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


C-C'est Bon!

I awoke to the loveliest request the other day.

(No, not the carnal variety, although that was in play also...)

This one was via email, from my dear friend and co-conspirator, VK-Red Duvivier, photographer and lady extraordinaire.  She mentioned her cravings for citrus fruit of late, and asked if I might write a post about it, with its correlation to vitamin C. 

The craving for citrus, and its sublime juiciness stirs in me like clockwork twice per year: once in the heart of Summer, and once in the belly of Winter. 

It’s the thirst. 

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And the need for the sense of well-being that springs from these common, yet possibly undervalued fruits as they do greet you with a certain...joyousness, no?  

Dig your fingernails into a bright clementine in the middle of January and you cannot help but smile.

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Images by VK-Red Duvivier

At the very soul of citrus is Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, which is such a critical nutrient that most mammals can actually use their own cells to make it inside their bodies. Humans are one of the few animals who cannot.  As our age and level of health can greatly affect our need for C, humans vary in their requirements for it. 

Vitamin C is required by the body for the development and maintenance of scar tissue, blood vessels, and cartilage. It is a powerful antioxidant which helps lessen oxidative stress, thought to lower cancer risk.

Of nutritional note, it increases a person's absorption of iron from plant foods, which should interest you, my vegan loves out there. (Wise food combining once again proves itself necessary.) 

On the other end of the green-power spectrum, poor intake of vitamin C-rich vegetables and fruits is a common contributor to vitamin C deficiency. According to the National Academy of Science, in the U.S., one third to one half of all adults get less vitamin C from their diet than is needed. That's not surprising.                                                                                                                               In addition, the body's immune and detoxification systems make special use of C, so if either of these systems is compromised it can result in increase risk of deficiency. So, lovely ones, if any of you suffer with GI issues (Crohn's, IBS, colitis, etc.,)  try upping your intake of C-rich foods, and see how your symptoms compare. 

Our bodies really love vitamin C.

And guess what? So does our skin. Vitamin C plays an important role in maintaining its health and radiance. When we are very young, our skin is full of C, but we naturally lose it over time, aided and abetted by smoking, second-hand smoke, pollutants, and UV exposure, all of which compound the decline of this vital nutrient for both our inner and outer beauty.  

One of functions of vitamin C is its role in the production of collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. As you age, collagen breaks down and wrinkles begin to form. Stabilizing your skin’s levels of vitamin C can help to counteract wrinkle formation by increasing collagen production.

So, in addition to the health and beauty rewards of having a properly nourished body inside, we can also reap massive exterior benefits by using C topically.  But here’s the rub: it HAS to be FRESH. Do not waste time or money on the myriad C products out there, even the natural ones, unless they include fresh vitamin C, preferrably paired with ferulic acid. I have never seen anything like this in a store, so I buy mine online. I love NuFountain. They make it fresh when you order it!

I've gotten very clinical today, haven't I?

Well, now I’m ready to take off my lab coat and enjoy a delicious C-ocktail. 

This one pairs succulent citrus with iron (from the almond milk and coconut),  a super vitamin A, beauty fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Care to join me?

I’ve got nothing on underneath...

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Image by VK-Red Duvivier 

Come On Up And C Me Elixir

  • 1 C organic strawberries
  • 1 orange
  • 2 kiwi
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 heaping Tbsp tocotreinols 
  • Liquid vanilla stevia to taste
  • 1 C. unsweetened almond milk 
  • 1/2 C. shredded organic unsweetened coconut 

Blend it all up until smooth and creamy.

So very sexy.

xxx Alise