Three reasons that you’re awesome:
1) I once won second place in a vegan hotdog eating contest (11.5 hotdogs + buns in under eight minutes)
2) You can spot me as an extra in seasons one and two of Friday Night Lights.
3) I can hula hoop longer than any other person I know (HOURS).
What are you wearing right now, as you type this?
I am currently shopping online for flat, summer sandals. Before that? I got some bright jeans last week.
What is the item of clothing you most covet at the moment?
I just found this new designer and line called Crowned Bird, and she has a skirt with fish printed on it that I am swooning over.
What is your best thrifting score?
Last year I scored an
over-sized, authentic Michael Kors Runway watch in a Dallas area thrift
store, which is still being sold at Neimans for $255.
Tell us about a favorite childhood memory about your clothes.
I was raised by my grandparents, who by all accounts, were probably done raising kids by the time I came to live with them, so they didn’t have any hard and fast rules as to what I could and could not wear to school. They let me wear whatever I wanted, which resulted in grass skirts in the winter, my grandpa’s size XXL dress shirts belted with leggings, and various pieces of dance costumes repurposed into every day wear. I got a lot of inspiration from Claudia of The Babysitters’ Club Books, and got into my grandma’s craft supplies a lot to attempt to create things I had seen on MTV or in issues of YM.
Could you tell us your top three style tricks/DIYs?
1) Style-wise, and I know this sounds crazy, but get a professional bra fitting at a boutique lingerie store or a nice department store at least once a year. They say that eight out of ten women wear the wrong bra size. Once I found out that I was wearing the wrong bra size and made the switch, suddenly my tops started looking better and my bulges went away, making my dresses fit in a more flattering way.
2) For DIY’s, taking one basis sewing class will end up saving you so much money. You can bust out cloth coaster or napkins in a under an hour for housewarming gifts, hem your own skirts and pants, and sew curtains and pillows for your house very easily. Your friends will think you’re a craft queen, even if you can only sew straight lines.
3) My favorite thrifting tip is simple: look in departments other than the women’s and always check the dressing room “go-back” rack. I’ve found some of my favorite blazers in the men’s section, overlooked gems in the jewelry case, and amazing vintage on the “ethnic clothing” rack.