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Gurl Crushes

July 29, 2012

1. Stacey Mark

I have a total girl crush on the NYC photographer Stacey Mark, which you may have already gathered from my frequent use of her photographs in recent posts. What I love about Stacey’s images is that they’re incredibly sexy, but at the same time remain so subtle and pure and feminine. They’re like photos from a 70s issue of Playboy, except dreamier and more cinematic. And she makes girls with all sorts of body types look fucking amazing! And Stacey is cool in person too: she has a really monotone, Daria-style voice, super long brown hair, and has mastered the comfy-chic tomboy thing that Charlotte Gainsbourg and Juliette Lewis do so well and I always wish I could do better. Sometimes Stacey and I hang out and chain smoke and talk about how stupid boys are, and the whole scene makes me feel like I’m the star of an alt teen movie in 1997.

Stacey shoots for mags like Purple, Oyster, Vice, Self Service, and Jacques. She actually took some pics of me for Purple, some of which you can see below, and we also made a video together.


2. Girl Crisis

If you’re hungover or on a comedown, or if you’re going through a breakup or your cat just died or if you failed a test, or if you’re just casually feeling suicidal, don’t worry, I have the perfect thing to cheer you up! Girl Crisis is an all-girl, indie supergroup from New York who perform covers of famous songs in alt living rooms and film it with a Super 8 camera. In the past they’ve covered artists like Nirvana, Leonard Cohen and (yes!) Ace of Base. I swear, these Girl Crisis videos are a saving grace whenever I’m feeling blue. They perfectly satisfy that whole nostalgic, teenage, Virgin Suicides, oh-it’s-so-hard-being-a-girl thing that sometimes you just need to give in and indulge, especially if you’re having a particularly angsty period week. Girls in the band include members of Chairlift, Au Revoir Simone, Class Actress and Apache Beat. Wistful sigh…



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  • Reply Brittany Paul July 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    <3 Stacey Mark's photos…a younger up-and-coming photographer with an even more 60's feel is Petra Collins: http://www.petracollins.com/
    Their photos remind me of each other..

  • Reply Heather July 30, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Stacey Mark’s photos are amazing, but they make me sad that I’m neither super flexible nor have perfectly round tits.

    • Reply Brittany Paul July 30, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      i’m sure she would find a way to make you look delish no matter

  • Reply s July 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    hmm, i don’t really see the use of “all sorts of body types” here. i guess that second girl was vaguely not that skinny…

  • Reply Kelly July 30, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    The girl in the first two photos is Myla Dalbesio, the plus size model, and she has an amazing larger figure. And Karley is curvy too. I think what Karley meant is that Stacey doesn’t only photograph stick figure models, which I think is really cool.

  • Reply whaaaaaaa July 30, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    you are the only cool person i know of who has admitted to liking Ace of Base. thanks for introducing Girl Crisis

  • Reply oic July 31, 2012 at 5:33 am


  • Reply spikybombshell August 2, 2012 at 11:00 am

    You are beautiful Karley! Checked out Stacey’s work, amazing. Love xx

  • Reply womp August 13, 2012 at 3:06 am

    i didn’t realise i was reading the style rookie.

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