I’m vintage. I appreciate attention to detail and true craftsmanship. I like finding that one-of-a-kind piece to slip into my wardrobe. I create best when I’m on the hunt. I find it interesting to mix the new and old, feminine and masculine, hard and soft.
I’m inspired to create when I am physically energetic, and collaboration is my favorite inspiration scenario.
I’m driven to design better when I add something personal to my creation, as Frida once said, “I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better.”
My consistent inspiration comes from icons like Frida Kahlo, Ulyana Sergeenko, Karen Elson, Christian Dior, Mcqueen, Iona from Pretty in Pink, Beatrix Ost, Mike Vallely and family, Beatrice Wood, Jean and Valerie (Idiosyncraticfashionistas), and all the Advanced Style Ladies.
I cherish my menswear shoes, scarves, classic button downs in fun prints, hats of all kinds, my blue jean jacket with flair, wool cropped army jacket, lucite chunky earrings, and my turquoise cuff from mom’s trip to Montana.
My mantra for life at the present moment is, “I’m ready to live to the fullest. Live loud and kind.”
Coveted items for now that go with everything I own- floral Docs, Chucks or Vans, and straw hats.
My Style mantra is, “You can’t go wrong with a bold lip. Brooches are a must. Black patent leather shoes are always classic.”
My style is vintage bohemian.
From a global perspective, I am most inspired by people who express themselves in a truly authentic way - when it’s evident their art cannot be hidden, and they do not apologize for it. Artists like Patti Smith, Pharrell, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner, Robert Mapplethorpe, Vivienne Westwood, and Lady Gaga all come to mind as people who can barely contain their creative energy. I also have tremendous respect for those who can edit well, though. Before there were celebrity stylists, there were people who were brilliant at wearing their own unique uniform of sorts - Diane Keaton, Mick Jagger, and Jane Birkin for example. They invented the modern idea of styling via perfect editing. Contemporary creative persons/characters like Natalie Joos, Kelly Wearstler, FKA Twigs, Janele Monae, and Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde are inspiring me currently.
On a local level, I am inspired constantly, though - my husband and my daughter for their capacity to love and give; my friends who, collectively, are the most creative group of people I know- Heather Sewell Day, Heather Kleinpeter, Natalie Hutchinson, Lesley and Kristy Kernan, Josh Holder, Jaimee Little, and London Van Oss; David Coner and Jon H at Digital FX; the trio of Dawson Ellis, Madeline Ellis and Justin Lemoine; the Tulliers; Rodneyna Hart; and the people I work with at O’Brien House who save lives everyday.
Anyone who uses creativity in any form to master and overcome adversity- that to me, is a perfect art form. It can open us up to any number of possibilities. I have a mild obsession with Patti Smith because I think she understands every dimension of art and its uses, and as far as I'm concerned, she has mastered her craft(s).
The items I cherish the most are my threadbare rock tees, my velvet Prada platforms, my winter cape collection, my bohemian den in its entirety (rattan furniture, leather safari chairs, macrame, etc.), and my vintage Victorian wedding ring. Every item my friend, Josh, has picked for me, or tucked away in the deepest corners of Time Warp until I could get there, is also extremely special to me. I also love all of my art and photography that my friends have made for me, or I've purchased over the years.
My style guilty pleasures are overalls, sneakers, bandanas, cheap sunglasses, caftans, and Uggs. I'm an old hippie lady at heart, and it's hard to keep her down.
Why RSS? You know when you go to pack your bag to go to NYC or even Nola for a night? You put all the things you never wear in BR in the bag because you know you can wear them when you go out of town. That’s why RSS. Because we are sick of hearing, “Where are you guys from?” when we get dressed to go somewhere. Individual style should be embraced and encouraged. It should not be viewed as an out-of-towner’s trend, yet in BR, we are stuck in a creative-less rut when it comes to individual expression. We argue, “Why can’t you wear sequin shorts or a caftan around town?” Yes, you can, and we know that secretly, you really want to.
Baton Rouge needs a shift in thinking not just about art but about authenticity. My motto is "Be Unapologetically You." Individual style and authenticity must be embraced and encouraged for all people, those of all kinds, to feel at home. We have not reached a point where we both embrace creativity and the people who don it in all their forms. Kindness rules, and that's an easy principle to accept, but to truly practice it, we have to open ourselves up to the reality that not everyone wants to wear, say, or behave the same way, and that is OK.
BR also needs more venues and events that openly and publicly say, "You are welcome here," in their mission. I feel like the minorities in town, creative and otherwise, have almost no outlets in which they can express themselves and feel accepted and welcome. That is why they leave BR. Additionally, there is virtually nowhere to go and dance. Zip. Nada.
Yes, we need better clothing options, and yes we need more progression, but before any of that can thrive, we need acceptance and a collective open mind, or we will lose the best talent we have to places that harbor more opportunity.
My personal style is eclectic.
My Scorpio rising sign gives me the freedom to change my mind, outfit or style. I can find something inspiring in any era, moment or movement. I view style as confidence, imagination and expressing a feeling…constantly in motion and evolving.
My Aquarius sun stimulates the inventive nature of my personality. It can influence a quirky style moment. I enjoy experimenting with vintage and current styles, finding the many expressions of a single piece.
My Taurus moon loves the luxury of an item or experience. The extravagance of a runway show appeals to me as well as super nostalgic and classic pieces. I’m drawn to all things lovely, people included.
I’m inspired by people and stories, landscapes and cultures, the vastness of the universe, kindness, an extraordinary thought, movement and dance, runway shows and well made garments, movies and music, the horizon, pushing creative boundaries and the movie, Amelie.
Creative people who inspire me are: Einstein, Gucci, Brigitte Bardot, John Lennon, Maya Angelou, Bette Davis, Doris Humphrey, Alvin Ailey, Edie Sedgwick, Charlie Chaplin, Ulyana Sergeenko, Beatrix Ost, Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, Jackie O, 70’s Cher (especially if she’s singing Just Like Jesse James…even though she didn’t know it existed yet) Pharrell Williams, Dolly Parton, Chloe Sevigny, Carole Radziwill, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, Carol Burnett, Eckhart Tolle, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Bob Fosse, and Twyla Tharp.
On a local level, I’d like to have more experiences that are thought out creatively- something that’s never been done before or reinvented. I’m not sure specifically what this looks like so I’m hoping the great hearts and minds of RSS can build it, so all will come and feel connected. I think that promoting creative thought as creative thought is perhaps the best way to progress as a person, group or community… rather than finding a box to call home- finding creative ways to blur the boxed lines. It’s not about finding your people, it’s about inspiring yourself and all people. I see RSS as a space where anything is possible; a group where creating limitless boundaries of inclusion, kindness and connection can exist. It’s what’s missing everywhere, frankly. That being said, I’d like more dance joints, outdoor spaces, artistic gardens, eclectic shopping, inspiring collaborations.
My personal mantra is, “You don’t have to hate something to love something else,” and, “Be your own sunshine.”
Some of my style rules are, “Leopard is a neutral and never goes out of style,” and, “Everyone looks good in all colors. It’s the shade that matters.”
I cherish: a men’s silver Buddha ring that I got from a head shop in Portland, OR; my second hand Prada lace up boots (amy go-to for comfort and versatility); my altar which has many sentimental trinkets, stones and statues that make it very personal; two pieces from local artists, designed for me and given to me by my boyfriend- a love coin name necklace by Mimosa and a chunky Aquarius, amber ring by Flaming Lotus; a 1940’s turquoise cuff from my parents trip to Arizona; a metal lion face purse from a vintage store in G-Town, La; and just about all of my vintage clothes (velvet, beaded, leather, lace, fur). Also, my vintage Fry cowboy boots, a large gilded (over the top) mirror in my closet, and all of my artwork.
Locally, I am inspired by anyone who is living their heart regardless of acceptance. There is genius and courage in expressing the world inside of you and not waiting for a person, place or thing to reflect or disturb your perspective. True freedom is living your life where you are, noticing the possibilities of any circumstance regardless of the stars and their alignment.