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Real Life Style Icon: Bodhi of ‘Menswear Dog’

This is one of many Real Life Style Icon interviews in which we talk to funny, smart, stylish people and then distract them while we raid their closets. This is probably the first time we’ve ever had a style icon we’d also like to pet and take for a walk.
top photo: with my people David and Yena
Name: Bodhi (named after Patrick Swayze in the movie Point Break)
Age: 4 years-gold.
Location: New York City
Online haunts: blog // twitter // instagram // facebook // pinterest
Three reasons that you’re awesome:
1. I’m a Shiba Inu
2. I was born with houndswag
3. I wear legit menswear clothes.
What are you wearing right now, as you type this?
I’m wearing a tank top from Saturdays NYC, pale blue shorts from J.Crew and some classic white Vans. The city gets sweaty real quick so I want to be equal parts comfortable and stylish.
What is the last item of clothing you bought? 
I bought a grey fedora by Stefano from Porkpie Hatters (used for the Bark Kent look in honor of Christopher Reeve on our tumblr). I knew it wouldn’t exactly be a summer purchase, but I’ve been wearing it out on cooler nights and it’s fast becoming one of my go-to’s. A quality brimmed hat is a great item to throw on when you’re overdue for a haircut.
What is the item of clothing you most covet at the moment?
Ya know, it’s easy to buy these exciting items on a whim; fresh sneakers and dope jackets, but the things that still elude me are some no-brainer basics. I still haven’t been able to find that perfect-fitting white dress shirt or that tee that looks just as good dressed down as it does dressed up. The less flashy items are the hardest to get right.
Tell us about a favorite childhood memory about your clothes.
Not a favorite memory but one I’d like to forget would be my baggy cargo pants phase. So many unnecessary pockets. I still wake up with cold sweats thinking about them.
What is your best thrifting score?
I once scored a gorgeous pair of vintage Christian Dior frames, but then later lost them at a halloween party. I regret that decision to this day.
Could you tell us your top three style tricks/DIYs?
1. We’ve been trumpeting the versatility of a denim jacket for a while now but it’s really fool-proof. It’s one of the only pieces in your wardrobe that can go over, under, and in-between everything in your closet.
2. Get yourself a good quality leather jacket. Make sure it’s fitted; you want to be able to move but you don’t want to be swimming in it. Then wear it around, beat it up, and get caught in the rain.
3. We’ve been known to turn some old ratty t-shirts inside out and cutting the collars off of them. Sounds weird on paper but it’s a great way to repurpose those tees that you never wear.
Thanks so much for sharing, Bodhi! Do you guys have any questions for this, our most fashionable canine icon?

Real Life Style Icon: Nadia Aboulhosn

This is one of many Real Life Style Icon interviews in which we talk to smart, funny, stylish women. And then we distract them while we steal their cat sweatshirts.


Name:
Nadia Aboulhosn
Age: 24 years old
Location: From Florida but live in NYC
Online haunts: blog // twitter // facebook // instagram

Three reasons that you’re awesome:
I help inspire people by accepting themselves, I love cats, and I can cook Arab food!

What are you wearing right now, as you type this?

Black skinny jeans, a bedazzled 80’s jacket and combat boots.
What is the last item of clothing you bought?
A pair of white heels that have one strap and then wrap around the ankle.
What is the item of clothing you most covet at the moment?Since I’m in NY, I’m usually wearing my thigh high boots with basically everything because it’s so cold and always snowing.

 

Tell us about a favorite childhood memory about your clothes.
Well my favorite childhood memory wasn’t about MY clothes but my aunt’s. She was always with my mom and I when I was growing up. Since it was the early 90’s she’d wear the best high-waisted pants, bright red long nails, and harem pants. She’s the best.
What is your best thrifting score?

A 1980’s Wilson leather jacket for $7.

 

Could you tell us your top three style tricks/DIYs?
I’m a fan of crop tops so I usually cut shirts in half. I’m also a fan of wearing pants then cutting them into shorts. I love re-wearing pieces in a different way.

Thanks so much for sharing, Nadia!

Real Life Style Icon: Shey of ‘A Skirt a Day’

This is one of many Real Life Style Icon interviews in which we talk to smart, interesting, cool women. And then we befriend them. And ask them to teach us how to dress like them.
Name: Shey
Age: 34
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Online haunts: blog
Three reasons that you’re awesome: 
I’m awesome because I am a Pre-K teacher and I love what I do and I got a really good teacher evaluation just today. I have a teenage son who’s 13 and is very smart, and I am very crafty and ingenious when it comes to refashioning clothes.
What are you wearing right now, as you type this?
Fleece pajama pants, old cashmere sweater and pink socks (I’m getting ready to go to bed).
What is the last item of clothing you bought? 
I went to the thrift store and bought a merino wool Brooks Brothers cardigan and a vintage belt. All for under $8 dollars!
What is the item of clothing you most covet at the moment? 
I really want an A-line shift dress, preferably in cream, and at a price I can afford, but I haven’t found one yet.
Tell us about a favorite childhood memory about your clothes. 
My mother would make me wear a pinafore over my dress every day because I would always manage to get dirty. As a child I didn’t care much about clothing for myself but I loved making clothes for my dolls and at the age of six I was pretty good with needle and thread. I remember sitting next to my mother as she made clothes for us in her old sewing machine, and I use to pick up scraps and make clothes for my dolls.
What is your best thrifting score?
My first pair of vintage riding boots, I had been thinking about splurging on a pair of riding boots and one Thursday morning I happened to stop by a thrift store and there they were, the perfect fit and color and great quality, for only $30 dollars. I’ve worn them every winter since then. Once I found an original vintage Chanel bag, it was priced at $30 and I was on a shopping diet so I let it go, I still regret that to this moment.
Could you tell us your top three style tricks/DIYs?
1. I like to tailor my shirts, a lot of the button up shirts at the thrift stores are very baggy but your can turn them into more tailored fit by taking in on the sides. There’s tutorials everywhere on youtube for this.
2. I also like refashioning ugly vintage dresses into something more modern, most of the time all you have to do is shorten them and take off the shoulder pads.
3. I also like shortening vintage skirts, I do this all the time, especially because I know which length flatters my legs, and those lengths are hard to come by at the store.Thanks so much for sharing, Shey!

 

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Real Life Style Icon: Monique of ‘Tipa Tipa’

This is one of many Real Life Style Icon interviews in which we pick the brains of smart, funny, interesting women who also happen to be super stylish.
Name: Monique
Age: 31
Location: Brooklyn
Online Haunts: Tipa TipaPinterestTumblr
Three Reasons You’re Awesome:
1. I was born and bred in New York City. I spent my early days in Queens and currently reside in the republic of Brooklyn.
2. I am a behavioral therapist for young children and I truly love the work that I do. I get so much joy from working with children.
3. I am fascinated by people. I am a lover of people, truly, I love people watching and making new friends. I love how we can connect with a person from a completely different part of the world. I have soul sisters and brothers that pull heavily on my heart strings. People I’ve connected with that I just can’t shake. I look forward to continuing making these connections for the rest of my life.
What are you wearing right now, as you type this?
Well, it’s 10:30 p.m. and I am wearing yoga pants, a fleece and wool socks, our apartment is quite cold today. I am snuggled on my couch with a warm blanket as I type. I did have on a decent outfit earlier for work.
What is the last item of clothing you bought?
I recently purchased a vintage chevron top for spring. It’s peach and white. I found it on Etsy and can’t wait for it to arrive in the mail.
What is the item of clothing you most covet at the moment?
I really want to get a gorgeous bathing suit for this summer. I’m planning to spend a lot of time at the beach so I want a suit that looks good and can stand the ocean. I have my eye on a black high waisted bathing suit bottom with a striped top.
Tell us about a favorite childhood memory about your clothes.
I’ve always loved clothes. As a kid, around six or seven years old. I’d insist on wearing my new shoes home from the shoe store. I also wanted to sleep in my new clothes because I was so excited about them. My folks didn’t go for the whole wearing new clothes to sleep thing but they did let me wear my new shoes home and toss my old shoes in the box. I remember walking home with a huge smile on my face staring at my new shoes.
What is your best thrifting score?
My favorite thrifting score would have to be a 1950’s plaid peplum dress that I bought at the Brooklyn Flea. Initially it didn’t fit, it was too small. The seller told me I could purchase it, take it to my tailor to be assessed and then return it if he couldn’t make it bigger. The woman who sold it to me pointed out that there was about an inch of extra fabric on both ends. It worked out well, my tailor did an incredible job with it.
Could you tell us your top three style tricks/DIYs?
1. When I don’t feel like doing my hair I take a scarf and tie it in the form of a turban. I make sure that the turban compliments my outfit so it function as a valuable accessory.
2. If I go for a casual look but I still want to look polished I’ll wear dark denim jeans, riding boots and a blazer. A blazer steps the outfit up a notch.
3. I learned this one from my mom. I set out two outfits the night before work both of which I’ve carefully chosen, so this way if I don’t fee like wearing one I can wear the other and not run late looking for something else to wear.Thanks so much for sharing, Monique!

 

Real Life Style Icon: Danica of ‘Fox and Gypsy’

This is one of many Real Life Style Icon interviews in which we talk to women who are funny, smart, interesting and stylish like whoa.


Name: Danica Friederich
Age: 25
Online haunts: blog // instagram // twitter // facebook
Three reasons that you’re awesome:
1. I’m currently learning how to play the harmonica. I also have a tambourine. I hope to one day add a harp, accordion and banjo to my collection.
2. I can also rap. This usually happens after a night out.
3. I have a huge collection of fashion magazines. I was a Magazine Journalism major at the University of Missouri and my passion has always been magazines and fashion. I will have a fabulous magazine library one day.

 

What are you wearing right now, as you type this?
We just finished shooting photos for next week’s fashion posts: a vintage NY Giants baseball jersey, a black maxi skirt, Kate Spade bracelets, a {faux} leather hair turban and vintage brown ankle boots.
 

What is the last item of clothing you bought?
Pants in the shade of Pantone’s 2013 color of the year – emerald.

What is the item of clothing you most covet at the moment?

Shakuhachi’s Acid Bloom kick out dress and art-deco inspired jewelry for our Great Gatsby themed party we are throwing.
Tell us about a favorite childhood memory about your clothes.Back to school, shopping was definitely my favorite – new jeans, shoes and even make-up. I loved to plan my outfits weeks in advance with all of the new pieces.

 

What is your best thrifting score?
I love all of my vintage jewelry because it is so timeless. I’ve snagged a great Christian Dior menswear sweater, an elegant cape and boots that are all heavily rotated in my wardrobe.
Could you tell us your top three style tricks/DIYs?
1. Don’t be afraid to shop online. Most places have free shipping and returns. This is how I find items that I can’t find in the stores (Nordstrom, Urban Outfitter’s and Revolve Clothing)
2.  Splurge on key pieces – a great trench, a fab riding boot and classic sunglasses. They all get better with age.
3. Rehab old items you haven’t worn in awhile before you decide to donate or sell. You can stud the shoulders or collar. Like we did here!

Thanks so much for sharing, Danica!

 

Real Life Style Icon: Elizabeth of ‘Delightfully Tacky’

This is one of many Real Life Style Icon interviews in which we talk to smart, funny, interesting women who also happen to be painfully stylish. 


Name: Elizabeth
Age: 26
Location: Tacoma WA
Online haunts:  Blog // Twitter // Pinterest // Facebook
Three reasons that you’re awesome:
1. I’m pretty good at doing anything as long as I can find good instructions (cooking, baking, HTML, construction, working on cars, etc).
2. I drove from Anchorage, AK to Florida, and back to Washington state in my 1973 Winnebago Brave. It was awesome.3. According to strangers who frequently approach me to comment on it, my hair is pretty notable. One blog reader recently commented on it, “Curls chiseled by the gods” which is now my new favorite description.

What are you wearing right now, as you type this?
What is the last item of clothing you bought?
I got a cute sheer crop top at the thrift store the other day.
What is the item of clothing you most covet at the moment?I recently made a goal of only buying ethically produced/vintage/thrifted clothing this year, so I’m currently coveting cute things that live up to those standards.

 

Tell us about a favorite childhood memory about your clothes.
I had zero style as a child, so my favorite memory is actually a bad memory (but funny). I used to wear sweatpants and baggy t-shirts pretty much exclusively, and one cold, Alaskan, winter day in fourth grade I got dressed and went to school only to realize that under my coat I had unwittingly put on a pair of green sweats and a green sweatshirt… so I was basically just a green blob. Thankfully I realized this before entering the classroom and quickly took off my sweatshirt, as if whatever I was wearing under there was more “chic.” But at least I wasn’t a green blob.I also once wore a GAP sweatshirt to school and we played volleyball in class (you know, make the desks in a line as the “net” and volley a foam ball across… okay Alaskans had to make up for it being too cold to go outside for recess sometimes), and I missed the ball once and people made fun of me for being the “GAP” because that’s what my sweatshirt said. Never. Worn. Again.

What is your best thrifting score?

Actually, the other day I scored a Dear Creatures dress, which is usually 120 bucks! It was so cheap! It was actually a dress I already own, and it wasn’t in my size but I asked around on twitter if anyone wanted it, so I bought it and ended up selling it to a gal. I was so amazed to see such an amazing dress in new condition at the thrift store.I almost scored an amazing bar cart at the thrift store last week, but when the guy took it up to the register to hold it for us until we were done shopping, it turned out it has already been sold and someone had accidentally put it back on the sales floor. I was bummed.

Could you tell us your top three style tricks/DIYs?

1. Wearing a top over/under a dress to mix it up and give it more versatility.
2. Wearing a pair of nude tights under a pair in the color/pattern I want, to add warmth. Or even wearing socks under tights for warmth/make shoes fit better (I have size 4.5 feet. It’s hard to find shoes that small)
3. Act like you own the place.Thanks so much for sharing, Elizabeth!