Vintage Motorcycle Babes, Babe

Even I have to admit that despite my relentless love and adoration (is that what they call obsession?) for all things Edwardian through the 1960s, there is just something about those super 70’s dudes and babes on choppers that have me dustin’ off my leathah.

The Farrah hair, the tanned skin, the pornstaches, the gleaming metal, the FRINGE denim, what’s not to love?

Of course, this current pet interest may be just a teensy bit swayed by the fact that my guy is in the finals for a Before & After contest on MotoPickers.  Which is a pretty rad local motorcycle television show here in Portland, Maine, by the way.  Think Pawn Stars, but instead of lame celebrity memorabilia, it’s all about totally tubular vintage cycles.

And I mean, I’ll just point out that holy moly is that black 1974 Honda CB550 one styling vixen of metal and chrome.  Are metal and chrome the same thing?  Eh, check it out and then go on to rad vintage photos of biker babes.

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Vintage motocrycle dude

Bob Tron, Image from: motorbooks.com

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As they say, ‘the best alarm clock is sunshine on chrome.’

Ride easy, dudes.

xxAnjou

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Lamellae

You guys, this is what being part of a small city’s collective of creative visionaries is all about.  My new friend Marieke, a Portland Maine director and choreographer, envisioned this dance project in a completely organic and beautiful way.  No counts, no harsh buns and makeup, no definitive theme; everything was left to the imagination and movement of the dancers and the director and the viewers alike.  It debuted at PortFringe 2013, a local performance festival that ‘encourages innovation and experimentation’, at Space Gallery in Portland’s art district.

Through a wonderful and soulful mutual friend, Marieke and I became acquainted and entertwined in this inexplicable moment of dancemagic.  I designed (with the help of the ladies, of course!) and sewed the costumes.  Initially, I bought a pattern to adopt and modify…but in the end, I threw it away and tapped into my right brain.  You know, in the spirit of it all.  Simple tunics with a bit of flare for ease of movement and dropped armholes for a little pizazz.  These dancing ladies sure made them look good.

All of the minds and bodies that came together metamorphosed lamellae into this giant, undulating organism.  And though it functioned as one, it was actually made up of individually moving parts.  Like a coral reef or the world’s smoothest printing press.

“Featuring five bodies in and out of motion, lamellae is the forthcoming dance project by Marieke Van Der Steenhoven in collaboration with Kerry Anderson, Grace Foxen, Amy Jorgensen, Jessica MilNeil, and Tess Van Horn. Soundscape by musician Matt Brown and video projections by filmmaker Derek Kimball.”

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Lamellae fitting

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Lamellae fitting

modern dance costume tunic

Lamellae fitting

modern dance costume tunic

Lamellae fitting

And the video of the performance in its entirety by Derek Kimball of Last House Productions

I think we should dance like everybody is watching…and we’re all dancing for each other.

Toujours, Anjou

Treasury: Summer in Maine Country

summer in maine country

I just got back from a pastoral pond in the middle of Maine, and I can’t get fuzzy chickens and burnt pastels out of my mind. A treasury to take me back to there. Let’s tap a maple and row around the pond.

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Vacation is on Vacation

bridal tutu blue

I am incredibly excited to announce that I am both having the most wonderful, phenomenal summer in Maine (of which I will, of course, share photos with you shortly) AND that Anjou Clothing is back from vacation! …while still on vacation?  Who needs sleep! To celebrate my return to creativity and whimsical moments draped in […]

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The Great Gatsby fashions come to the silver screen

The Great Gatsby Daisy Cary

Hullo, dames and daddies.  Guess what tonight is?  The premiere of a certain dimly lit and greed-dripping film by tragic romantic F. Scott Fitzgerald and Moulin Rouge’s Baz Luhrmann. And, well, the bees knees have never looked so glamorous. Although I wouldn’t say I’m the world’s biggest fan of Leo, the sumptuous sets and sublimely […]

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Happy Neuve de Mayo!

country lanterns

This past Sunday was a favorite holiday of mine…and not just because it involved copious amounts of tequila and tortilla chips.  Though, let’s face it, those are certainly a big part of it.  But I also adore the fashion, the music, the flavor, the decor, and most of all, I adored the Cinco de Mayo […]

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Everybody scream, BABY COWS!

cow farm vintage

As it turns out, there’s more to this beauty of a state than just charming ole Portland.  About 45 minutes north (on a bus, until I get my truck in two months), is a little mill town set on roaring rapids and nostalgia.  Gardiner, Maine is a-goddamn-dorable.  Water Street, which heads up to the ultra-hip […]

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BobcatPanda!

bobcat panda clock

Hi, babes. Okay, I’ll admit it.  I’m slightly drunk.  But I wanted to get this down before I sober up straight into work tomorrow and forget all about this incredible (and original?) twist on a bar game we all know and love. You see, I have this tendency to come up with ridiculous/amazing ideas while […]

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Ruffles from the past

ruffled tulle skirt wedding

Meet the world’s most beautiful, genuine, charming, good-spirited, patient, and imaginative bride and woman that ever graced this planet. Seriously. This gorgeous little Edwardian-minded lady and I (and amazing mom, Annie!) designed this ruffled-to-the-max and nostalgia-flavored tiered tulle skirt for her late winter wedding in San Francisco this year.  Those ruffles were the bane of […]

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Slept Away

dreamy bed

Oh dear.  I guess it’s been since Valentine’s Day, hasn’t it? I confess I haven’t been my usual self.  The move to this charming little city has been colder than I anticipated Loneliness, boredom, nostalgia, stifling New England personalities.  They’re a recipe for regret.  I’ve slept on so many things in the past five or […]

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