First Name: CMA, COSMICaroline
tie-dye maxi dress from VS, vintage faux fur jacket, unlisted purple ankle boots, DIY headband
What is your fashion philosophy?
Every single one of us has a certain energy about us, containing all the pieces of those who we find most inspiring. My fashion philosophy is based around just that. Sometimes fashion becomes so superficial...and to me, how I keep myself from going there, is remembering that what I am wearing is not just a coat or a pair of shoes, but a creation of someone else's minds and hands. This makes it art. Every time I put a look together, it's taking those special pieces in my closet and pairing them with unexpected odds and ends to create my own little work of art. And the idea of creating my own piece of art every morning is quite interesting. I am not a talented painter, sculptor, filmmaker, photographer, none of that. So for me, my art is music and what I put on my back. It's my own little work derived from all the people I find most interesting and inspiring.
Who is your fashion inspiration?
I find myself extremely attracted to 60's and 70's style, always have been. Artists like Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, and most importantly The Beatles. Whether it was stage wardrobe or what they wore in a bed-in protest, I find the ease of their styles to be right up my alley and their lyrics speak to me in an ethereal way. But besides that obvious note, I adore the original pin-up girls...Alice White, Rita Hayworth, Bettie Page. Now, modern inspiration is something different. I don't tend to look at celebrities and models, I find so much of that world to be swamped with egotistical minds. For modern inspiration, I look at street style. How one girl throws all of her favorite pieces together, or how a boy rocks black lipstick and a sequined dress. It could be absolutely anything.
What us your favorite place to shop?
Nashville is swarming with beautiful vintage shops. Ever come to town, I'll give you a tour free of charge. Pre to Post Modern, the first vintage store I ever stepped foot into will always remain one of my favorites. Savant Vintage Couture on 12th, along with Local Honey are both gems. Hip Zipper across the river is small, but packed full of anything and everything a girl like me could dream of. I love spending hours and hours in a store just staring at all the tiny treasures hidden in the dark corners where the wood is rotting through to the outside.
Silver puffed skirt from H&M, striped tank from H&M, vintage scarf and sunglasses, unlisted black ankle boots, black fringe clutch and painted bracelet (gifts).
What is your current favorite fashion trend?
Well, a throwback is always fun to play with. So I've enjoyed this past 80's surge that we all got to happily suffer through with out heads stuffed between giant shoulder pads. I'm always one for faux fur, I'm on the search for a good pair of vintage Levi shorts, and I'm in withdrawal for classic pumps in a hot spring color like lime green or fuschia pink. Anything that makes me drool is a good trend in my mind.
What is the current trend you dislike the most?
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Curvy girls wearing sequined leggings and the liquid leggings, nuh-uh. Totally not my style. The sequins mirror your things and make your legs look larger. And with the liquid leggings, my god, let the crotch breathe please. Leave the tight for the toothpicks.
Why did you start your blog?
The blog began last May when that semester was ending and I was avoiding studying for final at all cost. I already had been looking at more popular blogs for quite some time and thinking about starting my own. Once I did, I was very shy to show it to anyone. I didn't know what I was doing, how to work with the pictures, how to submit a post, none of that. I was awful. It wasn't until months later that I started getting the hang of it. I really started actually writing what I felt, what was going on in my life, documenting what I threw on that day. I never expected it to grow like this, I thought it would remain as just an outlet for all the things I would have normally just kept in my head and to myself. Now, it's so humbling to hear what people have to say, and I am more than thrilled to share my inspiration with others.
white layered dress from a small boutique in Oxford, boyfriend blazer, black lace tights from Target, combat boots from Forever21, vintage traditional hat with pompom detail from Scotland
How would you describe your style?
I find a great piece, usually a vintage floor-length dress or a beautiful old jacket and base my look from there. I usually always begin with one piece, that on its own, if I just wore that piece and nothing else, I would still feel great in. From there, my look is a collection of cheap pieces, easily accessible bits that I've had for years and years. And if you ask my sister, she'll tell you I have entirely too many flowing globs of white, airy fabric in my closet. You can see where the inspiration comes from. So, I see my style as a vintage-inspired, classically-trained (thanks momma), kid in a candy store mess. I don't mind walking out of the house looking like I just played dress-up.
What is one thing you are dying to buy this spring?
Floral print coat!!! Preferably a rain coat. I've seen the close-to-godliness version at Savant Vintage Couture, and I've seen the cheap version at Forever 21. Hopefully one will be mine before spring is dead.
What is your favorite vacation destination?
Well, I'm going to Rome next week. My prediction is that Rome might top my list. But, I've been extremely blessed my whole life when it comes to the ability to travel. I'm a lucky girl. As a kid airports were a second home and the muffled smell of airplane seats, spilt coffee, and peanuts were comforting. Now, with college, it makes it harder to find time to get away. So whether it's a big trip over an ocean to experiencing something new, a weekend trip with a friend or going back to the same beach in Isle of Palms, South Carolina for the 20th time, I love it all. I couldn't pick one destination.
vintage floral dress, faux sheepskin vest from a boutique in London, brown tights from Target, brown belt from Urban Outfitters, cream wooden platform wedges from Aldo, vintage leather gloves
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