Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pisces Earthstrong

It's common knowledge that Scorpios essentially have a monopoly on the Fashion Industry, leading the pack in all venues from the models on the runway to the behind-the-scene big dogs, but coming in at close second are Pisces. There's something about water signs, with their naturally deeply intuitive and emotional natures that makes them best suited for the arts. As Pisces season hit full throttle, we wanted to send out some Earthstrong Wishes to BBLA's own resident Pisces--coowner and founding partner, Karen Marley as well as some of our other favorite fashionable fishes. 

Check them out below!

First and foremost, we're sending out Earthstrong wishes to Karen Marley!!! With a birthday on February 26th, Karen is born at the beginning phases of Pisces which makes her pretty much the best kind of Pisces. Those born between February 19th and the 29th are naturally inclined to be selfless, intuitive and romantic. They have a strong imagination and would see beauty and poetry in everything, which describes our Karen perfectly. This warm and inviting woman shares her passion for fashion with the world in our store and by teaming up with her sister, Cedella to design. Her closet is so vast it was the inspiration behind BBLA. We wish you a Happy Birthday and many, many, many more!

                                          The always fashionable, Rihanna is right on the cusp of Aquarius and Pisces. She recently celebrated her 27th birthday on February 20th with rumored boyfriend Leonardo Dicarprio and other celebrity friends including Naomi Campbell, Beyonce + Jay-Z, Russell Simmons, Bill Murray, Mick Jagger,  and Paris Hilton. The star studded bash was held at a private home Beverly Hills and was documented--in true Rihanna style all over instagram. While in-betweenies get traits from both signs they border, t's clear her personality leans more towards Pisces with her deep sensual nature as evident by her style. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The late, great Alexander McQueen is a Pisces who would've been celebrating his 46th birthday on St. Patrick's Day (March 17th). While his unfortunately and untimely death lives on in infamy, his designs and unfathomably unique work survives and remains as proof to the depth of his genius. True to his sign, McQueen possessed a deep and brooding emotionally calculative mind. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Committed to Living: Bob Marley turns 70

There's many things to do, say, and celebrate in honor of Bob Marley's earth strong that lands today, February 6. From local celebratory happenings, to concerts, to never-released Bob Marley material from the family, we celebrate more than just the King of Reggae's earth strong; we celebrate his legacy! Today we honor this timeless icon of peace, style, love, & music that forever continues to inspire the world today.

On our playlist, is the just-released: digitally remastered Bob Marley Interviews: So Many Things to Say, which you can stream for free on Spotify, but you can also purchase this through iTunes here.  So Many Things to Say, is a rare thirty-five minute interview with Bob Marley from 1973, by legendary Jamaican DJ and journalist Neville Willoughby. The interview was recorded in Jamaica upon Marley’s return from the Burnin’ album tour in the U.S. and UK. The recording, combined with background tracks, has been digitally remastered and re-edited by Marley’s wife, Rita, and their daughter, Cedella Marley. Definitely a must-listen to get reacquainted with the King of Reggae.

Tuff Gong International, in partnership with Caroline Records, has announced the 2015 re-release of a number of rare albums from its distribution catalog. The albums feature classic performances from some of the best loved artists in reggae music including Sanchez, Tyrone Taylor, Nadine Sutherland, and Dillinger. Most have been out of print for more than two decades, and none have been available digitally.

Also in the news, Rolling Stones reports that the Marley family are granting Universal Music Group access to its extensive and private vaults of previously unreleased music to make for stocked reissues, video releases and new live albums.
One thing Bob Marley cinematic fans will want to watch out for is the Bob Marley and the Wailers' Easy Skanking in Boston '78- a never-before-released live CD/DVD. Footage from this gig was filmed on a handheld camera by a fan that Marley gave permission to stand front-and-center. The release is due out on February 17th. During their 1978 tour, in support of Kaya, Marley played a pair of gigs at the Boston Music Hall on June 8th. It's unclear whether Easy Skanking was culled from the early or late show, but both gigs feature the same setlist, with early Wailers tracks mixed in with legendary cuts like "No Woman, No Cry," "I Shot the Sheriff" and "Get Up, Stand Up."

If you're lucky to be in the birthplace of Robert Nesta Marley, then you'll need to know about all the happenings in town.
Reggae Month and Bob Marley Week events will take place all over Jamaica, with these highlights:
Reggae Month, It’s Kingston for February (Kingston, February 1 – 28): Organized by JaRIA (the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association), Reggae Month includes concerts, festivals and seminars that highlight the impact of reggae music on Jamaica's social, cultural and economic development. Reggae Month events include family-friendly festivals, music performances, food and cultural events, as well as international reggae conferences and lectures. Several events take place in Trench Town, epicenter of the early reggae scene, where Bob Marley lived as a young man.

Bob Marley Birthday Celebrations (Kingston, February 6): Activities marking the 70th anniversary of Bob Marley’s birthday will take place February 6 at the Bob Marley Museum and Tuff Gong Studio. The Bob Marley Museum is located at the musician's former home, always a site of pilgrimage for Marley's fans (as are his birthplace and grave in the village of Nine Miles).
Digicel Marley Tribute Concert (Kingston waterfront, February 7): Renowned music stars will join Bob Marley's sons in a free concert on Kingston's waterfront February 7 to celebrate the music legend's life and legacy.
Negril, 23rd annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash (February 1-6).

Wherever you are in the world, join the Bob Marley birthday tribute by following #Marley70 on Twitter.
For more on Bob Marley, including a fascinating timeline of his life, music and awards, see


Lastly, you should know about the #Share1LOVe project brought to you by the Marley family. In honor of Bob Marley’s vision of a better tomorrow the Marleys unite the world through acts of love. For everyone who uploads a video, they’ll donate $1 to help bring clean, safe drinking water to those in need. Visit the Bob Marley website for more details on how you can get involved!

Videoo will donate $1 to charity: water for each person who uploads their #Share1Love video to

How to participate:

  1. WATCH some clips, get inspired and boost your favorite videos up the playlist (or click here to learn more).
  2. RECORD a video (in landscape mode Record horizontally) up to 33-seconds showing how you bring love to the world, nominate 3 others, and sign off by saying "Share1Love."
  3. UPLOAD your video here using the ADD button.
  4. SHARE your video on your favorite social networks and nominate your friends to join-in.

Happy Earth Strong to the Gong, who still makes this world a better & inspired place to live in for all lovers of life!
One Love & Guidance from Karen Marley & the BBLA family! 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Ziggy & Stephen Marley for John Varvatos

Ziggy & Stephen featured in new John Varvatos fashion campaign


It seems like it's been a big week for a few major fashion campaigns being released. From the recent talked-about photoshopped Justin Beiber for Calvin Klein campaign, to Joan Didion's ad for Celine, and Saint Laurent choosing Joni Mitchell for their music series; John Varvatos follows suit & chose the Marley brothers as his pick for his fashion line's poster child. 

You know what we always say, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.The Marleys are no strangers to the world of music as well as having an iconic place in the fashion world. Take Bob Marley as well as our Karen Marley, and the rest of the family for that matter to get a sense of their eclectic & effortless fashion sense. The recent campaign highlights that the family goes beyond music as their main talent. They're a growing empire that continuously branches out in the fashion world, to organic & natural products under the Marley name, to state-of-the art head phones & stereo systems from the House of Marley.

The offspring of reggae legend Bob Marley, the brothers are accomplished musicians in their own right with an impressive 14 Grammys between them; Stephen has eight to his credit, Ziggy has six, though the latter may shortly be adding to his total since he's been nominated for a 2014 Grammy (for best reggae album), set to be handed out later this month.

The John Varvatos Spring 2015 ad campaign marks another milestone in the brothers’ careers. “It’s always better when I’m able to do projects with my younger brother,” Ziggy explains. “I don’t dress up very often, but when I do, I wear John Varvatos.” Stephen Marley adds, “From the jungle to the palace, John is a lion!”

According to Stephen Niedzwiecki, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of YARD and longtime Varvatos collaborator, “We wanted to strip down the concept of the image to a purely a beautiful, truthful portrait of two siblings. Just them. Nothing else. We wanted their faces and their body language to naturally express their bond and love for one another as brothers and music collaborators.” John Varvatos adds, “The Marley family is legendary. Ziggy Marley and Stephen Marley are carrying on this legacy in their own authentic way. Working with them has been incredibly inspiring. They are truly a magical family.”

On February 5th, a documentary by YARD in collaboration with Danny Clinch will debut on the John Varvatos website in celebration of their father’s 70th birthday, which is the following day.  “There is a spirit of freedom and rebelliousness in Marley’s music.  Ziggy and Stephen carry on these traditions with great pride. Whether dressed up or dressed down, it doesn’t matter, their sense of self and style is legendary just like their father and this comes across in the short film,” says Danny Clinch.
Check out more pictures and more info on the project on the John Varvatos site as well as the Marley family's site
One love & positive vibrations from BBLA!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Sequins, Glitz, Oh My! NYE BBLA style!

Get the look! Vintage Donna Karan lame wrap dress online & in-store.

Vintage lace 90's  body con dress online & in-store!
Alice + Olivia sequin gown SOLD OUT

Vintage metallic blazer available online & in-store!

Vintage sequin butterfly top! Get the look by adding a black mini! Available online & in-store!  

Or keep it comfy casual with a Vintage GianFranco Ferre red blazer, turtle-neck, and high-waist trousers! All items shown available in-store!          

We love the touch of casual with a mixture of glam!             

Cop Jessica Alba's body con look with this Trina Turk dress here for $89!

Well....we've rounded up our top festive looks for this upcoming New Year Eve celebrations. What better way to say adieu, then a head-turning dress to give you a look as unforgettable as the 2014 year. 

Obviously you can't go wrong with the sequin, metallic, glitter, glam & glitz that is so signature of NYE attire. We've posted some inspiration that we can't wait to try ourselves, as well as some similar babe-on-a-budget friendly options to get the party started that's available online and in-store!

 From the BBLA family we're wishing you a strong & fabulously stylish finish to the new year! 

--Buttons & Bows

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Current Affair: Holiday Style Recap

This Past Saturday, we participated in another A Current Affair! The hottest vintage seller's from around the country convened in Downtown's Cooper Building---home to the showrooms of some of our favorite brands like Wildfox, Trina Turk, and Motel Rocks---to showcase the best of the best. It was a star studded day with looks curated by Hunger Games star, Jena Malone, fresh from her appearance at Miami's Art Basel, and stylist extraordinaire Alia Penner! Also seen browsing the aisles were Nicole Richie, Demi Moore, super models Karen Elson and Imaan Hamman, and Marisa Tormei. The music on deck was provided, once again by KCRW spin-masters and we spent all day dancing to remixes of Toro y Moi and Jungle. Of course, with this many stylish people in one place, I went out scoping some great looks. 

Check it out below!

Looks Curated by Alia Penner

Alia Penner, image by Lani Trock