St. Petersburg in sunny Florida!
Website: Create That StyleHow did you get to where you are today, a stylist and personal shopper with expertise in vintage shopping?
"I began working as a stylist in my early 20s in Seattle. That evolved into owning my own vintage clothing site as well as becoming an on-air fashion expert for HSN. That then branched off into becoming a personal shopper, sourcing amazing vintage pieces for my clients in the most unexpected places."
After I had my son in 2009, I retired my online vintage business and started Create That Style
to keep a dialogue going with the fashion industry but it's Pinterest
projects and consulting work that keeps me on my toes. There is always something new, which I prefer."What inspires you about where you live?
I moved to Florida in 2003 with an ex-boyfriend. I never lived by the beach so I thought, why not? I love where I live because of the sunshine as well as the endless nearly untouched sources for vintage! Flea markets, garage and estate sales, thrift shops, antique stores, vintage boutiques. I mean, it's endless!"What is your most treasured vintage item?
Hands down, my dad's gold Seiko watch that I helped my mother pick out over 25 years ago. He passed away six months ago, and I wear it almost every day."Is there a trend or no-fail accessory you always gravitate toward?
"One thing that seems to carry over from my Pinterest inspiration boards into my vintage picking is gold. Jewelry, handbag hardware, sunglasses. I'll never grow tire of gold!" Any great fashion industry run-ins?
"I recently met Tory Burch and was quite surprised she knew who I was after choosing her as a "Pinterest Star of the Week" for a project I did with Refinery29. She was genuinely sweet and appreciative, and when someone like that (who is the head of a huge fashion enterprise) takes the time to recognize the little relationships, that to me is the sign of a well-run company. It's the difference between the elitist and humble, and the impact she had on me in that moment is quite memorable." Why vintage? What makes it special to you?
"Craftsmanship. I can spend $100 on something vintage and own a beautifully made piece, rather than an all-too-often, new, cheaply made garment. I like my money to be spent wisely and have a tightly edited closet, so it's always a bonus when something is added that I know will stand the test of time. Secondly, creativity. Finding a vintage piece and reworking it in a relevant way, whether through tailoring or styling is a creative process that keeps things fun for me. Without this part of my craft, I'd be one uninspired woman. Not to mention, grumpy."
Photo: Courtesy of Dree Harper