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Posted on: Tuesday, September 18, 2012


So the saying goes, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."...it's as simple as that. We love Free People--the most current styles are of the 70's. We love feelings of love, freedom and peace.

We feel that we have that same inspiration here at The Rose. We who work here are mostly children of the 70's (some may have been teenagers of the 70's)--maybe this is why it feels so comfortable within the pages of their catalogs.

Our imitations, were a blast to re-create. Our photographer, Jenn Young, was in town for a few and we grabbed our models Kelsea, Hayden, Eva and our own Ruby to bring these looks to life.

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"If you want to be free, be free, because there's a million things to be." -Cat Stevens

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"We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard of just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep on watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it." - John Lennon

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"Crazy, but that's how it goes. Millions of people living as foes. Maybe it's not too late. To learn how to love and forget how to hate!" - Ozzy Osbourne

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"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." -Jimi Hendrix

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"Love is all you need." -The Beatles

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"You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you'll get what you need." -The Rolling Stones

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"Nobody living can ever stop me. As I go walking my freedom highway. Nobody living can make me turn back. This land was made for you and me". -Woody Guthrie

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"Do you believe in magic? Believe in the magic of a young girl's soul? Believe in the magic of rock 'n roll? Believe in the magic that can set you free?" -The Lovin' Spoonful

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"Imagine no possesions, I wonder if you can. No need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man. Imagine all the people, sharing all the world." -John Lennon

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"Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free." -Jim Morrison

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"Emancipate yourslef from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds." -Bob Marley

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Of course we couldn't end without some behind the scenes action shots...

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"C'mon people, now smile on your brother, every-body get together, try to love one another right now." -Chet Powers/Youngbloods

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"A friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself." -Jim Morrison

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"Got to get back to the land and set my soul free." -Joni Mitchell/CS&N

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"Do you believe in rock 'n roll? Can music save your mortal soul?" -Don McLean

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"Feelin' groovy." -Simon and Garfunkel

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 "Let's live for today!" -The Grass Roots

A Different Approach to Junking for This Junker

Posted on: Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Muse; a woman or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for the creative artist.

We have some really lovely guests here at The Rose. As we get to know each better, we keep everyone in our thoughts as we shop. We like to review our requests and what direction we are taking before we hit the road.

On this particular trip, we invited two of our muses to come along. Taylor of the Little Deer Vintage and Roxanne of Tender Turning Quietly. Both of these girls have quite the following on their blogs as well as their stores.

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Instead of making them get up for the usual 3 a.m. takeoff when we visit the Rose Bowl, we decided to go to the Melrose Flea Market instead since it has a lot of vintage clothing and accessories (plus a late opening time).

We left at 6 a.m. and made our first (and most important) stop at 6:10 a.m. Yep, they are coffee lovers too! Personally I think it's a prequisite to successful junking. We may have also stopped at one of our favorite spots in Montecito to get a bit of fuel--we indulged in peach french toast and an omelet with goat cheese, asparagus and spinach. This is definitely not normal, but one must show a good time.

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Fairfax High also has a flea market every sunday. I find this flea very different from the others we go to. When we need vintage clothing items or boots or accessories, it will usually supply us...although we have been there and we've left empty handed.

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Roxanne and Taylor were both excited to find their loot. We seperated off and they worked like pros. They each navigated really fun buys. Since this market is in Hollywood, we all knew a star spotting was very likely. I spied a group of seven girls hustling around this gal, a model maybe? Each of them with cameras and duffle bags--fussing and working quickly to get their shots. It was fun to watch (although I think that 3 or 4 could have handled it).

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We shared notes once we found each other and talked about what we saw (cutoffs...too many) and didnt see (affordable art). After one round, we were all way too hot to go another round so we shipped off. After another glass of iced coffee, we made a plan to check out another market on the way home. It's a fairly new one that is in a parking lot off the Topanga Mall and held on the 4th Sunday of the month. I didn't know what to expect. It was really hard to judge this market due to the heat...I seemed to only go into the booths with shade. We thought it was hot in Hollywood, but it was SUPER hot in Topanga! The girls liked this market better--they both found art AND clothes!

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It was so fun getting to know these two better! Make sure to check out their blogs (Taylor, Roxanne) and vintage items in their shops (Taylor, Roxanne).

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After looking back at the photos, I am so bummed that I forgot to pick up some of the painted tiles (above). They were all so brilliant and this one in particular summarizes what I think of many times. Be nice or leave! Right?

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