Wear is… Haley Walker?

Hi! Welcome back to Wear is She Wednesdays, a series that highlights one special girl each week to let her shine! Every Wednesday, we feature a different “she,” and get the scoop on her style, what makes her tick, and how the heck we can learn to be as awesome as she is. Today we’re asking the question everyone wants to know… Wear is Haley Walker?

Haley Walker of Haley in the Details
Haley Walker of Haley in the Details

WEAR IS... HALEY WALKER?

Haley Walker is as bright as her wardrobe, in every sense of the word. Intelligent and vivacious, this business savvy poet is not only incredibly skilled at finding unique vintage, but can also style it in wonderfully playful ways you don't see coming! In just over a year, Haley grew her thrift focused YouTube channel to thousands of eager viewers and has created steadily growing success by selling vintage on Depop.

After having the absolute pleasure of meeting Haley in person and now calling her a friend, I can affirm that she's not only a joy to tune into online, but to be around in person as well. I can't wait for you to get to know her better too, so keep reading for her thoughts on jumpsuits, city living and truffle popcorn.

Haley Walker of Haley in the Details
Haley Walker of Haley in the Details

Hi Haley! Please introduce your wonderful self! 

Hi! My name is Haley Walker--I'm a writer, content creator, and vintage seller originally from South Florida. I've spent the last two years in NYC pursuing my MFA in Poetry at Columbia and building my online slow-fashion empire. My next move is LA!

1. How would you describe your personal style?

I would describe my personal style as vintage maximalism. I'm drawn to bold colors and patterns, fun textures, and dramatic silhouettes. I've been really into 1980s vintage--things like silk jumpsuits and blazers with big shoulder pads--for the last year or so, and recently I've been getting into '60s and '70s vintage as well.

2. Who or what are your current biggest style inspirations?

My top three are probably Beth Jones of B. Jones Style, Alyssa Coscarelli of Alyssa in the City, and Hannah Baxter, my former boss and the Beauty Editor at Coveteur. All of these ladies love a bold vintage moment and are somehow able to make almost anything work with their individual styles!

Haley Walker of Haley in the Details
Haley Walker of Haley in the Details

3. How did you discover your personal style or are you still discovering it?

I'm very much still discovering it, but moving to NYC was a big step for me. Living in a city that is so forgiving of the antics of strangers definitely made feel comfortable trying out risky outfits. Also, shopping exclusively at secondhand and vintage stores has helped me figure out which pieces excite me without the bombardment of the latest trends. Thats' not to say I don't follow trends, though. I just try to pick the ones that I actually like and find them at the thrift store.

4. What's on your thrift list right now?

I want more puff sleeve tops! I think puff sleeve dresses are a lot easier to find, but I don't have the heart to cut them into tops. I also want a 1970s Gunne Sax dress. I'm into everything super feminine and romantic lately.

Haley Walker of Haley in the Details
Haley Walker of Haley in the Details

5. What's your go-to midnight snack?

Popcorn all the way! I have this black truffle popcorn salt that is absolutely LIFE CHANGING. Also, dark chocolate pretzels.

6. And the bonus question I like to ask everyone before they go: what's something you're really proud of right now?

I'm super proud of my Depop store! The way things are looking, I will be able to do this for a living. I might eventually break out of Depop and create my own platform, but we'll just see! Oh, and I'm about to get a Master's degree from Columbia. I have a lot of imposter syndrome about that one, but it's certainly something I should be proud of.
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Where else can we find you, Haley?

Find me on Youtube and Depop (@haleyinthedetails) and Instagram (@haleywalker)!

Wear is… Amanda Halkias?

Hi! Welcome back to Wear is She Wednesdays, a series that highlights one special girl each week to let her shine! Every Wednesday, we feature a different “she,” and get the scoop on her style, what makes her tick, and how the heck we can learn to be as awesome as she is. Today we’re asking the question everyone wants to know… Wear is Amanda Halkias?

Amanda Halkias of Helen the Brand
Amanda Halkias of Helen the Brand

WEAR IS... AMANDA HALKIAS?

Ambitious, witty, bold... these are just some of the wonderful words to describe Amanda Halkias. She's a woman filled with soul and an appreciation for things of the past. And in a daring feat of bravery, did the thing so many of us wish to do: left her career to follow her heart.

Amanda is now the proud owner of Helen the Brand, a vintage clothing shop with sustainable, artful living in mind. And with so many vintage gems to explore, scrolling through her curated collection feels just like treasure hunting.

Today of course, we have the pleasure of getting to know the woman behind the brand, so before going off to see what unique pieces you can score, keep reading for her thoughts on self evolution, granola girls gone glam and insanity.

Hi Amanda! Please introduce your wonderful self! 

Hi! My name is Amanda Halkias, but my friends call me Mandy. I'm a creative based in Brooklyn, NY and a Gemini sun, Pisces rising, libra moon–yes, I believe in it! I recently left the corporate fashion industry and turned my love for all things old into a full-time career as a vintage collector and shop owner. I think I might adopt a cat soon. 🙂

Amanda Halkias of Helen the Brand
Gingham pants outfit

1. How would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as classic, feminine, and vintage with a touch of modern trend. I love puffy silhouettes and getting dressed up as much as possible 🙂

2. Who or what are your current biggest style inspirations?

My biggest style inspirations as of late are coming from old films and television series like Mad Men, Mrs. Maisel, and Dirty Dancing. I've even found myself pulling out sketch pads and trying to quickly draw different looks that the characters are wearing to use when I'm shopping or thrifting!

Amanda Halkias of Helen the Brand
Amanda Halkias of Helen the Brand

3. How did you discover your personal style or are you still discovering it?

I think I'll always be evolving my personal style with the way I evolve as a person. However, I think I've reached a point now where I am much more grounded in who I am and what I like that I will mostly refine my current style with age.

One thing I am working on is looking back and instead of cringing over things I used to wear–laughing it off and taking it as a necessary chapter in my evolution of self.... although I'm really glad I'm over my art school grunge phase ;')

4. What's on your thrift list right now?

Right now I am hunting for a woven leather sandal similar to the Row Gaia sandals from this season. I love a granola girl gone glam moment and these are such an easy item to get the look thrifted!

Amanda Halkias of Helen the Brand
Amanda Halkias of Helen the Brand

5. Where would you go on your ultimate dream vacation?

My dream vacation is one where I retire for a few months to the small house my relatives own on the island of Nisyros in Greece where I would just live off the land, paint, cook, sew, sunbathe, drink wine and dance under the stars every night. Wait, why am I still here...

6. And the bonus question I like to ask everyone before they go: what's something you're really proud of right now?

Right now is a really difficult time to put into words for so many reasons, but I am taking this universal pause as a way to reconnect to the people and things that matter to me the most and to pour myself into my small business.

I am proud of myself for leaving a 9-5 job that didn't serve me and despite many many obstacles right now I am determined to succeed and I don't plan on giving up. Some call this a form of insanity, maybe they're right!
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Wear is… Kendall Williams?

Hi! Welcome back to Wear is She Wednesdays, a series that highlights one special girl each week to let her shine! Every Wednesday, we feature a different “she,” and get the scoop on her style, what makes her tick, and how the heck we can learn to be as awesome as she is. Today we’re asking the question everyone wants to know… Wear is Kendall Williams?

Kendall Williams of Becoming Kendall
Kendall Williams of Becoming Kendall

WEAR IS... KENDALL WILLIAMS?

If you're seeking a major boost in confidence, Kendall Williams is your girl. As a body positivity advocate and a sustainable fashion blogger, she empowers everyone to wear what makes them feel beautiful, and do it in a way that keeps our planet beautiful too! Not to mention, her colorful Instagram and radiant smile can't help but bring a little joy into your world.

Scroll through her feed to see playful outfit combinations paired with a refreshingly honest voice of positivity for all shapes and sizes. And keep reading her interview for her thoughts on street style, Lizzo and comparison.

Hi, Kendall! Please introduce your wonderful self! 

My name is Kendall Williams of Becoming Kendall on Instagram. I am an Oklahoma fashion blogger that focuses on plus size style, body positivity, sustainability/thrifting, and IGTV content.

Kendall Williams of Becoming Kendall
Kendall Williams of Becoming Kendall

1. How would you describe your style in 3 words?

[This question] always throw me off! I would best describe my style as vibrant, eclectic, and feminine.

2. Who or what are your current biggest style inspirations?

I am constantly inspired by vintage style and fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Brigette Bardot. But with a modern twist. I also keep up with current street style through social media.

Street style is forever inspiring because it’s ever changing and always unique. I love using juxtaposition to create interest in outfits, like mixing feminine with masculine, vintage with modern, or bright colors and patterns.

Kendall Williams of Becoming Kendall
Kendall Williams of Becoming Kendall

3. What does personal style mean to you?

To me, personal style is what you get when you don’t care about what other people think anymore. You don’t care what’s considered “flattering” or “trendy” and you just wear whatever you like and makes you happy.

4. What's on your thrift list right now?

Oh gosh. Colorful leather. A cropped, fitted sweater vest. Comfortable, heeled loafers. A chunky cardigan. And color. So much color and so many prints.

Kendall Williams of Becoming Kendall
Kendall Williams of Becoming Kendall

5. Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?

This is a good one. Definitely Janelle Monáe, she’s a huge fashion icon to me. Love her style and her music. Kristen Bell, I have been loving her so much lately. She’s so funny, and outspoken, and relatable. And Lizzo! I love her, I love her music, I love how unapologetically confidence she is, and I love fellow fat girl representation.

6. And the bonus question I like to ask everyone before they go: what's something you're really proud of right now?

This might sound pointless but I’m proud of the fact that I’m trying. Things haven’t always been great, and at times my life feels like it isn’t anywhere near where it should be. Especially when I compare my life to the successes of others. But I’m trying. I’m growing. And I’m getting there in my own time.
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You can find more of Kendall and her style on her instagram @becomingkendall

Wear is… Maria Saldivar?

Hi! Welcome back to Wear is She Wednesdays, a series that highlights one special girl each week to let her shine! Every Wednesday, we feature a different “she,” and get the scoop on her style, what makes her tick, and how the heck we can learn to be as awesome as she is. Today we’re asking the question everyone wants to know… Wear is Maria Saldivar?

how to style a bandana
beaded purses

WEAR IS... MARIA SALDIVAR?

Maria Saldivar is perhaps the loveliest "Jill" of all trades you could ever hope to meet. Not only does she play piano and sew gorgeous pieces from scratch, she weaves her various passions and interests into one killer sense of style. She describes it as "Femme Spring," we describe it as "um-how-do-I-become-as-cool-as-you?"

Her Instagram is a candy colored wonder to behold, filled with her music, thrifts, sewed creations, magical travel endeavors and much more. So keep reading for her thoughts on Wes Anderson, true crime comedy and her personal hashtag, #sewrosymaria.

Hi, Maria! Please introduce your wonderful self! 

Hi there! My name is Maria Saldivar, but you can also call me Rosy Maria. I am a 27 year old California gal obsessed with DIY projects, thrifting, and sewing.

victorian sleeve details
girl in lush green field

1. How would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as “Femme Spring”. Since I live in California where it is usually sunny and warm. I’m always wearing skirts, dresses, and pastel colors. Whether it gets cold or hot I am always rocking spring attire. Plus wearing skirts and dresses is such an easy way to pull off effortless chic outfits without thinking too much about it.

2. If you could travel to any time period in fashion, which would choose?

I would definitely go back into the 1930s. It was an era all about flowy satins and silks with a whole lot of flounce and ruffles. I also have this one vintage sewing pattern from the 1930’s just filled with dramatic yet dainty sleeves, I’m Obsessed!

how to style a floral skirt
how to wear a thrifted headscarf

3. How did you discover your personal style or are you still discovering it?

I think my personal style was always changing throughout the years. I went through different phases where tumblr and Korean fashion were my main sources of inspiration.

Over recent years I’ve gotten more comfortable with my sense of style where I’m not focusing so much on trendy items rather I look for styles I personally like. A lot of inspiration for my personal style now comes from thrifting, vintage sewing patterns and movies.

4. Do you have any current favorite? (podcasts, books, songs, etc?)

I am obsessed with “My Favorite Murder” a true crime comedy podcast. This podcast has me gasping, laughing, and crying on my hour commute home, it's the best. Also I have to mention my favorite band “The Marias”. They are a snazzy psychedelic soul band from Los Angeles. Everytime I listen to their music I feel like I’m in a different world.

girl in front of a red bride
how to style polka dots

5. Aside from style, what other hobbies or interests do you have?

Other than fashion things, I play the piano in my spare time. As a kid it was something my parents made me do, but as an adult I’ve found a new joy playing songs that I want to learn for myself. I am also obsessed with movies. My favorite director is Wes Anderson. I love his style of directing and storytelling. If I had to choose a favorite film he’s made I would choose Moonrise Kingdom.

6. And the bonus question I like to ask everyone before they go: what's something you're really proud of right now?

I feel most proud of all the clothes I sewed from scratch. I didn’t take any classes or lessons for sewing so everything I made is all self-taught. Sometimes I go through my closet wondering where did I get this blouse but I realized I made it myself!
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Where else can we find you, Maria?

You can find me on Instagram @mariasaldivarr where I share my personal style, thrift hauls, and sewing projects under #sewrosymaria. I also have a youtube channel Rosy Maria I occasionally post a few vlogs and lookbooks there.

Wear is… Elizabeth Sherwood?

Hi! Welcome back to Wear is She Wednesdays, a series that highlights one special girl each week to let her shine! Every Wednesday, we feature a different “she,” and get the scoop on her style, what makes her tick, and how the heck we can learn to be as awesome as she is. Today we’re asking the question everyone wants to know… Wear is Elizabeth Sherwood?

WEAR IS... ELIZABETH SHERWOOD?

Elizabeth Sherwood has magic in her veins. Her boundless creativity can be felt especially through her personal style which she shares on her fashion focused Instagram, StayGoldenGirl. She's not afraid to print mix or test out bold silhouettes and it would seem she possesses an uncanny ability to find buried treasure among the racks of every thrift store she goes to.

Today we get to enter her wondrous world of music, vintage and much more so keep reading for her thoughts on the color pink, Princess Diana and asking for what you want.

Hi, Elizabeth! Please introduce your wonderful self!

Hello lovelies! My name is Elizabeth Sherwood and I currently live in Nashville, TN with my songwriter sweetheart. I moved to Music City 7 years ago from the Richmond, VA area, and I have absolutely fallen in love with this town. I studied Fashion Marketing & Management at the Savannah College of Art & Design, which led me to my first career in fashion retail.

From a vintage shop, to Gap, to Burberry, I worked at 8 different retailers from the age of 16 to 25. Now, I work in digital and social media marketing, a field that I absolutely love. When I'm not thrifting and working on StayGoldenGirl, I love catching up on the latest digital/social media trends (nerdy, I know).

1. How would you describe your style in 3 words?

Oh, this is always so tough! I would say that my style is consistently feminine, vintage-inspired, and edgy. I love mixing sweet silhouettes and patterns with something more bold, minimal, and street style. I also ADORE the color pink, so that definitely lends to my more feminine approach to style. I'm always down to try something new, but these are the style mainstays that will always feel the most "me."

2. Who or what are your current biggest style inspirations?

I will always be inspired by fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn, Princess Diana, and Ali Macgraw (to name a few)! These leading ladies had such timeless styles, but weren't afraid to stand out and make a statement. Honestly, my mother has always been a huge fashion influence for me too- you will see why when she makes appearances on my Instagram! Accounts like @alyssainthecity, @baileywomack, and @aaricanichole are also endlessly inspiring.

3. What does personal style mean to you?

Personal style is all about the story that you want to tell the world. Before you even say a word, people see what you're wearing. It's the most challenging, inspiring, and creative quest to constantly tell this story in a new way.

4. What's on your thrift list right now?

So many things! I love the color green, which is HUGE for Spring 2020- I need more of it in my closet! I'm also interested in finding more vintage button-ups, satin slip dresses (so flattering), and little, colorful handbags. As I'm getting ready for warmer weather, I will definitely be keeping an eye out for cotton sundresses and strappy sandals too...I can never get enough!

5. Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?

Without question, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Diane Keaton. Just the thought of this makes me giddy!

6. And the bonus question I like to ask everyone before they go: what's something you're really proud of right now?

I'm really proud of how far I have come with my account, StayGoldenGirl (juggling everything with a full-time job can be a lot sometimes)! I have never worked harder than I have in the past year, but it has been the most rewarding journey. I have learned that you should never sell yourself short...the things that you want aren't that far away, sometimes you just have to ask for them.
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Where else can we find you, Elizabeth?

For now, just my Instagram, 
@StayGoldenGirl