Have Love, Will Travel

As I amp up for a trip across the pond, I can't shake that Sonics classic from my head.

I'm heading over to Brighton to speak at Vegfest UK, a bustling and bountiful gathering that hits several cities each year, filled with glorious vegan everything...a compassion-fest brimming with ideas that have become action, with lovely souls spinning straw dreams into golden reality, and spreading the beauty around like dandelion fuzz. I can-not wait!

And love has indeed been the motivator.

Love for the Earth and all her creatures,
love extended to fellow humans by way of sharing knowledge,
the love of my life who travels with me,
and our loves who guard the Lair while we are away.

So, meantime, back at The Inner Sanctum, I prepare...

Oh, so many vegan-chic getups to choose from! And so little room in my valise...

Whoever said shoes had to be leather to be sexy?

And speaking of sexy...

Sheer and lacy secrets have their own special vintage travel case!

And now, I am on my way.

I'll be home soon, with tales of many adventures, ready to delve horns-first into some very intense book-writing, and figuring out a shoot schedule for a new season of LUNA VITA. You know me, I'd wayyyy rather skip the sitting down in front of the laptop for hours on end in favor of some electrically charged on-camera time, but, sometimes a gal has to hunker down and...*heaving sigh*...get focused.

(And, as you know, the thought of too much seriousness makes me slightly cranky, so I'm going back into my candy-coloured closet to play for a while longer.)

So I bid you adieu, just for now,

with a peachy ripe kiss,

and a few saucy tips

for when your own wild heart takes you places...

xxx Alise

Badass Babes And What They Wore

It's mid-February in the mountains of upstate New York.

yes, its pretty, but...

yes, its pretty, but...

I don't wanna talk about the weather anymore.

Don't give me snowfall amounts,

or negative zero temperatures,

and don't make me feel gray.

Let's play a game instead.

I daydream,

and I only want to know one thing:

(drumroll please...!)

"WHO ARE YOUR TOP THREE, ALL-TIME FAVORITE STYLE ICONS?"

C'mon, 

before you retreat to yet another Netflix binge

and start feeling pissy,

change up the energy

get into a lighter spirit.

PLAY. WITH. ME.

Now, who are they?

I'll show you mine.

They all have one thing in common.

Pure, unbridled sensuality...

1. Anita Pallenberg

classic anita.

classic anita.

Anita could make a piano shawl into the sexiest thing ever. image by the beautiful michael cooper (rip.)

Anita could make a piano shawl into the sexiest thing ever. image by the beautiful michael cooper (rip.)

Actress, model, and muse, Anita strutted her oft-imitated, but never rivaled sense of style throughout 1960's Europe, inspiring artists, designers and rock stars everywhere she went, setting the standard around the world for Boho chic which still prevails...everywhere.  Though she could rock wide-leg velvet trousers better than anyone on the planet, classic Anita, to me, is all tunic minidress, bare legs, brimmed hats, draped scarves, and furry coats. (I'm sure back in the day they were real, but we'll forgive. It was ages ago.) Add that to her Witchy Woman status, and the fact that to this day people are still trying to imitate her (hellooo Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Nicole Richie, anyone who ever went to Coachella, etc.,) she's my most beloved. Vixen Fact: I named my first black cat after her.

2. Uschi Obermaier

feral, come-hither  uschi.

feral, come-hither  uschi.

Though not many know of her, the "Bavarian Bombshell" was no slouch in the trend-setting department either. Uschi was a model, political activist, and (somewhat reluctant) actress, turning down a lucrative 10-film contract with Carlo Ponti, which would have secured her place as an international movie star, because...she wanted to travel the world with her boyfriend. Signing on the dotted line simply would have cramped her considerable style, and this one could not be tamed. Uschi favored nomadic tribal jewelry, saris, sexy boots, and plenty of bare flesh. I adore her.

3. Brigitte Bardot

can i please have that dress?

can i please have that dress?

Last, but never, ever least...who doesn't love Bébe? Don't we all just swoon over her early looks: nippped-waist-full-skirted numbers, the gingham, the sleek pencil dresses? And then there are the Paco Rabanne minis, the adorable coats, the Gainsbourg-era thigh-high boots...

Of all her gorgeous looks, the one above defines Brigitte at her core: unabashedly feminine, with a wild side. Eyelet layers and slept-on hair. Artfully smudged eyeliner with a ballerina's easy grace.

I just love these ladies. I really do. I want to, right now, fly to the south of France and fight for animal rights alongside BB, make jewelry in Topanga Canyon with Uschi, and hop across the pond so Anita can show me around her closet, and we can laugh about modern fashion (or lack thereof) together.

Who inspires your style?

Tell me.

I've got nowhere to go.

'Cause it's snowing.

Again.

xxx Alise

Alise In Wonderland