Archive for November, 2010

Make a Wish!

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Ah, the holidays are approaching. That means family, food, and… making wishes on dead animal bones. Wait, what? Why are we doing that? Turns out, this tradition dates all the way back to the Etruscan civilization around 300BC.

The Etruscans lived on the Italian Peninsula, and they believed that fowl had the secret gift of fortune telling. This was for a couple reasons: 1. when a man wanted an egg, he had to wait for the hen to squawk and announce it was coming; and 2. the rooster announced the new day by crowing at dawn. This belief led to the “hen oracles.” If someone wanted an important question answered by these oracles, they would draw a large circle divided into 20 parts (one part for each letter of the Etruscan alphabet), place food in each section, and record the order in which the hen pecked.  The letters picked could represent something like the first letter of your future wife’s name, for example.

After writing her message, the hen was sacrificed. The collarbone, considered sacred, was hung out for days in the sun to dry. Then, villagers were allowed to touch the bone while making a wish. Voila: the wishbone!

So, how did this trickle down to our current tradition? Well, when the Romans conquered the countryside, they began taking on many of the traditions of people such as the Etruscans. Only instead of just touching the wishbone to make a wish, they would fight over them, and, you can see where this is going, they would break them. The idea of the wishbone then migrated to England, where eventually the pilgrims brought it to the New World. Only when the pilgrims got here, they realized Plymouth Rock was surrounded by wild turkeys, so the tradition was transferred from chickens to turkeys.

In the 1930s, the wishbone was so popular as a sign of good luck that it could be found in artwork or inscribed on gold coins. One could even buy little wishbone charms. It is also said that the phrases “I need a lucky break” and “I never get a break” are derived from this tradition.

And there you go. Just droppin’ a little knowledge on you this holiday season.

Aren’t you plaid to see me?

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

I love plaid. I’m majorly, totally, butt-crazy in love with plaid. And I know it’s everywhere and maybe you’re tired of seeing it, or maybe you wore yours out last year and you feel like it has nothing left to give, but I think you need to give it another chance. I don’t see a flannel shirt as something to throw on when I’m lazy; it’s a wardrobe staple, a go-to. If you really think about it, it’s possibly one of the most versatile items in your wardrobe. You can wear it a bunch of different ways, dress it up or dress it down, and it’s always comfortable. And to put things in perspective for you, my wardrobe consists almost entirely of black/white/gray clothes. So to tell you that I think plaid -it has colors! MULTIPLE COLORS! that’s a big deal for me!- is this versatile and easy to wear says a lot.

Did you think the only way to wear it was to put it over a t-shirt or a tank with jeans? Well, you’re wrong.  Tuck it into a skirt and add a chunky necklace. Wear it over or under a dress and belt it. Wear it under a sweater, under a blazer, with a leather skirt, with a lace skirt, with a pencil skirt, with heels, with boots, WHATEVER. Seriously, you can pair it with anything. Mix it up, wear it with stripes. Get one from the guys side for a different fit! It’s great on it’s own, it’s great for layering, and they come in so many color combos and styles that you can always find the right one.

Obey Northern Oak Flannel
Element Sigrid Flannel
RipCurl Kiki Sweater (stores only)
Hurley Wilson Flannel
(stores only)
Element Sigrid Flannel
Obey Clooney Flannel
Billabong Minx Blazer
Element Lisa Dress
(stores only)
Hurley Wilson Flannel
(stores only)
Volcom Kidder L/S Woven
Billabong Minx Blazer
Obey Clooney Flannel
Hurley Wilson Flannel (stores only)
Obey Blackbird Jacket
Obey Northern Oak Flannel
Element Sigrid Flannel
Hurley Wilson 2 Flannel
(stores only)
GARTH!

Did that give you enough options to think about?

beck(y)

Monday, November 15th, 2010

What are you supposed to do with a skateboard deck after it’s completely thrashed? If you’re designer Beck Hickey of Beck(y), you turn them into killer, hand-crafted one-of-a-kind bags.

The recycled decks, crafted in her New York City studio, are mixed with plush, high-end fabrics, creating a contradiction that Beck says, “fuels my creativity.” She alters the boards as little as possible in order to maintain the integrity of their original design, something she feels is extremely important. The result is both unique and fashion-forward.

In order to keep the skateboards coming in, which are donated to her from a variety of sources, and to give back to the community, she created the Boards 4 Bowls program, in which she donates to a variety of non-profit organizations dedicated to building/maintaining public skateparks around the country for every skateboard she receives.

You can check out Beck(y)’s collaboration with Element (shown above) here and here.

Andy Irons Passes at 32

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Today the surf community mourns the loss of a champion, as news spreads of Andy Iron’s death yesterday. The three-time world champion will be remembered as a legend, and our thoughts are with his family during this tragic time.