We wanted to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves to you. We are the fun girls that run this inspiration blog and who also hand pick and model the vintage clothing that we sell. The whole Fabulous Stains collective is still a baby, but all 10 of us are so excited to share our creative inspirations with you. We are from all over the world and each represent a different subculture...from grunge, to punk, to psychedelic hippies...we all bring something different to the table (and have all become best friends in the process). So without further adieu...meet THE FABULOUS STAINS!
Jessi Jae Joplin - Jessi is known best as the lead singer of the pop/rock band The Ruckus. With her wild and crazy personality, amazing stage presence (and style to match), Jessi has blown away audiences across Southern California - performing at legendary venues like The Viper Room and The Mint. She also directs and produces her own music videos (featuring talented stars such as VMA nominee KREAYSHAWN, Hanna Beth, Bebe Zeva, Skip Arnold and Whitney Moore). Aside from her band, Jessi is an active fashion journalist and creator of the The Fabulous Stains. She currently serves as a featured editor for BUZZNET and contributes to the Lazy Bones Vintage blog (by Audrey Kitching). Jessi even has previous experience working alongside the fashion designers of Heatherette, in the Fashion Editorial Department of JANE Magazine and for the style editors of E! Online.
Bebe Zeva - is a model, essayist, fashion blogger and writer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has been profiled by New York Times, Seventeen Magazine and Teen Vogue. She modeled for the brand I Am Carles associated with the Hipster Runoff blog. She is a regular contributor to the online journal Thought Catalog as well as StyleCaster and Technorazzi. A feature-length documentary about Zeva was released by MDMAfilms on March 20, 2011...and it's dope!
Lucia Ribisi - You might recognize Lucia from the WeetzieBat inspired shoot for Paper Magazine or heard her singing in songs for Beck and Sia...she's also daughter of actor Giovanni Ribisi – and after watching this StyleLikeU video it's easy to conclude that she is probably cooler than anyone we know! Her style is an eclectic mix of vintage finds and textbook teen items like beat up purple converse and multiple bangles on each arm. A musician, artist and a member of the Riot Grrrl Scouts, it seems like Lucia can only get more awesome.
Laura Cherrygrove - Laura is a tattoo artist from Berlin, Germany. She has tattoo’d so many amazing people who basically run Berlin (like Peaches and Nadja Sayej)! She also does a project called Chlorophorm TV with her best friend, is a member of an all girl band called The Bleached Mermaids, and even did a fashion spread with Bonnie Strange! She really is a modern day Club Kid and defines her personal style like it was 1986 and she was a Mötley Crüe groupie and in a 90s kinderwhore band at the same time (lace, leather, garters, tattoos and platform stilettos)! She is inspired by the 80s, fabulous fashion spreads, and people who rock amazing hair colors. When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she responded: “I'll live fast and die young…”
Chelsea Rea - Chelsea is a model and blogger from Vancouver, B.C., Canada who describes herself as a thrift store junkie (she collects vintage stuffed animals/toys/games), pizza addict and future crazy cat lady (her awesome cats Pickle and Iggy are like her children). Her biggest inspirations are girls in bands (Be Your Own Pet, Bratmobile, The Muffs, The Velvet Underground). If she could befriend any famous person it would be Joan Jett and she dreams of one day going to Disneyland. She isn't sure what the future holds, but for now she's excited and busy getting ready for Halloween.
Violetta Ell - Violetta is an amazing blogger and photographer. Her fashion and style are truly inspiring. She spends most of her time thrifting at secondhand shops and also designs and alters her own clothing. Her favorite color is maroon and favorite shoes are a pair of Dr. Martens 1460 black boots. Violetta is always searching for new inspiration, but she currently is mostly inspired by 80's and 90's movies.
Norelle Rheingold - Norelle hails from Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (a beautiful city in the Black Forest next to Switzerland and France). She is a fashion blogger, photographer, musician, passionate artist and performer. In addition, she creates images for tattoos, album covers and posters. Fashion is her passion; she loves it and she dreams of becoming an immortal fashion designer. Her blog is currently filled with vintage pieces, second hand clothes and her own creations! Norelle’s inspirations mostly come from movies and music videos from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. She also gets a lot of inspiration from art, photographs, series, comics and japanese street fashion. So cool!
Misha McKagan - There’s no doubt you will be highly drawn to Misha due to her significant interest in cool things like Daria, Joan Jett and movies from the 80s! She describes herself as a poor student, living in Prague, Czech Republic, who is influenced by early 90s fashion with elements of rock and roll (her favorite band is Guns N' Roses). In the future, she plans to travel around the USA and become a psychologist…but for now, Misha serves as a modern day Kelly Bundy...and simply one of the coolest girls you will ever meet!
Vell Sv - Vell would be accurately described as a modern day Edie Sedgwick living in Prague; however, her style is all about how she feels that day - sometimes she wants to be a bad 80s kid, and other times she just want to feel like a good girl. Her favorite clothing stores are secondhands and favorite fashion designer is Vivienne Westwood (for her originality). Vell is mostly inspired by the 80's and 90's, her favorite characters from the movies (like Amy from The Doom Generation), Edie Sedgwick, Agyness Deyn, and her favorite bloggers. When she’s not rockin’ out to 80’s rock bands, watching Leon: The Professional, reading novels by Chuck Palahniuk, or munching on sweets (like popcorn and nachos), she dreams of traveling to both London and America and becoming a theater actress.
Aileen Estrada - Aileen is a modern day LOLITA living in Montreal, Canada, studying Creative Arts in college. The fashion style Aileen’s most comfortable in is grunge or colorful vintage pieces from the 80s and 90s. She is awed by the fashions back then - everyone just expressed themselves so much more through their physical appearance. She loves the trends and fads they had - everything was better, even (especially) the music. Occasionally she’ll dress really girly, frilly things and dresses, the works - but only at home, alone. When Aileen goes out, she'll throw on a band tee and her favorite shoes (creepers)…She enjoys shopping at thrift stores best because she can find something new every time she goes. There really isn't anything better. She also likes ogling at American Apparel as she walks by. Aileen is a lover of 80s and 90s movies and TV shows, the sound old records make, road trips, science fiction and school. When she “grows up,” she’d like to become a rockstar ideally. Other than that she’d really just love to travel and write a book.
Photo collages by our very own Photo Bedazzler JanaTerblanche!