We're just going to come out and say it: This chick is all up on her muse game. It's hard not to be never-endingly impressed by everything Apneet Kaur got her hands in down to her vintage-centric style, insane adventures, and even her collegiate studies — she's a music major who's a beast on the flute! And, best part is, the blogger, musician, and former model and assistant for Market Publique juggles it all but still manages to look real good.
Fresh off an incredible road trip that Kerouak dreams and designer lookbook shoots are made of — chronicled on her snapshot-filled blog, of course! — Apneet took a few moments to show us around her favorite borough, Brooklyn, and its ever-happening Williamsburg hot spots. The Fabric Snob author is freshly full of shopping tips for no-mans-land Arizona and in the heart of Austin, but trust, her local picks are just as on point.
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Photographed by Bek Andersen
What's your favorite part of The Fabric Snob?
"I really like being able to share what I'm loving and wearing. Having a blog means you are totally in control of the content, so you have complete editorial freedom to create whatever it is that matters most to you. You don't have to compromise or alter anything — you can just be you! I also love connecting with readers, whether it be a reply to a comment, through giveaways, or on other social media channels. I truly appreciate someone who takes the time to write a thoughtful something here and there."
Thrifted floral blouse, vintage Oscar de la Renta beaded blouse, thrifted pants, shoes from Shoemint, Cole Haan Anne Street Satchel, $260, available at Cole Haan; Verameat Baby Head Ring, $48, available at Verameat; Verameat Vampire Crown Ring, $48, available at Verameat.
What are some of the memorable experiences you've had as a fashion blogger?
"I really think the coolest part of blogging is interacting with and inspiring other people. I got a great reception to my 'On the Road'
series, which I blogged about my car-less road trip, and I can't wait to keep blogging and writing about things that I care about."
Woah — you took a cross-country road trip without a car?!
"That's right, I traveled across the Southwest via bus and plane, with a short trip in a van with some friends of mine who were playing shows in the same cities I was in. Over the course of a month, I touched five states, 16 cities, and logged almost 3,000 miles! The most freeing part was simply having no plans, and no schedule to stick to except on travel days. I was free to explore and roam and I was just so happy about it."
What was the most unexpectedly fantastic thing you saw?
"I met a gun-slinging cowboy in a ghost town in Arizona. On the way back to Phoenix, my cousin and I stopped to refuel at a gas station when I noticed a lone house across the street with a sign that read ‘Rex's.' My thrifting sense — think Spidey sense, but with flashing '70s printed dresses — kicked in and we decided to check it out.
"A man named Rex owned the shop, and inside was a time capsule of knickknacks from eras past. There were vintage magazines and cameras, some clothing, and just about anything you could think of. The best part? Everything was for sale! It was one of the coolest second-hand shops I'd ever been to."
How did you not go broke with so many vintage meccas?
"As for shopping, everything is much less expensive in the Southwest, especially at vintage and thrift stores. The only thing that stood between me and a pile of $14 fur coats that I found at the Austin City Wide Garage Sale was precious suitcase space! One thing that I wanted badly was a rad, classic Stetson cowboy hat, but the $300 price tag was better spent on other things — like food."
What was your best find?
"All the vintage I got from Denver: a beautiful Gunne Sax dress, a Victorian blouse, and a patchwork dress with a funky '70s collar."
Williamsburg is your favorite neighborhood in Brooklyn — why?
"I visit Williamsburg to shop, eat, drink, and in general, just to relax. Williamsburg is a vibrant and colorful neighborhood in terms of its streets, establishments, and people. I love that anywhere you turn, there are loads of bikes chained to racks, street vendors selling oddities and charms, and I always seem to run into at least one friend when I visit. It feels like a mixture of the East Village with its vintage shops and dive bars, a little bit of Harlem with its ethnic influences, and a whole lot of Brooklyn because you can't go more than a block without seeing at least one French Bulldog."
Who or what are you biggest sources of inspiration in fashion?
"I'm really inspired by street style, which I make mental notes of on a daily basis, and my surroundings. Buildings, nature, and scenery are great for rethinking textures and color stories. Besides that, I'm inspired by the '60s, and women like Anna Karina and Maria Callas. I love the old school glamour, effortless charm, and elegance these women held. I admire their always perfect cat-eye looks and immense talent."
Jacket from a Western and Leathers store in Arizona, thrifted overalls, Diesel boots, Urban Outfitters backpack, Forever 21 bracelet, Muses and Rebels Satin Gold Sable 5x Wrap Bracelet, $124, available at Muses & Rebels.
What are your favorite shops in Williamsburg?
"When I need some new digs I usually go to the many buy-sell-trade stores that call Williamsburg home. I also love the Verameat store, which has been a favorite jewelry line for some time now. Earwax is great for record shopping, and Junk for collecting things to display around my apartment."
Where do you hit up for vintage?
"Artists and Fleas is one of my favorite weekend destinations, and there are usually lots of vintage sellers any time I visit. Vice Versa, sister store to Urban Jungle and No Relation, has some of the most affordable vintage in NYC, just like its counterparts in other neighborhoods. On any given day you can find that perfect '90s floral dress, some rad Justin boots, or a '70s prairie dress. Other than that, I usually scour surrounding boroughs' Salvation Army and Goodwill stores for a less picked-over selection."
How do you manage to be a full-time music student along with keeping up your blog?
"When work piles up or I just can't play a phrase correctly no matter how hard I try, I remember, ‘Hey, I go to school to make music!' It's so fulfilling when you finally get it right, and being a student of the arts is exactly where I want to be.
"As for journalism, I started writing when I took a year off from school. At the time I was an opera major at a conservatory and realized I had no desire to be an opera diva. I turned to another love of mine: writing. I got a job as a columnist and started writing for various fashion websites and even a magazine. When I returned to school, I joined my peers at the newspaper and gained an editorial position."
Where do you typically meet up with friends around your hood?
"One of my favorite bars is Lucky Dog. They are dog-friendly, and I often bring my little pug to hang out and catch up with his little pup friends. There is a backyard, and dive elements like a jukebox and pinball machine. Urban Rustic is my go-to spot anytime I'm craving a quesadilla. I'm a huge iced coffee buff, and no other shop satisfies my java thirst like Oslo. Only one of my must-visit places is on Bedford Ave. Get off that busy main strip and you'll be so happy with what you find!"
Clothespin purchased at a dollar store, used as a hairpin.
What's another place you love in the neighborhood?
"The Williamsburg waterfront. It's one of my favorite places to go picnicking during warmer months with friends."
Vintage London Fog hat, vintage dress, Kill City jeans, thrifted shoes.
What's a typical day like during the week?
"When I worked in a studio in the neighborhood, a typical day started with coffee on the way from the train at either Ella Cafe or Oslo. Then, some fun shooting vintage pieces for Market Publique and lunch from Food Swings or a number of other great restaurants. Post-work drinks were bought to-go from the Turkey's Nest and enjoyed in McCarren park!"
What has running your blog in New York been like?
"Running a blog here can sometimes be challenging. Living in a city bustling with millions of people makes for awkward times when you're shooting yourself on a tripod. However, there are a lot of blogs run out of NYC, and its fun to meet those other bloggers you gel with."
Is this outfit mostly vintage?
"I thrifted both the dress and hat from Staten Island. The dress looks like an old majorettes uniform, and brings back memories of when I was in marching band! (Laughs) However, it could very well just be a child's costume or something. I thought it was unique, so I had to have it."