Big Things: It’s 2014

Hey guys, sorry for the lack of posts through December and January!

We’ve been dusting off and cleaning up some things. We hosted an acoustic show with two sweet singing ladies and Uly! SUPER BIG: We’re adding lots of inventory to our website so you guys can shop anytime you want, anyplace that has wifi you desire.

We’ve been generally kicking ass and taking names with lots of different projects and working on a blog makeover. 

So, while all that is going on, let’s talk about some huge things that are happening.

1. Our girl Amanda is going to NEW FUCKING YORK FASHION WEEK.

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But she needs your help. You have till the end of the day to help meet her goal! Click the link and get this babe to the Big Apple!

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2. Christina Flannery, our lovely shop owner and all around powerbabe, took this photo for the InvadeNOLA Invade Zine No.1 which releases January 31! Click the link to pre-order your copy!

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P.S. It includes an interview with Christina, too. And it’s written by me. You’re probably going to want to pre-order. This shit is going to be collectable.

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3. Have you joined The Girl Gang yet?

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It’s a group of bad bitches who want to help you get shit done in 2014! Join the new network for young women who are looking to find and develop your passion.

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We’re one of the brands they represent. We’ll be hosting some of their events here as well, so HIT IT UP and go to their Power Hour Friday!

4. This isn’t new news, but it’s big news. Louisiana ArtWorks building. This needs to happen, dudes.

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There are some super secret plans in the works for the building that I don’t even know about yet. But, big things *cross your fingers* are to come for this building. *knock on wood* It would be a fantastic edition to the city and an open space for creatives to come together AND MAKE AWESOME SHIT HAPPEN.

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5. We love bad bitches and we love bad bitches that can sing. Maggie Koerner released her new record “Neutral Ground” in November and it is still on repeat in my car. Click here to see her music video.

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This lovely folk babe is killing it all over the place. She’s in Florida for a bit before moving through the rest of her tour until ending in March in San Fran! If you’re traveling, make sure you catch one.

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Anything we missed? Anything big that you’re working on? Let us know, we might be able to get you some free press!

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Local Loves: Lipscape

My girl Ingrid over at Lipscape is an absolute doll and sent over some of her products for us to try out!

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Lipscape is a local lip product company.

Ingrid sells lipsticks and glosses in almost every color under the sun. They’re vibrant and bold just like us NOLA gals. She also carries Bedrock, my new favorite Chapstick that has more moisture in it than any Chapstick I’ve ever tried multiplied by ten. Coming from a girl with a big bottom lip that always chaps, this is a big deal.

It even helps your lipstick stay on.

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What more could a girl want?

PS Lipscape carries vegan products!

GO LOCAL!

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I’ll list some of my favorite and my likes and dislikes! Tons of obnoxious pictures for y’all. I went a little crazy.

THE STICK

 Lipscape, to me, is experimental and fun. The colors are bold and expressive and stay on for quite a while. Watch out for napkins when you eat, though! Wiping the lipstick off with toilet paper or napkins is super easy (thank god…I wouldn’t want to stain my face blue with PRIDE). It’s almost like magic. It stays on for some objects and wipes off with others.

Maybe it was the weather, but when I first opened them, the lipstick’s consistancies were very waxy and tough to apply. Quick solution: I ran it under some running water and it went on super smooth and lovely!

The texture is that of a matte lipstick; if you put enough pressure on it while applying, it becomes more paint-like, making the application process easier and a lot more fun.

PS Make sure you put on Bedrock before applying anything! It leaves your lips smooth, buttery and crackless.

First up: INDUSTRIAL

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Super pale. I’m super pale. Not the best combo, but I liked the color.

It’s a nice nude for those days where you need to have minimal makeup on your face! Super interesting.

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 SUFFERAGE

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 Obviously my all time favorite because it’s a dark red.

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Give me any lipstick darker than blood and I’ll love you forever.

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I’m convinced these lipsticks make you internally sassy. It just happens.

IMPERIAL

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Isn’t this shit cray? I love it. There is a darker blue called PRIDE that you absolutely need if you want to channel some inner goth.

This is more of a green color, but it definitely packs a punch. Statement lipstick! Why don’t more people do this?

You can coordinate with your outfits, even.

(My roommate said I looked like I came from the future…but why wouldn’t you want to look like a character from Zenon?)

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Likes: colors, consistancy and permanence

Dislikes: taste (organic chocolate?) and how many layers it takes to cover everything (I’m just impatient).

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THE GLOSS

Wetscapes (Lipscape’s lip glosses) are super gooey and wonderful. Remember the ones you used when you were twelve with the twistable bottom and paintbrush applicator?

Wetscapes are that, except you’re an adult.

It takes a while to make the color even, but it is bright and shiny just like a gloss should be.

For such light colors, the color shows very well.

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SEINE

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The perfect light peach/pink for a spring picnic!

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DANUBE

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Gold and glossy.

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This one was harder for me to get even across my upper lip. It’s definitely bold, though, and perfect for Saints games!

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 Last but not least: TIGRIS

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I’m so obsessed with this. It’s pitch black. Super intense.

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Likes: applicator and glossy finish

Dislikes: inability to cover certain areas because of texture/movement of the gloss

Overall? A-

I want to wear these everywhere. All the time. There’s a color for any time, any season.

AND there is so much more!

Check out all of Lipscape’s products on it’s insta and website!

Local Loves: Bats on Tees

Are you charming, sassy and stylish but never over the top?

Do you like chic Tees, hand-painted accessories and cute, clear purses?

You should join the #BatPack.

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I got a chance to sit down with the founder, Tiffany Napper, and her right hand gal, Amanda Clark to talk about the brand and how they got started.

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They were dressed to the nines, obviously — perfectly clad in sequins from Amanda DeLeon; ringed up by Jess Leigh (Jewels); lips stained and puckered with the help of LipScape; all complete with voluminous curls blown straight from Dry Bar Bleu.

GO LOCAL!

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When did Bats on Tees begin?

TN: It officially started in January and the clear purses started in August. Very new!

What inspired you to start Bats on Tees?

TN: It started as an idea that would bring all of my creative friends together. I’ve always loved fashion and I’ve been doing PR for the music industry for a long time, and I wanted to start a product that I could collaborate with them on. I wanted to work with some friends, create some cute shirts, and the clear purse thing came shortly after.

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Did you start with only Tees?

TN: I started off with just some T-Shirt ideas! Like nothing really done. And one tote bag. The clear purse announcement came from the NFL and I saw the opportunity to make a cute, clear purse because when I started looking for one I couldn’t find anything I liked. I let it guide me and I’m now in a place where I really love making purses.

Do you have a manufacturer?

TN: It’s kind of this team that I’ve created. I have one girl in California who helps make the clear purses. I have two ladies here in New Orleans that help with the sewing and help with the leather goods that we’re about to debut. All the T-Shirts and things are made in New Orleans. I hand-paint the letters or work with an artist, like the one who painted the alligator that’s on this shirt. I use Purple Monkey for the screen printing and Orleans Embroidery for my embroidery work and I have two seamstresses that both work in the film industry and work with me because they like it!

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What do you hope for the future of Bats on Tees?

TN: I see Bats on Tees becoming a brand that’s more than just a couple of Tees or purses. I really want it to become this lifestyle and embody the girl. We call our “clique” the Bat Pack. We use the #BatPack a lot because I think of this as trying to create a family of women who like to be fashionable but don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on pieces. They like to mix high and low, like to have fun and be quirky, still be a bit sexy and sassy. We have a lot of collaborations on the table; ideas that could get us into other markets, other than just apparel and purses.

AC: It’s important to keep our clothes quirky and transitional. Our product can go from casual-to-dressy; from day-to-night. That’s the big thing for me, I like very transitional pieces and I think we try and show that in our photos and stuff. Yeah, you see a blogger wear something but we like to show, in our posts, that it can be affordable and cute either way.

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You don’t have a physical store. Where are your products sold?

TN: Right now Bats on Tees is sold in about 20 boutiques across the south. We also have an online store. We’re continuing to try to grow and expand that. I’m going to try to go to the Northeast and the West coast, obviously, and show that it’s not just a Southern thing. Some of our shirts are Southern because I’m a Southern girl, but I’m trying to create a mixture of things that anyone could wear. I want people to know that I live in New Orleans and that we make this in New Orleans. This is another way to put New Orleans on the map and draw attention to the creatives and amazing things that we have going on here.

AC: And we do pop-ups every week!

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That’s great! I think that really fits your brand. Do you want to stay in consignment or open your own place one day?

TN: I definitely have dreams of opening my own store one day — something very unique, not your typical store front. Something that really merges all my passions: music, fashion, film — kind of an interactive experience. But in the mean time, I love the pop-up shop! It gives me the opportunity for every event to be a bit different and we can have live music or beer!

AC: We’re reaching different markets, whether it’s the beer drinker or the stiletto wearer.

TN: We can cater to all the different people that we think our brand represents.

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 Check out their facebook and insta!

Chilldren Interview

I’ve mentioned how I like things that are just a clusterfuck of ridiculous? Well I do.

Chilldren, the local band made up of Dustin Farris, Kristin Wallace, and Hannah Joffray, are exactly that.

And I love it.

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Intimidated? You should be.

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I’m kidding. These guys are totally hilarious and personable. They’re wacky and eclectic and know how to put on a show. So much so that they have themed shows.

That one up there? A Hard Day at the Office. They mixed Vodka and coke and put it in a coffee pot which they poured into mugs and drank throughout the entire show.

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What. The. Actual. Hell.

Is this not the most fantastic thing ever?

They’re those adventurous kids in that Perks of Being a Wallflower or any fucking John Green novel that you envy and want to be friends with that do these borderline offensive/fantastic things and you make great memories with and you don’t care that your parents hate them. Essentially, they just don’t give two shits about anyone else’s opinion.

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So how did you guys meet each other?

KW: Loyola.

HJ: Me and Dustin knew each other through mutual friends during high school since we were both from here. Then we all kind of just collectively became friends freshman year.

KW: Yeah, the first time we hung out was at Voodoo.

[ Laughter as we mock each other. “~~The music brought us together!~~” “~~We joined the ritual together~~” Remember kids, self-deprecating humor is the best humor. ]

DF: But Hannah and I had funny connections to each other like VIA Myspace. Back in high school. She was really big on Myspace and I would be like jealous of her and be like, “God, she looks like she has so much fun.” Literally I thought she was the coolest person ever.

HJ: I had GIF profile pics, so…I’m afraid that my life had peaked at that time.

You’ll obviously never get back to that point again. Myspace was the big time. So, how did the band start?

HJ: It was a joke at first.

KW: We took pictures before we even did anything.

DF: The three of us became friends and were always hanging out and then we just made a Facebook Fan page for the three of us. Just so we could all have one page. It was such a huge joke but then Kristin had the music background and started writing raps and stuff and she was kind of like the springboard for everything.

HJ: And our friend Adam Stewart, who made most of our music and did the producing, was first friends with Kristin. She told him about our project and we became good friends with him and he eventually became our DJ.

So the music you make is a little electronic?

HJ: It’s quirky electronic.

DF: There’s never really any singing involved. It’s mostly rapping but we will each write our own verses and do our own little rap things over the beat.

What kind of equipment do you guys have?

KW: Just the mics. We’re a little stupid about the technology aspect of it. Adam knows everything. He sets everything up.

HJ: In the past, what we’ve done is just go over to his house and brainstorm with him. It’s really fun because we get to be one-on-one with him while making things.

DF: It’s great because we could tell him that we want something that sounds drippy but upbeat and a lot of bass and he would know exactly what we mean and completely create it!

When did this all start?

KW: We recorded our first single February 2011.

HJ: We are so lazy. We’re all friends and we all just hang out and don’t really pressure ourselves to do anything.

JF: We all kind of make things on our own time. We aren’t really pressured by this “Oh, we need to put out another song.” We just do it when we have time.

Where do y’all usually play at?

KW: We’ve done most of our shows at Siberia. We’ve played at Tipitina’s, Ampersand, and Cafe Prytania when it was still Cafe P. We did an office theme. We always do themed shows.

DF: We’ll pick a theme and then we’ll plan our outfits along with that and have little dance breakdowns that go along with the theme.

HJ: It’s the performance of it all. It’s definitely a full package deal. You have to see us live to really get it. We definitely don’t take ourselves too seriously.

JF: Not at all.

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That’s not obvious at all. 

KW: Kreayshawn came out around the same time that we did and we were so mad because she was doing a bad version of what we were trying to do.

DF: It kind of ruined it for us because we just kept getting the association of ripping off Kreayshawn even though our first song came out before she put out anything ever!

HJ: We’re still bitter about it.

KW: We kind of just saw ourselves as the pioneers of this sort of new, cool tumblr-rap kind of thing and we were like, “Who is this bitch?”

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Besides Kreaybitch, your ridiculousness is probably why people like you guys. 

DF: We do have some severe haters. Not gonna lie.

KW: For like no reason. It’s just the people that don’t get it.

HJ: In the Loyola crowd there are some very serious musicians and I guess some people got a little mad that we were getting so much attention…

JF: Yeah, we played an official showcase at SXSW and then we had this group of people at Loyola, like serious musicians, being like “they don’t even deserve it” and “they’re not real musicians.”

HJ: We just have fun and our performances are really fun and we put a lot of work into our shows.

KW: We actually do put a lot of thinking into what we are wearing, how we are going to be uniformed on stage, cause the aesthetic–I feel–is the most important part of the performance.

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So it’s been three years that y’all have been together. Do you want to continue this for a while?

DF: We just take it as it comes.

HJ: We definitely have all the resources to be a nice, well-rounded group though. We had some of our creative friends make a nice music video for us. It came out in like May. I was a completely free music video. They supplied all the stuff. We got to brainstorm with them on what we wanted to do and it was such a fun experience.

DF: Yeah, we went to City Park in the middle of the night and they had this huge set up already prepared. They’re part of this thing called the Everything Collective. It’s a group of Bywater artists and they completely DIY everything that they do. They can put on huge productions but have very little-out-of-pocket costs for them. They have a bus that they converted to their energy source with like a generator on it and stuff.

HJ: It’s for our song #Sweat. Look it up on youtube. Hashtag Sweat.

KW: We also started the hashtag song trend and then everyone started coming out with them.

DF: Yeah, like Justin Beiber and the video for Blurred Lines had Hashtag Blurred Lines…

Well people need to stop stealing your shit. 

HJ: Let’s set the record straight.

KW: We have online documentation. We’re going to sue you, Robin Thicke.

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What do you want to do with your life?

HJ: Be famous.

DF: Essentially.

HJ: Anything creative, really.

KW: If this took off I would love to do this forever. I definitely want to rap or front a rock group. That’s like my ultimate dream.

DF: Like the rock band from Freaky Friday.

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Like their facebook page and check out their shit. My favorite song is None of It. You can check out their soundcloud here.