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

I Auditioned for my First Role in 7 Years, Here’s How it Went (and what I Wore)

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I Auditioned for my First Role in 7 Years, Here's How it Went (and what I Wore)

by Veronica R.

Fair warning my friend, what follows is a story of serendipity, passion and heartbreak. Oh yes, and of course, a heaping dose of melodrama. But let’s just jump right in, shall we?

A few weeks ago, I woke up on what should’ve been a glorious sunny morning feeling… off. Just a few days prior, I’d been happily musing over the fact that I’d spent the beginning of my twenties meticulously ticking things off my bucket list: traveling the world, getting engaged, going to Fashion Week, growing a YouTube channel, learning instruments, etc. And yet, it felt like something was missing. 

The stage.

Performing and I have had an on-again-off-again relationship since I started (and stopped soon after) acting in elementary school. I’ve always struggled with pretty crippling anxiety but in high school, I joined the school Musical in my Senior year and overcome my stage fright for good.

Or so I thought.

Fast forward about 7 years, and somehow, my stage fright had come back with a vengeance. Still, I couldn’t deny how much I missed it. I missed the lights, the community, the energy. But most of all, I missed that electric moment right before going on stage. If meditation is the art of being fully present, than performing is perhaps my greatest form of meditation; in no other situation have I ever felt such a wonderful mix of electricity and peace. I knew someday soon, I wasn’t going to be able to deny this inner longing anymore, I’d have to take action.

I just didn’t think it would be so soon.

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See, my brain’s version of “soon” would have been preferably… never. It would’ve loved for me to simply complain about this dilemma for the rest of my life, but never actually leave my comfort zone long enough to do anything about it. But someone up there must have heard my plea and they were terrifyingly efficient in answering the call (now, if we could just get that same level of enthusiasm at the DMV). Because the very same day I cried about all of this to my fiancee, I ran into an old friend who mentioned she was doing the costumes for The Producers. In fact, she was working for the same theater that I had last performed at 7 years prior. Excited, I asked her if she knew of any upcoming auditions.

“Well, we’re auditioning for The Producers on the 29th!” she said.

“Oh, okay! Of March?” I asked, as February was just about to end.

“No, like in 2 days.”

I was, at once, filled with both excitement and dread. Excitement because I was getting what I wanted! And dread because… well.. I was getting what I wanted. I knew I needed to do this. I had no choice. How could I complain all morning, but turn away the moment the solution was right there in front of me? It wasn’t ideal, but nonetheless, with 2 days to prepare, I ran home and obsessively practiced my audition song.

When that fateful day finally rolled around, a new kind of panic set in. The omgwhatamigoingtowear??? panic. How should I present myself for such a critical (in every sense of the word), moment? What exactly is the proper attire for your first musical debut in several years wherein you must both stand out but dress comfortably enough to dance and sweat and sing and not worry about a wardrobe malfunction?

I avoided choosing an outfit until the last possible moment, intentionally denying myself time to overthink it. Dressing instinctually, I chose the black-leggings-black-turtleneck combo so common in the theater, and to add a little pizazz, wore what I like to call my bad-ass ballerina flats. A lovely combo of nude, pink, unassuming flats with tough, black buckles and mismatched bows tied around my ankles. It’s my go to shoe whenever I feel the need to express that I’m multifaceted (which is often), and I hoped that would be the message received, not that I’m blind.

I raced to the audition and even made it there early. So early in fact, it seemed like no one else was there except for one other actor waiting in his car. The theater was locked, no lights were on, so I waited in my car too with a sinking feeling that something wasn’t right. By this point, auditions should’ve been starting by now, and that’s when my fear was confirmed. As the other actor was about to leave, he graciously told me the auditions had been moved to a completely different location. Thankfully, he kindly let me follow him to the proper place but forget about being early, now I’d absolutely be late. 

Regardless, I walked in with my head held high and introduced myself. Before I knew what was happening the auditions were beginning. I was up there, belting my heart out and dancing with no real training. Yet somehow, I felt so much more comfortable than I expected. It was over in a flash and I left the audition feeling like a million bucks.

The next day, while thrifting, I got a call I didn’t see coming at all.

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winter outfits idea

“We’d like you to come back and audition for the role of Ulla,” I heard the lovely director saying in my ear. In a predominantly male play, Ulla is basically the only female lead. I couldn’t believe it. However, if I thought I was nervous before, now I was completely panicked. I had less than 48 hours to prepare a much bigger song in between working full time. I spent every spare second listening to the soundtrack, running to the bathroom to practice in the mirror whenever I could and belting my heart out on my commute. While before, I’d been able to tell myself that I didn’t care about getting a big part, the big part, once it was dangled in front of me, I knew I wanted it more than anything, and I was going to give it all I had.

Yet again, I found myself standing before the casting crew. A strange sense of confidence was taking me over and I pulled out all the stops I could. I danced, I shook, I shimmied and put on my best Swedish accent.  I had no idea where all of this was coming from, but I felt like for the first time in such a long time, I was really living the life I was supposed to be living, and dare I say it… maybe even had a real shot.

Then, after a hearing a comment someone made before I left, I knew instantly I wasn’t getting the part. Even so, it didn’t hurt any less when I got the call confirming it the next day. The director offered me a part at least, which, I had to remind myself was my biggest dream just two days ago. I knew I should’ve been grateful, I was grateful. Still, after working so tirelessly, giving it all I possibly had and learning my best wasn’t good enough, I accepted the offer, said thank you and promptly burst into tears the moment we hung up.

Now, I can’t lie. That day, I was being quite the drama queen. I was exhibiting the kind of mourning generally reserved for situations like the airport losing your luggage with like, ALL of your favorite clothes in it. Because part of me was mourning something very special. Though it was short lived, I’d spent so much time getting close to the idea of Ulla. I had intensely imagined wearing her costumes, learning her numbers, her personality, her accent. But Ulla wasn’t mine to play, and saying goodbye to that dream was heartbreaking. 

Dealing with rejection and heartbreak sucks. But here’s the thing. Sometimes, it’s vital. Sometimes we think we’re comfortable where we are, but really, we’re just trapped. Fear is convincing us to stay put, to avoid following our hearts because it’ll only lead to trouble. However, I started to realize… maybe I wanted a little trouble..? Maybe I wanted the messy, imperfect chaos of life. Maybe I wanted my heart to be liberated, to lead me through the good and the bad. Maybe I wanted, not a boring, safe life, but a full life. Sometimes, when our hearts are stuck shut off to the rest of the world, we need something to break them open, to let new light in. 

And in that new light, I saw everything so clearly. I saw that this wasn’t the end of the road, but only the beginning. I saw the fire within me, awakened. I saw my heart breaking again and again if that’s what it would take to live my dreams. I saw more strength and courage within myself than I’d seen in a long time. I saw the person I was really born to be. 

And I can’t wait to become her. 

Wear is… Jamie Espino?

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 Jamie Espino?

Jamie Espino poorly curated vintage
camo pants outfit

WEAR IS... JAMIE ESPINO?

Jamie Espino is going places. Not only is her personality just as much fun as her whimsical style, but her bold spirit has her boldly entering into the world entrepreneurialism. At 25 Jamie is taking charge of her destiny by running her own online vintage store, Poorly Curated.

Jamie is filled with humor and inspiration so keep reading for her thoughts on selling vintage full time, fish-shaped bags and trivia.

Hi, ! Please introduce your wonderful self! 

Hi, I'm Jamie! I'm a 25-year-old, vintage curator based in Arkansas... well, at least that's the job title I went with for my passport. 

1. What was the inspiration behind starting Poorly Curated?

Well, I was in a post-grad ennui phase. Applying to jobs at companies that didn’t quite align with my beliefs, wondering how I could be in a creative career but mindful of the environment and labor practices, the whole bit. So I decided to sell vintage full time as a more sustainable alternative to being a photo editing assistant at a fast fashion company or something.

black ruffle pants outfit
gold hoop earrings

2. Can you tell us a little about what it's like running your own vintage store?

Sure, to start off I’m a one-person show. I source items, do laundry, photograph them, edit pics, post listings, and update social media. It requires a lot of self-motivation to stay on track and figure out what exactly I need to do each day. But it’s nice to have a flexible schedule because it allows me to choose my free time/travel.

I would say the best part is extending the life-span of garments, and making someone else happy while doing so. So many gems are already in circulation, so why waste new materials? The worst part is probably Instagram because it makes me feel like a vain little capitalist sometimes.

It’s really draining to see people tagging 20 brands on a picture of their face or having a serious, personal caption that ends with “btw 10% off @ _____”. That being said, it is great to connect with customers and other people that run vintage shops.

3. What are some of the best pieces you've sold in your shop?

It’s hard to say what’s “best” since [there are so many] different tastes and styles, y’know? But I think I like when I sell pieces that are 0% trendy. Like one time I found an insulated, sea bass-shaped bag. Also a chainlink apron.

green Bass shaped purse
floral green gunne sax dress

4. How would you describe your personal style?

The formula I’ve figured out is clown on top + skate boy bottom half = fun and comfy. Lotsa high waisted pants and sneakers, but paired with an interesting shirt.

5. What's your current favorite item in your wardrobe and why?

Ooh, that’s a little tough but I’d have to say my 90s Jean Paul Gaultier long sleeve. It’s mesh and has an all-over print of Birth of Venus by Botticelli. I allow myself one designer investment piece per year and this was very worth it.

Jamie Espino of poorly curated vintage
vintage black ruffly dress

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

I don’t think theres anything currently...pride is a very fleeting feeling... Oh! Our team got first place at trivia last week.

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You can find more of Jamie and shop her incredible finds on Instagram @poorlycurated and poorlycurated.com 

Wear is… Poppy Almond?

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 Poppy Almond?

Poppy Almond shrimps heart print fur coat
colorful nail art

WEAR IS... POPPY ALMOND?

Between the art she creates and outfits she flaunts, Poppy Almond lives in a pastel colored dream world. Scrolling through her Instagram is like meandering through a visual candy shop. And one thing is for certain, Poppy isn't afraid of color; lime greens, bright purples. baby blues, it doesn't matter, she wears it all. Keep reading for her thoughts on digital illustrations, inspiring interiors and strawberry cheesecake.

Hi, Poppy! Please introduce your wonderful self! 

Hello! I’m Poppy. I’m currently based in Leeds and I’m a freelance designer and illustrator.

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Poppy Almond design stickers

1. As an illustrator and designer, can you tell us a little about your creative process?

My creative process varies depending on the project but I usually start by doodling ideas! Although I mainly work digitally now but I still have to start by sketching out ideas.

2. What most inspires your work?

I get inspiration from anywhere and everywhere! Of course other designs and artists inspire me. I get most of my inspiration from things I see, whether that be food I’ve seen, plants on a walk or my friends interiors.

Paloma Wool pants
light blue bathroom interior

3. Your outfits are just as much fun as your creations! How would you describe your personal style?

I just try to have fun with my outfits. I love colour and textures so I’m instantly drawn to anything colourful or printed! I love combining different patterns and colours and pushing what’s usually considered to go together.

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

I’m really into Scandinavian style at the minute and their use of patterns and pastel palettes! My biggest style inspirations are probably Megan Ellaby, Marianne Theodorsen and Marie Wibe Jedig.

colorful friendship bracelets
Lazy Oaf tights outfit

5. What does personal style mean to you?

I think it’s so important to have your own personal style and to be comfortable with your style. It’s a way to express yourself and a way to be creative.

6. What type of dessert do you think most describes you?

Ooooh, a strawberry cheesecake!

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

I had a really tough 2019 but I’m so proud that I kept being creative and pushing myself. I’m proud that I kept designing and took the jump with being fully freelance!

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You can find more of Poppy’s style and artwork on her art instagram @poppyalmonddesign, her personal instagram @poppyalmond and her Etsy store! 

Wear is… Freja Settergren?

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 Freja Settergren?

thrifted green sweater outfit
cow print pants outfit

WEAR IS... FREJA SETTERGREN?

Okay. I'm not afraid to say it. Freja Settergren is the ultimate cool girl. Perhaps it's the mixture of her experiences in both Stockholm and Paris that have infused such a glorious sense of personal style into her. Or perhaps, she was born with it. Who's to say?

All we know for sure is that this girl is Spring personified. In a swirl of earthy greens, baby pinks and sunshine yellows, Freja is certainly making the world her runway. So keep reading for her thoughts on Scandi style, wardrobe staples and Dior.

Hi, Freja! Please introduce your wonderful self! 

Hi! My name is Freja and I'm a 21 year old Swede living in Paris. I grew up in Stockholm with my parents, two brothers and a sister. Paris always held a special place in my heart, I visited quite often since my dad worked in Paris sometimes. I decided I was gonna live here when I was 12 and so after high school I moved with my best friend and now we live happily ever after in the cutest studio in Montmartre. 

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green jacket paris street style

1. How would you describe your style?

I'll borrow my friend Justine's words: "Un mix merveille between Scandi allure and Parisian chic." My style is pretty fluid, on one day I'll feel like wearing a cute dress and the next day I'll wear a hoodie and jeans. 

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

I get very inspired by cities and the people in it. Like when I'm in Stockholm I think my style gets less parisian, and the other way around. Otherwise girls that inspire me are Ella Karberg, Marie Jedig, Naomi Anwer, and Camille Charriere. 

pink cakes, pink boots
Millennial green jacket outfit

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

I think I'm still discovering it, but I guess I know better now what clothes makes me feel and look good, like I have my stables (high waisted flare pants, t-shirts, polos, transparent shirts) and I won't go to far away from that although I have some pieces that sticks out more. I really like mixing sporty and cute. If I wear a hoodie I'll probably add some cute hair accessories or my mini pink bag. If I wear a skirt or a dress I absolutely won't wear heels, I would feel to girly. 

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

A fun pair of sunglasses, a Dior by Galliano T-shirt à la 2000's and maybe a jacket for spring. 

colorful Paris apartment
mismatched plates

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

To me, France and Italy has it all and you don't need to go to far for it. The food, the culture, the landscape and the people. 

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

Juggling a part time job, an internship, studies and a social life all at once. I do not recommend it to anyone though, your health takes the punch haha.

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Where else can we find you, Freja?

Just my instagram! @frejasettergren