Monthly Archives: November 2013

Quote of the Day: Being Thankful

Posted by The E on November 27, 2013

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”—Oprah Winfrey

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Dress Code: Prussian Blue

Posted by The E on November 26, 2013

Wintery vibes call for drama, which this season means a gorgeously deep blue. Inspired by its use in painting, including one of our favorite artists Ilya Repin, our fall collection includes the Alice waxed skinny in Prussian Blue, a hue seen all over the runways in Spring/Summer 2014 looks by the likes of Haider Ackermann, Acne, Catherine Malandrino and Zac Posen. To get the HABITUAL version of the trend that will carry you into next year, visit Scoop or Neiman Marcus to purchase. (And see more of the images that inform our designs on HABITUAL’s Pinterest.)

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Obsessions: The Hunger Games Scarf

Posted by The E on November 22, 2013

If Jennifer Lawrence playing a female warrior isn’t enough to make you like Hunger Games, the costumes with looks from Alexander McQueen and other designers should catch your attention. The scarf-cum-sweater vest that Katniss Everdeen wears over her father’s leather jacket was what made us take notice. While the original is the work of Los Angeles knitwear designer Maria Dora, we found a few others that evoke the feminine practicality of a huntress uniform. Bless’ Triangle Scarf has a toggle that allows the chunky knit to be worn several ways, while Yokoo’s Nantucket Cowl simply slips over the head. For a more urban-appropriate look, opt for Oak’s Funnel Neck Poncho.

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Quote of the Day: Beautiful Passion

Posted by The E on November 21, 2013

“The most beautiful makeup for a woman is passion, but cosmetics are easier to buy.”—Yves Saint Laurent

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From the Hip: Jean Stories

Posted by The E on November 18, 2013

Jean Stories is a site after our own hearts! With profiles and other musings on our favorite fabric, denim heads everywhere should start following the blog now.

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Quote of the Day: Women's Influence

Posted by The E on November 15, 2013

I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Image by Richard Avedon via Gagosian

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Obsessions: Shaking the HABITUAL Playlist

Posted by The E on November 13, 2013

Borrowing a title from The Knife’s latest album, this mid-Autumn mix of music is all about the disruption—early sunsets, layers, fallen leaves—that the season brings. From the HABITUAL studio to you, enjoy these tunes designed to welcome the changes in daily rituals as we prepare for the winter ahead.

The Knife’s “Hole in the Head” from Shaking the Habitual (released earlier this year) pairs polyrhythmic beats, electronica and their trademark metallic vocals with steel drums and other tropical sounds in a song that makes an ideal soundtrack for the morning commute or any appropriate pleasure-meets-pain moment.

Larry Gus’ “Pericles” is maybe the ultimate mash-up from the an artist whose layers upon layers of sound make for an intricate patchwork of music. From ’60s and ’70s jazz grooves to psychedelic rock and plentiful samples, all tied together with driving polyrhythms, this track is wonderfully weird, dark, and perfect to get you through a workday afternoon.

Like Gary Clark Jr., Willis Earl Beal is another favorite bluesman interpreting the genre with his own unique swagger. With a Tom Waits growl and a feverish pitch, “Hole in the Roof” builds a classic backbeat and an organ to Screamin’ Jay Hawkins heights.

The duo Conrad Praetzel and Robert Powell combine traditional folk and contemporary sounds in their project Clothesline Revival. From their 2002 album Of My Native Land, “Calling Trains” samples a 1936 recording of an unidentified train caller for a dreamy take on Americana.

Anne McCue‘s bluesy song titled “Hangman,” gets punctuation from the desolate sounds of her lap steel guitar for a ballad to dark nights and even darker people.

To truly embrace the depths of the season, we count on Fever Ray (being the earlier iteration of The Knife of course) and tracks like “The Wolf” that channel the heart of a black forest and all the mysteries within it.

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From the Hip: MCMC Garden Fragrance

Posted by The E on November 12, 2013

Launched today, “Garden” from Brooklyn perfumers MCMC combines red thyme, myrtle, lavender, lemon and bitter orange essential oils for a unisex scent with 50% of its purchase price going to support Ananda Harvest, an urban farming group—smell good, feel better.

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Dress Code: Three Emerald Jackets

Posted by The E on November 8, 2013

In cold weather outerwear defines your look, so why not adopt one of this season’s hottest colors as a topper? From investment pieces like Yves Saint Laurent’s belted blazer to a quilted leather bomber by Rebecca Minkoff and the BB Dakota Missy motorcycle jacket (the latter two both double the trend appeal), these dark green styles pair perfectly with HABITUAL denim. Try our Eve Hi-Rise Skinnies in Chocolate Leopard with the emerald hue for a fresh take on an earth-toned palette or better yet go tonal with the Amalia Skinnies in Magic Kingdom.

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Habit Forming: Orsa & Winston

Posted by The E on November 7, 2013

With divine-sounding, simple combinations, such as snap peas with burrata, bottarga and meyer lemon, the recently opened restaurant Orsa & Winston is high on our list of places to try in downtown Los Angeles. The fine dining concept from lauded chef Josef Centeno offers a five-course tasting menu of his Italian-Japanese fare, though a dish like uni with pecorino cream tempts us to splurge on the super omakase. Is it lunch time yet?

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