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I first met Jamie Iacoli at photographer Charlie Schuck‘s O B J E C T party in December which he held in his loft on Capitol Hill. Around that time I’d seen a couple of blog posts about Iacoli & McAllister‘s design aesthetic, speaking to their thoughtfully crafted made-in-the-USA pieces. One of the spaces curated at Schuck’s O B J E C T party was done by Jamie. She had used necklaces that she and her partner, Brian McAllister, designed to create an intricate wall hanging as part of the show. Amazing. I wish I had a photo! Ultimately, Jamie is an Adventurer and that’s why we love her. She’s highly creative, hilarious, smart, thoughtful, and has the best legs I’ve ever seen. True.

 

Our process is one part exploration, one part learning curve, one part affection, one part sheer strife, and one part caffeine. We also really like to travel and sleep. – About us, Iacoli & McAllister.

 

1. What skill do you want to learn?
I just bought a loom from Justine Ashbee, she’s going to teach me to weave. (At least she’d better.)

2. Food & drink you don’t want to live without?
I can’t live with out raw kale salads, toasted almonds, hearty bread, and kombucha.

3. The scariest thing you can think of?
Oh I don’t like to think about scary things.  Can’t even try, I have enough anxiety as it is…

4. Your favorite party supply?
It used to be booze, but that is changing – I’m growing up.  I’d have to say amazing conversations, followed quickly by yummy food.

5. Your favorite book of the moment?
I’m actually trying to start a book club, I want to read some South American magical realists (in the vein of Gabriel Garcia Marquez) as well as Jean Cocteau.

6. Describe your dream party place.
Lobster BBQ on the beach with bonfires, with adorable cabins and hot tubs nearby.

7. What is the evil version of you like?
Running low on sugar (food) and no caffeine, that’s the evil version of me. Watch OUT.

8. What gives you confidence?
Sunshine.

9. Name four essential elements of a good party.
Food, booze, friends, and magic.

10. What do you appreciate most about a party host?
Taking my coat and planning enough to have someone else make drinks so they can mingle.

11. Favorite adventure supply?
Credit card.

12. Describe the best party you ever attended.
My last birthday was pretty fun.  I had 30+ of my closest friends over to my tiny apartment.  I infused tequila with jalapeños, there was a youtube DJ playing really bad (but awesome) old school hip hop, dancing ensued. Everyone was blind wasted by midnight.  After saying goodnight to everyone I walked, on my lips, to my sofa and proceeded to puke in my shoe.

13. Hotel room or campsite?
HOTEL ROOM. Any day. I mean I like nature and all, it’s just at the end of the day I’m just looking for some modern conveniences.

14. Do you have a style icon?
Lauren Hutton, Francoise Hardy, Jane Birkin, Sofia Loren (!!!), Ann Bancroft (circa The Graduate) just off the top of my head.

15. Where is your next adventure destination?
We have a few in the cards, we’re going to rent a house somewhere on the coast.  Small gathering of 8-12 friends, food, hot tubs, two hand touch tag etc. We’re also going to fly to AZ in late summer (when we aren’t going to die of heat strokes) rent a car and drive around AZ and NM for two weeks.  It’s going to be our spiritual journey and it’s going to be magical.

16. If you could teach a class about anything in the world ever, what would you teach?
Quantum Physics for sure.  If I was going to be able to teach that class it would mean that I understood it, which would be AMAZE-balls.

17. What is your motto?
When I was younger and more cynical it was “That and a dollar will get me a hot dog…”

18. What is your spirit animal?
The phoenix! (Do mythical creatures count?)

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Rachel Pally has introduced a uniquely vibrant and casual elegance to Los Angeles Fashion. After studying dance at UC Berkley, Rachel started her line in 2002 and has since been hailed as Los Angeles’ “Jersey Girl”. Rachel’s love of dance cultivated her desire to convey the fluidity or movement and the beauty of the human form in each garment produced. She has overseen the company’s design direction and led it’s extraordinary expansion since the beginning. From the classic cropped gaucho pant to the coveted caftan dress, Rachel Pally has prevailed in the Jersey arena with her innovative designs and the ability to fuse simplicity with glamour.

 

1. What skill do you want to learn?

Tango, hand drums, beekeeping

2. Food and drink you don’t want to live without?

Chocolate chip cookies, blueberries in June, figs, Costa Rican Coffee, White Nectarines, Anything that grows in my garden.

3. The scariest thing you can think of?

The oil spill.

4. Your favorite party supply?

Tiki torches, and paper plates for easy cleanup.

5. Your favorite book of the moment?

The Dragon Tattoo Series and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.

6. Describe your dream party place.

My backyard, sitting around the fire pit, roasting marshmallows and drinking whiskey.

7. What is the evil version of you like?

I play her every day at work. She’s a ball-busting, no-nonsense, straight-shooter. I try to be nicer when I come home.

8. What gives you confidence?

A tan. A pair of sexy shoes. A good day at work. A kiss from my man before I get out of bed to “put my face on”. When I think I can’t do something but I do it anyway. When I look at my staff and I know I’m good at what I do.

9. Name four essential elements of a good party.

Friends. Friends. Friends. Booze.

10. What do you appreciate most about a party host?

That they have to do the post-party cleanup. That’s a big task. And just the drive to send out an invite to gather folks together. That’s awesome.

11. Favorite adventure supply?

My North Face fanny pack and a headlamp, for those kinds of adventures. A huge purse that I can carry everything in, and a good shoe and a box of Band-aids for a New York kind of adventure.

12. Describe the best party you ever attended.

It was at a huge house in Beverly Hills– I was invited by some friends. There was a trampoline & a photo booth and a hat-making- station and a band… And a service called “Home, James” to help you home if you drank too much. A cute boy would put his scooter in your trunk (Ooh… that doesn’t sound right) and drive your home in your own car, and then ride off into the night on his scooter. It was good. And I made a wacky hat with plumes and glitter.

13. Hotel room or campsite?

Both! My family has a rustic cabin in the Sierra that kind of covers both categories– and it’s one of my favorite places on earth.

14. Do you have a style icon?

My grandma, Dory Pally. She has the most impeccable style– very Bohemian. She always wears a fresh flower in her hair, simply jewelry and flowy linen clothes. And a jean jacket. She’s gorgeous.

15. Where is your next adventure destination?

The cabin! My family, my man, our dog…

16. If you could teach a class about anything in the world ever, what would you teach?

African Dance– Gardening– Cooking– Can that all be one class?

17. Your motto?

Stop thinking, start doing.

18. What is your spirit animal?

Crazy Monkey? Loyal Pup? Stubborn Bull? Sweet Lamb? Gorgeous Gazelle?

 

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This just in: Azerbaijan won Eurovision Song Contest 2011!!!!!!


Mike broke the news at 4:00 AM when he woke up to Azerbaijanis parading through the streets of Baku waving flags and honking horns.

Congratulations to Italy and Sweden in second and third place. Get ready for Eurovision hosted by Azerbaijan in 2012!

Feel Your Heart Beat,
Aviva

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I first met Tina Frey when she began selling a selection of her jewelry in a boutique in San Francisco called Nida. One is instantly drawn to her creations by their candied hues and polished surfaces, and I’d find myself hovering over each piece in the case, fantasizing about what it would be like to slip the emerald bangles over my wrist or feel the weight of the hand sculpted, beaded necklaces around my collar. You can’t help but to touch the resin baubles, understanding their shape, running your fingers over their surfaces. Tina takes delicate care in hand-forming and hand-polishing each piece, and leaves enough time for herself to party it up in Swedish castles and roam Southeast Asia. Read on for more colorful tidbits about her, and take a peek at her Macy Necklace in The Adventure Store!

 

1) What skill do you want to learn?

How to fly an airplane or hang gliding.

2) Food and drink you don’t want to live without?

Sushi and a good cup of tea.

3) The scariest thing you can think of?

Losing my memory or my mind…followed very closely by cockroaches.

4) Your favorite party supply?

Balloon animals.

5) Your favorite book of the moment?

“What French Women Know” by Debra Ollivier

6) Describe your dream party place.

Warm tropical beach location near the ocean.

7) What is the evil version of you like?

I’d like to think I don’t have an evil side…I don’t really want to know!

8 ) What gives you confidence?

A great outfit with a nice pair of high heeled shoes.

9) Name four essential elements of a good party.

good friends, laughter, good food, and drinks.

10) What do you appreciate most about a party host?

They make all their guests feel comfortable and welcome.

11) Favorite adventure supply.

Wetsuit for some ocean adventure.

12) Describe the best party you ever attended.

A friend’s wedding in southern Sweden at their family’s castle.

13) Hotel room or campsite?

It used to be campsite…but I’ve outgrown that and prefer a nice hotel room now.

14) Do you have a style icon?

Anna Della Russo

15) Where is your next adventure or destination?

Probably somewhere in Southeast Asia.

16) If you could teach a class about anything in the world ever, what would you teach?

I would teach them to be confident in themselves and that they can achieve whatthey want if they believe it.

17) What is your motto?

Never say never.

18) What is your spirit animal?

Rabbit

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Check out this Azerbaijani wedding dress boutique at the Zaqatala Bazaar in Northern Azerbaijan. At the same bazaar you can purchase honey, stationary, kitchen tools, rugs, clothing, vegetables, antiques and cheese aged in sheep stomach.

These dresses are available for a one night rental at 250 Manat or to own at 650 Manat. Consider that a trip to Azerbaijan AND your wedding dress can cost less than many wedding dress deals in the US.
-Aviva

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This week’s Adventurer Profile features those fabulous ladies over at Free Time Industries. With each member employing her own unique skill set and lens for aesthetic, the fantastic 4 come together to C R E A T E and “exist to contribute innovative idea to design culture”. They come and go from their inspiring subterranean Seattle studio, and the traces of their work and their beings pop up around the city as though left by invisible little creatures. Some examples of their work can be found in The Adventure Store: a leather holster made from reclaimed leather and brass buckles, and an owl comb made from walnut and pearl inlay (photos below).

 

1. What skill do you want to learn?

We want to learn how to make EVERYTHING… it is what gets us out of bed in the morning and what got us together in the first place.

2. Food and drink you don’t want to live without?

Salmon and hot chocolate.

3. The scariest thing you can think of?

Watching “the shining” on a big screen by lonesome.

4. Your favorite party supply?

Kate’s tray of eye shadow with 100 colors in it.

5. Your favorite book of the moment?

Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren – it is a company bed-time story.

6. Describe your dream party place.

Lots of hammocks in shady trees, next to a sunny beach.

7. What is the evil version of you like?

Have you seen “Heathers” with Winona Rider? Like that.

8. What gives you confidence?

Our idea-camp weekends – weekends when we are all together just cranking things out. ****we must give full credit to the term “idea-camp” to Ms Crim

9. Name four essential elements of a good party.

Name tags, hats, cheese, shelter.

10. What do you appreciate most about a party host?

Their spontaneity and generosity

11. Favorite adventure supply?

Free Time’s tool holster – to be released this Spring/Summer.

12. Describe the best party you ever attended.

We just celebrated Amber’s birthday party at a co-ed Russian day spa – we soaked, plunged, steamed, stretched…. then relaxed in the tearoom with champagne, cheese, and hazelnut chocolates.

13. Hotel room or campsite?

Yurt!

14. Do you have a style icon?

Our Mom’s circa 1970′s

15. Where is your next adventure destination?

We just had an idea-camp weekend on Bainbridge Island in a red 1904 farm house, and are planning another one in Oregon which willinclude yurts and hot springs.

16. If you could teach a class about anything in the world ever, what would you teach?

Lucid dreaming.

17. Your motto?

A little sketching goes a long way.

18. What is your spirit animal?

Kate = fennec fox

Amber = sting ray

Ariana = elk

Nome = eagle

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