Archive | March, 2012

Road Trip Survival Kit: The Suitcase

28 Mar

So now that you’ve created the perfect playlist for your road trip, you’re halfway there! All you have left to do now is pack… EEK! Easier said than done, you say? As always, we’ve got you covered with the five things that you absolutely cannot forget to toss in your suitcase.

1. Denim, Denim, Denim (Don’t hate us because of the Jersey Shore reference- we had to!) If you haven’t noticed, we’re a little obsessed with denim around these parts.  Packing denim for a summertime road trip means endless possibilities. You’ll want to pack a pair of super comfy skinnies for the drive, but don’t leave your rugged cutoffs at home.  If you don’t throw these babies  in your bag, you’ll be sorry. There’s nothing that screams laissez-faire, bohemian lifestyle more than destroyed denim.

2. Layers You’ve scored the coveted window seat after a rest stop somewhere in Texas, and suddenly you find yourself sweating.  Then, you fall asleep and wake up to find that you’re in the middle of the desert and temps have seriously dropped.  This is why we pack layers.  Toss a zip-up into your bag to settle the score between tank top and sweater weather.  Personally, we’re obsessed with this badass bomber sweater to ease the overall temperature situation and make sure that you look totally rad at all times.

3. Plethora of Sunnies It’s common knowledge in the world of a fashionista that sunglasses are the icing on the cake of the perfect outfit.  That being said, you wouldn’t top an ice cream cake with cream cheese frosting or top a fruitcake with Funfetti, would you? Of course you wouldn’t!  So you should treat your eyewear the same way.  Pack at least three different styles of shades to be prepared for any fashion occasion. Aviators and wayfarers are oh-so road trip chic, but we love oversized ombre styles like these too.

4. The Perfect Summer Shoe To cork wedge or not to cork wedge?  Do you stick with sandals or slip into moccasins?  Stilettos for nighttime mingling, or Ugg it out? The answer?  We have no idea!  While we’d love to tell you to pack all of them, we understand that trunk space is limited.  So depending on the level of exotic lands that your travels take you to, we recommend only packing two pairs of footwear.  The first pair should be comfortable enough to sleep in, and the second pair should doll you up enough to score a drive-by cutie at a local bar somewhere off the beaten path. #SWOON

5. Hand Sanitizer This item was mandatory for obvious reasons.  You’ll thank us when you arrive at your destination disease free! Good luck and safe travels wherever your endless open road takes you!

Road Trip Survival Kit: The Music Playlist

20 Mar

Spring is FINALLY here! March 20th marks the first day of spring and trust us, we’re just as excited as you are.  Gear up for ideal temps, sunglasses, cropped denim, blooming flowers, and (best of all) road trips!   What’s the most important item to cross off your road trip packing list?  The playlist!  Our worst nightmare would be out on the open road relying on the FM radio to guide us across the country.  Lucky for you, we’ve pulled together a few tips to create the perfect playlist for your trip.

1. Aim to Please

This might be one of the most important tips that we can give for playlist creation.  You want to choose songs that are going to put everyone in a great mood. You do NOT want to choose songs that will make you dread the 15 hours left in your squished car ride with everyone complaining about your musical selections. It’s fine to throw your own jams into the mix, but don’t forget a few 90’s, feel-good, sing along songs so that your friends can feel like they helped assemble the playlist (even though we’ll totally give you full credit)!

2. Songs for the Weather

This is so important when crafting the perfect road trip playlist.  The best way to describe this scenario is with a song like “Linger” by The Cranberries.  If you’re expecting heavy rain and inclement weather during your travels, do NOT include this song on your playlist.  Chances are that your fellow car-mates will be dying to turn the car around and head home before thesecond verse.  If you included “Linger” on the playlist and you’re expecting sunny skies, it’s sure to be a huge hit.

3. The Worth of Instrumental Tracks

Just ask Mariah Carey, it’s pretty hard to belt out every song in a given set list for more than one hour at a time.  Even the divas need a break. To truly emphasize the greatness of your carefully selected songs, throw an instrumental track on there every once in a while. LCD Soundsystem, anything recorded at the Fillmore East by the Allman Brothers, Explosions In the Sky, and RJD2 are all great choices.

4. Shuffle

Don’t forget to put your playlist on shuffle! Chances are that your songs won’t be as amazing if they’re all in alphabetical order.  Shuffle the tracks to make sure that everything plays in a perfectly disorganized list.

Enjoy your trip and don’t forget to Instagram till your phone runs out of battery!

California Dreamin’

13 Mar

Ahh, California. The land of sun, fun, and freedom.  It’s no wonder the sun-dappled beachside scenes are hero shots in James Franco’s Episodes of an Untitled Film, and there is no place we’d rather be flaunting our eyelet shorts and wide brimmed hats, accessorized by bangles galore.  Wouldn’t you too love to don floral denim at a backyard bash?  Or rock distressed flares at the beach?  Well, lucky for you, we’re giving away a $1000 spring shopping spree on Facebook!  Just watch our latest video and share with your friends!  Hint: the more you share, the closer you are to unlocking the spree.  Good luck California dreaming!

Music to Your Ears…

6 Mar

Surely by now, you’ve seen a few of our exclusive episodes of an Untitled Film on the 7 For All Mankind YouTube channel.  You’ve caught a glimpse of the Spring 2012 campaign collection (hello, florals), and you’re probably wondering why you can’t get all of those catchy tunes out of your head.  Well, we heard you! And we want to call out four of the artists featured in the episodes.  After doing a deeper dive on these up-and-coming musicians, you’ll be filling your Spotify with their playlist faster than you can say “Franco.”

BTS VIDEO:
ALEXANDER EBERT
http://alexanderebert.com/
If Paul Simon got back together with Art Garfunkel, grew his hair past his shoulders, and hired a really great filmographer, it would be Alexander Ebert.  A very free-spirited California vibe, Ebert almost resembles Bob Dylan’s folk sound from his younger years.  If you found his voice incredibly familiar, it’s because Ebert is the front man for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.  Definitely worth a listen.
Playlist additions: “Truth”, “A Million Years”

EPISODE 1: LILY
ALPINE
http://www.alpineband.com/

Alpine has those go-to songs that you play in your car with the sunroof open, on a gorgeous day, just as the sun starts to set. Hailing from Australia, their sound is light and fresh, heavy on the handclaps, with airy vocals that don’t require lyrics to memorize.  The music serves up ideal background beats, and we have to say, we’re completely content with that!  It’s always a big deal with an Australian band makes the crossover into U.S. territory, but it’s an even bigger deal when their introduction to our amber waves of grain is at the coveted SXSW music festival.  Check here for their schedule (http://www.alpineband.com/).
Playlist additions: “Hands”, “Zurich”

EPISODE 2: BIRTHDAY
THE KNOCKS
http://theknocks.com/
The band who has remixed almost everyone, including Foster the People, Wale, Elie Goulding, The Jackson Five, and Temper Trap, is the reason that you can’t get Episode 2 out of your head.  New York based B-Roc and J-Patt form the quintessential party duo who have toured with the likes of RJD2, Holy Ghost, MIA, and Sleigh Bells.  Parting words: Can’t knock The Knocks (sorry, we had to).
Playlist addition: “Magic”

EPISODE 3: HENRY
SELEBRITIES
http://selebrities.tumblr.com/

A self-professed voguish summertime Goth band, Selebrities have that special 80’s infused sound that makes you think of that killer beach day spent with friends.  It’s got that new wave pop sound that besides being a guilty pleasure, would also fit on the soundtrack for any 80’s teen movie (see: Pretty In Pink).  The  band is gaining major notoriety in Europe, which means they’re shortly destined for big success in the states.  Selebrities were also featured as a part of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit “Beauties & Beats” festival in Las Vegas.
Playlist additions: “Secret Garden”, “Time”