What I wouldn't give to have been 17 years old 45 years ago today. I'd pack up my friends, a few blankets, and a whole lotta love and head off to Bethel, NY. Today the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival turns 45. Here are some of my favorite photos:
The Gypsie June Swim 2014 Lookbook has been released! Here are some outtakes that didn't make the final cut. For the full lookbook, click the lookbook tab at the top!
I stumbled across the soulful sounds of these sisters while searching for new music. I adore them completely and could listen ALL day.
You can see more, watch videos and check tour dates at lilyandmad.com
Earlier this week, I did a photoshoot with Miss Jordyn Page. I'm waiting on the underwater photos to come back, but in the mean time, here are some outtakes from the day!
Tomorrow is Independence Day, do you have your red, white and blue picked out? Here are a few favorites from the shop!
Is there one place on Earth that you are just dying to visit? That place for me is Byron Bay, NSW. I've always wanted to visit Australia, but once I discovered this little hippie paradise, I've been dreaming about it ever since.
There is a great music and arts scene, it's a surfers delite, and has many incredible local designers. I bit the bullet today and applied for a travel rewards credit card so I can earn points for a trip there! I'll escape the winter cold here in Alabama and head south to summer, if not this coming February, then Feb 2016.
Where is your dream place? Have you been yet? Are you planning a trip? Want to go to Byron Bay with me?!
I have seen this recent explosion of concho belts and jewelry lately and I wanted to learn a little more about their history.
Conchos are those little silver round or oval decorative pieces that adorn leather belts, or bolo ties, or even some handbags.
Concho comes from the Spanish word "concha," which means "shell." The first use of conchos was seen in Mexico as a way to decorate saddles and bridles. Horses need jewelry too!
These were borrowed by the Navajo Indians and have been a strong Navajo tradition ever since. True Native American concho belts are made with Sterling Silver and Turquoise or Coral (other stones too). The museum quality pieces produced by the Navajo silver smiths can cost upwards of $20,000!
Most concho pieces on the market are not Native American made and are not Sterling Silver. Most of what you'll see on the market are fashioned after Native American designs, but are made from an alloy and are stamped from a machine. The alloy doesn't tarnish, is more durable and can be found for a much lower cost.
Authentic Sterling Silver Native American leather concho belts can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $9,000. Most vintage belts made from an alloy will cost under $50.
Gypsie June has several new swim suits for you this summer! Most are now available in the Etsy store, the others will be soon!