MRLA – Hey Chica / Mctega / Wet Birthday

I am taking a break from WMHW. Instead, I’m going to focus a little more on some of the local L.A. and Tijuana designers and artists since I spend most of my time between both cities.

I’m very excited to write that Hey Chica! are finally releasing their very first LP “Lo Que Nadie Ve” (translation – What nobody sees) on September 28th. Hey Chica! is a band from Guadalajara, Mexico, but they sing mostly in English. They’ve been around for a few years but only recorded a few demos and a 5 song EP “Do You Really Believe” that started my instant love affair with them. A perfect mix of shoegaze, indie and dreampop. Listen to my all time favorite song of theirs “Issues“, to start off the month with a dreamy perspective on love and life.

Mctega is a jewellery and clothing design duo based in Los Angeles. A collaboration between former Rodarte interns Sarah McLellan and Kristina Ortega who decided to start a small project of accessories and clothes. They are currently working on their Spring/Summer 2012 collection to debut mid-September. Their jewellery pieces create a beautiful & colorful statement. You don’t have to buy a lot of new clothes to be stylish this season. Pair up a t-shirt and jeans with a big chunky necklace for an instant look.

To end this lovely L.A. summer with a bang, I went to a 1920’a wedding themed birthday party in Lake Arrowhead this past weekend. It was my friend Ashley from Wet Look’s birthday. After a 2 hr drive deep into the California mountains and not really knowing what to expect, we arrived at what would become a 24 hour party. From the moment we got there, a beautiful lake next to the house awaited us. I don’t really know how to swim, but I still made the best of it and jumped in to freshen up, after a bit of lounging we came back to the house and waited for the “ceremony” with drinks in hand. After a night of dancing, eating, singing, improvised photo shoots and a lot of debauchery, we decided what happens in Lake Arrowhead stays in Lake Arrowhead. It’s been a week, and I’m barely recuperating. Let the images speak for themselves.



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