When: May 19 10:00 am
Where: Downtown Plaza
What: The Chico Tweed Ride is a group bicycle ride through the centre of Chico and beyond, in which the cyclists are expected to dress in traditional Early American or British cycling attire, particularly tweed suits. Any bicycle is acceptable on the Tweed Ride, but classic vintage bicycles are encouraged. Some effort to recreate the spirit of a bygone era is always appreciated. Riders will loop through Lower Park stopping half way for drinks, songs, and lawn games. This is a social ride and kids are welcome as long as they are able to ride in large groups safely.
The Mission: To encourage the beauty and spirit of an era gone by – a celebration of the bicycle and a more gentile time!
Please visit the official Facebook page to connect with other riders!
We are super excited for Chikoko’s Bizarre Bazaar on Sat. May 11th. Swing by The Chico Women’s Club from 10:00am – 5:00pm to see what goodies the local artisan vendors have waiting for you. Shop local and don’t forget, Mother’s Day is Sunday!
Kids + creeks! Two of our most beloved things on the planet!
Put them together and that is a nonprofit we will support on any day.
Chico, our beautiful town, is filled with so many people following their dreams with success. One of our fortunate gifts to this community is Kids and Creeks Outdoor Science Education, where children are taught to honor the natural environment and learn about native plants and restoration.
We are proud to be a small part of this magic by selling tickets to their concert benefits!
My name is Elaina Dart. I am a local independent fashion designer in my lovely hometown of Chico, CA. My specialties are hand sewn dresses and tops made from repurposed materials, mostly vintage lace and chiffon. I also do a lot of hand beading on my designs. My aesthetic is very ethereal and feminine. My label is Pools of Laughter and I currently sell my designs on my Etsy site of the same name and in downtown Chico at Three Sixty Ecotique.
I began sketching dresses at 8 years old. I would sit in my room and imagine glamorous Hollywood actresses wearing my dresses to the Academy Awards. I would dress my little sister up in whimsical ensembles and put on fashion shows for my parents. I guess you could say I always knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I started sewing and selling my designs about 7 years ago in a small local shop and at a couple of local festivals. Sewing and designing is my passion and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I enjoy making flattering sexy clothes that accentuate all of a woman’s favorite curves.
My inspiration comes from many places. Usually my designs just happen organically. When I find a beautiful base piece or a particularly unique piece of vintage lace or fabric it just starts to flow and come together. I have a pretty large collection of fabric and embellishments so when I’m in the process of working on a piece I have an array of things to pick from. My personal fashion muses are the supremely magical Stevie Nicks, and Clara Bow, the 1920′s silver screen actress who personified the glamorous opulence of classic Hollywood. As far as designer muses, Boue Soeurs, the French fashion house from the early 20th century has been a huge influence on my recent designs, as have Marchesa and Chanel.
My favorite piece currently is a black and raspberry dress that I have just completed. It was made from a vintage raspberry colored slip and the bottom half of a 1920′s beaded flapper dress that my mother in-law had and thought I could use. It took many painstaking hours to restore that piece so I could use it on this dress, but the outcome was well worth it. I added ruffle sleeves and various pieces of vintage lace until I felt it was done. I was really inspired by the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday when I created this dress and now it’s just waiting for the right lady to wear it and wow her man!
360 Ecotique is my favorite store in Chico. I have been a customer at times and been behind the counters there at others. I have had my designs in there almost since they opened and am proud to have my pieces at such a creative and forward thinking store. They are always a step ahead with their vision for their business and what is hot in fashion at the moment. Crystena and Lorna are not only great business owners, but also good people and even better friends.
I am available for custom orders and love to do bridesmaid dresses for an entire group, or fabulous cocktail dresses for a special occasion.
Photography by Briana Morrison
We asked four local designers to put together a look that exemplified their personal style. From left to right we have: Mermaid Soup, Claire Fong, Rekindled, Fyrdundel’s Parlour.
Lady: Crystena Hemingway
Photos by erin lizardo
Here are just a few holiday looks we put together at our shop… pretty lady: Johnna Kay. xoxo
Here’s our old friend Sophie! Looking amazing on the streets of NY… Spotted by Elle Street Chic.
It was a grand ol’ time at the To Be Zine Mod Issue Launch… thanks all you gorgeous peeps. xo, Lorna and Crystena