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The Physics "Take a Win"

I've been bumping "Take a Win" by Seattle rap group The Physics since their album Tomorrow People dropped awhile back, and now there's an equally dope video to accompany the track. The Physics first entered my radar mainly because MC Thig Nat is one of the best dressed rappers in the game regardless of locale, but with tracks like this perfectly backdropping my summertime grind, the group has been popping up more and more in my daily iPod rotation. Keep an eye on The Physics as they look to become the new torchbearers of the eternally underrated Northwest hip-hop scene. Angelo

Stoned Drivers Hit Test Course

How much marijuana is too much to be on the road? KIROtv conducted an amazing experiment to find out. They got a few of volunteers super stoned on the strain "Blueberry Trainwreck" and put them behind the wheel (with the cooperation of police, of course).  Are you reading this? THEY GOT PEOPLE STONED AND PUT THEM BEHIND THE WHEEL.  My question is: how did they get to do this? How do I get to do this?

The best of all is Addy, the medical marijuana and daily user, whose outtakes and seemingly "awesome" time behind the wheel can't help but make you laugh. Although it seems fun we DO NOT support driving stoned, but we do support living vicariously through Ms. Norton's attempt. See you at the mall later, girl! Just make sure you use your windshield wipers and don't show up completely stoned in advance. —Ally

Filson Headwear

The classic Northwestern outfitter Filson have been making quality headwear for over a hundred years so you can trust that they're doing it right. They make some classic full brim hats that not everyone can pull off, but these days they're also doing some really exciting collaborations. Take for instance their Classic Cap (pictured above) that's been re-imagined with help from Levi's: water repellent materials on the exterior keep out the rain while the blanket lining inside will keep your dome nice and toasty.

Like I said, not everyone can pull off a full brim hat without looking silly (especially in urban settings) but if you think you've got it under control the Tin Cloth Packer Hat is great choice.

Channel your inner Elmer Fudd in the Double Mackinaw Cap. While this option might not be the best for wet days it'll certainly keep your head as warm as possible with some seriously thick wool and real sheepskin on the earflaps. -Bob

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Inspired by DRY

This video, Inspired by DRY, by director Stephen Ringer, has me ready to get out there and go this season!  DRY Soda is the perfect drink for fall, and this video makes me excited for the colder weather, weekends curled up in sweaters, and parties lit up by bonfires.  DRY Soda is available in 16 UO Stores, find the closest one to you here. -Ally

DRY Soda

It's time to change the way you think about soda! In 16 lucky UO stores, we are now selling the super delicious (and super guilt-free) all natural DRY Soda by the bottle in five different flavors: Vanilla Bean, Wild Lime, Lavender, Blood Orange (my personal favorite) and Cucumber.  

I got the chance to test-taste all of the flavors during our beloved Store on Tour, and have been craving them ever since!  DRY Sodas are less sweet then your normal everyday soda, but still full of taste and made with all natural ingredients.

Here is a list of the UO stores where you can find DRY, and if your local UO doesn't sell it, you can find DRY Soda here!  Visit our website for more info on these store locations! -Ally

Portland, OR (2320 NW Westover Rd.) 
New York, NY (628 Broadway.) 
New York, NY (526 6th Ave.) 
New York, NY (2081 Broadway) 
New York, NY (999 3rd Ave.) 
Cambridge, MA (11 John F. Kennedy St.) 
Studio City, CA (12110 Ventura Blvd.) 
San Francisco, CA (80 Powell St.) 
King of Prussia, PA (640 W DeKalb Pike) 
Evanston, IL (921 Church St.) 
Boulder, CO (934 Pearl St.) — Coming soon! 
New Haven, CT (43 Broadway) 
Montclair, NJ (20 S Park St.) 
Dallas, TX (5331 E Mockingbird Ln.) – Coming soon! 
Houston, TX (2501 University Blvd.) 
Washington, DC (3111 M St, N.W.)

Rookie Road Trip: Seattle

Our Seattle meet-up was so awesome! We met readers at The Vera Project (an amazing all-ages art gallery, music venue, and more) to make crowns and decorate sunglasses! The floor was covered in gems, sequins, miniature plastic animals, flowers and more! Everyone was so cute and convinced me that Seattle might have the most enthusiastic Rookie Readers! Such good vibes all around!

Double glasses action!

So many piles of gems, charms, and flowers all over the ground

Met these three cuties Julia, Sanam, and Bradie, who all work at UO Seattle! They all had matching crowns and were way cooler than me. 

Sanam's crown! I spy some babies and that weird purple McDonalds blob that nobody ever really understands!

An army of awesome Seattle Rookie readers wearing their crowns.

Somebody understands our love for a young Leo DiCaprio! What a perfect gift for our future Space 15 Twenty shrine!

Check out our new license plate! So sparkly.

This is Eryn! We kidnapped her and took her to dinner with us because she just happened to be staying in the same hotel that we were staying in! She traveled all the way from Victoria, British Columbia to hang out with us at the meet-up. AWWW!

From left to right: Me, Eryn, Petra, and Petra's sister Anna. Tavi not included because she's not cool enough.

Rookie diarist Dylan grew up in Seattle, so her mom invited us over for dinner! She made us a delicious meal out of local produce and these homemade raspberry tarts were for dessert. SO GOOD! We'll see Dylan when we're in San Francisco! 

Tomorrow we're off to live the dream of the '90s, aka Portland! You can find us stuffing our faces at Voodoo Doughnut (22 SW 3rd Avenue)  at around 3:00 pm, and then after that we're heading to The Church of Elvis (408 N.W. Couch)! - Hazel

Rookie Road Trip: "Twin Peaks"

On our way to Seattle we realized that we would be stopping in "Twin Peaks" or, really, the sites in Washington where the tv show Twin Peaks was shot. For those who don't know, Twin Peaks was a TV show that aired in the early '90s that followed the investigation of the death of Laura Palmer, the beloved homecoming queen of the town Twin Peaks. Special Agent Dale Cooper leads the investigation, all the while eating a lot of pie and drinking a lot coffee. The show was directed by David Lynch and was filled with weird characters (like a woman who owns a talking log) and frightening story lines. 

Here at Rookie we are SUPERFANS of the show, so as soon as we entered Snoqualmie, Washington, Petra started playing the intro music to the show and everyone in the van just stared out at the trees and felt like we were in Twin Peaks. We were so dorky about it all, I can't even begin to tell you. We were constantly screaming "LAURAAA" everywhere we drove. 

We went to Twedes Cafe, the original cafe where the diner scenes of Twin Peaks was shot. According to our waitress, almost half of their business comes from Twin Peaks related tourism. So we're not weirdos! Other people do this too!

Of course I had to get a "damn fine cup of coffee" and some pie, Dale Cooper's typical order.

Me drinking my coffee. JK, this is Agent Cooper. Duh.

They had a whole wall dedicated to material from the show including photos of the shoots, autographed pictures, and newspaper articles about the show. 

They also had a "Fire Walk with Me" challenge (in reference to the Twin Peaks movie Fire Walk with Me) that had something to do with eating a lot of hot wings? Weird.

We were even excited about a fucking waterfall SIMPLY because it was in the Twin Peaks intro. 

So, yeah, we love Twin Peaks and couldn't have been crazier fangirls today.

Tomorrow we'll be at The Vera Project (305 Harrison Street) making flower crowns and decorating sunglasses and being crafty! So come hang with us! - Hazel

Summer Lead

Subtly beautiful pencils from One Fine Dae. Each pencil notes (bad pun) a summer event that must be had (though I wish I knew where I could find a drive-in theater).-Bob

The Blue Trees by Konstantin Dimopoulos

Seattleites are doing a double-take: Dozens of trees along the city's Westlake Park and Burke-Gilman Trail have suddenly turned an electric, Yves Klein-esque blue. The azure raid is the work of Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos, who performed similar mischief at last year's Vancouver Biennale. The shocking Smurf hue, not usually associated with trees or environmental art, is designed to remind viewers that something unnatural is happening to our planet. (The ultramarine pigment is, Dimopoulos swears, biologically benign.) -Eviana

Shaun Kardinal

Shaun Kardinal's embroidered postcards make sending someone snail mail even more special.  Each work is hand-stitched with geometric patterns and shapes on an oversized postcard of rock formations, landscapes, and the occasional tourist location.  Check out his website and Flickr for more embroidered postcards, photos, books, and even a TV Guide.

Kurt Cobain's Birthday

Today is Kurt Cobain's birthday. He would have been 44. In case you are somehow completely clueless and lacking in creativity, here is an ehow article about how to celebrate it. (Wtf?)

Mates + Rubbish

These Sole Mate greeting cards by Mates + Rubbish are just a little too perfect for shoe lovers.  This Valentine's Day, give one of these to the guy or girl in your life who has more shoes than clothes.  We're sure they'll get a kick out of them!

Actual Pain Sixth Seal Leggings

Way to end the year with the most incredible piece possible, Actual Pain! There's a reason these new Sixth Seal leggings have already sold out but have no fear, word is they'll definitely be making more! X - Jen

Fleet Foxes "The Shrine/An Argument"

Fleet Foxes latest video, "The Shrine/An Argument" is a stop-motion masterpiece directed by frontman Robin Pecknold's brother, Sean.  The over-eight-minutes long video will make you feel like you are watching a familiar dream—or nightmare.  It's videos like this that make you want to go home and create something of your own. (via Pitchfork)


When it comes to jewelry, we can't help but feel that the bigger, the better.  So, when we saw Debra Baxter's Crystal Bomb collection, we couldn't help but get excited over the massive pieces.  If you've ever seen her Crystal Brass Knuckles, you'd already know how great this collection is without even having to look.

Actual Pain Faul 11

There is totally a reason why Actual Pain remains everyone's favorite label, just take one look at their new video for Faul 11. X - Jen

UO X The Vera Project: Live In-Store

Hey Seattle!  This Saturday from 6pm-8pm, we will be having a live in-store performance by Witch Gardens and Yuni In Taxco at our Capitol Hill store (401 Broadway East).  Until then, spend the rest of your work week listening to four free tracks from the bands!

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The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee

If you're looking to adopt a kitten in the Seattle/Tacoma area, or if you just want to see pictures cute kitties, look no further!  The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee is a blog that follows the life of fostered cats from the Tacoma/Pierce County Humane Society.  The blog has been going for four years and has fostered over 120 little ones.

Levi's Bike Shop Tour: Capricia Rae

Get to know the members of the Levi's Bike Shop Tour. Today meet the tailor, Capricia!

Can you tell us a little bit about you?
I'm Capricia Rae from Seattle, WA and I'm 25-years-old.  I like Disneyland, ballet, tacky shirts with cats on them, and burritos. 

When did you learn to ride a bike? 
I think I was about seven or eight, and I learned to ride on my cousin's bike in my aunt's driveway. I specifically remember running head-on into a wooden telephone pole. 

What was your first bike? 
Three words: purple, banana-seat, rainbows.

What drew you to tailoring? 
I've been sewing so long, though for awhile, I didn't really think to do anything with it professionally. I actually wanted to be in illustration (I blame Disney) or veterinary science. In my junior year of high school, I ended up taking a set and costume design class and thought, "This is what I want to do." After that, I took a few more sewing classes as well as clothing construction classes and I ended up really loving it. 

How long have you been sewing? 
My grandmother taught me to sew by hand when I was very young. I used to make little stuffed bears out of old socks. I graduated to machine-sewing when I was 12-years-old in home economics class. I obviously made the best looking pajama pants, ever! After high school, I attended community college sewing classes before attending FIDM in California where I continued to study art history, color theory, illustration, and fashion history. Back in Boston I starting working with Bless by Bless Couture. Bless became a source of inspiration for me, as he is a very selfless person involved in a lot of charity events. I worked as a design assistant but was also helping with vendors, party setup, model searching, and styling outfits for the shows. 

What do you enjoy designing most? 
I like designing accessories. I think they cater to my instant/faster gratification bug. And I'm an accessory hoarder. 

What does bicycling demand from a tailor? 
Everything just needs to be more durable. Living around/with cyclists has taught me that construction needs to be reinforced, double-stitched, and have multiple layers. I find it's helpful to also use heavy duty thread, even on small repairs. 

What is the craziest thing you've ever made? 
A gold lamé sweetheart-bodiced dress. I like to pretend it was for the holidays, but really, I wish someone would wear it in everyday life. 

Who are your favorite designers? 
Alexander McQueen, mainly for his showmanship. Betsey Johnson, because she is a little crazy and that makes her a little more amazing. Gary Graham, for mixing grungy layers and textures, but still remaining a little girly. 

So, why this Bike Shop tour? 
I'm excited to see the country and meet people everywhere. I love bicycle culture and I think this project spreads a positives message which is pretty awesome. 

What does "Get in the Saddle" mean to you? 
Being confident and taking charge of your situation—whether it's fixing your own clothes or working on your own bike. "Get in the Saddle" isn't just about commuting by bike, it's a way to think about starting anything.

Actual Pain Spring 11

Frenzy is the best word I could use to describe how people feel when there's a new Actual Pain collection. No other label has such a cult following and with good reason as everything they do is mind-blowing. You'll especially love the above video for the release. X - Jen