Beauty, Fashion, Pop Culture, Promotional

Rust Belt Americana

Vintage Junkyard Jewelry by Samuel Sloma

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IMG_0134Rust Belt Americana necklace, BDG Rib-Knit Sweater Cropped Tank (brown), Carmar high-waist jeggings, Sandro booties, ‘Lone Rider’ wool hat & ‘Nita’ shades from Nasty Gal, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in ‘Never Say Never.’

To be honest, I’m not much a of a jewelry person. I’m always searching for niche pieces that are somehow both simple and strange, which can be hard to come by. But when Rust Belt Americana jewelry designer, Samuel Sloma, and I stumbled upon each other on Instagram, I knew I’d found something truly special. Sloma, a Midwestern picker, hand makes unique, rustic jewelry and watches with vintage materials he collects from old warehouses, five-and-dime stores, and various other unconventional locations. Sloma’s creative mission is “to celebrate American authenticity on a modern stage where the implied and tangible harmoniously collide,” and “to help men and women self-identify with bygone moments in time.” These sentiments, along with Sloma’s promise to send me “something bizarre,” solidified my immediate fanhood.

Sloma’s design aesthetic has this badass, yet elegant quality, making all of his beautiful work extremely versatile. I was so excited to receive my first original Rust Belt Americana necklace, which features a copper piece stamped in 1950 for musician Pat Boone, who charted second only to Elvis Presley during the late 50s. The piece on my necklace reads, “Always your boy, Pat Boone.” My father is a musician, and having been raised on older music, it felt like a cosmic coincidence that Sloma selected this piece especially for me. After years of struggling to find jewelry that suits my style, I’m thrilled to have Rust Belt Americana as my go-to source for cool, one-of-a-kind accessories.

Photos by Rebecca Browne and yours truly

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Beauty, Fashion

One of a Kind

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1Q1A8418Vintage tunic from LF, spandex turtleneck and thigh high socks from American Apparel, Tod’s boots, Le Specs sunglasses.

Reworked, one-of-a-kind vintage pieces can be so exciting, like this amazing tunic with chain detail and a picture of the iconic David Bowie. I love the feeling of wearing something that’s truly only mine.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Costume, Fashion, Pop Culture

Wednesday on Thursday: Halloween 2013

Shortly after I bought my Sandro creepers, it became clear that, being a pasty, dark-haired individual, I was born to dress up as one of my favorite spooky characters for Halloween: the ever so morbid Wednesday Addams.1384064_10200848408792817_652422487_nThis oversized chiffon button-up from American Apparel (the third one you’ve seen me wear so far) with the contrast collar paid perfect homage to Wednesday’s iconic look. Two braids, some dark eyeshadow…done and done.

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Halloween #tbt Week 3:

Katy Perry

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jeffrey-campbell-shoes-multi-the-fruit-bowl-shoe-in-multi-product-1-1433072-966955517_large_flexI had a Teenage Dream Halloween in 2011: I channelled Katy’s signature wacky style with my Lazy Oaf watermelon skirt, lacy bralette from LF Stores, and Jeffrey Campbell’s awesome Fruit Bowl shoes. You can get the purple wig at any traditional party/costume store, and the floral hair piece is from a stand in the Copley Place Mall. I used Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in “Satin Fuchsia,” and Essie’s “Turquoise & Caicos” and “Pink Parka” nail polish. And yes, I have worn all of these items (apart from the wig) on occasions other than Halloween, thank you very much.PicFrame-1

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