I've already scored a fabulous sheer chiffon circle skirt grecian gown quite unusual in cotton candy pink stunning! The main problem I have when on these expeditions is keeping my eye on the prize. I have two lists a decore list and my clothing and textile list. The decore list is easy and I don't mind sharing. I'm looking for art deco rugs, taxidermy ravens under glass, old butterflies, fine art, 20's pillows and bed covers, French drapes, Victorian wicker and various garden items. However, my Boudoir Queen list is quite extensive and I really have to stay focused on what my customers like. Today I should have the bulk of what I'm looking for. What customers should know. We make our clothing all one of a kind draped on forms no patterns. We use a combination of new and vintage textiles. They are our own design completely. Rarely we will re-work a pre existing garment such as the wedding gown we made due to the fact we had about 3 hours to make it. I mentioned awhile back I'm doing some very big changes with my company. It's unfortunate that I cannot share due to those two creepy people who read my diary like the bible and try to do everything that I do. They basically want to be me which is flattering but a little sick actually a lot sick and scary. Thats why my online diary is usually pretty vague. I use to be able to share everything but those days are long gone. It was brought to my attention that two people who were asked to copy my designs are online pathetically complaining about being copied on Etsy. (KARMA) I really wish I could post my documentation letters they wrote about agreeing to copy my line. I think they would be beyond embarrassed. Actually maybe not because these people have no shame. I was also alerted that one person was responding to my blog on their twitter account as if I were actually writing to them personally on my blog. Sick stuff people I can't wait to get my own shop again. Just know big things are ahead and when the time is right I will share with everyone. One thing I can say is that I will be selling a lot of vintage (the really good stuff) I am currently looking for a store front and am talking with someone in L.A. about joining forces. Also by May you will be able to buy BQ in the French Quarter in Nola and Venice Beach California. XOX BQ #EYEONTHEPRIZE
ahhhhh crazy busy around here. Non stop to do list. Had a great day looking at million dollar Victorian Mansions yesterday with some friends more on this later :) as it could be very interesting. I should have took photos oh well next time. I just got back from early morning fittings in Austin. I'm leaving for my buying trip tonight and will be back Saturday. Thanks for all of you're special requests and I'll do my best to find what you all are wanting. I should have a lot of new listings up before the 10th as I mentioned in a previous blog. I will be on-line and checking my mail in the evenings. Wish me luck xox BQ
Photographed (in 1965 or 1966) by Ronald Bacsa for a Time Magazine project. This photo, along with others in this photoshoot series, were only show once before, in 1993. This single photo was recently shown at the FIT Musuem, New Views: FIT Art & Design Faculty Exhibition.
wow....I'm seeing so many designers doing exact replicas of our clothing from a decade ago and selling the pieces for triple the amount. Mainly coming out of London and then there are those certain people who have made a career off of BQ knock offs. I guess their playing catch up because many of these styles are over so over. Last year I went to a clothing show and there was a lady that had at least 500 piano shawl pieces. Piano shawl, metallic lace and Jet were the staple of my very first collections. Anyway after I saw that I told Shannon I would never use a shawl again unless it was just the flowers. I'm not the first to make a shawl dress obviously but I am the first to use certain techniques with it that I am seeing everywhere. We have our techniques using antique fabrics down to a science from so many years of doing this look. It's funny to look at some Etsy sellers shops. Go to their sales and look at what they were first making when they started on Etsy. It will look nothing like what they do now. Mine still looks pretty much the same. I am excited to start selling on another site which I'll be announcing in a couple of months. To be honest I'm not really into re-worked vintage these days. I'm loving the real thing again. Although some pieces do need to be reworked because they need restoration. Anyway I'm buying this week and have a lot of new pieces to list that haven't been seen. I've been so busy with SXSW and weddings and seeing old friends. I'm ready to get back in the swing again. Its going to take me a few days. Lots of new goodies coming as promised
Jerry Lee Lewis's sister Linda Gail who is Annie' mom performing later. Tons of people played it was so much fun 15 hr wedding party!
Linda Gail Lewis (born 18 July 1947 in Ferriday, Louisiana) is an American singer and pianist. She is the sister of Jerry Lee Lewis. She has recorded with Stephen Ackles, Van Morrison, and with her brother. She also has recorded with her two daughters, MaryJean Ferguson and Annie Marie Dolan, in a group called the Lewis. She is married to Eddie Braddock, former Stax promotions director.
Me and my friend Kathy Valentine (the Go-Go's) at the wedding. Kathy has a great band now the Blue Bonnets check them out they are getting ready to tour. I have a lot more photos but they are in Marks phone and he's in the studio today. xo BQ
The 69 Cats the record Mark worked on
10pm, Lucky Lounge
In 69 Cats, Sun Records rockabilly gets its meanest and moodiest, developing a fetish for late-night B-horror flicks, and meeting the ghost of glam rock. Guitar wizard Danny B. Harvey, Jyrki69 of Finnish horror punks 69 Eyes, and one-time Cramps bassist Chopper Franklin fuel the hootenanny. Recent Bad Things EP is the grooviest ghoulishness money can buy