Wear is… Ayanna Swan?

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 Ayanna Swan?

Eat Sleep Chic Owner
Eat Sleep Chic Owner

WEAR IS… AYANNA SWAN?

Tenacious visionary, Ayanna Swan, is changing the sustainable fashion game with her brand, Eat Sleep Chic. This vintage clothing company is not only bringing the 70s back in the best way, but they’re also bringing it straight to your door, monthly! With their subscription service, they create a box of unique vintage goodies tailored just for you. Boldly going into this uncharted territory on the fashion front, Ayanna is blazing a wonderful new trail for the sustainability movement.

Today however, we’re getting to know more of the woman behind the brand. So keep reading for Ayanna’s thoughts on ice cream addiction, Marvin Gaye and the versatility of all women.

Hi Ayanna! Please introduce your wonderful self! 

Hi my name is Ayanna Swan. Everyone calls me Yanna! I’m located in the heart of north Jersey but I’m always moving around. You’ll probably catch me in Houston or Cali if you’re lucky. I started my vintage boutique in 2014 straight out of high school. I knew I wanted to do fashion but wasn’t sure if I wanted to design or go into fashion merchandising. I went to the art institute for a few years but they shut multiple locations down. So for a long time I was just working job to job but always had fashion in the back of my mind. 

Once I moved back to Jersey in April of 2020 I buckled down and restarted my brand. I personally have an eclectic style. So I try to bring feminine and funky together to make my brand something fun and different. You’ll find vintage items from the 60s onward. Some days you might want to look like a princess and other days you might want to wear an oversized blazer set. We have a little bit of everything. Every week we have a new themed collection for purchase. And we also have vintage subscription boxes. So we cultivate the vintage for you and every month or every other month you have something new that only costs $40/month. So we’ve been pretty excited about that. 

1. How would you describe your personal style?

My style is definitely a mix between princess and street style. I love oversized or loose fitted items but I also love to wear frills, lace and ruffled dresses in the summer time. 

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

I’ve really been into the late 80s/ early 90s era with Marvin Gaye and Chaka Khan. I live for a good disco soul train line bodysuit or flared pants. And I love men’s oversized button ups to wear with a mini skirt.

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

Everyday I’m discovering my style. Once I get on Pinterest I get inspired all over again. I see something new on Instagram and want to bring that forward. This is why we do collections every week. Because women are so versatile. I know it’s women out there that don’t stick to one aesthetic and just go with the flow. We love women who buy things that as long as it’s cute, we want it.

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

Definitely men’s dress pants. We want men to shop with us to. So by August we will be providing cool men’s fashion too. We want you to shop for your boo. Or wear a men’s shirt and style it your way. It’s your prerogative.  

5. What’s your go to midnight snack?

I love icecream. I have a mean addiction to anything icecream related. It’s a sickness.

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 proud of every black woman hustling and making money moves everyday. I’m proud of every person standing right now for social injustices that people face everyday. I’m proud of myself for not counting myself out because we can be our own worst enemy and taking the first steps in doing what I love full time. 

Where else can we find you, Ayanna?

You can find the shop at @eatsleepchic on Instagram and Facebook or your can go to our website shopeatsleepchic.com every Sunday at 1pm to see our new collection or purchase your own subscription box. 

WEAR IS… ANNA Z GRAY?

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 Anna Z Gray?

Anna Z Gray Object Limited
Anna Z Gray Object Limited

WEAR IS… ANNA Z GRAY?

From New York City comes Anna Z Gray, a woman as captivating as the mysterious “Z” nestled in her name. Aside from the fact that her playful wardrobe and keen eye for vintage makes her a style icon, Anna is also the founder of Object Limited. With a growing community of over 19k, this marketplace and app is every vintage lover’s dream. It’s like “shopping your cool aunt’s closet,” and for those of us who don’t have one, thank the fashion gods Object Limited exists.  

Both Anna and Object Limited have been featured by the likes of Man Repeller, Domino and Vogue which named OL “The Ultimate Vintage App.” It’s an absolute pleasure to interview Anna today, so keep reading for her thoughts on wearing many hats, interesting handbag discoveries and quarantine book clubs. 

Anna Z Gray Object Limited
Anna Z Gray Object Limited

Hi Anna! Please Introduce your wonderful self!

Hello! I am Anna Z Gray on my birth certificate (and on the internet). I’m in New York City’s Lower East Side. I’m the cofounder of the vintage resale marketplace Object Limited.

1. Can you tell us about how Object Limited came to fruition?

I started working in fashion as soon as I moved to NYC at eighteen. I’ve worn a lot of hats (modeling, writing, event production, styling, PR…) and basically burned out on the quick spin and useless waste of the market. Swiveled to interior design for a minute until a 2-week road trip opened my eyes/brain to how many beautiful things were sitting in antique stores across the country. 

   It took us (I have a cofounder, Rudd Taylor!) a minute to figure out the question “How do we get these things into the hands of people that want them?” and now we’re figuring out the answer! We have an app and an IGTV show called How To Wear Stuff that breaks down styling tips with vintage.

2. What is it like running OL?

The hardest part is keeping our customers and vendors happy. What tech can we implement that makes selling and browsing and buying easier? This is also the most fun part of the job. I’ve bought vintage my whole life and started selling a few years ago so understanding and building features that I want to see on the platforms I’ve used in the past has been really exciting. 

One-on-one interactions with our community is really important to us. We host multi-vendor Vintage Bazaars in different locations, have an open textline where customers can ask me styling questions, and our social feed (run by the inimitable Maggie Lanham – also a vendor!) is a fun, relatable source of information about vintage and secondhand. 

Anna Z Gray Object Limited
Anna Z Gray Object Limited

3. Exploring so much vintage must be really inspiring. Do you think it’s had an effect on your personal style and where else do you draw inspiration from?

Very inspiring! I’ve always worn vintage. Initially for fiscal reasons and now additionally because I love the idiosyncrasy of it. I definitely have a macro understanding of trends and how truly cyclical and derivative style can be (which is great and deeply interesting). I also love the stories behind all of the pieces (once I found a woman’s calling card in a purse from the 50s and I googled her and she was still alive in Indiana! I didn’t tell her I had her bag though…). Another time I found a silvery halter dress in a vintage store in LA and it turned out to be a dress my friend had altered to wear to prom and it had originally been her mother’s prom dress. Is that not insane? She grew up in NJ, had no idea how the dress made it to LA. 

4. Tell us about the women behind OL! Aside from fashion, what else do you enjoy?

Oh! We’re a fun bunch. Maggie and I shoot How To Wear Stuff together and have a grand time figuring out outfits to match a theme. We’re also very aligned on the idea that most things really can be purchased secondhand. During quarantine, our team has a book club that we host over Google Hangouts. It’s cute. We just finished Tara Westover’s Education. (Amazing story).

Anna Z Gray Object Limited
Anna Z Gray Object Limited

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

Someone just asked me this the other day. Bjork, Zadie Smith and Warren Buffet.

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

Object Limited! Staying somewhat sane during Quarantine? My Rhododendron has been flowering for 4 weeks.

Where else can we find you, Anna?

@annazgray 

and @object.limited 🙂

Wear is… Kayla Homenok?

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 Kayla Homenok?

Kayla Homenok
Kayla Homenok

WEAR IS... KAYLA HOMENOK?

You'd be hard-pressed to find someone as kind and open hearted as Kayla Homenok. This Canadian graphic designer, content creator and all around creative, produces empowering and uplifting imagery just as beautiful as her soul. In times like these, it's people like Kayla who remind us that there is still so much to be thankful for, so much good still left in the world.

Today she's sharing a wonderfully honest interview about her struggle to find her purpose and how it lead her to the inspiration she follows today. So keep reading for a smile and her thoughts on her creative process, enlightenment and "contemporary hypbaes."

Kaysthetics
Kaysthetics

Hi Kayla! Please introduce your wonderful self! 

So nice to E-meet you! I’ll be meeting your audience really soon or probably now that this is live. Hello! I’m Kayla Homenok. I’m born and raised in a french and English borough in Montréal, Qc, Canada called Pierrefonds. (Hello to all my USA and Canadian friends, Canada gang 🇨🇦 !)

I’m a freelancer and artist in the digital realm; my creative passions are content creation, social media, writing, community management, mood boarding, and of course graphic design. I love creating for the wellness & lifestyle world. You can call me a Graphic Designer and Artist for short, that’s my biggest focus at the moment 🦋 I also am a big fan of healing through yoga, reading, cooking wholesome and hearty recipes ( love me some vegan chili!), laws of attraction, and tea.

1. Can you tell us a bit about how you got into graphic design and about your creation process?

In High School, you’re kind of lost towards the end of your years as a student. I was in the midst of not knowing my path and very-very! uncertain! My mental health was very weak…I got my thought process back towards the end of my 4 years and my creative conscience was telling me Graphic Design while we were all applying for college in 2015!

Fast forward to 2018, as a college graduate in Graphic Design, I’ve gained reasonable knowledge and skills but it was only until 2019 I started using Instagram as a safe space for my internal struggles, emotions, and affirmations. As for the Process! It all comes from my soul and if you can keep that level of authenticity your work will be one of a kind.

My steps as an artist go in this order I enlighten myself with a self-help book, yoga, a poem, Tumblr, Pinterest as a point of reference ⇥ I see a phrase that resonates with me ⇥ I generate it the passage directly or interpret the words into a quote on Adobe Illustrator ⇥ the colours represent my aura at that given moment…the gradients and colours you see on Kaysthetics3000 are purely by chance.

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

Do you ever see a vintage ad or self-help book cover from the 80s/90s? That is my inspo. Throughout my years at college, I’ve been a huge fan of vintage 80s/90s design, fashion, architecture, photography! And I try to implement an aesthetic through every aspect of my day/ life.

These creatives inspire me every day:

@violaineetjeremy
@jjjjound
Christión Lennon (associated with @museumofpeaceandquiet)
Subliming.Jpg
Glossier (!!!!)
@broccoli_boy
@saritawalsh
@hanna.k.l
@adamjk
@dorahujber
@elliotisacoolguy
@soultwinstudio
@circa78designs
@house_of_land
@woowoo.nz

Kaysthetics
Kaysthetics

3. How would you describe your personal fashion style?

Colour!! And I don’t know if this makes sense but hear me out…A contemporary Hypebae? I love bold statement sneakers, with a neutral outfit, or maybe a navy contemporary prairie dress with a fresh pair of new balances.

ALSO: Comfy if I’m working from home or have a day off…a good graphic tee and sweats. Or my Frank and Oak hoodie and biker shorts 🙂 If I am strolling downtown in the Summer it’s definitely a contemporary, colourful, patterned, dress. Something about a fitted denim overall dress with a white baby tee under it hits just right!

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

How did you know I thrift hehe, thrifted clothes are 95% of my wardrobe!! Here are some finds I dream of: Vintage black velcro Chanel sandals & graphic tees with good words from the 80s/90s. Vintage anything!

Kaysthetics
Kaysthetics

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

Somewhere with a huge field, rainforest, or ocean. Somewhere I can cultivate happiness and feel all the elements in that country. I just don’t know which one yet hehe.

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

My growth! My mind, my affirmation building, my safe space, and the community I’ve built on kaysthetics3000. I sometimes am taken aback by the overwhelming support my followers have shown me. I have never felt at home with my art, until now. I am so proud of my consistency and my willpower as a person who struggles with mental & chronic illness!! I can go on with this question, thank you for asking it 🙂
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Where else can we find you, Kayla?

I am always in my bed, but digitally I’m on Instagram as@kaysthetics and @kaysthetics3000 & Pinterest as Kaysthetics! These are my go-to right now…hopefully when my portfolio gets stronger with the small projects I have coming up you'll see a web link one day! (I even Twitter & Tumblr…but those will be left a mystery 🤫).

Wear is… Mia O’Neal?

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 Mia O'Neal?

Mia O'Neal
Mia O'Neal outfit

WEAR IS... MIA O'NEAL?

Laid-back Cali Girl, Mia O'Neal, is the epitome of cool. Her everchanging wardrobe, inspired by her travels, effortlessly combines multiple aesthetics while refusing to stay within structured boxes.

Who knows where the world will take this bright young woman, or perhaps, more importantly where she will take the world! But for now, keep reading for Mia's thoughts on airbrushed prints, her two cats and racial representation.

Mia O'Neal
Mia O'Neal opens up about racial representation.

Hi Mia! Please introduce your wonderful self! 

Hello! I’m Mia O’Neal and I live in Southern California. I am 18 years old and heading into my freshman year of college as a film major!

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

I’d probably say right now it’s a mix of street, feminine, and layered, but my style is constantly evolving!

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

My biggest inspiration definitely comes from people I just casually encounter on a day to day basis— especially when I am traveling/in the city! My recent trip to Tokyo last summer really got me into Japanese street style <3 I’d also say social media is a great inspiration point for me.

Mia O'Neal outfit
Mia O'Neal

3. What does personal style mean to you?

My personal style means a lot to me! It’s one of the many outlets I have to express myself as an individual wanting to pursue the creative industry! Knowing that I can put an outfit together each day keeps me up and going.

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

My list keeps piling up now since thrift stores have been closed lately ;( but some of the items on my list right now include 70s flares, airbrushed prints, mesh tops with graphics, lacy bustiers, and gold jewelry!!

Mia O'Neal
Mia O'Neal

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

Probably just my best friends and my two cats :-3

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

Definitely my self-confidence. As a mixed black and Asian girl, I grew up in a constant internal battle with myself trying to grasp a sense of belonging in a world that catered to white people and eurocentric beauty standards. The concept of a beauty standard didn't exist to me. I was just convinced that in order to be pretty, it was pure fact that you had to be white.

Fortunately, as more POC began to be represented in media over recent years, I could resonate with these individuals and started to see beauty and potential within myself. Now, I am much more prideful and appreciative of my ethnic backgrounds and would never trade them for anything else.
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Where else can we find you, Mia?

You can find me on instagram @miaoneals and I also have a depop shop @juicerack where I curate a lot of my vintage finds from the thrift if anyone is interested in taking a look!

Wear is… Loïs Rosemary?

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 Loïs Rosemary?

Copenhagen style
Copenhagen style via Loo Rosemary

WEAR IS... LOIS ROSEMARY?

From the perfectly pastel world of Loïs Rosemary comes an endless stream of candy colored style ideas. Coming all the way from Holland, Loïs brings us a youthfully vibrant take on fashion from overseas.

More than just her fashion sense however, she's inspiring in her overflowing love for creativity and how willing she is to pursue it. Through her exuberance, she reminds us to be playful in life and to follow our hearts. Keep reading for her thoughts on her exploding closet, fancy yogurt and the challenge of covering your ass.

Copenhagen style via Loo Rosemary
Copenhagen style via Loo Rosemary

Hi Loïs! Please introduce your wonderful self! 

My name is Loïs, I am 17 years old and I live near Amsterdam in Holland. I am obsessed with everything concerning creativity and style. I love fashion, painting, styling, photography, graphic design, playing hockey and singing. I just graduated, earlier than expected due to Corona. After my graduation I am taking a gap year.

I am planning on spending much time creating things, working, traveling and all the things I love to do. I really want to go to Copenhagen again, since I have fallen in love with this incredibly inspiring city. Highly recommended if you love Danish design, fashion and art! I decided to attend a folk high school in August and I really hope it goes as planned.

1. How would you describe your personal style?

My style really depends on my mood and what I am into that time, it varies quite a lot. One day I could be really ‘urban’, then I wear: an oversized hoodie with some graphic, rough denim boyfriend jeans, an oversized short jacket, big hoop earrings and a big chain necklace. I always to give it a classic touch like heels or an elegant bag.

Then the other day, I am wearing pantaloons, a white fluffy sweater with balloon sleeves, a trench coat and my cowboy boots. Oh yeah, and lots of necklaces. I love to combine many styles together and try out new things. My style is a mix of: urban, classy, edgy, minimal, girly, Danish, cowgirl, vintage, boho, retro and a lot of pastel colours. I loveee the 90s vibe toooo!

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

Emma Moldt, Josefine HJ, Vivian Hoorn, Matilda Djerf, Alice Violier, Mikaela Hallan, Lexsowet, emnita and Ella Karberg And the list goes on and on and on. I love so many!

Copenhagen style via Loo Rosemary
Copenhagen style via Loo Rosemary

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

I have always been someone who was obsessed with fashion and styling. At the age around 10, I was trying to make my own clothing. Nothing good came out of that haha. Over the years I have developed my style as it is now. Looking back on the first years of high school, I dressed quite basic. I wore a lot of simple graphic shirts from Brandy Melville. A bit later I was really into pink sweaters with stripes, flared leggings and black boots everyone had at that time. I guess we all go through phases.

A year or so ago, I was really into buying a lot of fast fashion items. It was cheap, easy and I liked the feeling of buying something new. I scanned the ‘new in’ page of ZARA, Bershka and every day hunting for new styles, I knew all collections by heart. At a certain point, I realized that this was completely out of mind and decided to stop. Ever since, my policy has been that I only buy vintage and second hand myself and receiving gifts from brands that I love. But still my closet is exploding. It has been a long road, made several mistakes when it comes to styling. But what’s better than laughing at your old-selfs.

At this point, I am really into the Danish style of dressing and mixing it with a lot of vintage comfy stuff. Honestly, you can often find me wearing a simple old 501 Levi’s, a cute top, an oversized blouse, heels and hoop earrings.

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

I don’t have a lot of great shorts that are both comfy and stylish (and cover your ass) so I am on the hunt for those. What I am also really into lately are vintage jewels, with big pearls and colourful beads. Oh and don’t forget cute bags and vintage tops, they are always on the list 😉

Copenhagen style via Loo Rosemary
Copenhagen style via Loo Rosemary

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

My favourite Kettle brand crisps; sea salt balsamic vinegar. Best ever tasted! I also love crushed cookies with yoghurt and fruits on top as a late-night snack, tasty and still kinda healthy.

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

Almost hitting 10k! It has been a dream for so long and I am finally coming really close. I am also really proud of all the work I have pulled of so far and grateful for all the amazing brands I got to work with. I am seventeen and I feel quite lucky for doing this.
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Where else can we find you, Loïs?

Pinterest: Loorosemary

Shop my closet! Here is the link to my United Wardrobe: https://unitedwardro.be/u/2mPU?plcl