Dec 24, 2011

Street Style: Holiday Sweater

Local designer for BUTT UGLY, Kris Laskey shares a holiday tradition with Street Style SACRAMENTO
So you wanna know about Kris and her beaded sweater? Well, she purchased it for .25 cents about 20 years ago at the original SPCA. She wears this sweater on the first real chill of the year, for one day only and then packs it up for the next year to come . It is all hand beaded and stitched. What a fun holiday tradition that's pretty cool!

Dec 2, 2011

Street Feet: Stella McCartney Desert Boots

A fresh femme version of the classic suede Desert Boots steps it up in Sacramento
This updated femme version of the Desert Boot is by Stella McCartney. They are super chic with just the right amount of lift.

Nov 25, 2011

Global Accents

This Sacramento lovely looks California casual in her pretty-in-pink shirt with the rolled up sleeves, and high waisted black shorts ensemble. What makes the look  worth a second glance are her color saturated reddish-brown velvety oxfords and her imported shoulder bag. The chili colored bag with the brightly colored embroidered elephant of yellow and turquoise adds enough spice to heat up the outfit.
Photo Credits: Vincent Kenney. Text: Bella Q

Nov 20, 2011

Street Style: Black Beauty

This Sacramento beauty stands out in a crowd.
This lithe and leggy beauty could easily be from a Keane's "Big Eye" painting. Her name is Nicole, and while she looks like a model, she's a Barista at Temple Coffee.
The look is sweet and child-like, down to the crayola styled red-heart tattoo.

What works in this deceptively simple black-on-black ensemble are the subtle textures- from the girl's lank, unkept curls, the horizontal stripes of her tank, to the brilliant vertical run in her black stocking.

Nov 18, 2011

Street Style: Animal Attraction

This Sacramento beauty displays two hot trends while remaining coolly original: feathered embellishment and animal print. For a while now, feathered ear-rings have been flying off the jewelry shelves and onto young girl's ears, and always trending leopard print has recently been leaping into nearly everybody's closet this season. Taking it to the next level, this lovely is looking positively purr-fect in her animal print dyed short hair cut, feathered earrings and lace top, looking every bit Queen of the concrete jungle. 

Text: Bella Q
Photo Credits: Vincent Kenney

Nov 14, 2011

Second Saturday: Naked Canvas

Naked Canvas opening night at Cuff's on Second Saturday drew a fashionable crowd.
Here are some snapshots taken opening night at Cuff's Second Saturday art event. The show, enticingly called Naked Canvas presented "some of Sacramento's most influential and prolific Female Artists, Designers, Entrepreneurs, and Fashion Bloggers."
I was honored to be a contributor to the show, and looked forward in seeing the eclectic exhibit on opening night, and the fashionable crowd that attended it. The evening did not disappoint. Art Second Saturday brought with it a newly minted chill to the early evening air, but that didn't keep people away. The Cuffs boutique was a packed house

Nov 13, 2011

On the Street: A Show of Faith

On the Street: A Simple Show of  Faith (Photo credits: Vincent Kinney)
He may wear his heart on his sleeve, but this man shows his faith on his wrist.

Nov 10, 2011

Java Lounge LIVES!

It's Baaaaack! Java Lounge reopens its doors after a 2 year hiatus.
Call it a comeback.  Java Lounge has returned to life, after a shutting its doors a year or so ago. This latest incarnation of the Java Lounge comes in the form of second owner Jake Albus and his latest business partner, Toben Woodman.  Albus is feeling scrappy and hopeful. The hope largely stems from the buzz that swarmed around Java Lounge's re-opening late last month, and with it, the steady return of many old Java Lounge customers.  "This is great," states Albus, "I'm grateful to so many who remembered us. The fact that they come in after so long is really, really cool."  
Java Lounge owner Jake Albus behind the counter serving up a strong cuppa.
The Java Lounge makes great coffee for good people.
This off Broadway coffee shop was a Sactownie's cultural watering hole, serving customers a dose of street art + music, along with their lattes and mochas. In fact, Albus booked most of the bands, with emphasis on punk rock acts, for the all ages shows. "It served a need," he states,"There wasn't a lot of venues booking this music, so we did it," he says.  The shows were always packed.

All age shows were and are important to Albus, who along with his 

Nov 8, 2011

Twilight Talismans

Talisman: A object held to act as a charm producing magical or miraculous effects. (Photo Credit: Vincent Kenney)
This creature of the night works her magic with her silvered collection of modern-primitive jewelry + her dark as dusk distressed leather jacket.

Nov 3, 2011

Street Style: FCKH8

Walking the streets of Midtown with a shirt like this, will definitely get you noticed. On a black t-shirt 'FCKH8' was printed across his chest in bright pink, bold letters. In addition to his lovable smile, he was rocking out some fierce red hair.

What does it all mean? See for yourself.
-Kerry Dolan

Oct 28, 2011

Oxford Girl

Looking SMART and SHARP.
This mademoiselle gets top marks in her collegiate study of browns, creams and blue. There's just the right amount of "pop" to her look- coming from the bold blue and chevron texture of her shirt, and her accessories. Just look at those cutely bookish horned-rimmed glasses and charming Bolo tie. And from the looks of her shoes, you can tell she's an Oxford girl.   

Her street style gets an A+

Photo Credits: Vincent Kenney

Oct 26, 2011

Street Style: BOW TIE

Trending: the lost art of the bow tie may be making a comeback.
The art of the bow tie has become a lost art. The  step-by-step application of a proper bow tie has been kicked to the curb by clip-ons. This is sad news, I know. 

This young sweetheart was discovered waiting for his beverage at a local coffee shop in Midtown, Sacramento. Says he: less than a year ago, he discovered the beauty of a bow tie, and went on to master making the perfect shape. This young gentleman has avidly collected all fabrics, styles, and prints of bow ties. 

Guys, gals, and pets alike should all re-discover the bow tie this season. Go ahead, try it!
Complimentary tutorial by Brooks Brothers.
-Kerry Dolan

Oct 23, 2011

Red Hot: Idalia

Where there's smoke there's fire: Idalia is smokin' in her red hot tee.

This sometimes Sacramento resident always looks cool even when red ha-ha-hawt. The Los Angeles based homeslice knows how to throw down serious street style. She manages to pull off a dolled-up look in her casual fire-engine red jersey knit tee that's been cut into a tank, layered over a candy pink camisole, and paired with a pair of thrifted cotton culottes. The adorable vintage red canvas shoes finish the outfit for a California look that is muy caliente.

Oct 20, 2011

On the Street: Button-down Plaid

Some times nothing works harder than a laid back plaid.
Photo Credit: Vincent Kenney
This is man style, simple but effective: a button-down plaid shirt, work pants, and suede Nikes.  Just kick back and let them come to you.
(Brick wall not included)

Oct 17, 2011

NIght Scene: Torch Club Shine

Seen outside the Torch Club on a Saturday night: this lovely lady wearing a simple black dress with some colorful embroidery at the neck. Crystals and sequins were embellished on the floral applique and they caught the light on the darkened downtown sidewalk.

A new Sacramento transplant from Seattle, she found her dress at the nearby Salvation Army thrift store, and is enjoying discovering the sights and sounds on the streets of Sacramento.

Oct 15, 2011


 Grassroots movement Occupy Sacramento is a Sign of the Times. (Photo Credit: Tom Torres)
Whatever position you may personally take with the Occupy movement, it is indisputable that Occupy Sacramento is part of an historical moment. People are coming together, not necessarily with one voice or a singular message, but in the unity of frustration & the message is loud and clear: people are as mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore. Citizens from all over are meeting to make their voices heard. What have you to say?

Occupy Sacramento's Social Media:
Twitter: @occupysacto

Oct 13, 2011

Style SACRAMENTO: Fab in Anthropologie

This wonderful woman always manages to looks chic, and the day I captured her for Street Style SACRAMENTO was no exception. Lise is wearing a fabulous crepe chiffon sun-dress purchased from Anthropologie. The color palette of biscuit, ecru and salmon swam beautifully together and I loved the fun detailing of vintage style tassles along the hem and seams. The lines on the patch-worked print of the dress were echoed by the gladiator straps of her heeled sandals. And while she insisted she was not photogenic, I found Lise and her impeccable style to be, picture perfect.   -Bella Q

Sep 30, 2011

Street Feet: Clark's Originals

Street Style, Sacra-MEN-toe: some styles never go away, like the Clark's Original Desert Boot.
It's nice to see some styles have staying power. Case in point: the Clark's Original Desert Boot. A staple since the early 1950's, Clark's Originals have been the casual shoe of choice, for men who can appreciate an uncluttered, simple, yet stylish design. 

Fast forward to the present: this pair was recently seen on a Sacra-MEN-tan strolling the streets of Midtown. The electric blue striped socks suggest eccentricity, while his solid stand-up character is implied by the stark comfort of his crepe sole.                                                                             -Bella Q

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Sep 29, 2011

Snapshot: Thunderhorse Babe-age

Punk Rock Lives and Smiles at Thunderhorse Vintage
This baby-face cool dude was working the counter at the Midtown's Thunderhorse Vintage last week, and I just had to snap a picture. I LOVE his style, his air of old school oi, with such freshly scrubbed punk-rock panache, but complete a big healthy dose of smile to go with. It seems the folks who work the Thunderhorse take a special delight of being both crazy friendly and looking super cool. 

If you wanna see some cool kids while shopping excellent vintage, go now! And tell 'em Street Style SACRAMENTO sent you.        

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Sacramento, 95816

HOURS: Monday 12-6 pm
Tuesday-Sunday   12- 7 pm

Bella Q is a writer + personal style blogger who loves her hometown of Sacramento. When she's not busy scouring the streets for street style you can probably find her at De Vere's Irish Pub, quaffing a cold one. Oh yeah, she blogs the Citizen Rosebud and is a contributor to CBS Local

Sep 25, 2011

Just Chillin'

I ran the block to get a snap of this summer cutie. She is wearing the sweetest denim dress,  paired with brown vegan oxfords and her favorite belt wrapped around her waist. -Kerry Dolan
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