We have been in love with Beckie-Ann Galentine's bad-ass style and attitude for quite some time now! Her photos and vintage shop ooze a certain type of confidence and exude an air of witchy wonder. She's very into the occult and hangs out in graveyards fairly often... which we think more people should get into! She has this awesome, youth in revolt flame burning in her which is ultra evident whenever she happens to be in a photo! Miss Galentine hails from Pennsylvania and sells vintage in her Etsy shop, modeling the clothing with an edgy, feminine energy in every outfit, from velvet to lace.
Do you have any daily rituals?
Every morning starts with freshly
brewed green tea, and by the end of the day I usually fall asleep
painting, even if it is something small.
Your work seems to channel some otherworldly stuff! Describe the role of the occult in your images.
I have always been interested in the occult, mainly because my mother
would take me to this little Pagan store hours away and I would be
captivated. Although I do not identify myself to any one set religion, I
am a spiritual person. Whenever I first saw “the Selma Blair Witch
Project” editorial a few years back, I was greatly inspired. Popular
fashion, photography and art always seemed to focus on ultra-poppy
bubblegummy type stuff, and the darker side of things always got a
negative and ugly view. The occult doesn’t necessarily mean scary or
ugly just because it is different, and I try to show that through
imagery. The props I use – such as the crystal ball, spell books or
witch bottles – are all authentic.
Do you have a beloved camera or film type?
Even though it’s a pain, I will always have a soft spot for Polaroid
instant film. It reminds me of sitting on Santa’s lap, bawling my eyes
out as a child. The fact that instant was immortalized on the spot is
just awesome to me – it can never be deleted or Photoshopped. It’s and
What is your favorite season to shoot in?
Autumn, hands down. The weather is perfect – not too cold or too warm and the warm tones in the leaves are enchanting to me.
What would be the five items you'd grab out of your room in an emergency?
Oh jeeze, I’d probably do the best I could to haul out my garbage bag
full of My Little Ponies, my crystal ball, my camera, a deer skull my
best friend gave me, and my book of shadows.
Is portrait photography your preferred format?
Absolutely. I love making people, especially ordinary people with no
modeling experience, feel pretty! Everyone’s eyes tell a story; if you
can capture that in a photograph, you know what you are doing.
What's your favorite vintage item you've come across? Why?
I have this black angora sweater I picked up at a local thrift shop
that I couldn’t live without; it’s oversized and super warm and I can
pretty much wear it with anything.
How did you decide to start selling vintage?
I’ve been hoarding vintage clothes for several years now. I remember
picking up a floral mod mini dress at a Goodwill and it being my first
vintage purchase. Ever since then, I’ve been trying to maintain a
wardrobe that balances new, designer and vintage in a style that fits
me. I always received a lot of compliments on my style, and had thought
about getting into vintage retail (my mother had owned an antique store,
this kind of stuff is in my blood), but I never had the motivation.
When I visited my parent’s house after living away from home for a few
years I realized the mass amounts of awesome vintage items I had hoarded
and realized it was time to share my treasures with everyone.
What are your plans for the near future business-wise and photography-wise?
Bruised Black has a mens line in the works as well as a vintage revival
line. I’ve been slaving over my sewing machine lately, working on
one-of-a-kind pieces and accessories. I have been recruiting models
outside of myself, as well as other photographers. It’s going to take
some time, but I have much bigger plans than what’s going on now –
perhaps even a physical store.
I’ve been contacted by several
people who are models for larger companies that want to work together;
it seems crazy. I started out fumbling around the industry not knowing
what to do and it’s finally falling into place. I want to keep
developing my own style and build my portfolio. I know that it takes
years to finally mark your place and I’m willing to do so with a lot of
What band are you currently obsessing over?
I will never get enough of My Bloody Valentine – I’m a sucker for shoegaze.
just to let all you sweet things know... our store is OVERFLOWING with new spring dresses! we think you guys deserve to look ultra cute in the upcoming warm months... and we think vintage is the way to go! check em out..
a sweet lace bib collar dress!
a royal blue frilled collar dress!
an essential floral sundress!
a light cotton sundress!
a classy satin party dress
a holly golightly velvet dress!
a mini-length velvet party dress!
we will be listing more and more throughout the night!
as spring quickly arrives all we can think of is florals! and the most obvious inspiration for our favorite pattern is... well.. flowers! so to bring a fresh aura to all your spring sunddresses.. wear some flowers in your hair! fresh or faux it'll sweeten up any look.
An unearthly aura and quiet mystery exude from the fairytale photos of Natalie Kucken. Each story she shoots appears like a dream, separated from the waking world by a thin, misty haze. Despite this delicacy, her work has lasting impact on her audience; she creates a world of frozen time, in which you feel you could simply drift into. She hails from Michigan, with plans to move to our very own Brooklyn soon! In our interview, Natalie touches on the role of dreams in her work, her personal style, and her future.
You have such a beautiful, lo-fi look to your photographs, how did your vision come about?
Thank you, I think it came about because of what I want to convey through and use photographs for, which is to make another world and tell a story though them. The style I shoot in is my world and the story that I want to tell.
Are there any books that you wish you could live in? If so, why?
I of course would want to be a student at Hogwarts from Harry Potter, it would be a bit like living in my childhood and because I would be able to learn magic.
What's your favorite sight, sound, scent, taste, and texture?
There are too many things to see and that I have seen to have a favorite, and I wouldn't be able to explain it right anyway, sight has so much to do with other things. I like the sound of birds in the morning at the very beginning of spring. The smell of bleach, the taste of coffee, the texture of velvet.
Do remember your dreams? What was your most influential dream?
I remember most of my dreams, at least for the morning. They're never nightmares but always very pretty adventures in far away places with familiar little details throughout the story. I don't have a most influential dream that stands out to me, I think I try to suppress my really beautiful dreams to an extent because if I dwelled on them too much I think that I would have trouble staying in reality even more than I do now. Most of my photostories are based directly or loosely from my dreams though.
If you had to choose one place in the world to live where would it be? Why?
I have no idea! I have been no where compared to how much there is to have been, there is the whole world to experience and explore. Right now I want to live in Brooklyn more than anything, and I plan to very soon. I want to go everywhere and see every place I possibly can though, maybe after that I will be able to answer this how I want to.
What are your near future goals for your photography career?
Right now I want to be represented by an agency and start shooting campaigns and such. I want to develop my vision too, which I think happens every day and I will never be happy with it or finished developing.
What is your star sign? Do you believe that it fits your personality?
I am a Pisces, I'm not so educated on my sign or linked traits but with a little research found this description of Pisces which I think fits me very well: You are most happy when you can follow your dreams, while intimately linking with other people’s dreams. As the dreamer your key phrase is: “I imagine”
You shoot a lot in digital, but do you have any film preferences when you use it? Favorite type of filter?
I shoot with primarily Kodak 35mm that expired in the 80's because I bought a ridiculous amount of it in bulk and am in love with it. I also use Illford black and white which I develop and print myself very often.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Then think further and where do you see yourself in 20 years?
Anything past a year for me is scary- I can't imagine myself over the age of 22 or so, no matter how hard I try to. I don't mind at all, why would I want to have my life planned out that far? I change and morph so much, especially lately, and most of my actions are based on my youth so my functioning as a non-youth is impossible to imagine. Anyway, in five years I hope that I am happy and travelling and experiencing and still exploring- I don't want to have any expected and wanted factors in my life past a certain point because what's the point other than to hold yourself back by them? In twenty years I want the same.
How would you describe your own personal fashion sense? Does it show up in your photos?
My clothes are very light and airy- fairy colors and endless florals. I never wear pants and it's usually simple layers and a high-waisted skirt or pretty dress with little boots. The colors that I like to dress in are the colors in my photos and in everything I do I feel, and I style most of my own photographs which I love to do and I think my fashion sense shows up very much.
thank you to natalie for this peek into her mind!
check out more of her work on her flickr and website!
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**all photos above are by Natalie Kucken, please credit her if you use them in any way**
This dress that Suzy wears in Wes Anderson's upcoming film Moonrise Kingdom is bound to become an iconic frock that every girl will be dying to have. We just happen to have such a sweet dress.. white collar and all! Get it quick and be the rad chick who wears it opening night!
There is something so effortlessly dreamy about the photographs created by Courtney Brooke. Her photos tap into a different dimension full of magic, dark shadows, enchanted landscapes, and everlasting, ethereal beauty. We've admired her work for quite some time now and ever since we've first stumbled upon her photos we've been consistently in awe and wonder of her dreamy vision. Her bewitching aura shines through each photograph and instantly drew us into her wonderful world. She resides in the New England countryside, in a magical barn hidden amongst the hills of rolling green. Her location seems to cultivate a living, dreamy presence that is always so prominent in her work. Explore her lovely site Light Witch to find out more about Courtney. All in all we love this lady and all she does and were ultra excited to get this exclusive interview with her!
What happens within the first ten minutes of you waking up?
goodness, waking up in my house is always sort of a blast. You see I
live with three little dogs, and I mean little, two of them are
smaller than my cats. We all sleep in one big, super cozy, hard to
remove ones self from bed. However in the morning when I show even the
slightest sign of being awake all three of these little puppy faces come
barreling at me to snuggle up to me and try to kiss my face, it's a
giant puppy tickle fest. It's hard to wake up that way and then have a
bad day. Once I can pry them off of me and convince them that it's time
to go play in the yard that's exactly what we do. That's a little more
than my first ten minutes too.
You and your photography are always so dreamy, have you always been
such an ethereal being?
Ethereal, you ladies are making me blush. I
think when I look back at my youth I was always some place
else, mentally speaking, constantly searching something out. At the
beach pretending to be a mermaid and I had imaginary friends that
lived in my closet. I would get in trouble as a child for wandering to
far and long into the the woods, I thought that if I stayed long enough,
was quiet enough and tuned in enough to the forest I would actually see
a unicorn. I never did see that unicorn or become a mermaid or a fairy,
but I did manage to find a different sort of real magic in nature.
What's the biggest source of inspiration for your shoots?
inspired by so many things, mostly though it's books. I read mostly
folklore and fairy tales with a few sci-fi books thrown in. I just
finished the last book in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R.
Martin and those have certainly filled my head with images. I am not
sure if I would call this inspiration or not but a lot of the drive
behind my shoots and ideas come from a place in side me trying to
explain to the world what's going on inside my head. You see I am not
a very eloquent person, the written and spoken language escape me. I try
to use my photos as a conversation, to tell a story to say something
that I wish I could say or write down with words. I have to say though
that I am also extremely inspired by all the amazing people I have in my
life, all of them artists of some degree by there own right, they never
cease to fail me when a creative fire needs to be stoked.
Describe your favorite birthday party.. what year was it? Was
there a theme?
Well I do love a good party, and I have had quite a few
great ones. I remember having crazy theme parties when I was much
younger, rollerskating, princess parties once a my little pony party. I
don't think any of those where my favorite though. 30 it was a landmark
year and the party that went with it was lush and filled with magical
cookies, wine and fruit. I was decked out in velvet, the house was
filled with ballons, flowers and the best of friends.
Which season is your favorite to shoot in?
Autumn, hands down.
The air outside is always perfect, never too cold and never to hot.
Living in New England means that it's also extremely colorful outside
with the trees fluttering their leaves of gold and red. The last of the
flowers are still in bloom and the grass is still green. In the morning
the grass is twinkling with frost, as if little folk had coated it all
with sugar. In the evenings the fog sits low and heavy on the ground,
making me wish I could capture smell with my camera. I wait for it
every year, like a kid waiting for christmas.
Do you have a favorite filter or film type? What is it and why?
Honestly I don't. I have a pretty decent collection of cameras at this
point in my life. Each one captures light and life in it's
own peculiar way that it's extremely hard to pick an all time favorite.
I am currently having an artistic love affair with my Olympus om-1
though. It's a great camera and simple to use. I always keep
experimenting with different films and lens and cameras, I think my
favorite is having a variety.
Do you have any reoccurring dream motifs? If so what are they?
actually have this one reoccurring dream that I have had since I was
young. It starts out with me being in a city, an old city, with brown
stones and ivy and flowers, but it's grey and dark and falling. In the
dream I can tell the world around me in ending and I grab my loved ones
and friends and we get in a car and start driving far out of the city
until we get to a huge clearing surrounded by forest. The world behind
us is being engulfed by something but I can never tell what it is in my
dream. In the center of the field there is a huge fire burning. Around
it people are dancing,cooking, loving one another. We walk for what
seems like forever to get to the fire and as I get there I notice that I
know everyone there. I sit down by the fireside, and I start to speak
but before I can say anything I always wake up.
Oh no! You're being sent to live on a desert island! What five
books will you take with you?
Oh Yes, I would love this adventure when
can I go. I first would take a book on how to survive on a deserted
island, that one is a no brainer. The other four, that's a hard choice.
One I suppose should be a journal so I can keep a records of my days,
leaving me with just three to read... The complete Grimms Fairy Tales
would be one, so many lovely stories in there that I don't think I could
ever get board with. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, I have
read this book countless times in my life, I cry every time, and I don't
think I could grow weary of it. I would also have to bring my other old
stand by Dune by Frank Herbert, that might be the one a regret for not
bringing something funny, but those Harkonnen's have their own unique
comical value I suppose.
Are you superstitious and do you have any sort of lucky charm?
I used to have a fox tooth charm from Lady Lavona and
it was the closest I have ever had to a good luck charm. I lost it two
halloweens ago and I swear I had bad luck for a whole year after it went
missing. I still think about in fact and look for it time and again. I
wish sometimes for a new one but can never find one in my travels. I am
sure I am superstitious in other ways too but I am not sure how.. let me
get back to you on that.
What is the most stunning sight you've ever beheld?
This is a
tie for me. I am torn between two glowing moments. One, is the time I
first saw Joshua Tree National park. We arrived in the park at night, it
was a moonless night in late summer. The stars where the brightest I
have ever seen them, lighting the landscape. It was the
most foreign thing my eyes had ever seen, the joshua trees with their
leafy hands rushing up to the night sky, the rocks round and gentle
almost crawling along the sand. It was as if I was on another planet and
my breath was most certainly a hard thing to catch that evening.
second is something that happens annually here on the hill, you see, I
live in an old horse barn surrounded by acres of field and around that
even more acres of pine and maples. And each year something happens here
that leaves me speechless and immobilized. It happens on the first
night of June when the fireflies sing their visual love song. The little
fireflies dance in the tall grass flickers on and off and up the trees
at the edge of the field and the way the hill rolls the seem to touch
the stars above, the whole universe seems to be there in that moment of
check out the rest of her work here on her flickr.
she also sells lovely vintage clothing here!!
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**all photos above are by Courtney Brooke Hall, please credit her if you use them**
So today, we were freaking out about money, and had that desperate person's idea to go buy a lottery ticket. We won $10, and decided to buy a $10 ticket.............. and..... we won FIVE HUNDRED dollars. And we flipped shit. It would have been really funny to watch, but sadly, no one was filming us. Just let it be known that we screamed a LOT because the ticket was set up in such a way as to maximize freakouts:
Yes we took a picture. Our luck is pretty much terrible, so this? This was like the universe aligning in our favor for once! We shall be buying lots and lots of beautiful clothing to stock our shop for spring!