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“Idafornia” outfit

“Don’t Californiacate Idaho” read our bumper stickers in 1999.

To Most Idahoans, A Plague of Locusts Is Californians” read a headline in The Washington Post in 1979.

In Boise and beyond, the buzz is palpable. It’s the low hum of sky-rocketing home prices, boutique businesses, and bourgeouis affairs brought on by an infestation of newly-transplanted Californians.

An Idaho native, I’m torn. I love the energy in the air. I love the rock-solid soulmate surfer man California brought me. I love how delighted he is in my Idaho girl ways. But I feel I’m losing my grip on the land.

Up until he died, JR Simplot gave a speech every year at my alma mater, the College of Idaho, fist-poundingly exhorting in his OG Idaho cowboy way: “Get a piece of land, and HOLD ONTO IT!

So before the Californians eat it all up, I got me a piece of land. And I’m holding onto it.

Fawn & Foal Idaho backbone screenprinted black tank top, $15, Fawn & Foal‘s open studio on First Friday in Garden City

1915 3-bedroom bungalow in historic downtown Nampa with exquisite parquet floors, $177,000

“Spring rain” outfit

wallpaper2you_483630Free. Passionate. Beautiful.

New Nexx York see-through poly red blouse  – $4, ReStyle thrift store | underneath Dianne Von Furstenberg vibrant earthy flower print camisole – $3.95, Idaho Youth Ranch thrift store | Catch My I impressionist bright flower print flowing skirt – $13, Lux Fashion Lounge | The Wild Pair “made in Brasil” real wood heels – $6.99, Goodwill in Walla Walla, WA


Cheep in the rain. Cheep in the sunshine.

“Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon” outfit

Naval Battle at the Kaiyo Islands in Korea, 1894You come and go. You come and go. | Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dreams. | Red, gold, and green. Red, gold, and green. —Culture Club

What comes around, goes around. What goes around, comes around.

Carole Little Japanese flower print vest – $0.99 (sale!), ReStyle thrift store | ADAY ‘Turn It Up’ pant (I’ve been super into this technical clothing company after all my leggings would split obscenely at the crotch because of my noticeable lack of thigh gap. ADAY’s “Throw And Roll” leggings have been a glam comfort godsend  So I bought this “uniform” called “the monday” (cult?).) – $110 (it would have been more but I googled “ADAY coupon code” before I bought and it worked. It ain’t cheap, but it sure is easy.) ADAY | Michael Kors tan wedge sandals – gift from Ryan/Nordstrom’s Rack



“Fair game” outfit

“Most intriguing is the link of camouflage to Cubism and its breaking down of the body in modern art. Picasso exclaimed on seeing a camouflaged canon in Paris: “It was us who created that.” While in conversation with Jean Cocteau, he said: “If they want to make an army invisible at a distance, they only have to dress their men as harlequins.”—NY Times

(Hiding or hunter?) Now you see me. Now you don’t.Bushlan (c) 1989 South Texas Camouflage hunting shirt/mini-dress (with original tag still on) – $8,Once Upon a Time Thrift Store | In Moda gray stirrup leggings – $3, Idaho Youth Ranch | unlabeled patent leather & brass hook belt – $2, ReStyle thrift store | Jeffrey Campbell tan & black heels – $45, Piece Unique boutique

Crouching Bandwagon, Hidden Tiger

Grrrrrrr…eat. Sometimes, I have trouble jumping on bandwagons. So I wear this hidden tiger dress when I’m feeling a little savage. It’s blend-into-the-background wild.

(I also just realized that Tony the Tiger’s catchphrase is a play on “Grrr…” Um, durrr. Grrr…eat is also how you feel after the sugar high of eating Frosted Flakes wears off. #hangry)

vintage Honeycomb hidden tiger dress, $?, antique store? (Look close for the green eyes of the tigers lookin’ back at you). Ralph Lauren studded black suede & wood high-heeled mules – $5, Good Samaritan thrift store (MSRP $100).

“winter in the tropics (aka Antiques Coat Show)” outfit

0604305167fb777db46e317a507e617cThis winter has been unseasonably warm. Not quite naked-outside-in-a-hammock warm but maybe oh-shit-is-this-global-warming? warm or there-would-be-no-balls-shrinking-in-this-polar-bear-plunge warm.

Since I won’t be wearing these beautiful wool and fur creations in the wild anytime soon, I showed them off in the spare room I now call the “tropical oasis”—a nome de plumage stemming from the vintage illustrations on these custom-printed blinds I bought from Etsy-Greece. One shade covered the door in my recently-departed apartment. So I got it a companion palm so it wouldn’t feel all deserted-island up in here.

The tropical illustrations are from Historia naturalis palmarum—an early 1800s triptych travelogue through Brazil and Peru by a German botanist—illustrated exotically.

SAM_6255circa 1960s – no label except for Bolura: Exclusive Fabric from California cream long coat w/ fur collar. (whisper *exlusive*) Christmas gift from Ryan. Victoria’s Secret botanical nightgown w/ lace & pearl details, $5 – ReStyle (I washed it first, OK?) .

SAM_6245circa 1970s? – no label black short textured wool coat w/ fake fur collar & cuff. I can’t remember where I got this (Antique World Mall?) but it was some cheap beautiful thang.

SAM_6316circa 1960s –  no label save for 100% Cashmere: Dry Clean Only red long coat, $12 – Idaho Youth Ranch. SAM_6270circa 1980s – no label wool long coat w/ subtle red, white and yellow check pattern – $54, Antique World Mall.


“Mod AF” outfit

I wanted to look like Patti Smith, the iconic OG punk rocker poet from the 1970s, as pictured (in a photo by her BFF Robert Mapplethorpe, no less) on the album on my record player. But apparently, upon internet image searching, I look more like Pattie Boyd, the iconic 1960s model who was the first wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton. (Way to nail it, girl.) At least I’m still mod AF (as fuck) or AP (as Patti(e).

vintage Liz Claiborne hot pink mod dress – $6.95, Idaho Youth Ranch | Frye ‘Sacha Moto’ black leather shooties – $100 (MSRP: $278), Bombshell Salon‘s Head to Boots Fall Make-Up Event («the next one is THIS SATURDAY, and it’s a bad-ass party to celebrate the 5th b-day of Bombshell Salon. Come! Get cheap-ass new Frye Boots!)

Cheep it like a groupie.