Whoa, talk about patience. INSA, an artist based out of the UK, re-paints these pieces several times in order to snap enough pics for the .gif effect. The end result is awesome (not to mention that INSA should win a Nobel Peace Prize for patience). —Katie (via Boooooooom)
If you're dusting off your boots from Coachella or, like me, you've trawled through enough festival fashion photos while sipping on coconut water that you can vicariously feel Tame Impala still ringing in your ears, you will likely have come across an outfit or two from Spell & the Gypsy Collective.
Sisters Elizabeth and Isabella "Spell" Briedis make the kind of clothes destined for desert frolicking, sunset swaying, and boy-in-the-band finagling—all cheeky shorts, fringed vests, crochet dresses, breezy jumpsuits and exotic kimonos. But, as their Instagram feed can attest, they don't just dream the gyspy life, they live it, soaking up the flower-child vibes of Byron Bay, the Australian coastal town they call HQ. Here they mix business and the beach, bedecked in shredded band tees, Stevie Nicks-worthy silks and stacks of Native American-influenced jewelry.
"Spell and I both grew up in the suburban sprawl of Melbourne, but always had a yearning to jump in a car and fly up the coast highway to a warmer, tropical fairyland," Elizabeth says. "Whether you live in a city or a beachside town, we all get wound up in our own busy routines and how we dress and accessorize can help us channel that wild-child-of-the-'60s alter-ego that usually only comes out at a festival, or on holiday…. I think that Spell taps into that sense of freedom we all crave now and then." For Spring 2013, the duo explored "lots of textures—tasseled knits, lace, velvet and animal print. Our jewellery range is about to get very bold with chunky carved bone tusks and animal claws that we've cast in brass and silver. It's all very wild this season." To celebrate the recent opening of their flagship store in Byron Bay, which they have kitted-out with vintage antler lamps, cane chairs, cowhides and distressed leather couches, Elizabeth gives us a peek into their new boutique and shares some of Spell's hippie wisdom and local favorites.
Our Perfect Byron Bay day: Early to rise, coffee and pastry at our fave café with girlfriends and their kids, then spend the day at a quiet beach with our boys. Or, if we're lucky, it's the first sunday of the month and we'll head to the Byron Markets for an organic donut. Muses: Stevie Nicks, Kate Moss and Sienna Miller in her boho heyday. Words to live by: Inspire and be inspired. Also, my mum gave me the Desiderata in a birthday card when I turned 12, and every year I read it on my birthday and use it as a compass. Favorite scent:Vanessa Megan Essential Blend. Current obsession: Vintage rocker tees and bells. Favorite foods: Oysters, or all seafood, really. Byron Bay has an epic fish co-op. Our idea of fun: Designing a new range with Spelly, Fleetwood Mac playing in the background. Our take on style: Style is only style if it's your own style. For me, I dress down and over-accessorize. On our stereo right now, you'll find: Storms by Fleetwood Mac—I'm learning it on guitar. —Natalie
Marijuana can be a lot of fun. When you're in the right environment, with the right people, smoking the right weed, the possibilities are endless. If you're new to the game and don't really know what to do with your now-blurred vision and intense cravings for Cheetos, I've come up with a list of things to do when you're high—because if you're not having fun, you're doing it wrong. —Ally
1. Watch whatever TV marathon is on right now
Whether it's Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Storage Wars, or 24 hours of Law and Order: SVU, watching TV is never a bad idea. Especially when you can watch more than on episode in a row. That way it's like a movie. Kind of. A really, long, drawn out movie where you're not sure how it began or how it's going to end.
2. Listen to really trippy music
I mean, duh. Things sound a lot more intense when you're floating around in the stratosphere. While one of the weirdest songs to listen to ever, stoned or not, is The Polyphonic Spree's 36 and a half minutes long "Long Day," I prefer classic rock, with a lot of guitar solos. Better yet, listen to the music that's used in Guitar Hero and PLAY Guitar Hero. Remember how fun that game is? I wanna play that shit.
3. Make a bunch of Snapchats
Snapchat is the best because you can't go back and edit or delete all of the stupid things you say. Normally that's an awful thing, but with this app, the person who receives your message can't save it (if you're a screen-capper you're going to rot in hell). Plus, you'll probably forget all about it in the morning. GUILT FREE FUN!
4. Go to a playground
Seriously, do it. My fav: the swings. Use those loosey goosey limbs and swing as high as you can possibly go. Watch as the moon and star move closer and further away with every drop and slowly, all your cares in the world will melt away. Do this until you puke.
5. Go internet shopping
Going shopping is so much fun. Going shopping high? A BALL. You can't shop 'til you drop if you're already sitting down. So, take a seat, surf the web, and buy all of those weird things you've had bookmarked for months but were too scared to buy. No, that cat hat won't make you look silly. Yes, your BFF will love your new matching toe rings. Do it! Do it! Do it!
6. Bring out your artsy side
I don't know if you paint, sculpt, dance, draw or doodle, but whatever artsy-ness is inside of you is dying to come out. Just put your hands to work and let them do the thinking. You never know what you're going to come up with. Even if it's just a drawing on a peice of paper with a caterpillar with the face of a dog, you still made something you never would have before! What an accomplishment! Pat yourself on the back. Good boy.
7. Watch Planet Earth
Talk about oohs and aahs! Plant Earth will blow your mind and have you questioning your pets' motives (are the following you every move? Are they secretly aliens? Just act like you don't see them!). Like, that one episode with the polar bears? Where they come out of hibernation and fall down the snowy hill? AWWMG, brb watching it on YouTube.
8. Talk about space
Start off with a simple, "isn't it crazy that stars are like, looking into the past?" and next thing you know you'll be drafting out plans for a time-space continuum and searching for wormholes in your backyard.
9. Try new food combinations
Seeing as how the munchies make you ravenously hungry and turn your stomach into a bottomless pit, take this time to try combos of your favorite foods to see if they taste good together. Popcorn drizzled with Italian dressing, vanilla wafers dipped in peanut butter, a cereal sandwich with pixie sticks... just think of what you might discover!
10. Give yourself a makeover
What's more fun than trying on crazy colored lipstick and eyeshadow? Guys, I'm speaking to you too. Being stoned is the perfect excuse to go totally awol on your face and make yourself look just as fabulous as the people you see on TV (Mimi, Ru Paul, Lord Disick). I mean, just look how good Shannon Coffey's makeover turned out.
BONUS: Cut your hair
Touch your hair... it's fucking weird, right? I don't suggest pulling a Britney and shaving it off, but I do think you should take a cue from Hamish Patterson and try to give yourself a new 'do—or convince a friend to let you do it to them. I mean, how bad could it be? Plus, hair always grows back (hair grows even after you're dead!).
I'm no stranger to Mary Jane. In fact, she was one of my best friend in college—even though I had to pay a lot of money to hang out with her everyday. Even so, she was really fun, and we spent a lot of nights together, up late making weird faces into my Macbook Photo Booth. One thing we sucked at, however, was cooking. Instead of trying to make anything remotely edible, we'd eat wraps laced with ranch dressing, chips dipped in ketchup, and the occasional attempt at a marshmallow and Rice Crispies mix in the microwave.
Since graduating from college, and loosing touch with my good old friend Mary, I got a little bit better at cooking (or at least the guys I dated did). With my new-found abilities, I thought I'd give her a call to try out a few new recipes. With the help of this friendly little journal called My High Times, I can now say I know how to cook with Mary Jane—all you need is some TLC, 20+ hours and a meal involving lots of LOLs. Check out the book for a step-by-step guide to cooking with your BFF with recipes including Cannabutter and peanut butter cookies!
Now, my friends, it's time for you to try it out on your own and incorporate your new knowledge with all the cookbooks you can find that use butter. Make it, cook it, eat it and then scribble away in your journal to remember how amazing this weekend was (even if it was all a haze). Now that's some food for thought.
Two weeks ago, when a snapshot of Alexis Gross popped up on my Instagram feed of her rocking a full head of cornrows, I should have known SOMETHING was up. Little did I know that "something" was her starring as a female version of Alien in Vice's Spring Breakers-inspired 'Spring Break Forever' fashion shoot, photographed and styled by Miyako Bellizzi.
Three viewings, two interviews and a photo shoot featuring my high school BFF dressed up like a gangster James Franco later, I'm calling it a wrap. Harmony Korine, you've fully succeeded in making your film an all-six-senses mind-fuck of an experience that will stay with me forever, and I am eternally thankful. SPRING BREAK FOREVER, BITCHES!!!!!!!!!! (via Vice)—Ally
Unicorns are wonderful, imaginary creatures, and we should all be thrilled that they're popping up on everything from T-shirts to iPhone cases. Unicorns may be hard (okay, impossible) to find in real life, but thankfully easy to find on clothing. Rainbow hair, don't care.—Katie
UO Unicorns iPhone 5 Case When I glance at this quickly it almost looks dirty, but in reality it's just cute li'l unicorns hanging out with some balloons. Nothing wrong with that.
Cooperative Applique Unicorn Flat I'm going to throw in an emoticon here: XD Because that is the emotion these shoes make me feel and I don't think words are able to convey that properly.
A History of Girl Stuff: Light As A Feather, Stiff As A Board
"Light as a feather, stiff as a board" is a slumber party staple and an age-old rite of passage for teenage girls. If you haven't at least attempted to summon the powers of levitation, you're doing your sleepovers wrong. To begin, one girl lays flat on the floor while the other girls surround her, placing one or two fingers underneath her. Then all the girls chant "light as a feather, stiff as a board" over and over, as they try to lift the middle girl off the floor. Eventually, she'll be as "light as a feather" and will be easier to lift, even rising a bit on her own. It'stotally realguys. But how exactly did this whole thing start? - Hazel
1600's: The practice of LAAFSAAB (whoa, long abbreviation) was actually prevalent among young girls during the Great Plague of London. A naval administrator named Samuel Pepys saw four young girls lift a young boy who was lying straight on his back, claiming him dead. Pepys was so struck by it (aka creeped the fuck out, amirite?) that he wrote about it in his diary.
Photo by Georgina Mascolo
1862: In the book The Magician's Own Book, or the Whole Art of Conjuring by Arnold George and Frank Cahill, a game of LAAFSAAB is described as having been played successfully at a large party in Venice using the heaviest man at the party. No confirmation on whether or not this was a rad slumber party.
1940: Boarding school girls were keeping the magical LAAFSAAB alive during the '40s. An English boarding school teacher who saw the game being played was recorded as saying, "Whether by self hypnosis or not I do not know...it was more like real magic than anything I have ever seen." Dude, get with the program. It IS real magic! Duh! *insert major eyeroll here*
1996: This moment in history saw the creation of the best on-screen portrayal of LAAFSAAB in the movie The Craft. The movie, which tells the story of four teenage girls who discover the powers of dark magic and witchcraft, shows how this game should really be done. Levitation rules!
Today: Girls are still playing this game at slumber parties and the like. It's crazy that girls have been playing this game since the 1600s but then again, it doesn't seem that crazy, considering how all teen girls are attracted to magic and mystery and witchcraft to begin with.
You Should Totally Be This For Halloween: A Greek Goddess
Chances are you're probably already a goddess in your own right (aren't we ALL, ladies?) but here's a costume to take your goddess-ness to the next, glittery, heavenly level. Whether you're channeling love and beauty like Aphrodite or sneaking off to frolic in the underworld like Persephone, you'll no doubt mystify all on Halloween night. - Hazel
If you were a REAL goddess you would probably go naked except for a bit of draped fabric. But, that's not very realistic, right? Wear this skirt as a strapless dress and tie some rope around your waist. Instant metallic toga. BAM!
AHHH. I was on The Hairpin earlier, reading this delightful article about turning a doll's head into a wine glass, when I saw that they had an entry called "Wikipedia Entries to Read in the Dark." YES! Scary Wikipedia entries are my lifeblood. While they've gathered a lot of the classics (Taman Shud, anyone?), here are five more Wiki entries that will sufficiently creep you out just in time for Halloween. -Katie
I'm cheating because this isn't a real thing, and also it's from the Creepypasta Wiki, but Squidward's Suicide is literally the scariest thing I've ever read. LAUGH ALL YOU WANT, but I had the above picture of Squidward saved on my computer and I couldn't even look at it. It's horrifying. Look under your bed, he's probably there.
I'm cheating again because this isn't from Wiki, but the bodies on Mt. Everest are extremely interesting (and depressing) to read about. Stop climbing Mt. Everest, everyone! Nothing fun ever happens there.
Whether you're having a costume party or driving around town smashing pumpkins, you're going to need a killer (pun totally intended) playlist for Halloween night. Here's a playlist of 20 spooky songs to listen to while you wreak havoc in the night! - Hazel
You Should Totally Be This For Halloween: A Fortune Teller
What's in the stars for me? When will I get married? When will I die? And will I ever be good at algebra? I don't know! That's for you to tell me, when you dress up as a mysterious and mystical fortune-teller for Halloween. This costume rules because it's not just about looks, it's all about the act too. Once you tell people what your costume is they're probably going to ask you a bunch of wacko questions about their future and you can just say anything. It's fun! Here's how to look like you actually know what you're talking about. - Hazel
While watching any movie, one game I love to play with my friends is to ask them what character they think they are in it. When it comes down to horror flicks, the disagreement between who dies first, who makes it halfway, and who is the star of the film that lives, always gets super heated. I always admit I'd be the first to die, or the one to trip while running, but most people I ask swear through and through they'd make it until the end. On Twitter, we asked you what your best survival tactic would be to make it to safety, and here are some of our favorite answers and some appropriate .gifs to match them. -Ally
You Should Totally Be This For Halloween: A Tumblr Girl
Why be a boring old witch for Halloween when you can be a ~ ✞ Tumblr Wi†ch ✞ ~ ? The leading ladies of the Tumblr crowd have hair the color of Jolly Ranchers, photobooth selfie-taking skills beyond belief, and rats, rats, rats. Here's how to channel the Tumblr Generation for your Hallows Eve night (weird Tumblr handle not included.) - Hazel
I wouldn't be surprised if the entire Tumblr community isn't salivating over these by now. Perfect for stomping around any Halloween party, just make sure you don't trip in these babies after one too many PBRs.
Ladies on Tumblr (for whatever reason) swoon over these two metal-head wackos, so wear this T-shirt for maximum Tumblr vibes. While you're at it, chop off the sleeves, tie-dye it, and cut it into a crop top.
When you take outfit shots of yourself in every single reflective surface you come across (mirror, window, toilet bowl water), make sure you have a cool yet quirky yet slightly DIY-looking iPhone case! This one is perfect because, of course, everyone on the web is watching you!