I Blame Loft Parties

Last thing I remember was taking a cab to our friend’s space in the Portland Storage Building. Ok, I mean, I remember more after that of course, kind of, but what I didn’t remember was where I left my notebook with all my CWPL ramblings and I’m just gonna go ahead and blame two things for this: 1. Jimi Pop and 2. The Blue Diamond.

Those two started it. I was just trying to interview the babe for a blog post and next thing I know I’m cabbing home at 4 am sans interview notes. She is my favorite and you can watch for her MUCH DELAYED article soon. Promise. Because I finally got that mother loving notebook back.

Until then, can we just talk about how I saw Spring Breakers this last weekend and have spent all my time since then singing Britney Spears songs and wishing I could wander around 24/7 in a bikini and some hi tops?? It’s bad.


This was a surprisingly good movie, right? I mean I knew it would full of boobs and beer and blah blah, but what I didn’t expect was that James Franco would actually be enjoyable to watch and that the girl camaraderie would be so locked in. I mean it’s actually a really girl-friend centric movie and I would write more on this here, but I’ma need to watch it again first. Because let’s face it, I was dog ass tired sitting in that theater. Tired from partying. Honestly the last thing I wanted to do was watch other people party, even that sounded exhausting, but now looking back I am super pleased that it exceeded my expectations.


Come on! Right? And as much as I am scouring the Dolls Kill website for neon, bud leaf motif, short shorts, I am also dying to do profiles on all of these actresses’ real life fashion because come on, you want to rip on Coachella-happy Vanessa Hudgens’s over-the-top hippie steez too, right?


I don’t get it. Is the tambourine an accessory? Or does she actually know how to keep a beat with that thing?? Also I would get super annoyed with a purse that low, bumping on my knees and shit as I walk and stomp my feet to the beat of my tambourine, but fuck if I don’t want a fringe purse! I do. Really bad. Have my heart set on one. Will throw up a post about that too so you can see. But for now I’m going to keep looking at The Urban Realist for ideas on which bathing suit/kicks combination I like best …


Peace out bitches. xoxo, Lou


Girl Crush: Paige


Here it finally is – my post about the one and only Paige. She owns and curates Breeze Block Gallery in NW Portland and in line with my rad women doing rad things features, I asked her all about what she does and what she wears while doing it. 


In case you need me to spell it out for you, all my commentary/questions will be in pink, in honor of Paige’s favorite color. If there was a neon text format, I would do that too. 


Me and Paige at her 30th birthday party last week. She thinks I’m hilarious AND she shares my love of hoop earrings. Hard to find a picture of her WITHOUT them! My girl.

1. Do you think your love of neon has anything to do with being from CA? 

My love of neon surely comes from being a native of the grey and rainy Portland. (haha you got confused cause my high school friends I talk about all moved to Oakland 😉 . Not many Portlanders dare wear bright colors, it’s something you see in hot places like Miami (where I recently travelled to for Art Basel!!), but I think the greyest cities should rock the loudest colors – it brings a little joy and pop to the day!


Paige at work in the gallery: 

And at Art Basel, rocking a very Miami shirt. …Beinvenido a Miami! :


2. Explain to me your love of neon…

My Little Ponies were my favorite toys as a girl…I didn’t like dolls, too creepy. I think a lot of my fashion color palette is stolen from the My Little Pony’s manes, tails, and rump patterns – bright pinks mixed with pastels and sparkly things and accents of light blues and turquoises – ha! I did go through a brief hippie phase late in high school, with dreads, hairy arm pits and all, but I always had a pink streak in the hair and never wore earth tones. Circa age 22, right before I opened my gallery, I was trying to figure out what the eff to do with my life, what would make me happy. I kept talking about how I felt my life was grey, how I needed more COLOR in my life. I guess my solution was quite literal and I opened the gallery to showcase graffiti and street art (the boldest colored art genre). I lived in the gallery at that time and was suddenly physically surrounded with color constantly. I had never been happier than waking up every morning with my neon green mural behind my bed and wild art on all the walls below my loft. Obviously my curatorial eye not only chooses bright art, but bright clothing as well!

 This made me laugh really hard “my fashion color palette is stolen from the My Little Pony’s manes, tails, and rump patterns”. Rump. Hah. But also, this question is mostly funny because after reading my personal feelings about neon (here), Paige texted me to tell me she owned the melon colored pants in the last picture. Ooos!


And speaking of that My Little Pony Collection, her mom cleaned every last one of them off so they could make an appearance at her 30th birthday party. They ended up being hung from ceiling, but not in a death sort of way. In a really cute way. And it was awesome.

Paige’s first fashion inspiration

3. Do you like side-ponies? I mean, like, 80’s side-ponies…

Um, yeah, duh! I had long blond hair as a little girl and my mom used to ask me before school every morning, “Side pony, or regular?” and was always so irritated and would reply “Side pony mom, duh!”. The My Little Pony aesthetic I’m sure had an influence on this too. I don’t really do side-ponies any more, but I do highly appreciate some serious side bangs (you know, the swoopy-across-the-face kind).

Haha! I totally asked that question because I knew she would say yes. I mean, I would have had to reevaluate the meaning of our friendship had she said no. “Side pony mom, DUH!” I can totally see it. 
4.You are one of my only friends with blonde hair. You’ve got a very California Girl thing happening that I think is SO hot and love that you’re one of my only friends rocking it … what are some of your fashion inspirations? Where do you think this style came from?

California style embodies fun – I guess that’s why I rock the Cali look so hard – I want my life to be fun! And it is, wink wink. While I follow and sometimes wear fashion trends, I’ve also always had a unique style. I grew up in a pretty homogeneous demographic in Portland and fashion as a teenager became one of the ways I tried to be my own person. Blond hair is a total must for me because of this – one time I tried going a little darker and totally freaked out, going back to the salon the next day for a re-lighten. I felt like a boring and drab girl! I’ll be blond and fun til the day I die (cause blonds DO have more fun!).




So jealous of that necklace. Always wanted a “Lucy” necklace. And come on Paige. I have like, black hair. And you know I have tons of fun, so …  GIANT hole in your argument! 


5. Did you see a change in your fashion when you went from living in your tiny gallery space to running Breeze Block at its current location? If so, how, why, etc…

When the gallery moved into its current down town location, I had to bring a little more professional style into my wardrobe. The old gallery space was all about the artists, drinking beer on the couch, selling spray paint, and staying up til 4am every night. Looking back I realize that not a lot of art ‘buyers’ felt very comfortable in that setting – but it was the time of my life so I didn’t care. When I moved down town two plus years ago, the space itself is so professional that I started being one of those people that wore ‘work clothes’ and ‘regular clothes’… we were getting more serious buyers coming through the space so I needed to act the part. However, don’t worry, I still rock hot pink and big ol’ gold hoop earrings even in my ‘professional’ wears.


Being a professional babe at the new spot:


And slangin some spray paint:


6. Street art, skateboarding, boys. And your most recent show a fashion show:

“In The Flower Months” by Emily Katz

Described at “New Freehand Embroidery inspired by the dream poems of Jeevan Singh” 


Tell me about the art you choose to showcase and why. This must go hand-in-hand with style/fashion… 

Emily Katz’s fashion show was a huge first for the gallery! She accompanied her art show with a matching collection of clothes – she is a fashion designer by trade. I really believe fashion and art are the two biggest vehicles of personal expression, so it was special to have both avenues presented in tandom from one talented lady. I curate art that I love, from people and cultures I believe in, which usually looks similar to the fashion I love – bright, energetic, fun, and different. Kind of the like those dang skater graff boys I keep around me 😉

Working the ladder in heels! Very impressive:



Success! … wait … are those Jeffery Campbell “Lita’s“? Ughhhhhh, haha. 



7. Did you face challenges being a woman when you first started? Now? Or do you think it helped, or … ?

Female small business owners are a minority, so I always felt like I had to fight a little stronger or had something to prove. I think being a woman, and a young woman at age 23, when I opened the gallery, put a fire under my ass. That fire gave me a sense of confidence that I could do whatever I wanted. Since most of the artists I show are male (not by choice but by genre) I always felt supported and protected like a little sister. Six years later, I don’t think being a woman makes much of a difference to me, especially since the art world is so diverse gender wise – it’s one of the few industries where both women and men seem to be successful gallerists. However, the graffiti street art gallery scene is dominated by male gallery owners like Justin at White Walls, Andres Guerroro, Joshua Liner and Jonathan Levine… but you know I like to play with the big boys and have (hopefully) carved out a niche for myself as the female gallery owner in that genre.


Can you spot the sexy one?:



8. Also – I know you run a lot with our boys … is that because you’re naturally a guys girl? Because you appreciate an aesthetic up to now so predominantly dominated (good writing there, I know) by men, or … what? 

I’ve always been naturally a guys girl… I was seriously nerdy before middle school and learned at an early age how mean girls can be, I played chess alone at recess! (omg, I love you) By age 12 I was under the wing of the 90’s grunge skater boy crews while the girls were clique-ing up and being catty. Since then I’ve always ran with a tight knit group of guys… they’re creating the art I’m drawn to for the gallery and I never have to deal with drama or hurt feelings with them. My only beef with the boy posse is they’re really picky about any boyfriend I ever bring around!!


9. What’s your biggest fashion pet peeve? 

When people wear jeans that don’t make their ass look good. Come on – it’s such an easy fix!! Duh.

10. What fashion item, trend, icon, are you currently lusting after? 

Fancy nails!! I’ve always done my nails super crazy and I’m loving that it’s all over the blogs and streets right now… go girls!

11. And anything else you want to tell me!

Thanks for the interview, Lucy!! I think you are sooo super hotttttt!!! (and more importantly very smart and sassy) xoxoxo


How great is she? Super great, I know. And super hot and inspiring. Paige has an infectious smile and lust for life that is mirrored in her love of bright colors and graphic prints…haha, I had to bring up prints because check this out: 


I should probably write my next blog post on this guy. I fucking love this picture, love that guy’s style, and love this girl! If you have any questions for Paige, get at it in the comments, yo! 


Now, time to go write my Gossip Girl homage to that twat Serena Van Der Woodsen. 



Until next time, xoxo, Lou

Neon Red Carpet

We all know I like the looks of Kristen Stewart, and we also all know I am not always a fan of neon, so imagine my dismay when I saw this:

On Lainey Gossip.

I’m pretty sure I said in my article about neon that it was usually a case of all or nothing, and yet, this just really doesn’t do it for me. When I see the thumbnails all lined up in a row, I just really hate how it pops off the page. Maybe I’m just a total square.

What she did do right though was wear these awesome fucking shoes:

It’s an awesome pairing and one that I can approve of:

But maybe it’s not even the neon … that dress just kind of accentuates her awkwardness, right? Maybe we can just chalk it up to the fact that she’s at the premier for Twilight so almost everything has to suck ass.

Anyway, what this is all reminding me of is the fact that I still haven’t posted my profile on art gallery owner extraordinaire and gorgeous girl friend of mine, (despite loving neon) Paige. I’ll shoot off my fashion questions to her today and post that profile asap.

In the meantime, tell me what you think: K Stew in neon … hit or miss?

xoxo, Lou

Fabulous, Fashionable, Friends

I’ve been thinking for a long time about how I might revamp this blog a little. So much in my life has changed since it began, that it seems only fitting that the blog itself change a little too. Luckily for me, it didn’t take too long to find my inspiration. It’s been in front of me all along in the form of fabulous, talented, and of course, fashionable, female friends. I told you last week I was going to do a profile on the amazing Lindsay Jo and her line of recycled skateboard jewelry and accessories:


The big hoops have always been some of my favorites. Can you believe those are old skateboard decks?

There’s more here though, so much more: http://www.maplexo.com/collections/all/

She’s all of 4’11” (that’s my guess), operates all her own power tools, and surrounds herself with adorably dirty skate boys, all while looking stupidly cute. I mean come on:

Aren’t you dying to know more about her? I am, which is why I’m paying her a visit today to find out more about how she got started, where her business is today, and of course, her favorite color of lipstick and where she buys her clothes. Duh.

And of course I will continue with the drunken fashion critiques, but I figure this is a good way to get the blog evolution started. I’m surrounded by some of the most amazing women and they all look great while doing what they do.

I mean, don’t you want to know about my gallery owner friend that owns the neon pants I talked shit about in that one post I wrote that one time?

Always fun to inadvertently make fun of something one of your friends owns. (Love you, girl!) For what it’s worth, she’s the one person in my life who I think neon makes sense on. She’s my next badass babe profile (this is your notice, Paige) so I will be sure to talk to her all about it:

This is an old picture. She even wore neon way back when she got the gallery space. Ooo girl. 

And then I just need to find someone I adore that wears my all time favorite hate parade item, Jeffrey Campbell Lita’s … do you exist, friend?

Anyway, that’s it! Just an update. Watch for that happening. Oh and we officially FINALLY have freaking internet at home. I will for sure be drunk one of these evenings critiquing someone or something. It’s only a matter of time.

xoxo, Lou

Neon? More Like Ne-off.

I’ve decided I hate something.  Which obviously means I should take to the blog and bitch about it.

What I hate has to do with the neon color trend. When it first started to crawl out from the hole that is the 1980’s, I didn’t hate it. In fact, as an accent I did and still do, kind of like it. When done right, neon is fun and funky. But when it’s done wrong, you can’t NOT see it and it becomes this invitation to look at the cheap, horrendously bright t-shirts Forever 21 is slangin off their sales racks.

Google ‘neon trend’ and a ton of cute shit pops up, but somehow, this is never the shit I see out in the real world. I don’t think college girls slapping on the brightest fucking pink t-shirt they’ve ever seen is cute. Pairing a neon t-shirt with your regular blue jeans? No! No, I just … I can’t stand it. Let’s look at some examples of wrong before I show you how right it actually can be.

No. I hate this so much. With all these other muted colors? Not to mention the insane proportions of that tank/skirt. I just despise what it does to my eye. It’s a lazy way to work neon and with this trend all lazy does is make me want to chug whatever kind of alchol that advertisment behind her is trying to sell me.

This ad is everything that’s wrong with stupid neon. Every time I see it on the street, god damn I get so distracted, and not in a hot guy way or in a child playing with a puppy kind of way, but in a bum taking a crap on the street kind of way. I can’t really look away cause it’s so glaring, but I also can’t stop my nose from crinkling in disgust either.

Nope. I sometimes don’t mind when it’s ALL neon, but this really makes me want to shield my eyes.

Gross. Don’t like. Argue with me on that one. Go ahead, but I just, can’t be convinced.

Holy Hell what is going on here?

Maybe I just hate green/yellow neon? No. I think just extra hate yellow/green neon.

A lot of the time, neon can look really, really cute! I honestly think it’s when bitches don’t try that hard or when they just throw it in with the rest of their normal wardrobe without any thought that I develop an aversion similar to what it must be like to break out in hives.

Here are some looks that give me the opposite feelings.

Remember this? I actually really liked this. Because it’s not a main component of her actually clothing. This is like having hot pink toenails, which can be really cute!

Also this – I would and want to be wearing this outfit right. now.

So cute. I love it. Where do I buy it?

Oxfords were/are poppin up everywhere and I really adore this take on them. In fact I want them! I even saw them in real life at the bar the other day on this woman who was a hot, hot mess and I was much more likely to disregard her slurring nonsense talk because her shoes were so pleasing to me.

See? It’s clearly a really drastic spectrum for me.

What do you think about this? Here are those shoes on someone and you know, it’s similar to J. Alba up there, but what I think saves this for me is that she’s worked in neon throughout. It’s not just some random bright ass pants. And the proportions are right.

Ultimately, I think 9 times out of 10 I hate neon. It’s completely case by case, but what I’ve learned sifting through the images is that I think I like it in moderation, sparsed througout an ensemble or when babes go all out, all neon. Don’t be lazy and don’t be afraid.

If you really want to look like a piece of tropical fruit, really go for it.

Because as cute as this girl is and as much as I almost like this … I still wish her pants weren’t the color of an electric melon.

I feel like I’ll have some naysayers on this one, so go ahead, weigh in and argue with me. Send me pics of you in your hot pink shirt. Double arguement points if you’re wearing Jefferey Campbell Lita’s. I should probably never move to Miami.

xoxo, Lou