History of the Heart

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The heart! It’s the international symbol of love, and we love to draw it on stuff and insert the emoji into cute texts, but where did it come from? How did its cute shape originate? Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day coming up, so we did some research and sought out some info on our favorite shape ♥

Funny thing is, the heart shape as we know it is believed to have originated from the African plant silphium, which is accredited to having contraceptive qualities. (Now we’re talkin!) The city of Cyrene was famous for the trade of this rare and sought out plant used for birth control, so much so that silphium became an important part of Cyrene’s economy. The government minted coins representing silphium’s seedpod, which looked a lot like the shape of the heart as we know it today.

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Interesting! So it all comes down to sex… surprise surprise.

Here’s a few love-related Spitfire Girl items to help get ya in the mood:

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Spitfire Girl in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine

We’re so excited to see some of our favorite Spitfire Girl items in the holiday gift guide of the new issue of Cottages & Bungalows. The Unicorn Mount Ornament, Good O Whiskey Drink Glasses, and Little Red Accordion featured on the pages are available in our
LA stores and online.

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Spitfire Girl in Star Magazine

Well looky here… Spitfire Girl‘s Comical Embroidered Cocktail Napkins are featured in Star Magazine. Who doesn’t enjoy a little humor with their beverage of choice? Shop these funny elegant linens in our LA stores and online.

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Alex Hillson of Bottleblond Jewels

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Bottleblond Jewels

is a Spitfire Girl favorite. We love that it’s handmade in LA, and influenced by juvenile jewelry and accessories crafted in the 1940s–1970s. Many of the components are even designed from genuine vintage molds and imprints. We reached out to owner and creator Alex Hillson, and asked her a few questions about her vintage-inspired jewelry and accessories line.

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How did you get started with Bottleblond?
I used to be an international business affairs executive in the film business.  After being laid off with 500 other people from my company, I decided I had enough of the corporate world.  I took some time off and started making hair clips from vintage components.  My family thought I was a little bonkers.  After a few months though, I was getting good feedback from people and I knew I had something unique to offer.  So I decided to take my severence and start my own business.  I havent looked back since.

What inspires you?
Definitely the biggest thing that inspires me is quirky, wacky and spirited little girls.  My niece is one of them for sure! I wanted to create a jewelry line that was especially for them so they can express themselves in a fun way and use their imagination too.  There are plenty of traditional choices out there for little girls.  I wanted Bottleblond to provide some original, handcrafted alternative choices that are a bit different than the usual fare.

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What are some of your favorite materials to work with?
Resin pendants and cabochons, anything resin for sure!  Also, as we try to keep our prices reasonable, we cant work with gold or silver, so instead we work with a lot of raw brass charms.  I like the way it naturally patinas over time as opposed to cheaper gold plated materials that turn black and peel pretty quickly.  We can also hand paint them too which is fun.

What has been a favorite moment in your career?
I think when my niece Mia met her namesake necklace, Mia the Mermaid this summer in a store that carries our line in the Hamptons.  She shook the jar it came in and looked at the label and loved that her name was on it.

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What is a Spitfire Girl to you?
Oh this one is easy!  A Spitfire Girl is like a Bottleblond Girl. Spunk, bravery, curiosity and a sense of adventure.  Not afraid to eat a jalapeño pepper and peanut butter sandwich on a dare.  Always looking at things from a slightly different angle. Proud to be a girl and excited to get stuck in the top car on the ferris wheel because she knows that’s where the view is the best!

We couldn’t agree more. Follow @bottleblondjewels on Instagram and shop Bottleblond in Spitfire Girl stores in LA and online.

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Unicorns!

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Here at Spitfire Girl, we love unicorns. Not only are they magical, they represent courage, grandeur, wisdom, and nobility—all of the traits of a badass Spitfire Girl.

The history of the unicorn is also super interesting to us. According to legend, only a virgin can catch a unicorn. The original engraving pictured above is from the 15th century and shows the “capture” of the unicorn. And by golly did she capture a good one! It has the same face as Spitfire Girl’s new unicorn enamel pin.

The common depiction of the dreamy, white unicorn as we typically know it developed from narwals being hunted and having their tusks sold as magical unicorn horns. It was believed their horn had the power to render poisoned water potable and to heal sickness. Wow!

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But with most symbols and badass creatures, the unicorn also has a dark side. The mythology of a dark, menacing unicorn developed from tales associated with the dangerous and mean-spirited wooly rhino.

The unicorn also has frenemies. In Babylonian folklore from 3500 BC, the lion and the unicorn hate each other. However, the unicorn and lion seem to have reconciled, as they make an appearance together on today’s British coat of arms. The unicorn as a symbol of goodness and honor, and the lion as a symbol of courage and strength. Aww, BFFs.

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It’s no surprise that the unicorn’s grace, combined with its wild side, makes it a favorite for us at Spitfire Girl.

Check out the magicool unicorn items we have available in the shop.

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Spitfire Girl and Dustbowl Revival

When it comes to music we can only say that our taste here at the Spitfire Girl office is eclectic! However if there’s one thing we can agree on listening to it’s the get down, feel good, ramp up tunes of Dustbowl Revival.
 We were honored to have vocalist, washboard twanger, and ukelele player Liz Beebe join us in the office on a recent afternoon.
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A long term Spitfire Girl fan and friend, we chatted with Liz about  her favorite Spitfire Girl item, her top five favorite bands and and what her definition of a Spitfire Girl is.
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Liz loves her Spitfire Girl “love” necklace and says she thinks it’s the perfect little bit of minimalist glam to go with everything. (We love, the “love” necklace too!)
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 For someone with such great taste, we had to get Liz’s top bands, (we were not surprised to see Spitfire Girl Joni Mitchell in there.)
What Liz loves listening too:
1. First Aid Kit
2. Tori Amos
3. Joni Mitchell
4. Beastie Boys
5. Shawn Colvin
You have to agree that this girl knows what she’s talking about and when we asked Liz for her definition of a Spitfire Girl she said “A Spitfire Girl is someone who is true to themselves unapologetically” - and we couldn’t agree more with her!
Catch Liz on tour with Dustbowl Revival this summer and check them out at Dustbowlrevival.com
If you want to feel the love too, you can grab the “love necklace” right here in our web shop!
Happy Listening!
Love,
Spitfire Girl!

I Want To Go To Here! Anything is possible right?

Located in Beaconsfield, England is this amazing, crazy and magical hotel , The Crazy Bear. The original structure is the oldest documented building in Beaconsfield, a fifteenth century coaching house, has been meticulously restored and elaborately redesigned to provide dramatic architecture with uncompromising luxury. Just take a look at the breathtaking pictures. We must all have dinner here!

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I’ve saved the best for last. The perfect place to hold our next Spitfire Girl Team meeting!

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I definitely plan on staying here. It’s on the Bucket List  now. I will keep you posted.

Cheers and happy Sunday,

Spitfire Girl