
Beauty Flash Balm + Broad Spectrum Sunscreen + Passion Red Rouge Eclat lipstick + Instant Eyeliner
July 26th, 2013
Bumble and bumble
Get to know Bumble and bumble’s new product, Thickening Dryspun Finishing spray. If you are a beach-girl, a city-girl or a girl with long and wild hair, this new Bumble jam is pretty great for keeping a style that looks purposelyfully undone (and for a few days!). Enjoy your weekend! x
July 24th, 2013
July 17th, 2013
Jen Miller is a Photography Director. She’s my kind of hero with a good eye. Jane, Cosmopolitan and New York Magazine are a few of the big guns she’s worked for and with. I asked Jen to curate something special for GIRLS I KNOW and she sent over some of her favorite summer girls. Enjoy!
June 12th, 2013
Skyla Stover wears Keds, Venessa Arizaga and LSF.
Bumble and bumble: July 8th, 2013
In New York habits are created then perpetuated because for whatever reason, “it” feels right. For me, what remains consistent are the streets I walk on from point A to B and Tzipi, my Bumble and bumble stylist. Apartments, jobs, boyfriends and favorite places change but a few things don’t.
Soooo, when Anna and I threw the first GIRLS I KNOW party in Spring we curated a gift-bag, an idyllic little bag. 100 Bumble and bumble surf sprays arrived at my apartment – all waves for all girls. The party was a good time that led to great hair. Introduce now, Melissa and Britta from Bumble’s media team who made that happen.
Where are you from?
Melissa - I’m from San Diego, CA.
Britta – I’m from Santa Barbara, California.
What do you do? (for fun, work, when you’re sad?)
Melissa - I work for Bumble and bumble. I handle stylist relations and production as a part of our PR team. Someday I want to have an organizing business because I think I’m pretty good at it and find it so satisfying. I organize my friend’s closets for fun.
I love going on mini adventures during the weekend, even it’s just to a different borough or part of the city. Last weekend, my guy and I ventured to Coney Island for the afternoon to watch the Mermaid parade and eat pizza. So, so many wonderful outfits.
Britta – I work for Bumble and bumble where I’m a social media / PR / project manager jack-of-all-trades. For fun, I like to travel and hang out with my boyfriend (my best friend). When I’m sad, I have a three pronged approach that pretty much guarantees a brighter outlook: 1) read The Onion, 2) “make outfits” – this is what I call going through my closet and trying things on to make new combinations. This gives me so much satisfaction I probably should have been a stylist. And 3) follow as many Japanese dog Instagram accounts as possible – you’re guaranteed a steady stream of dog pics and now videos of the most precious pups.
Where do you live? Tell me about your idea of home.
M- I currently live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Home is a safe place…a place where you can be yourself, relax and escape a bit from the city around you.
B- I live in Williamsburg with my boyfriend and our two fish. For me, home is a sacred shelter. We spend a lot of time at home, cooking, gardening (on our balcony – I wish we had a yard), tanning, whatever. We eat dinner outside when weather permits. An entire wall of our apartment is floor to ceiling windows and doors onto our balcony. We look out at the sky and can watch the weather change. Before we lived here, I lived in the West Village for five years. My view was directly into a townhouse which seemed charming when I moved in. But after five years it drove me insane. I’m from California, I need to see the sky. And I have that now.
What music makes you dance no matter what?
M- 90s hip-hop! And Hall & Oates.
B- I never thought I would say this but… One Direction. I was the biggest hater ever, I laughed at my coworkers who were fans, dissed their music, etc. I thought it was a total joke. But via a series of work related connections, I ended up at a One Direction concert in New Jersey, delivering hair product to the darling Lou Teasdale (1D’s hairdresser). I wasn’t expecting to meet any of the boys but Harry Styles popped out of the hair suite, introduced himself, kissed me on the cheek, stared into my eyes and talked to me for like an entire minute. I was a total goner. We had 6th row floor seats for the show which was incredible. I’m 27 but I screamed and danced like a tween the entire time. It was amazing. I’m a Harry Styles and One Direction devotee for life now.
When has a recent dream come true?
M- I’ve always dreamed of getting married in Palm Springs on a golf course and that dream will come true next year.
B- My boyfriend and I went to Tulum this May. Most people think of the beach when they think of Tulum but I couldn’t wait to swim in the cenotes. It was one of the most magical experiences of my life. We ended up going to three of them because we loved them so much.
Who do you love (go in any direction here!)
M- I love my family and my new fiancé who will soon be a part of that.
B- Smart, talented women. I’ve had a huge girl crush on Brit Marling for over a year, since watching Another Earth. She’s the thinking woman’s celebrity or actress. That she’s totally gorgeous is just the icing on the cake. Without her brains, I’d be a lot less wowed by her beauty.
How did the two of you meet?
M- I met Britta on the elevator when she was interviewing for her job at Bumble. It was love at first sight. We like taking long walks at lunch and eating potato chips.
B – Melissa and I bonded very soon after I started working at Bumble and bumble. I could tell early on she’s a pure heart and that’s a rare thing to find.
Photos and Interview by Jen
What does your bike look like? firstname.lastname@example.org
July 3rd, 2013
July 2, 2013
Jacob Riis Beach
Uncertain of everyone’s name and identity:
Tommy, Johnny, Mo, Ringo, Ivan, Mason, Diego, Remy, Tessa, Ben and Ricky.
June 28th, 2013
Wendy Davis is a no bullshit. A single mother raised by a single mother, a Harvard Law graduate. A storm trooper!
On Tuesday evening Wendy Davis led a 13-hour filibuster to begin the fight against Texas’ anti-choice law. SB 5 is a bill that if passed, would ban all abortions after 20 weeks. In the link below watch as her supporters urge the Texas State Legislature to “Let her speak.”
So much more will happen.
June 25th, 2013
What does your bedroom look like? email@example.com
June 21st, 2013
Camila Saldarriga – L.A.
Mariana Puerta – Bogota
Paula Beltran – New York and DC
In 2009 under a tree in McCarren Park I meet the LiTTLE RAMONAS. The girls were selling vintage clothes and braiding each others hair. A pair of cerebellum blue high-waisted shorts later I befriended Paula, the resident leader of the pack.
Since this encounter the team has built a strong online vintage resale business. Each LiTTLE RAMONA lives in a different city and covers their respective vintage market in a rather gorilla fashion.
They’ve just launched their new website, see it here and keep coming back. x
June 17, 2013
Congratulations graduates! Whether you’re going to middle school, high school, college, grad school or life we hope you’re excited about what’s coming next. Here are some wise words from Dolly Parton’s 2009 commencement speech to the University of Tennessee grads.
Another milestone of many. Cheers to you, Oscar, and Dolly.
June 17, 2013
Photo by Stephen Shore
THE KEY TO HAPPINESS SOMEONE SAID, IS LOOKING FORWARD TO SOMETHING: DISCUSS GIRL@GIRLSIKNOWNYC.COM
June 13th, 2013
Happy 27th birthday to Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. In honor of their elegant emergence into fashion designers, here are our favorite looks from The Row over the years.
June 12, 2013
Photo courtesy of Kava Gorna/Refinery29
“What’s the best professional lesson you ever learned?
‘Musician Malcolm Cecil told me, ‘There are three people who don’t succeed: People who can’t give direction, people who won’t take direction, and people with no direction.’ I interpret this as three rules to live by: One, be assertive; two, remain humble; three, know your voice. In other words, it’s important to be a boss bitch and know exactly what you want, but if you aren’t open to criticism or new ideas, you will stunt your potential for creative growth.’”
Check out who else is on the list and pick up some inspiration for the rest of your week (or life!).
June 11th, 2013
In Joan Didion’s, The White Album on page 34 she references her packing list for traveling and says, “This is a list which was taped inside my closet door in Hollywood during those years when I was reporting more or less steadily. This list enabled me to pack, without thinking, for any piece I was likely to do.”
TO PACK AND WEAR: TO CARRY:
2 skirts mohair throw
2 jerseys or leotards typewriter
1 pullover sweater 2 legal pads and pens
2 pair shoes files
stockings house key
nightgown, robe, slippers
bag with: shampoo, toothbrush and paste, Basis soap, razor, deodorant, aspirin, prescriptions, Tampax, face cream, powder, baby oil
What do you pack? firstname.lastname@example.org
June 11th, 2013
Hello, do you have a hair tie on your wrist? Is it black? Well, here’s what else you can use it for in case you should ever need.
2. A keychain
3. Hold your photos, flowers, wholefoods container, bag of nuts, pens, and/or money together
4. Flick a guy with it
5. Wrap your long skirt up in a knot so you can bike
6. Wake yourself up with a snap
7. Keep a sock from falling down
9. Um, use it in your hair?
10. Lend to a friend
June 10, 2013
“Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann. My favorite character is Helen and my favorite quote from her is,
‘No it’s not out of the blue I thought of him you know what that means… It means he’s thinking of me… Whenever someone pops in your head like that it means they’re thinking of you. Now give me the goddamn phone. I’m callin’ him.’
This isn’t it, but isn’t it nice?
girl: ITALIAN VOGUE COVER April 2005
That dress is here: loveshackfancy.com
June 6, 2013
“Paul Farmer’s, To Repair the World. That unbelievably inspirational man reminds us that the world is currently a place of social inequity and injustice and it’s our duty to contribute in any which way we can to make sure all people have access to quality health care. The world won’t improve or progress otherwise. He also reflects on Haiti, where’s he’s spent the past 30 years working and to where I’ve been traveling throughout the year for my own work with EMC.
Paul emphasizes accompaniment as necessary to this progress , “To accompany someone is to go somewhere with him or her, to break bread together, to be present on a journey with a beginning and an end… We’re not sure exactly where the beginning might be, and we’re almost never sure about the end. There’s an element of mystery, of openness, in accompaniment: I’ll go with you and support you on your journey wherever it leads. I’ll keep you company and share your fate for a while. And by “a while,” I don’t mean a little while. Accompaniment is much more often about sticking with a task until it’s deemed completed by the person or people being accompanied, rather than by the accompagnateur.””
June 6th, 2013
Zoe in Tulum
Lanvin in DC
June 6, 2013
This is what DeerDana’s Dana Veraldi carries in her leather Theory backpack!
June 5, 2013
Debbie Reynolds has a new interview in The Sun and it’s amazing.
“I WISH I had enjoyed more sex. I have only ever slept with my three husbands and one friend — and he was my one and only good lover. I was a virgin when I married my first husband, Eddie Fisher, and I was stupid and innocent. You did not get pregnant, you did not scr*w anyone, you did not have affairs. I was raised to think that if you behaved badly with men, you went to hell. I realize now it is puritanical and not very adult.”
Don’t forget to have a good time!
June 4th, 2013
FOUND – AT THE HEARST TOWER
June 3, 2013
Emily VanCamp in Venice Beach wearing Rag and Bone, 2011.
May 31, 2013
Whitney and Paloma are two very beautiful, very driven young women and – I bet just like you and me – they like sexy girls. Their website Valentine NYC is a blog roll of pretty young things and the personal musings of each subject’s affections. The blog is just the beginning for Valentine – the lingerie collection will launch later this Summer. x
Meet Whitney Brown and Paloma Jones.
Where are you from?
Whitney: Louisville, Kentucky
Paloma: I’m Australian born – But my blood is a combo of Caribbean & New Zealand. Ain’t got the Aussie blood, just the accent.
Valentine is sexy! And you have many beautiful and sexy women and men on your blog. What do you think of sexuality and the general portrayal of women today (lots of babes out there, serious statement making- I’m curious both your take)?
W: I think a persons sexuality is a vital part of life which affects how we act, look and feel. In general I think sexuality is a feeling which we have no control over. I think this feeling is different for everyone and should be explored freely. But honestly… I think were all animals trying to conform to a tamed version of ourselves which society deems acceptable.
P: To me sexiness comes from an honesty. The whole point of VALENTINE NYC was to shoot people that we find interesting and unique. Everyone has their own sexuality and display it in different ways. To say, “Hey be sexy,” never works, its always more like do your thing and let me catch that MOMENT.
We try and be as true to each person we shoot as we can. Desperation is the most unsexy thing, trying too hard or using your sexuality for attention bores me. Being truthful and honest and vulnerable is a big thumbs up in the sexuality department in my book. We just try to shoot everyone as if they are a beautiful person, let the sexy come natural.
Who and what do you love right now (go in any direction with this!)?
W: love my boyfriend/roomate/bestfriend/soulmate Carlos and these dope orthopedic sandals from Arche which I’ve been walking around the city in all day!
I’m also obsessed with gardening and my flowers, maybe its a SPRING FLING THING…
The house is looking more and more like a terrarium…. But it makes me so happy and man do I love waking up to the smell of fresh-cut flora.
What’s coming up for Valentine and how does your creative process go down?
W: After doing so many sexy shoots for Valentine, Paloma and I have been inspired by a lot. We feel that Valentine can turn into a brand which sells everything from lingerie to body oil to bed sheets but at a fair price. Although lingerie is our focus right now we have lots of other products in the works. Our creative process usually starts with a coffee and about an hour of exchanging concepts that we think will help promote Valentine and the lingerie. Then we go down the checklist of where were at with production, PR, marketing, finances and legal matters. This list is never ending. But we really try to focus on one thing when we work so were not scatter brained. We are both constantly living and breathing Valentine wether were at a party or at the gym, the wheels are always turning.
P: We are in our second year of Blogging and loving it. Our weekly posts will continue.
We have some very exciting new things brewing though.. Lingerie is coming soon, which we are most excited about & a lil collab scent along with some other to die for things… It’s all evolving in an organic way…
We always start with, ”what do I want but can’t find” or “that’s so Valentine…” It starts there and the rest is wild fire.
I love when people go for an idea. Who inspires you or what inspired You to create Valentine?
W: A sweet girl named Anna helped Paloma and I dream up Valentine 2 years ago. The second time we ever hung out with her we met for a drink/brainstorm session in Nolita and sparks started flying. Initially we were just gonna re-post other peoples photos on Valentine but once we started talking about creating original, sexy content and promoting our friends we knew we had to do it. It was one of those moments where we were all like “Okay…THIS is an awesome idea and something I want to be a part of”. Anna helped us produce a few of our first interviews then she returned to Stockholm to work on her own project www.http://ikigai11.tumblr.
Photos and interview by Jen
May 29, 2013
May 29, 2013
May 28th, 2013
‘Blue is the Warmest Color: Life of Adele’ wins Cannes Film Festival’s highest honor, Palme d’Or. Stars of the film, actresses Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos were also recognized for their talent and contribution, a moment usually offered only to the director.
An explicit depiction of a girls journey through sexuality, desire and love. Read more about it here.
May 23, 2013
Solange has carved out an amazing space for herself as a confident, fashionable, fun, and interesting musician. And now she has a blog! www.MyDamnBlog.com. Appropriately forward, there are pictures of her and her friends, links to her music, and a new announcement that she’s started started her own label – Saint Records! Solange’s damn blog is an excellent addition to your bookmark bar.