Miss Pamela – The Real Life Penny Lane

Every Bandit Babe idolizes Penny Lane, the stylish 70’s rock ‘n roll muse, free spirit, and star of our favorite movie – Almost Famous. She joined touring rock stars on the road to experience the magic of the music and had all of the long-haired hotties falling at her feet along the way.

Pamela Des Barres, better known as Miss Pamela, lived the real life Penny Lane lifestyle in the 60s and 70s and is said to be the inspiration for the character in this classic film. While she attended high school in Southern California in the 60s, she dreamed of meeting her favorite Beatle, Paul McCartney, and after discovering The Rolling Stones, she fantasized a sweet, happy go lucky life with the babein’ Mick Jagger. Once a school mate of hers introduced her to Captain Beefheart, who was also friends with Frank Zappa, there was no stopping that little heart-eyed groupie from making her presence known in the LA rock scene. Through these stars, she got to meet the Stones and started to party more on the Sunset Strip. Hanging with Gram Parsons and the rest of The Byrds, she made all the boys want her for her fun, carefree personality and her pretty little baby face. Miss Pamela dated and befriended rock gods, from Jimmy Page of Led Zepplin, to Keith Moon of the Who, manly-man Waylon Jennings, her idol, Mick Jagger, and even canoodled Jim Morrison. She got together her very own band-aid girl group called the GTO’s, Girls Together Outrageously, who hung around all the stars on the smokey Sunset Strip and in the hippie hills of Laurel Canyon. Miss Pamela and her GTO’s represented girl power in the dreamy music scene of the 60’s and 70’s, not to mention they had style for days.

“A real groupie is someone who loves the music …. someone who goes after what they want, so a groupie is a feminist thing. A woman who goes after what she wants is a feminist. So I’ve never been anything but a feminist. I took the birth control pill on the Strip in front of everybody and that was my statement. I control my body, I can do whatever the heck I want.”  Well said, Miss Pamela. We salute you.
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Bandit Mama

Happy (almost) Mother’s Day! Let’s give it up for our mamas because mamas know best! It’s the day we all get to show our mothas just how very special they are! Moms are heroes in every sense of the word. They make the ultimate sacrifices, they are strong, and they teach us how to be real bad ass Bandits.

We’re also doing a very special Mother’s Day Giveaway! Win an Annie Oakley Cuff and a Wrangler Cuff to share with your Mom! To win: 1. Post a photo of you and your mama on Instagram 2. Hashtag #banditmama and tag @the2bandits 3. Tell us what makes your Mom the ultimate #banditmama! Contest ends Monday night, so look through old scrapbooks this weekend and show your main lady some love! Scroll down for a little inspo from some of our favorite Bandit mamas lovin’ on their little babes! xo

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Bandit Boyfriend: Brian Jones

Our love for the Rolling Stones is everlasting. Mick, Keith and the rest of the boys send lightning down our bandit spines with their glam rock wardrobes and bad-ass attitudes. But, let’s all take some time to highlight the original founding member, Brian Jones, because man was he the ideal bandit boyfriend or what? It was Brian Jones who started the band and got all the boys together. He even named the band, inspiring them to emulate the rock n’ roll blues that were all the rage in America at the time. Aside from that, the whimsical outfits Jones rocked were everything a bandit babe could ever want in her closet! His leather pants, glimmering sequins, floral patterns (and his adorable blonde bob) took androgyny to a whole other level. Naturally, he attracted tons of babely chicks of the 60’s, including Marianne Faithfull, Nico, and Anita Pallenberg. Although he died in a very mysterious (and very questionable) way, his dreamy style, music, and legacy will live on in rock n’ roll history forever. Here’s a look at some of our favorite fashionable looks from the original Rolling Stone…

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Bandit Babes of the Wild West

Here at 2BHQ, we are forever worshiping bad ass Bandit Babes of cinema. Therefore, we’ve made ya’ll a list of some of our favorite westerns filled with only the greatest of Bandit Babes. These straight shooters of film really perfected the Rodeo Queen look – complete with gun smoke, horses, and simmering scowls. Can we just go back to the ol’ wild west? Get ready to marathon and also, watch out boys…

Jane Fonda as Cat Ballou (1965)

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ddfcdd2828236858b6df9fca30ba5f33Brigitte Bardot is the ultimate Bandit Babe in Shalako (1968)d7d2ebc9e5ad955d1a518c04a7c43da1Sharon Stone being all kinds of bad ass in The Quick and the Dead (1995)cb248492b4e0d2a6741cb462490ea67cBrigitte Bardot photographed on the set of Shalako (1968)ca3771ff50cf7dc56997aca759b4421a028b579b5124d09ced1a4919f766d4f1Anna Karina is pure cowgirl perfection.bcc58e34503ec35d435e40d92219e5e4The smoldering Giovanna Ralli in A Professional Gun (1968)bba1105e04237389136afb99c3b1ef63Renegade, Raquel Welch in 100 Rifles (1969)b7a98c28b1866448f21cb566001a6fe1a65d271efaa5b039c7d9a4c54764bd72Jane Fonda still holdin’ em up in Cat Ballou (1965)
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228b7c3ad2350d648c40c89dfc9deb87Claudia Cardinale in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)56d00a4696564de8ee47bf6ad860bcd9Literally The 2 Bandits, Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz, in Bandidas (2006)Bandidas-268965828-largeMarianna Hill in Along the Great Divide (1951)08a4e1fada9d187c69d0ecffec5a4de3And finally, this mega girl-gang of Andie MacDowell, Mary Stuart Masterson, Madeleine Stowe and Drew Barrymore in Bad Girls (1994)bad-girls-744050l

Cecilia Alejandra

Austin based photographer, Cecilia Alejandra is making us eager to pack up and  run away to the desert. Shooting mainly with film and Polaroids, her photographs have an enchanting vintage feel that really resonates with us. The mixed media and funky colors in some of her photographs usually come about from happy accidents, making them that much more unique. One can definitely see her Texan roots coming through her work, and we can’t help but feel a connection to her Southwestern charm. Below are some of our favorite snaps filled with road trips, giant Saguaro, and her bandit babein’ friends. Get lost in her colorful dream world  via ceciliaalejandraphotography.tumblr.com xx

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#FestivalBandit

‘Tis the season to get festive.. with Coachella, Levitation (formally Austin Psych Fest), Sasquatch, Bonaroo, Governor’s Ball (+ a million more music festivals) just around the corner, we’ve started this Festival Bandit playlist filled with this year’s festival artists to get us in the mood! Follow our Pinterest board, #FestivalBandit for some MAJOR outfit inspo too! We’ll be adding to the playlist (below) and board all summer long to keep the good vibes goin’.  Xx10wed #festivalbandit Antoine Verglas(photo by Antoine Verglas)

 

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