On Luella, the quest for the perfect vintage satchel & being a klutz

29.1.10

Wow, this week has been busy! Super productive, but hectic. And to top it all, I managed to slip and fall down the stairs in the tube, so now I have bleeding knees just like a Caitlin Shearer girl, but not as pretty.
On Twitter the other day, Gala was asking what we wore to work. I work from home so you know pretty much how I dress for that, but I haven't yet shown you what I wear when I actually have to do some work outside of the house (various fashion/social media consultancy related missions). Since I never really know what type of office/meeting/people I am dealing with, I always wear something that reflects my usual style, but in a dolled up/more professional way if that makes sense... and I wear heels in the daytime, something that very rarely happens.

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Cardigan - Vintage (used to be my grandma's)
Tee-shirt - New Look
Skirt - Luella
Satchel - Vintage
Shoes - Modcloth

Now let me tell you about this satchel... I think I have been on a quest for the perfect satchel for about 2 years now. I have been toying with the idea of getting one from the Cambridge Satchel company, I have even considered getting the Alexa from Mulberry when I first caught a glimpse of it at Fashion Week last season. Despite the Alexa being a great bag, I can't quite bring myself to commit that much to a bag. To cut a long story short, I have been trawling Etsy to find the elusive perfect satchel. My demands were: has to be big enough to hold a4/a laptop/a camera, has to be leather, has to have a handle and a shoulder strap, has to be brown and old. I think this one fits the bill perfectly at the moment! I embellished it a bit with a few vintage-y brooches and so far it hasn't left my arm - so practical for work! So thank you Kennedy Holmes for providing me with the perfect satchel without having to break the bank.

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Mademoiselle Robot meets Proenza Schouler

28.1.10

I am not a big fan of those "hire a shoe" (bowling shoe syndrome - eurgh) or "hire a bag" websites, however I like the idea of borrowing a dress for a special occasion. It is also a good way to get to wear a dress you might have missed when it came out or just to experiment with something slightly out of the box without breaking the bank.

I met Anna from Girl Meets Dress at the Next Women Dinner back in November, we had a nice chat and decided to do something together. After browsing her website, I chose to borrow this Proenza Schouler silk dress. It makes me feel like a Greek goddess / butterfly and I love it. It is not something I would have bought, but definitely something I will wear. 


I don't go out as much as I used to, so it makes perfect sense for me to just borrow a dress on the rare occasions I go to some fancy do. I'd much rather wear a beautiful dress than buy one from the high street for the same price, knowing it will disintegrate after 2 nights out.


Proenza Schouler dress
Dress - Proenza Schouler courtesy of Girl Meets Dress
Tights - Accessorize
Shoes - Chie Mihara (absolute dream shoes by the way found in the sale in Liberty, might have to post about them)
Velvet bow - made by me (you know it because it has a cat on it)


What do you think of hiring sites? Have you tried before?


Fashion Week - The dos and donts

27.1.10

Hello kids,


Today, Grandma Robot is going to give you a little Fashion Week etiquette lesson...


Only joking. Actually, only half joking. After last season's free for all at London Fashion Week, I thought I'd step in and say what I had to say about the state of affairs in Blogland, but I needed to digest what I had seen first and by the time I did, it was old news, so I kept it tucked away in my brain... Till now.


London Fashion Week is around the corner and invitations will soon be allocated. There is a frisson of anticipation on Twitter and the excitement is getting higher in the blogosphere - rightly so: fashion weeks are possibly the most defining times of the year and the fact that bloggers are now authorized to join in is an amazing step forward. This is precisely why it is important for us to show that we haven't been let in just because we are a media gimmick. It is primordial to show we have the skills to give interesting and professional coverage and that we are not just a bunch of inadequate fame hungry idiots.


I thought I'd put together a few tips for fashion week newbies and for those of you who went last time but didn't get what they expected in terms of coverage.







Arrive early
I know the shows always start late, but it is not a reason to be late. If you arrive early you will have plenty of time to get your bearings and find your way. Somerset House is BIG.


Bring a good camera.
This sounds like common sense, but you wouldn't believe how many phone camera photos/videos have been posted last season. If you want to post photos/videos of an event, use good quality ones. If you can't, then it is better to try and write a really good analysis of the show. If you don't have a good camera, borrow one.


Have your business cards with you.
I can't stress enough the importance of always carrying business cards. I don't think this even needs an explanation!


Remember your chargers.
Phone charger, camera charger, laptop charger. You don't want to miss an opportunity because of a dead phone/camera/laptop.










 Hang around aimlessly.
I assume you are going to Somerset House to work. So don't just hang around looking pretty (or not). Do something. And if you have nothing to do, go sit in a café and write. Don't just wait for the street style photographers to snap you, that's just sad.


Stalk fashion editors and celebrities.
You are not 12 anymore. Stop gawking and get back to work. If you are there it means you belong as much as them, so stop following them around and tweeting about who is where. We all know who is there and what they are doing (working their butts off, as should you).


Tweet during the shows.
Show some respect to the designer and if you are at a show, watch it rather than brag about it on Twitter or say how amazing it is. Instead, make sure you watch, take notes, take photos and write a great post afterwards. Sometimes 140 characters just don't cut it.


Wait 3 weeks before posting your coverage.
Blog coverage of such events has to be quick, if not what's the point? Think of your readers who are not at Fashion week. If they don't see coverage on your blog, they will go to Style.com. Is that what you want? I didn't think so. Excuses such as "my laptop didn't work" or "I didn't have time" are - pardon my French - bullshit. If you have time to ask for invites, go to the shows and chat about it on Twitter, then you have time to give something back and write about what you saw. It is your main duty as a blogger. You owe it to your readers.


That's all I have to say to you. I know this is a very specific post that won't really speak to you if you are not a fashion blogger about to embark on a fashion week adventure, but it actually applies to a lot of professional situations.


Also, and this is my very selfish reason to write this, I don't want to spend the whole of fashion week getting angry at other bloggers like last time. 


In case you missed it back in September, this article is also useful: Did Bloggers have a negative impact on Fashion Week - BitchBuzz.






MRtv - My afternoon at Tart

26.1.10

On Saturday afternoon, I ventured out to Stepney Green to check out Tart, the vintage pampering event organised by my friend Naomi from Vintage Secret. My mum was over from Paris and since her birthday was earlier this month, I invited her along as an extra treat. 
I had been aware of the existence of 40Winks since last February, when the owner David Carter got in touch with me about the party I was organising during Fashion Week. However, despite knowing about Tart, I hadn't yet managed to drag myself out of Bloomsbury to go there.


I didn't really have time to try all the hair, make-up and massage services on offer, but I certainly took the time to sample the delicious cakes from the Vintage Patisserie and browse the gorgeous vintage pieces Sophie from Merchant Archive had brought with her as well as Naomi's treasures, of course!


There was a palmist on hand too (no pun intended), so I had to have my fortune read, if only for the experience. Turned out Amber is a very talented lady and a skilled psychologist. She was really accurate in her description of me/my life. I am a skeptic when it comes to divination and fortune telling, but I like to think that deep down there is some sort of magic in this world so let's say 50% of my brain wants to believe what she said. Even if it isn't true, it was a brilliant pick me up.


Without further ado, let me give you a little video taster of the event...






UPCOMING DATES


13th February, 13th March, 17th April, 15th May…




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Monki, denim, post office and other things.

25.1.10

Oh look, it's Monday morning again. 

This week is going to be super busy, with some fashion & social media consultancy, talking at the e-commerce summit, a visit at the Jimmy Choo 24/7 suite and various other bits and bobs. This means this week is going to be outfit rich as it might be the only thing I have time to post. Worry not though as I have a plethora of posts waiting to be written, filmed, photographed and they will come to you next week. 

I went to Tart on Saturday and I will try and edit the video I made there so I can show it to you this week. I had a great time there, even had my palms read, which made for an interesting experience. Totally mind-blowing at first, and a little less once my reasoning abilities came back - still something I don't regret doing, but more as an experiment in psychology than anything. After I mentioned this reading on Twitter, Ellen from Vagabondiana told me I should read the Daisy Garnett's article in this month's Vogue about this so I will in turn encourage you to read it if this is something that interests you.

This is an outfit I wore last week when I posted all 20+ packages from my shop to some of you!

Before
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After
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Skirt & Tee-shirt - Monki (I have to thank Adeline for the skirt <3)
Denim waistcoat - Vintage (belonged to my mum)
Boots - from a crappy little shop in Paris

If you suffer from withdrawal symptoms this week, please feel free to browse my Dream Vault aka my Tumblr.

Seventies vibes and a lucky find

22.1.10


Before I start I would like to give a warm welcome to the readers of the Telegraph who have been visiting my blog. If you are one, take off your coat, sit down, have a cup of tea. If you have been following me for a while, make yourself at home, you know your way around. Either way, it is nice to see you, you look lovely today.



I certainly post a lot of outfit photos at the moment, which makes me a lazy blogger in a way, but I am having a lot of fun with my wardrobe and I am eager to share it with you!


Today's look is a classic shorts-in-the-winter affair, but with a slightly more seventies vibe than usual. I am wearing my mum's very itchy Shetland wool cardigan from the 70's, a vintage blouse from Clever Nettle (again, I told you she was my fave), high-waisted shorts and... la pièce de résistance: my latest charity shop find, a super soft slouchy leather bag with a ginormous bow on it. It looks like it has been hand made from a leather skirt or some leather trousers, and I love it. For less than a fiver, things don't really get better than that!


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Just some news today...

21.1.10






I am in the Telegraph article about Britain's Best Fashion Bloggers. You can read it here. The article is available online from today and the mag will be out on Saturday, with more of these beautiful photos by Tom Campbell...


A big thank you to Jessica Salter for including me and to Tom Campbell for the wonderful pics!

MRtv - Easy French Braid Headband tutorial

20.1.10

This is a tutorial explaining how to get the hairstyle I am wearing in this post.





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Wish List - F+F at Tesco SS2010

19.1.10

This was meant to be posted absolute ages ago, but the video camera gods decided otherwise... It is still totally relevant since the Spring collections have just started getting in the stores. Surprisingly enough, the F+F collection is in my top 5 for this Spring. They have totally nailed the trends and what I have been craving: pastels, soft tailoring and colourful accessories.


Now it just needs to arrive online!



Video filmed and edited by me


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Crazy cat lady

18.1.10

Paisley makes me think of two things: fortune tellers and crazy cat ladies. They both have an imagery that inspire me. Fortune tellers of course go with my carnivale/funfair obsession and crazy cat lady, well... it speaks for itself - granny outfits, clumsy layering and over the top twee accessories, three things often found in my daily outfits. So maybe if I had to pinpoint my style, I could say "crazy cat lady".
Below is my latest experimentation of the genre, inspired by my paisley skirt from one of my favourite Etsy sellers, Clever Nettle.


Paisley Skirt
Paisley skirt
Cardigan - H&M
Top - Monki
Skirt - Vintage from Clever Nettle
Shoes - Office
Headband - Pretty Good Things
Lace bow hairclip - Urban Outfitters

In other news, for those of you who are interested, I added new items in my shop. Go have a look and grab yourself something!


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Another challenging dress: Erin Fetherston for Target

15.1.10

There is definitely a theme to this week's outfit posts: the challenging dresses. Since I have been sorting through my wardrobe and selling a few bits, I had to try on a lot of dresses to see if they would make the cut. Justin bought me this one last year, it was originally going to be my birthday dress but it didn't fit right on the boobs (damn you, boobies - did I mention how annoying it is to see your boobs get EVEN bigger than they were before after having a kid?). This shape is a bit difficult if you are on the boobilicious side of life, but there are ways around it, and some dresses of this shape have a better cut which means you can actually fit your boobs in the top without having to go a size up and wear a shapeless dress. Sorry, I kind of just threw the story of my life on you here, but it is the sad truth: some girls out there have boobage/ a big rack/ crazy bazoongas and they still want to wear cute dresses IN THEIR SIZE. I am shivering just thinking of the horrid adverts this rant about boobs is going to attract on this site. I can already imagine the emails "Dear Mademoiselle, We love your blog, and we were particularly interested by what you said about having big bazoongas so how about you give us free SEO for our line of ugly granny bras for big breasted women? Regards, John".
Well I totally didn't mean for this post to turn into a rant about my boobs, but I suppose it had to come out at some point, right? Please don't judge me. Look, I will say it one more time and then it is over "BOOBIES". There, I said it.

To cut a long story short, when I tried on this dress again I thought it was really nice and I even wore it the very same day. It is quite dressy, but with a little cami underneath and a long mannish cardigan, it works for the daytime too. I am thinking of dyeing the top black though as the white silk is a little bit too see through (but not in a good way).

Right, I am going to post this before I start regretting going on about you know what.



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Dress
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Dress - Erin Fetherston for Target
Cardigan - Topshop
Coat - Luella
Bag - Vintage
Shoes - Vintage, but later swapped for my Urban Outfitters Dolce Vita boots (snow snow snow cold cold cold)

ps - Yes I know I am French and I am wearing a beret, how cliché, right? But I feel a strong sense of entitlement.

The only time you will want to be associated with a Tart

14.1.10

Nothing makes me happier than seeing friends be successful in their projects! I have written about Naomi from Vintage Secret here before, but it was only highlighting the beauty of her vintage boudoir/shop. This time I would like to give you a bit of insight about her newest baby: Tart at 40Winks that she co-hosts with Fleur de Guerre and David Carter.






How did the idea for Tart come about?

For a long time I wanted to get involved in an event that brought together the best in terms of hair, make-up and styling with a vintage twist and also more modern elements. There is nothing quite like an afternoon of feeling like a million dollars, especially when everything else is so drab and boring. Something fun for gals of all age. Being in this profession you get to meet some incredible people who are doing their own thing, and naturally you want to get involved. The idea came together as a concept as a result of mutual efforts between David, Fleur and myself.


What is your role?

It’s meant to be vintage styling! But first and foremost I like to make sure that everyone is having a good time and is being looked after appropriately. The aim is to make our guests come away with a real sense that they have done something completely unique. Plenty of events now seem to tag on hair and makeup as an incentive to get people in, but Tart is about the experience as a whole. When I get a minute I am on hand to advise our guests on how to pull together a fabulous look from the large range of clothes and accessories we a have available.


Photo by Lara Jade

Tell me about the rest of the team

The Tart Team, apart myself, are the dandyesque David Carter, interior designer extraordinaire and owner of 40winks.  He is the only chap allowed at the event.  Then there is Fleur de Guerre, pin-up and brains behind the hugely popular Diary of a Vintage Girl blog, who the perfect beauty guru and glamorous hostess.


What can we expect from a Tart event?

As soon as you arrive you are whisked downstairs where the uniformed waitresses from Vintage Patisserie serve you cucumber sandwiches, yummy cakes and chocolates. Try one of our delicious Hendrick’s Gin cocktails or a glass of bubbly (surreptitiously served up in vintage teacups), Then we leave it up to our guests to explore the different rooms of the house. There is the beauty room where as well as fabulous vintage hair from Lipstick and Curls, we are also terrible excited to welcome our favourite cosmetics brand, Benefit, who has generously agreed to provide two of its fabulous beauty artists to transform guests into gorgeous goddesses. Lisa Potter Dixon, Benefit's beauty guru and events manager, will also be on hand to share her tips on how to create the perfect look for 2010. ‘TART’ also play host to some of London's brightest and coolest young designers. Over  the next few months this will include Uma Turan, Miss Magou, Jessica de Lotz, Laura Strand, Rachael Hannah, Tallulah Love, SVE, Nahoko Kojima and Ornella Iannuzzi. And if all this proves a little too taxing, relax with a massage from the well trained hands of Xhilarate, or try a refreshing fruit or herbal tea from the new Lipton Infusions collection. 
There is plenty to learn as well with our Hendrick’s  cocktail making masterclass Guests who can’t tell the difference between ‘A Fallen Angel’ and ‘A Flying Dutchman’ will be taught how to unlock the mysteries of alcoholic alchemy by a top mixologist, utilising the potent properties of the world’s most unusual gin.
Starting this month, pin-up queen Fleur de Guerre will be launching a series of classes for girls who have always dreamt of becoming 1940s silver screen vixens with expert advice on vintage hair and make-up.

Katie Halford, lingerie designer and owner of What Katie Did, will be sharing her ‘stocking secrets’ over the course of the afternoon (how to put them on, how to take them off and how to hold them up when you’ve got them up..). All very important, and essential training for every girl who wants to climb the style ladder.


How do you find time to do everything?

I don’t – which is why I am very lucky to have a team of helpers who support me especially Katie Antoniou  who keeps everything updated and me sane!





If this little interview gave you a taste for Tart, then make sure to book in good time to go, as this event is extremely popular and gets booked up super fast!

UPCOMING DATES
Saturday 23rd January, 13th February, 13th March, 17th April, 15th May…



Quick & Easy Vintage Curls tutorial

12.1.10

If the prospect of pincurls seems daunting to you, fret not, because you can achieve pretty much the same result using hot sticks. I know vintage hair purists would probably burn me on the spot for saying this, but I am not a very patient person, so most of the time I can't be bothered to set my hair. However, I can totally sit and read a book for 30 minutes with some hot sticks in my hair. The video below shows you how to achieve a curly vintage look super quickly and with minimum effort.




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New in the shop

Yesterday, I added quite a few things to the shop: dresses, shorts, shoes and bags. I am selling all the bags for £5, there are lots of cute vintage clutches.

If there is anything you like, simply email me with the name of the item in the subject line. I ship internationally, payment by Paypal.

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FOR SALE
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Just follow the link to my shop if you want to see all the rest!

The challenging dress

11.1.10

I have had this dress for months now. I saw it on Etsy and it was love at first sight. The scalloped edges , the Peter Pan collar and the print were all screaming my name. And then it got sent to Australia by accident. When it finally arrived, I tried it on and found it pretty but for some reason it didn't look quite right. I don't know if it is just because I was slightly chubbier than normal that day or if I just needed to think about it for a while but I ended up putting it back in my closet... And got quite prejudiced against it. However, last week I was feeling brave so I gave it another chance, tried it on with a few things and fell in love with it all over again, but this time on me too.
So here it is: my challenging dress.

Brown Vintage Dress
Dress - The Greedy Seagull on Etsy
Boots - Vintage
Denim jacket - Primark
Belt - vintage


I am not used to clothes being challenging since I am very conscious of what shapes and colours suit me, but this one took a while to tame, despite being perfect in theory.
Do you have clothes you took a while to make yours?

Mmmmmmm YEAH!!!

9.1.10

Ok so this is the best day of my life, guys.




OKAY?

The Fashshot Studio - Winter Warmers

8.1.10

I know those of you who follow me on Twitter might have seen this before, but I thought I'd put the latest episode of The Fashshot Studio here for everyone to see! I hope you enjoy it, let me know what you think.


SS2010 - Lingerie



Lingerie as outerwear is a big trend for this Spring, however, even if some of the pieces I am showing you today could very well be worn on the outside, I mainly wanted to show you some wonderful pieces I encountered in September. I already knew Bebaroque and have been infatuated with the whimsicality of their designs for a little while but Playful Promises is a new one (for me).

On the whole, I think the Lingerie Boudoir was my favourite part of the exhibition at Somerset House. Maybe it was because the whole thing was pretty pink, maybe it was just because it was smaller and more intimate, but I was impressed by the brands represented there.

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Bebaroque is all about softness, magic and etheral creatures (all things I love) but to be honest they had me at the balloons.

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Playful Promises is another story: the sexy story of a futuristic pin-up. I can haz that too, kthxbai.

I think this year again, I will be wearing clothes over my underwear (and not underwear over my clothes or underwear AS clothes) but I will certainly carry on wearing all the lace I have in my wardrobe and perhaps throw in some cute tights & stockings.
The only way I will show my knickers is if the wind blows up my - very short - skirts.

Will you cave in and show off your undies?





SS2010 - I want candy!

7.1.10



As London Fashion Week approaches once more, I finally went and delved into my lookbook pile from September. For a while, I thought I wouldn't start writing about Spring/Summer as we were just entering snow  and chocolate log territory, but now, despite the heavy snow, I can only think of one thing: spring is a-comin'...

And this year, Spring is bringing an array of beautiful candy coloured clothes I can't wait to put my hands on! I am all over the silky soft tailoring and the ultra feminine hues.

Here are a few looks that made an impression on me and will no doubt inspire my outfit choices come Spring. I like Minimarket's and Goodone's take on pastels, injecting a bit of strong colours here and there. For a more effortless/timeless style, I would go for Lehee or F+F version of pastels: powdery colours worn with gray or black.







From top to bottom:

Goodone
Lehee 
F+F at Tesco (from the press day)

Video - How to hide your fringe while it is growing out

6.1.10

A few of you have noticed that I haven't had my full fringe on display in the past few weeks... There hasn't been a miracle of nature and my hair hasn't magically grown 5 inches, I have just joined the ranks of the comber-overers! Yep, just like a balding middle-aged man, I have started combing over... and it works! I thought I'd make a quick and easy video tutorial to show you how I do it.

Warning - It is stupidly easy.



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Mademoiselle Robot loves Garfunkel & Oates

5.1.10

It's been a long time coming, but finally I am pleased to present to you the wonderful, cute and funny Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci aka Garfunkel & Oates.
from Bust Magazine - photo by Verity Jane Smith
R - We met in the lobby of the Upright Citizens Brigade.

K - A friend of ours was doing a show there. We had seen each other at auditions before but we got to talk after that show and became friends.



K – We started the band a whole lot later, I guess a year and a half ago now? Riki was writing a short film called Imaginary Larry that she wanted to make into a musical, so we wrote a few songs for that and then we decided we liked playing together and writing together.

R - … and that’s it, we kept going! The band kind of happened almost by accident…

K – And also it’s only been a year or so we have officially been going with the band, doing shows etc.



R – Things that happen in our relationships, in our friendships, things about our lives that annoy us, that we find irksome. And sometimes we will just find something that makes us giggle and we will write a song about it.

K – I’d say Riki is kind of the idea machine and she’ll say “oh we have to write a song about this!” So usually I’d sit at the piano and come up with a little melody and we’ll just go from there.





K – We both do. I started classical piano when I was 4 and did it and competed until I was 18. I was always writing little songs here and there.

R – Same with me, I played the flute and I was always writing songs. I started guitar when I was 18 or something.

K – It helps when we write our songs, so we can say, “this is a D minor or something" and understand each other.

R – It gives us shorthand to learning songs, which is cool.



R – Yes, we both were.

K - … and we’d both always been writing funny songs on our own!

R – We both were in little short-lived projects, never in bands that lasted more than a few months or a year.

K – It wasn’t a foreign thing for us to get together and play. Although I would say, from writing with other people, Riki and I just work so well together, we have a bit of shorthand, so it is a lucky thing!

R – We also generally think the same things are funny, that helps!

MR - Yes! Imagine if one of you thought “pregnant women are smug” and the other one was like “no they are not!”

R – Actually that happened! (Laughs)




K – I was like “Riki this seems so mean! I don’t know…” and Riki was like “No we are writing it!” So we wrote it, but I don’t know why, the minute you put a melody to the words, it just seems less offensive and kind of awesome I guess!


R – He is super cool.

K – He is one of the nicest guys, so sweet.

R – He gave us a lot of advice as far as musicianship goes. About really being a pro. He is incredible.
He gave us tickets for the last Hall & Oates shows.

K – We played "Man Eater" with him, I played the trombone and Riki did this striptease from one dress to another dress and as that was happening I thought “I have to remember this moment forever”, it was such an amazing time.


R – He just found us on Myspace and sent us a message!


R – It is two guys that have been in duos. But they are the unsung heroes of these two groups. Sort of like the silver medalists. We do love those bands.

K – The name has brought us a lot of exciting things that we wouldn’t have got if we weren’t called Garfunkel & Oates... You know, opportunities like playing with John Oates!

R – We got a gig once because someone thought we were Art Garfunkel and John Oates, and it was an amazing gig.

K – Stuff like that happens and you know it is a good name. I had to be convinced at the beginning, Riki came up with it.

R – I am so pushy!




R – I really love Hall & Oates and Simon & Garfunkel! They are two of my favourite bands. I love Joni Mitchell, I am old school. But I also love Beyonce. I would say I am a mix between folk, top 40 pop songs and show tunes.

K – I am the same. I am a sucker for Broadway musicals and I am into any good singer/songwriter. Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, James Taylor, all those guys.



K – Yes in high school.

R – I did some community theater musicals.

K – I was a really shy kid and I didn’t think I could sing for anything so I was always in the chorus and I would lip sync along with everybody else.

R – We want to write a musical someday, we really want to do that.



R – Right now, mine is Chris Rock, without a doubt.

K – I don’t have one at the moment, but I was really obsessed with Maria Bamford and her Comedy Central specials for a while, I’d watch them over and over…



R – That’s a great comparison. They are great at what they do so that’s really cool!
Lyrically our stuff is really different. Ours is more structured like pop songs and theirs is more like jokes interspersed. They have a story.

K – I think it is also of the moment. If it was 10 years ago people would say we are like Tenacious D. I just think there is something happening in musical comedy.



K – I am working on Scrubs, Till Death…

R – I just worked on Bones.

K – I am in a movie called “When in Rome” that’s coming out this month.
Acting is still our main thing. And when we are not doing that we are writing songs.

R – We are just auditioning and writing and playing. We are taking it week by week really.
I really want to do more directing. I am writing a feature right now. I love writing and directing.



K – I guess I was pretty much the same… I was always making things, always in my room drawing and painting; I had train sets and stuff. I guess I was a homebody, I didn’t socialise that much. I was in school plays, so I had this performance side to me but mainly I was just practicing the piano, doing homework, I liked to play outside a lot. I don’t know I am pretty much the same kid as I was then I guess.

R – I was very type A and very social. I am kind of the opposite. I was very perfectionist, I had to have As, I was in every activity, very social. In some ways I am still the same, but I have definitely mellowed out since I was that age. Life happens, things go wrong that you can’t control, so you have to be more flexible as you get older. And in the business Kate and I are in, you have no control whatsoever, we have no idea what’s going to happen at all. We do our best and then other people decide of our “fate”.





R – I love it. I love the weather; I love the friends I have made. I think it is a town where if you meet the right people you can have a good time. The people Kate and I are friends with a super nice, creative, fun people so we have a great time here; we take advantage of the city, definitely.

K – I have never questioned living here. I moved out here for college so maybe I had a bit of an easier time. I love it so much. I love that you never know what the day will bring because of what we are doing, you never know when you are going to get a phone call that says “be here at this time and that will lead to this and that”.

R – It is also kind of a small town, we run into people on the street all the time! The other night we ran into 3 different people we knew.

K – Hollywood is like high school in a way, everybody knows everybody, so it makes it feel much smaller.

MR - It is nice to see there is more to LA than just boob jobs and starlets.

R – I don’t think I have a friend with a boob job! We don’t run in those circles. It really is choose your own adventure out here. There are so many people here that if you want to be a gold digger boob job person, you can, but we don’t really know those people.

K – You didn’t know I have a boob job?

R – No I didn’t know… Who’s your sugar daddy?
L.A. is very specific.

K – I saw a hipster the other day in Silverlake and he had a handle bar moustache, cowboy boots and a sailor outfit on.

R – I saw a guy that had on a geisha outfit and combat boots. Geisha lips, the whole geisha dress and a moustache. So yeah they are around…



K – I think as Garfunkel & Oates we are still figuring out how we want to dress…

R – ...but I’d say we like dresses.

K – We like little floral dresses, we like quirky things. I like boots. I just got these navy blue boots at the flea market the other day.

R – I would describe my every day style as pretty classic with a little bit of a hipster edge to it. If I could afford it I would dress probably very trendily, but because I spend all my money on a new guitar and things like that, the pieces that I wear are very classic, timeless things.

K – If I could afford it, I would only wear Marc Jacobs!



R – Lately, both of us have been so busy we go on dates in whatever.

K – I just wear what I wore on the day.

R – I will usually wear jeans and a tee shirt. I don’t have time to worry about it.

K – I am too tired to worry about it.
Also, dates are so few and far between because we are so busy.

R – Our schedules are really hectic so we have to be really selective about who we go on dates with. It has to be someone worth giving up a full night of time to be with!

K – I like to think we’d date guys who wouldn’t be like “oh why are you wearing a tee-shirt on our date?”

R - … well I went on a date with a guy who asked me why I had such an ugly purse. I have this really cute green Tory Burch purse and he really went for it. Anyone who doesn’t like my outfit I’d be like “we are just going to be friends”. I don’t like guys who are too into themselves, clothes wise. I like funny guys.



R – I have never broken up with someone in person, so probably sweatpants because I’d be on the phone!

K – I broke up with one guy in person and I was wearing whatever I was wearing that day.


R – Matthew Gray Gubler and Steve Damstra (giggles)

K – I’ll second that!
… And maybe Zac Ephron.
Matthew Gray Gubler, Steve Damstra and Zac Ephron, if we could put them together, it would be the hottest guy ever.

(Both giggle)




You can get Garfunkel & Oates album here.