Photo courtesy of The Washington Post From buff arms to bare legs, Michelle Obama's extremities (or, rather, the outfits that show them off) have got to be the most demonized in White House history. In an editorial today about Mrs. Obama's decision to wear unfussy, mid-thigh shorts on a Grand Canyon hike, The Washington Post's Robin Givhan argued that while the first lady shouldn't be expected to wear tulle and lace on a family vacay, she should be careful of ... Read More
Is it possible to accidentally like vampires? Because despite no real interest in the mythology (8th grade Anne Rice phase aside), my most recent obsessions are pretty vampire-centric. True Blood. Twilight. Concrete Blonde's The Bloodletting. I really don't seek the stuff out, the list just goes on and on of its own accord. Case in point: Pretty Dead, the forthcoming novel by girl goddess supreme (and my personal fave) Francesca Lia Block. A new FLB tale ... Read More
HOLY CRAP LITTER SF! No wonder everyone's all a-titter about this San Francisco-based accessories line + store--anyone with a penchant for draping gold chains over anything that'll stand still long enough to hold them (ahem, me, ahem) is destined to fall truly, madly, deeply for these rad girls, their ultra-rad jewelry and just as ultra-rad blog. From slinky chain garters to MJ-reminiscent shoulder pieces to head, hair and even shoe jewelry, Litter SF is ... Read More

EFF YES, GIRLSCHOOL!

BY Mollie Wells in General

Every time I go on a VH-1 Classic kick (i.e. every weekend), I come away with some new obsession that annoys the crap out of my friends--like the time I meowed (yes, meowed) Dio's Holy Diver for three straight days. This weekend, thanks to a Metal Mania marathon and new music project that kept me shuttered away with my bandmates, I re-discovered Girlschool, a group of old-school metal chicks best known for their association with fellow Brits Motorhead. These girls ... Read More
Since we're officially stranded in the gray purgatory between V-Day and spring (and all I want to do is hide under the covers, browse YouGrowGirl.com and wait for my daffodils to bloom), I'm drawn to anything floral--especially these sweet pieces by UK-based Sew Lovely. Designer Charlotte Alexandra's collection of jewelry and hair accessories bursts with blossoms, and nearly everything is well under $23. I can't wait to host a garden party in the Satin Petals ... Read More
           I tend to get super nostalgic for the accoutrement of my youth (Feather earrings! Slap bracelets! Hypercolor!), so I was overjoyed to see a few versions of the classic 80s fan earring over at Fred Flare. These things were majorly coveted by my grade-school girlfriends, and only the most fashion-forward among us even dared wear them to class. Of course, back then fashion-forward meant gross, don't talk ... Read More

She's Got Legs

BY Mollie Wells in Style File

Though I'm not the biggest fan of cold weather (as I type this, there's an inch of ice smothering every sidewalk in my city), I do have a serious soft spot for tights. Patterns, solids, knits, whatever--as long as they're easy to slip on with my staple black dresses and oxfords, I'm a happy girl. So I'm absolutely loving the stuff over at We Love Colors. Nearly every sort of tight you could ever want, all available in a crazy-go-nuts palette of 45 colors. Plus, ... Read More
  So sad, but so true: presumably due to this circular hell of an economic crisis, Built by Wendy, longtime paragon of quirky/classic style, will close both its San Francisco and LA boutiques on December 28th. Which, of course, means wickedly discounted merch for you west coasties, but it's definitely a tears and clenched teeth sort of shopping experience. Fortunately, it appears that BBW's east coast shops will remain unharmed, and the online store is ... Read More

Present Perfect Tags

BY Mollie Wells in Artsy

You know, it's funny--despite my insane perfectionism when it comes to wrapping gifts, I've never gotten on board with gift tags. Six different kinds of ribbon and real pine branches, sure. But actual tags? Man, by the time I've wrestled with all the silly accoutrements, there's little room for anything but a taped-on wrapping paper scrap, the To and From hastily scribbled in ballpoint pen. It's a bit of a disconnect. So this year, in an effort to streamline my ... Read More
  In honor of today's opening of Twilight--and because all this vampire hub-bub is making me majorly nostalgic for the OG vampire craze of my adolescence--here's a little trip down memory lane: Concrete Blonde's Bloodletting (The Vampire Song). This was the undisputed 90s anthem for blood-thirsty, Lestat-obsessed boys and girls everywhere; if Anne Rice was gospel, Bloodletting was the hymn. And seriously...how awesome was Johnette Napolitano in this ... Read More