Describe your style, and what you plan to bring. What are your bestsellers?:
I gave up my career as a graphic designer to be a faithful military spouse and stay at home mom to my 2 children. I love all things mid-century, vintage boho and retro 80’s. My mother who taught me the love of the hunt as a child. I grew up in Los Angeles full of converging cultures, i watched it outgrow it’s mid-century glory for the urban metropolis it is today. I’ve had the privilege of living in Germany for 3 years where I gained an even greater appreciation of flea markets and old world antiques. Watching things like Mad Men, Grease, and The Wonder Years plus pouring over print advertising are some of my favorite inspirations. I plan to bring some housewares, vintage childrens toys and clothes, linens, and vintage christmas decor.
Regardless of trends, who are your style muses, how do they influence you?:
Grease- My mother attended the real Ridel High as a teenager. I must of watched it a million times growing up. It forever engrained a love for the past.
Edward Scissor Hands- The eery Mid-century style of the whole movie is a timeless example of the era. The colors, the furniture, the hair!
Frida Kalo – It’s a love hate relationship. Her florals and textiles inspired by the idea of “real” Mexican style are iconic. She is synonymous with the breaking of patriarchal male stereotypes. It’s really hard for me not to constantly look to her as a golden standard.
Andy Warhol- The king of pop art, his prints are the backdrop of the 60’s for me . His work has shown me that art surrounds us in the beautiful and mundane, that it’s our outlook that makes it beautiful.
LadyCrushes: Because I use instagram for almost all my sales, I find these ladies to be veterans in the game, and I love to gush over their feeds.
How did you learn your craft or business?:
My mother who taught me the love of the hunt as a child. My degree is in Graphic Design so I can easily create and edit my photography and ads. I found a FB group of a community of other vintage insta-shops, there I get TON’s on knowledge on the game. ( Our instagram hashtag is #isnmemberitems) . Also, my good friend Malia brought me into having a vintage booth and she is an expert in retail business! I also love the Being Boss podcast.
What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity or business mode?:
I’m a night owl. I tend to do a bulk if my posting, pricing and shipping at night after my kiddos are in bed. I turn up some jams and get cracking.
What advice would you give to an artist or business just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art or business?:
The best advice I’ve ever gotten is that branding and business success is totally perception. Imposter Syndrome is a fallacy and everyone faking it till they make it.
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