We have a huge style crush on Angela Deviatova-Hageali of @mommyplaysdressup. As a mother of two boys, dressing for comfort and practicality is key for her but that doesn’t stop her from taking risks. Her usual mix of classic and minimalist style is often paired with unusual color combinations and textures making each and every outfit stand out. We thought she might have a little sartorial wisdom to pass on to the next generation, so we asked for her own personal favorites from our kids pop-up shop. Her picks are a reflection of what her two boys (and most kids) like: “Clothes that are comfortable and non-fussy.”
When it comes to vintage shopping, we trust everything Anna Gray has to say. As a writer and model living in New York City, she knows the ins and outs of shopping for vintage on a budget. Anna moved to New York when she was 18 and has since filled her plate with anything she could get her hands on. From studying literature to working four jobs at once, she was a quick study of the city’s hustle. With her “say yes to everything” motto (including hand-me-downs) and family influence (the eccentric closet of her grandmother and her mom’s love of vintage), there’s always a ton of inspiration to find in Anna’s unique approach to style.
Lucky for us (and you, naturally) we caught up with her to chat about personal style and get an honest play by play of shopping vintage. Just three of her tips and we promise you’ll be ready to thrift!
WHEN DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER A LOVE FOR VINTAGE? Being a small kid/late bloomer, hand-me-downs have always had a majority stake in my wardrobe. My mom loves vintage and my Grandma’s closet is INSANE (neon orange paisley jumpsuits, costume jewelry, leopard print everything, etc.) so I was always dipping into their reserves. It makes me very sad that their feet are smaller than mine.
WHY DO YOU SHOP VINTAGE? I like recycling old clothes and wearing things no one else is wearing!
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST VINTAGE SCORE TO DATE? Oh wow so many things. Men’s red suede cropped bell bottoms, a gigantic black velvet Norma Kamali turtleneck, my black sueded and fox fur winter coat…
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE NEW TO VINTAGE SHOPPING? Know your size! Seriously, measure your entire body and commit the inches (or centimetres) to memory. This goes for shoes too. Vintage shoes run smaller than contemporary sizes. And be mindful of fabrics – it should look and feel nice.
TOP 3 TIPS FOR FINDING THAT PERFECT VINTAGE PIECE:
- I try not to buy any synthetic materials. I touch everything looking for silk, cotton, wool blends, cashmere and the like because they feel nice on the skin and are usually better quality.
- Try it on!
- It’s taken me years to actually practice this but I try to have an idea of what I want before I start browsing. Can be as vague as “pants” or as specific as “metallic gogo boot” but it helps narrow the playing field. Vintage shopping is pretty exhausting (in a good way).
WHO DO YOU LOOK AT FOR INSPIRATION WHEN SHOPPING FOR VINTAGE? I like to wear ’60s and ’70s silhouettes – mod dresses, flared jeans. I love looks from the ’50s but feel a little matronly when I actually find similarly evocative pieces. We all have the same cool-girl heroes: Jane Birkin, Jackie Kennedy, Bianca Jagger, Francoise Hardy…. I buy whatever makes me feel like a babe.
WHERE DO YOU SHOP VINTAGE? The only “vintage” store I frequent in NYC is Salvation Army (a treasure trove) and maybe some little hole-in-the-walls. I love finding good vintage stores in other cities. I just polled all of my Canadian friends for their favorite Toronto spots and that is where I found previously mentioned Norma Kamali velvet turtleneck!
Check out Anna’s picks from our Vintage Pop-Up before they get away:
There’s something about getting to know someone through their work that makes you feel like fast friends when you actually, finally meet. We’ve been admiring Sanam Miremadi’s work for years: from Chloe Touran, her rad plant and crystal sculptures, to Nest Together, a beautiful online journal she co-founded. We got the chance to sit down with her to talk about motherhood, Instagram’s matchmaking ability and style. So of course we had to ask her to share what’s on her shopping list for Spring. Read on, we promise you’ll love her too.
TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU. Is it bad that the first thing I thought was: “How would I answer this on a dating site?” All you need to know is that I’m funny and a good time. Jokes aside, this is always a hard question for me. I’m easily made uncomfortable when asked to talk about myself and being that I’m fueled by curiosity and the need to create/experience, I have a habit of getting my hands into a bit of everything and I never know where to start. Most importantly, I’d say I’m a mother to two spirited and kind little boys. I’d like to think of myself as someone who is focused on continuous growth and immersed in things that will not only enhance my own being but theirs as well. I grew up in Texas and after graduating from UT Austin, I fell in love with the mountains and water here in the northwest and Seattle has been home since. Along the way I’ve worked in the arts, film, the fashion industry and all aspects of business development. My most recent and rewarding project being NestTogether.com, that I share with my creative partner Kara Town, is where you’d find me now.
WE HEARD YOU MET KARA TOWN THROUGH INSTAGRAM? Yes, I sure do have Instagram to thank for being a cross-continental “best friend” matchmaker of sorts. It all started out quite girly and over a shared love of Dieppa Restrepo shoes. The more we commented and shared back and forth, the more our alignment and appreciation for design, aesthetic and shared passions surfaced. I remember being in a fitting room at Totokaelo and asking her to download an app so we could text, needed her help deciding between Acne sweaters. It’s been years since and we text daily.
HOW DO YOU FIND IT WORKING TOGETHER ACROSS AN OCEAN? We get this question a lot but it’s not as hard as most assume. Of course we would love to be in each other’s physical company and working on projects hands on together vs. correspondence. However, our friendship and partnership simply works, fundamentally built on a shared love, respect and trust for the other. It also transcends distance. The creative experience is such a personal and intimate process, even the most seemingly successful or aligned partnerships can fall flat because of this. I honestly do not think it’s too often you are able to productively share something so personal and when it works you just protect it and make it happen. So I’d say it’s not so much about focusing on the hardship of distance for us and more so that fact that we are so well aligned and productive as a team. And overall our relationship is real. We support and motivate each other but also keep each other grounded and ‘humble’. Humble being of course most effectively achieved when your best friend can openly tell you when you’re being an idiot. With love of course.
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU ON YOUR DAYS OFF? Ideally, at a farmer’s market, beach or immersed in botanics with my boys. I do also deeply enjoy exposing the boys to projects, design, nature or new experiences and watching them interact with each other and the experience.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? Modern and understated. I gravitate towards pieces and styling that transcend time, trend and even season when possible. Less is always more, and a fan of pulling casual elements together with one great accessory or footwear. Most importantly, I always dress for comfort.
WHAT’S THE BEST STYLE ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? Confidence comes from comfort.
WHO’S YOUR STYLE ICON AND WHY? Sofia Coppola has always been a favorite. But to be honest there are so many confident women who embody an effortless/timeless chic, who causally marry elegance and androgyny.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN TERMS OF FASHION FOR SPRING? Breathable and drapey fabrics that allow you to experience the elements.
WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO OUTFIT? Most of my days recently have been spent working from home or running around with the boys. You will always find me in my favorite tee or sweater and messy hair, pulled together with a great wool coat and modern sneaks.
Check out a few of her favorite designers and shop them below.
Street style during fashion week season is always a good litmus test for in the moment inspiration for what we’ll be wearing IRL. Last season it was all about the wide leg crop, this season the bomber jacket is making a triumphant return. This time around with new fabrics, colors and details, it’s blending seamlessly with everything rather than standing alone as the nod to athleisure in our closet. And the latest hero piece from this longstanding style? The long bomber jacket for a seasonal two in one. We’ve rounded up our favorites to shop, and wear, right now.
There’s a lot of amazing women doing amazing things around the world, but there’s a serious concentration of talent in Brooklyn right now. The duo behind Local Creative, a collaborative lifestyle project, are dedicated to celebrating just that and are as much a part of the movement as they are its champions. Nicole Steriovski and Jenna Saraco tell the stories of local creatives, artists and entrepreneurs with their blog and creative services, focused on where we live, shop, travel and gather. “While introducing our audience to these new communities and experiences, we hope to strengthen their awareness of how each potential purchase can affect the people around them. Bringing the focus back to a local, sustainable economy.”
We’re big fans, so we asked them to curate their personal picks from the Garmentory community of indie boutiques and emerging designers. Here, Nicole shares her love for turtlenecks, experimental style and the beauty of a slip dress.
WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL STYLE PHILOSOPHY? Timely over trendy is always a thought that stays with me. I do like experimenting with the look of the moment but I still lean toward classic, timeless pieces that you can grow with.
WHAT’S THE BEST FASHION ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? It’s most important to dress for yourself. If you feel good you wear the clothes and they don’t wear you.
WHO IS YOUR STYLE ICON? Too many! Charlotte Rampling, Sofia Coppola, Lauren Hutton, Anna Karina, Jane Birkin, Bianca Jagger, Liv Tyler.
WHAT ARE YOUR PERSONAL WARDROBE STAPLES? For winter: a neutral long wool coat, turtleneck, cropped jeans and a solid pair of boots.
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE BROOKLYN STYLE? Free. In Brooklyn you can experiment with different styles and not feel judged. People express themselves through the way they dress and it seems to be no big thing. I love that because I felt challenged creatively when it came to what I wore sometimes living in the Midwest.
ASTROLOGICAL SIGN: Cancer
FUN FACT: I like puns.
DRINK ORDER: Old Fashioned.
STANDBY SNACK: Apples or hummus.
NATIVE NEW YORKER OR TRANSPLANT? Transplant.
WHAT NEIGHBORHOOD IN BROOKLYN DO YOU LIVE AND/OR WORK? Greenpoint – both!
Check out Nicole’s picks and shop them below.
There’s a lot of amazing women doing amazing things around the world, but there’s a serious concentration of talent in Brooklyn right now. The duo behind Local Creative, a collaborative lifestyle project, are dedicated to celebrating just that and are as much a part of the movement as they are its champions. Jenna Saraco and Nicole Steriovski tell the stories of local creatives, artists and entrepreneurs with their blog and creative services, focused on where we live, shop, travel and gather. “While introducing our audience to these new communities and experiences, we hope to strengthen their awareness of how each potential purchase can affect the people around them. Bringing the focus back to a local, sustainable economy.”
We’re big fans, so we asked them to curate their personal picks from the Garmentory community of indie boutiques and emerging designers. Here, Jenna shares her love for simplicity, the unexpected and really, really good jeans.
WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL STYLE PHILOSOPHY? Simple, classic, easy. I definitely tend towards a minimal approach, but I do like the occasional pop of something unexpected once in awhile.
WHAT’S THE BEST FASHION ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? If you look good, you feel good. I definitely think this holds true.
WHO IS YOUR STYLE ICON? My grandmother. Jane Birkin, Baby (from Dirty Dancing), Ali Macgraw, Christy Turlington.
WHAT ARE YOUR PERSONAL WARDROBE STAPLES? A really good pair of jeans, a nice white tee, a good wool sweater for the winter, and lots of shoe options!
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE BROOKLYN STYLE? Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way.
ASTROLOGICAL SIGN: Virgo.
FUN FACT: I love vintage cars.
DRINK ORDER: Old Fashioned or Dirty Martini.
STANDBY SNACK: Cheese and crackers.
NATIVE NEW YORKER OR TRANSPLANT? New Yorker.
WHAT NEIGHBORHOOD IN BROOKLYN DO YOU LIVE? WORK? Greenpoint. As a freelancer I work a lot from home or wherever the job may be!
Check out Jenna’s picks and shop them below.