#HOCbabe / / #NINADRAMA

When we slid into the DM of 2018 PLAYMATE OF THE YEAR Nina Daniele's IG we could never imagine how awesome this Bronx babe was! We sent her the Crave Case of her dreams, filled with one of kind HOC treasures. Take a peek at some of the amazing photos she took with photog Jhanelle Castillo. 

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#HOCbabe / / DEB

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When we were brainstorming about which awesome #HOCbabe would best encompass the badbabe vibe of 'Bunnies Day Off', DEB was a no brainer. Her playful and colorful murals highlight stunning bunnies being bad AF - just like us. After the photoshoot we chatted with the Mebourne-born painter for a Q&A about what inspires her colorful works of art, her life and a recent accident that has led her on a new course of art and self discovery. 

Deb is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. Her instantly recognizable fine art and murals are splashed across the breadth of Australia and beyond. Deb works with many different materials, across a multitude of surfaces, from aerosols on the street and selected interiors, to acrylics, oils & gauche on wood or canvas, digital design, illustration and sculpture.

Her art is a mixture of fantasy and fiction; the fusion of reality and a fairytale world that exists in her mind amongst thoughts and emotions from present and past lives. Her inspirations are both diverse and forever changing as she evolves as an artist.

 

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You mentioned past lives in your bio - can you elaborate on that?

 

 

 Hmm. Well, I think I believe in past lives.. or spirits or the soul jumping from one being to the next.. or energy transferring. I’m not sure exactly. I saw a spiritual healer a few times that is pretty amazing and she seemed to see a lot of links as to why I am a hard working artist. The two personalities of my past that I was told about from this lady, that stood out to me, were a woman and a boy from hundreds of years ago. The lady always had wanted to be a painter, but had spent her whole life having many children and never had the time and was sad about it her whole life

The other was a boy that was forced into creative production early in life and working on complete overdrive. Funny enough, makes some sense because I am not as happy, in any time that I’m not able to be creative, and when I am creative I tend to go into complete overdrive. Those are just a couple of examples relating to me but I am super interested in other people’s experiences with looking into past lives. 

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Do you have a favorite piece? - or one that is extra meaningful?

I think I have several I feel attached to! There’s a set of playing cards in my works from about 7 years ago that I still feel pretty connected to. But it’s hard to say one single artwork. All my artworks have different stories behind them.

Usually my favorite pieces are from darker times of my life, like pain, heart ache or devastation/loss of some kind. Usually that brews up a lot of extra depth and detail into a piece. From the perspective of the action of painting the art and how that feels, I sometimes enjoy painting more complicated then simple. 

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How did growing up down under inspire your work?

Well firstly Australia is a beautiful country (and we have fair health care, which in comparison, is heart breaking in USA) . We have beautiful scenery and amazing beaches, but the people there are super enthusiastic about things in general, and there is strong support for the arts over there. Even in my last couple years of high school, 20 years ago, I was able to do mostly art subjects and this is definitely where I made my choice to become a full time artist. Like any country there are good things and bad things. So this question is a broad, I don’t know how my childhood or upbringing brought me to becoming an artist exactly but since my earliest memory I was drawing, painting, and scribbling on anything I could find. There were artists in my bloodline so I think it was inevitable. I think no matter what country I was brought into, this was going to happen. But just to also mention.. the beginning of my art career was super male dominated so I really had to push super hard for many years till this saw a change and that’s a whole topic in its self. 

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You live in San Fran now - Any insiders spots you can let us in on?

I have a few favorite spots actually! To mention a few would be Trails in the Presidio are do pretty, golden gate park (pretty much all of it) Alamo Square Park and Deloris park.. to name a few. I guess it depends what you’re into but I like to be outside when ever the weather is ok since I spend so much time by myself painting.

We know that you were seriously injured a couple of years ago and have had a long recovery, you are a tough chick! It goes without saying your life must have dramatically changed, but can you talk about how your art has been influenced, changed or affected by this ?     

I was badly injured, unfortunately I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I was seated in a venue that I loved, and something enormous, old metal and very heavy was accidentally knocked and it fell on my head from very high up. At first I couldn’t walk or talk properly and was in a bad way. I have definitely had a rough road with recovery and am still not ready to publicly talk about it in detail because I’m still going through it, but my goal is to eventually paint the journey I’ve been on as therapy and a healing process. I am ok to give a brief insight into how it’s effected my art now. It’s been 20 months and at first I couldn’t even remember how to paint, draw, or anything I was used to. I’ve had to retrain myself to do everything I was doing before. I’m getting there, but it’s still a journey to get everything back. A few things also that have changed are that I’m interested in different things now and things are a lot darker. They’re not dark just because I like dark art but because that’s how I’ve been feeling. I think the best thing I can do is just go with it now in terms of letting it be a subject of my art if it’s going to help me. I’m also interested in different ways to apply my paint now - different colors that I rarely used are now colors I really want to use. Something that has been majorly impacted by my injury is my mural life and that’s rough, however, I will keep pursuing through. I’m not allowed to use regular aerosols now and that was a huge part of my life. I'm only allowed to use water based, so using a smaller color pallet and different paint is also very challenging but I’m definitely not letting it get in my way of continuing to paint. Nothing ever will. I’m still not allowed to climb ladders and scaffolding etc, because of balance issues so my way around that is trying to do more ground level works until things get better. I wasn’t able to fly anywhere for a long while after and still have only flown a tiny amount. I was flying all over the place all the time through my whole art career. My entire art life as I know it has been affected. I’ve been doing everything I can to not let it get in the way of keeping on going and not letting it get in the way of who I am. Art is coming from the inside and there’s always going to be a way to get it out. Life throws fireballs at you and you can either get knocked over or try catch them and use them for your battle. When more time has passed and I’m better healed I won’t just be doing what I was happy with before, I will have come up with something that could never even be thought of if I had not gone through all this. I’m currently trying to use this experience in my art. It’s not easy to talk about so I think If I’m able to paint about it that will help me. I’m hoping it will be interesting and maybe even can help others going through anything similar. Art is definitely a powerful healing tool.

COLLABS, Art

COLLABS / / The Hangover Kit

THE HANGOVER KIT

own your walk of shame

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Our truly unique collab NYC artist @SV_Pinups will make the day after your rager shitshow a bit more bearable.This kit is a total game changer for your next bachelorette ladies night shit show extravaganza. 

 

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Kit Details

A custom collab with incredible NYC Pin Up artist Salvador Vega, these radical vom bags are the perfect add on for your one of a kind #sunnies. Each bag is hand painted and perfect for your adorable vom. The shades will protect you from the glare of the haterz as you waltz to boozy brunch for some hair of the dog. These two combined are everything you need to recover from the dumpster fire that was your night out. 

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HOW DO I GET THIS LIFE CHANGING KIT

Step 1: Pick your radical new Sunnies - add them to that cart gurl.

Step 2: Add a VOM BAG to your cart.

Step 3: Walk of Shame in Style

Just a few notes regarding our rad kits, try to remember after you black out: 

Sunnies are NOT included with your purchase of a VOM BAG. This is so you get a totally custom sunnies/bag combo. Simply add them to your cart separately. 

Your custom VOM BAG is hand painted to order, so please give up to 3 weeks for your #oneofakind art to ship. Perfect for a planned LiLo type rager like a bachelorette - maybe not so much for that night when you go out for one glass of wine and then end up smoking cigs with your halal guy at 4am.

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Insipration

INSPIRATION / / THE SHADY PINES COLLECTION

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Picture it - Sunnyside Queens 2009. Two roomies and college buddies share a small apartment, a passion for vintage treasures, and a love of a show about 4 old ladies #livingtheirtruth in Miami. We often joke that we want an old lady friend commune - no doubt inspired by the rad lives of the ladies of SHADY PINES !

We've been channeling #GoldenGirlsSwag since day one - any one of the glittery estate jewels or sassy vintage bags could have come right out of Blanches closet.  

Give us fern wallpaper and rattan - GIVE US SEQUINS. We love it all.

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Not only is Golden Girls on fleek - they are some of the first feminist's to come right into our living rooms. These rad ladies showed that women are still worth (insert eyeroll here) something after they are of a certain age. The Golden Girls touched on the fact that you can choose your friend family and no matter your age enjoy sex, have dope hobbies and careers and just be overall fabbbbbbbbb. They were mad woke - touching on themes like gender, LBQT rights and racism wayyyy before these were convos had on the daily. 

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#sustainablefashion

#sustainablefashion / / How to Quit your Fast Fashion Addiction

I admit it - sometimes it's hard to resist fast fashion. Sometimes I'm super broke and just really want something shiny and new to lift my spirits and put that pep in my step. It's so incredibly easy (and cheap) to walk into Target or Marshall's for fashionable items that you NEEEEEEDDDDDD to have for this party or that upcoming trip or this week's date night.

The first step is always admitting that there is a problem. Fast fashion retailer's have trained us to accept their 40+ microseasons as the norm. 

more seasons = more profit = more pollution = exploitive labor

Stop the Cycle! Here are some affordable alternatives to boring mass produced goods.

 

THRIFTING

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Obviously, we love thrifting here at HOC. While not ideal for EVERYTHING you can find incredible glassware, home goods, jewels and clothing if you take the time to go through the racks at your local thrift store vs the shitshow racks of your local mall's Forever21. There are other perks too - locations like ReStore Habitiat for Humanity give 100% of profits back to the community - AND are a tax write-off. 

 

 

ETSY

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Recently I moved into a new apt and have made it a point to not everrrrr buy random throw away art from HomeGoods or similar mass produced junk. I frequently peruse Etsy for the same type of goods - but handmade by a real person pursuing a real dream. I have also posted on social media about finding local artists and the response has been pretty epic. There are probably people in your own 'hood making awesome one of a kind art.

 

FB MARKETPLACE

Move over Craigslist. I have been using this FB tool for upcycled furniture - I've gotten some serious treasures from local people/artists in my area for about half of what I would have paid from websites like Wayfair. If you have an idea of what you want and have a little patience, than you can really find something special using this feature. 

 

#SHOPLOCAL

Almost every town has some place to find local handmade goods. Thanks to the interwebs its easier than ever to find out about these events. Even if you are buying new retail - buying from a local boutique is infinitely better than buying from a big box. Getting to know your local community and business owners is also pretty rad!

 

TALK YOUR SELF OUT OF IT

Ok this one is a bit more abstract - but when you find yourself in a store with a bunch of random things you NEED in your cart - talk yourself through each item. 

Do you really need it? Or do you just need the satisfaction of something new.

Do you already have something similar at home?

Can you take what you already have and have it mended or reuse it in a different way?

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Thanks to our contributor Angela for this post!

Angela is the other half of HOC. When she's not hovering over the Instagram or managing the website, she enjoys manicures, taking pictures of clouds & getting white girl wasted while watching Bill Murray movies. She is currently doing important Mobwife related research at the Jersey Shore.

follow her journey here @angelabasolis

Guest House

GUEST HOUSE / / #Hautetootrot's Denver Travel Guide

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Our dear friend Susan is a travel/crafting/cooking maven and posted a really great blog on her website The Trot Vine about her recent best-friend-cation to the mile high city - Denver! 

We are trying to convince Susan to be our in-house guest travel blogger so we decided that a repost here would give you guys a taste of her radical blogging technique! She gives really in depth details about her favorite places to eat and finds the best off the beaten path vintage shop (which we of course love!!!) - AND makes these adorable little maps! 

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LIKE HOW CUTE AND PERFECT IS THIS MAP WE CANT HANDLE IT !!!

She also does fashion design, illustration and other crafty things!

 Check out her website here.

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Follow her adventures on IG @hautetootrot

Record Player

RECORD PLAYER / / Why Floribama Shore is the Trash Fire you Didn't know you Needed

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One of my favorite things ever is a day at home doing projects, organizing and cleaning with trash tv blaring in the background. During one of these productive days I binged on MTV's Floribama Shore and let me tell you - it did not disappoint. 

Making fun of NJ is so overdone at this point (honestly we are glad for the reprieve - I got to roll my eyes at Joey Fatone in an elevator for making a NJ joke and it was an incredible moment) but I'd be lying if I said i didn't miss the shitshow that was Jersey Shore. I'm so siked to tell you that this show has filled that trashtastic void so perfectly. 

 Possibly my favorite character - Kortni has a natural stripper name, likes to pee everywhere and has to be held back by bouncers on multiple occasions. Be my BFF plz. 

Possibly my favorite character - Kortni has a natural stripper name, likes to pee everywhere and has to be held back by bouncers on multiple occasions. Be my BFF plz. 

Please observe this clip of pure class as they fight native Floridians and roll around in the street. I watched this at least 11 times because it is entertainment at its absolute peak. #DOLLARDRAFTBEERPEOPLE. Also more proof that Kortni is da real VIP.

Then there is this absolutely perfect clip of them dining in a fancy strip mall chain restaurant. PURE TV GOLD. #BOLOGNASE people! YAS!

Thank god there is a second season coming this summer because I don't think I could survive without seeing Aimee throw a bottle of mayo at someones face again or mispronounce perfectly normal words like corsage. 

Overall the dudes were pretty basic and douchey - I AM pretty interested in seeing Nilsa's faux feminist journey, maybe she will realize that 10 months without a dude after a divorce at 23 is GOOD FOR U BB. LUV U THO. UR LIKE REALLY PRETTY. JOSH WAS LAME.  WHO DID UR BOOBS CUZ THEY ARE PERF.

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No but really - this is a reality show thats actually worth the watch - I LOLed and I actually felt kind of heartfelt for these people. Ready for Season 2!


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Thanks to our contributor Angela for this post!

Angela is the other half of HOC. When she's not hovering over the Instagram or managing the website, she enjoys manicures, taking pictures of clouds & getting white girl wasted while watching Bill Murray movies. She is currently doing important Mobwife related research at the Jersey Shore.

follow her journey here @angelabasolis

HOC'S RAD HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

From our Fav Maker Fam

We've met some pretty dope makers on our travels! Here is a round up of our absolute favs to help inspire you to make a real live person happy this holiday season and SHOP SMALL!

 

 

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From Strawberry Hedgehog

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From April Zhang

From Spooksvilla

From Despierta

From Caitlin Rose Sweet

from Urban Cricket 

 

Acrylic Addiction

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TRENDING / / ENAMEL PINS

I lovvveeeeeeeee enamel pins. Its like a real life emoji and flair and kinda reminds me of those stickers you used to get with your planner on the first day of school. I get so many compliments on mine, and since light jacket weather is in full swing I put together a round up of some of my favs. 

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ADORABLE CRITTERS

If you love cupcakes and narwhals and go to kawaii events you'll love Nutmeg&Arlo. We are obviously fans of the Dino Enamel Pin $8.79

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SASSY BETCH

The Lapel Pin section on Witchsy is seriously the danger zone. I think the other day I had at least 12 different pins in my cart and had to calmly walk away because I actually can not ball that hard. Definitely the best collection of snarky weird shit from rad indie brands. This Fuck You Pin from Badaboom Studio really reflects my #mood rn $11.00

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WHITE WITCH

For the celestial bohemian goddess inside you, I recommend TNLSUPPLY . I LOVE my GoldDust Woman pin ($10.00) sooooo much and always get comments about its radness. 

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ICON KWEEN

If you're a movie/tv/culture buff, swing over to Sleepy Mountain - especially if you're a Bill Murray fan (ahem) 


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Angela is the other half of HOC. When she's not hovering over the Instagram or managing the website, she enjoys manicures, taking pictures of clouds & getting white girl wasted while watching Bill Murray movies. She is currently doing important Mobwife related research at the Jersey Shore.

follow her journey here @angelabasolis

 

 

Beauty Basics

BEAUTY BASICS / / CURLY HAIR CHER

Cher is my summer hair goddess. FOREVER. Long live this beacon of curly haired goddessness, this lady who is brave enough to say- fuck this 450 degree straightener, I will not be held captive by you any longer! 

I was Netflix binging the other day and I came across one of my favs - Witches of Eastwick - (omg its so good if you havnt seen it go now) Cher slays the summer style in this movie, and especially inspired me with her wild locks. Her overalls too, everything, everything she ever does I am totally obsessseddddd. 

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Deva Curl Mist-er Right is my most used product when I let the locks go wild, this spray refreshes my curls so well and smells like real lavender. John Frieda Curl Reviver Styling Mousse and Surface Bassu Shine Spray are also favs of mine.

Rock on Curly Babes!


 

 

 

Angela is the other half of HOC. When she's not hovering over the Instagram or managing the website, she enjoys manicures, taking pictures of clouds & getting white girl wasted while watching Bill Murray movies. She is currently doing important Mobwife related research at the Jersey Shore.

follow her journey here @angelabasolis

Record Player

RECORD PLAYER / / MACKLEMORE & HIS GMOM

Yo we have a serious soft spots for grandma's here at HOC. Personally, I can not wait to be a sassy old lady who get morning drunk and says crazy things (basically, Lucille Bluth). This Macklemore video where he takes his nonna out for her 100th birthday is the cutest thing we've ever seen. 

Here is my Mom Mom in her fav HOC Sunnies : )


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brought to you by ange

 

Angela is the other half of HOC. When she's not hovering over the Instagram or managing the website, she enjoys manicures, taking pictures of clouds & getting white girl wasted while watching Bill Murray movies. She is currently doing important Mobwife related research at the Jersey Shore.

follow her journey here @angelabasolis

5 POOLSIDE ESSENTIALS

Summer is upon us ladies and germs and I am here to give you my best tried and true aquatic accessories that are must haves for #luxelounging. I basically have a Ph.D in relaxation so trust me on these. 

 

All in One Black Fabric Thingy

I'm obsessed with things that can be other things, so obvs I love a good sarong type fabric. Blanket, headwrap for pool hair, towel, sarong, thing to lay on top of while taking selfies, thing to makeout with boys under,...sarongs do it all. The best part is, its basically free. Any awesome upcycled fabric can workHere is a link on how to make your own tassels too if you're getting fancypants.

Honest Facial Spray

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Last year I was all about the Rose Facial spray but now I'm over it and have replaced it with the Elevated Hydration Replenising Mist from Honest Beauty. They do a free trial of their best selling products for 5.95 and its a pretty dope deal TBH. They dont pay us for this although they totally should! Im just a big fan.

Mini Grinder

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So you can discretely get high AF. LOOK HOW ADORABLE. This babe grinds up the perfect amount for a travel sized bowl pack or skinny mini jay. So you can discretely get high AF.  OR I'm a big fan of the disposable Bumble Bee Vapes. OR make some tasty treats. Either way getting a bit of a buzz ion makes the sunshine that much warmer and the pool that much better.

 Hilarious Tote Bag

So that everyone knows you're not just hot, you're also clever. I have an extensive collection of snarky totes, but currently I am obsessed with this incredible Golden Girls tote from Urban Cricket. I bought it this past year at @bustcraftacularprimped and seriously. It's incredible. Did I mention I'm obsessed?

HOC SUNNIES DUH

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You had to have seen this one coming, but really...you need them. 

 

xoxoxo Ange

@angelabasolis

 

 

Rose Bowl Flea Market

On a recent trip to LA we had the chance to stop at the World Famous Rose Bowl Flea Market. Thats like, basically our heaven. Check out some pics below! 

5 IG WORTHY NYC CONES

I scream, you scream, we all scream: 

Amazing ice cream cones in NYC you need to try this summer!

Lady loves, summer is officially here, and that means a number of excellent things: sunnies are out in force, we can dine al-fresco, and ice cream season is upon us.

Instagram-worthy food has never been so popular, and gone are the days of a classic vanilla ice cream cone – if it doesn’t get me at least 150 likes – why would I even bother eating it, right?

With that in mind, I decided to stalk the ice cream parlors of New York City, in search of the most delicious (and photogenic) frozen treats that the City has to offer.


 

1.       Black Ice Cream from Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream (Nolita)

My inner goth is honestly SCREAMING right now. This deathly vanilla ice cream is everything right now, and suddenly I kind of wish I was emo, and listening to My Chemical Romance. Make mine a double (scoop) please. 

 Photo courtesy of Morgenstern's Instagram account. 

Photo courtesy of Morgenstern's Instagram account. 

 

2.       Cereal Milk Soft Serve from Milk Bar (Upper West Side)

Hands up if you LOVE cereal... *aggressively throws arms in the air!* Milk Bar offers a soft serve ice cream that tastes just like cereal milk, and oh my GOD, hook it to my actual veins, please.

 Photo courtesy of MilkBar's Instagram account. 

Photo courtesy of MilkBar's Instagram account. 

 

3.       Purple Yam Soft Serve from Soft Swerve Ice Cream (LES)

Are you actually KIDDING me right now? Have you honestly ever seen a more beautiful ice cream in your entire life? Not only does look like a heavenly unicorn poop (in a nice way) – it tastes fucking delicious. You’re welcome.

 Photo courtesy of Soft Swerve Ice Cream's Instagram account. 

Photo courtesy of Soft Swerve Ice Cream's Instagram account. 

 

4.       Red Velvet Scoops from Sundaes and Cones (East Village)

Sometimes, we just want to eat some cake, right? Well, when it is 96 degrees outside, cake is not always the soundest option, but what if I told you that you can combine cake with ice cream? Red velvet is our absolute FAVE!

 Photo courtesy of Sundaes and Scoops Instagram account. 

Photo courtesy of Sundaes and Scoops Instagram account. 

 

5.       Toasted Marshmallow Cone from Emack & Bolio's (UES)

S’more season may be behind us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get our marshmallow on. So much toasty goodness – and sprinkles, because they give us life.

 Photo courtesy of Emack & Bolio's Instagram account. 

Photo courtesy of Emack & Bolio's Instagram account. 


Meet the Babe behind the Blog

Meet Becca <3

 

As HOC's resident Irish chick, I like to think of myself as exotic. A former New Yorker, turned general nomad (I will literally live anywhere), I love anything to do with style. My love affair with HOC began over a year ago, when I met a fiery red head in a bar, and it has been ongoing ever since.  I love big sunglasses, glitter, rap music and anything coconut flavored. -Becca

COLLABS

Collabs / / Smartglamour X HOC

It's not the first time we've collabed with SmartGlamour's Mallorie Dunn, but this photoshoot for her summer line could possibly be our fav ever! Not only do we love Mall and her #bosslady vibes, we love her mission to bring an affordable, fashionable, and customizable ethical clothing line to people of all shapes, sizes, heights, ages, identities, and styles. An OG in the #slowfashion revolution, all SmartGlamour is ethically made in Mallorie's NYC studio.

VISIT:

SMARTGLAMOUR.COM

Watch this dope video to learn more: