Motivational Typography for Your Walls

I am one of those nerds…I graduated in 2006 from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Graphic Communication department. I never knew there was enough to know about fonts to constitute two whole classes. However, they were fun! I love typography, and I remember it was way too easy to get stuck browsing FontFace.com for hours looking for the perfect font for a project (even if you already knew what you were going to use). Our department also had (and still has) an awesome collection of old letterpress printing machines which we got to use for a project or two, hand-placing each letter one by one. I cannot imagine doing this for an entire newspaper. Oy vey. Typography and letterpress art is a huge market, and I ran across this cool little Etsy store not long ago, The Motivated Type. I wanted to get a little more into the design world apart from fashion on my blog, so here we go.

The Motivated Type is an English company that uses vintage typography and subway signs for inspiration, which I find neat because I have a huge affinity for vintage advertisements. It’s amazing the power just a few words can have on us, and how artsy and eye-catching they can be without any photos or imagery to back them up. I always am attracted to things that otherwise would be seen as boring, spruced up in endless ways to become appealing. Maybe that’s why typography and me stuck like peanut butter and jam.

Words have tremendous power. They can make us think, challenge us and inspire us. Words can make us smile, laugh and push us to our potential. One phrase can make all the difference between walking away and trying again. And one sentence can encourage us with a lesson that we never forget.”

These guys have already gotten a lot of attention from the likes of Glamour, HDTV, PopSugar and more! We all get a little sick of the crap life slings at us from time to time, so why not stick a bit of motivational eye candy around the house to help keep your chin and spirits up? Isn’t it crazy how, when put in simple terms, certain situations or thoughts seem to become much easier to handle? I think we all need these reminders in our lives from time to time, cliché or not clichés…

The Motivated Type also has a collection of artistic pillows. I would have featured a lot more of the typography prints above, because there are a lot more awesome where that came from. So lets take a break from the big names in this huge world and give the little guys some love.

Anthony Vaccarello Dresses and Skirts for Rockstars

Anthony Vaccarello Dresses and Skirts for Rockstars

Anthony Vaccarello Dresses and Skirts for Rockstars

At least, I guess…I immediately saw myself parading onstage (or backstage, would count), in one of these little numbers…they are definitely meant for show. I can’t find a whole lot about Anthony Vaccarello, other than he’s an Italian-Belgium designer who once worked with the one and only Karl Lagerfield for Fendi. According to the FORWARD by Elyse Walker brand bio, Vaccarello presented his first ready-to-wear collection in 2009 in Paris with five mini skirts like these, and quickly gained the fashion industry’s attention. As with most high couture, which I only prefer to sit back and admire most of the time (I’m more of a contemporary fashion kind of gal), I wouldn’t mind sitting in the seats at one of his shows admiring the artwork. This is some pretty cool stuff, even if it’s out of reach for most of us.

Anthony Vaccarello Dresses and Skirts for Rockstars

Image: FORWARD by Elyse Walker

Erotic, contemporary, and minimalist, Anthony Vaccarello’s style is both uncluttered and loaded with sex-appeal…the designer creates a dark silhouette by balancing vulnerable nudity with radical structuring.” – The Fashion Industry Archive

These striking pieces are made in France with lambskin leather, and retail at…well, couture prices. But it’s still fun to look, right? I’d definitely wear one of these pieces behind the DJ decks.

Check out the line at FORWARD by Elyse Walker!

MIA & MOSS Sabine Skinny in Indigo Review on Denimology

MIA & MOSS Sabine Skinny in Indigo Review on Denimology

MIA & MOSS Sabine Skinny in Indigo Review on Denimology

I’ve reviewed a lot of skinny jeans for Denimology…because they never get old, especially with the warmer summer months upon us! Of course, as we all know, skinny jeans work very well in the fall and winter months too, tucked into some tall boots or worn with a long sweater or tunic. One of the washes that I really like a lot for that time of the year when it comes to skinny jeans is an all-out flat rinse wash, with no fading or whiskering. My guess is because we are already wearing a lot along with them in order to stay warm, so the sleeker look that a dark rinse wash gives helps balance the bulk! However, a nice dark wash works any time you want to go out and hit the town for dinner or drinks, so I wear them all year ’round. So with that said, here is a MIA & MOSS Sabine Skinny in Indigo review!

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The James Twiggy Dancer

The James Twiggy Dancer

Image: James Jeans

The James Twiggy Dancer

I totally thought I had already posted about these, but I guess I was thinking about the AG Contour 360! It is interesting watching all of these high-end brands coming out with these ultra comfortable jeans that are softer than the traditional dungarees. I actually read an article the other day about the higher demand for more comfortable pants, thanks to brands like Lululemon creating the activewear-as-everyday-wear trend and pushing the denim market into the “dresswear” category. This has apparently forced a lot of denim brands to rethink their manufacturing strategies, which is why there are so many of these ridiculously stretchy and comfortable jeans on the market that left me wondering the other day, at what point do these not even constitute as “jeans” anymore? Not that I’m complaining! I love it all, really (I’m leaving any further details for another blog post).

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Level 99 Tanya in Crawford Review on Denimology

Level 99 Tanya in Crawford Review on Denimology

Level 99 Tanya in Crawford Review on Denimology

Ok…so, I have to admit, I am really really excited about this review! I have been a fan of Level 99 ever since I caught one of their sales and decided to dive into the printed denim trend with their Janice Ultra Skinny in Moon, after I saw countless photos of celebrities wearing the Liza and Lily jeans in the Crawford wash. I figured there must be something special about this brand, because I kept hearing about them! I instantly fell in love with them once I slid on my first pair, and I’ve been hooked since, for various reasons! Black and grey jeans are closet staples, but there is something about torn black or grey jeans that are very appealing to me…and I think Level 99 does the distressed trend better than most other brands out there. So, I was stoked when I was put in touch with them to do a review, in none other than the popular celebrity favorite wash mentioned above! So without further ado, here’s a Level 99 Tanya High Rise Skinny in Crawford review!

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Agave Ava Leggings in Midnight Stretch Review on Denimology

Agave Ava Leggings in Midnight Stretch Review on Denimology

After doing so many /author/lana” target=”_blank”>reviews for Denimology already, I find it interesting to note that most of them seem to be centered around skinny, dark blue jeans. Hey, I can’t complain, I think they look the best on me anyway! This time around, I’ve got a beautiful pair of dark blue leggings from Agave. Dark blue leggings look awesome in the Fall tucked into tall boots, but I like them year-round, as I like a dark contrast to my light summery tops. So here are a pair of jeans that I really grew a liking to, for an Agave Ava Leggings in Midnight Stretch review!

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Scented Jeans by Salsa Hit The Market

Scented Jeans by Salsa Hit The Market

Salsa Colette Fragrance Jeans

Scented Jeans by Salsa Hit The Market

And suddenly I am brought back to my childhood days, with my never-ending collection of My Little Ponies, and finally getting my hands on one of the scratch-n-sniff editions with the ice-cream scented butt. For some odd reason many artificially-scented items remind me of that smell, which I somehow still haven’t forgotten. I’ve never considered actually purchasing clothing that came with a scent…although the only reason I enjoyed buying jeans at Abercrombie & Fitch for awhile was that faint delicious smell that came with them (I guess I’m one of the few that actually enjoyed that obnoxious concoction of their cologne and perfume that was sprayed religiously around the store?) before I reluctantly had to finally throw them into the wash. Well, now this idea is an intentional reality, thanks to the Portuguese denim brand Salsa.

Salsa was born in 1994, and continues to grow all over the world with presences in 35 countries so far with a mission “to be your second skin, giving you the confident and sensual look to conquer the world.” The brand has just released a line of five scented skinny jeans, in your choice of apple, lemon, blueberry, strawberry, or orange (in pretty faded green, yellow, blue, pink or orange colors, respectively). This is made possibly by microcapsules embedded in the jeans that release the scents for up to 20 washes. So, you won’t have to retire your favorite perfume for too long…that is, if you wash your jeans often (or, at all).

I’m not usually one for artificial scents that are intended to smell like fruit, although strawberry isn’t ever all that bad. However, I’m not a big fan of the color pink. I think I’d have to go with the blue, even though I have no idea what blueberry is supposed to smell like…either way, it’s an interesting little addition to this entertaining world of denim that seems to have no end in sight when it comes to innovation and creativity. Oh, and for the men out there…you haven’t been left out of this one, thanks to popular brand Naked & Famous.

Shop the Colette Fragrance jean right here.

The Blank NYC Stick Shift in Junk Yard

Blank NYC Stick Shift in Junk Yard

The Blank NYC Stick Shift in Junk Yard

Aaaaand my love for printed jeans continues. How did I become this obsessed? I got an email from one of my favorite retailers, Pink Mascara, promoting a few styles I might like (ugh, so bittersweet…), and my eyes locked on this beautiful pair that was featured, the Blank NYC Stick Shift in Junk Yard, on sale for just $26 (down from $88). The only other purchase I’ve made from Pink Mascara was the much more toned down AG Stilt in 6 Years Dive for a can’t-resist deal last year…how did they know this would snag me in again? I should know this by now…I work in marketing, yet it still gets me every time. Anyway, this was another can’t-resist sale deal, and I absolutely love these! One thing about Blank NYC is that they are one of the most active denim brands out there, constantly re-inventing the wheel and coming out with eye catching new looks, and yet they are at a much lower price point than its premium counterparts. For the value, they can’t be beat (well, I think American Eagle is a pretty good contender in that regard. That’s where I got the orange burnout tank shown in these photos).

Blank NYC Stick Shift in Junk Yard - Front View 2

Unfortunately, this pretty pair is just about sold out…you’re still in luck though if you are a petite size 24. However, blank tends to run small. I went one size up to a 27 in these. They were snug at first and stretched in all the right places to fit comfortably without bagging or needing a belt. They are a mid-rise at 8″ and hit the ankles at a 27.5 inseam. I just love how they sit on my hips! Just ever-so-slightly relaxed without looking like a slouchy skinny, and they stay put. Also, they are so soft! They are just too much fun, and I’ll get a lot more great wears out of them.

Blank NYC Stick Shift in Junk Yard - Front View 3

Here’s the purchase link, although as I mentioned, I snagged them at the last minute and they’re just about gone…but maybe an eBay search or some extra digging in Google would bring up a few more!

Blank NYC Stick Shift in Junk Yard - Top Closeup

Blank NYC Stick Shift in Junk Yard - Front Closeup

Blank NYC Stick Shift in Junk Yard - Side Closeup

G-Star RAW 5620 Custom Slim Tapered Review on Denimology

G-Star RAW 5620 Custom Slim Tapered Review on Denimology - Front View 2

G-Star RAW 5620 Custom Slim Tapered Review on Denimology

Hooray for G-Star! That’s all I have to say…these guys are so much fun. What would the denim world be without brands like this who constantly push the envelope and incessantly introduce new, edgy styles? You might remember my Type-C 3D Loose Tapered review from awhile back. One of my favorite styles out there is the motorcycle jean. I remember when I got my first one when the look blew up in the scene in the late 2000s, by Dylan George, and I’ve been hooked ever since (and actually took them on a few motorcycle rides myself). G-Star RAW just introduced an awesome rendition of the moto jean, and I am more than excited to get the chance to review it. So, here is a G-Star RAW 5620 Custom Slim Tapered Elwood in Dark Aged review!

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Distressed Denim Taken Literally by Zoo Jeans

Distressed Denim Taken Literally by Zoo Jeans

Images: Zoo Jeans

Distressed Denim Taken Literally by Zoo Jeans

There’s enough people on this green earth that still aren’t partial to the whole concept of purchasing jeans that are already destroyed. I mean, at least all of the ones we are familiar with on the market were done in a controlled, pre-planned manner. Would you buy a pair that was seriously ravaged, damaged, and then some by lions, tigers and bears (no, I’m not going to say it)? Check out this new brand from Japan, aptly named Zoo Jeans. Actually, it’s kind of neat how and why this is done (despite how much some people are paying for the finished products). The guy behind this is an advertising executive at a company called I&S BBDO who was simply wanted to find a way to feed his sweet nostalgia by giving back to the zoo he frequented as a child, the Kamine Zoo in Hitachi City. Zookeepers wrap raw strips of denim to car tires, and toss them into the animals’ habitats for them to have at it as they wish. The gnawing and scratching not only is healthy for the animals, keeping their teeth strong, but the finished product has a charitable cause as well, beyond the zoo itself. Each ripped up piece is sewn into the actual jeans, then auctioned off to benefit both the animals’ habitats at the zoo as well as the World Wildlife Fund, supporting the environment and preservation efforts worldwide. I love it!

The jeans are titled “L1″ and L2” for the two styles destroyed by the lions, “T1” for the tigers’ work and “B1” for that of the bear. I&S BBDO teamed up with Yahoo! Auctions on July 7 to sell the jeans, and have gotten great results. According to Yahoo News, one of the T1 jeans sold on Monday for 121,000 Yen, which is about $1,200! Seems crazy, but anything for such a great cause, right? According to a Racked.com article, more of these jeans will be headed to high end department stores, but there’s no news as of which ones, yet.

Distressed Denim Taken Literally by Zoo Jeans

Zoo Jeans

Read more about Zoo Jeans and the story behind them here.