hey why did it take me until NOW to watch Rock’n‘Roll Highschool with the Ramones?!

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in many ways this blog is a collection of what inspires me. what i look at and what i want to look like. which all leads to what i make. which are my totes. just in case you hadn’t noticed ;)


from a film i found randomly online, the horror western Left for Dead. not sure if i will watch it in entirety, not much of a horror fan. but the clothes are great.

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since my last attempt at this was kind of a no go- spring inspiration 2008 Preppy-Hillbilly-Mystique. my inspiration for my spring totes stays the same but here is an easier contest. the answer is even IN my blog! ha.

ok, so what movie is this amazing screenshot from?

be the 1st to leave the answer in the comment area and i will send you a MIDI size version of the SWANclothing STRAIGHT TOTE.

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so my upcoming totes are a mix of what i am calling Preppy-Hillbilly-Mystique. here are some images & women that inspired me. to the 1st person to name each woman in the photos [and the name of the painting of the woman in the orange dress] i’ll send you one of my Straight totes in the Midi size. just leave the info in the comments :)

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i don’t have time for a wordy or anything kind of blog today. so i wanted to show you this. it’s via my Flickr friends Vlada or Jennifer who share the BEST youtubes ever [sorry they both post such amazing stuff, i am confused as to who showed it to me]. on youtube this is described as a Russian-French musical. that information sounds a bit odd to me. but definitely a fantastical fairytale movie.

not to be confused with the band Guitar Wolf!

Guitar Wolf music video for the song Sky Star Jet from Wild Zero soundtrack.

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A really clean copy of the video of the Yves Saint Laurent Collection Homme Automne/Hiver 2008-2009 РDirecteur cr̩atif : Stefano Pilati РProtagoniste et mannequin : Simon Woods.

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well this is a little bit insane. Jerry Hall, 1977 & a lot of ties. Ms Hall generally acts VERY disco in a white suit. NSFW.

P.S. did anyone else notice when my blog got all “badass”? or was it always like this? dunno. but i figure if i want to post videos of Jerry Hall in piles of ties- heck it’s my blog!

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Quadrophenia. Have you seen it? If not, you have to.

With my obsession with conservative preppy clothes, menswear and both of those worn in a [somewhat] counter-culture way, this movie is a perfect party tray for me. As usual I am probably more into the mod boys clothes than the girls but both are cool. And of course these looks have been ricocheting around a fair bit these past few years. For me they never go away.

I was going to do a bunch of screen shots but I can’t. I have no time as I am trying to finish my green hoodie AND get all my SWANclothing spring tote samples together! So here is some video… oh AND here are some boots I just Buy It Now-ed on eBay. I can’t believe I did that but I love them!


photo credit: The Robot Parade

P.S. If you rent or buy Quadrophenia check out the director’s commentary. He gives great insight into the times and was definitely a hooligan himself, even insighting the real mod extras to genuinely attack police in the riot scene. The DVD also lists a whole pile of great mod movies from that era.

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a teenybopper film made in the 90s. doing a 90s take on some 80s clothes. and doing their very own interpretation of that decade’s grunge thing. i don’t know what they made, but maybe ‘glam-grunge’. of which this next photo is not an example, i just like it.

anyway. i love ClueLess. just something to think about. or ‘like you know like not like think, but you know like whatever’. sorry i may be getting my Valley Girl in there a bit.

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now that i make totes i notice them everywhere. in “real” life i am always staring at the hardware on women’s bags. and in movies i actually see them when before i wouldn’t have. i’ve watched Bladerunner maybe 50 times? and never noticed that when Priss first appears she is carrying a giant clear plastic duffel bag. amazing.

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