4/30/12

MOLD

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*fringe blanket thing from thrift store, tank from wasteland, TUNNEL VISION shorts, tie dyed socks from whole foods (yes socks from whole foods that's correct), boots from rose bowl flea market, my brother's vintage army bag from australia, vintage belts, vintage necklaces, TUNNEL VISION scorpion pendant, vintage deadstock sunglasses.

i attempted to dye ALL of my hair PURPLE, and THIS is what happened. i have officially reached the "fuck it" stage of my life, where i am comfortable enough with myself to walk around with hair that looks an awful lot like mold. i decided to just do some more shit to it since there's no going back- i'm thinking about somehow making my hair look tie dyed. my tie dye obsession just got scarier.

also, wearing blankets as clothing is the best thing i've ever done. two belts, maybe not so much.

ANNE SMERDON

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*original artwork by Anne Smerdon

I've mentioned this in the past, but I am really passionate about this blog being more than a collection of photos of me and my clothing. I am surrounded by insanely talented friends who live in gorgeous spaces, make incredible music, write, paint, etc, etc. I feel selfish for knowing about so much beauty and not sharing it on my most public of platforms, so that will soon change.
I don't know Anne Smerdon personally, but was so happy to receive an email with a link to her artwork. Her dreamy psychedelic folk art is literally my idea of perfection- my heart felt like it stopped as I clicked through each painting to the next. I would kill to own any one of her paintings.
Taken from her website:

"Anne Smerdon is an emerging artist from the Gold Coast whose whimsical folk-fantasy works reflect her meticulous design skills and education as an Architect. She has shown her works in exhibitions throughout Queensland and internationally. She was recently chosen as a finalist in the Border Art Prize.
Her works are a combination of watercolour, gold, ox gal and architectural ink on canvas, paper or silk. Her works tell tales of autodidactic girls who have bridged the animal and human worlds to become one with nature, symbiotically nurturing fauna and flora and in turn, being nurtured by fauna and flora. Each work conjures up memories of the fictional feral children from stories such as Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and Henry De Vere Stacpoole’s The Blue Lagoon. Her works also document the architectural details, landscapes and animals which influence her visual narrations at the time of painting."

I'm no art critic, but I have always firmly believed that art is completely subjective, and it's kind of impossible for it to be labeled as "good' or "bad", as the way it inspires and speaks to people is completely different from one person to the next. While typing this, I was reminded of a Jesus and Mary Chain interview I've listened to countless times on their Stoned and Dethroned UK b-side that is seriously one of the most inspirational and true things that I've ever heard:

"People learn too much in this business. They feel as if you can't make a good record until you've spent 15 years learning how to play a guitar... and I think those are the worst kinds of records. I think something like Suicide's first album- if they had known what they'd been doing, it would have been crap. They were like feeling their way around and it was all imagination and inspiration- not a music lesson. I've been playing the guitar for 17 years, and I can't play as good as any 18 year old that started lessons last year, and I don't care. You make your own space and you do what you can in that space. Our songs are pretty simple in structure, but you know what, sometimes it's the hardest thing to be simple."

The first time I heard that, all of my preconceived notions of being "too old" to try something new just vanished. You don't need to be schooled or trained in any form of art to make something worthwhile. That's some seriously enlightening shit. To me at least.

Check out Anne's blog and pass around the beauty.

4/29/12

TV $50 INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY

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*pictured: me, nicki, and madeline.

We finally made an Instagram for TUNNEL VISION yesterday (@shoptunnelvision)! Anyone who follows us will be entered to win a $50 gift card to the shop, which is perfect timing because 150+ new items will be hitting the store next Friday.
Don't forget to like us on Facebook so you have access to the one day only 50% off discount code we release when new stock is up!

Also, do yourself a favor and check out Jessica from Vintage Virgin wearing our tapestry shorts with a dog t-shirt HERE. How does someone so perfect exist? To quote David After Dentist, is this real life?

4/24/12

HOWDY

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*thrifted shirt, vintage pants cut into shorts, belt c/o Lucky Vintage, thrifted boots, vintage bag, vintage hat, vintage jewelry, necklace borrowed from madeline

okay, so i suck at minimalism and i look drunk in that picture. moving on...

my eyes almost fell out of my head when i opened up the package that Caryn at Lucky Vintage sent me. it included this belt and a tan leather cropped halter top... it's magic. i need to wait until the weather stops sucking in LA to bust that one out because it deserves to be worn in sunshine. she always finds the best vintage and if you want in on it, check out her etsy!

i just got back from spending three days in the desert at the desert daze festival. the bands were out of control. OUT OF CONTROL. watch the videos below if you're interested in some seriously killer music.
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cosmonauts. favorite band, hands down. there aren't any good live recordings on youtube, but these kids are so talented and put on such an insane show that it makes my head spin. they are like spacemen 3 and jesus and mary chain had alien punk rock babies. if you can find their record, BUY IT and then try to see them live while on acid. i am very serious.

of course, dead meadow. i will never get enough of this band for as long as i live. they were perfect as always.

crooked cowboy is a trip. they all sit down while playing- the girl wore a floor length prairie dress and the guy in a huge cowboy hat with his head always down so you could never see his face. it was creepy and amazing and i've never seen anything like it.

last but not least, the entrance band. they're definitely an LA favorite and have earned it. everyone i know fucking loves this band- i don't know why anyone wouldn't. also, this video is RAD.

4/19/12

HOLOGRAM

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*boots c/o Wasteland, zara t-shirt, american apparel shorts, unearthen pendulum ring, vintage necklace, vintage belt, brother's beanie

welcome to the tunnel vision studio // thanks wasteland for sending me these PERFECT boots!

i can't begin to explain how much i love holograms, prisms, and basically anything that refracts light. i went deep into the depths of the internet a couple nights ago researching this stuff- i was attempting to start designing for Bad Vibes but got REALLY sidetracked in just looking up really obscure shit. sometimes i wish my aesthetic tastes ranged further than psychedelic beach themed everything, but my brain likes what it likes and i'll just keep on dressing like a confused hippie until i find something else that makes me half as satisfied. oh, and i've decided that my new style is "space beach". i decorated my bedroom in a space beach theme a couple years ago and now i'm translating it to my clothing. i want to give the whole minimalism thing a try (not true minimalism, but minimalistic to my batshitcrazy standards) and see how it goes. so far so good, i just need to find more clothing that i can see my reflection in.

...it's not *completely* obvious that i saw the horrors and the black angels on mushrooms last night, is it? my brain is still floating in shoe-gazey rainbow land. if you ever get a chance to see the horrors, DO IT. this video is insanely rad, wait about 25 seconds for it to get good.

4/17/12

BEDROOM VIBES

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if you follow me on twitter or instagram, you probably saw me post a zillion photos of my apartment makeover yesterday. since we moved tunnel vision out of my living room and my little brother now lives with me, everything needed to basically be gutted and started fresh. i gave my brother my bedroom, moved my things into half of the living room (which is probably around 100sf), and created this peaceful little den with my only new purchase being a room divider. i've never been so organized and happy in a space before. there's still more to do, but i thought i'd share my progress because i love interior decorating blogs probably just as much as fashion blogs... even though this post is more jewelry less decorating. story of my life.
(side note: my dad gave me those bull horns that belonged to him when he was a child, making them about 60 years old. i would NEVER EVER buy them.)

4/16/12

NOVOCAINE FOR THE SOUL

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*vintage vest, vintage belt, vintage fish necklace, scorpion pendant, and vintage bag from flea market, vintage shell and eye necklaces, vintage rings, thrifted romper, adidas baseball hat, harley davidson boots + ebay boot straps

left my apartment wearing only the romper, boots, and shell + eye necklace, and came home in this outfit after hitting two flea markets with madeline and courtney (if you haven't seen courtney's blog, you need to). the baseball hat has been floating around in my apartment and car for months without ever REALLY wearing it, and today finally felt like the day to make it happen. love dressing like a teenage boy.
love. it.

instagram: britdisarming

4/13/12

DESERT DAZE

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just got back from the desert.
if you're in the area for coachella, i highly recommend stopping by dillon's road house to experience at least some of the magic that is desert daze. a lot of my friends are down there working their asses off to put on this incredible 11 day long psychedelic event for free, so be sure to stop by if you're around! i'll be back again next weekend. can't wait can't wait can't wait.

4/10/12

FOAM

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*isabel marant dress borrowed from taylor, wasteland faux leather jacket, vagabond boots, pakistani necklace, american apparel bra/shorts.

(let's just ignore that the disposable camera used to take these photos made my arms and legs two completely different colors, okay?)
stopped by our studio after the foam magazine x urban outfitters pop-up shop party at space 1520. i worked with foam last week and just fall more and more in love with what they're doing- they are such a rad group of girls who put out a KILLER magazine and support small businesses, bloggers, and my kind of fashion. can't say enough nice things about them.
the party was perfect- surf boards and mesh neoprene fabric everywhere = my heaven.

now how do i go about LIVING in this dress forever? hmmm. first i must convince taylor that it mysteriously disappeared... what's more believable: dress burglar or my cat ate it?

4/9/12

DHARMA BUM

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“i've been reading whitman, you know what he says, cheer up slaves, and horrify foreign despots, he means that's the attitude for the bard, the zen lunacy bard of old desert paths, see the whole thing is a world full of rucksack wanderers, dharma bums refusing to subscribe to the general demand that they consume production and they have to work for the privilege of consuming, all that crap they didn't really want anyway such as refrigerators, tv sets, cars, at least new fancy cars, certain hair oils and deodorants and general junk you finally always see a week later in the garbage anyway, all of them imprisoned in a system of work, produce, consume, work, produce, consume, i see a vision of a great rucksack revolution thousands or even millions of young americans wandering around with rucksacks, going up into the mountains to pray, making children laugh and old men glad, making young girls happy and old girls happier, all of 'em zen lunatics who go about writing poems that happen to appear in their heads for no reason and also by being kind and also by strange unexpected acts keep giving visions of eternal freedom to everybody and to all living creatures” -Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

reading The Dharma Bums changed my life. i read it while staying alone in a hostel in byron bay, and it will forever be one of the most important experiences of my life. i hope you read it, and i hope it offers you even the slightest fraction of clarity and enlightenment that it bestowed upon me.

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top left to right: outfit for foam magazine x urban outfitters pop-up shop party, madeline at sage, huxley after he brought a bird in my apartment (it was unharmed), harley boots + dirty vintage camel rug, palm tree heart, vintage rings, adam + zap cat, taylor, vintage shell plant holder from rose bowl flea market, huxley playing piano in his sleep, book + beach, madeline + video games, marble table from rose bowl flea market, madeline at rose bowl flea market, day two in the new Tunnel Vision studio (still under construction), madeline + house party

this is a very accurate representation of my life. cats, jewelry, madeline, and painting/building/decorating/organizing the new tunnel vision studio.

follow me on instagram only if you like cats.
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4/7/12

HEAT

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*TUNNEL VISION shorts, vintage belt, beaded shirt from random store in garment district, Pakistani necklace, Unearthen pendulum ring, vintage bag, Harley Davidson boots + ebay bootstraps.

it feels like summer!!!
(i literally wear these boots every single day- can't stop won't stop)