Some “Surf-Kitsch” to Start Out Your Morning

August 24th, 2009 | By | 4,613 Comments


A little Monday morning surprise from my favorite music blog, Aquarium Drunkard: a few classic surf tracks from 60′s beach flicks. A touch cheesy? You bet. But it’s just one of those guilty pleasures you acquire while stuck inside during perfectly good beach days/shred sessions. Hope it helps ease you into your Monday!

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As Seen In: Chicago Tribune

August 21st, 2009 | By | 2,778 Comments





“Maxi dresses and tie-dye go together like peace and love. Flash your back, not bulges, with this Lucy Love ankle-grazing knit jersey tank dress. Free your mind of figure worries with an empire-waist design-and the rest might follow.”
-Wendy Donahue, Chicago Tribune.

Get the Look: Nicole Richie

August 20th, 2009 | By | 1,748 Comments


We love Nicole’s beachy, bohemian style, but hate that it probably cost an entire pay check to get!
Or does it? Get Nicole Richie’s boho-chic look, fringe bag and all, for less than the cost of her left shoe. Our favorite part of this look is that it fits almost any body-type. Yes, she may weight in at  a whopping 90 L-B’s, but no, you don’t have to cut-out your afternoon Pinkberry run to look just as good in her gear. What makes this a trend-setting look are the fold-over ankle boots and oversized shades. So chic!

Shop the entire look HERE!

The Man Sweater, AKA “the Cardigan”

August 20th, 2009 | By | 3,051 Comments

A brief, questionably accurate, but it’d probably fly on Wikipedia, history of what is known as “the man sweater.”


Above: Analog Suburb 2 Cardigan

Ah, the cardigan, or what will henceforth be termed “the man sweater.” Maybe when you think of sweaters, you think kittens, bad holiday gifts, and retirement homes. But you are wrong. You heard it; I said the customer is not always right. Yeah. It’s time to adjust your silly thoughts about sweaters. Ever since before you were born, the cardigan has been plotting its way back up to the top of the man list. Here’s a little history for you naysayers:

The cardigan started scheming its return to bad-assness back in the late 80’s. It was then that Kurt Cobain made the monumental decision that the Seattle weather made him cold, and pullover sweaters were just too much work to take on and off whilst wearing a guitar strap. From that point, he took what cardigan enthusiasts named “the march of pennies” to the nearest Goodwill, where a cardigan was had strategically placed itself closest to the cash register. And boom. The “the man sweater” was born.

Don’t believe me? I challenge you to find a more accurate history of the man sweater. Double dog dare you.

How do you wear it?
Ironically, the man sweater pairs perfectly with man pants. Add your favorite t-shirt (as long as said t-shirt contains no rhinestones, does not contain mock-anything in the description, and is of a the non-lycra, preferably cotton, variety) and you’re ready to rock.

Get Your Man Sweater (along with man pants and t-shirts) at Swell.