20100501

SOUL STRIPPER



Vintage (?) AC/DC shirt, Zara denim shorts, Ann Demeulemeester triple-lace boots, leather 3-row cone stud belt, Pamela Love dagger rosary, vintage faux pearl crucifix, Culture Shop tie dye XL hobo bag.



It was so sweltering hot in Philly today, so I tried to dress primarily for comfort. For those of you who asked, my watch is custom Swiss Army and I've had it for years. I forget the name of the model, but I wanted chrome links with a black face and a nude SA logo.



I got the denim cutoffs at Zara for my birthday. I never even knew there was a Zara in Center City, and the high rise where I used to live is only a few blocks from there. Maybe it opened recently, or maybe I just have my head up my ass. Either way, I picked up a few cute basics during my visit. I really needed a new pair of denim shorts, since none of my old ones fit my new belly.



This slouchy tie dyed hobo is a find from the Culture Shop in Pittsburgh. Even though I bought it on the last day of the tour, it came very much in handy when I needed a large bag to bring home the new things I acquired on the trip. It has a full-length industrial zipper and holds TONS of stuff. Totally unlined, endearingly shapeless, and good for adding a bizarre pop of color to a laid-back outfit. Plus, it's a great overnight bag. Oversized glasses by Ralph Lauren.



Even though I've had them for awhile, I am still smitten with these boots. The deep burgundy color is divine and matches everything. They're good for giving a subdued addition of color to an otherwise monochrome ensemble. Not to mention, like all Ann D's, the craftsmanship is exceptional. The caliber of leather is superior and the hardware could survive the apocalypse, no lie. I've walked in 2+ feet of snow in this pair! In terms of comfort on a scale from 1-10, they rank about a 7. They have very good arch and ankle support, but the lack of a platform will eventually make the balls of your feet hurt if you're planning on walking a lot. My black buckled wedges are significantly more comfortable, but in terms of quality, they are both solid 10s.



A very convenient feature on these shoes is that they zip up the sides so you don't have to spend a half hour tying the copious amount of laces. As most of you probably know, since these are several seasons old, this boot came in two different shaft heights (mine are the low style) and three different heels: an offset chunky heel, flat, and stiletto. I opted for the stilettos, and they're remarkably easy to walk in. This is coming from a very klutzy woman who owns absolutely no stilettos other than these. I can't say enough about how much Demeulemeester is SO worth it. If you're going to invest in one really nice pair of shoes, I implore you to go with one of her designs. Her shoes are synchronously on-trend and timeless; they will last you a lifetime.



Black beaded Chanel necklace paired with my old pyramid studded leather bracelet. Rings L to R: sterling silver rosary, antique sterling silver & onyx, Betsey Johnson owl, simple black jade band. How aptly ridiculous is that owl? I got it as a birthday gift last year; I wear it on those days when my accessories need a little touch of quirkiness.



I've gotten a few emails about where I got this steel cross earring. I grabbed another one to give away on here very soon, so keep checking back.





For your pleasure, the song that runs through my head literally every Saturday night:



Skyhooks "Saturday Night" promo video circa 1975 from their "Ego is Not a Dirty Word" LP. I love Skyhooks' gaudy charm; they always made those goofy faces in their promo videos.

A lot of people have been emailing me inquiring about the lineup for the Pentagram tour in May. The musicians performing during this tour are as follows:

Bobby Liebling: vocals
Victor Griffin: guitar
Greg Turley: bass
Gary Isom: drums


If you know the history of the band, this will be a momentous tour for Pentagram. Victor Griffin is the man behind the soul-shattering guitar work on Pentagram's first three albums: Relentless, Day of Reckoning, and Be Forewarned; he subsequently went on to form the highly acclaimed, much-loved TN doom metal band Place of Skulls. Victor is considered by many to be a pioneer of the grinding, crushingly heavy tone that is now emulated by many doom musicians. I personally feel no one can imitate Victor's raw, distinguished axe stylings and believe he is in a class of his own. My husband and I both consider him a dear friend and are profoundly excited that he will be onstage with Pentagram once more to deliver this special breed of music that means so much to so many people. With the immensely talented Greg Turley holding down the fat bottom end, Gary Isom violently pounding the skins as usual, and Bobby's resonant, soulful vocals, this is not a tour to be missed! Tickets are on sale now; please see The Pentagram Archives for more info regarding this tour.

Have a safe, fun Saturday night! &hearts

25 comments:

WET GOLD said...

super lovely! that t shirt looks like the most comfortable thing ever - i love when they get to that point of being so sheer they basically no longer exist. perfect!

Mer said...

what a great surprise this was to see when i got home from the bar tonight! you look so friggin cool. i have no words for how insanely jealous i am of those boots. keep up this habit of posting almost daily because i am lovin it!!!

FASHION SNAG said...

I love the braids in your hair and the outfit is cute and casual. I enjoy reading your posts. x

www.FashionSnag.com

Anonymous said...

i love how you look so incredible even tho this is a really casual outfit. i wish i had those boots. if only!!! im in love w. your blog. <3 <3 <3

Nicki said...

hal u look amazing as usual. u know im so jealous of those boots, when u gonna let me wear em? hmmmmm? anyway call me if ur up for coffee 2morrow. luv. xx

chichichic said...

you have seriously great style! love those boots....

xo

justyna

Anonymous said...

I like your blog but there's a disconnect between the fashion element (which seems to be what you have a real passion for) and the Pentagram angle (which is your husband's passion/business), and it reads as a little jarring because of the sharp contrast between the two. That said, you are a good writer and express your love for fashion in a personal, welcoming way. Kudos.

And are you really a Philly native? It'd be nice to know of a few good restaurants to hit from a born and bred's perspective in the city (hole in the wall joints and such).

Phuong said...

nice look

Tini said...

wow i love how you styled this. the soft thin tee paired with those spectacular boots is so effortlessly chic and rock'n'roll. the headband is a very nice touch. where did you get that chanel bracelet? love your blog so very very much!!

Diya said...

you've seriously got the best jewelry/accessories ever!!

ps. loving the highway to hell shirt ;)
http://diyainherstilettos.blogspot.com/

m said...

Hey Hal! I saw your Anne Demuelemeester (sp?) shoes with the open toes in a shop window in Amsterdam the other week and thought of you immediately! You should go shopping over there (in the old west side shopping section) if you ever get over there on a tour or something, you would LOVE it. Oh, and I don't find the Pentagram mentions the least bit "jarring" at all and can't figure out why anyone would. Your blog, your life, eh? If you make it to Deathfest maybe I will say Hi as I plan to be there. Stay cool! m

Theresa said...

^ ia w/ the above comment. bobby liebling is your husband & it makes sense for you to talk about him & his career on halcoholic.com. you keep it to a tasteful minimum and never make pentagram stuff the main focus of your posts or deliberitely whore out your hubbies career. for example this post you mentioned pentagram at the very bottom even after the youtube video of another band! i personally appreciate all parts of your blog from the fashion to the pentagram & music blurbs. youre clearly not trying to make halcoholic a music blog and that comes through loud & clear. your hubbie is blessed with a interesting career so why wouldnt you mention it once in awhile?? all these anonymous comments come from jealous fans who think youre "ruining" pentagrams cult status and thats sooooo dumb. keep doing what youre doing hal. i know your site is loved & respected by many people including me so dont change a thing!!! much much love from brooklyn. xx

Anonymous said...

^^^^ yeah well id still like 2 kno where the $$ comes from if shes having a baby n buying 8 thounsand $$$$$ outfits....................yeah i kno its suposed 2 be "none of anyones bisness" but her husband is in the public eye so obviousley people are curious..........and 2 some extend as fans of her husbands music they deserve 2 kno.........

Anonymous said...

n please give excuse 2 my languege bc english is not my 1st lang...........

shad0ws-light said...

I, too, am smitten with those boots. And words cannot express how madly I adore that owl. Look, everyone, if you really want to know where Hal's money comes from...it's me. My family has been secretly stashing Nazi gold for decades. >:/

Dominique Ernest said...

love your style!!!
xx

LuxiRare said...

I love your shoes and clothes, such great pieces, my first time visiting your site.

chauss said...

love the boots. color, cut, etc. love.
and the bag. fabulous find. :))))
xo chauss

Yary and Sary said...

loving the whole look very very much girl!
Yaary.

Anonymous said...

I know you're probably really attached to your long hair but I have to say that with yr. hair back/off the sides of your face and the long bangs you look amazingly pretty. Must be something about the jawline.

I agree that you really are a good writer and who cares if you talk about your husband. I think having watched the video of you talking like a regular person won me over. Your shoes kick ass and you have unique taste. Just make sure you put away some money for the baby's college fund...

DON'T FORGET THE 'Y' said...

SIGH...those boots...

Passport Smiles said...

Love this outfit! So badass.

Passport Smiles

Anonymous said...

OMG!!!!! Has anyone ever told you, you look JUST like the secretary(sp?) named
Peggy Olsen(sp?) from the show Mad Men!!!

Everyone has a twin, what a trip!!!

Anonymous said...

Coven is very great doom music, you should listen to Pagan Altar and St Vitus if you don't know it yet. By the way tell your husband to come back to Paris to make a gig ;)

Have a nice week end.Kisses from France

Helena

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