Laced With Romance.

We’ll discuss the Beowful / Hannibal Lecter styling here in a moment.
But first, let’s talk about a singular group of ladies I have a blushy crush on here in Austin: The gorgeous, messy-haired, vintage store entrepreneur gang.  
You know the ones I’m talking about.  They own Prototype, they own Feathers.  My girl Sarah Dean, who owns Magnolia Family Vintage, is a cross between Stevie Nicks and Lorette Lynn, and will tell you that it is her life’s goal to merge the two icons into one via her personal style.  

How cute is she?
Anyway.  Some of these ladies put on my favorite fashion show every year, Fashion Freakout.  And that is how I met Stephanie Villalobos, the brain behind Laced With Romance, which launched a new site yesterday.

When I blogged about Fashion Freakout in 2009, I mentioned the radass tie-dyed tights on some of the models.  Stephanie saw the post, and MAILED me a couple of pairs.  Did I love her instantly?   Yes.  Yes I did.
So I invited Stephanie to a party.  That January (almost a year ago, exactly), Sarah and I were prepping a recycled clothing party at Beauty Bar — the “Rock N’ Swap” — and we asked Stephanie if she could haul out some Laced With Romance merch for the affair.

She built a pop-up shop right there in Beauty Bar, with lots of delightfully macabre details strewn about: A cow skull here, a few bones there.  I was squealing.

Now, Laced With Romance is a full-on, buy online shop.  In photographs, the pieces are incorporated into whole outfits — which I like, because I need help sometimes picturing how it will come together!

That last model is so making me want to haul off already and get the two tattoos I’ve been dreaming about for a while:  A flock of colorful birds that begin on the top of my foot, wrap around the ankle, and continue on my shoulder and fly off my arm.  (That probably made no sense).

congratulations on your new site, stephanie!