The Swinging London

My eyes slowly fluttered closed to the Teutonic rasp of Anita Pallenberg, reminiscing
about that most incredible time, 
when fashion, art, and music made love nightly
and the counter culture ruled the day.

You see, dreary, stodgy old post-war Britain had shape-shifted, seemingly overnight, into a colorful burst of youth and excitement, hell bent on shaking things up...

As Time magazine put it,"Ancient elegance and new opulence are all tangled up in a dazzling blur of op and pop."

Can you picture it?

biba boutique, the . mecca of 60's cool

biba boutique, the . mecca of 60's cool

Fading into kaleidoscope visions, 
each bat of my eyelash a click on an old Viewmaster scene,
dazzled by her smile
getting lost in Syd Barrett’s stare
lulled by Mick’s soft lion's purr…

I awoke to a misty rain, and a scented chill in the air.
Without even thinking I slithered into one of my favorite dresses - 
a deep blue curve-hugger, adorned with tiny wildflowers, a short, flirting hem, and a keyhole neckline.
I recalled the day I tried it on in a London boutique a few years ago. Sliding back the dressing room curtain, I saw the irresistible grin of my co-star. He said simply, “Oh yeah.”

Every time I have been to this energetic city, it's been a blast. I’ve scored incredible clothes from Carnaby Street to Camden market, danced in chic nightclubs, lounged in groovy bars, and, despite it’s reputation for horrid fare, always managed to secure London’s one culinary treasure: amazing Indian food. 

So, to celebrate this glorious city, an era like no other, and my darling Mick’s (slightly belated) birthday, I give to you a lively, sexy chilled drink that's purrfect for a wet Summer day.

Or, in Mick's words, let's "drink your health in scented jasmine tea."

Shall we?

The Swinging London

Serves two

  • 1 tsp organic Earl Grey tea
  • 1 Tbsp organic jasmine pearl flowers
  • 2 C pure water
  • A splash of unsweetened almond or cashew milk
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • Stevia to taste

Loves, we can easily make this into a caffeine-free libation by losing the Earl Grey...but, if you want a little extra charge for a labor-intensive day (of shopping?), leave it as is.

After all, black tea has its benefits. It's full of cancer-fighting antioxidants, and can lower your risk of stroke and heart disease. Way better for you, my sweet Beasties, than coffee. 

Fire up your pure water until its just warm, but not boiling, then submerge your loose teas down deep for about 3 minutes. (If you leave the jasmine in too long it will be bitter.) Allow it to cool. 

When it's ready, add the vanilla, lemon essential oil, and stevia. Pour it into an appealing glass. In goes the ice, and a splash of almond milk to your liking.  Fabulous!

Jasmine not only possesses an incredible scent and taste, but holds the magical prowess of attracting spiritual love. If you burn it in the bedroom, it ignites prophetic dreams. And lemon, of course, invites warm friendships and sensual love, as well as a healthy dose of vitamin C. This is why it's so important not to overheat the water - you get the full wild benefits of leaves and flowers when they remain in a technically "raw" state, nutritionally and otherwise.

But enough talk. Just get loose. Enjoy the seductive aroma, the sensual flavors, and the way it makes you feel.

Beautiful, yes?

Dig it!

xxx Alise

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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

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