Eva Gardner | All I Ever Wanted to do is Tour

Eva Gardner | All I Ever Wanted to do is Tour

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Interview with Eva Gardner by Jarett Cole of RocknRollParty. Video editing by Jarett and motion graphics by Ida-Eri Gencheva.

Eva Gardner is a self-described over-achiever. For the past 13 years she’s toured the world as Pink’s bass player and has somehow also found the time to work with the likes of Cher and Gwen Stefani among a long and incredibly diverse list of others. Aside from having her own signature Fender P-Bass, Eva has sponsorship deals with a host of top-notch gear companies including Ampeg, Dunlop, and Rotosound. If that weren’t enough she’s a solo artist as well and recently released a new single called Love & Drugs.

I met Eva when we were both in high school in Los Angeles. I went to a school in North Hollywood and she went to the much-cooler LACHSA (LA County High School For The Arts) where she studied music. I always knew Eva as a bass player, knew that her family owned and operated a Hollywood rock ‘n roll landmark and institution called the Cat and Fiddle Pub (that survived on Sunset Blvd. for 30 years and in 2017 moved to a new location on Highland Ave.) and  knew that her dad Kim had played bass in legendary 60s freakbeat band The Creation.

Aside from being friends on social media for years, Eva and I hadn’t had the chance to properly catch up since the high school days until this Zoom interview. With so much to talk about, from pandemic adjustments to her road to success, we couldn’t cover everything, but we got to a lot in this wide-ranging QooA exclusive!

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1. PANDEMIC CREATIVITY

Hello! Good to see you!

Good to see you too! It’s been a very long time!

What have you been up to since the quarantine? 

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You’re a painter and a photographer as well?

Yeah. I also started out the pandemic doing a lot of painting. I was supposed to send some stuff over to Hong Kong for a show over there and that halted because of this whole thing. But yeah I was doing a lot of painting for a while. I was kind of like, “Ok maybe in the first part of the day I can just work on all the music stuff and the next part of the day I can just work on the art stuff.” It’s like your brain becomes silly putty and it’s being stretched in all these directions. I also have a habit of reading like seven books at a time (laughs). My new thing is, “Ok just read one book.” I just finished Tim Ferriss’ book the Four Hour Work Week and he suggests reading one book like his, an information book where you’re taking in stuff, and one book of fiction – just something you can get lost in for an hour that you read before bed. So that’s my new approach as of this week and so far it’s going pretty good.

Could you actually finish seven books at a time? Or you’d finish them but not know what happened in any of them?

Exactly. I would read them and be like, “Cool! I finished that book!” but then I wouldn’t have absorbed it very much because my attention was jumping so much. I’m trying to be more focused and intentional with things that I do – with my output and my input. When I had nothing to do and no gigs I was like,  “Well fuck I have to do everything! I gotta be so productive and of course I’m doing stuff! I have so much time to do everything!” I got really over-zealous. 

3. EVA’S MORNING ROUTINE 

What do you do to stay centered in all of this?

Of course you’ve also been working on some solo music – would you care to talk about Love & Drugs?

When I stepped the whole recording thing into a higher gear that’s one of the songs that I decided to do! I recorded everything on my own and after lots of studying and trial and error and making all these other songs I was like, “Cool this works, this doesn’t work, maybe I’ll try this,” and Love and Drugs was my guinea pig song. Basically it was just like saying OK I’m just going to do this on my own because you can do it on your own now. I had originally programmed the drums but I was talking to my friend Mark Schulman that I play in the Pink band with – we also play in the Cher band together – and he’s got a studio with drums setup so he just recorded drums out at his place and with the magic of technology we have a song! And I did a video on top of it!

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I saw the video! I saw the restaurant in the video!

Yes! I was very limited on locations and it was all social-distanced. Originally I was going to just do a video by myself on my Iphone, but I was talking to a friend of mine and she was down for the cause to help me out. We did what we could with what we had and it was a lot of fun to get back to collaborating with people. It was really nice.

It looks like you’ve been fairly busy doing virtual things

Yeah, I’m just staying engaged and doing some Master classes and some teaching.

Your degree is in Enthnomusicology?

That’s right.

What exactly is Ethnomusicology?

It’s a cross between musicology and anthropology. It basically examines music and how it relates to culture and how it influences and is influenced by culture. It’s basically a non-Western perspective. What I was doing in high school was more of a conservatorial, Western-style approach to music traditions and Ethnomusicology examined everything else – from Eskimo singing to Mongolian throat singing to Balinese Gamelan, and just really examined how all these different cultures relate to music. It was so eye-opening and just really broadened my world.

How’s that served you as a professional musician?

3. PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE

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I was actually getting tour offers while I was in college and for some reason I felt like I just I wanted to finish school. I knew I needed to finish, I knew I needed to incubate just a little bit longer, and I’m glad I did. I’m glad I have a degree in a useless subject. (laughs)

I don’t know how useless it is if you’re playing music all around the world. It probably makes a fair amount of sense

Yeah but I’ve never had to show my degree, so…

How did your first major offers come about?

There was a show that was on called Rockstar INXS and they were looking for a new singer for INXS. It was one of those shows back in 2005. So I auditioned to be in the house band and I got a few call backs but in the end I didn’t end up getting the gig.

4. THE BIG BREAK

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5. FULL CIRCLE MOMENT

Do you have a most moving experience playing giant shows

What band did your Dad play in at the Isle Of Wight?

You know I’m not really sure that he even did the Isle of Wight But I’m thinking that he would have been there because all of his friends were there. Maybe the promoter told me because our UK promoter remembers my dad. He remembers the band, they worked together. So being around that energy – especially with people who knew him and used to see his bands just made it even more special.

I also Met Paul McCartney at that show too because we were opening up for Paul McCartney that night.

Kim Gardner playing a ‘62 Fiesta Red Precision bass, playing live with the Creation in 1967

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6. MEETING PAUL MCCARTNEY

That’s incredible. Of course I know your dad was in The Creation – did he play on Making Time?

Yeah I think that was him. There were a couple of incarnations of the Creation. The earlier stuff wasn’t him – it wasn’t Painter Man, he wasn’t on that – but when dad was tracking down his royalties many years ago the guys basically said, “You know we don’t remember who played on what because it was so long ago,” so they just split all the royalties up between all of them – So I don’t know exactly what he played on but I think he was on Making Time.

That song was everywhere. Was your dad super psyched about it?

Oh when Rushmore came out. When was that? The 90’s?”

7. TEENAGE RE-CREATION

How did you start playing with Tim Burgess? Do you still play with him at all?

Tim lives in London now but he used to come into the Cat and Fiddle all the time. He was a massive Creation fan so he used to come and hang out with my pop. When Tim decided to do his solo thing, because he normally was in the Charlatans (UK), he was living in L.A and asked if I wanted to be his bass player and go on tour with him in the UK and play some shows opening for The Rolling Stones.

8. ALL I EVER WANTED TO DO IS TOUR

Do you have more solo stuff on the horizon?

Yeah, I have lots of songs. I decided to do a single so I could just focus on one thing and get that out. Also I feel like that the way people consume music these days too, right? The single’s back, that’s where we’re at! Or EP’s! EP’s are where it’s at too – so I might do an EP next. We’ll see what happens.

9. FUTURE PREDICTION

Did you just take up Tarot cards as well or is that something that you’ve done?

I started studying the Tarot – gosh, it must have been like 2006 now and I had a tarot teacher and I was taking classes and I got super into it. I’ve always loved the Tarot. I’ve always loved getting readings and doing readings.

So what’s future going to bring?

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1. TOWEL GAME STRONG

Bathing Culture Cosmic Rainbow Towel
WFP- Work from patio is life. Laying out and taking cat naps makes everyday feel like Sunday. This towel is so soft and cozy and inspiring because the hand-loomed rainbow pattern has so many pretty colors. You can also use it as a cape for zoom calls and or a blanket to watch the sunset. 

2. CLEANSE

Bathing Culture Mind and Body Wash

Take the morning off for an at home spa-day to get in the zone. Cleanse your mind and your body with this yummy Bathing Culture wash that smells like you’re in the redwoods. It’s packaged in a plastic-free refillable glass bottle, made with Aloe, Shea and Guar. I love Dr. Bronners, but this makes me feel magic in the making with the natural forest scent and rainbow wave design, it’s a whole mood. More on the new Culture of Bathing from their website:

“We celebrate the simple necessity of bathing. How it bonds humanity and cultures across time and space. We embrace the power and peace of bathing. Its ability to transform and bring joy. We believe in the art of bathing, the traditions it holds, and the future it will bring.

In health and happiness. Bathe in culture.”

3. STIMULATING VISIONS

The NEW NEW AGE Mind Magic Nootropic Tonic

It’s super hard focus these days. The monotony of days at home blending together, the distractions of fly memes and all the screen time has me zoned out. This magical tea gets me back in the game. Nootropic herbs to enhance focus, mental clarity, creativity. The Ingredients are sage, rosemary, lavender, lemongrass and the tasting notes/ sensory feeling is: floral, high vibes, stimulating.  

 4. SAVE FACE 

The NEW NEW AGE Turmeric and Honey Face Mask

When your skin is angry soothe it with this super lovely ancient combo of superfoods that has been used cosmetically for thousands of years to moisturize, exfoliate and reduce redness and inflammation. It has been used to treat issues like eczema, rosacea, acne, dark spots and for softening wrinkles. I have rosacea, and most ‘soothing’ skin products irritate my skin, but the simple ingredients make this safe to use. The turmeric is certified organic & the raw wildflower honey is from the brand’s family farm and other local beekeepers in the region of Southwestern Ontario, Canada. They keep the honey in its RAW form to maintain beneficial enzymatic actions. Apparently this formula is also traditionally used by a bride on her wedding day to obtain a radiant glow. The NEW NEW Age says “the practice of combining powdered herbs in honey is called an electuary and we like to think of this special combo as an electuary for your face.” Yummy honey and radiant skin, I’m here for it.

5. AIR TONIC

Juniper Ridge Coastal Pine Room Spray

Obviously not a legit disinfectant, but this spray really helps clear the air in so many ways. The essential oils help clear the energy and refresh your scent-scape with a deodorizing natural fragrance of coastal pines and cascadia firs- evoking sticky pine needles, citrusy conifer and crisp ocean air. All of the plants are harvested with the utmost respect for the existing wild-scape. 10% of their profits go to a portfolio of Western Wilderness Defense organizations. Also try the white sage for super charged energy cleansing. 

6. BALMY AFTERNOONS

Glyph & Ivy Rose Seal the Deal Skim Moisturizing Balm

To keep your skin feeling smooth and plump after your facial try this moisturizing balm. It also has anti-inflammatory turmeric, as well as moisturizing Shrubby Sophora, soothing Licorice. This is healing, nourishing, soothing and protecting with cruelty free ingredients and made in small batches without phthalates, sulfates, parabens, or synthetic fragrances.   

7. HIGH VIBE LOUNGE LOOKS

CALPAK Womens Relaxed French Terry Sweatshirt

Is it just me or is everyone wearing tie dye sweats on their IG rn? From Bella Thorne to Kylie, it’s a vibe. We love this set from CalPak. The fabric is locally milled and dyed. This looks perfect for all seasons, so basically never taking it off.  

10. DREAM TIME

Slip Pure Silk Sleep Mask

Number 1 most important thing to remember is to get enough rest, especially during this crazy time. Have you ever noticed models always say their pro-tip for beautiful skin is resting? This takes it next level, because anti-aging. Cotton dries skin and absorbs your skin cream. This helps keep anti-aging moisture products in, cuts down on creases in your face and blocks light so you can fall into a deep deep dream and awake in 2021. Haha we wish. 

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Francesca (‘Frankie’) Reddin is the Communicator // Founder of A+F Creative and Black Book. Frankie is a media consultant with a background in restaurant PR- she weaves cultural histories travels the world via ingredients, dishes and voices. She is focused on a ‘smart lifestyle’ which sits at the intersection of food, design and literature and searches for projects that share diverse stories and champion the personalities. She thrives on connecting the dots between people and the audiences craving to hear about them and mapping the journey a campaign will take. She is dedicated to engaging both traditional and digital media platforms to make the lesser-known voices heard. This is her guide to eating, drinking and being part of a cultural movement in London and beyond. 

1. Island Social Club (London, UK)

Marie Mitchell and Joseph Pilgrim have become very dear friends since I pushed my way into their lives after reading about Island Social Club online. Their restaurant and bar is part of a wider concept which centers on a space aimed at filling the void left by the erosion of London’s once thriving Caribbean social scene. As a Londoner – yes I am a rare breed, there are only few of us left – who works predominantly within the food and drink world in London, it was refreshing to see myself presented in such a culturally intelligent way that was both exciting, engaging and delicious. They brought the London vibes with a Caribbean twist, not from my parents generation, but mine. A generation that lived and breathed the capital city and by way of life experience, formed our own genre and era, if I am to be that bold. ISC hosts great parties, a supperclub series, Nyamming, that explores the diasporic community further through poetry, arts, music and collaboration, and will be popping up in the next few months with various events. If you ever get to experience ISC, make sure you order Marie’s rotis and her aubergine curry and ask Joe for something rude and naughty – usually a Scotch Bonnet Margarita or Ti’Punch. Cheeky.

2. Ombra (London, UK)

For four years running, about the same time that Head Chef Mitshel Ibrahim has been at the helm, Ombra has been my favourite Italian restaurant in London. To the naked eye, it can look a little dive bar-esque, especially in winter, which to me makes it even more precious. The Venetian bacaro and outside terrace sits alongside the Regents Canal in Hackney and serves up super sexy plates of pasta amongst other wonders. It’s the kind of sexy that is cerebral, stimulates your tasetbuds, and keeps you up until the early hours delving deeper into the wonders of textures and flavours. Mitshel cures all of his meat in house, forages for herbs locally, curates the wine list – all natural, and always greets me with a gnocchi fritto & mortadella which melts in the mouth, just like it did when I was kid.

3. Singburi (London, UK)

I was introduced to Singburi by a friend. It’s a tiny Thai restaurant and takeaway in Leytonstone – a far away ungentrified place in East London. Family run but now taken over by the son of the family who’s culinary intelligence is phenomenal. I honestly haven’t had Thai food like this in London before. The dishes are chalked on the blackboard everyday and there are some staples like the Moo Krob – bitesize crispy pork belly tossed in fresh chillies, garlic and coriander which are so so naughty and moreish – and a whole bunch of specials depending on chef Siri’s ingredient list that day. There’s no holding back with spices, flavours or ingredients. The last time I was there, it was the baked glass noodles with smoked eel and foie gras that tipped me over the edge. It’s BYOB and on Monday’s the restaurant fills with all of East London’s hot young chefs and their teams who muse over the dishes in between gulps of natty wine.

4. La Buvette (Paris, France)

I have a silly tradition when I travel: my last meal should always be a McDonald’s. I love trying each country’s ‘own’ burger and put it down to anthropological research. A few years back when I was in Paris, a city I visit at least once a year, I decided to mix things up and go to La Buvette. Long story short, I missed my Eurostar back to London. The reason? The smallest wine bar offering a list of low-intervention wines, intimate hues of soft pinks and mirrored glass, plates of bergamot-zested giant white beans doused in new-harvest Sicilian olive oil, charcuterie and wine, wine, wine. I stayed in Paris an extra night.

5. Aux deux Amis (Paris, France)

I’ve had some great nights here, the first of which I ended up meeting two household names (in France), a French rockstar and a French actor who I then had a whirlwind Parisian love affair with. It’s a great bar. 70’s décor, formica tables, crazy wine list, amazing cheeses and charcuterie if you want to enjoy your apero there. The clientele is super cool, the kind of place the people who don’t want to be seen are seen and hang out undercover in plain sight. This is perfect place to go to after dinner too as it’s usually a launch pad for the next party…

6. Mei Mei Market & Deli (London, UK)

Borough Market is one of the most iconic places in London and within it is a Singaporean food stall specialising in Hainanese chicken rice and Singaporean Nanyang Kopi – Mei Mei. Mei Mei means ‘little sister’ in Chinese, and is an ode to the chef, Elizabeth Haigh’s, Southeast Asian heritage, as well as her home of London, and brings to life the hustle and bustle of Singapore’s Kopi Tiams of her childhood memories. Elizabeth has a Michelin background, earning the restaurant Pidgin Hackney, a couple of years back, so you already know what you’re going to have is something above and beyond. There are two things on the menu here that I literally salivate over (and also have to curb my cravings and limiting myself to only one monthly visit): the Kaya Toast and the Fried Chicken. The Kaya Toast is traditionally a breakfast dish and consists of a thick layer of Kaya spread in between two thickly cut slices of sourdough, lightly toasted with wads of salted butter lathered on each side, served with a soft boiled egg that you can then dip the toast into. Honestly, I can’t explain the euphoria you feel when you have it in the morning as the first thing inside your mouth! It has a cult following of its own – cue endless reels of Instagram photos. The great news is, throughout lockdown, Elizabeth pivoted and now you can BUY KAYA JAM ONLINE. So you can feel euphoria without anyone watching.

7. Diogenes The Dog (London, UK)

Diogenes The Dog is a new-wave wine bar and shop in Elephant & Castle inspired by the infamous Greek philosopher who founded the philosophy of Cynicism. This guy Diogenes apparently questioned everything, lived his life in a huge amphorea, drank wine constantly, ate raw meat with his bare hands, while stumbling around the village naked and taunting people. Quite a guy. Of course, I had to check it out. Sunny Hodges, the owner, is perhaps not as uncouth as Diogenes but definitely has a character to match. (He’s the son of an

Olympian and Commonwealth Games Silver medallist, Graduate of Mechanical Engineering

from UCL, author, survivor, explorer, award-winning Front of House professional, and drives a motorcycle). Sunny shares the same challenging and inquisitive nature of Diogenes, questioning what we know about wine, discarding common trends and bringing to the table lesser known and better drunk alternatives. It’s here that I tasted a Hibernal 2017 from Winnica Turnau from Poland, Messina Hofs Blanc du Bois from Texas, and an Ixe Tempranillo, a grape usually found in Spain, from Tuscany.

8. Other places to visit:

CAM (Paris, France)

Au Passage (Paris, France)

La Prosciutteria (Bologna, Italy)

9. PROJECTS & COMMUNITIES

Sourced Journey’s (London, UK)

SOURCED is a public research project founded by Dr Anna Sulan Masing (my work wife) and Chloe-Rose Crabtree, both of whom are writers and academics with experience in the restaurant industry. They believe that food and drink are biological and cultural rights and want the global food and drink systems to reflect that through empathetic, transparent and inclusive practices; and they’re seeking to decolonise culinary experiences. They are dividing the year up into ‘seasons’ to focus research on specific ingredients, with reading lists, monthly tutorials, articles and commissioned research so others can have access to the learning. You can support their project and the research through their paid for newsletters at £3.50 a month. 

www.sourcedjourneys.com // @sourcedjourneys  // www.sourcedjourneys.substack.com

10. Black Book (London, UK)

At the end of June 2020, myself, Zoe Adjonyoh and Dr Anna Sulan Masing founded Black Book: a global representation platform for Black and non-white people working within hospitality and food media. With a mission to inspire and empower through enhancing visibility, equality, equity and wealth creation worldwide within these communities, Black Book will raise global consciousness of the issues affecting their ability to thrive in these industries. As a team, we will do this through representing emerging talent; offering consultancy services to companies and brands wanting to align better with a vision for a more inclusive industry; securing brand partnerships around Black Book content; and building a holistic mentorship programme.

 

We’re about to host our second series of events celebrating Black History Month, which will take place every Tuesday throughout October. There’ll be a full day of workshops, masterclasses, cook-a-longs and discussions that explore the four pillars of Black Book in meaningful and dynamic ways. You can see the full line up and grab tickets here. We’ve also signed our first client within the representation arm of Black Book – the wonderful, Elainea Emmott who is a chef and photographer. Her website is here. We’ll be launching our Crowdfunder campaign at the end of the year that will act as a springboard for our mentorship programme launching in 2021. Plus there’s talks of Black Book memberships, podcasts and global outposts… you’ll have to sign up to our newsletter to keep abreast of all the news!

www.blackbook-global.com // @blackbook_2020 // Patreon

11. Flock Together (London,UK)

I found this group on Instagram, like most things these days. But Flock Together isn’t like most things. A bird-watching collective founded in London which serves the BIPOC community, it is as much about the actual past time of bird-watching as it is about making a statement about reclaiming space. There is a destructive narrative and assumption that PoC are not meant to be seen in public and if they are, they are automatically deemed a threat. There are so many examples in the past 6 months alone that validate that. As a closet birdwatcher myself, Flock Together is a thing of beauty and a symbol of progression and power. I joined a walk in Epping Forest and after 5 months of lockdown and hardly seeing a soul (IRL), cycling up to the edge of the forest to be greeted by 50+ brown smiling faces, binoculars in tow, still fills me with all the sensations of overwhelming pride and joy. The two pioneers/founders, Nadeem and Ollie, are in the process of launching chapters globally so give them a follow on IG and read up about them here:

https://hypebeast.com/2020/8/urban-birdwatching-flock-together-london 

https://www.vogue.com/article/meet-flock-together-london-birdwatching-collective 

 

12. PRODUCTS

Liha Beauty (London, UK)

I have bought so many of the Queen Idia candles I’ve lost count. For myself, girlfriends, family, they’re beautifully scented. It’s made with a coconut wax blend with base notes of Geranium and Frankincense, top notes of Lavender and hibiscus invoking the fragrance of soft African Moss. I’m yet to try the Idan Oil which is cold-pressed coconut oil into which a Tuberose flower has been immersed, so that you have the wonderful scent of the night-blooming flower, naturally absorbed naturally into the oil, all over your body. Ultimately an aphrodisiac!  Idan is the Yoruba word for magic, and amongst the other products that Liha Beauty sells, I think their whole offering is simply ethereal. 

Golden Editions (Ghana + France) 

This is my sisters company and I am super proud of what she has created. The aim of GOLDEN is to work closely with makers to create contemporary pieces that pay tribute to timeless craft in Ghana and beyond. Sara has always wanted to create something that resonated with her childhood and her mother’s passion for crafts, who was born in Ghana. Sara’s light collection, which was the first to launch, is made by skilled weavers based in Bolgatanga in the North of Ghana. A team of which she found on her many personal travels and research trips across the country. The Lamps are carefully hand-woven using Elephant Grass grown in Ghana, dyed naturally and then hand-twisted. The shapes are evocative of colours and forms seen on road trips through Ghana; the rich red colour of the earth, pots stacked along the roadside, traditional houses with thatched roofs. Sara’s always had an eye, and her Golden Editions perfectly encapsulates her admiration for subtly, gentleness and elegance offset by her practical and grounded character.

 

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Classic White | 10 Crisp Labor Day Looks

Classic White | 10 Crisp Labor Day Looks

OK, real talk–what are you wearing for your socially distanced Labor Day plans? From picnic to pool party we have got you covered. I used to get stressed that I had to frantically wear all my white pieces before the door closed after Labor Day. But we don’t follow those outdated fashion rules. I mean they tell you not to wear white after Labor Day and then they start marketing Winter Whites to you. We see you 90s editorial team. White is always classic– it feels fresh, sophisticated, flirty, clean and plays well with denim and black (which is basically my entire wardrobe). These looks are super versatile–from relaxed work from home (or work from Hamptons) to a boozy brunch or a day out on the boat you will look effortlessly cool. These pieces are also a good investment to get ready for resort season. Here’s our Top 10 classic crisp whites: 

1. LACE DRESS

ZIMMERMANN Empire Belted Guipure-Lace Mini Dress
All of Nicky Zimmermann’s white pieces are so lovely. She is inspired by vintage and it is expressed in this white empire mini dress. It’s crafted from floral guipure lace with blouson sleeves and is cinched in by the beige raffia belt – note the white rickrack trim and round buckle – before falling to the ruffled hem. Hello British countryside garden party anyone?

2. BUTTON UP SHIRT


Sugarhigh Lovestoned Pot Smoking Bowling Tee A unique take on the classic white button up and the bowling tee with 70s stoner vibes. This is a super cute BBQ look that will definitely be a conversation starter and will probably result in lots of joints passed your way. It has a loose fit so you can pair it with tight jean short cut-offs.

3. FLIRTY DRESS

&Other Stories Smocked Strap Mini Dress This retro mini dress is finished with self-tie straps, frilled details and a smocked back. Southern Belles at the lake house will want to rock this flirty feminine dress that works for both meeting the parents and sneaking into the woods to make out. 

4. Shirt Dress

&Other Stories Belted Linen Mini Dress How cute is this buttoned raglan sleeve belted mini dress?! This is perfect for a pool party at your bosses’ estate. This is 100% boss lady chic so you def won’t end up at the kids table. 

5. WRAP SKIRT

Just Bee QueenTulum Wrap Midi Skirt Euro yacht life here we come. Is it just me or does it seem like all the reality shows have a yacht episode? This Grecian Goddess skirt features a faux-wrap design with hidden closure and a curve-hugging silhouette. The wrap is perfect for the windy yet sunny yacht climate. 

6. SHIRT ROMPER

Anemone The Lauren Button-Down Romper This chic cotton + linen romper features cascading buttons down the center, long sleeves, and a classic collar for a tailored look. Sexy moms going to the park for a picnic this one is for you! You can easily unbutton to nurse infants or bend over to pick up your toddlers without flashing your friends. Or just unbutton for a sexy seductive just woke up and put on my husbands shirt look. 

7. RUFFLE SKIRT

&Other Stories Belted Ruffle Midi Skirt This super festive high waisted midi skirt featuring allover ruffles and a self-covered buckle belt is lit. The party starts with you and this outfit. So call your peeps and tell them you have live music and gauc on your rooftop. No shade just dancing.

8. PUFF CROP TOP

&Other Stories Puff Sleeve Crop Top Usually we’re not keen on matchy matchy but c’mon this crop top finished with a square neckline, elastic waist and puff sleeves makes the whole fit a vision to behold.

9. SMOCKED TOP

&Other Stories Smocked Puff Sleeve Crop Top OK, so it has been fun to imagine fabulous parties in even more fabulous locations, but if you’re staying low-key this year to keep your friends and family safe we are here for it. This puff sleeve crop top finished with smocking at bodice and cuffs is super flattering even if you’re just for walking to the liqour store for a 6pack of red stripe and catching up on Million Dollar Beach house. The corner store clerk will appreciate the effort.

10. BOX PURSE

Moschino Pizza Box Leather Shoulder Bag

OMG are you kidding me?! This is the best purse I’ve seen in years! Knock Knock it’s a Pizza Box shoulder bag from Moschino. This works year round with a leather bomber jacket and cute denim. Wear it on date at a bar. In a logo-print design and a square shape, this piece promises delicious style every time. Ready to order? 

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