Australian Cult Brand Spell & The Gypsy Collective Lands in U.S.

Australian fashion labels, many of which are in the spotlight as Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, tours the antipodes, have long been popular in Southern California, where the climate and beach culture mirror the land of Oz.
Spell & The Gypsy Collective, the 10-year-old contemporary brand started by sisters Isabella Pennefather and Elizabeth Abegg, opened its first stand-alone retail space in the U.S., a pop-up at 1108 Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, Calif. Open through Nov. 25, the shop has attracted cult lovers of the brand, some of whom traveled from as far away as Florida and Canada just to shop.

The Spell & The Gypsy Collective pop-up shop on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, Calif. 
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“Because we’re slow fashion, we don’t make too many pieces so they tend to sell out very quickly,” said Pennefather, who started out in 2008 making jewelry that she sold at the open-air market in Byron Bay, Australia. When her sister, Lizzy, came on board a few years later, they expanded into clothing and e-commerce, and the business grew from there.
“I remember when we had a clunky web site and early bloggers such as Oracle Fox [whose given name is Amanda Shadforth] bought our things at the

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I Put a Spell On You – Nina Simone

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I Put a Spell On You

Nina Simone

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: January 1, 1965

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A Match Made in Spell – ReGina Welling & Erin Lynn

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A Match Made in Spell

ReGina Welling & Erin Lynn

Genre: Paranormal

Publish Date: May 11, 2018

Publisher: Willow Hill Books

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


What good is a witch with no magic? I'm Lexi Balefire and I wear a lot of hats, but none of them are tall and pointy. I spend half my time making love matches that last forever, and the other half trying to keep my faerie godmothers from turning each other into toads. Or worse. I come from a long line of witches, some of them wicked, but none of that will matter if my magic doesn't awaken before midnight on my next birthday. If I miss that deadline, I'll never be a true witch. If my mother and grandmotherhadn't used their magic to kill each other, one of them might have been able to give me the keys to the mystery and I'd be one step closer to claiming my Fate Weaver heritage. Now, I guess I'll have to figure it out on my own.

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Awaken (The Witches, The Spell Book, and The Magic Tree) – Rachel Daigle & Humphrey Quinn

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Awaken (The Witches, The Spell Book, and The Magic Tree)

Rachel Daigle & Humphrey Quinn

Genre: Fantasy

Publish Date: July 14, 2016

Publisher: Rachel Daigle

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


When the blue moon rises the portal home opens one last time. Unfortunately, the enemy knows too… THE COMPLETE FATED SERIES NOW AVAILABLE! A modern-day fantasy adventure for all ages… In Book 1, Awaken… A magical clan is on the run from an ancient enemy when they seek out a safe haven in a campground off the coast of Maine. But when they're attacked, the long-forgotten world of magic collides with the lives of three young friends who find themselves thrust into an unforgiving and exciting new world—full of witches, rude books, terrifying visions, spine-chilling horror, and deadly flying demons—just to name a few… When the attack ends and the magical clan flees through a portal to another world, a young man has been accidentally left behind. The three friends are determined to help him get back to his family but the portal only opens one more time, and not for another month—when the blue moon rises. Plus, they've never fought in a magical war before—heck, they didn't even know magic or witches were real! As time runs out, and their month-long battle for survival pushes them into a race against the blue moon rising, the portal opens for the last time and they must find the courage to overcome insurmountable odds, and battle terrifying creatures to get the young man back to his family. And when it looks like they might fail and all hope is lost, help arrives from the most unexpected of places, but ends in sacrifice… THE FATED FANTASY ADVENTURE SERIES IS COMPLETE Please Read in Order Starting with Book 1, Awaken Book 1: Awaken Book 2: Shifting Book 3: Embrace Book 4: Broken Book 5: Divided Book 6: Taken Book 7: Control Book 8: Forsaken Book 9: Sacrifice Book 10: Redeem Book 11: Ascend (The Final Book in the Series)

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Disney Villains As Pinup Girls Will Put A Spell On You

This probably isn’t the Mouse Factory’s idea of cheesecake.

LA illustrator Andrew Tarusov transformed some of Disney’s villains into pinup girls.

If you’ve ever wondered what Maleficent, Cruella De Vil and Ursula might look like in in a naughty cabaret, this is your chance.

Tarusov recently gave Disney princesses more va-va-voom, writing on Bored Panda that the series was so successful he went for the sequel.

The result is alluringly evil.

 

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Sarah Palin Criticizes Ahmed Mohamed On Facebook, Can’t Even Spell His Name Right

It wouldn’t be a GOP opinion unless it goes totally against the grain of the popular thought, and Sarah Palin managed to insert her unsolicited two cents into the Ahmed Mohamed situation.

The former Governor of Alaska has been obsessed with President Obama’s every move since her failed campaign for vice president in 2008 and she used the recent controversy in Irving, TX for a direct jab at the White House.

She also tried to paint the 14-year-old teen as a privileged troublemaker who was immune to the same punishment other (white) students made, but were subjected to national attention. Palin, 51, also couldn’t be bothered with taking heed to the correct spelling of the boy’s name but her right-wing followers loved her all the same for it.

“Friends, consider the kids disciplined and/or kicked out of school for bringing squirt guns to school or taking bites out of a pop tart until it resembled (to some politically correct yahoo) a gun,” Palin wrote via Facebook. “Or the student out deer hunting with his dad early one morning who forgot he had a box of ammo in his truck when he parked in the school’s lot later that day. Kids humiliated and intimidated for innocent actions like those real examples are often marked the rest of their lives and made to feel really rotten. Whereas Ahmed Muhammad, an evidently obstinate-answering student bringing in a homemade “clock” that obviously could be seen by conscientious teachers as a dangerous wired-up bomb-looking contraption (teachers who are told “if you see something, say something!”) gets invited to the White House.”

Cops who arrested Ahmed were fully aware that the strange-looking clock wasn’t an explosive device but “humiliated and intimidated” him by hauling him off to juvenile detention regardless. Still, Palin thinks Obama acted impulsively by extending an invitation for him to visit the White House.

“By the way, President Obama’s practice of jumping in cases prematurely to interject himself as the cool savior, wanting so badly to attach himself to the issue-of-the-day, got old years ago,” she continued. “Remember him accusing police officers doing their job as “acting stupid”; claiming if he had a son, he’d look like Trayvon Martin; claiming he needed to know who was a fault in an industrial accident so he’d “know who’s a** to kick”; etc., etc. Those actions are about as presidential as his selfie stick.”

Palin ran a campaign based on catering to hockey moms and spending a great chunk of the time attempting to prove she was qualified, fundamentally and politically, for the job. Had she and John McCain been elected, it probably isn’t a shot in the dark to say her commentary on social issues would reflect her persona as a conservative white woman living in Alaska.

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Spell of the Highlander: The Highlander Series, Book 7 (Unabridged) – Karen Marie Moning

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Spell of the Highlander: The Highlander Series, Book 7 (Unabridged)

Karen Marie Moning

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 17.95

Publish Date: July 20, 2008

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This ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ Fan Art Will Put A Spell On You

These ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ fan art pieces will get you pumped for the movie adaptation.
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Spell or High Water: Magic 2.0 (Unabridged) – Scott Meyer

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Spell or High Water: Magic 2.0 (Unabridged)

Scott Meyer

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 9.95

Publish Date: June 17, 2014

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‘Hocus Pocus’ Stage Show Is Going To Put A Spell On You At Disney World

After 22 years, “Hocus Pocus” is getting resurrected and this time around a virgin didn’t even have to light the black flame candle to bring the Sanderson sisters back.

On Thursday, Walt Disney Parks announced that Winifred, Mary and Sarah Sanderson will return to the world of the living in the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.” The live stage show will run during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party held on select nights at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, Florida from Sept. 15 to Nov. 1.

And because Disney is suddenly bringing “Hocus Pocus” to the stage, naturally it makes us wonder if there is a sequel in store for the beloved 1993 film, which starred Bette Middler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters.

While Disney hasn’t said anything about a sequel, during a Reddit AMA last year, Middler revealed she was totally down reprise her role as Winifred and cast another spell on audiences.

“You have to go to send in your cards to the Walt Disney company,” she said. “The ball’s in their court.”

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Facebook Could Spell Big Trouble For Your Relationship. Here’s Why

Take it from a divorce attorney: Facebook may be doing irreparable harm to your relationship.

In a recent HuffPost Live interview, San Diego-based divorce attorney Zephyr Hill discussed the role Facebook and other social media platforms have played in many of his clients’ relationships.

“I can confirm it’s involved in a lot of cases,” Hill told host Nancy Redd. “People are talking about just being disconnected — instead of cuddling in bed and watching ‘Game of Thrones,’ someone is staring at their Facebook feed all night long and not talking to their spouse. It’s definitely a factor on that level.”

Hill added that once couples move forward with divorce, Facebook often proves to be a “hotbed of evidence,”

Watch the clip above for more from Hill or head here to watch the full segment on how social media is affecting relationships.

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Shadow Spell: Book Two of the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy (Unabridged) – Nora Roberts

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Shadow Spell: Book Two of the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy (Unabridged)

Nora Roberts

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 20.95

Publish Date: March 25, 2014

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I Put a Spell On You – Nina Simone

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I Put a Spell On You

Nina Simone

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: December 31, 1964

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