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The Secret Garden

We've been cooped up, feeling creative and sick of sweaters. And we love sweaters. 

“It was that kind of a crazy afternoon, terrifically cold, and no sun out or anything, and you felt like you were disappearing every time you crossed a road.”  

 Enjoy our endeavors,  S'il vous plaĆ®t.  

If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.
[ skirt, Aritzia ] 

I talk to God, but the sky is empty

I heard that you like the bad girls
Honey, is that true?
[ Pendant, House of Harlow // Cosmetics, Yves Saint Laurent ]

Give me your hands, because you're wonderful
[ Amethyst Ring,  Liz Larios  //  Rings and bracelets, Vintage ]

An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's.
[ bustier, Aritzia // shoes, Baker's ]

Come run the hidden pine trails of the forest

some quotes in this post. photo 1: the secret garden / photo 2: sylvia plath / photo 3: video games / photo 4: rock n roll suicide / photo 5: jd salinger
photos by A 

I Get Up in the Morning to the Beat of the Drum

Well hello nice of you to show up.

The seasons have come and gone. The air is crisp, the nights are long. It's about that time again to wrap up another year. So take a breath, let go, and prepare to bloom again.

What better way to end 2011 than to give you all a little taste of what these sirens have been stomping around to all year.

This year has been like an obstacle course, but it has also given us a few little gifts to get us through difficult times. You see, 2011 led us to our idol, our Goddess, our muse. Somehow we stumbled upon the beauty of Lykke Li, and our lives changed forever.

We could dedicate a whole novel to her, but not tonight. No, tonight we're here to share with you our major musical inspirations from this past year. All have been new discoveries and 2011 just wouldn't have been the same without them.

Some favorite pieces from the wonderfully talented Lykke Li:
- Silent My Song
- Window Blues
- Sadness Is A Blessing

We also discovered the beautiful Lana Del Rey and just can't get enough of this sultry songbird. Some of our favorite tracks:
- Video Games
- Put Me in a Movie
- Diet Mtn. Dew

Our bodies can't help but move to the beat of Robyn's album Body Talk. Turn up the volume and lose control to these favorites:
- Dancing on my own
- Hang With Me
- Call Your Girlfriend
- None of Dem

And now for our most recent discovery...Dead Man's Bones. This band was founded by actor Ryan Gosling(yes, you heard me right.) They have a unique eery vibe that puts us in a wonderful witchy little mood. So put on your best disguise and creep around to these tunes:
- Lose Your Soul
- My Body's a Zombie For You
- In the Room Where You Sleep

Stay tuned for more inspirations...and never fight the urge to follow the songs of these sirens.

The Ugliest of Them All

I've been waiting years for the opportunity to don a hideous holiday sweater and this season my wish came true! A Christmas miracle I tell you! Yesterday was ugly sweater day at work so I drove my merry little self to the Salvation Army in search for the ugliest sweater out there. But when an employee approached me and said that they were sold out of Christmas sweaters, my heart about broke in half. With only hours to go until work I had to get creative.

You should have seen the sparkle in my eyes when I spotted this turquoise angora masterpiece of a sweater. When I saw that it contained the largest shoulder pads ever, I knew I had found THE ONE. It was my own little ugly swan.

Now I just had to use my imagination to make this guy a little more christmasy. Luckily there was a Michaels craft store close by. I picked up these lovely felt stickers. I planned to sew them on but they seemed to stick pretty well to the material.

 And VOILA! Magnifico!

Then it was time to do some wrapping. I went to 3 different stores in search of brown packing paper. I had a theme in mind and I wasn't going to settle for anything else. During my quest, I came across some beautiful red velvet ribbon. Muy perfecto. When I finally found my packing paper I couldn't resist doing a little victory dance in the middle of Office Max.

Just a few classics for my nephew:

May I have a drumroll please?............
Thank you. 

The finished product! 

The best way to cheer up your day is to use your imagination. So get out there and create, dream, write, explore. The world is our canvas my lovelies. Let's make something wonderful. 

Until we meet again....

Tempts this Tuesday

We came, we saw, we conquered. We've compiled a list of what you needed yesterday, take the plunge, your happiness is in YOUR hands:

 C wears a striking bordeaux pout with Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE no. 32 Poupre Carmin 

Organize your life and record creative flashes with the weekly Moleskine SoftCover 18-Month Weekly Planner. Plenty of space to plot your world takeover, with an unassuming look to remain undercover.

"You smell so... well-rounded," a stranger observed when we wore Beautannia Bloomsbury Body Lotion available at SpaceNK, Bloomingdales. Envision a smooth melody of herb, citrus, and the orient enveloping you in a crisp shower of CLEAN ELEGANCE.

 Not ready for vampy lips?  A wears Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE no.36 Corail Legende for a rich and supple coral wearable for all skin tones. Available at Nordstrom.

Crisp winter weather on this dusky afternoon

Wardrobe TEMPTS 
BLACK on BLACK is how we like it...with a splash of cream

Cream and black Peter Pan blouse, Nordstrom BP
Black cotton stretch skinny trousers, Nordstrom BP
Mary Jane Platforms, Baker's Shoes

I'm parked out front
Take me to the movies

Warm cashmere wrap sweater, Club Monaco

A thick, black cable knit scarf, Zara
Suede, platform wedge boots, Nordstrom


I Sleep With Eyes Wide

Welcome Note

Congratulations! You are about to experience Chelangela. But, before you do, here are some pointers on what to expect:

You may feel like an outsider, this is normal. If you feel dizzy, nauseated, or overheated let us know immediately. You may feel a sense of nervousness around Chelangela but this is also to be expected. Unless given permission, you must keep your hands, feet, and annoying comments to yourself at all times. Should you have had a bad experience before with Chelangela previously, you may NOT come back.

Serious side effects include confusion, a sense of worthlessness, and thoughts of loneliness. Do not hang out with Chelangela if you plan to drive or operate heavy machinery. Over exposure to Chelangela may increase these risks.

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