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February 19th, 2014 | By | 6 Comments

Inspiration LA: JJ Wessels – Matix Ambassador A conversation over musty vintage clothes? 'But I Like it!"

Gabe Clement and JJ with the "Inspiration LA" one-off tee that was printed during the event.

SWELL: Hey JJ, thanks for taking some time to talk to us. “Inspiration LA” is pretty awesome and somewhat overwhelming for me, It’s my first year at the event. Have you been to the event before this year? How has your experience been so far?

JJ: I’ve been coming to the event since it started really, I was invited by Rin Tanaka. One of my friends, Brian Bent, was featured in a book that Rin published, and I think thats how I met him. It’s been the best event so far, definitely the best turnout. It’s something I wouldn’t miss. it’s something where I’m like “Inspiration is coming up! when is it? where is it?” type thing. (more…)

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February 6th, 2014 | By | 79 Comments

Photo Tip: Kelsey Finn

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Photo Tip of the Week from photo contributor, Kelsey Finn…
When taking photos of a person underwater, tell your model not to hold back on expressiveness! Sometimes they may feel goofy doing a certain pose, but the more exaggerated the motion, the more dramatic the photo will turn out.

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January 14th, 2014 | By | 346 Comments

The Perfect Pant. Style Post by Guest Blogger, Leah.

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I am always in need of the perfect pant. A pant that makes you feel as if you never stepped out of your pajamas. Ones that can withstand saltwater, wet sand, and an occasional spilled acai bowl. Pants that you can wear around the campfire or pull out of your gym bag when you forget your yoga pants. Pants that are best friends with your flower crowns and can be worn with just a simple bikini. RVCA did it right with these embroidered beach pants. With their comfortable fit and bohemian details, I love wearing these perfect pants just about everywhere.
Pictured: RVCA Pants / Element Hat
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January 9th, 2014 | By | 275 Comments

Meet Your Maker | Jaime Haskell of Lovely Bird Behind the Scenes with Founder Jaime Haskell - Interview by Leah Bradley

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Things are looking up these days. Southern California has had beach days for the last week, Spring swimwear is trickling in, and some bold new hats from Lovely Bird just landed on the site. It’s a perfect storm of sunny perfection. We met up with owner/designer of Lovely Bird hats at her design space in Malibu to get inside her creative, bohemian-adorned, head… (more…)