Saturday, June 23, 2012

Afternoon to evening

Some days you have to put together more than one look on a tight schedule and it requires a bit of slight of hand magic.  Here I am on the way to see my daughter's play, note that my hair is actually rolled up in an elastic headband looking a bit Grecian. I'm actually curling my hair with this little trick for my night time look and using the blue flower clip to keep the headband in place.

Love these very Chanel-esque tween shorts.

My daughter Mighty in Cats. Ridiculously cute!

Here's after I let my hair out. 
Looks like I actually had curling iron time in my day.

Here's me later that night at a wedding.
Well, I'm in the bathroom at the wedding sneaking a photo.
Not that I have any judgement against those that get married in bathrooms.
Well maybe a little judgement.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Frosted Tipped Douche!

My hair! Here is an area where I am adrift without real advice. At least in the practicle sense. I've not always had success in this area of outdressing the enemy. When I was a kid I was towheaded and in the summers my hair would go white. Very cool!  But as I headed into college in the early 80's my hair had turned a really dull shade of dirty blond. It also laid flat on my head. My hair is really fine and lifeless and my skin is super white so I always looked washed out, pale and sad like I had the flu. Then one day I showed my girlfriend a picture of this American rockabilly band called the The Stray Cats. "You could totally do that." she screamed, and then went and got the bleach. And off to the hair races I went. I've been bleaching and producting my hair in some way ever since. I've had a variety of different cuts from a Joe Elliot (Def Leppard) to a Joe Strummer, and I can't claim that any of them have worked. My hair has always been rock and roll inspired but hasn't always come across that way. I've taken a lot of flack for it, been compared to other haircut notables like Ty Pennington, and have even been called a "frosted tipped douche." by a Seattle rock journalist. Insults like that not only hurt but they can make you question yourself. And that one certainly did, for about a half an hour, but it didn't stop me from being me. In fact it probably provoked what happened next.

My favorite haircut of all time has been the Mowhawk. It's just tough looking, like the Mowhawk Indians were. Matthew Ashman the guitarist of the awesome Bow Wow Wow wore one, Adrian Young the drummer for of No Doubt has one, and of course that dude from the Clash, but I never had the guts to do it. Then finally I decided fuck it! I'm not on TV, I am in a band, and I have to know what that feels like to have one. And I'm gonna bleach the shit out of it! And there you have it. I don't even know if it looks good I just know I fucking love it and I'm never going back  It's my choice, it feels like rock and roll, it goes with my clothes, and it goes with the life I'm pretending to live! :)  I guess my advice to you is do what makes you feels fucking great, be the person you came here to be, and let the haters remind you of who you really are. I only answer to one authority on me, and thats me. OTE!
Matthew Ashman

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Back in Black

I'm a firm believer that black is for all seasons.  Might be a holdover from my late teens and early twenties goth days but I'm sticking to it.  It's verging on turning into summer here in SoCal and I couldn't be more excited.  I love me some summertime!  This was something I threw together for my girlfriend's birthday luncheon the other day.  Black, breezy and maybe even a little shout out to the goths!
Look who learned to do a fishtail braid.

Layers of chiffon and jersey.

Pretty Buddhas and baubles.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Quit talking and start f%#king walking!

My father in law Bill, who I love (I really lucked out in the in law lottery) had me read an article in one of the many business magazines he reads during his last visit. It was an interview with one of those dudes that help companies maximize there potential. There was a quote in the article that really rocked me. He said "When I look at a company... I look at what they do rather than what they say they do." Hmmm

I've been saying I want to design clothes since I was a kid. I tell everyone that's where I'm headed but until about two weeks ago I was only just saying that. Using my band as an excuse I've begun the process of not just saying but doing. Yesterday my buddy and partner in design Angelo and I silkscreened two new T-Shirts to celebrate the release of a new Reigning Monarchs Ep ALL SUMMER SINGLE out this July. We did this by hand in my dumb garage. The shirts will be sold in advance of the release to pay for the mastering of the 3 tracks we are set to begin recording tomorrow. Lat week Mike Eisenstein the other half of the Monarchs and I had a fitting for pants that I sourced and designed for our gig the 22nd of June at Rusty's Surf Ranch in Santa Monica. I'm using the band as a reason to do rather than to say I do. If you want to do something you just gotta just fucking do it. TODAY. None of this will make me a dime. In fact I stand to lose a little, but it feels right. It feels like the beginning of something. And that's always the best part. Lets hope this goes somewhere 'cause it's really fucking fun. OTE

Monday, June 4, 2012

Feeling Flighty

A few weeks back my girlfriend and I hit the Elizabeth and James sample sale downtown at the fashion mart in Los Angeles.  We swung by a few other sales but we're shocked at how pricey they were.  Then we hit paydirt at Elizabeth and James where the dresses, skirts and shorts were $30 (unlike the $100 plus down the hall sales!).  Anyway, among other yummy treasures I picked up this skirt that I was strongly drawn to.  Something about the colors and pattern reminded me of a retro flight attendant which was the inspiration for my outfit.  Remember the exits are located at the front, middle and rear of the plane.   A xx