With the release of Tomboy Style, a book based on a fantastic style blog of the same name, I felt it was a really appropriate time to talk to you about one of my biggest style icons of late, the beautiful Nicki Bluhm, who is featured in the book.
Nicki was also interviewed for the blog (click here to read the whole thing) and my favorite quote? “A love of rock and roll, paddock boots, denim, dirty hair, big packs and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale…is what makes me have Tomboy Style.” What a dream girl. Plus, she lives in the Outer Sunset, one of my favorite San Francisco neighborhoods.
The first time I saw Nicki Bluhm, she was onstage with the country covers band she fronts with her husband Tim, Brokedown in Bakersfield. She was wearing an amazing pink dress and high-heeled white cowboy boots. It was my first date with my now-boyfriend, and I’m kind of shocked that he didn’t just back away slowly in the face of my utter fangirlishness. But seriously, she covers Tammy Wynette in a voice that sounds like she’s sobbing, and she dresses like this for shows:
When I saw Brokedown in Bakersfield again last week, it made me more determined than ever to discover how to look that amazing all the time. And also how to make the crown of my hair higher. I actually stood in front of my closet, looking for things to sell at work, and thought: “What do I have that Nicki Bluhm would never wear?”
Nicki’s husband Tim, who plays with Brokedown, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, and is best known as the frontman for the Mother Hips, also has really great style.
This week I bought my boyfriend some Wrangler jeans so that he could emulate Tim while I’m working on being as much like Nicki as possible. If Nicki were half-Chinese and couldn’t sing at all, you know. I have no proof that Tim Bluhm wears Wranglers, but cowboy jeans make your backside look amazing, and so I feel like he would.
Nicki recently became kind of a viral video sensation with this cover of Hall and Oates. It’s been stuck in my head for a week. You’re welcome. (P.S. I totally rode in this van. Not with her. But right after the show at the Great American last week. It’s a long story.)