Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sacramento Stylista:Interview With Brie

It seems like this local interview post is going to be a monthly addition to my blog. There is no shortage of beautiful fashionable people in my town and I am lucky to count many of my friends among them. I love doing this feature as I get to be go to pretty locales and take pictures with my new camera. I've seen Brie's style evolve in the last few years and she is so inspiring. Shortly after the shoot I spotted some killer heels at Thrift Town and just had to have them and we both share a love for vintage dresses. Not only does she have enviable style she is also one of the sweetest people ever.
How long have you lived in Sacramento?
I've lived in Midtown for 3 years now. I grew up in Truckee and went to High School in Roseville.

Favorite local hangouts?
I'd probably say Shady Lady because i like the atmosphere and it's always fun getting dressed up to go there. Other than that i'd say Townhouse and Press Club because that's where the majority of my friends go.

When did you start getting into vintage and fashion?
Definitely when i moved downtown. The girls here are pretty fashionable.
What are some of your favorite vintage and thrift stores?
My friend Marley told me about Bows and Arrows when i first moved here and fell in love with it from the second i walked in the door. Trish and Olivia are sweethearts, so it makes me want to shop there even more. I think the majority of my closet is from there and Cuffs. I'm not too picky about where i shop. I shop at thrift stores like Goodwill, Deseret, SPCA Thrift store..I shop at the local vintage stores, and I shop at forever 21 and Nordstrom even.

How would you describe your style?
I wouldn't consider myself to have a specific style. i think it depends on my mood and where i'm going to be going. I think it would be boring to stick to one type of style.

What are your favorite fashion accessories?
I'm not really too big on accessories. I usually buy a few pieces of jewelry and wear them until they break or i lose them.
Who are your style icons?
Besides my Grandma, i wouldn't say i have a specific style icon. I usually get inspiration from people i see around and friends. I think a lot of the girls in Sacramento are very fashionable in their own ways.

What are your other hobbies?
Other than my horrible shopping addiction, anything where i get to spend time with my friends. I like apartment hunting a lot and i think that's why i move so much. I have no intentions of moving, until i see an awesome place, and I'm like, "i have to live there. I've moved 5 times the 3 years I've lived here. I used to ski when i lived in Truckee and i've only snowboarded a couple times but this winter i think i'm going to take it on.

Favorite books, tv, movies, and music?
I can't say I'm much of a reader. I don't have the attention span for it and it always puts me to sleep after reading 2 sentences. I browse blogs online and read articles here and there but i think i spend most my time listening to and searching for new music. I love finding new bands that i haven't heard of before. There's so much music out there, it's overwhelming sometimes. Right now, I'm hooked on FM Belfast, Local Natives, Fever Ray, and Star Slinger. My "favorite" bands constantly change but I think my forever fav is Arcade Fire. As for TV, I don't own a television. I think it's better that way because when i have friends over, instead of turning on the TV and getting sucked into pointless reality shows, we actually sit and talk about our own reality. If i really want to watch a show or movie, i can just watch it on my laptop. I love Californiacation and i think my favorite movie is probably Marie Antoinette. The soundtrack is amazing.
How has your fashion sense changed over time?
Growing up i was self conscious of my size because I've always been taller and bigger than the other girls. I wouldn't wear heels even because i would tower over everyone. Over time I've learned how to dress for my size and say, fuck it, and wear heels anyways. I dress pretty girly. Tights, dresses and skirts. I don't wear jeans because not only are they uncomfortable and feel restricting, i find them unflattering for my body type.

What are some of your favorite pieces in your closet right now?
I have a few dresses in my closet that i bought a long time ago but I'm waiting for the right time to wear them. My grandma gave me this big fur coat when i was in Junior High and i thought to myself, "Thanks Grandma, when and where the hell would i ever wear this?' I went through my old closet at my moms house about a year ago and found it and had a fit of excitement. I'm soooo glad i didn't get rid of it.

What is your favorite season fashion wise?
Fall for sure. i feel like i can wear 2 outfits at once. I can have a coat/jacket and a scarf on then take it off inside and It's almost like a wardrobe change haha.
What is your favorite time period for vintage?
The 50s. I really like the pinup style and dresses like an hourglass. I think their style was very classy looking.

What fashion trends do you wish would never come back?
Guys in girls jeans, Uggs, Crocs, pre-ripped jeans, jerseys, xxl tees on boys that should be wearing a medium, and sweatpants with words on the butt.

What are your tips for finding good vintage and thrift finds?
Patience. I shop with an open mind, never really going into it with a specific item in mind.

More photos from the shoot here.


  1. She's got wonderful style - great interview!

    xoxo ~ Courtney

  2. Thrifting is the way to go, she has great taste.

  3. Your friend is very pretty and very stylish, I love that last outfit, very 60's/70's inspired! :)

    I'm holding a giveaway on my blog, make sure you check it out if you haven't already http://my-favourite-fashion.blogspot.com/

    Have a great week! xxx

  4. Excellent interview!
    Loved the questions / answers & her style :)

  5. Great interview and photos :) Looking forward to the next instalment!


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