I'll Wear Any Color As Long As It's Black

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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on October 30, 2010



 

I am usually a very neat person. I wasn’t always, but after living in such small apartments for so long, I realized that without neatness and organization, I could never find a fucking thing. So now everything has its place and it hardly ever strays. But with going to New York, buying too much stuff, and then working for a few days as soon as I got back (including one day where I had to be at the store at 8am for some construction) — well, my room was a fucking disaster area. So last night I spent many hours bringing it back to its normal state. I can breathe easier now — I hate messiness, it makes me agitated. However, after organizing everything, I realized that my shoes are taking over my room! This is only one section — I also have shoes on top of my record shelves and on one of those over-the-door things. I think it has to do with me going a bit wild with buying up boots for fall and winter — how can I resist all the steals at Beacon’s when I visit? Anyway, I think it’s time to take stock of it all, yet again. I would love to just continue buying shit forever but with my limited amount of storage space, I think it would drive me insane to have no space for myself . . .

As can probably be guessed by my personality, I am fucking ecstatic that Halloween is yet again upon us. I am finally going to New York, for the first time in a couple years and I have been invited to DJ between bands at this awesome NY Night Train event:


And I plan to be running around town checking out all the other awesome parties. I changed my costume at the last minute but I am super excited about it and will be posting pictures after Halloween . . . can’t give away my good ideas before then.

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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on October 27, 2010



 



I went to NYC to DJ Tamaryn’s show at Coco66, which unfortunately got shut down only a few songs into her set. It was a major bummer because the show was kind of the best time ever. Light Asylum and Frankie Rose and The Outs opened while Patrik and I DJ’ed on either side of the bar. Despite the FDNY trying to ruin our night, we kept the party going at Lit until way too late . . . which normally wouldn’t have been a problem except that Saturday a bunch of us went to Atlantic City for Cara’s birthday party. As you can imagine, we got a lot of stares and a lot of, “Are you guys in a band?” No . . . we just all like to wear leather. The entire scene was completely ridiculous, especially the part about our hotel practically being an entire city. Oh, and the part where Massimo bought us bottle service at a club. We woke up at 9 am, had to check out by 11, got stuck in traffic forever because of a crazy accident, then drove straight to the tattoo shop so Massimo and I could yet again cement our friendship via matching tattoos (Misfits lyrics) and then watched Arrested Development until we passed out. That was days ago and I am still not rested enough.

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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on October 20, 2010



 

I change perfume often but only and always when I passionately love a scent so much that I must have it. I never throw away perfume bottles, I have a drawer full of bottles with barely a spray left in them but when I want to be reminded of certain times I just hold a bottle up to my face and breathe deeply. Everything comes back in an instant.

Yesterday my brother asked me to stop by Barney’s and pick up a cologne he had tried and couldn’t stop thinking about. While I was waiting for him to confirm that I had found the right brand, I began casually smelling everything on the counter in front of me. I was led to the Commes des Garçons the corner by my love of their scents, but when I said that I had already tried most of them, the woman behind the counter led me to a new series called Editions de Parfums by Frédéric Malle. There was one scent there which had a very striking similarity to CDG White, but there was something lighter about this one. Still, I wasn’t completely sold. I tried several more and really caught the bug for wanting a new perfume. These scents were all created by notable perfumers and scenes from Perfume: The Story of A Murderer started floating through my head. I envisioned mad scientist-types struggling to create the perfect essence of smell. I asked the woman for a heavy, flowery, non-powdery, non-spicy smell. And I got it. Carnal Flower created by Dominique Ropion. Here is the description from the site:

With Tuberose, nature offers her own take on dramatic olfactive clashes. These pretty flowers exude a mixture of flowershop freshness and carnal opulence. This natural contradiction has fascinated generations of perfumers and Dominique Ropion is no exception. Starting from the latest high-tech analysis of the odor of living Tuberose, he proposed to use whatever product was necessary to get a formula that was close to nature and to create a fragrance that could mix with the wearer’s skin scent. The frequent stays of Frédéric Malle in California, where the odor of Tuberose and Gardenia is everywhere, were very inspiring and led him to encourage Dominique Ropion to reinforce the solar and carnal character of the flower. His answer was to exaggerate some aspects already existing in the natural scent, such as Coconut and Salycilates and to add a trace of musk.

It is an amazing scent. There are so many layers that reveal themselves as the perfume seeps into your skin. It wasn’t cheap — in fact, it was a lot more than I normally spend on perfume ($200 for the small bottle) — but I spritzed some on myself before going to bed and drifted into dreams of beauty and wonder . . . so I know it was worth it.

Sidenote: I never knew this, but the woman at Barney’s said to never rub your wrists together after applying perfume. She said it breaks up the scent and prevents all the layers from flowing out over time.

Another sidenite: Here is a great interview with Frédéric Malle, which touches on his unique claim of coming from a very perfume-centric family, as well as his reasons for creating this line.

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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on October 17, 2010



 




So, some awesome dudes I am friends with put out a new book with their long-time collaborator. These three musketeers have put out three completely fucking sick books over the years: No Seats On The Party Car, Slept In Beds and now, Please Take Me Off The Guest List. They’ve been doing a bunch of events to promote the book and last night they were in Boston. It was the closing event of the Boston Book Fest and, if my friends hadn’t been involved, I probably wouldn’t have checked it out — which is a real shame because it was such an awesome time! It was readings and small performances by mostly music people who have written books (including Dean Wareham from Galaxie 500 (!!!!) — yes he played a Galaxie 500 song (Blue Thunder!!!) — and Kirstin Hersh from Throwing Muses). Anyway, I’m totally stoked I got to go and yes, I had to buy the book there (come on, I gotta support my friends) and since no one was coming over to their table to get things signed, I requested some REALLY personal dedications. And you can see how my wishes came true by the wobbly bat and the millionth in-joke between me (and a lot of other people) and Zack in this book.

But the real point of this post is that the book is so fucking good! I have known Zack for almost ten years and I have seen his writing develop in that time. I really think that he is writing some of his best stuff right now. He’s found the perfect balance between hilarious and perverted, like someone telling you a pretty fucked up story about their life but with the cutest little twinkle in their eye. Nick’s photographs are, as always, beautiful. I probably love them so much because we have the exact same taste in almost everything. And Stacey’s design is just awesome. On the website for the book, The Stranger is quoted as saying, “It’s a gorgeous book, but there’s more to it than that. Wakefield is a designer; she juxtaposed Zinner’s photos with Lipez’s stories of life in the rock and roll gutter in a really unique way. There is literally no way you could make this book into a satisfying e-book. It’s a beautiful artifact.” This is completely true. Despite being glossy and professional-looking, the book still has the intimacy and feel of a hand-made zine. I am a zine-maker and collector from the 1990s with a box full of tattered photocopied papers that mean more to me than a lot of my other possessions . . . and this book fits right in with them.

Zack, Nick and Stacy will be doing a bunch of events promoting the book in the near future. Dates can be found here or by by becoming a fan on Facebook. I highly suggest checking them out. Live, Nick and Stacey provide a haunting ambient soundtrack to Zack’s reading while Nick’s photographs slowly pass by on a screen behind them. It’s beautiful.

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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on October 13, 2010


 


I have no real excuse for my on and off internet absence lately. The main thing is that I spend almost every day at the store dealing with people, music, fluorescent lights and the computer. When I get home, I prefer to stay away from all that (well — except music, of course — though I listen to different music at home) and instead spend my time cooking dinner, taking care of my plants and reading. It already feels like ages since I got back from Los Angeles and there seems no point in mentioning anything that went on there, though there are really only two places that I still can’t get over. First, the Wasteland on Melrose, the best location I have been to. The amount of designer stuff in there is completely insane and I went a little nuts. One item I picked up was a wool April 77 blazer that I have been wearing almost every day. At first I thought I wouldn’t like that it’s unlined, but itactually keeps me warmer!

The second place that I fell in love with was Secret Headquarters. It’s right next to Vacation’s new location and I think they are owned by the same people/person. Either way, it was pretty amazing. I used to be really into comics when I was younger, but stopped collecting them when I got into music (couldn’t afford to buy both on my meager babysitting salary). However, over the years, I have dabbled in various graphic novels — most notably with the works of Alan Moore. Anyway, I can’t really express exactly how fucking cool I found this place to be. A comic book store that was completely beautiful inside and set up like an amazing little library — old wood, leather chairs, awesome displays. I suppose the men working behind the counter had a lot to do with the vibe too — these weren’t some run-of-the mill comic nerds. They were handsome, dapper gentlemen — the kind you would want to be friends with, or ask about art or music, not make fun of for reading comics. I know that comics come with a semi-deserved stigma, but they are something I have always enjoyed as a valid, interesting and, at times, truly amazing form of creative expression. Being in the store excited me so much, I just grabbed a bunch of things because I couldn’t leave without showing my appreciation for their effort. Plus, being a small business owner, I know how annoying it is when people walk in and look around forever without purchasing anything. If you are in LA, go to this store. There are little zines, artsy books, comics and graphic novels spanning nearly every genre.

I miss LA. I knew I liked it when I visited in January, despite the rain. But this time was just so . . . nice. The sun, the people, the landscape, I’m not sure if I can really explain it — maybe it’s just that California magic. I’m so happy I got to go back, even if it only felt like it was for a second. Just to see the people and the places I never get to see, even just for a moment — it is always worth it.

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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on October 5, 2010


 


FUCK YESSSS….these Jeffrey Campbell shoes are finally here! I pre-ordered them from Solestruck forever ago and I was getting worried. But now they are here! Fall can begin! I will be a hundred feet tall every day! I fucking love these things even if I was tripping all over myself today. Totally worth it.

I had to get them as soon as I saw them because they reminded me of this insane DIY project from Christeric. She was creating her own version of these Charles Anastase boots… so of course, if there are cool boots out there, Jeffrey Campbell is going to copy them! I know I should be annoyed, but the truth is I can’t afford any designer shoes brand new so I have to settle for the imitations. And imitation or not, they are sick and they make me happy.

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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on October 2, 2010


 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although it TOTALLY breaks my heart to do it, I think I have to sell these Topshop boots. I ordered them a month or so ago and when I first tried them on, they seemed a little tight but I thought I could stretch them by wearing them out. Boy, was I wrong. I was able to stand in them for roughly 10 minutes before I had to go home and change into other shoes. It’s a serious bummer because they’re fucking awesome. But I vary between an 8.5/9 and I ordered these on the small side — big mistake as they are more narrow than I expected.

So, anyway, the details: Size US 8.5/EU 39/UK 6. They are basically brand new, as I said, only been worn out of the house once. I no longer have the box. They retail for $160 and you can read all about them on the Topshop site. I will sell them for $80 (US) + shipping. I will ship anywhere, but shipping costs will vary depending on where you live. Email me if you are interested.