Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Forbidden Art

    Why does street art hold out attention so well?  It is temporary. No one is going to place it in a museum.  No one is going to touch it up in a hundred years.  No one is going to profit from it.  Graffiti demands to be admired because it has a short life span.  A true artist creates a visual from their soul, for themselves, not money, or recognition.  I am exhausted from seeing an abundance of heartless "masterpieces."  There is so much beauty in forbidden art, so much to lose, so much to say.

"  The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It's people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages.  " Banksy

This was painted over a few days later.  
Xx, 
Maddi
The Look
Embroidered Kimono - Vintage
Neon Dress - Lip Service
Heart Purse - Betsey Johnson



Friday, October 17, 2014

Behind the Scenes: Declared Product Shoot

    I did a sample shoot with Declared Clothing this week.  It was loads of fun, but so much work.  I managed to get home at 1 a.m.  The fall collection is going to hit racks soon.  In the meantime, Declared is having there Dirt Cheap sale to make room for the new merchandise.  The girls (and Jake) rocked it out.  Looking forward to next season all ready.

Peace,
Maddi
 
 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Traveler

     I great man once told me the adventures of his youth.   Years when he and his friends would drive through all hours of the night, only because he suggested having breakfast in Chicago.  After a day packed with interesting sights, museums, blues bands, and deep dish pizza they would drive home in time to sleep through Sunday.  He kept a coin on the dash, and a bag always packed in the back.  On each Friday he would flip the coin onto the seat of his car; heads and he would head for the mountains to go skiing.  But if he flipped tails he would have coffee with the locals instead.  As he spoke he glanced at me, but I could tell he was looking at something not visible to anyone but himself.  Slowly he finished by telling of the many things he had learned at my age, horseback riding, kayaking, racing, ect.  He taught me something that I thought I had already known.  He told me to just go, before kids, spouses, and life get in the way.  He spoke with the kind of intellect that cannot be found in books, but comes with decades of experience.   I still feel as though Robin Williams materialized in front of my eyes just to hit me over the head with philosophy.  I did not know my eyes could get much wider, but now I swear I can see the universe.  Years from now everything will change, I will replace old memories with new.  But, one memory I will never forget is the look on his face. 

Peace,
Maddi  
The Look
Jean Jacket - Vintage 
Dweller Hoodie - UNIF
Just Drop It Tee - Killer Condo
Cut-off Shorts - Foxx Foe
Boots - Charlotte Russe
Tights - Ebay
Buttons - Lime Crime & Drop Dead



Monday, October 6, 2014

90's Deco

Melancholy
    When I was younger I hoarded stick on earrings.  I would stick them all over myself, even though they are intended for ears. The adhesive on the reverse side of the jewels wears quite fast, so you can only image how precious each use was to a little girl.  Just one sticker on my forehead and I could be a fairy for a whole day.   It's funny how the simplest things can hold so much value to a child.  

    Whenever I receive a package from DEVOWEVO I look forward to a goody bag full of hair clips, stick on earrings, toys, discount codes, and other 90's memorabilia.  The fact that she appreciates her customers' service enough to throw in treasures, that may have mattered to her in her childhood, means more to me then the quality of the clothing in her shop.  Although her clothing is excellently made, the thought is the real reason I am a return customer.

    The smile sticker above was included in my package.  I wanted to depict a very ironic, symbolic, sick look.  I used the truest red shade in the Take Me to Brazil palette from BH Cosmetics to make my eyes look hazy and tired. Obviously this makeup is dramatized, but in moderation this color is great for a smoldering eye, and it is the perfect fall color!  Below is a Halloween throwback photo of me.  I have always loved Halloween, and any reason to dress up.  Who else is excited for the 31st?!  I want to know what everyone's costume is going to be this year.

HAPPY OCTOBER! 
Xx,
Maddi

Friday, October 3, 2014

Men's Top Knots

     I am super obsessed with messy men's hair, and well hair in general.  Most girls are familiar with the top knot, because it's easy and quick.  Recently, I have been seeing this up-do jump off the internet and into reality.  I have a feeling this look is going hit hard and burn out fast.  Knowing that, I am still in love with the men's top knot.  Umf, such a panty dropper when done right.  I think this look is very hip, grunge, and fashion forward.   However, shabby hair may not suit everyone's taste.  How do you feel about the top knot on men?

I'm dying to know.  Thanks for reading!
  Xx,
Maddi